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The Armorial has been updated to reflect the items in this LOAR.
The byname of Inishowen uses the lingua Anglica form of the Gaelic place name Inis Eoghain (found in Annals of the Four Masters) and the c.1627 English or Anglicized Irish Inis Owen or Inis-Owen (found in Annals of Clonmacnoise).
Excellent German name for 1497!
Submitted as Grete Trauernicht, the spelling of the byname was based on an undated header form in Bahlow. The headers in Bahlow are not registerable unless the header spelling is also dated in the text. In commentary, Juliana Siren dated the spelling Traurnicht to 1585. With the submitter's permission, we have changed the byname to that spelling.
Nice late 16th century German name!
Questions were raised in commentary whether the byname al-Ra'is is presumptuous. It is not. As used in period, al-Ra'is had meanings as various as "chief of something," "head of a committee," or "captain." It was not a byname associated with landedness or rank. Therefore, its use does not make an improper claim and it is not presumptuous.
Nice Islamic device!
This complicated name pattern is not found in Appendix A. However, both the Letter of Intent and Ælfwynn Leoflaede dohtor provided evidence showing that this pattern is consistent with documentary (rather than spoken) forms of later-period German names.
At the Pelican decision meeting, Berenike was found by Seraphina Ragged Staff as a Polish given name in "Polish Given Names in Nazwiska Polaków" by Walraven van Nijmegen and Arval Benicoeur (https://www.s-gabriel.org/names/walraven/polish/) . The rest of the name is German. This is an acceptable lingual mix under Appendix C.
This device is returned for violating SENA A2C2c, "Elements must be drawn to be identifiable." The identifiability of the main charge as a bear is hindered by the quantity of modifications to the creature (wings, strewn tertiary charges which obscure the muzzle, multiple garments including a pair of pants which cover the backside and make it difficult to find the tail). Commenters also found it difficult to note the piercings on the mullets, due to their size on already-small strewn tertiaries. The mullets themselves terminate, in some cases, at points of internal detailing within the silhouette of the charge.
Commentary was raised about the complexity count of this device. Without taking the trunkhosen and boots into account, this device has a complexity count of eight with five tinctures and three types of charge. Devices with clothed beasts are relatively rare in the Society, and until now there has not been a need to consider whether garments should be considered separate charges for purposes of complexity consideration. However, SENA A3E2 specifically states that charges worn by animal or person are not counted towards complexity; this device, as it exists, falls within SENA's complexity rules.
That said, however: modifications to "standard" animate heraldic charges, including the addition of wings, garments, strewn tertiary charges, etc. make that charge more difficult to recognize at a glance. Most modified charges in period had one or two additions, because each modification made the design that much more difficult to recognize. This primary charge of this device has wings and separate garments, both of which affect the creature's silhouette, and tertiary charges strewn in "cut from cloth" fashion, with the charges terminating at the edges, further affecting the silhouette and blurring the internal detailing of the charge. This many modifications to a single charge which obscure the silhouette and internal detailing will require further documentation for registration.
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