Greetings to All,

The Armorial has been updated to reflect the items in this LOAR.

In Service,

Gunnar Thorisson
Vert Hawk Herald

CALONTIR acceptances

* ┴ine inghean Mhic Con. Badge. (Fieldless) A sea-badger argent tailed azure.

* Asvi­r Vakre. Name.

Appearing on the Letter of Intent as svi­r Vakre, the diacritical marking on the initial A was a typo. The submitter intended the name to be Asvi­r Vakre. We have registered it in that form.

Although the submitter requested authenticity on the Letter of Intent, that request was withdrawn after the close of commentary.

* Axed Root, Canton of. Heraldic title Sinister Herald.

This heraldic title is the lingua Societatis (formerly lingua Anglica) form of the period heraldic title Senestre Pursuivant.

* Eyia Ullstrengr. Name.

Submitted as Eyia Ullstrenger, the documentation does not support the submitted spelling of the byname. We have changed the byname to the attested spelling Ullstrengr for registration.

* Fr°ygŠiRR Fasthaldi. Name and device. Purpure, in saltire two spears Or, in chief a moon in her plenitude, a bordure argent.

* Gaius Cornelius Scipio Titianus. Name.

Submitted as Gaius Scipio Titianus, this construction included a praenomen and two cognomina, but no nomen. This is not an attested construction for Roman names. Fortunately, the submitter permitted the addition of the nomen Cornelius if necessary. Therefore, we have changed the name to Gaius Cornelius Scipio Titianus to fit an attested Roman naming pattern.

* Gretka Winterbarch. Name.

Nice 16th century German name from Saxony!

* Havarr Refskegg. Name (see RETURNS for device).

Nice 9th-10th century Icelandic name!

* James of Wyvern Cliffe. Holding name and device (see RETURNS for name). Per fess sable and gules, a fess embattled between three crosses crosslet fitchy and a bear statant erect maintaining a bow reversed Or.

Submitted under the name Copin in kristni.

* Liliona de Assartis. Name and device. Per fess azure and gyronny of five issuant from the line of division Or and azure, a sun in splendor Or and a bordure counterchanged.

Precedent states: "Liliona is a hypothetical Latinized form of a matronym, Lilion, found in 1279 (Reaney & Wilson, s.n. Lilie). Lilion is in the MED as a form of the word "lily" and is also a given name found in late period England in the FamilySearch Historical Records. Therefore, we are able to give the submitter the benefit of the doubt that the submitted form of the name is plausible." [Liliona Ruth Hampton, 7/2015 LoAR, A-Outlands]

Commenters had concerns about having a half-gyronny field. In the October 2012 registration of the device of Aritŕ gunŕ Akasa, Gyronny from chief argent and azure, a raven striking and a point pointed sable, it was noted that "A similar motif with gyronny issuant from a per fess line is found in the Manesse Codex." As this is a recognized motif in period, it is allowed here.

* Lillian de Champagne. Name and device. Per chevron inverted argent and Or, a lily issuant from base azure slipped and leaved vert within a bordure purpure.

This name combines an English given name with a French byname, an acceptable lingual mix under Appendix C.

* Murdoch MacLachlan. Name (see RETURNS for device).

Nice 16th century Scots name!

* Roben Dunlop. Name (see RETURNS for device).

* Svala ┌lfsdˇttir. Device. Vert, a winged warhammer bendwise sinister argent and a bordure indented Or.

Artist's note: Please draw the bordure with a more uniform width and more regular indentations.

* Tola Rufusdˇhtor. Badge. (Fieldless) In saltire two arrows inverted sable, overall a stag's skull Or.

* Yngvarr Bjarnakarl. Name and device. Gyronny arrondi azure and argent, two bears combattant Or.

Artist's note: Please draw the charges larger to fill the available space.

CALONTIR returns

* Calontir, Kingdom of. Badge. (Fieldless) On a "baker's peel" bendwise sinister Or a cross of Calatrava palewise purpure.

This device is returned for redraw. The primary charge in this depiction was blazoned as a baker's peel. However, the handle of the peel is less than half the length of the charge. Period baker's peels had long handles, typically at least two-thirds of the overall length of the charge. This depiction is closer to a modern baker's peel, a scoop, or a hand-bell. Given that the badge is intended to be associated with the Calontir Bakers' Guild, we feel that returning for a redraw is a better service to the submitter than reblazoning to a charge that has nothing to do with baking.

* Copin in kristni. Name.

Submitted as Copin in_ kristni, the byname was not correctly formed. The correct masculine form of the byname is inn kristni.

Unfortunately, even with this correction, the name must be returned due to temporal incompatibility. Copin was documented as an English nickname form of Joseph. English and Scandinavian (Old Norse) elements can be combined only if both of the elements are dated before 1100 C.E. That is not the case here. Based on the additional information about the name provided in commentary, Copin does not appear in English records until at least 1180 C.E. We also could not find any evidence of Copin in another language compatible with an Old Norse byname. Accordingly, this name must be returned.

The submitter's device is registered under the holding name James of Wyvern Cliffe.

* Havarr Refskegg. Device. Vert, a tree blasted issuant from a sword hilt within a bordure argent.

This device is returned for conflict with the device of Ioseph of Locksley, the Rhymer, Vert, a tree eradicated argent with one DC for the addition of the bordure; with the device of Ygraine of the Seven Oaks, Per saltire vert and sable, an oak tree eradicated within a bordure argentwith one DC for changes to the field; with the badge of Mirabel Wynne, Vert, a tree blasted and eradicated argent between in fess two mullets Or all within a bordure argent with one distinct change for the secondary mullets; with the device of Muirenn na Tengad, Vert, a tree blasted and in base an open book, a bordure argent with one DC for the removal of the book; with the device of Jˇra Ý Holti, Vert, a tree blasted argent and a bordure argent semy of roundels vert with one DC for the removal of roundels; with the device of Morgan Attewode, Vert, on an aspen tree argent a sword inverted sable, a bordure argent with one DC for the removal of the sword; and with the device of Lilias de Cheryngton, Vert, a crequier within a bordure embattled argent with one DC for changing the type of peripheral charge.

In each of these, there is not a second DC for having the tree issue from the sword hilt. Several commenters noted that they didn't notice the hilt, nor felt it distinctive enough to be recognizable.

In addition, this device is returned for lack of documentation of the practice of having charges such as a tree issue from the hilt of a sword.

* Murdoch MacLachlan. Device. Per bend sinister wavy vert and azure, an open well argent and a hangman's noose Or.

This device is returned for the use of offensive imagery. Per an entry from the Anti-Defamation League, "The hangman's noose has come to be one of the most powerful visual symbols directed against African-Americans, comparable in the emotions that it evokes to that of the swastika for Jews. Its origins are connected to the history of lynching in America, particularly in the South after the Civil War, when violence or threat of violence replaced slavery as one of the main forms of social control that whites used on African-Americans. The noose quickly became associated with the Ku Klux Klan." Use of nooses as a hate symbol and tool of intimidation has continued to this day. Commenters were unanimous in their view that the charge was offensive and inappropriate in the SCA, and we concur. Hangman's nooses are no longer registerable in the SCA.

Were it not returned for offense, this device would also need ot be returned for lack of documentation of a hangman's noose. The last registration of a hangman's noose was in 2007. Per SENA Appendix F, "Charges which have not been registered in over a decade should be redocumented." No evidence has yet been found of a hangman's noose as a period heraldic charge or an appropriate knot for purposes of heraldry. Due to modern associations, even if such evidence were found, this charge would be considered offensive.

* Roben Dunlop. Device. Argent, a brown horse rampant maintaining a leather flask proper charged with an apple Or, an orle of roses gules.

This device is returned for lack of identifiability of the tertiary charge. Commenters were unanimous in reporting their difficulty in recognizing the tertiary charge as an apple, with some not noticing that the maintained flask was charged at all.

This device is also returned for lack of documentation for the practice of charging a held charge that is not a means of heraldic display such as an escutcheon or banner. Absent such documentation, this practice will not be allowed, due in large part to issues with identification as described above.

* Zafara Baabur. Device. Per bend sinister sable "plumetty" Or and Or, a pen issuant bendwise sinister from an ink well sable.

This device is returned for lack of documentation of this depiction of plumetty. There are two basic forms of plumetty, as attested in the Armorial et TraitÚ d'HÚraldique, FRANCAIS 24381, F. 176v (1470s). One has alternating rows of tinctured plumes, while the other has a base tincture with plumes detailed in a contrasting tincture. However, the plumes are shaped as fairly deep cartouches and not scalloped lozenges as depicted in this submission. Absent documentation for this variant of plumetty, this depiction will not be allowed.

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