Award of the Elephants Heart

Awarded to Arya Fairchild

By the Barony of Cynnabar on 2017-12-16

What avails it to be a cunning lapidary and have no stones?
Or a skillful pilot and have no ship?
Or a thrifty woman and have no money?
Such a world it is that gods can do nothing without gold.
For as among the Egyptians there was no person esteemed happy that had not a beast full of spots, so amongst us there is none counted wise that has not a purse full of gold.

Yet the name of a virtuous person is like the sweet dew, which falls as well upon low shrubs as high trees, and resembles a true glass, wherein the poor may see their faces with the rich, or a clear stream wherein all may drink that are dry, not they only that are wealthy.

Like a true reflection, We have seen the good works of Arya Fairchild, which great and undeserved kindness she shall find Us hereafter willing to requite. Thus do We, Kasha and Ermenrich, Baroness and Baron of Cynnabar, grant to her Our Award of the Elephant’s Heart. Let none countermand Our words.
Adapted from Euphues: The Anatomy of Wit (1578) by John Lyly (c. 1553/1554 - 1606).

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