How to ascend a throne?
or how to be installed in a position of importance in your world?
On the occasion of the coronation of the century of Charles Windsor (actually House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha) to Charles III. of Great Britain on May 6th, 2023 I would like to invite you to an unofficial Coronation Challenge to learn more about coronation ceremonies or inaugurations in your world.
Coronation Badge by Blue Fairy 74 - Handdrawing improved via Midjourney-Colllage
In the real world, such ceremonies are based on traditions, rituals or even laws, that have been maintained over centuries and follow special protocols. For example, since 1356 the Holy Roman Emperors were elected and later crowned under the regulations of the Golden Bull.
At the same time, the insignia, presented to the new ruler are highly symbolic of the power and durability of the monarchy or office. The best-known imperial odies of kings and emperors are probably the crown, the orb and the scepter. High officials often wear a chain of office.
The places where these are performed also play an important role in many ceremonies. For example, since Otto I in 936, the German kings had been crowned in Aachen for over 600 years, and the Anglo-British monarchs have been crowned in Westminster Abbey since 1066.
Here are more interesting questions that will help you to complete the challenge:
- Is the ceremony prepared and conducted by specific professionals?
- Do other people perform important tasks?
- Does the future ruler wear any particular regalia/robe/clothing before or after the ceremony?
- Are special drinks or foods consumed during or after the ceremony?
- Will pieces of music or prose be performed?
- What oath does the future ruler take?
- Do colours, symbols or scents play an important role?
- Are the traditions or rituals based on historical events or legends?
- Does religion or belief in gods enter into the ceremony?
- Does the future ruler have to perform certain tasks before the ceremony?
You will receive a badge for taking part and I will feature my three favorites in my May recap. What you have to do for that:
- Use the Tradition/Ritual template.
- Write a minimum of 300 and a maximum of 1,500 words (excluding BBCode) in a (common) language of your choice. I will translate your article with AddOn.
- The article must have been created in May 2023.
- Publish the article in the comments of this article no later than May 31, 2023.
- Use quotations, images, documents, etc. to make the text more interesting. Please note the copyrights when using third-party image material.
- If your article contains NSFW content, please indicate this.
- Have fun, be creative and please don't pressure yourself.
I look forward to your submissions! Kind regards, Blue