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Below are the results of this LOAR.

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In Service,

Gunnar Thorisson

Vert Hawk Herald
CALONTIR acceptances
* Cecilia Manetti da Firenze.  Reblazon of device. Per bend sinister vert
and gules, a bend sinister between a mouse sejant erect and a pair of
manacles, the chain fracted argent.
Blazoned when registered in January 1998 as Per bend vert and gules, a bend
between a mouse sejant erect and a pair of manacles, the chain fracted
argent, this is actually a per bend sinister field with a bend sinister.
* Cuthbert Longschankes.  Device (see RETURNS for badge). Per pale azure
and Or, on a roundel counterchanged an owl argent.
* Eynon ab Iohannes Mal.  Device. Azure, a demi-sheep argent issuant from a
bickern maintaining in its mouth a falchion bendwise inverted Or and a
chief Or crusily azure.* Hubert de Stockleye.  Name change from Wulfhere of
The submitted requested authenticity for 13th-14th century England. This
name is authentic for the 1270s, meeting the submitter’s request.
The submitter’s previous name, Wulfhere of Eofeshamme, is retained as an
alternate name.* Isabeau Ruiz.  Name.* Katherine von Heilige.  Name change
from holding name Katherine of Forgotten Sea.
Submitted as Katherine die Heilige, this name was pended to discuss whether
this name presumed upon the name of Saint Catherine, especially due to the
use of the demi-Catherine’s wheel in the submitter’s device.
Saints are occasionally referred to by [given name] die Heilige in modern
German, although the reverse order (die Heilige [given name] appears more
frequently. The use of die Heilige (“the saint”) is presumptuous under
PN4D1 of SENA, as this name appears to make a claim to be the historical
St. Catherine. We note that unmarked forms like Heylig and von den Heiligen
are not presumptuous because they are attested as the bynames of non-saints
in our period.
The submitter allowed a change to the attested byname von Heilige (based on
Von Heilige, found in the FamilySearch Historical Records). We have made
this change. If she prefers Heylig (or other attested unmarked form) or von
den Heiligen, she can submit a request for reconsideration.
This name was pended from the August 2015 Letter of Acceptances and

* Kezia von Holzenhaus.  Badge. Argent, a billet and a bordure sable.

* Layla bint `Asim.  Name and device. Azure, in fess a mullet and a
decrescent Or, a bordure wavy argent.
Please advise the submitter to draw deeper waves on the bordure and the
primary charges larger so they fill better the available space.

* Mell MacAlpin.  Badge. (Fieldless) A snail gules attired and shelled Or.
* Mell MacAlpin.  Badge. Per fess embattled azure and Or, in chief three
buckets inverted argent.
* Mell MacAlpin.  Badge. Per pale Or and gules, two dragon’s heads couped
addorsed counterchanged.
This is the submitter’s sixth piece of registered armory.

* Miranda de Logan.  Name (see RETURNS for device).
Miranda is the submitter’s legal given name. We note that it is also a grey
period English literary name. Recently, we ruled the following:
Miranda is the submitter’s legal given name as well as the name of a gray
area literary character from Shakespeare’s Tempest and a late 16th century
English byname which can be registered as a given name. Therefore, the
submitter need not rely on the legal name allowance. [Miranda Mór ingen
Fhailtigern, June 2015, A-An Tir]
The instance of Miranda as a late period English byname in that decision
inadvertently relied on an I-batch in the FamilySearch Historical Records.
I batches continue to be acceptable only on a case-by-case basis, and
should not be used as the sole documentation to support a name element.
Therefore, as Miranda does not appear to have been coined until after 1600,
the submitter must rely upon the legal name allowance.

* Rianorix of Forgotten Sea.  Name.
Forgotten Sea is the registered name of an SCA branch.

* Thaddeus Ellenbach.  Name (see RETURNS for device).
Submitted as Thadeus Ellenbach, the submitter requested the spelling
Thaddeus Ellenbach if it could be documented. The preferred spelling is
found in Historia und Christliche Legenden, von der heiligen zwölff Apostel
unsers Herrn Jesu Christi, Item von S. Pauli, auch beider heiligen
Euangelisten S. Luce und S. Marci, beruff, lehre, leben, wunderwercken,
letzten marter und todt, ob standhaffter bekandtnuß des Namens Christi,
published in 1589 (
Therefore, we have changed the given name to this form.

* Theodoric Rufus the Goth.  Reblazon of device. Sable, a sea-lion naiant
and in base three pheons two and one argent.
Blazoned when registered in June 1995 as Sable, in pale a sea-lion naiant
and three pheons two and one argent, the sea-lion is the sole primary

* Umm Razin Rusa al-Badawiyya.  Name and device. Per fess azure and vert, a
chevron couched from sinister and in canton a decrescent argent.

* Zachariah MacDonald.  Name change from Zachariah Lochrie.
The submitter’s previous name, Zachariah Lochrie, is retained as an
alternate name.
CALONTIR returns
* Ann O’Carolan.  Badge. (Fieldless) A sword argent and overall a wolf’s
head erased contourny azure.
This badge is returned for redraw. Please instruct the submitter on the
proper way to draw erasing: either three or four prominent, pointed jags on
the erasing, as described on the Cover Letter to the November 2001 LoAR:
Therefore, for purposes of recreating period armorial style for erasing,
the erasing should (1) have between three and eight jags; (2) have jags
that are approximately one-sixth to one-third the total height of the
charge being erased; and (3) have jags that are not straight but rather are
wavy or curved.
Alternatively, the submitter could decide to resubmit the overall charge as
wolf’s head couped.* Cuthbert Longschankes.  Badge. (Fieldless) A Celtic
cross Or irradiated azure.
This badge is returned for not being reliably blazonable, which is a
violation of SENA A1C which requires an emblazon to be describable in
heraldic terms. Blazoned as a Celtic cross irradiated, irradiation would
surround the entire charge and would leave no gaps between the azure
extensions. It cannot be blazoned as a mullet of eight points azure with a
Celtic cross Or surmounting it as there is no way to blazon the exact
overlap of the center of the mullet with the junction point of the cross.*
Miranda de Logan.  Device. Azure, a snake headed at each end annodated
palewise and on a chief Or, three mullets of eight points azure.
Blazoned on the LoI as palewise counterembowed-embowed, the snake’s posture
can only be described as what Parker’s Glossary, p.11, defines as
annodated: “bowed embowed, or bent in the form of the letter S.” No
documentation was provided by the submitter or in commentary for the period
use of this posture in snakes. Thus this device is returned for running
afoul of SENA A2C1 which states “Elements must be drawn in their period
forms and in a period armorial style.” Additionally, this posture renders
the snake difficult to identify and many commenters confused it with a
letter S.* Thaddeus Ellenbach.  Device. Lozengy azure and argent, a lion
contourny Or maintaining a sword proper, a bordure sable.
This device must be returned for insufficient contrast between the held
charge and the field.
Per SENA A3B4a:
Placement of Charges: Charges must have good contrast with the background
on which they are placed. Primary, secondary, and overall charge groups are
considered to be placed on the field and must have good contrast with it.

While technically this armory has a neutral field, the mostly argent sword
lying nearly entirely on argent lozenges of the field has insufficient
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