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FAQ on the Dissolution

posted Oct 13, 2009, 12:58 AM by Claire Knudsen-Latta   [ updated Oct 31, 2016, 11:22 AM ]

Dissolution of the College of Scribes FAQ

Why is the College being dissolved?

The College was chartered specifically to create scrolls for armigerous awards granted by Western royalty.  Collectively, the members of the College have struggled for decades to live up to this obligation, devoting their time, talent and materials to do so.  However, we have NEVER been able to stay ahead of the demand while producing the quality that we want to - there just aren't enough of us to keep up, and it has become an impossible, and often thankless, task.

Why are other Kingdoms able to deliver scrolls and avoid a backlog?  Can't we do that here?

It's true that many other Kingdoms don't have the burden of a backlog.  Many of the Western Chancellors over many years have researched the practices and culture of these other Kingdoms, and have even tried to implement some of them in the West, with limited or no success.

Does this mean I will need to pay for my scroll?  I thought that was against Kingdom law?

It is possible that you will find an artist who works for free, but it is likely that you will need to pay them, just as you would likely pay any other kind of artist.  It is true that the College did not allow its members to accept compensation for official assignments - that was because the work was considered a gift from the Royalty to the recipient (in fact, delivering on those "gifts" was the reason the College was formed in the first place).  The premise of this royal gift is being retired with the College.

I requested my scroll and it's on the backlog, waiting for a scribe.  What happens to my request?

The obligation of the College to complete any scrolls will be retired when the Crown dissolves the College.  It will not be within the Charter of the new Scribal Guild to complete the backlog scrolls.  That said, there are several individual scribal artists who have volunteered to continue work on the current backlog of requested scrolls, though they cannot commit to a completion date for all that work.

How do I know if my scroll is currently in the backlog?

You can check the Scroll Center at  If you have further questions you can contact, at least through the end of 2016.

What if my scroll was in the backlog and was assigned to a scribe, but they haven't completed it?

We assume that all the assignments a scribe volunteers for are done in good faith, with the intention of completing the work.  That said, life happens to everyone, and an artist may no longer be able to complete that commitment.  You should check with the scribe who currently has responsibility for your scroll to determine whether s/he is able to complete it.  If s/he is still planning on completing it, you will need to wait for them to finish, or make other, private arrangements.  If not, you may contact before the end of 2016 to determine whether your scroll may be added to the backlog.

What if my scroll isn't in the current backlog?  What if I get an award in the future and want a scroll done?

If you would like a scroll made that is not already covered by the current backlog, the process is similar to any other art that you might want made (like jewelry, clothing, armor, etc):  you should ask around for an artist who takes commissions (paid or not) and make arrangements privately with them to create your art.

If I am in charge of arranging my own scroll, who deals with the signatures and seals?

It is up to you to decide whether your scroll will include signatures and/or seals, and to arrange with the Royalty and/or Heralds for them to be obtained.  Keep in mind that if you do want official signatures and/or seals, you should be aware of what requirements the Royalty and/or Heralds may have, so you can have them incorporated into the art. To determine their requirements, you will need to contact the Royalty and the Heralds directly. For more information on what has historically been required, please see the General Policies of the West Kingdom Company of Scriveners and Limners