On this day the Crown of Meridies wishes to recognize one who has shown longtime preeminence in the art of war, displaying chivalry, valor, skill, and prowess on the field of battle and imparting this knowledge to other warriors. We, the Sovereign and Consort of Meridies, do hereby name Our subject (Recipient's name) a Companion of the Sable Sword, and charge [him/her] to continue these worthy endeavors. Done this (number) day of (month), Anno Societatis (Society year), being (year) Gregorian.
-To be signed by Sovereign and Consort, with space for their seals. This award carries precedence and must also be signed by Beacon Principal Herald, with places for a third signature and seal.
[Source: A Handbook for Scribes of the Kingdom of Meridies (doc)]