By the Barony of Cynnabar on 2015-08-05
The Elephant, by report of all writers, is so gentle to all others that are but weak, and not so strong as himself, that if he pass through a flock or herd of smaller cattle, he will with the trunk, remove and turn aside whatsoever beast cometh in his way, for fear he should go over them and crush them. And never do they any hurt, unless they be provoked thereto. Always walk they by troops together, and worst of all other can they live with wandering alone, but love company exceeding well. If it fortune that they be environed with horsemen, look how many they take into the midst of their squadron the feeble, weak, or wounded: and as if they were marshalled and ordered by a Sergeant of a band, or heard the direction of some General, so skillfully do they maintain fight by turns, and succeed one another in their course.
Max, as We welcome you to Us and count you among Our number, may you be filled with the gentle strength of the Elephant, who fights to protect the weak. Herewith do We, Ermenrich, Baron of Cynnabar, and Kasha, Baroness of Cynnabar, bestow upon you this day Our Award of the Elephant's Heart.
Let none countermand Our words.
Text adapted from Naturalis Historia by Pliny the Elder (c. 77-79), translated by Philemon Holland (1605).
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