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Calontir LoI dated 2017-04-30

¡Buenas!

To Emma de Fetherstan, Laurel; Alys Mackyntoich, Pelican, Brunissende Dragonette, current Wreath, Cormac Mor, transitioning Wreath, and the esteemed members of the College of Arms comes this missive from Shandra, Saker.

This constitutes my final ELoI as Saker Herald. I wanted to publicly thank the Calontir College for Heralds for all their support during my tenure, and want to assure the College of Arms that I leave the office in the most capable hands of HL Gotfrid von Schwaben who will be coordinating External Submissions, and M. Dorcas Whitecap who will be overseeing Internal Submissions.

The Calontir College of Heralds presents this Letter of Intent for your consideration requesting registration of the following submissions:

1: Anna die Schatzin - New Device

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in December of 2005, via Calontir.

Argent, a ladybug gules marked sable and on a chief gules five lozenges argent

Depiction of ladybug changed at kingdom with submitter's permission.


2: Anna die Schatzin and Johan Berger - New Badge

OSCAR finds the name (Anna die Schatzin) registered exactly as it appears in December of 2005, via Calontir.
OSCAR finds the name (Johan Berger) registered exactly as it appears in December of 2005, via Calontir.

Quarterly azure and gules, on a pale cotised argent, a ladybug gules marked sable and a fleur-de-lis azure

This is a Gulf Wars submission.

Commentary at Kingdom indicated this is to be a joint badge.


3: Branwen ferch Rhael - New Badge

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in October of 1997, via Calontir.

Azure, in pale a coronet embattled and a cross couped, within an orle argent

Submitter awarded County on 13 SEP 97. See Calontir OP: http://op.calontir.org/persona.php?p=449


4: Brigida von München - New Badge

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in February of 1997, via Calontir.

(Fieldless) A monk's hood azure

This is a Gulf Wars submission.


5: Brynjólfr Fálkason - New Name

No major changes.
Sound (same sound) most important.
Language (Old Norse) most important.
Culture (Old Norse) most important.

Originally submitted as Brynjáfr Fálkison, the name was changed at kingdom, with the submitter's permission, to match available documentation.

Brynjólfr - Brynjólfr is found as a masculine given name p. 9 of Geirr Bassi.

Fálkason - patronymic byname formed from <Fálki> which is found as a masculine given name on p. 9 of Geirr Bassi. This patronymic is spelled according to "A Simple Guide to Creating Old Norse Names" by Aryanhwy merch Catmael (Sara L. Uckelman), http://www.ellipsis.cx/~liana/ names/norse/sg-viking.html


6: Caoilte MacConnan of Clan O'hIongardail - Resub Device

OSCAR thinks the name is registered as Caoilte MacConnan of Clan O'hIongardail in August of 1990, via the Middle.

Per saltire argent and sable, a cross triparted fleury counterchanged

The original submission was returned on the 6-2016 LoAR (not the 7-2016 LoAR mentioned in the submitter's attached letter).

Saker office does support the registration of this charge. This redraw more closely matches the documentation provided.

The original external commentary can be found here: http://oscar.sca.org/index.php?action=145&id=63211 This redraw from the client does put the bars of this cross closer together.

Client decided to flip the colors with the resubmittal.

Appeal from the submitter (the text below was created via OCR from the hardcopy letter which is also attached below):

To The Laurel Sovereign of Arms

From Caoilte Mac Chonain

In July of last year, my device was returned with this comment

Caoilte MacConnan of Clan O'hIongardail. Device. Per saltire sable and argent, a cross triparted fleury counterchanged.

This device is returned for redraw, for violating SENA A2C2 which states "Elements must be drawn to be identifiable." Although strongly reminiscent of the documented form, the spread of the segment renders this depiction difficult to identify as any sort of cross.

After trying to redraw this to satisfy this critique, and referencing the original source material, I do believe I wish to appeal this. It occurs to me that I cited my source but did not submit a copy. I have done so this time. As you can see from its Title page, The Book of St. Albans by Dame Juliana Berners was published in 1496, consists of three essays and is likely translated from earlier French works. It is a primary source in the sense that is was published in the historical period with which we are concerned and is dealing with the topic with which we are concerned, namely, heraldry. It is a secondary source in the sense that it is a translation. Either way, as a piece of historical evidence, it carries great weight. I have included a copy of the page with the charge in question. It consists of a drawing and a discussion of the proper blazon. There are several possible blazons listed with the preferred one underlined [Saker note: I have changed the blazon from the one underlined to the one decided at Kingdom during the original submission as being the most easily understood.) In this discussion it is described as open and even described as double partited, though I can't be sure that this refers to the separation between the partited sections of the cross (though this makes sense to me). I am not concerned with what the final blazon will be, but this is the device I want. It is supported historically, drawn the way I have drawn it (though I used a ruler and measurements).

The Rejection is based on this not being recognizable as any sort of cross. This is, however, the perception of a twenty-first century SCA herald and the historical sources make it plain that this perception of what constitutes any kind of cross is not a perception shared by heralds of the medieval period. It may be that I have drawn this a little tighter this time around as I based this drawing off measurements taken from the St Albans example but I don't think it is substantively different from my original submission. I do believe that historical sources should greatly outweigh the reason for this device being returned and pray that you reconsider. If this is not identifiable as any sort of cross, then it may be that our modern perceptions should be schooled by historical sources. On the other hand, if this current rendition has closed the distances between the partitions of the cross sufficiently, then consider this a resubmission.

Sincerely,

Caoilte Mac Chonain

The above submission has images. To view them, see the URLs below:
#1 https://oscar.sca.org/showimage.php?I=433/2017-04-30/20-49-50_Caoilte_MacConnan_of_Clan_O'hIongardail_device001.jpg
#2 https://oscar.sca.org/showimage.php?I=433/2017-04-30/20-49-51_Caoilte_MacConnan_of_Clan_O'hIongardail_device002.jpg
#3 https://oscar.sca.org/showimage.php?I=433/2017-04-30/20-49-53_Caoilte_MacConnan_of_Clan_O'hIongardail_device003.jpg


7: Eyfríðr Geirsdóttir - New Name

Submitter desires a feminine name.
No major changes.
Sound (same sound) most important.
Language (Old Norse) most important.
Culture (Old Norse) most important.

Originally submitted as Efrídr Geresdottír, the name was changed at kingdom, with the submitter's permission, to match available documentation.

Eyfríðr - feminine given name, found on the Viking Answer Lady's site (http://www.vikinganswerlady. com/ONWomensNames.shtml#e) s.n. Eyfríðr

Geirsdóttir - patronymic byname formed from <Geirr> which is found as a masculine given name on p. 10 of Geirr Bassi. This patronymic is spelled according to "A Simple Guide to Creating Old Norse Names" by Aryanhwy merch Catmael (Sara L. Uckelman), http://www.ellipsis.cx/~liana/names/norse/sg-viking.html


8: Hoe-Yan Gejige - New Name

Meaning (that of) most important.

Hoe-Yan - modern name allowance (middle name). Driver's license verified by Oeneviefue d'Estelle, Brigida von Muenchen (Purple Falcon), and Da'ud ibn Ibrahim al-Sisari (Battleur) at Gulf Wars.

Gijige - "succourer, rescuer" from Common Epithets from Primary Sources section of Mongolian Naming Practices by Marta as tu Mika-Mysliwy

construction - [personal name] + [epithet]

This is a Gulf Wars submission.


9: Johan der Hund - New Badge

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in June of 2008, via Calontir.

(Fieldless) On a cross formy sable, a pawprint argent

Kingdom commentary noted per precedent there is a SFPP for a pawprint.


10: Juliana Macnayre - New Badge

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in April of 2004, via Calontir.

(Fieldless) A hedgehog rampant Or, its quills impaling three grapes, maintaining in its forepaw an axe purpure

This is a Gulf Wars submission.


11: Justinian of Tanet - New Device

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in July of 2016, via Calontir.

Or, a lobster gules maintaining in its claws an arrow fesswise sable


12: Katheryne Winterbourne - New Blanket Permission to Conflict

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in February of 2007, via Calontir.

Ermine, in cross four fleurs-de-lys purpure

Blanket Permission to Conflict is for submitter's badge.

I, [legal name redacted], known in the SCA as Katheryne Winterbourne, waive the full protection of my registered armory "Ermine, in cross four fleurs-de-lys purpure". I grant permission to any future submitter to register armory that is not identical to my registered armory. I understand that this permission can be withdrawn by written notice to the Laurel Sovereign of Arms, but that conflicting items registered while it is in force will remain registered.


13: Rhoda Clifton - New Name

Submitter desires a feminine name.
Meaning (Rhoda Clifton) most important.
Spelling (Rhoda Clifton) most important.

Rhoda - Rhoda Doggett, christened 26 July 1605, London, England, Batch: C05576-5, https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NPHX-GXC

Clifton - R&W, pg. 100, header entry, dates that spelling to 1375.

Originally submitted as Rhoda Cliftune, the name was changed at kingdom, at the submitter's request, to match available documentation.

This is a Gulf Wars submission.


14: Syagrius Tullius - New Name & New Device

Argent, a bend invected vert between two wyverns azure

Submitter desires a masculine name.
Client requests authenticity for 7-10th Century Byzantine.

Syagrius - masculine name found 3 times in Common Names of the Aristocracy in the Roman Empire During the 6th and 7th Centuries by Bardas Xiphias http://heraldry.sca.org/names/byzantine/early_byz_names.html#name_links

Tullius - nomen found in A Simple Guide to Imperial Roman Names by Ursula Georges http://heraldry.sca.org/names/roman.html


15: Umm Ya'kub Rayya al-Zahra' bint Fath al-Badawiyya - New Badge

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in April of 2012, via Calontir.

(Fieldless) A sun or eclipsed by a fountain

This motif is grandfathered to the submitter via their device registered May 2012: Sable, a sun Or eclipsed by a fountain, a base rayonny Or.


My thanks to the Laurel Sovereign of Arms, the Laurel Staff and the SCA College of Arms for their consideration of this letter.

Mil gracias,

~Shandra Saker


OSCAR counts 5 New Names, 3 New Devices and 6 New Badges. These 14 items are chargeable, Laurel should receive $56 for them. OSCAR counts 1 Resub Device. This item is not chargeable. OSCAR counts 1 Blanket Permission to Conflict. This item may or may not require payment. There are a total of 16 items submitted on this letter.

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