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Aldin Vanadisarson Isammaður's Swearing-In Ceremony

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* Emperor Harald awaits Lord Warden to the Outland-Designate Aldin Vanadisarson Isammaður in the Lady of Life and Love Chamber of the Imperial Hall of Haraldsborg for the Council of State Swearing-In Ceremony for the Sokkvabekk 8 Term. The Lady of Life and Love Chamber is an impressive State Room dedicated to the Norse goddess Freyja. The Chamber is regal, elegant and cosy at the same time. In the center of the Chamber is a life-size wood-carved hand-painted scupture of Freyja that looks so real and radiant that one feels that it could anytime walk up to you. There are also quite some sculptures of cats, an animal associated with Freyja, scattered all over the Lady of Life and Love Chamber. The Chamber is filled with precious pieces of ornamented hand-made furniture. Its wood-panelled walls are decorated with superb paintings and bass-relief masterworks depicting Freyja herself as well as scenes from her life. The floor is covered with a soft red carpet.

 

Emperor Harald is dressed in a magnificent gold-embroided Imperial Ceremonial Garb made of the finest white wool available, a blue velvet Imperial Cloak secured with gold brooch depicting playing casts and a golden belt adorned with precious stones. On his garb He bears a round gold plaque depicting the Norse goddess Freyja in her full divine glory. He is also wearing the Insignia of the Grand and Glorious Imperial Order of the Two Silver Longships, the Insignia of the Most Treasured House Order of Freyja, the male version of House of Ettlingar Freyu Order consisting of a portrait of the senior female of the House of Ettlingar Freyu -- Empress Sigrid -- set in diamonds and suspended from a white ribbon, and a copy of the Brísengamen around His upper right arm. A High Priestess of the Temple of Love, holding a copy of the Old Tale, the Saga of Stormark's Creation, is standing near Him. *

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* The Mistress of the Robes escorts Aldin Vanadisarson Isammaður up the steps of the red-carpetted white marble Grand Staircase of the Imperial Hall of Haraldsborg, through the State Rooms Hallway, into the Lady of Life and Love Chamber.

 

Along the way they are saluted by an Honour Guard consisting alternately of Norman Knights and exquisite young women from all parts of Stormark who are dressed in the women's Folk Costume of the Traditional District they are hailing from. *

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"Lord Warden to the Outland-Designate Aldin Vanadisarson Isammaður,

 

Please raise your right hand, put your left hand on the Old Tale and repeat after me:"

 

"I, Aldin Vanadisarson Isammaður, having been appointed to the Council of State to office and position of Lord Warden to the Outland, do hereby solemnly promise and affirm to be a true and faithful Servant unto The Emperor's Majesty as one of His Council of State. I shall not know or understand of any manner of thing to be attempted, done or spoken against His Most Imperial and Most Royal Majesty's Person, Honour, Crown or Dignity Imperial, but I shall lett and withstand the same to the uttermost of my power, and either cause it to be revealed to His Most Imperial and Most Royal Majesty Himself, or to such of His Council of State as shall advertise His Most Imperial and Most Royal Majesty of the same. I shall in all things to be moved, treated and debated in Council, faithfully and truly declare my Mind and Opinion, according to my Heart and Conscience; and shall keep secret all matters committed and revealed unto me, or that shall be treated of secretly in Council. And if any of the said Treaties or Counsels shall touch any of the Members I shall not reveal it unto him but shall keep the same until such time as, by the consent of His Most Imperial and Most Royal Majesty or of the Council, Publication shall be made thereof. I shall to my uttermost bear Faith and Allegiance to the Emperor's Majesty; and shall assist and defend all Jurisdictions, Pre-eminences, and Authorities, granted to His Most Imperial and Most Royal Majesty and annexed to the Crown by or under the High Laws and Statutes of Stormark, or otherwise, against all Foreign Princes, Persons, Prelates, States, or Potentates. And generally in all things I shall do as a faithful and true Servant ought to do to His Most Imperial and Most Royal Majesty. I do also solemnly declare that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion."

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"I, Aldin Vanadisarson Isammaður, having been appointed to the Council of State to office and position of Lord Warden to the Outland, do hereby solemnly promise and affirm to be a true and faithful Servant unto The Emperor's Majesty as one of His Council of State. I shall not know or understand of any manner of thing to be attempted, done or spoken against His Most Imperial and Most Royal Majesty's Person, Honour, Crown or Dignity Imperial, but I shall lett and withstand the same to the uttermost of my power, and either cause it to be revealed to His Most Imperial and Most Royal Majesty Himself, or to such of His Council of State as shall advertise His Most Imperial and Most Royal Majesty of the same. I shall in all things to be moved, treated and debated in Council, faithfully and truly declare my Mind and Opinion, according to my Heart and Conscience; and shall keep secret all matters committed and revealed unto me, or that shall be treated of secretly in Council. And if any of the said Treaties or Counsels shall touch any of the Members I shall not reveal it unto him but shall keep the same until such time as, by the consent of His Most Imperial and Most Royal Majesty or of the Council, Publication shall be made thereof. I shall to my uttermost bear Faith and Allegiance to the Emperor's Majesty; and shall assist and defend all Jurisdictions, Pre-eminences, and Authorities, granted to His Most Imperial and Most Royal Majesty and annexed to the Crown by or under the High Laws and Statutes of Stormark, or otherwise, against all Foreign Princes, Persons, Prelates, States, or Potentates. And generally in all things I shall do as a faithful and true Servant ought to do to His Most Imperial and Most Royal Majesty. I do also solemnly declare that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion."

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"Congratulations, Aldin Vanadisarson Isammaður!! You may assume the duties of Lord Warden to the Outland now."

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