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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, January 2018:
Marcus de Shirewude. Device change. Argent, an Oriental dragon in annulo purpure maintaining a roundel sable, a base nebuly purpure.
There is a step from period practice for use of Oriental dragons.
The question was raised whether the precedent set in the August 2017 LoAR barring use of Chinese dragons under SENA applied to all Oriental dragons, or just those depicted in the Chinese style. We were also asked about the timing of the ban, given that the publication dates of LoARs are subject to variability. So, to clarify: Given SENA's rules about steps from period practice, we must also cease consideration of Oriental dragons for all armory on external Letters of Intent dated after the publication date of the May 2018 LoAR or June 30, 2018, whichever is sooner, unless evidence can be provided of their use in an armorial context.
The submitter's previous device, Per fess vert and argent, three demi-swords inverted issuant from the line of division and a dragon dormant wings elevated and addorsed counterchanged, is retained as a badge.
Riane Goch. Device change. Argent, in annulo four hearts in cross, points to center sable between four daggers in saltire, points to center gules.
There is a step from period practice for charges in annulo not in their default palewise orientation.
The submitter's previous device, Per saltire argent and gules, in chief two chevronels couped and in base a pair of scissors sable, is retained as a badge.
Varinn inn Spaki. Change of badge to device. Per pale sable and gules, a sword between two wolf's heads erased respectant Or.
The submitter's previous device, Per pale sable and gules, a dragon's head cabossed and in base a Thor's hammer Or, is released.

The following have been returned by the College of Arms for further work, January 2018:

Marcus de Grae. Device. Per bend sinister sable and vert, a phoenix and in chief an arrow fesswise surmounted by a crescent Or.

This device was pended on the July 2017 LoAR for further research on whether the motif of charges surmounting secondary but not primary charges was found in period heraldry, and for discussion on whether this motif is allowable under our current rules. SENA Appendix I requires that overall charges surmount the primary charge and nothing in SENA allows for charges surmounting secondary charges.
No evidence was presented, and none could be found, showing that the practice of surmounting charges covering only secondary charges when a primary charge is present was done in period. Absent such evidence, armory with surmounting charges that do not overlie the primary charge will be returned.

B>Theodora Akropolitissa. Device. Argent, a bull's head cabossed and in chief a double-bitted axe gules, a bordure embattled azure.
While blazoned on the Letter of Intent as a primary head with its horns crossing the per fess line and a secondary axe, commenters felt that the small difference in size between the charges gave the impression of a single co-primary charge group. As a result, this device must be returned for violating SENA A3D1, Clarity of Charge Groups
Upon resubmission, we encourage the artist to draw the bull's head larger, and the axe either smaller or oriented fesswise to better fill the available space.

Varinn inn Spaki. Badge. Argent, within the horns of a decrescent gules in pale a wolf's head cabossed and in saltire two roses sable, slipped and leaved vert.
This device is returned for use of the restricted motif of the Red Crescent, which is a single gules decrescent on any argent background or in any way that could be displayed on an argent background.
The roses were drawn as garden roses. We do not blazon this variant; but their use is a step from period practice.

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