Commenters asked whether this device should be returned for violation of SENA A5E3, which limits complexity of devices. The device has five charges (pile, cotise, crown, bow, needle) and four tinctures (argent, purpure, Or, and brown) for an apparent complexity count of nine. However, we consider cotises as variants of the charges they cotise, whether they are pales cotised with pallets, fesses cotised with bars, chevrons cotised with chevronels, or crosses and saltires cotised with what appear to be chevrons points to center but in fact are voided versions of their respective primary charges. Jeanne Marie Noir Licorne found an example of a cotised pile in Papworth, citing Harl. MS 1432 (records of a Visitation in Essex in period) in the arms of John Kelsey of Chelmsford, Sable, on a pile cotised Or three escutcheons gules. Therefore, this cotise is considered the same kind of charge as the pile, and does not contribute additional complexity. The device thus having a complexity count of eight, it is clear of SENA A5E3.
There is a step from period practice for arming a bow with a charge that is not an arrow.
This name combines a Mongol patronymic with an Arabic given name, an acceptable lingual mix under Appendix C.
The submitter is a duke and is thus entitled to display a coronet of strawberry leaves.
This name combines an English or Anglicized Irish given name with a Gaelic byname, an acceptable lingual mix under Appendix C.
Permission was granted for this submission to conflict with the device of Hallveig Sigrúnardóttir, Vert, three whelks argent.
A seraph proper is defined in SCA heraldry as having a Caucasian human face with rainbow-colored wings. The definition dates back to 1970, in the defining instance of the seraph in the original arms of the Barony of the Angels, Argent, three seraphim proper.
There is a step from period practice for the use of a lightning bolt outside of the context of a thunderbolt.
The submitter is entitled to the use of a ladle in profile through existing registration of the charge in this orientation on their device (see reblazon of their device elsewhere in this letter).
Blazoned when registered in April 2012 as Per pale gules and azure, on a chevron between three ladles argent two rapiers in chevron azure and gules, the ladles here are depicted in profile.
Some commenters asked whether this could be a monogram, which is specifically disallowed. Since the charges are in a standard heraldic arrangement and do not appear to actually form a word, this is acceptable. We would, however, caution the submitter against continuing down this trend and attempting to replace the annulets with iterations of the letter "O," lest he run afoul of SENA A3E3's prohibition on armory that uses only abstract symbols.
The submitter's previous device, Per saltire argent and azure, in pale two tau crosses and in fess two annulets counterchanged, is released.
Selene appears as the name of an ordinary Greek woman in the LGPN database. Lesbos is the lingua Societatis form of a period place name. There are no issues with presumption because the Greek goddess Selene did not have any special connection with the island of Lesbos.
This device is returned for violation of SENA Appendix I, part C, which states that "A single charge group may only have one tertiary charge group on it." In this design, the phoenix (which includes the flame in its definition) is the central charge on the lozenge, with the ducal coronet in base. As maintained charges are not co-primary or co-secondary with their maintaining charge when they appear on the field, and as there cannot be multiple charge groups on the same primary or secondary charge, tertiary charges thus cannot maintain or be maintained by other tertiary charges. In addition, the coronet is less than half the size of the phoenix, and due to its placement, size, and relative arrangement on the lozenge makes it decidedly not co-equal with the phoenix.
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