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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 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 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
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New Rouge Scarpe Herald (External Submissions)

herald_75x75It is my pleasure to announce that Baroness Sybella of Dragon’s Mark will be taking over immediately as external submissions herald and thus succeeding me as Rouge Scarpe Herald. We will be working together on this months Internal Letter of Acceptance and Returns and External Letter of Intent as we transition.

The external submissions herald takes the internal commentary and makes the decisions at the Kingdom level as to what has to be returned at Kingdom level and what can go on the the Society level. They then create the Letter of Intent and process those submissions that move on to the Society level. This office comes with the heraldic title of Rouge Scarpe Herald.

I have greatly enjoyed serving as Rouge Scarpe Herald and I am sure Sybella Rouge Scarpe will as well. I look forward to working with her.

In Service the Crown and College,

Konrad Dragon

New Boke of Ceremonies

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

I am happy to announce that there is a new revision of the Middle Kingdom Boke of Ceremonies available on the Middle Kingdom website.

My thanks to Thegn Edward Aelredson, my predecessor as Dragon, who oversaw most of the work and published a revision just before stepping down last month. Unfortunately once a number of needed updates were noticed. These and a few others discovered as we worked on it again have now been made.

Konrad Dragon

Here are the introductions from Edward from the May 2016 and myself from the June 2016 revision which cover most of the acknowledgements:

Most of what can be said here has been said by many of my predecessors. 

“The Boke is a compilation of the more common ceremonies currently in use within the Middle Kingdom. This edition is really a revision of the previous version and we have corrected some errors, removed old ceremonies and added some new. It is not an all-inclusive collection of every possible ceremony, but rather a foundation from which to spring. While we have pulled out the alternative ceremonies that were found in the previous edition, we do strongly encourage writing of alternative ceremonies to fit the persona and/or taste of the recipient.”

The revision of this book was definitely not a solo project. I would like to thank Mistress Elena de Vexin for her contributions, review and commentary in the preliminary stages of revision. I would also like to thank Mistress Tyzes Sofia called Zsof, Master Dafydd Blaidd, Master Konrad Mailander, Baroness Maggie McKeith and THL Brynn Herleifsson for their contributions and assistance in applying the finishing touches to this manual. And lastly, HE Countess Alys Katharine for her superb proofreading skills. Any errors that remain are from after her proof-reading and are mine and mine alone.

Thegn Edward Aelredson

Because a few more eyes saw the May 2016 revision after it got published, there were a few things that were noticed that had not been updated. This update, which follows quickly on the heels of the previous version, fixes those areas. Primarily, a speaker from the Order of Defence was added into the other Peerage ceremonies. Also, the
suggested qualities that the Peerages attest to were standardized between the different Peerage ceremonies. And, because no herald can leave well enough alone, I made a few other edits. The ceremony for the creation of a Master of Arms has been changed so rather than refusing knighthood they are choosing to take the baldric of a Master of
Arms and the option for them to swear fealty has been added. My thanks go to, Chen-Shifu, Master Eirik Dweorgaxe, Duke Laurelen Darksbane, The Honourable Lady Petrona da Manciano, Master Rory mac Feidhlimidh and several Royal Peers for their input. And thanks again to Countess Alys Katharine for her proof-reading. Any errors that remain now fall on my shoulders.

Meister Konrad Mailander

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

August Heraldic Decisions for the Middle Kingdom

The August Letter of Acceptances and Returns has just been published. Here are the decisions for the Middle Kingdom. It can be found online here: http://heraldry.sca.org/loar/2015/08/
Official notification will come out shortly to the submitters from the Opinicus Pursuivant, Jean Yves de Chierebourg. 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. (more…)

June Heraldic Decisions for the Middle Kingdom

Greetings unto the populace of the Middle Kingdom from Konrad Rouge Scarpe,

The June Letter of Acceptances and Returns has just been published. Here are the decisions for the Middle Kingdom. It can be found online here: http://heraldry.sca.org/loar/2015/06/

Official notification will come out shortly to the submitters from the Opinicus Pursuivant, Jean Yves de Chierebourg. 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. (more…)

Midrealm.org updates

Good day, Midrealm!

Access to Midrealm.org based sites and email will be unavailable starting the evening of Saturday July 11 as part of the migration process.

No data is being moved, just the hosting of our DNS name resolution. This could take a few hours or even a day (there is no way to tell) but don’t worry – email will not get lost if you send it to a midrealm.org email address.

I thank you in advance for your patience through this process. We have some really cool things planned. Stay tuned.

If you have questions or concerns, please let me know.

THL Rijckaert vanUtrecht
Middle Kingdom Web Minister

New Heraldry Forms Reminder

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

This is a reminder that as of April first new heraldry forms went into effect for the Kingdom. Any new submissions need to be on these new forms.

Please discontinue the use of all old forms. The new forms should have Laurel v. 3.0; Middle v1.0 (Laurel Approved 10 Dec 2014) at the bottom of the form and “v3_rev1” as part of the file name. These are the forms currently available on the Middle Kingdom Heraldry website.

It has been nearly two months since this has gone into effect and we are still receiving submissions on the old forms.

Heralds please go through your supplies and remove or mark old forms so that they do not get used. If you have the blank forms saved to your computer go through and replace them with the new forms.

Using the wrong forms is a cause of administrative return by Escutcheon. We would really like to avoid having to return a submission to be redone simple because the wrong form was used.

Please pass this missive on to your groups.

In Service I Remain,

Konrad Rouge Scarpe