Bard of the West
Section 12.1 - Charter for the Bard of the West
Section 12.1.1 - Purpose
The Bard of the West is established with the goal of advancing the cause of Bardic pursuits and activities in the Kingdom at large, and for the King and Queen at Their request. The Bard of the West will focus on performing for the Crown and populace in a manner that inspires all listeners, and regales them with songs, stories, and recountings about the deeds and lives of our ancestors, as well as the happenings of Our Current Middle Ages in the Kingdom of the West. The Bard of the West will serve as a chronicler of great events, deeds, and matters of import in the Kingdom of the West through the songs and stories they will perform and record for posterity.
Section 12.1.2 - Competition
The competition for the Bard of the West will be held at Beltane Coronation. The Bard of the West shall be responsible for sponsoring and organizing the competition to determine their successor. All should be made welcome to enter the competition. The Crown and the current Bard shall judge the competition and determine the new Bard. The new Bard of the West shall be invested at June Crown and hold that position for one year.
Section 12.1.3 - Restrictions
The current Bard of the West may not enter the competition to succeed himself, and is expected to hold no other Bardic offices during their term. Should the victor of the Bard of the West competition be a current holder of another Bardic office, they shall fill out their term for that office if the time left is less than three months. Otherwise, they will be expected to arrange a suitable replacement for their previous position. It is important to note that while there will be no rank or seniority of position for the one Bardic office over any other, the purpose of limiting the number of Bardic offices the Bard of the West may hold is to ensure that there are more bards.
Section 12.1.4 - Duties of the Bard
The Bard of the West shall present each new King and Queen with a bardic piece to honor Them at Their Coronation. The new King and Queen shall be consulted to determine when the piece should be presented, whether it will be at Court, or at a celebration feast, or some other time of the Crown's choosing.
The Bard of the West shall perform a Bardic piece for Invocation at all Crown Tournaments, at the Crown's discretion. If the Bard of the West cannot be present at a Crown Tournament or Coronation event during their term, they are expected to arrange for a Bard to perform in their stead. The Bard's selected performer shall perform either a piece written by the Bard of the West, or an original piece of their own, at the Bard's discretion.
The Bard of the West is requested to attend wars in which the Kingdom of the West is a named participant (for example: the West/An Tir war) and be ready to perform pieces appropriate to the day's activities and events. If the Bard cannot attend, they are requested to arrange for another Bard to perform in their place.
The Bard of the West is expected to foster bardic activities in the Kingdom atlarge, and is encouraged to work with the Principalities' Bards in that regard.