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Artemisia LoI dated 2017-09-29

Ii-wy em hotep Emma Laurel, Juliana Once-and-Future-Queen-of-Arms, Alys Pelican, and Cormac Wreath. Ankh, udja, seneb. Ii-wy em hotep members of the College of Arms. Ii-wy em hotep all who read these words from Sneferu Golden Pillar and the Artemisian College of Heralds,

These are the items which have passed kingdom scrutiny since Artemisia's latest LoI dated 2017-08-31. As always, those items upon which Golden Pillar consulted were decided upon by Golden Wing. Enjoy.

This item was on the 12-2017 LoAR

1: Aleah de Spencer - Resub Device

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in October of 2015, via Artemisia.

Per chevron inverted enhanced gules and sable, in pale a fret issuant from the line of division and a sun Or

The first iteration of this armory (a device) Per chevron inverted enhanced gules and azure, in pale a fret issuant from the line of division and a Macedonian sun Or. was returned by Laurel on Oct 2015 with the following language:

This device is returned for not being reliably blazonable, which is a violation of SENA A1C which requires an emblazon to be describable in heraldic terms. The Macedonian sun was documented as an artistic motif from ancient Greece through the Byzantine empire. Depictions showed mullets of a variable number of points, generally fracted with the fragments at the same or different distances from a central roundel. As such, a Macedonian sun is not reliably blazonable and cannot be registered.

Although looking like a low contrast gules chief triangular on azure, the field can reasonably be blazoned as Per chevron inverted enhanced gules and azure, a pattern that is grandfathered to the submitter.

The second iteration of this armory (a badge) Sable, a roundel within eight goutes in annulo points outward Or was returned by Kingdom Aug 2017 for visual conflict with a registered flag of Macedonia Gules, a sun Or.

The first iteration is image 1.

The second iteration is image 2.

The conflicting flag of Macedonia is image 3.

Consulting herald Sneferu Golden Pillar

In kingdom Sea Stag expressed the concern that the gules exterior detail lines of the sun created the appearance of fimbriating a complex charge. In turn Michael Gerard Curtememoire argued that the exterior detail lines were no more of a problem than sable lines would be against a gules field.

The above submission has images. To view them, see the URLs below:

This item was on the 12-2017 LoAR

2: Kamei Kojirou - New Name & New Device

Azure, in pale a natural sea turtle naiant Or atop a cloud argent

Submitter desires a masculine name.
Language (Japan) most important.
Culture (Japanese) most important.

Submitter's documentation:

Kamei - Japanese surname recorded in "The Most Daring Raid of the Samurai" by Stephen Turnbull (images 1 and 2).

Kojirou - Japanese given name cited in Accademy of Saint Gabriel Report 3157 by Aryanhwy merch Catamael (images 3, 4, and 5).

Additional documentation from Sǫlveig Þrándardóttir (acquired via Facebook PM):
Kamei 亀井 (lit. Turtle-well) should be in NCMJ as Kamei Korenori (1557-1612) shows up on page 260 of Sengoku Jinmei Jiten which is one of the sources for names in NCMJ.

In kingdom Sea Stag was concerned that the turtle's flippers overlapped the edge of the cloud citing the return of Dreux d'Anjou Apr 2015 via Atlantia (image 1):

(Fieldless) In pale an ermine statant contourny argent conjoined at the feet to a bag of madder gules.

The charges are not simply conjoined but they also overlap: the legs of the ermine lie entirely on the bag of madder. This sort of overlap for conjoined charges has long been cause for return, as the relationship between the charges is not blazonable.

In turn Michael Gerard Curtememoire cited the more recent registration of Cesare Ambrogino Salvuzzi Jun 2017 via Ealdormere (image 2):
(Fieldless) In pale a winged lion couchant Or conjoined with a demi-sun inverted sable.

Artist's note: Please make all four limbs parallel to be more clearly couchant atop the demi-sun.

At kingdom Orle raised the issue of the turtle's body angle; which appeared to blur the distiction between statant and sejant.

At kingdom Golden Pillar was concerned that the size ratio of the charges blurred the line between co-primary and primary/secondary.

Golden Pillar has redrawn this device with the submitters permission to address each of these issues and to face the turtle the default direction. The original artwork is image 3.

The above submission has images. To view them, see the URLs below:

The above submission has images. To view them, see the URLs below:

This item was on the 12-2017 LoAR

3: Loch Salann, Barony of - Resub Order Name

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in May of 1980, via Atenveldt.

Fellowship of Saint Francis of Loch Salann

The previous iteration of this award "Fellowship of the Aviary of Saint Francis" name was returned in June 2017 by Laurel with the following comments:

The order name was pended on the December 2016 Letter of Acceptances and Returns to discuss whether the evidence of buildings as heraldic charges, including a building blazoned as a dovecote, supported this order name. After extensive commentary and careful consideration of all of the issues raised, we are returning this name because an aviary is not a plausible period heraldic charge.

No evidence was presented showing that an aviary could have been a charge distinct from a dovecote (found in the 1620 arms of Shapcott) or a birdcage (found in the Manesse Codex). Nor were commenters able to identify any distinct visual qualities that would identify a building as an aviary. Based on the evidence provided, an aviary would only be distinguishable from any other building only by small details (likely birds) that would not be identifiable in a heraldic depiction.

In addition, although the term aviary was certainly used in English within the SCA's period, no plausible argument was made for blazoning the attested charges of a bird cage or a dovecote as an aviary.

For these reasons, as well as the reasons set out in the original decision to pend, this order name does not fit any of the documented patterns for order names and must be returned.

In this resubmission the substantive element "Aviary" has been removed. The groups locative has been added in case this introduces new conflicts.

Consulting herald Sneferu Golden Pillar

Thanks be to Apollonia Black Pillar and to all commeters who helped with these submissions at kingdom including but not limited to Iago ab Adam, Etienne Sea Stag, Michael Gerard Curtememoire, Gunnvor Orle, and Sǫlveig Þrándardóttir.


Sneferu sa Djedi mewetif Merit
Golden Pillar Herald
Kingdom of Artemisia

Standard disclaimer: So far as I know, this letter accurately reflects the contents of the various submission forms and accompanying documents, including consent to changes, expressed preferences, requests for authenticity, and formation of holding names.

OSCAR counts 1 New Name and 1 New Device. These 2 items are chargeable, Laurel should receive $8 for them. OSCAR counts 1 Resub Order Name and 1 Resub Device. These 2 items are not chargeable. There are a total of 4 items submitted on this letter.

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