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Drachenwald LoI dated 2019-01-27

Unto Juliana Laurel, Alys Pelican, and Cormac Wreath, as well as the commenting members of the College of Arms, greetings from Mór Albion.

We wish to thank Aryanhwy merch Catmael (Sans Repose), Iago ab Adam, Michael Gerard Curtememoire, Modar Neznanich (Red Hawk), and Nicholas de Estleche dictus le Tardif (Coteswold) for their commentary on the kingdom letter.

It is the intent of the Drachenwald College of Heralds that the following submissions be registered.

1: Alienor de Florentia - New Device

OSCAR finds the name on the Drachenwald LoI of August 30, 2018 as submitted.

Gules, on a chief wavy Or three pomegranates slipped and leaved gules.


2: Ava van Allecmere - New Device Change

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in September of 2012, via Drachenwald.

Azure, three razorbills volant argent and a ford proper.

Old Item: Quarterly gules and vert, in pale two pairs of shears fesswise Or, to be retained as a badge.

The name <Allecmere> includes <allec>, "razorbill" or "auk" in medieval Dutch. Due to the cant, and due to the distinct look of the bird, it should be identified in the blazon. The specific word "razorbill" is not important as long as the depicted bird is identified.

Razorbill (Alca torda) is the closest living relative of the now extinct great auk (Pinguinus impennis); unlike great auk it can fly.

"The razorbill has white underparts and a black head, neck, back and feet during breeding season. A thin white line also extends from the eyes to the end of the bill. Its head is darker than that of a common murre. During the nonbreeding season, the throat and face behind the eye become white, and the white line on the face becomes less prominent. The thick black bill has a blunt end." (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Razorbill)

Thanks to Adelaide de Beaumont for the following, see picture (#1):

Blazon notwithstanding, there will need to be a note to the artist that these are razorbills, which look kind of like you glued the top of a gull or puffin onto the bottom of a penguin. Note the (very clearly drawn) almost complete absence of a tail. They do have little splayed tails when they fly, but the tail doesn't extend even as far as the feet behind the bird. No one drawing "a bird volant" is going to do that.

Thanks to ffride wlffsdotter for the following.

OED sv. auk:

"Any seabird of the family Alcidae, comprising diving birds native to the northern hemisphere, typically having stocky bodies with short wings, legs, and tail, webbed feet, and predominantly black and white plumage; (chiefly with distinguishing word) any of various species of this family.

In early use: spec. the razorbill, Alca torda (later also called razorbill auk, razor-billed auk)."

1673 "The Rasor-bill: Auk or Murre."

OED sv. Murre:

"Originally (now Brit. regional): any of various guillemots and other auks, esp. the razorbill, Alca torda. Later chiefly spec. (N. Amer.): a guillemot of the genus Uria, having a white breast."

1578 "There are Sea Guls, Murres, Duckes, wild geese, and many other kind of birdes store."

1602 "Pettrels, Cootes, Hagbuts, Pengwins, Murres, Gannets, Cormorants, Guls, [etc.]."

OED sv. Scout

"A local name for various sea-birds native to Great Britain; as the Guillemot ( Alca troile), the Razor-bill ( Alca torda), and the Puffin ( Fratercula arctica). green scoot n. a local name for the Green Cormorant ( Phalacrocorax Graculus)."

1596 "Ane certane kynd of fowle, in our mother toung named the Skout."

sn. Sea-crow

"A local name for various birds: (a) the cormorant, Phalacrocorax carbo; (b) the pewit-gull, Larus ridibundus; (c) the chough, Pyrrhocorax graculus; (d) the razor-billed auk, Alca torda; (e) the common skua, Stercorarius catarrhactes; (f) the jackdaw; (g) the American coot, Fulica americana, and the black skimmer, Rhynchops nigra.A local name for various birds: (a) the cormorant, Phalacrocorax carbo; (b) the pewit-gull, Larus ridibundus; (c) the chough, Pyrrhocorax graculus; (d) the razor-billed auk, Alca torda; (e) the common skua, Stercorarius catarrhactes; (f) the jackdaw; (g) the American coot, Fulica americana, and the black skimmer, Rhynchops nigra."

1579 "But somtimes his other enemie the sea Crow, catcheth him [sc. a fish] before he falleth."

So in English there are plenty of names for the bird, even if they seem to be very localised.

The above submission has images. To view them, see the URLs below:
#1 https://oscar.sca.org/showimage.php?I=162/2019-01-27/11-35-22_Ava_van_Allecmere-device2.jpg


3: Knight's Crossing, Barony of - Resub Badge

OSCAR thinks the name is registered as Knight's Crossing, Barony of in February of 1982, via the East.

(Fieldless) In pale a demi-wheel gules sustained by a clenched gauntlet argent.

This submission is to be associated with Silver Gauntlet of Knight's Crossing, Order of the

This is a complete redesign from the version that was previously returned in LoAR 12-2017 (http://heraldry.sca.org/loar/2017/12/17-12lar.html#154):

Knight's Crossing, Barony of. Badge for Order of the Silver Gauntlet of Knight's Crossing. Gules, a sinister gauntlet aversant argent within a bordure embattled Or.

This badge is returned for conflict with the device of Gaston de Champvieux, Per pale gules and sable, a sinister hand in benediction argent and a bordure embattled Or. There is one DC for the field. Per precedent, "The SCA grants no difference between a hand and gauntlet, no difference between a dexter hand/gauntlet and a sinister hand/gauntlet, and no difference for appaumy vs. aversant. The first two are due to period examples of arms being drawn both ways; the third is due to aversant being an SCA-ism. (Johnathan Crusadene Whitewolf the Younger, March 2006 LoAR)" While this same precedent granted a DC between an open hand and clenched fist, hands in benediction are much closer to an open hand, with only the ring and pinky fingers flexed. As was ruled in the return of the Barony of Glymm Mere's badge in the June 2014 LoAR, "We grant no difference between a glove and a hand, nor do we grant difference for showing only three fingers extended as opposed to all five."


4: Knight's Crossing, Barony of - New Badge

OSCAR thinks the name is registered as Knight's Crossing, Barony of in February of 1982, via the East.

Quarterly gules and Or, a Wheel counterchanged.

This submission is to be associated with Wheel, Order of the

It is intended that both this new badge and the previously registered (and associated) Quarterly gules and Or, a Catherine Wheel counterchanged are associated with Order of the Wheel.


Yours in Service,
Mór inghean Bhriain, Albion Herald
Drachenwald College of Heralds
albion@drachenwald.sca.org


OSCAR counts 1 New Device, 1 New Device Change and 1 New Badge. These 3 items are chargeable, Laurel should receive $12 for them. OSCAR counts 1 Resub Badge. This item is not chargeable. There are a total of 4 items submitted on this letter.

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