THE FOLLOWING SUBMISSIONS
Kingdom of Atenveldt
Bryon l'Ours d'Argent de Bourgogne. Name and device. Sable, two swords inverted in saltire surmounted by a bear's head cabossed between two fleursdelys in fess and another in base, all argent.
Since "silver bear" would be "ours
d'argent" in French, the submitted name, Bryon l'Ours Argent
de Bourgogne, has been modified to the proper French form.
Marcus le Silex.
Badge for Maison du Silex. A bend couped vert, overall a maunch
vert, counterchanged argent.
Name only (see RETURNS for device).
Symond Bayard the Grey.
Badge for Kameyama Bakumaru. Sable, a Japanese tapir sejant,
head raised, within an annulet argent.
Kingdom of Atlantia:
Alaric Kydde of Foxboro. Name and device. Argent, upon a cross fleury azure between in chief a scimitar bendwise and a scimitar reversed bendwise sinister sable, a fox rampant argent.
Note that this would be much better style
with four swords in saltire.
Alejandro the Far Traveller.
Name only (see RETURNS for device),
Alexander of Cumberlande.
Name and device. Argent, semy of crescents gules, an eagle inverted
and displayed within a bordure embattled azure.
Brig Kieran. Name only (see RETURNS for device).
The name found in the sources cited is Bridget,
not Brie, which was the name submitted. Since Brie is also a
wellknown place in France (not to mention the name of the
cheese deriving from that area!), solid evidence for the name
is required. As none was provided, we have modified the given
name to the welldocumented period feminine given name Brig,
pronounced "Bree" (see O'Corrain and Maguire, Gaelic
Personal Names, p. 36).
Candace the Horse Trader. Name and device. Or, a horse rampant to sinister gules within a bordure sable.
Her mundane given name is Candace. If it
were not, we would have serious qualms about the given name since
this is the title of the Queen of Ethiopia in the Old Testament
and the evidence for its use as a personal name in period is dubious
Elizabeth Ryan of Rosewood. Name and device. Lozengy sable and argent, a boot gules.
John of Storvik. Holding name and device. Per bend sinister argent and azure, two eagles displayed counterchanged.
The submitted name, Erbor the Wanderer,
could not be accepted since the given name not only did not follow
the naming conventions of the dominant language, as our conventions
for madeup names require, but seemed far too similar to
the Tolkienic geographic name of Erebor to be acceptable to much
of the populace. We therefore used his mundane name of John to
form a holding name. Unfortunately, the natural holding name
of John the Wanderer proved impossible since this would conflict
with the registered name of John Shark the Wanderer.
Fergal Kerstetter. Name and device. Vert, a moose head erased Or within a bordure argent.
Since vowel modification in Irish is not
random, the submitted form of the given name "Forgal"
is not a plausible variant form. (Irreverent comment from the
Laurel meeting: bet we know what his favourite beer is!).
Guillaume Lion de Mer. Holding name and device. Argent, a lionheaded triton naiant to sinister maintaining a paintbrush palewise and in chief a bar, dovetailed to chief, all gules.
The submitted given name of Glynn is a primarily
a geographic term in period and today and there is no evidence
for its use as a given name in period so we have substituted the
French form of his given name to match the byname. We have also
corrected the grammar of the French to make the double allusion
to "sealion" and "lion from the sea"
syntactically correct. Note that the submittor's picture and
the emblazon on the letter of intent differ significantly: the
submittor's beast was quite distinctly a lionheaded triton
and was naiant, not erect, and the bar was actually dovetailed,
not embattled as it was depicted on the letter of intent.
Gwaeddan o Ystad Llangollen.
Name only (see RETURNS for device).
Leannan of Cambion. Name and device. Per chevron dovetailed gules and vert, in chief two domestic cats combatant guardant and in base on a triskelion Or, a triangle inverted vert.
The Xerox provided from Yonge to support the form Lann is merely from the glossary which includes many linguistic elements which are not in actuality freestanding names. We have substituted the welldocumented period Irish name Leannan, pronounced "Lanan", which means "lover" or to sweetheart" (O'Corrain and Maguire, Gaelic Personal Names, p. 122).
PRECEDENT AND DEFINITION: For the purposes of AR2c, where it is stated that "in simple cases only, a party field tinctured either all dark or all light may use a complex line of partition", a simple case shall be defined as follows:
1. No charge shall overlie the line of division.
2. The line of division shall be one of those specified in
AR2a, i.e. shall divide the field into no more than four parts.
3. Where two colours are involved, they
must be of sufficient contrast, i.e. must be a combination of
gules with sable, vert or azure.
Name and device. Per chevron vert and argent, in chief two swords,
crossed at the tips, and in base an escarbuncle within an orle
of mullets, all counterchanged.
Mustafa al Jabal Tariqi. Name and device. Argent, a palm tree couped gules within a bordure sable.
The submitted byname of al Jabal Taria has
been modified to the proper Arabic form for one from Gibraltar.
Tancred of Carcassonne. Name only (see RETURNS for device).
The occupational byname "Ermite"
has been dropped since it was the consensus of opinion in the
College that this fell under the ban on conjoining titles or honourifics
with a place name. He may be Tancred the Hermit or Tancred of
Carcassonne, but not Tancred the Hermit of Carcassonne (while
in "real life" hermit might not have been a title or
honour, in the world of the period romances upon which so much
of our ethos is bases it frequently was used as a title as much
as vicar or priest was sued in period legal documents).
Ulrich von Brake.
Name and device. Per bend sinister sable and vert, on a bend
sinister between a griffin rampant to sinister argent and a winged
lion rampant Or, a bend sinister fusilly gules.
Vespacia Capricornica Kareliae.
Device. Pily bendy Or and vert, a natural chameleon gules.
Volodimir of Cambion. Holding name and device. Argent, two foxes courant gules within a bordure embattled sable.
His submitted name of Volodimir Vsevolodovitch
is in direct conflict with Vladimir II of Kiev, son of Vsevolod
I. We have used his household name in his holding name rather
than his group at his request as conveyed by Triton.
Ysolde of Summerhall.
Name and device. Per pale vert and Or, two unicornate pegasi
rampant addorsed and an escallop within a bordure engrailed, all
Kingdom of Caid
Alessandra Ippolita di Montefiori.
Collette la Fleur des Jardins.
Device. Per bend sinister purpure and Or, two sea birds volant
Or and in bend sinister three violet plants purpure, slipped and
Name and device. Per chevron inverted vert and azure, in pale
a unicorn's head, couped and sinister facing, Or and two chevronels
Evron Beaumaris the Gallowglass. Device. Per chevron gules and Or, three suns counterchanged.
Mela de Prion. Name and badge. An apple vert, winged argent.
Her mundane given name is Mela. Note that
there is no field that this can "legally" be placed
upon with adequate contrast (gules would provide adequate visual
contrast, but would technically be colour on colour since the
apple is the primary element here). However, since both tinctures
are united in a single charge, this is legitimate according to
Morgan of the Gray Mists.
Natalya de Foix. Change of device. Sable, a lion couchant, its head a sun in splendour, Or.
Her former device ("Purpure, a dove
migrant to base argent, ducally gorged Or.") becomes a badge.
Olivia della Chiesa.
Roger Carpenter of Rye.
Blazon correction. Or, in pale a carpenter's axe reversed
and a carpenter's square, point to base, and on a chief azure
three annulets Or.
Kingdom of the East
Alistair Malcolm MacAlpine.
Device. Or, a mullet of eight points and on a sinister gore
sable, a leaf slipped Or.
Andrew of Cork.
Atai Tetsuko. Name only.
Some commentors raised the issue of the
suffix "ko" as potentially a reserved title suffix
indicating a prince or duke. However, substantial evidence has
been presented that the suffix of itself should not be reserved.
I.V.Gillis in the preface to Japanese Personal Names says
"Women's ordinary personal names, are commonly written in
hiragana, but more formally with Chinese characters as with men.
These names are usually short, consisting of but one or two syllables,
rarely three or more. The diminutive ko is often suffixed. .
Bowman's Rest, Canton of.
Device. Azure, a dexter hand bendwise sinister proper, maintaining
a drinking horn, all within a laurel wreath argent.
Darius Tranquillus. Name and device. Per bend Or and gules, a wyvern displayed between in pale a sword and an olive branch, both fesswise, all counterchanged.
The adjective "tranquillus" can mean both calm or silent and is an acceptable Latin byname (it is the usual Latin translation for the epithet of the Dutch prince William the Silent).
Device. Per pale vert and Or, a rose gules, seeded Or, barbed
azure, within a bordure engrailed counterchanged.
Eloise Aurelia Childebert. Device. Azure, a key palewise Or between two flaunches wavy ermine.
"The Society's convention, the opposite
of that in most mundane heraldry, is that the wards of the key,
though they are drawn to dexter, are shown downward." (Precedents
Eva van Oudeachterkol. Change of device. Vert, vetu, an elm leaf bendwise sinister between in cross four roses argent.
Her old device ("Vert, an elm leaf
in bend sinister environed of a cartouche voided argent."
should become a badge under the designation of Embla Willsdottir,
which is her former Society name. Note that Master Baldwin, in
his letter for the 18 May meeting indicated that she would have
to register a badge to protect her name. This was erroneous:
even if it had not been attached to a badge or registered as such,
it would be eligible for protection under NR15b "The College
of Arms reserves the right to protect the unregistered names of
past monarchs and great officers."
Hazelden, Canton of.
Ian Saint Clair.
Name and device. Potenty argent and vert, a fess gules, overall
a female figure proper, vested and crined sable, maintaining in
the dexter hand a sword and in the sinister an open book, both
Device. Erminois, a dragon segreant within a bordure azure,
charged with three fleursdelys argent.
Katarina Helene von Schonborn.
Device. Vert, a unicorn's head couped close argent, armed and
crined Or, and a sinister gore Or.
Larissa della Casa Esterrefatta.
Larissa the Shrew.
Lucan von Drachenklaue. Name only.
Note that the name is parallel to imaginative
name constructions (like Dragonstooth or Dragonshead) used to
describe notable geographical features in several Germanic languages.
Thus it seems a reasonable place name and would not require an
Marion Gwendolyn Morgan.
Device. Per chevron azure and argent, two cauldrons Or and a
domestic cat couchant sable.
Morgan Sheridan. Badge. A mullet Or between two sword bendwise and two swords bendwise sinister fretted proper.
It should be suggested to the submittor
that the star be drawn more prominently than on the emblazon sheet.
Name and device. Vert, a triquetra and a chief embattled argent.
Badge. Argent, a penguin affronty sable, bellied argent, within
a bordure embattled vert.
Sebastien de la Main Gauche.
Device. Argent, a pall cotised sable and overall a falcon's
head erased and sinister facing gules, armed Or.
Seraq Barok's Penance.
Name only (see RETURNS for device).
Traidenis Vilkas of Winter Oak.
Badge for House Winter Oak. On an acorn sable a wolf's head
William of Arindale. Badge for Wilhelm Klingelbart. Paly Or and azure, a human head affronty argent, crined and bearded sable, the beard ornamented with bells Or.
Note: the submitted alternate persona name
of Klingenbeard has been modified to the proper German for "Bellbeard".
Kingdom of the West
Alexander of Iffhaven.
Anne of Alanwyck.
Name and device. Per pale sable and azure, a stag at gaze within
a bordure argent.
Celynnen Cigfran. Name and device. Or, goutte de sang, a raven displayed and on a chief sable, three suns Or.
William's Welsh Grammar (p. 14) indicates
that Celynnen (with three "n"'s is the singular of the
noun for holly. The fact that this is a translation of her mundane
given name does not lend grace, but the evidence of Gruffudd for
Celynen (two "n"'s) as a period Welsh given name outweighs
the existence of the name as a common noun. (Here the distinction
between the single and double nasal does not appear to add a change
of meaning as it could, for instance, in Spanish.)
Coranna of Cavan.
Name and device. Per pale gules and Or, a mullet within an orle
Douglas FitzAlan. Name and device. Sable, a chevron cotised and in chief two water bougets argent.
Note that some of the (feminine) examples
of Douglas in Withycombe (p.88) date to the middle or late 1500's.
Eirik Blackhawk Ulfsson.
Name and device. Argent, a chevron embattled azure between two
mullets of four points elongated to base and a hawk's head, erased
and sinister facing, sable.
Ekaterina Tarasova. Name and device. Per chevron gules and argent, two crescents each enclosing a mullet Or and a doubleheaded eagle displayed sable.
The name was originally submitted as Ekaterina
Petrovna Tarasov. The last element has been modified to the proper
Russian feminine form. The consensus was that Crescent was correct
in feeling that the conjunction of the names Catherine and Peter
in a Russian context were arguably "too much". Taken
with the doubleheaded eagle sable, used by both the Holy
Roman Empire and the Russian Empire as symbol of their being the
"New Rome", it becomes definitely "too much".
In order to pass the device, the patronymic has been dropped.
Eleazar Valentine von Mindelheim.
Change of name from Eleazar Graymalkin only (see RETURNS for
Elffin of Mona. Name only (see RETURNS for device).
There was a general nervousness about this
name. Many felt that the given name combined with a device that
was strongly reminiscent of the heirs of Elendil would be offensive
to many. Even more worrisome to the Laurel staff was the fact
that Elffin is the name of the individual whom Welsh myth claims
plucked the infant Taliesin from the sea, Taliesin who becomes
a byword in literature for Druidic knowledge, knowledge particularly
associated with the isle of Anglesey (Mona), last stronghold of
the Druids. The name itself, which caused some twitches, becomes
intolerable in the context of the oak tree under the "summer
stars". Giving the submittor the benefit of the doubt on
intent, we have compromised by accepting the name and returning
Francesca the Fiery. Name only (see RETURNS for device).
Note that the submission forms used the
normal modern spelling rather than the unusual (though period)
spelling on the letter of intent.
Gleda Eiriksdottir. Name and device. Argent, a serpent with a head at either end, heads erect and addorsed, its body nowed in a Stafford knot inverted, above a base engrailed vert.
Since Geirr Bassi shows the masculine name
Gloedir, this is a reasonable variant on the analogy of the pairing
of the feminine form Halla and the masculine Hallr. However,
she might want to use the spelling Gloeda to guarantee the pronunciation
for the meaning she wants since the Old Norse byname "gleidr",
which is how the current spelling will be pronounced, means "bowlegged".
Gregory of Grand Sea. Name correction.
Due to a classic scribal dittography, this
gentle's name was transformed to Geraint of Grand Sea on the letter
from the September session (p. 7). It should not have been.
Innilgard, Barony of.
Name for the Order of the Fretted Goblet.
Innilgard, Barony of.
Badge. Argent, a fret gules within a bordure embattled azure.
Name and device. Per chevron argent and gules, in base a fleurdelys
argent within a bordure counterchanged.
Iver of the Black Bow. Name and device. Azure, two estoiles and in base a unicorn's head cabossed, all within a bordure argent.
Note that the unicorn's head cabossed is rather poor style: in this
posture the distinguishing features of the
unicorn's head are nearly unidentifiable.
Jilara of Carrowlea.
Name only (see RETURNS for device).
Judith of Stormholde. Holding name and device. Sable, three lightning bolts palewise in fess and a chief embattled Or.
Since no reliable documentation was provided
for the period use of Yuta (Kolatch is notoriously unreliable
as a source for period names), we have used the equivalent standard
English form, which is period: Judith.
Kalida Ivanovna. Device. Sable, within a fireplace argent, masoned sable, flames of fire proper.
She has permission for the technical conflict
with the Corporate Arts and Sciences badge.
Kenneth ap Howell. Holding name and device. Or, a dragon's gamb erased bendwise, clutching a torteau.
The name Nissyen would seem to be a unique
name which should not be used in the Society. Therefore, the
submittor's mundane name of Kenneth has been substituted.
Name only (see RETURNS for device).
Marc the Lazy.
Name and device. Or, on a pile sable a crescent enhanced Or,
and on a chief sable, three mullets Or.
Marco Nibbione. Name only (see RETURNS for device).
The family name was submitted as Nibbioni
from the Italian word "nibbio" or hawk. We have changed
this to the proper singular form of the noun with its augmentative
suffix. (Before you ask, the augmentative suffix in Italian is
the opposite of the diminutive: it adds the meaning "large"
or "big". Thus Nibbione would mean "Great Hawk".)
Marianna of Northumbria.
Name and device. Or, on a pall invected gules, a sexfoil argent.
Change of device (see RETURNS for name change). Azure, on a
bend sinister argent, an arrow inverted sable, in canton a mullet
of four points argent.
Melody of Windymeades. Holding name and device. Gules, a decrescent between three plates and a chief embattled erminois.
The name was submitted as Tasleem bint Noor.
Whilst Noor (or Nur) is a relatively common feminine name (popular
in the Muslim world at the moment because of the Queen of Jordan),
the use as here in a matronymic is unusual. For both name elements
no documentation was given beyond page references to relatively
nonstandard volumes not available to the Laurel staff at
this point. Moreover, questions were raised as to the meaning
and period use of the given name. Therefore, a holding name has
been issued and the submitted name held pending the receipt of
more solid documentation (I will accept Xeroxes from the sources
cited, even though they be not the best).
Michael of Worcester.
Name only (see RETURNS for device).
Device. Or, six trefoils vert within a bordure gules.
Rodrigo de los Lobos. Badge. Argent, on a wolf's pawprint sable, a crescent argent.
He has permission from Eric Bearsbane to
conflict with his registered badge of "Argent, on a bear's
pawprint sable, a flaming sword proper."
Name and device. Quarterly argent and Or, an owl close to sinister
Rowan Ramsay MacDiarmaid. Name and device. Per bend vert and Or, a crescent inverted Or and a thistle proper.
The name was submitted as Rowan Lea Ramsay
MacDiarmaid. By analogy with the examples in NR7, this would
conflict with Rowan Leah above ' so we have dropped that element
in order to register the name and device.
Scirlaf Rockbreaker. Name and device. Gules, a sun of twelve straight rays argent, on a chief Or, a mallet fesswise sable.
On the emblazon sheet the mallet was neither
truly fesswise not truly bendwise. Please ask the submittor to
draw this more definitely.
Sean the Tenacious.
Yiannis Damianos Draco. Name only (see RETURNS for device).
Name and device. Ermine, a stringless harp vert within a bordure
Ysabelle le Notere.
THE FOLLOWING SUBMISSIONS ARE RETURNED:
Kingdom of Atenveldt
Randal Benton. Device. Gules, a sun argent, eclipsed sable, between three polehammers in triangle inverted argent.
Conflict with Conroy der Rote ("Gules,
on a sun argent, a falcon's leg couped a la quise proper.").
Kingdom of Atlantia:
Alejandro the Far Traveller. Device. Gules, on a pale bretassed argent three broken spears sable, ribboned gules.
Conflict with the badge of the Barony of
Southdowns ("Gules, on a pale bretassed argent, a raven striking
Brig Kieran. Device. Per fess argent and azure, in chief two unicorns couchant respectant, horns crossed, azure, armed and crined Or, and in base a crescent argent.
Conflict with Margaret Penistone of Ravenglas
("Per fess argent and azure, in pale an oak tree eradicated
vert and a crescent argent.")
Gwaeddan o Ystad Llangollen. Device. Or, two gripping beasts in annulo, that to dexter gules, that to sinister azure.
The beasties are not clearly identifiable
and the emblazon could not be reasonably reconstructed by a competent
heraldic artist as our traditions require. In point of fact,
the rendition on the emblazon sheet and the letter of intent were
quite different (the former quite lacked any of the sexual connotations
some commentors saw in the rendition on the letter of intent).
Hasan al Tajer. Name and device. Per chevron azure and vert, a chevron Or between two senmurvs combattant argent and a phoenix of flames displayed proper.
The name was given as meaning "Hasan
the Merchant"in Arabic. This would seem to conflict with
the Arabian Nights character who is the hero of at least one of
the tales you usually have to go to Burton to read and has been
borrowed as a character by several modern authors writing in the
picaresque/fantasy mode. As the phoenix is actually gules, delineated
and fimbriated Or, this comes up against our strictures on contrast
and "thin line heraldry". Additionally, if the senmurvs
are drawn properly, there is a technical conflict with Sterling
of Toad Hall ("Vert, a chevron Or, between in chief two bulldogs
statant respectant argent, each gorged of a collar sable, studded
argent, and in base a squirrel sejant erect Or, holding in its
forepaws an acorn argent.")
Tancred de Careassonne. Device. Sable a cross crosslet Or between in chief two caltrops and in base two water bougets argent.
Although there are two kinds of charges
in the group, there is only one group of secondary charges here,
in a standard arrangement about the central cross. Therefore,
technically and visually, there is only a single major point of
difference (for the addition of the secondaries) from Alan ("Sable,
a cross crosslet Or.") cited by Brachet.
Kingdom of Caid
Caldera Keep, Canton of. Device. Sable, a threelegged cauldron argent, spouting three flames one and two proper, all within a laurel wreath argent.
Visual conflict with Brekke Franksdottir
("Sable, a cooking pot hanging from a tripod above a flame
in base argent."). After a comparison of the emblazons, there
was general agreement that the two devices could and would be
Dreiburgen, Barony of. Badge for the Order of the Illuminated Tower of Dreiburgen. Or, on a pile inverted throughout gyronny from base azure and argent, a tower Or.
In referring to an "offcenter"
gyronny in the return of the device of Arval Benicoeur in February,
1982, Master Wilhelm noted "this sort of division is not
heraldic". Whilst this referred to a gyronny of two colours,
the general principle holds true. It was the consensus of the
meeting that the unequal division of the tinctures on the pile
taken together with the low contrast between the argent and the
Or of the field and the tower creates too great a complexity for
Kingdom of the East
Richard Tyler of Swiftwater. Device. Or, chausse azure, a fountain.
Conflict with Jaromir Mikhailovitch ("Azure,
on a pile Or, in chief a sun gules.")
Torin Geffries. Device. Argent, a beardless unicorn's head couped sable,
maintaining in its mouth a red garden rosebud, slipped and leaved proper, all within a bordure gules.
Since his unicorn is bearded and the difference
between a thistle and a rosebud at the scale used here is negligible,
there seems a strong visual conflict with Lyralen du Lac Noir
("Argent, a beardless unicorn's head couped sable, maintaining
a thistle proper, on a chief azure three mullets argent.")
William of Ravenwood. Device. Argent, a bend sinister gules and in dexter chief a raven displayed sable, all within a bordure compony gules and sable.
Under the current rules, AR2 prohibits divisions of charges as well as fields into multiple parts of the same class of tincture. Thus the bordure compony here is deemed to have insufficient contrast technically, even though contrast with the field is good and the two colours are from the "good contrast" category.
PROPOSAL: That fields and charges multiply
divided of two colours (e.g., chequy, compony, paly, etc.) be
permitted on a case by case basis providing the contrast is adequate
(i.e., be a combination of gules with sable, vert or azure).
Comment on this is strongly solicited and a decision will be made
at the January meeting.
Kingdom of the West
Dikran Aivazian. Device. Per chevron azure and Or, two cinquefoils and a cross bottonny azure.
The consensus was that the visual resemblance
to Deporodh of Rannoch ("Per chevron abased azure and argent,
two mullets argent and a birch leaf erect proper."), cited
in the letter of intent, was simply too strong.
Eleazar Valentine von Mindelheim. Per pale gules and sable, an eagle displayed within an orle Or.
Unfortunately, as Woodward (p. 249 ff.)
makes clear, not only the twoheaded eagle but also the singleheaded
was borne by the emperors at Constantinople in their famous bearing
of "Gules, an eagle displayed Or." As this is only a
major and minor from these royal arms, it must be returned.
Elffin of Mona. Device. Vert, upon a mount an oak tree, in chief an arc off five mullets of eight points argent, all within a bordure Or.
As noted above in the discussion on this
gentle's name, the conjunction of the name with this device with
its strong allusions to both the Druidic tradition of Taliesin
and to the Tolkienic elven tradition was considered of too much".
Francesca the Fiery. Device. Per pale embattled azure and sable, a unicorn's head erased and sinister facing Or.
The field contrast here is extremely low
and the line of division is partially obscured by the high contrast
charge so that it is virtually impossible to determine the precise
line of division. Note that two of the three conditions for the
use of complex partition lines stated in the case of Leannon of
Cambion (listed under the acceptances for the Kingdom of Atlantia)
are absent here, making it an excellent antithetical example.
Jilara of Carrowlea. Device. Sable, a dolmen of three uprights standing on a mound argent, in chief three oak leaves Or.
Visual conflict with Gwyneth merch Macsen
("Sable, a dolmen and in chief a mullet of eight points argent.")
John Theophilus. Device. Azure, a cross formy throughout and on a chief argent three hearts gules.
Unfortunately, there is a technical conflict
with Eric Lyon of St. Michael's ("Azure, a celtic cross and
on a chief argent a lion statant azure.").
Lochan Blackmane. Device. Per saltire Or and azure, a bay horse rampant to sinister reguardant proper, crined and hooved sable.
It was the consensus of those present at
the Laurel meeting that the contrast between the azure portion
of the field and the brown and black of the horse was so great
as to render the position of the beast unclear at any distance.
Marco Nibbione. Device. Per saltire sable and argent, a heart counterchanged charged with another gules.
This is a classic instance of the "op
art style" referred to in X3. Note that the comments on
discouraged practices say "A submission may incorporate one
of these discouraged practices and still be marginally acceptable,
but it costs the submittor the benefit of the doubt." This
does not mean that particularly flagrant examples of any of the
discouraged practices may not be in and of themselves grounds
for return (I am sure that every member of the College can think
of cases, particularly concerning offensive or excessively complex
designs, where this should apply). So striking an example of
"modern" heraldry is this that the consensus of the
meeting was that it must be returned.
Mariel Dreamseeker. Change of name to Marielle i Raundal.
She indicates that she wishes to be "from
Raven Valley". Judging by the grammar and analogies presented
in Geirr Bassi, the byname should be "in Hrafndoelska".
The masculine for a "man from Hawksdale" is "inn
Haukdoelski", while the feminines end in "a"
with the particle "in". As the word for raven in Old
Norse is "hrafn", we arrive at the form "in Hrafndoelska".
Since the forms indicated that no changes were allowable to the
name, we could not modify the name.
Michael of Worcester. Device. Or, in pale a fox statant to sinister sable, maintaining in its mouth a squirrel purpure, and a mount sable.
This is a case where the tally of anomalies
adds up to a device which is not acceptable. In period style,
the fox would more normally be statant atop the base, not floating
in midair; the addition of the minor charge in purpure,
which has low contrast with the sable, is another anomaly, while
others felt that the dead squirrel bordered on the morbid. Taken
individually, each of these items would have been acceptable;
cumulatively, they were considered to create a nonperiod
Thomas of Foxhaven. Badge. Argent, a fox's mask gules between in cross four thistles conjoined to a bordure purpure.
The "bordure thistly" (on the
analogy of the bordure flory) would seem to be an introduction
that we are not quite ready to make and certainly not on a badge.
Wilhelm Leopo Schwarz. Device. Sable, bezanty, three pallets argent.
The visual difference in pieces of the field
is negligible from paly of six or eight, despite our tradition
of blazoning even numbers as paly and uneven as charges. This
being so, the visual resemblance to Burgate ("Paly of six
sable and argent.") becomes striking and, since this is visually
"Paly sable, bezanty, and argent." Rules AR19 comes
into play (which requires two distinct visual differences between
Yiannis Damianos Draco. Device. Barry Or and sable, a reremouse displayed between three gouttes de sang.
It was the consensus of the commenting heralds
that the bat with the drops of blood was too suggestive of a vampiric
persona which might be offensive to a substantial portion of the
populace (and would be demonstrably a claim to powers beyond the
normal sphere), even without the allusion to Dracula involved
in the byname Draco.
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