1 3 August XXI (1986)
THE FOLLOWING SUBMISSIONS ARE APPROVED:
Kingdom of Atenveldt
Device. Per pale azure and Or, two trees eradicated counterchanged.
Averil du Bois d'Avignon.
Name only (see RETURNS for device).
Black Jack of Orney.
Name and device. Gules, two bones in saltire argent be-tween
in pale two wyverns passant to sinister Or and in fess two skulls
Cherie Ruadh MhicRath of Locksley. Device. Vert, on a tree eradicated argent a cat statant guardant gules.
DISCUSSION: This is technically only a minor
point different from the arms of her lord, Ioseph of Locksley;
and even with a letter of permission, we normally require at least
a major point. [V.5] I am granting a specific exception in this
Name and device. Per pale gules and argent, a winged wolf volant
bendwise counterchanged, a chief triangular Or.
Davan inn Spaki. Device. Sable, an owl displayed argent and in chief a staff fesswise Or, all within a bordure argent.
DISCUSSION: As I have noted recently (12 Jul
86, pp. 23), stooping is a head down position (read,
"bird in a power dive"). The owl is simply displayed.
Eirianedd o Randir Mwyn. Name only (see RETURNS for device).
NOTE: According to Batonvert, the initial consonant
of the word following the Welsh preposition o mutates,
so Rh becomes simply R. We have corrected the name
Emerick Cowper from the Wall.
Name only (see RETURNS for device).
Emrys Bethoc (submitted as Emrys of Bethoc). Name and device. Argent, an otter rampant proper between in chief three mullets of four points gules and a base wavy azure, all within a bordure embattled gules. (Lutra lutra)
NOTE: Bethoc is a feminine given name,
not a place name, so the preposition of is inappropriate.
We have omitted it in order to register the device. He might want
to consider adding a patronymic particle, such as mac.
Grimric the Obnoxious. Name and device. Per bend sinister, checky vert and argent, and argent, a bend sinister gules and in base an annulet vert.
NOTE: The period definition of obnoxious,
according to the OED, carries the meaning of "submissive,
obsequious, or deferential." The earliest citation given
for the current meaning is 1675. The name is still acceptable
the attribute is certainly period but you might
want to advise the submitter.
Johnathan Crusadene Whitewolf. Name change (from Jonathan of Whitewolfe) and badge for the Brothers Crusadene. Argent, a long Maltese cross nowy pierced gules and therein a rose azure.
NOTE: Please make the circular center of the
cross bigger, and enlarge the rose proportionally.
Justin du Roc. Badge. Per bend sinister azure and counterermine, a madu (Indian shield) with horns in pale argent.* (* "The Death Star has cleared the planet."
DISCUSSION: A madu is "An Indian parrying
and thrusting weapon consisting of a pair of black buck horns
fastened together with their points in opposite directions ...
The hand is protected by a small circular shield of leather or
iron." (Stone 423).
Meghan Kendra of Blackwood.
Device. Per bend Or and gules, a natural panther salient sable
between in bend sinister a mullet of four points elongated to
base vert and another argent.
Roget du Callet.
Device. Argent, on a fess gules two boar's heads erased argent,
overall a boar's head erased sable.
Suzanne of Brignogan.
Name and device. Per bend sinister Or and sable, three poppies
gules and a sheaf of three wheat stalks bendwise sinister Or,
all within a bordure per bend sinister gules and Or.
Kingdom of Caid
Aldgytha of the Misty Glen.
Name change (from Ealdgyth von Froschheim) and device. Purpure,
a unicorn rampant argent, armed and crined Or, in base a thunderbolt
argent, a bordure countercompony Or and sable. NOTE: Her
old device (Quarterly argent and purpure, a bend countercompony
Or and sable between a thunderbolt and a roundel argent) becomes
Aldgytha of the Misty Glen.
Badge. Purpure, a thunderbolt argent, a bordure countercompony
Or and sable.
Aldgytha of the Misty Glen.
Badge. Purpure, a winged heart argent, a bordure countercompony
Or and sable.
Allen of House Latimer.
Name change (from Francis of Allynwoode).
Angela of Rosebury. Device change. Gules, a pale offset between in bend sinister two mascles argent. NOTE: Her present device is released.
DISCUSSION: The pale offset is a new
charge. See the illustration in the margin.
Badge. A sealion and a bottlenosed dolphin haurient
respectant grasping each other's forelimbs argent.
Angharad of the Blue Rose.
Badge. A rose within a triangle voided azure.
Angharad ferch Gareth.
Name and device. Per bend sinister Or and gules, three escallops
in bend sinister and a seahorse erect counterchanged.
Ariel of Nordwache.
Name and device. Per chevron argent and potent, two lances in
chevron and a unicorn's head erased to sinister sable.
Arwen Mildthryth Dafydd.
Device change. Azure, a mascle Or conjoined in cross with four
lozenges argent. NOTE: Her old device is released.
Ascelyn Fraser Summerhawke.
Name change (from Ascelyn Fraser of Summerhawk).
Bhalter de Fairment.
Badge. On a gout vert a fleurdelis Or.
Bronwyn McKay Kellough.
Name and device. Per bend sable and vert, three roses in bend
Caid, Kingdom of.
Title for Gold Forest Pursuivant.
Charles of Shepardswell.
Badge. Per chevron vert and Or, a lion rampant maintaining a
Chloe Aubre Duclair.
Eden Elisabeth McNab Summerhawke.
Name change (from Eden of Summerhawk).
Egill von Stahl. Badge. Argent, a comet bendwise sinister inverted sable, bearded gules.
DISCUSSION: In light of both the prior registration of the Bayeux tapestry representation of Halley's comet to the BaronyMarch of the Debatable Lands and the considerable number of period depictions of comets presented by Crescent, I am withdrawing my objection to comets not represented exactly as shown in Parker. For purposes of SCA armory, a comet may generally be defined as "a star with a beard" a mullet or estoile, trailing plumes of vapor or fire. Concedo, Bruce.
The word comet comes from Greek (astÉr)
komÉtÉs, "longhaired (star)".
This is why its tail is known as a "beard".
Frank of Wales.
Name and device. Or, an olive branch bendwise vert, fructed
sable, between two fleursdelis azure, each charged
with a sword proper.
Friedrich Ethelred aus Schloss Trier.
Badge. Or, a dexter arm embowed and armored, maintaining an
Garfield of Angar. Name and device. Per bend sable and Or, a bend between a mallet and a shamrock counterchanged.
DISCUSSION: Garfield is his mundane
Gregory del Grifone Scarlàtto.
Name and device. Per fess Or and sable, in chief a griffin passant
reguardant, grasping in its dexter talon a sheaf of arrows inverted
gules, and in base a saltire gules fimbriated Or.
Gyldenholt, Barony of.
Name for Order of the Forêt d'Or.
Badge for Mercenary Guild. Gules, a talbot's head couped argent,
collared sable, between three bezants one and two.
Jared Wolfe of Shadow Keep. Name and device. Per pale azure and Or, a castle sable and on a chief three caltrops all counterchanged.
DISCUSSION: Any artist worth his flake white
will delineate the castle in Or where it passes over the blue
part of the field.
Jeremy FitzMartin of Angoulême.
Name & device. Per pale azure & argent, a lion rampant
between in chief two fleursdelis, all within a bordure
Julia Gilyneta Ahearn.
Name and device. Per pale azure and argent, a seahorse
erect within a bordure mullety all counterchanged.
Device. Barry azure and argent, on a pale endorsed gules three
Name and device. Per bend sinister argent and vert, two batons
Lambert de Sur.
Device. Azure, on a fess cotised argent a fess gules, in chief
four crosses formy argent.
Larissa Alwynn Clarewoode. Name & device. Or, an orle of violets purpure, barbed and seeded proper, overall a pale azure charged with a sword inverted proper.
NOTE: The flora should be drawn as violets,
not purple roses. Please correct the emblazon.
Leona di Francesco.
Device change. Azure, a tau cross sable, fimbriated, overall
a lioness sejant, dexter forepaw raised, and in dexter base a
cup, all Or. NOTE: Her old device is released.
Name and device. Or, a horse passant to sinister between two
crescents and an escallop inverted gules.
Badge. Argent, a seahorse naiant to sinister vert within
a bordure embattled purpure.
Malcolm Andrew of White Heather.
Name and device. Per chevron inverted azure and azure ermined
Or, a chevron inverted argent and in chief a lion salient Or.
Margarette of Gyldenholt (submitted as Margarette de Burgh). Name and device. Sable, a natural leopard's face Or between two flaunches ermine and on a chief Or three fleursdelys gules.
NOTE: The name conflicts with that of Margarete,
Countess of Berg, wife of Gerhard VI von Jülich. We have
used a holding name in order to register the device.
Matthew of Paisley.
Name and device. Vert, a pall cotised Or between three cinquefoils
Name and device. Argent, fretty sable, a pike naiant vert.
Morgan Arthur ap Llewellyn. Name and device. Vert, in pale a ram's head cabossed argent, armed Or, and three roses two and one, all within a bordure Or.
DISCUSSION: While some possibility of confusion
exists between this name and that of Morgan ap Llewellan Peregrine,
the two do not conflict.
Morganthe of Nordwache (submitted as Morganthe of the Shadows). Name and device. Azure, on a bend sinister between a mask of tragedy and a mask of comedy argent, a garden rosebud gules, slipped and leaved vert.
NOTE: Morganthe "of the Shadows"
is too reminiscent of Morgan le Fay. Please choose another byname.
We have used a holding name in order to register the device.
Name and device. Gules, on a bend sinister Or a merlin's head
palewise erased proper, all within a bordure checky sable and
Name and device. Gules, on a bend sinister sable, fimbriated
and cotised, three crescents palewise Or.
Name only (see RETURNS for device).
Robert Milne Stabbings.
Badge. Sable, in pale a wolf passant reguardant and a tree stump
Selina of Sand Creek.
Name change (from Dennis of Gyldenholt).
Teodoro Bertrando di Falco.
Name and device. Per pale Or and gules, on a bend nebuly between
two falcons close, belled and jessed, three roundels all counterchanged.
Wilfried Rudiger Quellermann.
Name and device. Barry wavy vert and argent, three gouttes de
Wolf Dietrich von Hohenwald. Device change. Per pale Or and gules, a chevron between two wolf's heads erased respectant and a pine tree, all counterchanged. NOTE: His old device is released.
DISCUSSION: I have been treating the addition
of a group of dissimilar secondary charges as sufficient difference
from mundane arms. The general requirement has been that the
underlying coats be very basic (an ordinary), that the dissimilarity
be symmetrical (chief/base or dexter/sinister), and that it be
marked (usually complete difference of charge).
Kingdom of Trimaris
Alaric Valdemar Whitewolf.
Alasdair Francis MacDhomhnuill.
Name only (see RETURNS for device).
Allesandra Francesca Karina del Bochetto.
Name and device. Per bend sinister argent and azure, a bend sinister
wavy counterchanged between a dolphin naiant bendwise sinister
vert and another facing sinister and inverted, argent, on a chief
vert three escallops Or.
Branwyn of Haven Isle.
Cedric Steinhauser. Name only (see RETURNS for device).
DISCUSSION: Davies (12) says: "It is often
stated that when Sir Walter Scott gave a character in his novel
'Ivanhoe' the name of CEDRIC he made a mistake, intending the
old Saxon name of CERDIC. As he was a native of Strathclyde,
and the other 'Saxon' names in the book look strangely Celtic,
it seems much more probable that Sir Walter merely simplified
the spelling of CEDRYCH." Ced also occurs
as a protheme in AngloSaxon, a variant of Caed- or
Cead, and ric is well attested, so Cedric
is also a valid AngloSaxon name. [AG].
Christiana Storre. Name and device. Or, a sword bendwise sinister inverted gules between two bendlets sinister gemel sable, in dexter chief a lion's head erased and in sinister base a heart, both gules.
DISCUSSION: I've never looked into the question
of which is "correct." but Society usage is to say bendwise
sinister rather than bend sinisterwise. There may be a
grammatical argument for the choice: the noun being modified is
bend, not bendsinister (sinister also modifies
bend), and the suffix wise should presumably
be placed on the noun. It's like saying "fleursdelis"
(lily flowers) instead of "fleurdelises"
Deirdre Edana Gautarrsdottir.
Demetrius Sethero Eleom Potamo. Name only.
NOTE: According to Virgule, this is how the
given name is spelled. The ous ending is "a butchered
* CASSIUS: Did Cicero say anything? CASCA:
Aye, he spoke Greek. CASSIUS: To what effect? CASCA: Nay, an
I tell you that, I'll ne'er look you i' the face again: But those,
that understood him, smiled at one another, and shook their heads:
but, for mine own part, it was Greek to me.
Eldrydd Rhuddlan. Name and device. Per bend argent and vert, a manatee bendwise sinister embowed to sinister gules.
DISCUSSION: A manatee is a sirenian, or sea
cow, a large aquatic mammal. For purposes of conflict, it looks
like a seal.
Elemér Landshund. Name only.
DISCUSSION: The given name, quoth Star, is
Magyar. "It's an old pagan name, and nobody knows the meaning
Elspeth Trelawney MacNaughton of Lochawe.
Device. Vert, on a saltire Or a tower gules, and on a chief Or
three roses gules, barbed and seeded proper.
Gillian von dem Walde (submitted as Gillian van Wald). Name only (see RETURNS for device).
NOTE: Van is Dutch, Wald German;
the German for "of the forest" would be von "of"
+ dem "the" (masculine, dative case, singular)
+ Walde "forest" (dative singular). Von dem
would be contracted in normal use to vom, although I'm
told one does not do this in names.
Johann Götz Kauffman von Erfurt. Name only (see RETURNS for device).
NOTE: The normal modern spelling would be Kaufmann (one f, two ns). It means "salesman, merchant."
Malcolm Angus Gunn. Name and device. Vert, a tower pean between two eagles close addorsed Or, on a chief ermine, a sword fesswise gules.
NOTE: Please draw the ermine spots larger.
Michael von Anspach.
Name & device. Or, two chevronels between two daggers in chevron
conjoined at the hilts and a natural panther rampant to sinister
Moira Breanainn MacLochlainn.
Peregrine Springs, Canton of. Name and device. Argent, a falcon rising, wings elevated and displayed, gules, environed of a laurel wreath vert, a base wavy barry wavy of six azure and argent.
DISCUSSION: The base could be blazoned more
compactly as "a ford proper."
Quentin Wrenguard ap Rhys.
Badge. Azure, two rams' heads erased combattant Or.
Rurik Petrovitch Stoianov.
Serina Vigdis Ulfsdottir. Name and device. Sable, a wolf couchant regardant argent between in pale two decrescents Or, a bordure vair.
NOTE: We have substituted Old Norse Ulf
for AngloSaxon Wulf, so the name and the patronymic
suffix agree in language.
Starhaven, Shire of. Name only (appeal).
DISCUSSION: It is my considered opinion that Starhaven and Starkhafn are too similar, even with a letter of permission. The two are alike enough in form to be confused, on paper if not in person.
This is a genuine problem. It took me months to unsnarl "Will the Wisp" and "Willow de Wisp" when both were on the Atenveldt Order of Precedence (a looooong time ago). Master Wilhelm mistook a submission from the Barony of the Sacred Stone as a name change for the Guardians of the Sacred Stone. And a bare six weeks ago, I confused Mynydd Seren with Mynydd Coron, and very nearly filed one of them out of existence.
Individually, I cannot sustain any of the grounds offered for the appeal. The College operates on a firstcome, firstserved basis, depending on when something was registered, not when it was first submitted. Other rules may be bent in hardship cases, but conflict between two SCA submissions is not one of them once something is registered, it is entitled to our full protection, no matter what the circumstances. Letters of permission are only sufficient when the question is one of protecting registrants' rights, not when there is a reasonable probability of confusion. Modern transit and communications (not to mention the exigencies of maintaining a large central registry, whether on paper or via computer) rule out the argument of geographical separation, except perhaps as a tiebreaker in borderline cases. It is not just that "this is our rule." I understand the purpose each rule serves, and know why it is important. I do not wish to set a precedent that will undermine any of them.
Nonetheless, I am moved to grant the appeal not on account of any of the above grounds, but because of all of them, plus two others: the fact that Starkhafn extended permission without this being requested, and the fact that neither branch is, or can ever become, a principality or kingdom. To the best of my knowledge, the only adverse effect this is likely to have is that the records of the two groups may someday become confused. In light of the circumstances, I am willing, on behalf of the Laurel office, to assume this risk. I would like to suggest, however, that Starhaven (no k, v not f) seek to avoid this possibility by adding some kind of qualifier of their name. [I must confess to a certain temptation to record the names as "Starkhafn, Barony of (Caid)" and "Starhaven, Shire of (Trimaris)."] Treblerose's proposal of "Starhavenbythe-Sea" has a lovely ring to it; might I offer this as a suggestion?
Note to Treblerose: the practice of registering
names and armory separately is comparatively recent. Nameonly
submissions were authorized for the first time as a result of
the discussions at the Great Conclave in 1979. It was another
year or two before we started registering the name when the arms
didn't pass, and holding names came in a year or two after that
(although we discussed something along those lines at the Conclave).
Now, would you please stop saying things like "I am not
aware that Laurel has ever...". You make me feel old
Trudy Tudinsdottir (submitted as Lyndh Tudinsdottir). Name and device. Azure, a garden rose slipped and leaved argent within a mullet of four points voided, all within a bordure Or.
NOTE: Lyndh appears from the submitter's
documentation to be a locative byname, not a given name. We have
used her mundane name in order to register the device. She might
want to consider Old German Lindi or Linda.
Name only (see RETURNS for device).
Kingdom of the West
Anne Cameron Nisbet.
Name and device. Vert, a phoenix displayed argent, flames proper,
within a bordure invected Or.
Name only (see RETURNS for device).
Name and device. Sable, on a bend sinister Or, six torteaux,
all within a bordure Or.
Name and device. Argent, a sheep rampant to sinister sable within
a bordure gules.
Device. Argent, a crossbow azure.
Catherine of Brackenborough.
Name and device. Argent, a raven close and in chief three roses
Clare of Belmont.
Name and device. Argent, on a goblet within a double tressure
gules, a rose argent barbed and seeded proper.
Badge. Sable, three natural reindeer's heads in pall, necks
conjoined, within a bordure Or.
Eleonora Lucia Cavalla.
Name and device. Per pale azure and Or, three unicorn's heads
Name only (see RETURNS for device).
Elizabeth of Dragonmoor.
Name and device. Azure, a natural tiger couchant guardant Or,
marked sable, and a sinister gore erminois.
Name and device. Gyronny sable and argent, a rose within an orle
Name only (see RETURNS for device).
Device. Argent, three arrows in pall, points to center, between
as many annulets gules.
Device change. Gules, on a saltire between four thistles argent,
a bear's head erased sable. NOTE: His old device is released.
Device. Argent, on a fess invected azure between two trefoils
slipped vert, a rainbow Or.
Kereina Talvi Tytar.
Name change (from Kareah Talvi Tytar).
Katherine of Bristol.
Badge. Argent, a bear rampant to sinister bendy sinister sable
Katherine of Bristol.
Badge. A bear statant erect affronty, arms extended, vair.
Katrina Jonsdottir (submitted as Katinka Jonsdottir). Name and device. Per fess indented of three points sable and azure, a dance between three crescents and a lion dormant Or.
NOTE: Katinka is a second diminutive of the given name Ekaterina. We have substituted the first diminutive Katrina. We are advised that first diminutives of Russian given names generally existed independently of their root names.
Lachlan Bradoc (submitted as Lachlan Bradoc McCarrum). Name and device. Per pale gules and vert, a bear rampant guardant argent.
NOTE: According to Black, Carrum is
a locative surname, so it wouldn't be used to form a patronymic.
We have omitted the byname in order to register the device.
Name and device. Argent, a thistle vert flowered gules within
a bordure gules charged with hawk's bells Or.
Name change (from Michail Dikevo Polya).
Device. Azure, two bars dancetty between in pale three comets
fesswise, heads to sinister, Or.
Morgan ap Siarl. Device. Gules, a griffin segreant ermine maintaining in its dexter foreclaw a cross of four lozenges Or.
DISCUSSION: This submission was originally returned by Vesper for conflict with BRENLY, Gules a griffin segreant argent. (Papworth 981) The submitter has appealed this decision to Laurel. It is our opinion that Vesper was correct in returning the original submission. As drawn, the ermine spots were invisible against the interior details of the griffin; visually, there was less than a point of difference between Morgan's arms and those of Brenly.
Morgan has redrawn his submission, reducing the amount of detail in the griffin so the ermine spots stand out, and altering the proportions so the cross constitutes a more significant part of the design. (Unfortunately, the miniature emblazon was based on the earlier emblazon.) In this form (which we feel to be the "correct" depiction of the heraldic content of this device), the submission has met the objections that were originally raised, and may be accorded both the visual and the technical difference that are necessary to bring it clear of the cited conflict.
The addition of ermine spots to a field or
charge constitutes a change in tincture a major point of
difference. Circumstances (such as the dimensions of the background,
or the presence of details that detract from contrast) may cause
less visual weight to be assigned, and hence reduce the point
count. It must be borne in mind, however, that the addition of
ermine spots is a recognizable heraldic change, not an artistic
nuance, and is thus normally a standard unit (i.e., a point) of
difference. It should also be noted that "held" charges
ones grasped by an animate charge rarely contribute
more than a weak minor point, or delta. This is sufficient against
mundane, but not against registered SCA armory. The present submission
is helped by the size, placement, and difference in tincture of
Nygell y Baedd Gwyllt.
Device. Gyronny vert and gules, a boar statant guardant within
a bordure Or.
Badge. Per saltire Or and argent, a mullet within an annulet
Richard the Dark.
Device (reblazon). Sable, on a chevron cotised between three
star jasmine blossoms argent, three ogresses.
Siona of the Eagle's Nest.
Device. Per pale argent and gules, a cross parted and fretted
and interlaced with an annulet, all counterchanged, in bend sinister
two eagles displayed heads to sinister argent and sable.
Susan of Coldwell.
Name and device. Or, a roundel barry wavy argent and sable within
a bordure wavy vert.
Tatiana Nikolaevna Tumanova.
Change of device. Per pale vert and azure, in base four mullets
in cross, an orle argent. NOTE: Her old device (Argent, on a
pale endorsed vert, a unicorn's head couped at the shoulder Or,
armed and crined argent) becomes a badge.
Vlasta Ulvaeus of the Wildhair.
Release of badge. Per chevron inverted argent and azure, a sun
sable and a pair of mail gauntlets argent.
RETURNS 11 3 August XXI (1986)
THE FOLLOWING SUBMISSIONS ARE RETURNED:
Kingdom of Atenveldt
Averil du Bois d'Avignon. Device. Per bend sinister in pile abased argent and vert, in dexter issuant from pile point a violet purpure, slipped and leaved vert.
REASON: The line of division does not appear
to be compatible with the medieval armorial style the College
of Arms attempts to emulate. Please redesign. DISCUSSION: Elvin's
Dictionary of Heraldry is not a good source. Many of the
practices described and illustrated are extremely late, and by
our standards, are poor heraldry. His terminology is confused,
and some of the things he shows have never actually been used.
The book is sometimes useful as a source for illustrations of
charges described in other, more reliable works, but it cannot
be trusted for anything else.
Eirianedd o Randir Mwyn. Device. Argent, in dexter a hawk rising wings addorsed and inverted sable and issuant from sinister three piles fesswise azure.
REASON: The design is attractive, but I am
uncertain what term, if any, may be applied to the charges issuing
from the sinister. Piles should go most or all the way across
the field, leaving no room for other charges. (I've written on
this at considerable length on previous submissions.) DISCUSSION:
Three alternatives have been proposed, two of them requiring further
research, and one a new emblazon. If the "piles" are
redrawn so as to curve downward, they will become the German charge
known as "wolves' teeth". (See The Art of Heraldry,
Plate IX, figure 87, referenced in Chapter XII, page 62.) These
have been registered previously in the SCA, and I know of no objections
of period or usage that have been raised against them. The second
possibility is to investigate the charge or division described
in Woodward as émanche or émanché.
The practice is Continental. I'd like to know a little more
about the period and usage, if this information can be found.
Or it might conceivably be looked upon as a sinister flank indented.
(Not dancetty, as it has only one side.) In either case, it would
represent a new practice, and so ought to be reviewed by the College
before being registered.
Emerick Cowper from the Wall. Device. Gules, a sword inverted proper surmounted by a barrel palewise argent, banded sable.
REASON: The device conflicts with DARTHULA
CATRIONA MAC MHURICH, Gules, a Scots claymore inverted proper
debruised by a rose argent, barbed and seeded proper. (SCA).
Melinda Angelanne von Hohen Kester. Name change (from Melinda Angelanne von Hohen Staffen).
REASON: Hohen staffen is a compound
placename ("hohen" means "high"; my paperback
Langenscheidt's doesn't give "staffen"). Kester
is a pet form of the given name Christopher. (Withycombe 6566)
The combination of the two is not correct. We would suggest she
drop the von HohenStaffen altogether, or replace
it with Kester.
Kingdom of Caid
Robert Herring. Device. Quarterly argent and gules, a roundel between in bend a lyre and a bow bendwise sinister, strung and with arrow nocked, sable and in bend sinister two seahorses sejant Or.
REASON: The device is busy, and has a strong
visual appearance of quartering, which we do not permit. Please
simplify. (Note that the chief group the charges in the
four quarters consists of three different types of charge.).
Thea O'Malley. Name only.
REASON: Thea appears to be a modern
given name, a pet form of Dorothea. (Dunking & Gosling,
p. 413) She might consider Dorothea (Withycombe 8788),
the saint's name Thei (Farmer 104, s.v. Day), or
perhaps one of the forms of Alethea. (Withycombe 1213) The
latter is borderline, appearing in England in the first part of
the 17th C., but I would be inclined to permit it.
Kingdom of Trimaris
Alasdair Francis MacDhomhnuill. Device. Azure, a chevron rompu argent between two Lochaber axes, blades inward, and a winged stag rampant Or.
REASON: The device conflicts with KENNEGRAE GILCHRIST, Azure, a chevron rompu between a cross moline and a dexter gauntlet clenched, all argent. (SCA) The maximum difference obtainable from changes to a single group of secondary charges is a major and a minor point.
DISCUSSION: The pattern "a chevron between
three charges" (two in chief and one in base) is so common
that, unless there is something else in the blazon that would
render it ambiguous, there's no need to specify "in chief"
and "in base." It is also unnecessary to repeat the
tincture of the charges. Tinctures factor backward through the
blazon, so the "Or" following the stag is understood
to apply to the axes as well.
Anne of Hendon. Badge for Household of Hendon. Azure, a loris (tree sloth) argent pendant from a tree branch fesswise proper.
REASON: Wood proper is a dark color, and may
not be placed on an azure (color) field. We would suggest making
the tree branch a metal.
Cedric Steinhauser. Device. Sable, a bend sinister between a tower and an eagle's claw, and on a chief Or, an anvil between two smith's hammers palewise sable.
REASON: The device is too complex: of the seven
charges, six are of different types. Simplify. DISCUSSION: The
tincture "Or" following the chief is understood to apply
to the bend sinister, the tower, and the eagle's claw. There
is a point at which factoring of tinctures starts becoming a liability
instead of an asset. It would not be unreasonable to blazon this
"... an eagle's claw Or, and on a chief Or. This effectively
separates the blazon into two pieces (the bend sinister and its
accompanying charges, and the charged chief), and reassures the
reader that, No, you didn't accidentally omit a tincture. It
is not incorrect to repeat tinctures; it is merely customary to
be brief whenever clarity allows it.
Dafydd Dercanraith. Name and device. Azure, a chevron cotised throughout Or between two enfields combattant and a sword palewise argent.
REASON: A chevron rompu is too complex to cotise. Please choose a simpler treatment for the charge.
Derc and anraith are Irish name elements, not Welsh, as the letter of intent implied, which misled the heralds who commented on the name. Please resubmit this, providing a little more documentation in the LoI. The following (taken from the submitter's source, pp. 30 and 32 of Ewen's History of British Surnames) should be sufficient:
anraith occurs as the second element in the dithematic name Maolanraith 'chief of the storm"; and the descriptive surname Righdearph "of the red forearm" is glossed as derg "red" plus rig "forearm", alternatively rigdai "royal" plus derc "eye".
The submitter is presumably trying to form
the descriptive "eye of the storm" in Irish Gaelic.
Elina Are Thrymsfostra. Name only.
REASON: We are familiar with Thrym only
as the name of one of the Norse frost giants, and find the idea
of being a giant's fosterling a bit excessive. Please choose
Gillian van Wald. Device. Plumetty gules and argent, a goose, wings elevated and addorsed, sable, holding in its beak a ring Or.
REASON: This conflicts with the Principality
of CYNAGUA, Quarterly argent and Or, a swan rousant, wings elevated
and addorsed, sable maintaining in its sinister foot a laurel
wreath vert. (SCA) Visually, the only real difference is in the
field. The two birds, as drawn, are indistinguishable.
Johann Götz Kauffman von Erfurt. Device. Per chevron inverted embattled enhanced argent and sable, in chief a doubleheaded eagle rising, wings displayed, gules, in base a goblet Or.
REASON: The triangular section drawn here isn't
"per chevron inverted enhanced," it's halfway between
chaussé and a chief triangular. Per chevron intersects
the sides of the field, even if the line of partition is enhanced
(raised) or abased (lowered). Please either draw the division
correctly or make it a chief triangular. The bird is also in
trian aspect (perspective), and needs to be redrawn in a more
Lon Warbeck MacMurray.
Name and device. Argent, three piles in point sable and in base
three mullets (2 and 1) pierced sable, on a chief invected azure,
a Lockhaber axe fesswise reversed blade in chief argent.
REASON: As nearly as we can determine, Lon is a modern nickname for Alonzo or Lawrence. Batonvert has suggested Lonan (from Lon "blackbird") as the name of eight Irish saints. It is substantially the same as the submitted name, and it has the advantage of being consistent with the surname (MacMurray), which Alonzo, being Spanish, is not. I would suggest this instead.
Piles should extend most if not all the way to the base; properly drawn, there would not be enough room for a charge to fit between them and the base. If he can manage this without running into any conflicts, I would suggest removing the mullets, or perhaps placing them on the chief instead of the axe. DISCUSSION: The contrast between the chief and the piles is poor. It severely undercuts the line of partition; enough so that I would question how much difference the latter contributes, if any. It does meet our standard, however, and as I have discussed previously (22 Feb 86, pp. 34), that standard is fairly sound.
A case could be made for allowing the chief to be Or (unlike one pile, which may be fairly narrow, three piles must needs fill most of the chief), although this would not necessarily be an improvement. This suggests that a chief plus three piles is not an inherently "good" arrangement meaning, it is difficult to devise a coat along these lines in which the charges remain distinct. This doesn't mean that the arrangement is "bad", simply that it is not...optimal; the best one could probably do would be to use a highcontrast color pair, such as red/black.
None of this is intended, by the way, as a
criticism of the submission (except in the most literal meaning
of the word). The question was brought up in the comments, and
I'm feeling voluble ...
Ross Colin MacGregor. Name only.
REASON: Ross is a surname, and did not
become a given name until comparatively recently. Please choose
a given name (such as Colin).
Tycho Fugger. Device. Per bend sinister gules and sable, a bend sinister argent between an antelope rampant Or and an increscent argent.
REASON: Conflict with AQUEL OF DARKSTED WOOD,
Per bend sinister gules and sable, the trunk and three branches
of a blasted oak tree all couped counterchanged and fimbriated
argent, overall a bend sinister argent. (SCA) All of the changes
are to a group of secondary charges, which is worth at most a
major and a minor point of difference. DISCUSSION: Society convention
is that the charge is called a bend sinister, rather than a bendlet,
when there is only one of them. (Diminutive names are reserved
for the plural, or when the charge has otherwise been diminished
in importance, such as by being enhanced.) This is just what it's
called, not how it's drawn.
Wolfgarr der Airegar. Name and device. Sable, a mullet of five pheons, hafts conjoined, Or.
REASON: We were unable to find Airegar
in any of the German dictionaries we consulted. Mine gives Krieger
for warrior"; it this what the applicant wanted? (Star has
also suggested Ehriger, which has the same pronunciation.
He didn't offer a translation, and my dictionary doesn't list
it. Ehr seems to mean "honor".). The device
conflicts visually with the badge of ASTRA CHRISTIANA BENEDICT,
On a muller, a cross crosslet. (SCA) In redesigning, watch out
for DE PENSHORST, Sable a mullet Or. (Papworth 990) If these were
drawn as five separate pheons, the difference would be more visible.
Kingdom of the West
Anthony Ravenscroft. Device. Azure, three fleas passant Or.
REASON: Fleas have been declared inappropriate
for use in SCA heraldry. "Magnifications of tiny insects
for use as charges on arms is out of period." (WvS, 30 Jul
82, p. 7) "In keeping with medieval practice, tiny insects
may only be used for canting purposes in the SCA. In this particular
case, the flea has such a negative association that it really
is not appropriate for heraldic display." (WvS, 21 Apr 83,
Brice Armbruster. Badge. A crossbow argent.
REASON: This conflicts with HEINRICH ARMBRUSTER,
Gyronny of eight Or, gules, Or and azure, a crossbow proper. (SCA)
There is a single point of difference, for the color of the crossbow.
It also conflicts with THOMAS DOLAN ARBALISTER OF CAERLEON, Per
pall vert, gules, and sable, a crossbow argent. (SCA, 7 Jul 86)
Since this is a fieldless badge, there is no difference. Mundanely,
the badge infringes upon KOREYWA, Gules a crossbow argent. (Rietstap)
Virgule has noted that a change from argent to Or
will not suffice, on account of BALISTE, Gules a crossbow Or,
and VREEM, Azure a crossbow Or. (Rietstap).
Demian O'Boirne. Badge. Azure, in pale a plate and a seal displayed, head erect, tail sufflexed, argent.
REASON: This is not a standard heraldic position.
It renders the charge unrecognizable, and recognition lest
we forget is the raison d'etre of heraldry. DISCUSSION:
Sufflexed, by the way, appears to be an SCA neologism.
I was unable to find a source for it when I was editing Precedents..
I don't believe this qualifies as "standard heraldic language.".
Elfarch Myddfai. Device. Or, a leopardheaded bear with eagle's talons sejant erect to sinister gules.
REASON: It is our feeling that the manner in which this application was presented to the College of Arms was such that the submission, and the issues surrounding it, have not been properly addressed. We also question the distinctiveness of the charge. DISCUSSION: The letter of intent stated, "The monster is made up of parts of only three beasts, and is therefore 'legal'." 'While Master Bruce and I both seem to re-call the number three arising in a context that had bearing on chimerical creatures*, we have been unable to locate the pertinent ruling. We can certainly find no rule that states that a monster made up of parts of three or fewer creatures is necessarily legal.
We found two rulings that have bearing on the creation of new monsters. The first, dated 10 March 1981, outlined existing policy; it barred monsters created between 1601 and 1966, or ones created out of animals not commonly known to Europe in our period. The second, dated 12 May 1981, imposed a moratorium on outofperiod and madeup monsters:
We will allow people to petition the College of Arms for acceptance of a particular monster, on a casebycase basis. Such proposed monsters may be made up or out of period monsters. The question will be whether the monster is in keeping with period practice and whether the College feels it would be a good idea to allow its use in the SCA.
On reflection, I find that I have little problem with monsters that are created" by the addition of wings or fish tails. Both patterns are pretty well established in mundane and SCA armory, and the resulting creatures tend to be fairly distinctive. I've seen instances of conjoined demibeasts that stand out well Yosef Alaric's delightful halfcamelopard, halfdragon (Grimflaed?) springs to mind. Unicorn's horns, on the other hand, contribute little to the beasts onto which they are grafted, and in at least one case (the "unicornate horse") they blur the distinctions between existing charges.
I do not find the charge in the present submission distinctive. This might be due in part to the drawing. I feel it has to do with the contributions of the head and forelimbs (from two different sources) in proportion to the body.
Mistress Eowyn, as an heraldic artist, questions the recognizability of the position rampant would be terrifically recognizable; sejant erect is less so. (This does not take into consideration the likelihood that a bearlike monster rampant contourné would run into conflicts.) In any case, because of the lack of distinctiveness, I am reluctant to approve it.
Of the five comments recorded against this submission, two object to the creation of a new monster, one questions the "rule" cited in the LoI, one finds the monster "truly ugly", and one does not address the issue at all. If we treat the submission as a de facto petition for the charge, then the College of Arms may be said, with roughly equal accuracy, to feel the charge is not suitable.
I will leave it to Vesper's discretion to decide whether to return this coat to the applicant, with a recommendation that he seek a more distinctive charge, or to resubmit it in such a fashion that it may receive fair consideration by the College of Arms.
*Ones made up of parts of other creatures,
like the chim(a)era of Greek mythology.
Garwulf Nightsbane. Device. Sable, a chevron between two mallets set chevronwise and a mullet of four points elongated to base Or.
REASON: This conflicts with ROBERT MANSEL,
Sable a chevron between three mullets Or. (FabHer #303).
Harold von Schwarzwald. Name and device. Azure, a ship's wheel between three triangles argent.
REASON: The name of the Black Forest, I am told, takes a definite article, so this should be von dem Schwarzwald or vom Schwarzwald. The submitter has disallowed changes to his name.
The ship's wheel turns out not to be a period
charge. "Even as late as the Mayflower (1620), ships were
steered by a tiller below the halfdeck, which connected
directly to the rudder. (See Pictorial History of American
Ships, John and Alice Durant, Barnes & Co., New York;
1953.) This is corroborated by the OED, which cites the first
use of 'wheel' in connection with steering a ship in 1750. (See
Vol. X, p. 905, under steering.)" [BDOM] The common
heraldic wheels are the Catherinewheel, Cartwheel,
Waterwheel, and Millwheel. (Parker 619-620.).
Hester Lightwicke. Name and device. Argent, two ermine spots and a fleur-delys vert.
REASON FOR RETURN: The letter of intent misrepresented
the documentation on this name; the citation in Withycombe (p.
107) for Hester/Esther being used "indifferently" is
dated 1655, which is outside the 16001650 postperiod
"grey zone." The device conflicts with SEEUWBENS, Argent
three fleursdelis vert. (Rietstap)
Jon of Harriston. Device. Or, a pegasus rampant to sinister sable within a bordure compony argent and sable.
REASON: This conflicts visually (and perhaps technically) with the badge of DAMALES REDBEARD, Or, a pegasus volant to sinister, wings elevated and addorsed, within a bordure sable. (SCA, 9 Mar 86) There is a major point of difference for the bordure, but the change in position of the pegasus is at best a weak minor point, if that much. DISCUSSION: The difficulty here is that the position of a winged beast volant is ill defined. We can recall instances of bodies courant and springing, and would doubtless find others if we searched the files. Since body position has been left to the caprice of the artist, we see no alternative but to disallow this, except in the most extreme cases, as a source of difference.
It is our recommendation that, in the future,
no winged beast be blazoned as "volant." "Passant,
wings elevated and addorsed" (or whatever) with
a stricture to the designers to place their beasts in suitably
heraldic positions to begin with would avoid such ambiguities
in future coats.
Kathryn Blackhart. Device change. Or, a hart's head erased within a bordure embattled sable.
REASON: Conflict with HOLTZBERGER, Or a hart's
head erased sable. (Rietstap).
Krysta of Starfall. Badge. Purpure, a scourge of three lashes ermine.
REASON: In light of past rulings barring (1) skinny charges counterchanged along the long axis, (2) vair cotises, and (3) ermine fimbriation, we feel that the handle and lashes of a scourge are too thin to display the characteristics of any of the heraldic furs. (The same is true, by analogy, of such a charge semy, fretty, etc.) If the intention really is to have a "furlined whip", might I suggest a more subtle pun: try making it sable.
DISCUSSION: The scourge is a documented heraldic
charge, representing "the whip (by which name it may be blazoned)
whereby certain saints and martyrs suffered, and which was selfinflicted
by the flagellants." (Franklyn & Tanner, p. 295) As such,
it is a religious implement, and may be found in the arms of Croyland
Abbey. (Parker 345, s.v. knife) It may also be thought
of as a farm implement (Shield and Crest, p. 213), and
was the symbol of official rank in the Assyrian army. (Stone 545)
It is my considered opinion that, in the absence of some additional
allusion to reinforce its role as an instrument of slavery or
torture (or a B&D symbol), the scourge or whip is an acceptable
Sean O Miadhachain. Device. Argent, a Celtic harp proper and on a chief vert a castle between two penny whistles fesswise argent.
REASON: This conflicts with ANN ETHERIDGE OF
SOMERSET, Argent, a harp proper, stringed sable, entwined about
the pillar three thistles slipped and leaved proper. (SCA) The
thistles contribute too little, visually, to bring the pointandahalf
for the charged chief up to a full two points. DISCUSSION: The
penny whistles ought to be drawn in their most recognizable aspect,
with the holes toward the viewer. (Since this conceals the mouthpieces,
they will then become indistinguishable from flutes. Oh, well.).
Valgard Stonecleaver. Badge. Or, a scourge of three lashes counterermine.
REASON: See discussion under KRYSTA OF STARFALL,
Weland Fogeater of Yulewood. Name and device. Barry wavy argent and azure, a Sutton Hoo helmet affronty sable, detailed argent, on a chief azure, a sprig of holly between two owls close addorsed argent.
REASON: Weland or Wayland was "A wonderful and invisible smith of English legend...a supernatural smith and king of the elves." (Benét 1193) As a given name, we consider it to be "famous and unique" within the intent of RFS VI.4; it may not be used. The helmet does not appear to be a suitable heraldic charge, and the combination of magical and mythical references in the name and device is excessive. My advice to the submitter would be to pick one or two elements, and redesign around these. DISCUSSION: "Detailed" serves the same purpose in this blazon as "marked" does in the blazon of an animate chargeit indicates that a significant portion of the charge has been executed in a second tincture, without attempting to describe exactly what part has been colored.
The College has questioned whether the "Sutton Hoo helmet" is a suitable charge. Laurel has ruled on past occasions that specific artifacts should not be used as heraldic charges. At the Great Conclave in 1979, Lady Karina returned several instances of a piece of jewelry (I believe it was a Scythian stag), and Master Wilhelm instructed an applicant to redraw a charge "so that it is not an exact copy of the Oseburg vessel's figurehead." (24 Oct 79, p. 15) There may be enough counterexamples in SCA heraldry to override these rulings (I can't think of any offhand), but the objections to this particular submission were sufficient to warrant, at the very least, declining to register it until the issue has been resolved.
Finally, and most difficult to express, there
is a question of the overall symbolic content of the name and
device. The "pagan" helmet, the holly, the owls, "Yulewood",
the questionable humanity of the epithet "Fogeater",
and the name of Weland the Smith, all interconnect and combine
in enough ways to make even me leery. As Kraken observed, "This
is not heraldry, but some sort of personal symbolism that has
no place in heraldic art."
Westermark, Barony of. Five badges (appeal). (Azure, gules, purpure, sable, vert), a "W" throughout argent and in base five plates in annulo, all within a bordure argent.
REASON: The design is still complex, this is still an abuse of privilege, and the extortion threat with which the submission concludes is an affront to the Society's ideals of chivalry and courtesy.