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Atenveldt LoP dated 2019-07-25


25 July 2019, A.S. LIV


Unto Their Royal Majesties Franbald and Dionysia; Baron Seamus MacDade, Aten Principal Herald; Heralds in the Atenveldt College of Heralds; and to All Whom These Presents Come,

Greetings of the New Year from Marta as tu Mika-Mysliwy, Brickbat Herald and Parhelium Herald for the Kingdom of Atenveldt!

Please have commentary to me on the proposed submissions for the August Letter of Intent by 20 August 2019.

1: Áine Starsdóttir -New Name & New Device

Azure mullety, a domestic cat couchant gardant, on a chief wavy argent three pairs of a feather inverted in saltire with an artist's brush purpure.

Submitter desires a feminine name.
Language most important.
Culture most important.

Aine is a feminine given name found in Mari Elspeth nic Bryan's "Index of Names in Irish Annals" where Áine is shown as the Middle Irish (c.900-c.1200) form of the name ( The diacritical seems to be misplaced in the submission (it appears in the reference as Aíne), but accents can be dropped from Gaelic names so long as they are consistently dropped.

Starr is found as a male ON name in Nordiskt runnamnslexikon (The Dictionary of Norse Runic Names), Lena Peterson (

The byname is formed in the manner found in "A Simple Guide to Creating Old Norse Names," Aryanhwy merch Catmael, Gaelic and Norse elements dated within 300 years of one another are permitted per SCA Apendix C.

The nuances of the blazon are turning out to be a nuisance to me! Feathers and brushes....singular or plural?

2: Aurora Faw -New Badge

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in March of 2019, via Atenveldt.

Azure, two sea-horses erect addorsed regardant tails entwined argent armed Or.

3: Cassandra Bakere the Chirurgeon -New Name & New Device

Azure, a mortar and pestle and in chief a baker's peel fesswise argent charged with a loaf of bread palewise proper.

Submitter desires a feminine name.
Sound most important.

Cassandra Alderchurche has a christening date of 27 Oct 1566 in Boston, Lincoln, England (Batch M27C-9G5,

William Bakere has a christening date of 24 Oct 1585 in Barnstaple, Devon, England (Batch P0057-1,

Chirurgeon is a profession which cures bodily diseases and injuries (late 13th C., Compact Oxford English Dictionary).

I'd tend to blazon the peel and mortar/pestle as co-primaries "in pale," with the peel blazoned first, but I can see that the client might consider this slot-machine heraldry, with three dissimilar charges. I would think that a mortar and pestle should be considered a single, united charge (I seem to have seen the "mortar and pestle" a single charge, but I can't remember where that would've been) that wouldn't run afoul of slot-machine heraldry.

4: Caye Dance the stori-makere -New Device

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in March of 2015, via Atenveldt.

Argent estencely, a mascle azure between two bears combatant pupure.

The name was registered March 2015.

Unfortunately, the submission appears on obsolete forms (dated 25 Jun 2008) and will have to be transferred to the current forms. This is probably not a huge problem, as the colored version shows the bears as azure rather than purpure.

5: Donngal de Buchanan -Resub Badge

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in December of 2003, via Atenveldt.

Vert, a raven volant bendwise within a bordure engrailed Or charged in chief with the phrase Мы делаем это and in base потому что мы можем sable.

The original submission, Vert, a bird volant bendwise within a bordure engrailed Or charged in chief with the phrase "We do it because" and in base with "we can" sable., was returned by Laurel August 2012 for the following reasons: "Blazoned on the Letter of Intent as a raven, the bird is not identifiable as a raven. With the turned-down beak and large rounded head, it looks more like a popinjay. We have thus reblazoned it as a generic bird.", in addition to returning for a redraw "for using writing in a non-medieval hand. Precedent says: This badge must be returned for the use of non-period charges: the capital letters H and S are modern sans-serif letters, with lines of equal width. Medieval letters, both in calligraphy and in carving, had different widths for the different strokes; and while there are some examples of sans-serif letters from ancient times, the majority of medieval letters were serifed. The letters used here are obtrusively modern in style. [Garrick of Shadowdale, R-02-2008] Similarly, the phrasing here is written in modern block-print capital letters, and so must be returned." The CoA also noted that a more period style would be to have the motto running all the way around the bordure, but the placement here itself is registerable.

The client has resubmitted with a must more identifiable raven. The motto is in Russian. "We do it [first part of the phrase] because we can [second part]."

6: Philippe de Dauphiné -New Name Change & New Device

OSCAR NOTE: the old name was registered in March of 2019, via Atenveldt.

Argent, a dolphin haurient embowed azure finned and langed gules, on a chief enarched azure an arrow agent.

Old Item: Batu Kharbuci, to be released.
Sound most important.

Philippe is a masculine given name found in "French Names from Paris, 1421, 1423, & 1438," Aryanhwy merch Catmael (

Dauphiné was a province in southeastern France, originally the County of Albon. Count Guigues IV of Albon (c. 1095-1142) bore a dolphin on his arms and was nicknamed le Dauphin. The state then took the name of Dauphiné. It was transferred the the king of France in 1349. From that time, the heir to the French throne was known as "le Dauphin." To say that someone is from the area, the translation if st interested in its sound.

7: Seonaid inghean Ui Mordha -New Name & New Device

Per pale sable and vert, a scorpion and a natural tiger's head couped Or marked sable, on a chief Or three lotus blossoms in profile sable.

Submitter desires a feminine name.
Sound most important.

Seònaid is a Scottish Gaelic female given name attested to the 15th C. It is discussed in Academy of Saint Gabriel Report 2120 (Judith Phillips, 2001) which cites Scottish Verse from the Book of the Dean of Lumore (William J., ed., 1937). Some useful discussion of the interpretation of the source material for Seonaid may be found in the Oct. 2009 LoAR acceptance for Seonaid Upton ( This documentation comes from the submission for Seònaid inghean mhic Aoidh,

inghean is the Gaelic marker for "daughter of" after 1200 as found in SENA Appendix A.

Ó Mórdha is the nominative form of Ui Mordha, which is dated to 1547 in Academy of S. Gabriel Report #2922 (, citing the Annals of the Four Masters vol. 5. The form Ua Mordha is found in 1546 in the same source. Ó Mórdha is also a header in Woulfe, with the English spellings O Mora and O Morey from temp. Elizabeth I - James I.

I think that the particle should be in lower case, ui.

Bruce Draconarius of Mistholme notes in past OSCAR commentary that the lotus flowers should be drawn correctly, i.e., as cup-shaped flowers: cf. the registrations of Zahra bint al-Rammah, May 2015, and Fortuné Stykewynd, Sept 2015. (Ones similar to Seonaid's have been registered post-2015). (I find these depictions, with slightly-drooping outer petals, very nice.)

Many thanks in advance for your time and consideration of these submissions. If you're traveling to Pennsic, go safely to and from!

Marta as tu Mika-Mysliwy, Parhelium Herald

c/o Linda Miku

2527 East 3rd Street

Tucson AZ 85716

OSCAR counts 3 Names, 1 Name Change, 5 Devices and 2 Badges. There are a total of 11 items submitted on this letter.

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