Thank you for considering the creation of items for the Royal Family. Below are the basic guidelines to consider in the construction of any piece of Regalia.

CURRENT REGALIA NEEDS
This is a solicitation for Donated Items, not for a bid procedure that would be reimbursed. Currently, the Ministry is soliciting Regalia befitting the Royal Family at War, specifically:
  • matched heraldic cloaks suited to warm weather
  • matched thrones that could remain at War, sparing the travail of carting them amongst all else (Please bear in mind the vagaries of temperatures in storage lockers when considering joint methods)
  • matched STURDY crowns for the Royal Family.
The main point is that all of the items should be MATCHED (there's that word again) for ALL 4 members of the Midrealm Royalty, sturdy, and effective for Pennsic.
  • Additionally, while the Midrealm has Royal Presence Tent and a sunshade, neither of these are truly large enough to house all 4 thrones and any attendants- the only facilities for this are the reviewing stand and the meeting tents. We are not requesting the deadline be for this Pennsic The artists should be STRONGLY encouraged to contact the Ministry of Regalia before beginning work, to ensure both durability and usability.
Definitions:
  • Sturdy- Assume all Regalia is packed, unpacked, and assembled by people who have been deprived of sleep and driven a couple hundred miles. Over and over and over. Assume likewise that assembly directions are lost after the first day unless they are burned in, sewn in, or glued on.
  • Non fragile- There is a fine line to be tread between lightweight and fragile, but assume things will be put down on it, even with the best of intentions, unless it has a very specific box.
  • Boxed/bagged- again, unless it has a VERY specific box (in all of Regalia there are currently 2, a scepter case and an hourglass box) assume things will be removed from the box you sent it in and packed with other things. There are only so many boxes that will fit in TRM's car. Also, bags will get mixed up, unless you label them
  • Colorfast- Red is a fugitive dye in the best times- it often runs, and also fades in the sun. The most hated color in Midrealm Regalia is Pink! Test your fabrics for colorfastness- some well-intentioned soul will wash them. (Trigger may not be period, but period color-bleeds are not more attractive for being historically accurate...) Make no cloth items that must be dry-cleaned without sewing the instructions in. Leather dye must be appropriately fixed, and a coat of clear varnish will prevent many pink paint scrapes. If in doubt, please ask.
  • Correct- If you are using the Royal heraldry, please ensure it is the correct heraldry. There is nothing more sad for the Ministry than to see a piece that has been made with loving care go unused because the roses on the queen's arms are the wrong color. If you are considering items for the Crown Champions, please see the page of Customs and Traditions regarding their specific heraldic variations.
  • Convenient- Their Most Dread and Regal Majesties of the Great Draconic Midrealm… may drive a VW. Please endeavor to make items that can fit in a medium-sized car. Consider, if you can sensibly pack it in your own vehicle, along with your own wooden chairs, feast gear, garb, armor, banners & stands, modern clothes and needs, then it is likely something the Royal Family may do the same with.- This is about the minimum that the Royals travel with in Their own vehicles.
  • Matched- the unity of the Royal Family is symbolically communicated by the unity of Their appearance.
  • For the Royal Presence- this is one of the more subjective issues of the Regalia office. There are many useful items that the Royalty may need that should not be considered part of Regalia (Matched Laundry Bags come to mind…) Please consider how your donation enhances the ceremonial presence of the Royal Family.
Reimbursement of materials- No Regalia that is not approved (through a bid process with a written contract in advance by the Ministry, Crown, and Curia) will be reimbursed. If you are interested in submitting a bid for the Creation of Regalia, please contact the Ministry directly with your proposal.