Award of the Elephants Heart

Awarded to Ian MacIan of Annandale (modernly known as Jay Johnston)

By the Barony of Cynnabar on 2015-08-05

Wonderful is the wit and subtlety that creatures have, and how they shift for themselves and annoy their enemies: which is the only difficulty that they have to arise and grow to so great a height and excessive bigness. The dragons, that are continually at variance with the Elephants, and evermore fighting, are of such greatness, that they can easily clasp and wind round about the Elephants, and withall tie them fast with a knot. In this conflict, they die, both the one and the other: the Elephant he falls down dead as conquered, and with his heavy weight crusheth and squeezeth the dragon that is wound and wreathed about him.

Ian, as We welcome you to Us and count you among Our number, may you embody the tenacity of the Elephant, who accomplishes his noble purpose at even the highest cost. 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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