3 Las Palomas
Orinda, CA 94568
16 June XI (1976)
Karina of the Far West, Laurel Queen of
to the Heralds of the Four Kingdoms,
Before starting the list of acceptances
and rejections, I would like to explain a little of the history
and function of the College of Arms to the newer heralds.
In the first year of the SCA, fighters put
whatever they liked on their shields, and members who knew a little
heraldry advised them after the fact. Need I say that this didn't
work very well?
The first members of the College of Arms
were Harold of Breakstone, Laurel King of Arms; Randall of Hightower,
Clarion Herald; Karina of the Far West, Banner Pursuivant; and
Hugh ap Llewellyn, Green Cloak Pursuivant. Dorothea of Paraval
(now CaerMyrddin) was our recorder and Johanna von Griffenhurst
As outlying branches were added, so were
local heralds and pursuivants; but every submission was discussed
and acted on by the abovenamed.
The burden of work was beyond the capacity
of this group of officers, and in March V (1971) the offices of
the four Kingdom Heralds were separated from it, with the intention
that they should screen out the obviously unacceptable applications:
names of famous persons; devices too close to SCA or realworld
arms already existing; out of period charges; and so on. They
were also to check submissions of other Kingdoms within thirty
days of submission. Lord Brigantia has been most punctilious about
Most of the applications here rejected should
have never reached my office.
Each Kingdom Herald, should, ideally, own
copies of Papworth's Ordinary, the Oxford English Dictionary,
and a good edition, such as the 11th (1910) of the Encyclopedia
Britannica. He should certainly be able to consult them in
a library. If an application contains something the herald cannot
readily check, he should ask the applicant to provide documentation.
Master Harold of Breakstone, O.L., Laurel
Emeritus, now holds the longvacant office of Clarion King
of Arms. Decisions on the following acceptances and rejections
were made after consultation with the Lord Clarion, and represent
our joint conclusions.
Heralds of the all Kingdoms should pay careful
heed to the notes, whether for their Kingdom or others, as they
contain statements of policy both old and new. A compendium of
such statements is being made, but I don't know how long it will
Aaron Elvenspeed. Per pale vert and Or, two dragons serpentine combattant counterchanged.
His own designage ten! Never
too young... This dragon is also found in the arms of Duchess
Marynel of Darkhaven, and is so blazoned on her original application.
ART WORK HERE
ART WORK HERE
A. Salient (Marynel) B. Combattant, 1 of
Bela of Eastmarch. Badge for Free Company of Mariners. Gyronny sable and argent, a dragon rampant gules, armed and webbed vert.
Note: "Webbed" refers to the webs
between the toes.
Colin of Duntamknackan. Gyronny gules and argent, a merman, bow in dexter and arrow in sinister hand, tail raised to sinister, counterchanged.
We are checking a possible error in the
Daniel the Silent. Per chevron gules and Or, three descrescents with flames issuant from the upper cusp of each, counterchanged.
Handsome and striking.
Edward of Stonehaven. Gules, a bend ermine, overall an hourglass proper sanded Or; a bordure engrailed Or.
Reblazon as requested by Lord Vesper for
greater accuracy. Bordure not invected as Lord Vesper said.
Edwin of Svart Elder. Sable, on a saltire argent two swords Or hilted and enflamed sable.
fire? O well . . . .
Eoin macChlurain of Northmarch. Per pale sable and argent, two seahorses couped behind the forefin and conjoined, a mullet above the head of each, all counterchanged; upon the line of division a sword inverted of the field, fimbriated counterchanged.
Simpler than it sounds.
Fiona MacGregor.[in pen, "alt to Conegorovna" ?sp] Azure, a lion couchant, its head a sun in splendor, Or.
Fritha. Vert, between two catamounts sejant rampant guardant Or, as many gules.
A new position. ARTWORK HERE
Argent, in saltire two pussywillow (Salix cinerea) branches
proper within a bordure counterermine.
Galina de Kari. [in pen, "alt to Keri" ?sp] Sable a cat's ear lily (Calochortus tolmiei) eradicated proper, within an annulus enflamed of many colors.
A delicate and lovely Wester wildflower,
related to the mariposa lilies. Flower is light bluish lavender.
ART WORK HERE
Gilbert of the Glens. Azure, an eagle displayed grasping a sun in both claws, Or.
Hal Ravn. Badge for House Ravnsgaard. The letters M and X, the latter with a bar above it; or the Roman numerals for nine thousand.
One of the first badges ever registered.
First accepted 2 December 1970, but inadvertently omitted from
Hedgia du Loup.
Gules, a bend sinister between a wolf countercourant and
a longtailed bat displayed, all sable fimbriated Or.
Jacinth [of the Lion's Gate] ALTER SURNAME. Vert, a fess bretessee counterermine, overall a cross of St. Anthony Or.
Handsome. The name of a branch should not
be used as a surname, as it could not be used with the title of
(Court) Baron or Baroness.
Josette de Chanteeler.
Per pale gules and sable, a cock crowing Or, on a chief argent
three goblets Or fimbriated sable.
Ka:the von Munchausen, badge for Draco Ridiculus. Gules, between six piles, four in chief and two in base, a rustic rampant vested proper.
Also: "within a dragon's mouth, a george,
Kathleen the Forgetful. (Alteration). Argent, a turtle statant contournee vert.
Altered to avoid conflict with Frederic
Kenneth the Unknown.
Argent, three pallets couped gules; overall a narwhal (Monodon
monoceros) embowed proper.
Koryu (change of name from Valgar Dracomnus). Sable a crescent debruised in pale with a Ken blade. (Registered 2/75) without tinctures as badge.)
Handsome. A Ken is an ancient Chinese sword
used in mon rather than a katana. ART WORK HERE
Badge. Sable, three chevronels vert fimbriated argent. (Registered
2/75 as device.)
Leile (Bjornberg). Sable, a Bowen knot in cross fretted Or.
Very nice when neatly done. We will use
the mundane surname until an SCA one is chosen. ART WORK HERE
Loran Redbow. Azure, three firearrows bend sinisterwise in bend argent, enflamed proper.
Can he alter name to avoid confusion with
20thcentury LORAN? Medieval forms of Lawrence include Laurent
(Fr.), Lavrans (Nor.), Lorenzo (It., Sp.), Lorenz (Ger.), Laurentius
Michael the Black. Badge for House Houghton. Or, between two wings displayed sable a hammer argent, all conjoined by a crescent inverted vert.
Note: House Houghton is not connected with William of Hoghton.
Motley, Order of (An Tir). Badge: Vert, the letters X, L, C, two and one, Or.
They want a banner with a strange badge.
Letters of the alphabet are permitted on badges. Motley is a chartered
entertainers' association in Madrone.
Patrick of Innisfree. Vert, a sun Or charged with a dexter hand couped at the wrist vert.
Handsome. The sun is not "in
splendor", as submitted, since it lacks features.
Ragnar Ulfblod. Or guttee de sang, a wolf's head erased sable.
Tincture altered, with applicant's consent,
to avoid conflict with Ellick [Pap. 912].
Robert Godwin of Markmeer. Gules, a gauntlet sable, fimbriated argent, holding a cross argent and a book sable, fimbriated argent.
The Church Militant, I presume?
Roland of Falcondale.
Argent, a falcon displayed sable, its wings encirciling an estoile
gules; a border engrailed sable.
Ruatha Anne. Purpure, a harpy between four roundels argent.
Sean Gealt. Argent, a saltire azure voiced, overall a chough, wings elevated, proper.
Nice. The chough is heraldically defined
and genus and species can be omitted. It resembles a crow but
has red beak and feet.
Stephen von Behrend. (Alteration). Azure, a lightning bolt bendwise argent between in chief a star of eight rays and in base a dagger inverted Or.
The field was previously gules.
Thomas the Merciless. Argent gutte de sang, a dexter hand couped at the wrist vert; a bordure sable.
Note: Sir Thomas is the brother of Patrick
of Innisfree; hence their common use of one charge.
Argent, in saltire two swords enflamed proper.
Una of Shannon.
Vert, a tripledheaded unicorn counterpassant Or.
Sable guttee d'eau, an apple tree eradicated argent, fructed of
live apples vert.
Wilowen of Stuarts.
Sable, within an orle a Bengal tiger passant upon a Lochaber axe
all argent, the tiger striped sable.
Ferderic of Feolildwyn. (Alteration of blazon). Or, a tortoise passant vert, charged upon the shell with a fret Or.
Blazon altered from Or, a tortoise tergiant
in fess proper charged on the shell with a fret or. It now corresponds
with the emblazon.
Salamander Pursuivant. Badge: A salamander tergiant in pale.
May be used as a seal, but not on garments.
A herald wears the crossed trumpets, and may wear the arms of
the King, Prince or Baron whose voice he is, but no arms or badge
of his own.
Conroy der Rote. Gules, on a sun argent, a falcon's leg couped alaquise proper.
Not a sun in glory. Query: shouldn't a fourth
claw be visible? Note: alaquise (i.e. a la cusse,
"with the thigh") means that the entire leg is shown.
Echegaray of Shadow Valley.
Should add given name: Echegaray is a surname.
Eche means "house".
Echegaray of Shadow Valley. Argent, a sun gules charged with a lion's head cabossed.
Striking. Note: not affrontee erased; the
mane covers the neck.
Fenwick of Gloster. Vert, a water buffalo (Bubalus bubalis) passant proper.
Nice and simple. Should add a first name:
Fenwick is a place name.
John the Bearkiller.
Gules, a sword argent hilted bendy sinister sable and Or; overall
a bear's head sinister facing erased, eyes closed, proper, langued
John Shark the Wanderer.
Surname "Halfelven" REJECTED without
proof of parentage.
John Shark the Wanderer. Azure, a shark's tooth point downward proper.
Note: there is no default position, as tooth
could be from upper or lower jaw.
Jonathan the Younger. Per pale gules and azure, a cross argent griffeedeloup, pierced, therein an acorn Or, capped vert.
Griffeedeloup means "wolfclawed".
Pierced means there is a round opening through which the field
appears, unless otherwise specified. An acorn "proper"
would be all one color. ART WORK HERE
Marie du Lys Argent. Badge for Bayt Aldebaran. Or, four piles conjoined in cross gules, vert, sable, and azure, overall a mullet of four points argent.
Very pretty. It looks like a simplified
version of "Chips and Whetstones" as shown in Romance
of the Patchwork Quilt in America, p. 182.)
Tertius the Nameless. Badge: Argent, the Roman numeral three within [in annulo seven torteaux].
Information in  from 5th Edition Armorial,
original not shown in copy provided typist.
William Colquitt. Vert, a rampant, tail sufflexed, Or.
Note: "Sufflexed" means "bent
under". If it were "coward" the tail would be between
the legs. This was submitted as "a male rat" but the
emblazon has no visible indication of sex.
Chronicler of the Society for Creative Anachronism.
Conflicts with the badge of Poets, Essayists,
and Novelists International, In saltire a sword inverted fracted
debruised by a pen, between the letters P.E.N. It's also in bad
taste: the Chronicler of the Society should praise the deed of
I will need full documentation on the appearance
Dafydd Lyn O'Seachnasaigh.
It looks like an impaled coat; there are
a few registered in the Society but we don't want any more.
David of Castlwhyte. Badge.
This may have been rejected earlier; it
is in conflict with several realworld arms with three castles
argent (Papworth, p. 370). Try Argent, four castles vert, or try
to find a really different way to use castles argent.
David de Cockburn.
Conflicts with Simler zu Ebermansdorf.
Dea Devra Dhabiaya.
"Dea" means Goddess. The hand
of Fatima with an eye symbolizes Allseeing God. Taken together
they are inadmissible. Change one or the other.
Dietrich von Kriegsheldenburg.
Opinicus was first attested in 1780; probably
a corruption of Ophiuchus, "serpent". "Warherocity"
Elite MarieLouise de la Loire.
Elite is not a name. The literal translation
from French is "choice, best". The field is France ancient.
Blaze the charge "an arm vested of a maunce"; the sleeve
is more commonly empty. Not correctly drawn in emblazon; unless
the lady has three elbows.
Conflicts with Miller (Papworth,
Ka:the von Munchausen.
Countervair is out of period (first
attested 1766, O.E.D.). Try the kite alone.
Katherine of Lueckshire.
Conflicts with Overton (Papworth,
Kiera ap Gwilym of Caer Priddydd.
Conflicts with Gravelle, Argent,
an owl azure. "Ap Gwilym" means son of Gwilym
(applicant is female). Caer Priddydd means "fortress
of the poet". Welsh poets were considered magicians. This,
combined with owl and black stars, suggests a stronghold of black
Margaret of Blay.
Conflicts with Biberach, Bishop of Albany
(see Lord Alfgar's letter of 29 September 1975). Suggest three
beavers and a different field.
Patrice du Coeur Fidele.
Conflicts with Douglas et al. (Papworth,
Paul of Hameldone.
Conflicts with Matthew of Brierwood.
Sean a Claidheamn.
Tinctures and primary charge are the same
as Gwynaeth Math O'Ddylluan. Alter tinctures or substitute annulus
In medieval Scandinavian usage, this means
that his father's given name was Thor, which was not the practice.
Compounds such as Throgeir, Therokild, etc., were used. Mordon
Thorson is a contraction of Throgeirsson, Thorkildsson, etc. Note
that the s is doubled.
Trey N'Iurge ar Glanabred.
The chief is not sufficient difference.
Trixie la Tush.
The name is offensive.
Change the name: with its multiple meaning
of "starlight" it sounds too Elvish; unless she can
prove that a mortal could have used the name. The device is badly
balanced and looks much better inverted; we suggest it be turned
Alexis Megaera of Darkheim.
Conflicts with Cuthbert of Bloodstone.
Tuiren de Lisle.
Conflicts with Oberon, King of Amber, Vert,
a unicorn clymant argent. (N.B. this was rejected by Lord Ioseph
on July 31, 1974, if it's the same device.) The addition of a
mullet merely indicates that it is the third lineal male heir,
e.g. third son, as specified in the Book of St. Albans
Aleana of Dunsae.
Much too busy. Remember, Society arms are
supposed to be recognizable across a tourney field.
Angeline the Huntress.
The flower color is out of period; in any
case the emblazon resembles a 16petal Imperial chrysanthemum,
not a carnation. Consult Kerr and Dowden, Shakespeare's Flowers
(Crowell, 1969) for paintings for carnations of the period, with
their relatives, pinks and gillyvors. "Four triangles braced"
does not accurately describe two Stars of David.
Aren of Rivenhorn.
This is identical to Downes of Chester (Papworth,
p. 59). Somebody really should have caught this.
Britomart the Adamant.
The name will not do; it is used by the
Embodiment of Chastity in Spenser's Faerie Queene and the
Maiden aspect of the Triple Goddess.
Cassandra of Khiva.
Conflicts with Sheryl of Thespis. In altering,
watch out for Cassandra of Padua. Try a different bird than a
swanno one has an egret in Society or English
arms, though some are found in French.
Conflicts with Echlin (Papworth, p. 1089).
Somebody should have caught this too.
Francois Duvent (or Duvont).
Remove the fleursdelis, which
conflict with France. The remainder conflicts with Barbara Fitzhugh
de Brandhard, Azure a sword inverted proper entwined of a poppy.
Why a fur snake? the rule of tincture doesn't require it.
Try to avoid anything too reminiscent of the staff of Aesculapius.
(Barbara wasn't allowed one either; her poppy replaces a snake.)
The blazon is unclear as to the position. Better start over.
Redo the emblazon: that isn't rampant. Can't
you just have a broken chain and omit the damaged wall?
Jeffrey of Spirit Valley.
The pentagram is forbidden, and the griffon
far too cramped inside the center. Between the name and the design
the intent is clear. We don't register magic.
Julie of Blackwater. Badge
We have no form on this, but it was submitted
by Aten march 17, 1974, as Argent, a heart gules, a border invected
sable. This was in conflict with Herzen. Presumably Lord Ioseph
rejected it and it was subsequently lost. We reject it again just
Kristjan Olavsson Ankastjerne.
Conflicts with Dorothea of CaerMyrddin,
badge, a raven rising from flames proper. Use heraldic
position when resubmitting.
Neatly drawn, but very badly blazoned. Must
it look this way, anyhow? It doesn't look very heraldic. Why not
just a greyhound (levrier)? If you redesign, why not Gules, the
fourth quarter argent, therein a a greyhound (or levrier) couchant
reguardant with dexter paw raised all vert, langued gules?
Conflicts with Middletown, Rhode Island,
Vert, three windmills argent.
Qestor de Anderria.
Why is the name spelled without a u?
If it's intended for Questor, be advised that's a church office,
equivalent to "pardoner". And the device is a landscape.
Queen's Grace, Order, of Atenveldt.
The white rose and sun are both Yorkist
badges. A pity, because that's just what you'd expect the QOG
of Atenveldt to have, but we'd have to prove each queen's direct
descent from the House of York.
Stephan den Falk.
Give genus and species, also a citation
for the black coloring. The Encyclopedia Britannica says
all gyrfalcons have barred plumage.
Tertius the Nameless.
The same star polygon has already been rejected
for Andros ap Anlawdd (letter of 19 April 1976, page 6).
Conflicts with existing mon. Change
the name and try another flower.
Valiant of the South Bank.
The name conflicts with Prince Valiant of
the comic pages. Valens or Valentius would be all rightor
cite another example (in period) of Valiant as a first name.
William of Isher.
Empress Innelda Isher and the Weapon Shops
of the Isher Empire are far in the future, but may not be infringed
upon; can you show independent existence of Isher as a place name?
Find a better [way] to blazon the device, and if possible a better
way to arrange it. Is William a member of the Order of the Aspen
Name conflicts with Will the Wisp.
Ylyssor aldor Valdin of Ravenswaard.
Explain the name; it looks too much like
"Elfstone prince of the Silent Angels".
Ylyssar, etc., badge for Veiled Council of Valadin.
Explain this too. Obviously Tolkien, when
taken with Ylyssar, etc. It looks like "Silent Angels",
or, worse yet, "Angels of Silence". Is this a chartered
Of 93 items here reported, 46 were rejections.
This is not due to overstrictness on my part. I would have passed
some doubtful applications, but rejected them on the Lord Clarion's
advice. He confirmed all my own reasons for every rejection, and
in some cases added other reasons. I would like the Kingdom Heralds
to review applications still outstanding and withdraw any they
This office will be closed briefly, but
will reopen for business on 7 August.
I remain at your service,
Karina of the Far West
O.L., Pel., Baroness
Laurel Queen of Arms