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ATENVELDT COLLEGE OF HERALDS 10 November 2012, A.S. XLVII
LETTER OF PRESENTATION Kingdom of Atenveldt

ATENVELDT COLLEGE OF HERALDS 10 November 2012, A.S. XLVII

LETTER OF PRESENTATION Kingdom of Atenveldt



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

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


This is the November 2012 Atenveldt Letter of Presentation. Please have commentary to me by 20 November 2012.


The Commentary, it is a-changing: While Letters of Presentation will continue to be posted on the atensubmissions.nexiliscom.com website, commenters should look for them on the OSCAR site in order to make timely commentary. OSCAR is now set up to show Letters of Presentation (known there as Internal Letters of Intent or ILoI), and comments can be posted there directly – you do NOT have to create a separate email/document for your thoughts. It is quick and easy, and you can see what fellow heralds have to say (that's the best part!). Even if you're a little shy about saying anything, this is the place to see the submission process in action – at least the portion after the client hands the submission packet to his/her herald. LoPs are there to catch the conflicts and tweak submissions in-kingdom to correct them, clear up questions, and give them the greatest possibility of being registered once they appear in a Letter of Intent.


Heraldic Consultation Table at Kingdom Arts and Sciences: Sorry that the Consultation Table was cancelled. Look for future ones!


Speaking of submissions: I accept direct-to-Kingdom submissions from heraldic clients, and although I've thought for years that this was not the most favorable route to take, particularly if a group has a territorial herald (or in the case of baronies, is required by Corpora to have a warranted pursuivant), it appears that a lot of people who want to submit names and armories are unable to take the local herald path through no fault of their own. It is evident that in many cases in this kingdom, this is the only reasonable and timely way for a submission to be made. Bear in mind that if a submission is sent directly to the Parhelium office, the local herald will receive a copy of the submission for the local file, in addition to receiving a copy of the Letter of Notification regarding the submission when it is finally considered by the College of Arms; the local office will not receive the “local” portion of the submission fee if this is a new submission.

Local heralds must remember to send submissions accepted by their hand in a timely manner as well (i.e., within one month of receiving a submissions packet). If you cannot connect with me at an event (very likely) or attend Heraldry Hut, submissions need to be mailed within one month (IMPORTANT!) of a local herald receiving them, unless there is a valid reason for return at the local level. My address: Linda Miku, 2527 E. 3rd Street, Tucson AZ 85716.


Submissions Website: You can send electronic commentary on the most recent LoPs/internal LoIs through the site, in addition to any questions you might have. Current submission forms (the ONLY forms that can be used) can be found on the site, along with guidelines for painlessly filling out the forms. Please let your local populace know about the site, too: atensubmissions.nexiliscom.com.


The following submissions are under consideration for inclusion in the November 2012 Atenveldt Letter of Intent:

Aonghas Mac Faoláin (Tir Ysgithr): DEVICE RESUBMISSION FROM Laurel September 2012

Per pale and per chevron purpure and Or, three bull's heads cabossed counterchanged.

There were issues with the correct tincture used in the submission (I had incorrectly blazoned it on the LoI as sable and Or,even though the blazon on the form said purpure and Or, and the tincture used was purpure), as well as the need for a redrawing, for violating the guidelines set forth on the May 2011 Cover Letter for a properly drawn per chevron field division; the field division was too low. The resubmission addresses these problems.


Dianne Buble Blowere (Barony of Atenveldt): NEW NAME and DEVICE

Purpure, a wand bendwise sinister tipped with a mullet within an orle of roundels argent.

The name is English. Dianne is the client's legal given name. Diane is found in “Sixteenth Century Norman Names,” Cateline de la Mor (http://www.s-gabriel.org/names/cateline/norman16.html). Buble is found in an IGI extract; Allis Buble was a female christened on 27 February 1584. Blowere is an English surname dated to 1317 in Reaney and Wilson, 3rd edition, s.n. Buble. The client is most interested in the sound of the name, <legal given name + Bubble Blower); she will allow adding/deleting a word like the or de or changing the language if the change is small. This is a Pennsic XL submission.


Einarr atgørvimaðr (Twin Moons): NEW NAME CHANGE TO Bamlach von Bamberg

The current name was registered July 1997. If the name change is registered, the old name should be maintained as an alternate.

von Bamberg, “of Bamberg.” Bamberg is a city in Bavaria on the Regnitz River. For a short time, it was the seat of the Holy Roman Empire, and the Emporer Henry II and his wife Cunigunde are buried there (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bamberg). The name with this spelling is found in Brachenmacher's Etymologisches Wörterbuch der Deutschen Familiennamen, dated to 1463 as a locative with this spelling (p. 66). Unfortunately, Bamlach, also found in Brachenmacher as Bamlach(er), with the form Bamlach dated to 1130, also appears to be a locative, not a given name.

The client is most interested in a male name and in the sound of the name (that both elements contain “bam” as a part of the name). He will not accept major changes to the name.

In the event that Bamlach cannot be demonstrated as a given name, is a name construction with a given name and two bynames (both locatives, but only one using the von particle) can be made?


The following submissions appear in the October 2012 Atenveldt Letter of Intent:

Commentary is provided by Alys Mackyntoich [AM], Aryanhwy merch Catmael [AmC], Gunnvor silfraharr [Gs], Magnus von Lübeck [MvL].


Abigail de Westminster (Mons Tonitrus): BADGE RESUBMISSION from Laurel, October 2008: (Fieldless) A maple leaf bendwise purpure.

The client's original badge submission, (Fieldless) A stemless maple leaf purpure., was returned for conflict with Canada, (Tinctureless) A maple leaf.: “There is a CD for the difference between tinctureless and all other armory, but no other CD.” The change in orientation gives an additional difference. The client uses elements of her registered device, Purpure, four maple leaves in cross, stems fretted, argent. The orientation of the leaf takes the bendwise axis through the point of the top of the leaf and through its base, where it joins to the stem. This is clear of Canada: (Tinctureless) A maple leaf., with 1 DC for fieldlessness and 1 DC for orientation of the leaf.


Arria Silvana (Tir Ysgithr): NEW NAME and DEVICE: Per fess vert and sable, a unicorn's head couped argent and three Arabian lamps Or.

Examples of the masculine <Arrius> being used as a nomen are found in "A Study of the Cognomina of Soldiers in the Roman Legions" by Lindley Richard Dean (http://books.google.com/books?id=MF0KAAAAIAAJ) at pp. 158, 170, 205, 239, 253, 264. In the same book, <Silvanus> is mentioned as a masculine cognomen at pp. 13, 15, 52, 63 and 289. To quote Alisoun Metron Ariston, "a feminine name formed with the feminine form of her father's nomen and an appended cognomen would be totally unexceptional for virtually all of the Roman period." [AM]

There was a lot of conversation on the lamps used in the device submission. These lamps cannot be used without specific documentation that they represent actual period artifacts. While we have registered this classic "Aladdin's Lamp" for years, Batonvert documented that lamp depictions with a sugar-bowl lid, teapot spout, handle, and base do not exist in period [Geoffrey MacDhomhnuill, LOAR 07/2011, https://oscar.sca.org/index.php?action=145&id=16863]. He does give examples of period heraldic lamps, however, which may be helpful. [Gs]

This should be sent to Laurel with a note about the possible non-period status of this lamp design. It does not need to be redrawn. The current depiction has been recently registered and remains registrable unless someone finds a LoAR ruling to the contrary or it is ruled non-period by Wreath under SENA.... The lamp which bothered Batonvert so much was registered July 2011. Geoffrey MacDhomhnuill. Badge. Gules, an Arabic oil lamp lit within a bordure embattled Or. So this design is still registrable until Wreath rules it otherwise.[June 2011Cover Letter] From Wreath Emeritus: Lamps
“Commentary on a submission this month raised the question of the depiction of our default lamp in the SCA. Lamps in medieval times appear to have been short, flared cups, similar to the bowl area of a Champagne cup, but not as wide. They can be seen in the arms of Witwang, c.1520, in Heraldry by Bedingfeld & Gwynn-Jones. In contrast, the Society has uniformly not blazoned the type of lamp solely when the emblazon uses an Arabic lamp.” [MvL]


Disa Knýtir (Tir Ygithr): NEW NAME and DEVICE: Vert, between two rabbits sejant respectant a ball of yarn argent.

<Dísa> (with an i-acute) is the short form for any Old Norse feminine name in <-dís> (Cleasby, Richard and Guðbrandr Vigfusson. An Icelandic-English Dictionary. 2nd ed. Oxford: Clarendon. 1957. pp. xxxiv s.v. "Pet Names". http://www.ling.upenn.edu/~kurisuto/germanic/oi_cleasbyvigfusson_about.html) and Lena Peterson's Nordiskt Runnamnslexikon (http://www.sofi.se/servlet/GetDoc?meta_id=1472) has it as a given name s.n. <Dísa>. [Gs]

The byname is found in my article as <knýtir>, not <Knýtir>. [AmC]

From the April 2012 LoAR: “In October 2002, Laurel ruled (in a Cover Letter Section titled "From Pelican: Regarding Capitalization in Norse Bynames") that we would require most descriptive bynames to be written in lowercase in Old Norse. This upheld precedent that had existed since at least April 2000. The basis of this precedent was the ways in which modern scholarly transliteration treats descriptive bynames in Old Norse. ...Based on the data found by commenters, we can say that capitalization in period Latin alphabet documents was uneven, with some capitalizing no elements and others capitalizing only given names and bynames derived from given names. Modern transliterations vary as well. “Scholarly ones tend to use the convention of capitalizing given names but leaving descriptive bynames in lowercase. Less formal ones vary, with some rendering all name elements in uppercase, with only in(n) "the", son and dottir in lowercase....Given this evidence, we are removing the requirement that descriptive bynames in Old Norse be registered only in lowercase. Descriptive bynames will be registered either in uppercase or in lowercase. This matches our usage in other languages, where we render most name elements in uppercase, although many documents are written only in lowercase.”

This is the spelling, with the capitalized byname, preferred by the client.

The client desires a female name and is most interested in the meaning of the name, as she is a knitter.


This is clear of Rainillt Leia de Bello Marisco, Vert, two coneys combattant argent., with DCs for the posture of the rabbits and for removing the secondary yarn ball.


Josef von Eschenbach (Mons Tonitrus) NEW DEVICE: Azure, an annulet Or surmounted by a cross crosslet argent, in chief two crescents pendant Or.

The name was registered October 2008.


Tir Ysgithr, Barony of: NEW BADGES

(Fieldless) A boar statant argent within and conjoined to a billet fesswise voided sable.

(Fieldless) A boar statant azure within and conjoined to a billet fesswise voided sable.

(Fieldless) A boar counter-ermine statant within and conjoined to a billet fesswise voided sable.

(Fieldless) A boar statant Or within and conjoined to a billet fesswise voided sable.

(Fieldless) A boar statant purpure within and conjoined to a billet fesswise voided sable.

(Fieldless) A boar statant vert within and conjoined to a billet fesswise voided sable.

The branch-name was registered January 1973. The award associated with this badge was created in A.S. XXVI; in A.S. XXXVI, the Charter was changed to elevate this to a precedence-bearing award.

Many of the awards associated with these badges were created in 1991 as non-precendential honors. They were eventually elevated to precedence-carrying awards or were created after the honors were made precedence-bearing. The badge with the argent boar is awarded for demonstrated excellence in the fighting arts, both in teaching and in the use of traditional SCA-style weaponry; that with the azure boar, demonstrated excellence in the art of archery; that with the counter-ermine boar, demonstrated grace, courtesy, and nobility of character; that with the Or boar, outstanding service; that with the purpure boar, for continued service, great knowledge, and courteous behavior they feel demonstrates the highest ideals and values of the Current Middle Ages; and that with the vert boar, demonstrated excellence in the teaching and practice of the Arts and Sciences.


Vallaulfr Rurikson (Tir Ysithr): Removal of joint owner Cécile de Brétigny for badge.

Per pale indented azure and argent, a wolf argent and a unicorn gules combatant, both gorged and chained Or.

This is a resubmission of the request by Cécile to remove her name from the ownership of this badge. The original request was returned by Laurel August 2012: “This removal of the joint owner from this badge is returned because no paperwork was received: a violation of section IV.C of the Administrative Handbook, which requires complete paperwork. While a submission form is not necessary for this type of action, we do require some sort of statement from the submitter about what action they wish to have taken.

“Also note that while the request for removal of the joint owner came from Cécile, for administrative reasons we must list it under the primary owner's name. The primary owner's permission is not needed to remove the secondary owner at the request of the secondary owner.”

The letter requesting the removal is included to Laurel.


Varinn inn Spaki (Tir Ysgithr): NEW NAME and DEVICE: Per pale sable and gules, a dragon's head cabossed and in base a Thor's hammer Or.

Varinn is a masculine Old Norse name found on the Rök Runestone and in Dictionary of Norse Runic Names (http://www.sofi.se/images/runor/pdf/lexikon.pdf), p. 225, Varinn. inn Spaki is an ON byname meaning “wise” (“Viking Names found in the Landnámabók,” Sara Uckelman, www.ellipsis.cs/~liana/names/norse/vikbynames.html

The byname as found in my article is <inn spaki> not <inn Spaki>. [AmC] From the April 2012 LoAR: In October 2002, Laurel ruled (in a Cover Letter Section titled "From Pelican: Regarding Capitalization in Norse Bynames") that we would require most descriptive bynames to be written in lowercase in Old Norse. This upheld precedent that had existed since at least April 2000. The basis of this precedent was the ways in which modern scholarly transliteration treats descriptive bynames in Old Norse. ...Based on the data found by commenters, we can say that capitalization in period Latin alphabet documents was uneven, with some capitalizing no elements and others capitalizing only given names and bynames derived from given names. Modern transliterations vary as well. Scholarly ones tend to use the convention of capitalizing given names but leaving descriptive bynames in lowercase. Less formal ones vary, with some rendering all name elements in uppercase, with only in(n) "the", son and dottir in lowercase....Given this evidence, we are removing the requirement that descriptive bynames in Old Norse be registered only in lowercase. Descriptive bynames will be registered either in uppercase or in lowercase. This matches our usage in other languages, where we render most name elements in uppercase, although many documents are written only in lowercase.

This is the spelling preferred by the client. [MMM]

"The use of a Thor's hammer is not a step from period practice." [LoAR 02/2010], so that saves me from needing to look up whether the use of a dragon's head cabossed is. This is clear of Dragon's Laire, Barony of (reg. 08/1998 via An Tir), "Per pale gules and sable, two dragon's heads addorsed and conjoined at the neck, a bordure Or," by change of number of primaries. [AmC]


The following submission is held for further commentary by the Atenveldt CoH, October 2012:


Játvarðr Þorvarðarson (Tir Ysgithr): NEW NAME CHANGE to Norman Tobrecan and NEW DEVICE

Argent, a sun in his splendor sable between three gouts azure and a bordure invected sable.

There was a lot of commentary on the construction of the byname that I will provide to the client, with the intend of clarifying what he'd like the byname to be. (I'm not including it here – it can be found at OSCAR in the Letter of Presentation, and it is very long. [MMM]

The following submissions were registered by the SCA College of Arms, August 2012:


Belle Cerise. Name (see RETURNS for device).

The byname was not dated on the Letter of Intent. Green Staff was able to find the byname between 1366 and 1372.

Edric the Unsteady. Blanket permission to conflict with name.

The submitter allows the registration of any name not identical to his registered name.

Edric the Unsteady. Blanket permission to conflict with device. Argent, a lymphad sails furled and oars in action sable, pennoned and in dexter chief an estoile gules, all within a bordure sable.

Edric grants permission to conflict for all armory which is not identical to his device.

Edric the Unsteady. Blanket permission to conflict with badge. Argent, an estoile gyronny of six gules and sable within a bordure sable.

Edric grants permission to conflict for all armory which is not identical to his badge.

Edric the Unsteady. Blanket permission to conflict with badge. Argent, a cross conjoined to a bend sinister within a bordure gules.

Edric grants permission to conflict for all armory which is not identical to his badge.

Edric the Unsteady. Blanket permission to conflict with badge. Vert, a cockatrice erect maintaining in its upraised dexter claw a needle palewise, point to chief, within a bordure engrailed Or.

Edric grants permission to conflict for all armory which is not identical to his badge.

Erik the Relentless. Blanket permission to conflict with device. Purpure chapé ployé, a standing seraph argent.

Erik grants permission to conflict for all armory which is at least one countable step (DC) from his device.

Jocelyn Playndeamours. Name.

Appearing on the Letter of Intent as Jocelyn Payndeamours, the forms and documentation have Jocelyn Playndeamours; we have restored the name to its submitted form.

John the Idiota. Reblazon of device. Gules, a woolly spider monkey rampant grasping with its upraised tail a pouch Or.

Blazoned when registered in August 1982 as Gules, a woolly spider monkey rampant proper grasping with its upraised tail a pouch Or, the monkey is primarily Or.

Lionet de la Rose Blanche. Reblazon of device. Argent, a triquetra azure fretted with a triangle inverted voided gules.

Blazoned when registered in March 1989 as Argent, a triquetra azure within and fretted with a triangle inverted gules, the triangle is voided.

Raylene of the Whispering Woods. Blanket permission to conflict with name.

Raylene's heir allows the registration of any name not identical to her registered name.

Raylene of the Whispering Woods. Blanket permission to conflict with device. Per bend vert and argent, a bend engrailed between a hare salient and two frogs sejant, a bordure engrailed, all counterchanged.

Raylene's heir grants permission to conflict for all armory that is not identical to her device.

Simon the Christian. Reblazon of device. Argent, in pale a sun azure charged with a mullet argent and a fox couchant sable.

Blazoned when registered in June 1971 as Argent, a fox couchant sable beneath a mullet argent upon a sun azure, the fox and the sun are co-primary charges.

Sveinbi{o,}rn Halbiornson. Name.

Submitted as Sveinbi{o,}rn Hallbi{o,}rnson, the submitter allows minor changes but also requested that his byname not be changed to Hallbjarnarson if at all possible. This instruction overrules the minor changes request.

Halbiorn is a Swedish masculine name. It is found as a header form in the SMP; it is dated as Halbyornn to 1523-4. Other compounds using these elements are found from Norse times through to the 16th century. Given other bynames formed from names ending in -bjorn, Halbiornson is a plausible byname, though Halbiornsson would be more typical. Halbiornsson is also found in Norwegian (Lind s.n. Hallbiorn). We have changed the name to Halbiornson to meet the submitter's request.

This combination of elements is registerable under the Standards for Evaluation; the elements are from a single naming group and are dated to within 500 years of one another. Therefore it can be registered. The combination is not registerable under the Rules for Submissions; it has a step from period practice for the lingual mix of Old Norse and Swedish or Norwegian and a second for a gap of more than 300 years between the elements.

Victoria of the Vales of Barnsdale. Augmentation of arms. Or, an insect-winged naked woman passant, wings chased, azure, and for augmentation on a canton sable in pale a coronet and a sunburst Or clouded argent.

The submitter is a viscountess and thus entitled to the display of a coronet.


The following submissions are returned by the College of Arms for further work, August 2012:


Belle Cerise. Device. Gules, on a bend cotised argent a branch of three pink cherry blossoms throughout proper.

This device is returned for redraw, for violating section VII.7.a of the Rules for Submissions which requires that "Elements must be recognizable solely from their appearance." This is repeated in section A2C2 of the Standards for Evaluation which states "Elements must be drawn to be identifiable." These cherry blossoms proper are not identifiable as such. The depiction shows three pink flowers with leaves, spaced evenly along a branch. Both the common wild cherry and sour cherry varieties found in Europe have white flowers, not pink, and are typically borne in clusters. Without evidence that pink variants existed in period, they are not registerable.

Donngal de Buchanan. Badge. 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.

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.

This badge is returned for 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 submitter may wish to know that a more period style of placing the motto would be to have it run all the way around the bordure, with the letters turning as the bordure turns, but the placement here itself is registerable.

Vallaulfr Rurikson. Removal of joint owner Cécile de Brétigny for badge. Per pale indented azure and argent, a wolf argent and a unicorn gules combatant, both gorged and chained Or.

This removal of the joint owner from this badge is returned because no paperwork was received: a violation of section IV.C of the Administrative Handbook, which requires complete paperwork. While a submission form is not necessary for this type of action, we do require some sort of statement from the submitter about what action they wish to have taken.

Also note that while the request for removal of the joint owner came from Cécile, for administrative reasons we must list it under the primary owner's name. The primary owner's permission is not needed to remove the secondary owner at the request of the secondary owner.


The following submissions were registered by the College of Arms, September 2012:


Arthur O'Flaherty. Transfer of badge to Sundragon, Barony of. Or, on a sun gules a dragon contourny argent, a bordure gules.

Brenn of Armagh. Reblazon of device. Per saltire sable and azure, a mullet of four points argent within an annulet Or.

Blazoned when registered in July 1974 as Per saltire sable and azure, within an annulet Or a mullet of four points argent, ridged sable, we are clarifying that this is a primary mullet and secondary annulet.

Caitríona inghean Fhaoláin mhic Gearóid. Device. Per bend sinister engrailed gules and azure, a serpent nowed Or and a rapier bendwise sinister argent.

Ered Sûl, Barony of. Order name Order of the Gilded Annulet and badge. Azure, on a mountain of three peaks vert, fimbriated and snow-capped argent, an annulet Or.

The motif of a mountain of three peaks vert, fimbriated and snow-capped argent is grandfathered to this group.

Heinrekr hinn þormóði. Name and device. Ermine, a boar rampant within an orle gules.

Nice device!

Sanchia Allain. Name and device. Per bend sinister purpure and Or, a hare salient counterchanged.

Sundragon, Barony of. Acceptance of badge transfer from Arthur O'Flaherty. Or, on a sun gules a dragon contourny argent, a bordure gules.

Thora Thumb Dragon. Name.

The submitter requested authenticity for the Viking era. This name does not meet that request, as it mixes a Norse given name with English bynames. However, it is registerable. The mix of Norse and English is a step from period practice under the Rules for Submissions; it is an allowable lingual mix under Appendix C of the Standards for Evaluation.


The following submissions were returned by the College of Arms, September 2012:

Aonghas Mac Faoláin. Device (see PENDS for name). Per pale and per chevron purpure and Or, three bull's heads cabossed counterchanged.

Blazoned on the Letter of Intent as sable, the submission form was actually painted with purple paint; the blazon on the form also had purpure, not sable.

This device is returned for a redraw, for violating the guidelines set forth on the May 2011 Cover Letter for a properly drawn per chevron field division; the field division here is too low. Please see that Cover Letter for further discussion and details of how to properly draw per chevron lines of division.

The following submission was pended by the College of Arms for further input, September 2012:

Aonghas Mac Faoláin.

The Letter of Intent gave the authenticity request as "15th century." The submitter, however, made an authenticity request for "15th century Scotland." As commenters did not address whether the name elements were appropriate for Scotland, this must be pended for further research.

This was item 1 on the Atenveldt letter of June 25, 2012.


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

2527 East 3rd Street

Tucson AZ 85716

brickbat@nexiliscom.com

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