From the Kingdom Earl Marshal, re: Equestrian Activities

Unto all whom read these words, greetings.

The Middle Kingdom is fortunate to have “the horse capital of the world” in its borders. Across our great kingdom we are blessed with 4-H fair grounds, county fairs with rodeos, and state and national parks that all cater to horse activities. The horse has had a huge impact on medieval culture, warfare, idea exchange, farming and many other aspects of medieval life. The Marshals have been reaching out to many current SCA horse owners, trainers, horse enthusiasts, some with frustration, some with safety concerns but most expressing a huge love for our kingdom and horses. It was also felt necessary to wait until the end of the riding/equestrian season to implement any changes for the upcoming season. (more…)

Exchequer’s Missive, November AS LII

Greetings unto the exchequers and populace of the Middle Kingdom, A few announcements…

• A new draft of the Middle Kingdom Financial Policies is being reviewed by the Curia. The new version has been rewritten to be more reader-friendly. There have not been significant changes to existing policy; however, there has been clarification and expansion of some of the sections. With Curia approval, it will be forwarded to the SCA Board of Directors for review and approval and then posted for public use. (more…)

From Their Majesties, November AS LII

Greetings to the Middle Kingdom,

We have enjoyed Our recent travels and your wonderful hospitality. The good spirit of Our Kingdom was displayed recently at Rose Tournament in the Midlands region. The event had to shift from an outdoor area to an inside area because of the harsh wind and approaching rain. To do so required the moving of table and chairs in the inside space as well as the relocation of all the Roses and their day camps. With good will and smiles this was accomplished. Everyone lent a hand and the event was relocated in quick time so the tournament could begin. We were very impressed by Our people and think this behavior displays what the Society and Middle Kingdom are all about.

This is not the only time We have witnessed this behavior, it is just the most recent example. We frequently see Our citizens assisting those in need, whether in Our Kingdom or in other lands. It is commonly said in the SCA we can have the family of our choice, and we are all fortunate to have such a caring and loving family.

We are excited to have Heirs added into Our family. We hope you will come join Us at Crown Tournament if you are able. And We trust that you will welcome Our heirs as warmly as you have welcomed us.

Cellach and Vukasin

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:

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.


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.)


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.


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.


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:

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

Middle Kingdom Royal Archery Challenge

In an effort to encourage the prowess of Our archers, We will be sponsoring an archery competition. It is our hope that scores will be submitted through the Midrealm Archery Scores page. We will announce the victors at Spring Coronation.

We thank Master Dougale MacAlestyr for his assistance in creating the shoot. He tells Us that much of the research in this hasty document is attributed to Sir Jon Fitz-Rauf OL, OP of the West Kingdom

Good shooting
Cellach and Vukasin

Middle Kingdom Royal Archery Challenge

Separate divisions for hand bows and crossbows and for Greenwood and populace archers (four total divisions – populace hand bow, populace crossbow, Greenwood hand bow, and Greenwood crossbow).

Shoot will run from Fall Coronation (September 23, 2017) to a week before Spring Coronation (in other words the shoot will end on Sunday April 29, 2018)

Scores will be collected via the Mid Realm Archery Scores site. The score site will be available shortly (more…)

Cellach & Vukasin – Plans for the Reign

Greetings to the Middle Kingdom

In several days We will see many of you at Our Coronation. As such, the time has come to talk some about what Our plans are for Our Reign. First though, We want to thank William and Isolde for Their service as King and Queen. They have worked very hard and We hope to be able to serve as well as They have.

First, We will call for fealties from Our Peerages and the Populace during Court at the following events. If you wish to swear fealty and are unable to attend one of these events find Us and We will either add fealties to the Court List, or have you swear outside of Court. Here are the events:

  • September 23 – Coronation (during morning court)
  • October 21 – Crown Tournament
  • October 28 – Red Dragon
  • November 3 – Grand Day of Tournaments
  • November 11 – Crystal Ball