An Tir LoI dated 2017-12-17

Unto the College of Heralds does Elizabeth Lions Blood send greetings!

We are indebted to our Kingdom commenters who have helped immensely in changing over this office with a quick timeline. Personally I would like to thank Emelyn Boar and Kattera Terpsichores Fox for their work in helping to make An Tir submissions go, and Oddr Black Lion for trusting me with the office a second time.

Pardon my rust. :)

Following are the items An Tir submits for your consideration:

1: 'Izza al-Dimashqiyya. - New Device

OSCAR finds the name on the An Tir LoI of October 18, 2017 as 'Izza al-Dimashqiyya..

Per pale argent and azure, a peacock tail spread counterchanged


2: Alexandre de Sant Romà de Sau - Resub Device

OSCAR finds the name on the An Tir LoI of October 18, 2017 as submitted.

Per pale gules and argent, a peacock contourny tail spread counterchanged


3: Conrad Hartmut - Resub Device

OSCAR finds the name on the An Tir LoI of September 10, 2017 as submitted.

Per bend gules and sable, in bend sinister a stag's head cabossed and a raven stooping argent


4: Domnall Scriptor - Resub Device

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in July of 2015, via An Tir.

Per saltire azure and gules, in pale a compass Or and a pen argent.

A previous version of this device was withdrawn for a correction to the artwork.


5: Feradach the Beardless - New Device

OSCAR finds the name on the An Tir LoI of November 17, 2017 as submitted.

Per chevron raguly argent and azure, two pairs of axes in saltire azure and an eagle rising argent.

With the submitter's permission, this device was redrawn at Kingdom for better visual balance.


6: Feradach the Beardless - New Badge

OSCAR finds the name on the An Tir LoI of November 17, 2017 as submitted.

(Fieldless) A Maltese cross azure and overall an eagle's head erased argent.

With the submitter's permission, this badge was redrawn at Kingdom so that the overall charge lies more "on the field".


7: Guiote de Bourgogne - New Device

OSCAR finds the name on the An Tir LoI of October 18, 2017 as submitted.

Per bend gules semy-de-lys Or and azure, a bend argent and in base three nails in pile Or


8: Irene MacKenny - Resub Device

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in August of 2015, via An Tir.

Argent, a dragon displayed purpure, maintaining with its raised dexter foreleg an open book sable, a ordure engrailed azure.

With the submitter's permission, this device was recolored at the kingdom level.

A previous version of this submission was returned in the July 2017 LOAR with the following text:

This device must be returned for redraw. The lack of internal detailing of the book combined with its placement overlaying the silhouette of muzzle, foot and wing, obscured the secondary charge to the point where it was difficult to identify. While this might have been passed with an artist's note in the past, as of the precedent set in August 2015, maintained charges count for difference and must function as secondary charges.

The posture of a winged creature "displayed" in SCA blazon has the body facing forward (affronty) with limbs set symmetrically on either side of the torso, and the head facing to dexter by default. On three separate occasions during the transition, this variation of a dragon displayed with a torso twisted to dexter and the limbs arranged unevenly, has been registered with an artist's note to "Please make sure that the belly scales are in the center of the body, with flanks showing on either side and with the limbs displayed equally, to be more properly displayed." It appears that most of these depictions are coming directly or indirectly from the Pennsic Traceable Art Project. We are in the process of pulling this depiction from the project. Absent documentation, we will cease to register any depictions of animate charges displayed with the torso twisted to dexter or sinister as of the January 2018 decision meeting. Note that even an acceptably drawn dragon displayed remains a step from period practice.


9: Keina verch Wilim ap Eynon - New Device

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in April of 2015, via An Tir.

Argent, between a triquetta and celtic cross sable, a bend purpure.

Correction to Device (2017-Dec-19 00:12:20): This should be a new device change. The submitter has specified in email that her old device ("Purpure, a decrescent maintaining between its horns a mullet argent, a bordure argent mullety purpure") should be released.


10: Nakagawa Sukeie - New Alternate Name

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in December of 2006, via Atlantia.

Snorri Ráðúlfsson

Submitter desires a masculine name.
Client requests authenticity.
Language most important.
Culture most important.

Snorri, Ráðúlf, and the patronymic name form are found in the Landnamabok. Commenters further documented the elements:

<Snorri> is indeed found in Aryanhwy merch Catmael, "Viking Names found in Landnámabók", http://www.ellipsis.cx/~liana/names/norse/landnamabok.html, which would be a sufficient citation for the headmatter.

http://www.vikinganswerlady.com/ONMensNames.shtml#r shows Ráðúlfr appearing in Geirr Bassi (a non-photocopy source), p. 14, and https://oscar.sca.org/index.php?action=145&id=65906 for the registered Øyríkr Raðúlfsson asserts that <Raðúlfsson> is formed according to GB's grammar.

Kingdom commenters found the following potential conflict:

Snorri Randulfsson

This name was registered in August of 2008 (via the West).

A spirited discussion in commentary produced the following arguments, which we submit in summary for review by the College of Arms. Mostly, these are good questions raised in commentary that we would like clarification on.

It was suggested that <ð> is actually two sounds in one symbol - modern fricative 'th', voiced or unvoiced. One could argue that the change from Randulf to Rathulf was actually changing three sounds - removing one and adding two. In this argument for difference, the submitted name makes changes to two syllables; the registered name divides as <ran-dulfs-son> and the proposed submission <ra-thulfs-son>.

However, it may fall afoul of http://heraldry.sca.org/sena.html#PN3C1, "If the changes only affect adjacent letters or sounds, they must affect more than two letters or sounds to be considered under this allowance."

The crux of the argument here is whether or not eth represents one sound or two sounds.

If the submitted name is found to conflict with the registered name, the submitter is willing to accept a change of byname to Rauðúlfsson. An Tir believes that name would be clear by addition of the /u/ sound, giving three changes over two syllables.


11: Varghoss jarnsida - New Name

Submitter desires a masculine name.
No major changes.
Client requests authenticity for 9th-10th century Norse.
Sound most important.
Language most important.
Culture most important.

The submitter's branch is Dragon's Laire.

Varghoss - Male given name, found on p. 247 of Lena Petersen "Nordiskt runnamnslexikon" <http://www.sprakochfolkminnen.se/om-oss/arkiv-och-samlingar/nordiskt-runnamnslexikon.html>.

jarnsida - Byname, found in "Viking Bynames found in the Landnámabók" by Aryanhwy merch Catmael <http://www.ellipsis.cx/~liana/names/norse/vikbynames.html>.


I remain,

In service to Crown and heraldry,

Viscountess Elizabeth Turner de Carlisle

Lions Blood Herald


OSCAR counts 1 New Name, 1 New Alternate Name, 4 New Devices and 1 New Badge. These 7 items are chargeable, Laurel should receive $28 for them. OSCAR counts 4 Resub Devices. These 4 items are not chargeable. There are a total of 11 items submitted on this letter.