Their Highnesses wrote:
It is with a very heavy heart that we hear of the passing of Premier Knight of Meridies and Companion of the Pelican, Count Francois DuVant, early this morning.
For those who have not had the privilege of knowing this great man directly, Sir Francois was elevated by HRM Robert Roundpounder of Atenveldt in 1974. He served Meridies as their First Prince, and their Fourth King. He is widely acknowledged to be the very Flower of the Meridian Chivalry and the model for all who have come after. That we hold his example in highest regard is reflected in the DuVant Cross, a recognition for chivalric behavior and prowess among our Youth Combatants.
His thoughtful counsel has guided our Chivalry and, indeed, all of us for over 30 years. Always pursuing the noblest path, and shaming our baser inclinations by his shining example, his voice will be missed more than words can ever express. His has left his indelible mark on Meridies, and her child Gleann Abhann, and we are the richer for it.
With great sadness and gratitude for having known him,
Radu and Broinnfinn
Lord and Lady Heir of Gleann Abhann
Published by kind permission of Their Highnesses.