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Drachenwald Kingdom ILoI dated 2019-01-10

DRACHENWALD HERALD TRIBUNE Volume 21, Issue 1 (January 2019)

To all wise and fair gentles who assist our Kingdom with commentary, and everyone reading these words, send Anna Edelweiss and Mór Albion their greetings!

Monthly timeline

  • Commentary on the submissions in this letter is due on January 24.
  • This month's Letter of Intent (LoI) will be assembled by the end of the month.
  • Please send all submissions to Edelweiss Herald. Submissions received and confirmed paid by the end of the month will make it to next month's letter.
  • Please send content to the DHT to Albion Herald.


Schwarzdrachen successor

Lyonet Schwarzdrachen will be stepping down at Midsummer Coronation, and applications for the office of Drachenwald Principal Herald will be sought soon.

This is a splendid time to look into creating or updating your SCA resume! This is your life; This is your SCA life... by Meistres Manyra Thorinsdottir is an excellent resource to support you: http://www.codexpublishing.ca/manyra/PDF/This%20is%20your%20SCA%20life.pdf


DHT Society Pages

  • On January 5 Dubhghall mac Ébhearáird, Koira Herald as well as Lindquistring Herald, was made a companion of the Order of the Silver Guard for distinguishing himself by chivalry and prowess in fencing.


Tidings from the previous month

Albion Herald has published the Drachenwald LoI dated 2018-12-31.

The following submissions were forwarded to Laurel:

  • Euphrosyne Eirenikina - New Name
  • Euphrosyne Eirenikina - New Device: Vert, on a roundel pierced vert fimbriated, five lotus flowers affronty Or.
  • Galen Morales - New Name
  • Galen Morales - New Device: Vert, two swords crossed in saltire argent and issuant from base a flame Or.
  • Gele Pechplumin - New Name
  • Gele Pechplumin - New Device: Ermine, three bells within a bordure purpure.
  • Thorfin hinn Svarthöfði - New Name
  • Thorfin hinn Svarthöfði - New Device: Argent, a weaver's tablet bendwise and on a chief sable a scimitar argent.

The following submissions were returned for further work:

  • None


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 gules.

The device was previously returned in kingdom in 2018-08-05 (Per pale Or and gules, a pomegranate slipped and leaved counterchanged) and in 2018-10-10 (Per pale gules and Or, a pomegranate slipped and leaved counterchanged) due to conflicts.

This is a complete redesign.


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/images/cImages/162/2019-01-09/14-06-52_Ava_van_Allecmere-device2.jpg


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

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears 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


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,
Anna de Byxe, Edelweiss Herald (internal submissions), edelweiss@drachenwald.sca.org
Mór inghean Bhriain, Albion Herald (external submissions), albion@drachenwald.sca.org
Submissions info: http://www.drachenwald.sca.org/content/submissions


OSCAR counts 1 Device, 1 Device Change and 2 Badges. There are a total of 4 items submitted on this letter.