The purpose of this handbook is to establish some rules and regulations
that can be used as a guideline by our members. Based on special needs or
circumstances, management may find it necessary to deviate from policies set
forth in this handbook.
This handbook is not to be construed as an express or implied contract for
membership or benefits. All mebership is at-will, which means that
either The Knights Of Gore or you may terminate the membership relationship at any
time, for any reason, with or without cause or notice. This at-will policy may not be
modified except in a written agreement signed by the Lord and
In providing members with this manual, our intent is to provide information that
can be used as a working tool. The KoG retains the right to modify, revoke or
update any policy at any time for any reason.
• Mission Statement
The Knights Of Gore is a performance troupe founded upon education through audience
participation and entertainment. Using medieval performances and instruction, we share
an experience that is not only enjoyable and informative but also interactive in nature.
We strive to leave our patrons not with the feeling that they have simply seen a great
show, but that they were transported back in time and may have even contributed to the
overall exhibition. This ensures all have had a more rewarding experience.
• Organization Statement
The Knights of Gore believe that we as individuals should be held to the codes of
chivalry and honor in our daily lives. Members live to entertain our fans by giving them
everything we have to give. We also strive to help those less fortunate then ourselves
• Audition & Orientation Procedures
All new members must audition for the Lord and First Knight as well as the various
directors. Directors will consult with Lord and First Knight to give their impressions of
each audition, Lord and First Knight will decide which new members to accept into an
initiate role. Initiates will be contacted within one week of their audition to follow up.
All initiates will sign a member agreement and receive a copy of this handbook. Each
person is responsible for reading and knowing the policies explained herein.
The initiate period shall be for six months, during which time each initiate will participate
in at least two shows and train with directors. The KoG can dismiss an initiate from the
group during this time if it is felt that they are not a good fit for the group. After the
initiate period, consultations will be conducted regarding their performance and they will
be either asked to become a full member and given a role or released from the group.
The Hierarchy of the KoG varies depending on the area it applies to, however, the Lord
has final say in all issues
The KoG chain of command is as follows:
Overall Group Issues – Lord then First Knight. Further hierarchy is at the discretion of
the Lord and First Knight
Show/Stage – Stage Manager/Director or Fight Director then other directors such as
Roles – in character the hierarchy depends on the show
History of Squires
The role of the Squires during the Middle Ages was an important step to achieving the
status of a Knight. The Medieval Squire was a servant to a knight. The Norman
predecessor of what came to be known as squire was called Armigers. Squires were
viewed as young men and had reached the age of puberty, their first step towards
manhood. The word Squire is derived from the French words "Esquire, Escuyer" which
originally meant 'shield bearer'. A description of Medieval Squires were described as
follows by Ramon Lull (1235 – 1315) who was a Medieval writer and philosopher: "a
noble man who loves the order of chivalry and will be a knight to have first a master who
is a knight, for thus it is a discoverable thing that a squire should learn the order and
nobility from any other man than a knight. So very high and honored is the order of
that a squire should suffer himself not only to learn to keep horse and learn to
knight, that he go with him to tourneys and battles; but it is necessary that he
school of the order of knighthood." Ramon Lull is clearly describing the
role of the Squires in this interesting quote.
The lessons and skills to be acquired by Squires were: The Code of Chivalry, The Rules
of Heraldry, Horsemanship, and The use of weapons – swordsmanship. Squires had to
develop strength, speed, dexterity and leadership skills. He must also learn bravery and
the ability to withstand extremes in cold and heat, tiredness and hunger. All of these
skills were required of a Knight. It was also their duty to enter into the social life of the
castle and learn: Courtly etiquette, Jousting, Music, and Dancing
The duties of Squires and life of a squire related to specific tasks and roles such as:
The Arming Squire, who accompanied the Knight to the Battlefield
The Squire of the table, who performed duties in the castle or court
But the vast majority of the squires undertook a combination of these duties and their life
of a squire was as follows:
Attending to their Knights horses - the stabling and care; Waiting at table, some duties
in the kitchen, arranging for the upkeep of clothing, running errands, carrying
messages and guarding their knight when he slept; Accompanying their Knight to
tournaments and during the time of war to the battlefield. It is the last few duties
that are shared by KoG Squires: Assisting the Knight in dressing in his
armor, ensuring the armor and weapons of the knight were in good order,
and basically performing any other duties asked of him by his knight.
Knights were by far not the only soldiers in the medieval army, nor were they the most
important. The foot soldier and the archers were often more numerous. They were made
up of men from the peasant class, where the knights were from the upper medieval class
Soldiers of gore duties include:
Taking orders from the knights, Guarding and protecting the surroundings of the
encampment, vending area and cash box, Helping to clean encampments, Starting the
KoG nightly campfire and preparing dinner for KoG members.
Soldiers who aspire to become knights must impress the Lord and First Knight.
Devotion, contributions, and commitment to the Kog does not go unnoticed. It is
recommended that they follow the expectations of knights as listed below.
Knights Of Gore are expected to live by the code of chivalry and by their oath to Gore,
which they must have memorized. They are also expected to work with their
squires to train them to become knights. Even if Lord Jeffery knights them, a
Knight may not portray themselves as such until they have a chainmail coif and
The oath is as follows:
Be without fear in the face of your enemies. Be brave and upright that God may love
thee. Speak the truth always, even if it leads to your death. Safeguard the helpless,
do no wrong.
There are many versions of the code of chivalry but this is the one KoG follows
Knights believed in the code of chivalry. They promised to defend the weak, be
courteous to all women, be loyal to their king, and serve God at all times. Knights were
expected to be humble before others, especially their superiors. They were also expected
to not "talk too much". In other words, they shouldn't boast. The code of chivalry
demanded that a knight give mercy to a vanquished enemy. They must serve their lord.
This also brings with it the idea of being willing to give one’s life for another’s, whether
he would be giving his life for a poor man or his lord. Protecting the innocent, being the
champion of good against evil. A general gentleness and graciousness to all women.
• Performance Evaluations
After each faire or show run, each member who participated in that faire or show will
receive performance evaluations. Each director involved and the Lord will fill out these
Once a year, the Lord along with the First Knight will conduct an overall performance
evaluation on each member.
• Member Dues and Charges
Each member will pay $10 per month dues, which is due by the first of each month. Dues
go towards the operating costs of the KoG and events held for members
All men will pay a $25 tunic fee, which offsets some of the cost for a KoG tunic to be
made for them; these tunics remain the property of the KoG and shall be returned upon
termination of group membership.
Females shall pay differing amounts for their outfitting based upon the type of costuming
needed for each character.
Whenever possible, an exit interview will be conducted by the Lord and First Knight
when a member is leaving the group for any reason.
• Termination of Membership
Members may remove from the group by the Lord & First Knight for any reason.
Members (excluding Lord & First Knight) can be removed from the group by a majority
vote of the other members with a valid reason.
• Personnel Records
A file will be kept on each member with copies of all documentation.
Wage And Salary Policies
• Pay Computation
No pay will be received for shows that money does not go to the group from. Pay for
paid shows shall be computed on a case-to-case basis by the Lord and First Knight.
• Commissions on Vending
When KoG is vending products made or supplied by members, profits shall be split
between the KoG and the member who created or supplied the product sold.
Standards of Conduct
• Standards of Behavior
All members and initiates are expected to conduct their behavior in such a way that no
negative view is taken against the KoG. The KoG must always be portrayed in a positive
light. Members must understand that their conduct reflects upon the group as a whole.
• Member Dating Policy
The organization strongly believes that an environment where members maintain clear
boundaries between personal and group interactions is most effective for conducting the
group. Although this policy does not prevent the development of friendships or romantic
relationships between members, it does establish very clear boundaries as to how
relationships will progress during faire or show hours and within the environment.
1. During faire hours or show times and in patron areas members are expected to keep
personal exchanges limited so that others are not distracted or offended by such
exchanges and so that character depiction is maintained.
2. During non-faire/show time, such as after hour or behind-the-scenes, members are not
precluded from having appropriate personal conversations in non-public areas as long as
their conversations and behaviors could in no way be perceived as offensive or
uncomfortable to a reasonable person.
3. Members are strictly prohibited from engaging in physical contact that would in any
way be deemed inappropriate by a reasonable person while anywhere in view of patrons
or other members of the public while on faire premises, whether during faire hours or not.
4. Members who allow personal relationships with other members to affect the working
environment will be subject to the appropriate provisions of the company disciplinary
policy which may include counseling for minor problem. Failure to change behavior and
maintain expected group responsibilities is viewed as a serious disciplinary matter.
5. Members off-duty conduct is generally regarded as private, as long as such conduct
does not create problems within the group.
6. Where problems or potential risks are identified the Lord and/or First Knight will work
with the parties involved to consider options for resolving the problem.
7. In some cases other measures may be necessary such as transfer to other positions or
removal from the group.
9. Unwillingness to maintain a professional, civil working relationship will be deemed a
10. Continued failure to work with the organization to resolve such a situation in a
mutually agreeable fashion may ultimately be deemed insubordination and therefore
serve as cause for immediate removal from the group. The organization’s disciplinary
policy will be consulted to ensure consistency, however, before any such extreme
measures are undertaken.
11. The provisions of this policy apply regardless of the sexual orientation of the parties
12. Where doubts exist as to the specific meaning of the terms used above, members
should make judgments on the basis of the overall spirit and intent of this policy.
13. Any member who feels they have been disadvantaged as a result of this policy, or
who believes this policy is not being adhered to should make their feelings known to the
Lord, First Knight, or other designated individual.
• Attendance Standards
Members are required to attend all mandatory meetings and events. If committed to a
show or faire, members are obligated to attend ALL rehearsals and performances on time
unless Lord or First Knight gave prior permission otherwise.
• Disciplinary Procedures
Members may be removed or suspended for any reason during their initiate period. After
the initiate period, members may be removed immediately by the Lord or First Knight for
a variety of reasons including, but not limited to misconduct, actions, which result in the
group being portrayed in a bad light with the public. Members may also be removed by a
majority vote of other members if a valid grievance is presented.
• Confidential Information
All personal information shall be kept private. Only group members shall have access to
such information and it will not be shared with anyone outside of the group without
permission of the member.
Smoking during faires or shows shall be in appropriately designated areas only and out of
view of patrons.
• Outside Obligations:
We understand that everyone has a life outside of the KoG and that means there are other
obligations outside of the group. Members will not be expected to ignore these
obligations. Members need to let either the Lord or First Knight know about any
obligations that may interfere with KoG events. If obligations may keep a performer
from fulfilling their duties to a particular role either rehearsals or shows, they should not
commit to the show. If they do want to perform they need to make the obligations known
immediately and the Lord and First Knight will let them know if the performance is
feasible while allowing for the outside obligations. Emergencies that arise and conflict
with shows, rehearsals, or other events may need to be documented and proven at the
discretion of the Lord or First Knight.
• Dress Code
Members are expected to have period dress of their own. Knights, Soldiers, & Squires
must wear their KoG tabards during all faires or shows unless they are portraying a
different type of character.
• Conflictof Interest
As a member of KoG your loyalties must lie with the group. We do not limit the
individual’s right to try out for other shows or faires as long as doing so does not go
against any resolution that KoG has had towards said show or faire. The show or faire
also should not be in direct competition with a show or faire in which KoG is performing
or has endorsed.
Violence against another KoG member, patron, or faire cast or official will not be
tolerated. Discipline will depend on the circumstances surrounding the event.
• Member Relations Philosophy
Both the Lord and First Knight as well as the directors have open door policies. If any
member has a problem or concern they can contact one of them to discuss it without any
repercussion. If the issue not resolved, the member can feel free to contact one of the
other officials listed.
• Grievance Procedure:
Grievances can be address as outlined above in the member relations policy
If arbitration becomes needed, a hearing will be conducted and presided over by the Lord
and First Knight. If the grievance is with either the Lord Or First Knight, another knight
will join the panel, In lieu of another knight, the Stage Manager will stand in.
Faire/Show Roles and Responsibilities
Members participating in a show/faire must be on time to all calls that apply to them.
These call times will be set by the directors and passed on to the performers. All actors
must be present at all rehearsals unless previously excused; any actor that fails to attend a
rehearsal may be cut from a show at the discretion of the directors involved.
Show Hierarchy is stage manager then fight and improvisation/street directors then actors
All actors must follow the guidance of directors above them; any issues can be brought to
the Lord or First Knight.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF RECEIPT OF EMPLOYEE POLICY MANUAL
I acknowledge that I have received and read a copy of Employer's Policy Manual.
I agree to abide by the policies in this manual, and any other policies or
procedures adopted by Company.10 I understand that this manual supersedes all
previously-issued manuals, and that Company may change, modify or replace
policies and procedures in this manual, with or without notice to me. I also
understand that the policies and procedures contained in this manual do not
create an employment contract and that no written contract for employment
I further understand and acknowledge that either Company or I may terminate the
employment relationship at any time, for any reason, with or without cause or
notice, and that the at-will nature of my employment may not be modified except
in writing, and signed by the President of Company.
Employee Signature _______________
Date Signed ______________