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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 SCA College of Arms, July 2015:<.a>

Adheliza Stjarna. Name.

This name does not conflict with the registered Aðísla stjarna. A syllable has been added to the given name, which clears the potential conflict under PN3C2 of SENA.

Arnfríðr Friðreksdóttir. Name change from Fíne ingen huí Chatháin and badge. Azure, a natural sea-tortoise bendwise sinister Or.

Submitted as Arnfríðr Friðrekrsdóttir, the name appeared in the Letter of Intent as Arnfríðr Friðreksdótt{i}r. That corrected the form of the patronym, but introduced a dotless i in the byname in error. We have changed the spelling of the byname to Arnfríðr Friðreksdóttir (with the standard dotted i) in order to register this name.

The submitter requested authenticity for an Old Norse name. Both the given name and the father's name are found in the Landnámabók, so this name meets the submitter's authenticity request.

The submitter's previous name, Fíne ingen huí Chatháin, is retained as an alternate name.

Dubgall Mac Coinnich. Name and device. Azure, an escallop inverted, on a chief argent in sinister a cross of Jerusalem sable.

Submitted as Dubgall MacCoinnich, the byname MacCoinnich is not grammatically correct. In Gaelic, Mac or mac appears as a separate word; it's only in Anglicized Irish or Scots that Mac is combined with the patronym that follows (i.e., MacX). We have changed the byname to Mac Coinnich in order to register this name. We note that mac Coinnich is also registerable.

Eric Edgarson. Device change. Gyronny arrondi of six argent and azure, three boars passant in annulo conjoined at the feet gules.

There is a step from period practice for the use of charges in annulo not in their default palewise orientation. There is not an additional step from period practice for "a central charge on a gyronny arrondi field drawn with the corners of the field in the center of a gyron", as defined per appendix G because the center of the field is clearly visible.

The submitter's old device, Lozengy gules and argent, a goat clymant sable, is retained as a badge.

Ernín Beag Ó Caoimhín. Name (see RETURNS for device).

Submitted as Ernín na Beag Caomhánach, this name contains two descriptive bynames, one meaning "small" and one meaning "[somehow connected, via fostering, etc., with the] Ó Caemhain [family]". Unfortunately, this pattern is not listed for Gaelic in Appendix A of SENA and commenters were unable to provide documentation to support it. The submitter allowed a change to Ernín Beag Ó Caoimhín, which has a similar meaning but uses the attested pattern of given name + descriptive byname + clan affiliation byname. We have made this change in order to register this name.

Feradach Dubh. Name (see RETURNS for device).

Hans Heinrich vom Grenzlande. Name and device. Sable, in bend three swallows volant Or.

Submitted as Hans Heinrich von Grenzlande, the submitter requested authenticity for the German language. As Grenzlande is a toponym, or place named for a geographic feature rather than a town name, we have changed the byname to vom Grenzlande, which uses the term meaning "of the" rather than "of" in the form required by German grammar.

The place name was not dated to period in the Letter of Intent. Grenzlande is dated to 1591 in Adels-Spiegel, Historischer Ausführlicher Bericht Was Adel sey und heisse (p. 310,

Lachlann Alexander MacCoag. Name and device. Per pale gules and sable, in saltire a feather and a key argent.

Submitted as Lochlann Alexander MacCoag, the spelling Lochlann could not be documented. Although we seemingly registered this form in January 2014 [Lochlann Magnusson, A-Caid], a typographical error was made in that ruling and the header form was not updated as intended to the documented Lachlann. This will be corrected in an erratum. In the present submission, we have changed the given name to the attested form.

Mark the Just. Name (see RETURNS for device).

Submitted as Mark Teufelskerl the Just, no evidence was found to support the term Teufelskerl ("daredevil") in our period. The submitter allowed a change to Mark von Teufel; however, commenters were unable to document Teufel as a place name, so the byname von ("of/from") Teufel is not registerable. As an alternative, the submitter allowed a change to Mark the Just. We have made this change in order to register this name.

The Letter of Intent stated that Mark is the submitter's legal given name, but a copy of the legal documentation was not included in the packet, and the Letter of Intent didn't mention whether such documentation was witnessed per the June 2015 Cover Letter. Luckily for the submitter, Mark is also found in England and Germany in our period, so the submitter need not rely on the legal name allowance.

We note that Mark Teufel is also registerable. Both elements can be documented to Germany in the FamilySearch Historical Records. If the submitter prefers this form, he can submit a request for reconsideration.

Rustand Drache. Name and device. Per chevron inverted ployé argent and sable, in chief three Maltese crosses two and one gules.

William Devlin. Device. Per chevron sable and Or, an owl affronty counterchanged.

The following submissions were returned for further work, July 2015:

Arianwen Sweet. Device. Per fess doubly-enarched azure and Or, three compass stars in fess argent and a pair of bat wings conjoined sable.

This device is returned for using a per fess doubly-enarched line of division. To quote a return from March 2014: “This device is returned for using a per fess doubly-enarched field division. Precedent states: 'This device is returned due to the use of a fess doubly-enarched. No evidence was presented, and none could be found by commenters, that the charge is compatible with period heraldry. A chief doubly-enarched has been ruled a step from period practice, as its use is documented as a post-period charge no earlier than 1806. As there is no evidence of a fess doubly-enarched in period or post-period, extending that motif to a fess would be two steps from period practice, and thus the fess doubly-enarched is unregisterable. [Catalina Damiana Flores de la Montaña, December 2011, R-Lochac]'

“By the same reasoning, the corresponding field division is also unregisterable. [Verctissa neptis Venutii, March 2014, R-Calontir]”

There is a step from period practice for the use of compass stars.

Note that if the submitter wanted to resubmit Or, a pair of bat wings conjoined sable and on a chief doubly enarched azure three compass stars argent, that design would have to be returned since both a doubly-enarched chief and compass stars are steps from period practice.

Atenveldt, Kingdom of. Order name Order of the Horn and Hearth and badge. Azure, in pale a hunting horn and within a fireplace a sun in glory Or.

“Precedent states: ' documentation was submitted to show that a hearth has a unique or standard depiction appropriate for use as a heraldic charge. To claim an item as a heraldic charge that has not previously been registered in the SCA as a heraldic charge, it is necessary to show that either the item was a heraldic charge in period, or that there is a standard depiction of it suitable for use in armory. [Marcaster, Barony of. Order name Order of the Golden Hearth, November 2006, R-Trimaris]'

The Letter of Intent documented Hearth as a term meaning "fireplace, hearth, brazier" and "a furnace or forge". This shows that the term is dated to period, although the submitted spelling is a lingua Anglica form of the attested Herthe. However, no evidence was presented to show that a hearth is a plausible blazonry term from which an order name can be formed, or that it has a standard heraldic depiction as mentioned in the prior return. Therefore, we uphold the 2006 precedent and return this order name.

This badge is returned for redesign. No evidence was presented of the fireplace depiction with a contrasting firebox. Thus, here the Or sun is a quaternary charge lying on a sable object lying on the firebox section of the Or fireplace.

Commenters questioned the registerability of a fireplace as a charge. It is registerable as a period artifact. This depiction fits reasonably within the range of shapes of medieval fireplaces.

Ernín Beag Ó Caoimhín. Device. Gules, a chevron embattled between two keys inverted wards outward and the figure of Atlas passant contourny guardant argent.

This device is returned for lack of documentation for a charge used. This would have been the first registration of Atlas in the Society and neither the Letter of Intent nor any commentary provided any support for this as a standard depiction of Atlas in period heraldry or period art. The posture of the humanoid figure should be addressed as well, the humanoid figure is not in a defined heraldic posture: it is neither truly passant as we define passant for human figures nor is it kneeling as we have defined it in the past; such a posture would have to be documented as well.

On resubmission, please advise the submitter to draw the embattlements with more amplitude and similar in height and and width as they are distant from each other.

Feradach Dubh. Device. Gules, a staff conjoined in chief to a stag's attires argent.

This device is returned for conflict with the badge of Iliya Volkov: (Fieldless) A rake argent. Although as blazoned this design has a primary staff and secondary attires, in effect the conjoined charges are insufficiently different from the rake which is a period charge.

Mark the Just. Device. Per bend sinister sable and gules, a hand balance and a rod bendwise sinister argent.

This device must be returned for redraw. As depicted, the staff is neither palewise nor bendwise sinister. On resubmission, the submitter should pay attention to requirements for unity of posture/orientation.

Valdisa Álarsdóttir. Badge. (Fieldless) A pair of hands inverted in chevron inverted Or surmounted by the handle of a wooden hand basket proper, the handle surmounted by a Bohemian love knot purpure.

This badge is returned for having two overall groups, including a barely overall charge. Section D of Appendix I states: "There can be only one overall charge group in any design.". Here the handle overlaps the hand and is surmounted by the Bohemian love knot. Additionally, the Bohemian love knot cannot be considered a fully overall charge (which crosses the center of the field, lying partially on the field and partially on other charges) as it only overlaps the handle and the hands.

Valdisa Álarsdóttir. Badge. (Fieldless) A wooden hand basket proper, the handle surmounted by a Bohemian love knot purpure.

This badge is returned for having a barely overall charge. As drawn, the Bohemian love knot doesn't appear to be a conjoined secondary (where the contact would not be by the center of the knot) or an fully overall charge (which crosses the center of the field, lying partially on the field and partially on other charges) as it only overlaps the handle.

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