This item was on the 08-2013 LoAR
8: Kenton Drake - New Name & New Device
Gules, an octopus displayed within an annulet of rope tied in base with a square knot Or
Submitter desires a masculine name.
Sound (Like Drake, the mystical creature) most important.
[Kenton] - Submitter's legal name, copy of Driver's License provided
[Drake] - 'ACADEMY OF SAINT GABRIEL REPORT 1316' (http://www.s-gabriel.org/1316)
Consulting Herald: Andrew von Otelingen
According to the Cover Letter of March 2012:
As regards octopuses, it seems that in English at least there was no distinction drawn in period between octopuses, with eight tentacles, and squid and cuttlefish, with ten tentacles. The word <polypus>, meaning a cephalopod having either eight or ten tentacles, is dated in that spelling to 1578, and in other forms to at least 1527.
As we desire to use period terms whenever possible, based on this research we will no longer use the blazon term kraken, but will instead use calamarie or cuttle-fish to describe squid. Due to the similarity with the modern word, we will use the blazon term polypus to describe the octopus. The SCA default orientations remain the same, with polypus defaulting to tentacles to base, and calamarie defaulting to tentacles to chief. There is no difference granted for type, only for orientation.
My understanding of the above precedent: the direction of the tenticles create the difference in orientation between a polypus and a cuttlefish and is the default posture one for each.
Though an SFPP may be present, this item has no issue with conflict with either and charges are not required to be in their default posture. We debate, however, what word would be appropriate for the depiction of the tentacles extended in all directions: displayed, tergiant, spread? Displayed is my preference.
Further Note: the submitter is willing to re-render this with the tentacles pointed downward - however he prefers this rendition if acceptable. We therefore ask for feedback from the College and a decision from Laurel.
Correction (2013-Jun-10 02:06:48): Please Note: The submitter has followed up with the following comment having done further research. Due to this - any assistance in documenting & registering the submitted device as, perhaps, "a natural octopus displayed" would be appreciated. (Please also note that NO-ONE has ANY difficulty with identification of this charge)
I have been considering appealing the precedent to require octopus tentacles only to go down and calamari only to go up based on some findings. Do you have any advice as to how to proceed with this?
There are literally hundreds of examples of urns, mosaics, and coins showing stylized octopus with tentacles both up and down on the same creature, dating from over a thousand years BC well into AD. These were especially common among the Mediterranean cultures.
Also, not of least significance, is Conrad Gesner's famous "Historiae Animalium", 1551-1587, which depicts an octopus splayed sideways with tentacles positioned both up and down:
Is there anything that can be done now in these regards to help prevent the item from being returned? Or is it better to wait and appeal if it is returned?
I appreciate all of your advice and help very much.
[submitters name redacted]