Author Archive: Konrad Mailander

June Heraldic Decsions

The June Letter of Acceptances and Returns was published while many of us were at Pennsic. Here are the decisions for the Middle Kingdom. The letter can be found online here: http://heraldry.sca.org/loar/2017/06/
Official notification will be sent to the submitters from the Opinicus Pursuivant. Look for an email form apache@sca.org; if you have items in submission you may want to add it to your address book as we have occasionally had issues with spam filters grabbing them. Please make sure to follow the link in the email as that lets us know that you have received the notification.

MIDDLE ACCEPTANCES

Brigid inghean Mhaoil Mhíchíl. Name and device. Per pale sable and gules all estencely, a phoenix argent.
Submitted as Brigid inchean Maol Mhíchíl, the name required two corrections for registration. First, the relationship marker is correctly spelled inghean. Even taking into account the many odd spelling variants found in the Irish Annals, the submitted inchean does not appear and cannot be constructed.
Second, the father’s name needs to be in the genitive (possessive) form. The standard genitive form is Maoil Mhíchíl, which lenites to Mhaoil Mhíchíl in this name because it follows inghean.
Applying both of these changes, we are registering this name as Brigid inghean Mhaoil Mhíchíl.

Cole O’Doran. Name.

Cynnabar, Barony of. Order name Award of Elephants Heart.
This order name follows the pattern of naming orders based on Saint’s Name + Heraldic Charge. Elephant is a 16th century English surname that can be used as a given name.
The Barony requested the name Award of the Elephant’s Heart if it could be documented. Unfortunately, we were unable to document this version of the name, as an elephant’s heart is not a plausible heraldic charge. Apart from likely being larger than an ordinary heart, there is no distinct visual depiction of an heart that would identify it as belonging to an elephant.

Cynnabar, Barony of. Order name Award of the Silver Tower of Cynnabar (see PENDS for other order name).

Cynnabar, Barony of. Order name Order of Towers Watch.
Submitted as Order of the Watch of the Tower, we found no evidence showing that this name followed an attested period pattern for order names. With the Barony’s permission, we have changed the name to Order of Towers Watch to use the pattern of naming orders based on Saint’s Name + Heraldic Charge. Tower is a 16th century English surname that can be used as a given name. A watch, in the sense of a small time-piece (dated in the OED to 1590), is a plausible heraldic charge.

Genevote Cheval. Name and device. Vert, a horse couchant regardant Or, a bordure argent semy-de-lys vert.

Illiton, Barony of. Badge. (Fieldless) On a goblet Or a lymphad proper, sails furled argent.

Pellegrina da Canal. Name.

Ragna stórráða Úlfsdóttir. Name.
Submitted as Ragna stórráda Ulfsdóttir, the name required two corrections. First, markings must be used consistently throughout Old Norse names; therefore, the marking on the U found in Úlfr must be included in Úlfsdóttir. Second, the submitted stórráda mistakes an edh (ð) for a d. The correct form of the byname is stórráða. Applying these corrections, we are registering the name as Ragna stórráða Úlfsdóttir.

Siobhán an Einigh. Device change. Argent, on a pale azure between two triskelions of spirals purpure, an increscent argent.
There is a step from period practice for use of a triskelion of spirals.
The submitter’s old device, Per chevron throughout argent and azure, two triskelions of spirals purpure and an increscent argent, is retained as a badge.

Siobhán an Einigh. Badge. Argent, a pink flamingo proper within a bordure azure.

Úlfrún Biornsdóttir. Device. Azure, a unicorn and a wolf combatant and in chief a decrescent argent.

Veoreos Miklos. Name and device. Azure, an eagle sable and in chief a decrescent and a mullet of eight points argent.
Nice 16th century Hungarian name!
The submitter provided an Individually Attested Pattern successfully demonstrating the motif of a sable eagle displayed upon an azure field with high-contrast mullets and decrescents in chief.

MIDDLE RETURNS

Ailith the Kind. Augmentation of Arms. Per bend sinister wavy argent and vert, a thistle vert headed purpure and a garb Or and for augmentation on a chief purpure a compass star Or.
This augmentation must be returned for redraw. As submitted, the base device does not match the registered device; the entire head of the thistle is purpure, rather than just the petals on the top of the head. As the base devices do not match, the augmentation must be returned.
A compass star is a step from period practice.

Katarzina Celjska. Name.
This name was pended on the December 2016 Letter of Acceptances and Returns to allow discussion of whether Appendix C should be changed to allow combinations of North Slavic and South Slavic name elements. We did not receive sufficient commentary to justify changing Appendix C as it now stands on the issue. Thus, this name is not registerable as submitted because it combines a Polish (North Slavic) given name with a Slovenian (South Slavic) byname.

We would change the byname to the Polish Celjczowska, documented during commentary by ffride Joye Sans Fin, but this is a major change that the submitter does not allow.

Rüdiger of the Flaming Gryphon. Device. Per chevron vert and sable, two bears combatant Or and a tower argent.
This device was already registered on the February 2017 LoAR.

Midrealmers, Collect Your Pennsic Pay

Midrealmers! 

Have YOU have fought, fenced, shot arrows, thrown weapons, worked a shift of duty, taught a class, retained, borne water, or served in any way at Pennsic?

If so, please come and COLLECT YOUR PAY with the heartfelt thanks of TRMs William and Isolde, outside the GREAT HALL, on Thursday, August 10th from to 6pm to 8pm before and during Midrealm court. The Midrealm Moneyers Guild will hand war pay out to ANY who have served Midrealm at war.

Job Opening: Shield Herald

Greetings unto the members of the Middle Kingdom College of Heralds from Meister Konrad Mailander, Dragon Herald,

With Jean Yves being chosen to succeed me as Dragon Herald at this coming Coronation we need to find a replacement for his current office, Shield Herald.

The Shield Herald is responsible for helping to organize heraldic consultation points at events to help people with their name and armory submissions. They should set up consult points at events when possible, especially large Kingdom events and act as a resource person for others that wish to set up consult points at events.

Applicants should have experience consulting on names and armory and be familiar with the submission process and SENA (the rules for submissions).

If you are interested, please send me your letter of intent by September 1st to: 

In Service to Crown and College,

Konrad Dragon

Job Opening: Rouge Scarpe Herald

Greetings unto the members of the Middle Kingdom College of Heralds from Meister Konrad Mailander, Dragon Herald,

Baroness Sybella needs to step down as Rouge Scarpe Herald and so that office is opening for applications.

Rouge Scarpe Herald is the external submission herald for the Middle Kingdom. They review the commentary made at the Kingdom level and made the decisions as to what goes on to the Laurel level and what needs to be returned at the Kingdom level. They then write a decisions letter and publish an External Letter of Intent each month on OSCAR, the Online System for Commentary and Response. They also correspond with submitters as needed to navigate issues with submissions.

Applicants should have experience consulting on names and armory and be familiar with the submission process and SENA (the rules for submissions). Experience commenting in OSCAR is helpful.

If you are interested, please send me your letter of intent by September 1st to: herald@midrealm.org

In Service to Crown and College,

Konrad Dragon

Next Dragon Herald Chosen

Greetings unto the heralds, pursuivants, and scribes of the Middle Kingdom College of Heralds and greetings unto the populace of the Middle Kingdom from Meister Konrad Mailander, Dragon Herald.

It is my pleasure to announce that my successor as Dragon Principal Herald of the Middle Kingdom has been chosen. At the Coronation of Cellach and Vukasin II on September 23rd, His Lordship Jean Yves de Chierebourg will step up as the 22nd Dragon Herald of the Middle Kingdom.

It has been my pleasure to serve the kingdom in this office. My thanks go to the members of the College of Heralds of the Midrealm, it has been a delight working with you all in this role. The College of Heralds is invited to come up and be participants in the changeover ceremony during evening court of Coronation.

Lastly I wish Jean Yves luck in his tenure as Dragon Herald.

In Service to Crown and College,

Konrad Dragon

May Heraldic Decisions

The May Letter of Acceptances and Returns has been published. Here are the decisions for the Middle Kingdom. The letter can be found online here: http://heraldry.sca.org/loar/2017/05/
Official notification will be sent to the submitters from the Opinicus Pursuivant. Look for an email form apache@sca.org; if you have items in submission you may want to add it to your address book as we have occasionally had issues with spam filters grabbing them. Please make sure to follow the link in the email as that lets us know that you have received the notification.

Middle Acceptances

Aturdokht of Dark River. Badge. (Fieldless) A wyvern erect vert breathing fire proper charged on the haunch with a pawprint argent.
There is a step from period practice for use of a pawprint.
Artist’s note: Please draw the tongues of flame conjoined and not free-floating. A flame proper has alternating tongues of red and yellow flame; these should all issue from the wyvern’s mouth.

Bj{o,}rn inn viðf{o,}rli. Device. Azure, a drakkar per pale argent and Or, in chief a sun Or and an increscent argent.

Brigit ingen Nialláin. Device. Per chevron azure and vert, two sheaves of arrows and an owl Or.

Einarr Ginnfastsson. Device. Per saltire argent and gules, two Thor’s hammers, hafts to center gules.

Emma Foxe. Device. Per pale argent and purpure, in bend sinister an escarbuncle Or between two violets counterchanged, an orle of ivy vert.

Gwydion Glyndour. Name.
This name was submitted as Gwydion Glyndwr. However, precedent states that Glyndwr is not a period spelling, [Llywelyn Glyndyverdwy, 3/2010 LoAR, A-Middle], and no evidence was presented to justify overturning that precedent. All of the instances of Glyndwr cited in commentary referred to modern spellings of the name. For registration, we have changed the byname to Glyndour, an early 15th century spelling found by Juliana Siren during commentary.

Hakon Hrafnsson. Badge. Per pall inverted Or, sable, and paly argent and vert.
Artist’s note: Please draw the point where the lines of the field division meet a bit higher on the field to more equally divide the shield into three portions.

Hanß Leiland Adelbrecht. Device. Per chevron inverted argent and azure, an enfield rampant to sinister gules and two crescents Or.

Katarzina of Foxvale. Holding name and device. Azure, three chevronels braced argent and in chief three trilliums two and one Or.
There is a step from period practice for use of New World trilliums.
Submitted under the name Katarzina Celjska, that name was pended on the December 2016 LoAR.

Lil Lith of Shadowed Stars. Name and device. Per bend azure and argent, a willow tree eradicated counterchanged.
The submitter may be interested to know that the spelling Lileth was documented in commentary as a gray-period English name. If she prefers Lileth of Shadowed Stars to the registered form, she may make a request for reconsideration.

Máirghréad inghean Ruadháin. Name.
Submitted as Mairghread inghean Rúadáin, Gaelic names must use markings consistently throughout the name. As the submitter specifically requested the “accented version” of the byname, the given name needs to be registered as Máirghréad with all markings.
In addition, the byname was originally submitted at Kingdom as inghean Rúadhán, but Kingdom commentary correctly pointed out that the byname needed to use the genitive (possessive) form of the father’s name, Rúadháin. The submitter consented to that change. For some reason, the heading in the Letter of Intent did not include that change (although the summary did). In addition, the name Ruadhán does not have an accent mark on the u. Accordingly, we have put the byname into the correct spelling of inghean Ruadháin for registration.

Marushka Stanislawowiczowa. Name.
This name combines a Russian given name with a Polish byname, an acceptable lingual mix under Appendix C.

Milisandia MacGreghere. Name and device. Per chevron argent and vert, a chevron sable and in base a squirrel Or.

Roana Aldinoch. Household name Gylden Broc Hus.

Toth Bálint. Badge. (Fieldless) A loop of rope with ends crossed in chief gules.

Middle Returns

None!

Kriemhilt promoted to rank of Herald Extraordinary

Done in Court with Their Majesties permission at Crown:

The College of Arms has a rank of Herald Extraordinary that has a long and honored history. The rank was formally created and defined in the 16th year of the Society by William Laurel. The intent of the rank is to recognize and reward “…those heralds who have greatly served the College of Heralds and/or the College of Arms and have achieved the highest level of competence in heraldry.”

In light of their considerable contribution to the Midrealm College of Heralds through service as Fenris Herald, Dragon Herald, Meadows Herald, deputy to the Pale Herald, and my own Emergency Deputy it is my pleasure as Dragon Principal Herald to confer the rank and style of Herald Extraordinary on Kriemhilt von Ebersberg and charge her to register a title of her choosing with the College of Arms.

Konrad Dragon

June Dragon Herald Pale Letter

Greetings unto the heralds, pursuivants, scribes, and populace of the Great Middle Kingdom from Meister Konrad Mailander, Dragon Principal Herald.

Serving the Kingdom as Dragon Herald is something that I have wanted to do for a long time and I have greatly enjoyed having the opportunity to serve in this office and on Curia. As many have heard by now I have been chosen to be the next Baron of Red Spears and will be invested as such at Baron Wars on June 24th. Because of this it is with a mix of joy and sorry that I will be stepping down early as Dragon Herald.

The position of Dragon Herald, in addition to its ceremonial duties (and privileges), is primarily an administrative and leadership position in the Kingdom and the Midrealm College of Heralds and Scribes. The ideal candidate must be a warranted herald with at minimum a working knowledge in ALL aspects of heraldry and heraldic offices, be very familiar with ceremonial protocol, and will be an organized individual comfortable with delegation and working with heralds and scribes of all levels, other Kingdom officers in Curia, and the Crown; including those from other Kingdoms. Past experience as a regional Herald or as other senior Dragon Staff member is preferred. This position is a direct report to the Crown and Laurel Sovereign of Arms of the Society.

Qualified applicants will have strong organizational, inter-personal, and written communication skills, and will be capable of tracking multiple tasks, deadlines, and of working efficiently with a large staff of deputies.

This position is a member of Curia and will advise the Crown on matters of the Kingdom. This position is also a member of the Kingdom financial committee, helping to advise on the use of Kingdom funds. The individual accepted for this position will assume the office by this coming Coronation in the Fall of AS LII (2017).

Applications should be submitted via e-mail to both me at herald@midrealm.org and Laurel Sovereign of Arms at laurel@heraldry.sca.org, and detail your skills and experience in the College of Heralds, in offices held in the Society and Kingdom, and/or mundanely if this will add to the well-rounded picture of your qualifications. Last but not least, please tell me why you want to be Dragon Herald and how you think you can add value by holding this office.

Applications are due by July 15, 2017.

Konrad Dragon

New Escutcheon Herald

Greetings,

Calybrid Ine-Tere has passed the office of Escutcheon Herald, the Internal Submission herald, to Ginevra Boscoli.

My thanks to Ginevra for taking on this important office and a huge thanks to Calybrid for her service as Escutcheon.

Note that this means that the address that you send submissions to has changed. Submissions should now be sent to:

SCA — MK College of Heralds
c/o Wendy Luby
8404 Parmenter Dr.
Parma, OH 44129-5356

Konrad Dragon

Heraldic Job Openings: Opinicus Pursuivant and Incunabula Pursuivant,

Greetings,

Thora Grimudottir, Opinicus Pursuivant, has informed me that she needs to step down from that office.

Therefore I am looking for applicants for Opinicus Pursuivant and Incunabula Pursuivant, which is currently vacant.

Opinicus is responsible for sending notifications to submitters after decisions are made at the Kingdom or Society level. They need to take each decision and expand it into a personalized letter. Notifications are sent by email through the Online System for Commentary and Response (OSCAR). They also need to track who has picked up notifications and send notification by mail if not picked up or in cases without email addresses. Opinicus is a deputy to the Rouge Scarpe Herald.

The Incunabula is Opinicus’ deputy. The ideal is to have Incunabula Pursuivant in training to take over eventually as Opinicus. If they want to split the responsibilities that is also acceptable. In the past Incunabula handled Kingdom notifications and Opinicus the Society level ones.

These are primarily administrative offices but at least a basic knowledge of book heraldry is beneficial. These are important positions to the heraldic process and I would like to have them filled as soon as possible. If you are interested or have any questions contact me at herald@midrealm.org by May 25th.

In Service to Crown and College,

Konrad Dragon