The Order of the Archive
The Order of the Archive is a loose knit affiliation of people who have one goal: To make their appearance in Medieval Re-enactment look more authentic.
The idea is to lead by example, not to convert followers. We try to do our best to continually make our re-enactment more authentic in nature... from armour, to garb, to our camp. And, to do all this within the rules of our particular organization. The Order is not out to make changes in the system, it is out to improve ourselves. It is based on a series of personal goals, set by each individual member, to be met as they deem fit.
It is not a Tournament Company. There will be no "Order of the Archive Pas" or any such thing. The vast nature of the Order prohibits this from happening. It is not a brotherhood of fighters who meet at wars and fight together. It is merely a common idea. A shared ideal, which is always in transition with each particular member.
There is no common time in history in which we base our re-enactment on. There is no particular group in which the Order is "based". It is open to all who wish to join. Becoming a member of the Order of the Archive is a simple process. Simply decide you want to improve your appearance as a medieval re-enactor. And you are a member. For recognition's sake... so we can see each other... it has been suggested that each member make a banner, or a badge, or a favor... to wear on his person, or fly high in his encampment. It is simply an Or (gold) double horned anvil, under crossed Hammers Or (gold)... on a field of blue.... You can see it in the Armour Archive banner at the top of most of the pages here. If it is worn on a shield, or shield shaped banner, the border is Or as well... Once you have made this for yourself, you are a member of the order.
Consider these things...
A couple other thoughts... Keep in mind that this is a totally open and small structured group. There are no dues to keep up with, no entrance fees, no newsletters... There is no founder. I thought long and hard on this one... I wanted to take credit, but this is just an acummulation of thoughts and posts on this web site by many different people, from different organizations. There is no structure. Other than how you personally structure your goal toward authenticity.
Pretty simplistic. I don't think it is too simplistic... I look forward to
walking through Pennsic or Ragnorock, and seeing an Archive banner...
I'd like to meet you folks in person.
**** Being a member of the Order, or not being one, has no bearing on how you can use this website. They are two entirely different entities! This Order was spawned by the website and the people who read it... but it is not a requirement to post here... neither are those who are not members (there's no official list or anything anyways) looked down upon in any way...****