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Unto Their Royal Majesties Ivan and Ian'ka; Master Seamus, Aten Principal Herald; the Heralds in the Atenveldt College of Heralds; and to All Whom These Presents Come,

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

This is the October 2013 Atenveldt Letter of Presentation; it precedes the Letter of Intent with submissions considered for the next Letter of Intent. Please have commentary to me by 10 November 2013. Thank you!

Heraldry Hut: The next Heraldry Hut will be Friday, 18 October, beginning at 7:30 PM. Please contact me for directions or if you have questions.

College of Arms News: Remember that the SCA College of Arms has changed paperwork requirements, and we're passing it on here: For a name submission: THREE completed name submission copies (and any necessary documentation). For a device or badge submission: THREE completed, colored submission copies + ONE line drawing submission copy. This is a reduction of one colored copy.

Please consider the following submissions for the November 2013 Atenveldt Letter of Intent:

Benedetta Amadei (Sundragon): NEW NAME, DEVICE AND BADGE

(device) Per pale and per chevron vert and argent, two Tau crosses and a horse rampant counterchanged.

(badge) (Fieldless) The base of a Tau cross vert charged with a goutte d'eau.

The name is Italian. Benedetta is a female given name found in “Feminine Given Names from the Online Catasto of Florence of 1427,”Arval Benicoeur, Amadeo is found in as a patronymic in “Italian Names from Florance, 1427,” The client prefers to have the patronymic modified to Amadei per SENA Appendix A: family names typically modify a patronym or byname by removing the last vowel if there is one and adding -i. The client desires a female name and is most interested in the language and/or culture of the name (Italian).

Cristina Aurelia Vitelli (Sundragon): NEW NAME and DEVICE

Argent, a hummingbird hovering vert between three crosses bottony fitchy gules, a bordure azure.

The name is Italian/Venetian. Cristina is a female given name found in Names from Sixteenth Century Venice,” Juliana de Luna, The female given name Aurelia and the family name Vitelli, along with the name Cristina, are found in “Late Period Italian Women's Names: Venice,” Juliana de Luna, Per SENA Appendix A, Italian names can be constructed from two given names and a byname. The client desires a female name and is most interested in the language and/or culture of the name (Italian). She will not accept Major changes to the name.

Per the Cover Letter of December 2007, hummingbirds can be blazoned as hovering, rather than rising. This unique description applies to hummingbirds alone. The use of the New World hummingbird is one step from period practice.

Dugan Rushton (Sundragon): NEW NAME and DEVICE

Per chevron azure and sable, a chevron gules fimbriated between three mullets of six points argent and a bear statant Or.

Dugan is dated to 1413 as a surname in Black (s.n. Dugan), derived from Dubhagán. Ó Corráin and Maguire says it is a southern Irish given name. Woulfe p. 508 s.n. O Duacháin has the Elizabethan/Jacobean Anglicized spelling O Doughane, and s.n. O Dubhagáin there's O Doogaine and O Dowgaine, along with the modern forms Dugan and Duggan. Tangwystyl's "Manx Names in the Early 16th Century" ( has an instance of MacDugan, and OCM gives Duggan as the English form of Dubacán, so Dugan seems plausible as a Scots form of this Gaelic given name. (Documentation is provided from the November 2006 East Kingdom LoI; Dugan as a given name was registered without comment). The client's legal surname is Ruston, but he would prefer Rushton as his SCA byname. Rushton is found as a locative surname in “Manx Names in the Early 16th Century,” Heather Rose Jones, The client desires a male name and is most interested in the sound of the name. He sill not accept Major changes to the name.

The chevron will have to be drawn at a much steeper pitch. (On the other hand, this is one great bear!)

Duncan Aaron of Windermere (Sundragon): NEW NAME and DEVICE

Gules, on a plate a Maltese cross sable, and on a chief argent three hearts gules.

Duncan is the client's legal given name. However, it can be documented as a given name: Duncan Ademe married in November 1572 in Aberdeen, Scotland, Aaron is a male given name found in England in 1259 as a byname (Reaney and Wilson, 3rd edition, p. 1 s.n. Aaron). Windermere is a local parish along the English/ Scottish border. A commission for the didcation of a chuchyard at Windermere was issued in September 1358 by Archbishop Zouche, The client's legal father with the SCA-registered name of Simon Aaron of Windermere, provides a Letter of Permission to Conflict. The client desires a male name and is most interested in the language and/or culture of the name (none specified). He will not accept Major changes to the name.

I'm tempted to adjust the blazon to “a Maltese cross throughout sable,” or some such, since the cross is really owning the roundel.

Sigrún Jöfursdóttir (Sundragon): NEW NAME and DEVICE

Papellony azure and Or, a heart gules charged with a polypus Or.

The name is Old Norse. Sigrún is a female given name and Jöfurr a male given name, both found in the Viking Answer Lady's website, The construction of the byname follows that found in “A Simple Guide to Creating Old Norse Names,” Aryanhwy merch Catmael,, where -rr > -rs. The client desires a female name and is most interested in the spelling and language and/or culture of the name (none specified). She will not accept Major changes to the name.

Venetia Painter (Sundragon): NEW NAME and DEVICE

Or, a phoenix gules between two paint brushes palewise sable and charged with a lantern argent.

The name is English. Venetia is a female given name found in “Late Sixteenth Century English Given Names ,” Talan Gwynek,; Venetia Stanley was the wife of Sir Kenelm Digby. Painter is an English surname. Ellen Painter married Richard Prestley in January 1587, Middlesex, England, Batch M01721-2, The client desires a female name, and is most interested in the meaning of the name. She will not accept Major changes to the name.

The following submissions appear in the October 2013 Atenveldt Letter of Intent:

Commentary is provided by Aria Gemina Mala [AGM], Emelyn de Munemuth [EdM] , and ffride wlffsdotter [fw].

Arren verch Elyan ap Pwyl (Tir Ysgithr): NEW NAME and DEVICE: Per chevron inverted ploye argent and azure, three owls affronty one and two counterchanged.

Celestina Winterborne (Tir Ysgithr): NEW NAME and DEVICE: Argent, a seeblatt and on a chief sable two mullets argent.

Cera Bhradach (Tir Ysgithr): DEVICE RESUB Laurel, March 2013: Per fess Or and checky argent and vert, in chief a ferret courant purpure.

I see no conflicts other than the one mentioned. (The top half is just like the top half of Lijsbet de Keukere's "Or, in pale two otters statant purpure," but there's a DC for the number of beasties and another for half the field.) [EdM] CountessAryanhwy has graciously provided permission to conflict with one of her badges. [MMM]

Draulfr Bǫsull (Tir Ysgithr): NEW NAME and DEVICE: Per bend sinister sable and vert, a triple-towered castle and a wolf rampant contourny argent.

I'm not sure there is sufficient evidence for Dra- as a name element in a dithemic name. Geirr Bassi p. 9 has <Drafli>, and Gunnvor Orle's page Old Norse Men's Names( lists <Dragmáll>, from 'drawling' from Fellows-Jensen, Gillian. Scandinavian Personal Names in Lincolnshire and Yorkshire. Copenhagen. Akademisk Forlag. 1968. But Cleasby & Vigfusson give <drafli> as meaning curdled milk. The closest thing I can think of, in sound, would be the pre-pended byname Drumb- with the personal name Úlfr, to form <Drumb-Úlfr>? (Drumb- appears in Viking Bynames found in the Landnámabók by Aryanhwy merch Catmael, meaning Dry-, Dry stump-.) [fw]

Fergus Mór mac Seáin (Tir Ysgithr): NEW NAME and DEVICE: Per bend sinister argent and vert, a shamrock and a harp counterchanged.

I think maybe he might be Irish, but I'm not sure... :) [EdM]

Gottfried von Rothenberg ob der Tauber (Sundragon): DEVICE RESUBMISSION from Laurel, July 2013: Per pale argent and azure, two bendlets and in sinister chief a Jerusalem cross counterchanged.

The name was registered July 2013.

The original submission, Per pale argent and azure, two bendlets and in sinister chief a Latin cross crosslet between four crosses potent counterchanged. was returned for blurring the difference between charge groups. “As blazoned, the Latin cross crosslet is a secondary charge, itself surrounded by further charges. While we would allow a Jerusalem cross, a defined singular charge consisting of a central cross potent surrounded by four crosses couped, as a secondary charge, this is not a Jerusalem cross. Furthermore, this depiction has the two bendlets shifted down slightly, leading to the impression of combining ordinaries and non-ordinary charges in the same charge group, a violation of SENA A3D2b.”

A standard Jerusalem cross is now used (what the client wished for originally), and the bendlets have been moved into their standard position on the field, so that both issues have been resolved.

Gret Búrstlinin (Twin Moons): DEVICE RESUBMISSION from Kingdom, April 2012: Or, a pansy purpure and a bordure purpure semy of church bells Or.

Pretty sure these are not Crayola markers--look more like coloured pencil or crayons to me. Also, this pansy is bendwise--the top petal is to dexter chief. It's clear in the black and white version but I think the little centre bit needs to be detailed on the coloured version, else it's just a blob of petals. [AGM] This was done in colored pencil; that has been rectified. Pansies are always a little “off,” with that fifth petal partially-concealed. I think this is an acceptable blazon that doesn't need to be blazoned further (yes, a strange statement, coming from me!) [MMM]

The only other pansy registered so far is sorted as a rose, so I conflict-checked under those. It looks clear to me.
(Just to be sure, nothing under "multipetaled," "iris," or any of the "foils" either.)[EdM] The “domestic” pansy is more commonly known as a heartsease, but with five petals, it is sorted in the Ordinary as a rose. [MMM]

Styrbiǫrn inn Rauði (Tir Ysgithr): NEW NAME and DEVICE: Sable, a chevron inverted and in chief three roundels two and one argent.

Strictly speaking, the byname is listed as inn rauði. Documentation checks out, and it's a nice name. [fw]

Varinn inn Spaki (Tir Ysgithr): NEW BADGE: Per pale sable and gules, a sword between two wolf's heads erased respectant Or.

It's exactly two DCs away from Énnae Catha an Dúna, "Sable, a sword between two lion's heads erased respectant Or" (one for lions vs. wolves, one for the field), and exactly two DCs away from Helyas de Walincors, "Per pale sable and gules, a sword between two griffins combatant Or, a bordure ermine" (one for the griffins vs. heads, one for the bordure). [EdM]

Volchekh Karsakov (Tir Ygithr): NEW NAME and DEVICE: Gules, a tower argent and a bordure wavy Or.

Name checks out, and the dated elements are within 500 years of each other. [fw]

Artist's note: The waves need to be more pronounced. [AGM] The submission was redrawn to make the bordure wavy more pronounced. [MMM]

Looks clear to me. Exactly two DCs away from Adrian Buchanon, "Azure, a tower within a bordure wavy argent" (one for the field, one for the bordure tincture), and from Philomeena of Morningscourt, "Gules, a tower within a bordure rayonny argent" (one each for the type and tincture of the bordure).[EdM]

The following submissions were registered by the SCA College of Arms, August 2013:

Emma Makeblise. Name and device. Per chevron inverted argent and vert, a ladybug proper and a sun Or.

Nice 13th century name!

Marek the Jew. Change of device to badge. Gules, two leopard's faces jessant-de-lys and a standing balance Or.

(When the device was changed, the old device was retained as a badge; however, this wasn't noted in the Armorial/Ordinary. This is a simple administrative clean-up.)

Moire Fhionn inghean Uí Raghallaigh. Name.

This name mixes an Anglicized Irish given name with Gaelic bynames; this is an acceptable lingual mix under Appendix C of SENA.

Thomas Throckmorton. Name and device. Sable, a base rayonny Or and on a chief indented argent three hexagonal gemstones vert.

Nice 16th century English name! The submitter has permission to conflict with the device of Ivan Kosinski, Sable, a chief indented argent and a base rayonny Or.

The following have been returned by the College of Arms for further work, August 2013:

Jaida al-Zanjaniyya. Device. Per fess argent and azure, a winged catamount couchant vert and three keys in pall argent.

This device is returned for violating SENA A3D2c, which requires that all charges in a group must be in identical postures/orientations or in an arrangement that includes posture/orientation. A3D2c states, "A charge group in which postures for different charges must be blazoned individually will not be allowed without period examples of that combination of postures." The charges here do not have comparable postures or orientations, but they also are not in a unified arrangement, as the keys in pall must be blazoned separately from the winged catamount in order to adequately describe their positioning.

Thank you all for your continuing hard work for the Atenveldt College of Heralds and the people of Atenveldt!

Marta as tu Mika-Mysliwy

c/o Linda Miku

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