What is a House of the Ordo Procinctus?
Like most structure in the Ordo Procinctus, Houses formed as a formalization of an existing defacto relationship that developed as the organization grew. As founding members trained Squires and they became Knights who trained Squires, something of their training methods was passed along. In addition to having some common methods, these members often spend time together training, creating something of a small group.
A House is a loose conglomeration of associated people within the Ordo Procinctus. Everybody in you camp. Often, but not necessarily, the house colors are worn or used on equipment or just sported as a sigil on a banner. Houses are intended to give members a sense of lineage, and to be a fun way for members of the Ordo to associate.
Who is in a house?
At the core of the House is the House founder and active Knights.
The Squires of any Knight of the House.
Inactive and retired Knights.
Active Participants in non-contact events which choose to be affiliated with a House.
Spouses, significant others, family and friends of active House members who choose to be a affiliated with a given House.
CREATION OF A HOUSE
If a Knight wishes to found his own House, the following criteria must be met:
* The Knight must have Knighted at least one Squire under him.
* The Head of the current House may grant permission or require the Knight to best a House champion in 2 out of 3 events of the house heads choosing (at least one of which must be a contact event).
* a Knight should have at least two active combat members that wish to be affiliated with his house.
* The House Sigil is described and registered with the War Council.
* The New House Sigil may include the Sigil of the House it descended from (it's "Father House") if the founder so chooses.
* It should be understood that if a Knight chooses to break away from a House to begin his own that he means no offense to his current House Founder but only wishes to take on more responsibility for himself within the organization.
* A house may be switched to an inactive status if it suffers from an extreme lack of activity but may be brought out of inactive status at any time by having its founder petition the War Council.
* If all the members of a House fall inactive or leave to found their own houses but the House Founder remains an active member, the house should remain in active standing. (ie. You can't take away an active founder's House simply because his members aren't committed)
* Members of the new house may bare diminutive standard of the Father House displayed in a circle.