Author Archive: Konrad Mailander

July & August Heraldic Decisions

The July Letter of Acceptances and Returns was published last month and the August Letter this month. Here are the decisions for the Middle Kingdom. The letters can be found online here: http://heraldry.sca.org/loar/

Official notification will be sent to the submitters from the Opinicus Pursuivant. Look for an email form ; 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 JULY ACCEPTANCES

Adella Silberpfeil. Name (see RETURNS for device).
The spelling Adella was not documented in the Letter of Intent. Fortunately, Konrad Dragon found this spelling in the FamilySearch Historical Records for Württemberg, Germany, dated to 1600.
Questions were raised in commentary about the construction of the byname Silberpfeil. Evidence indicated that this element could be constructed as an inn sign byname. At the Pelican decision meeting, Ælfwynn Leoflæde dohtor found evidence of unmarked inn sign bynames in German, allowing this name to be registered as submitted, without a preposition.

Edmund of Hertford. Badge (see RETURNS for household name). Lozengy sable and argent, a lion’s face purpure jessant of a cross bottony Or.
There is a step from period practice for use of a lion’s head jessant of a charge that isn’t a fleur-de-lys.

Edmund of Hertford. Device change. Lozengy sable and argent, a lion rampant guardant purpure ducally crowned and maintaining a cross bottony Or.
The submitter is a duke and entitled to a coronet of strawberry leaves.
The submitter’s previous device, Lozengy sable and argent, a lion rampant guardant purpure maintaining a cross bottony, within an orle of chain Or, is released.

Ellisif Auðinardóttir. Name.

Emer Atzinger. Name.
The February 2015 Cover Letter permits the 16th century English given name Emer to be borrowed into German and combined with a German surname.
The submitter may be interested to know that Emmer appears as a late period German given name in Seibicke s.n. Emmer. If the submitter desires this spelling, and thus a wholly German name, he may make a request for reconsideration.

Ragna Auðinarkona. Name and device. Pean, an owl argent and a bordure Or.

Reinhardt mit dem Bart. Name (see RETURNS for device).
Reinhardt was documented in the Letter of Intent only as a German surname. However, there is no evidence supporting the use of German surnames as given names.
Fortunately, attendees at the Pelican decision meeting found Reinhardt as a given name in the FamilySearch Historical Records for Württemberg, Germany, dated to 1565. This documentation places the given name well within 500 years of the German byname mit dem Bart, allowing the name to be registered.
The submitter may be interested to know that the spelling Reinhart mit dem Bart is authentic for the 13th century. If he wishes this form, he may make a request for reconsideration.

Tarquinus Suspectus. Name and device. Per bend argent and vert, a bend between an alphyn passant and three towers counterchanged.
Originally submitted as Tarquin_ Suspectus, the documentation in the Letter of Intent did not support this form of the name. Fortunately, Alisoun Metron Ariston was able to document Tarquinus Suspectus as a plausible Roman name based on the appearance of the nomen Tarquinus in first century B.C.E. Roman writings and the pattern of cognomina derived from perfect passive participles mentioned in Kajanto, The Latin Cognomina, pp. 92 – 93. As the submitter allows all changes, we have changed the name to Tarquinus Suspectus for registration.
(Note Tarquinus’ submissions were listed under RETURNS in error and will be on an upcoming Errata, until then they will not show up in the O&A.)

MIDDLE JULY RETURNS

Adella Silberpfeil. Device. Per chevron throughout azure and argent, two drawn bows reversed nocked with mullet-headed arrows argent, and a dragon dormant purpure.
This device is returned for lack of documentation of mullet-headed arrows. No documentation was presented and none could be found that arrows were headed of anything but arrowheads (pheons, broadheads, bird-blunts, etc.).

Edmund of Hertford. Household name Lozengia Tower.
This household name must be returned for lack of documentation. NPN1B3 of SENA states: “The designators for household names must be documented as a form describing a group of people in a particular culture.” No documentation was provided (and none could be found) showing the use of tower to describe a group of people. Thus, this name lacks a designator and cannot be registered.
In addition, there was no evidence that this name fits an attested pattern for constructing household names. Without such evidence, this name cannot be registered.

Reinhardt mit dem Bart. Device. Quarterly sable and gules, a wolfhound statant contourny between two towers in bend argent.
This device is returned for blurring the distinction between primary and overall charges. The wolfhound is not truly between the towers, but is barely overall, with the tip of the hound’s tail and one of its paws overlapping the towers. Being neither honestly between nor honestly overall, it cannot accurately be blazoned.

MIDDLE AUGUST ACCEPTANCES

Cynnabar, Barony of. Order Name Award of the Elephants Tusk.
This award name was pended on the June 2017 Letter of Acceptances and Returns because the question of whether a tusk is a period heraldic charge was due to be decided by Wreath at the July decision meeting. To keep our rulings consistent, we wished to wait until after Wreath rendered his ruling.
In the July 2017 Letter of Acceptances and Return, Wreath concluded that tusks are not period heraldic charges and that “we will cease further registration of tusks of any kind effective as of the January 2018 decision meeting.” [Bowen Doyle, 7/2017 LoAR, R-An Tir]. However, Wreath also noted:
In all, there are less than a dozen registrations of tusks as stand-alone charges, most assumed (or explicitly stated) to be elephant tusks, most dating to the early 1990s, and only one dated after 1995. The last registration of any tusk was the badge of the Shire of Ivory Keep in February 2009, Argent, two tusks in saltire azure and a bordure denticulada sable.
Given that elephant’s tusks were plausible charges at the time this order name was submitted, we believe fairness requires us to register this order name. However, consistent with Wreath’s decision, as of the January 2018 decision meeting, a tusk is no longer a heraldic charge on which an order name can be based.

MIDDLE AUGUST RETURNS
None!

Augmentations of Arms in the Middle Kingdom

This is an article I wrote about a year ago and just updated. Since a large number of people just received Royal Augmentations of Arms I figure it is a good time to post it here. – Konrad

Augmentations of Arms in the Middle Kingdom

As this honor is a gift of the Crown the Middle College of Heralds is disinclined to charge extra fees for augmentations of arms and Kingdoms are given the freedom to set their own fees over and above what Laurel charges. Therefore the charge for registering an augmentation of arms in the Middle Kingdom is $4 to cover what Laurel charges for the submission.

You need to have a registered device to register an augmentation. You can submit them together. (The device would be at the normal fee of $8.00.)

The augmented device must follow the rules for submission with a few exceptions; they can be more complex and possibly have more layers than is normally allowed. See SENA on Augmentations of Arms: http://heraldry.sca.org/sena.html#A3A3

Whatever form the Crown may have designated is a suggestion. It is usually a suggestion the client wants to follow but as far as the College of Arms is concerned it is only a suggestion. Sometimes changes will need to be made to the suggestion in order to get it to work with the person’s device. Sometimes you just can’t fit “a rampant Yale argent” onto someone’s device as an augmentation. Or the Crown designated for a Kingdom Augmentation to bear the Kingdom ensign on a chief when the top of the arms are a metal but putting it on an escutcheon or on a point pointed moves it to a color part of the field where it has contrast.

For those not aware the Middle gives two kinds of augmentations. Royal Augmentations are more common and consist of the Crown allowing the addition of a charge to be added for augmentation, and they usually suggest a form for it to take. Kingdom Augmentations, more rare and usually for long service to the Kingdom, allow the recipient to add the Kingdom ensign to their arms. The Kingdom Ensign, “Argent, a pale gules surmounted by a dragon passant vert,” has been designated as a standard augmentation for the Kingdom with the College of Arms for this purpose.

If the augmentation is placed on a canton or on an escutcheon then the design of the canton and escutcheon must also be conflict checked as if they were independent armory. Example: The Crown states you may add a gold ring (an annulet Or) to your device. The field of the device is a metal so you want to put the gold ring on a red canton or escutcheon for it to be registered, “Gules, an annulet Or,” must also be free of conflict as well as the overall design. Note: as mentioned above for a Kingdom Augmentation, “Argent, a pale gules surmounted by a dragon passant vert,” has already been designated as a standard augmentation for the Middle so conflict is not a problem, the Kingdom has already given permission for it to be used for augmentations.

Filling out the Form. Under “Action Type” you want to check “Other” and fill in Augmentation of Arms. In the area designated “If using any restricted charges, please give Kingdom and date of eligibility for that charge” fill in Middle (or the Kingdom it was received it if from another kingdom) and the date the Augmentation was given.

Blazoning. You blazon the original devices blazon followed by “and for augmentation” then the blazon of the augmentation. For example Däg Thorgrimsson’s arms are blazoned: Tierced per pall argent, azure and sable, two dexter gauntlets clasped in chevron inverted argent and in chief a wolf’s head caboshed sable. And his augmented arms are blazoned: Tierced per pall argent, azure and sable, two dexter gauntlets clasped in chevron inverted argent and in chief a wolf’s head caboshed sable and for augmentation on an escutcheon argent, a pale gules surmounted by a dragon passant vert.

Rarely the augmentation may replace one of the charges on the base arms, especially when there are multiples of the same charge. For example: Lorissa du Griffin bears, Azure, between the front paws of a lioness [Panthera leo] a lion cub, both statant proper, on a chief argent three cats’ heads cabossed gules. Their augmentation replaces one of the cat’s head. Azure, between the front paws of a lioness (Panthera leo) a lion cub both statant proper and on a chief argent three cats’ heads cabossed gules and for augmentation, replacing the center cat’s head, a roundel azure charged with four crescents conjoined in saltire horns outward argent. Note that even though one of the cat’s heads is replaced and no longer visible in the augmented arms it is still included in the blazon of the augmented arms. The first part of the augmentations blazon is always the blazon of the base arms and then you describe the changes made for the augmentation after the “and for augmentation” portion of the blazon.

The Augmented Arms do not count toward the registration limit of 6 pieces of armory. But you can only register one augmented device. If you receive multiple augmentations they will all need to be worked into that one design. You would blazon each separately as above. [Original device blazon] and for augmentation [augmentation #1] and for augmentation [augmentation #2]. For example Wen verch Ioreword’s arms are blazoned: Lozengy Or and sable, on a bend gules three owls palewise Or. She received two Royal Augmentations from different Crowns, Her Augmented Arms are blazoned: Lozengy Or and sable, on a bend gules three owls palewise Or, for augmentation in chief a unicorn rampant argent and for augmentation in base a raven’s head gules maintaining a pearl in its beak argent.

From the Dragon Herald – Outgoing

Greetings unto the populace of the Middle Kingdom from Konrad Mailander, Dragon Herald,

One last missive as Dragon Herald before I pass the office to Jean Yves.

His Lordship Damian Nihthauk is the new Shield Herald, taking over for Jean Yves as he steps up as Dragon. Shield is the office responsible for seeing organizing consulting and submission points at large events.

I will be taking back the office of Rouge Scarpe Herald for the time being. Rouge Scarpe is the external submissions herald for the Middle. Rouge Scarpe makes decisions on heraldic submissions at the Kingdom level and creates the External Letter of Intent for those items that move on to Society level. We are still looking for someone to take this office longer term. If you are interested in serving the College of Herald in this role let me know.

It has been a pleasure serving the Kingdom in this role. Thank you all for the opportunity. Good luck to Jean Yves, may he find it as fulfilling as I did.

Konrad Dragon

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 ; 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:

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 ; 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