OSCAR Kingdoms: An Tir Letter of Intent
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An Tir KLOI from Central/Summits dated 2018-02-03
Greetings unto the An Tir College of Heralds from Elizabeth Lions Blood!
The following items were returned by An Tir in January 2018:
Brynki Skúlason. New Device. Gyronny of sixteen argent and sable, a skull argent.
This device is returned for issues of identifiability. The skull shares its tincture with half the field, which obscures its outline so that the charge can only be indentified by internal detailing.
Glymm Mere, Barony of. Resub Badge. On an oak tree eradicated sable, a quatrefoil argent.
This badge is returned for failure to address the concerns that led to its previous return. The June 2017 return, via An Tir, states, in part: "Kingdom commenters could not identify or in many cases find the quatrefoil here." The quatrefoil in the present submission still looks like an artistic detail on the tree rather than a full, separate charge.
Luther Gutman. New Device. Argent, a cross between four bear's heads erased sable.
This device is returned for conflict with the important non-SCA arms of the Teutonic Order: "Argent, a cross sable." There is one DC for adding a secondary charge group.
Thierry Dalcy. New Device. Or, a cross gules and overall a dragon's head affronty sable.
This device is returned for conflict with Irodion Wädur af Carelen (Drachenwald, July 1996): "Or, a cross gules and overall a ram's head cabossed sable." There is one DC for the change in type of the overall charge group. The submitter should also be advised that, as drawn, this arrangement is "barely overall" and the edges of the dragon's head are not identifiable against the cross.
The following items were returned by Laurel in October 2017 (published December 2017):
Ærngærðr Ulfs dottir. Badge. Sable, in pale a crescent and a wolf's paw print argent.
This badge is returned for blurring the distinction between charge groups. The paw print crosses the fess line, and thus would normally be considered the primary charge, but the two charges have comparable visual weight.
If the crescent is considered a secondary charge, this conflicts with Lucius Antonius Ursus, Sable, a bear's pawprint and a bordure argent, with a single DC for changing the type of secondary charge. It also conflicts with Sofia Vargh, Sable, a wolf's paw print and a chief embattled argent, by the same count.
There is a step from period practice for the use of a paw print.
Ihon Makfulchiane. Name.
Unfortunately, this name conflicts with the registered Iohne Makfulchiane. The given names are variants of the same name and, in many dialects, are pronounced identically as well.
His device is registered under the holding name Ihon of Dregate.
Kaðall Himinnaúga. Name and device. Sable, a sun argent within a bordure parted bordurewise indented azure and Or.
Unfortunately, this name must be returned for lack of documentation. Himinnaúga was proposed as a constructed Old Norse byname intended to mean "sky/heaven-eye." However, the documentation does not support this construction. Unlike the attested examples of Old Norse bynames referring to eyes, such as hrakauga ("crack-eye") or krókauga ("hook-eye"), "heaven-eye" does not refer to the physical condition of the eye. Moreover, there are no attested examples of the element himinn- being used in any other Old Norse descriptive byname.
If the submitter intends his byname to mean that his eyes are sky-colored (i.e., blue), he may wish to consider one of the attested names such as blá-eygr or blá-eygðr, meaning "blue-eyed."
This device is returned for conflict with Alexandra of Elentil, Sable, a mullet of eight points argent, a bordure gules, fimbriated argent. There is a DC for changing the tincture of the bordure but nothing for removing the fimbriation, nor is there a difference between a sun and a mullet of eight points.
Kári Smiðjudrumbr Leiknisson. Device. Per chevron inverted gules and paly sable and Or, an anvil Or.
This device is returned for conflict with Stephen of Forth Castle, Per bend sable and paly gules and Or, a double-bitted anvil Or, with a DC for changes to the field but nothing for the forced move or for the type of anvil.
Þórhalla in danska. Device. Per chevron azure and sable, a mermaid seated on and within an increscent, in chief two lozenges ployé argent.
This device is returned for violation of SENA A1C, which requires an emblazon to be describable in heraldic terms. The submission was originally blazoned as "a mermaid sejant." In the return of Wyn ap David, LoAR of February 2017, a mermaid seated was disallowed, with the comment: "This device is returned for not being reliably blazonable, which is a violation of SENA A1C which requires an emblazon to be describable in heraldic terms. There is no blazonable term to describe the posture of the mermaid." The same reasoning applies here.
The following items are submitted for consideration by the college in February 2018:
In service to the Crown,
OSCAR counts 6 Names and 5 Devices. There are a total of 11 items submitted on this letter.