Monthly Archive: May 2016

Clerk of Precedence at Crown Tourney

Greetings Good Gentles,

By the grace of Their Majesties and the indulgence of the Event Steward, I will again offer ‘Live and in Person Corrections to the Order of Precedence’ at Crown Tourney.

I will be able to make the following corrections while you wait:

  • Spelling Errors
  • Combining multiple personae
  • Registration information
  • Remove duplicate awards
  • Import Out of Kingdom Awards
  • Add omitted awards. For additions, please bring a legible image of the original signed scroll or Pale announcement. If those are not available, I will research the award and take action based on the research at a later date.

This will begin shortly following the final bout of the tourney and conclude prior to evening Court. Please consult the event staff and schedule for location.

Respectfully,
Petrona da Manciano
Middle Kingdom Clerk of Precedence

From the Dragon Herald

Konrad, Dragon Herald

Konrad, Dragon Herald

Greetings unto the Midrealm College of Heralds and the populace of the Middle Kingdom from Meister Konrad Mailander,

It was my great pleasure to take over the office of the Dragon Herald at the Coronation of Their Majesties Cameron II and Amaile II. I look forward to serving the Middle Kingdom in this position. My thanks and the thanks of the Kingdom go to Baron Edward Aelredson for his service over the last two years as Dragon.

The bittersweet aspect of stepping up as Dragon Herald is that I need to hand over the office of Rouge Scarpe Herald. Of all the offices I have held in the Society Rouge Scarpe so far has been the most rewarding. The Rouge Scarpe Herald is the Middle Kingdom’s External Submissions herald. Applicants need to have internet access, experience consulting on names and armory, and an understanding of the heraldic submission process. Experience commenting in OSCAR is a definite plus. The Rouge Scarpe Herald uses the commentary received on Internal Letters of Intent to make decisions on items at the Kingdom level and then creates the Letter of Intent in OSCAR for the Laurel level with the item that are accepted at Kingdom. Time commitment varies with the size of the Internal Letters with a large bulk of the workload after Pennsic (Pennsic has accounted for 36-56% of the years submissions over my time in the office). I will be taking applications until June 15th and choosing a successor shortly after.

I must announce that the prices for submissions are being rolled back to what they were a decade ago. Often such a roll back is a savings but unfortunately in this case that is not true.

With the savings created when the College of Arms went to the Online System for Commentary and Response (OSCAR) in 2007 the Laurel Sovereign of Arms was able to reduce what was charged at the Society level from $4 to $3. At that time this savings was passed on and the submissions fees in the Midrealm dropped from $8 to $7. Starting with the September 2016 Letter of Intent the charge for submissions at the Laurel level will return to $4 an item due to increased costs over the last nine years. The Middle Kingdom is on the lower end of the fees Kingdoms charge for submissions. Having more and more of the process happening online has allowed us to keep the Midrealm portion of the fees the same but does not leave us the room to absorb the price increase at the Society level.

Therefore starting with items submitted in July the cost of a heraldic submission in the Middle Kingdom will return to $8.00 each. Since the Middle Kingdom does not charge at the Kingdom level for Augmentations of Arms those will be $4.00 each starting in July. Resubmissions remain free of charge with no time limit. (July submissions go on the August Internal Letter of Intent which if accepted at Kingdom goes onto the September Letter of Intent at Laurel level.)

I encourage any who are currently considering registering their name, device, or other heraldic items to not wait and submit them to Escutcheon before July at the current prices.

There are a couple recent changes made by my predecessors that I would like to make better known:

There is no longer a time limit for resubmissions. When you make a resubmission please remember to include the date it was returned and whether it was returned at Kingdom or Laurel level, if you can. I would also like to state that with the adoption of SENA, the new rules for submissions, in 2012 and some recent rulings by Laurel a lot of things that conflicted in the past no longer will. It may be worth your time to ask a herald to conflict check it again under the new rules if you had a name or armory returned for conflict before 2012 that you are still interested in registering.

For those that have received Augmentations of Arms from the Crown the cost to register those with in the Middle Kingdom has been reduced as the Kingdom waves the Midrealm portion of the fees. Note that you must have a name and device registered to register the augmentation of arms, those items can be submitted along with the augmentation if need be but they are subject to the normal submission fee.

In Service to Crown and College,

Konrad Dragon

Clerk of Precedence At Crown Tourney

Greetings!

By kind permission of Their Royal Majesties Cameron and Amalie, I will offer an on-site Order of Precedence correction desk at Their Crown Tourney on May 29. In the break following the conclusion of the Crown List and prior to evening Court, I will be available to perform immediate corrections to the Order of Precedence. Please consult the program or staff the day of the event for the location of my table. I will be able to perform the following tasks:

  • fix name spellings
  • combine multiple persona listings
  • update registration information
  • import awards from other Kingdoms to your current listing
  • remove duplicate awards
  • add omitted awards. In order to have awards added on-site, please bring a legible copy of the Court report as published in the Pale or a copy of your scroll. Additions requested without documentation will require off-site research.

In addition, I will happily teach folks how to use the OP to check awards.

My thanks to Their Highnesses and the Event Steward.

Respectfully,
Petrona da Manciano
Clerk of Precedence

Greetings from Their Royal Highnesses

Greetings unto the populace of the Middle Kingdom from Their Majesties Cameron and Amalie.

We are very excited to serve as your King and Queen. A huge thank you to Count Nikolai and Countess Serena on Their time as Tsar and Tsarina. This Kingdom is well blessed to have them amongst us, as they served with dignity and grace.

Summer is upon us! May the warm summer months bring you much rejoicing. A&S season is wrapping up, and we look forward to seeing the many entries at Kingdom A&S. (more…)

Farewell from Their Royal Majesties

Greetings unto the good people of the Middle Kingdom from your Tsar and Tsarina!

Our time on the Dragon Thrones has come to an end.

Our hearts are filled with joy knowing that Our Heirs, Cameron and Amalie, have a deep and abiding love for the Middle Kingdom, and We know that the realm will thrive under Their rule. However, We are saddened that We shall no longer have the opportunity to serve as your King and Queen. (more…)

50 Years Ago…

Okay, this is approximately the way Diana told it.FirstEvent25

Once upon a time there was a scholar who lived in an ivory tower. And in that tower lived many other scholars, who spent their time reading books and writing papers about what some other scholar had said another scholar had said *another* scholar had said they used to do in the Middle Ages.

But the scholar of whom I speak was more fortunate than the rest, for she used to escape from the tower from time to time and go down into the town, where she met many interesting people. And some of these folk belonged to a tribe called “fandom,” and they too read many books and wrote many papers, and they published them in loose journals printed on coarse wood-pulp paper. And the scholar, who had some skill as an artist, drew pictures of knights and ladies and elves and dragons, and these appeared in the wood-pulp paper journals.

And in this tribe were two young men with whom the scholar became acquainted; and they were beautiful young men, one dark and one fair, and both with eyes the color of summer heaven. And on a day the scholar went to visit the young men in their home, and she saw hanging on the wall two bright swords and two well-wrought shields emblazoned with devices of heraldry. And she said, “What do you do with those?”

And the young men replied, “WE FIGHT WITH THEM.” (more…)