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Laurel LoPaD dated 2019-01-28

To all the College of Arms and all others who may read this missive, from Juliana Laurel, Alys Pelican, and Cormac Wreath, greetings.

This letter contains the issues raised in the November 2018 LoAR for CoA discussion. The text in this letter is copied verbatim from that LoAR; it is provided here for convenience. As with a January LoI, these matters are currently scheduled for the Pelican and Wreath meetings in April 2019. Original commentary, responses, and rebuttals to commentary must be entered into OSCAR no later than Sunday, March 31, 2019.

1: Arianna Freemont - New Device

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in August of 2017, via An Tir.

Azure, a chevron ermine between three mullets argent and a demi-sun issuant from base Or

Permission was granted by William of Martinvast for this submission to conflict with his device. However, while in his letter he blazons his arms Azure, a chevron ermine between in chief five estoiles of 8, 4 greater and 4 lesser, in fess and in base a martlet argent, his registered armory is Azure, a chevron ermine between in chief three mullets in fess and in base a martlet argent. While the former changes both the number of charges in chief and the type of charge in base, as well as having a blazonable difference between the type of mullet in chief, the registered armory has only one DC for changing the type of half the secondary charge group.

Per SENA A5C2d, charges on either side of a line of division are considered half of the charge group, regardless of the number of charges on either side. However, "a maximum of one distinct change, as defined in A.5.G, can be derived from changes to the smaller of the sections defined as half under these rules." Therefore, though the type and tincture of the charge in base is changed, there is only one DC between the registered armory and this submission.

While William did sign the letter, it is unclear whether he understood how close the designs were, given that the blazon in his letter misidentifies the type and number of the mullets in chief. This device is therefore pended to give the submissions herald time to contact William to procure an accurate permission to conflict.

This was item 1 on the An Tir letter of August 16, 2018. (https://oscar.sca.org/index.php?action=145&id=88487)


2: From Wreath: Call for Documentation on Single Items Above a Chevron or Per Chevron Line of Division - New Other

OSCAR is unable to find the name, either registered or submitted.

The College of Arms is frequently asked to consider submissions with two charges placed on either side of a chevron or per chevron line of division, which cause the charge at the business end of the chevron to be markedly smaller than its counterpart on the opposite side. This has long been a problem for submitting artists, who often struggle to avoid blurring the distinction between charge groups due to the size discrepancy.

Most examples we have of charges on either sides of chevrons have three charges arranged two and one. Variants on this are incredibly rare, and most involve more than two charges in chief. In order to determine the future of this practice, I ask the College's assistance in finding period armorial examples of a single charge centered above the point of a chevron or per chevron line of division, or below the point of a chevron inverted or a per chevron inverted line of division, either on its own or with another charge on the opposite side.


3: Munokhoi Kiyan - New Device

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in February of 2017, via Ansteorra.

Or, a three headed naga glissant within an orle sable

This device is pended for a discussion on whether to amend SENA A2B4 to include fantastical creatures known to Europeans. The naga, a multi-headed serpent similar to a hydra, is a fantastical creature from Thailand known to Jesuit priests who documented them in the 16th century. However, as a non-European monster it runs afoul of the same limitation as Asian dragons, which were disallowed in the August 2017 Cover Letter, which ruled: "Allowed steps from period practice fall under a handful of categories, including non-European armorial elements, non-European plants and animals, other European artifacts, and certain post-period elements. Chinese dragons (and their heads) are neither a European artifact, nor an allowable post-period element, nor a non-European plant or animal, which means that they must be justified as non-European armorial elements." Absent such documentation for a naga in an armorial context, it must too be returned.

However, while this section of SENA was written based on existing precedents at the time, we didn't address those non-armorial fantastical creatures which had been previously been allowed as a step from period practice, like the Asian dragon. We therefore direct Palimpsest to draft a modified form of SENA A2B4 to include those non-European fantastical creatures which were known to Europeans (following the same requirements in SENA A2B4b for non-European flora and fauna) and release it on a letter for commentary from the College.

This was item 16 on the Ansteorra letter of August 31, 2018. (https://oscar.sca.org/index.php?action=145&id=87740)


Pray know that I remain,

In service,

Juliana de Luna
Laurel Queen of Arms


OSCAR counts 2 Devices and 1 Other. There are a total of 3 items submitted on this letter.

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