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Atenveldt Submissions (excerpted from the S.C.A. College of Arms' Letters of Acceptance and Return)

The following submissions were registered by the S.C.A. College of Arms, November 2012:

Anna Neledinskaia. Name and device. Quarterly vert and Or, on a cross nowy sable a peacock in his pride vert, tailed Or marked vert.

Appearing on the Letter of Intent as Anya Neledina, kingdom made clear that the submitter intended to submit Anna. As Anna is a lovely Russian given name, we have made that change in order to register the name as the submitter intended.

The byname was submitted as the unmodified form of the name of a river, noting that the submitter (and kingdom) wanted assistance in constructing the correct form. As the form and commenters noted, the most likely form is Neledinskaia. We have changed the byname to that form in order to register the name.

As the body of a peacock in its pride lies primarily on the spread tail, this is not a violation of the rule of contrast, as the Or tail is on the sable cross. Please advise the submitter to add legs to the peacock.

There is a step from period practice for the use of a cross nowy.

Arianwen ferch Arthur. Household name Tyddyn Caer Mab and badge association. Per pale argent and azure, a lozenge counterchanged.

In the previous return, Caer Mab was documented as the name of a field. While we are not sure that Tyddyn is appropriate for such a place name, Tangwystyl verch Morgant Glasvryn's "Period Welsh Models for SCA Households and the Nomenclature Thereof" gives the example of Tyddyn y Felin, "Tyddyn of the Mill" and notes that some of these units became towns. This is enough to give the submitter the benefit of the doubt and register this name as submitted.

Aurelia Nomadik{e-}. Household name Domus Scorpionis Aurei (see RETURNS for badge).

The most likely justification for this household name is as a Latinized sign name from late period England or France. Latinized forms of sign names are found in English records. We could not justify this as a Roman period group, as no evidence was found of groups that used the pattern color+item. However, it can be registered as a later name.

The submitter indicated that she understood this to mean "house of the golden scorpions." It does not. This is the genitive singular form: "house of the golden scorpion". The plural would be Domus Scorpionum Aureorum. However, it is still registerable as submitted. We are just giving this information to assist the submitter.

Fiona inghean Mheg Uidhir. Device change. Or, a cow statant and on a chief gules an arrow inverted and a drop spindle in saltire Or.

Her previous device, Vert, a cow statant and in chief three annulets enfiled by an arrow fesswise reversed Or, is released.

Isabella Evangelista. Exchange of device and badge. Per bend sinister ermine and checky gules and Or.

Her previous device, Per chevron gules and sable, two thistles and a lion dormant contourny argent, is retained as a badge.

Kata the Forthright. Badge. (Fieldless) A looped tress of hair Or surmounted by a single-sided comb sable.

This is the defining instance of the tress of hair in SCA heraldry. It can be seen as a badge on a standard for John Zouche de Codnore, on p. 163 of Banners, Standards and Badges from a Tudor Manuscript in the College of Arms, found at We are not deciding at this time whether or not a tress of hair conflicts with rope in a similar arrangement. As this is not a knotted tress of hair, however, it has at least a DC from knots of rope.

Kollsvein bloð hrafn. Name and device. Argent, two chevronels per pale gules and sable between three raven's heads erased sable.

Michaelis Maximus. Name change from Michaelis Erasmus and device. Sable, a ram rampant between four mullets in cross argent, a chief Or.

In June of 2010, Michaelis Erasmus was registered. At the time, Pelican said that "Michaelis Maximus would alternately be registerable as a Byzantine name." While Michael is the more likely nominative form of the name, it is registerable as submitted.

His previous name, Michaelis Erasmus, is released.

Thaddeus Legless. Name and device. Vert, on a roundel argent a Tiwaz rune vert.

Submitted as Thaddeus the Legless, the word "legless" was documented, but it was not shown to be suitable for use as a byname. Commenters were able to find Middle English bynames that supported the idea of missing a body part: Thumbeles (Reaney and Wilson s.n. Thum), Berdeles (Reaney and Wilson s.n. Beardless), tothelesse (Jonsjo, 1325), etc. All the examples of similar bynames that commenters could find did not include the article, so we have removed it in order to register the name. The Middle English form would be legles, but Legless is registerable as a lingua Anglica form of the byname.

The following submissions were returned by the S.C.A. College of Arms for further work, November 2012:

Aurelia Nomadik{e-}. Badge. Gules, a Roman helmet Or between four scorpions in cross paly sable and Or.

This badge is returned for violating SENA A3D1, which states "Depictions of charges that blur the distinction between charge groups will not be allowed." Here, the scorpions are nearly as large as the helmet, making this appear to some commenters as a single groups of five charges.

This badge is also returned for redraw, as commenters had a difficult time identifying the scorpions and their tincture pattern. SENA A3B4b, when talking about contrast requirements and identifiability, states "Any depiction that creates a situation in which predominantly low contrast sections of a multiply divided field and charge(s) are adjacent is likely to have identifiability issues." In this case, had the scorpions been simply per pale sable and Or or more simply Or, they likely would have been far more identifiable. Instead, as each one is sliced into five parts, with the identifying claws and tail tip largely sable against a gules field, identifiability is difficult to maintain.

Seki Tora. Device. Sable, a pair of tantō argent hilted gules crossed in saltire and surmounted by a natural tiger's head cabossed Or marked sable.

This device is returned for having two steps from period practice. SENA A2B4 states "Some elements are allowed but are considered a step from period practice. An armorial design may have no more than one such step." In this design, there is one step from period practice for the use of a natural tiger's head. There at least another step from period practice for the use of tantō, which are non-European artifacts. If they were known to period Europeans, they would be a step from period practice; without such documentation, they may be unregisterable.

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