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,