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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 at its May 2010 meetings:

Ariadne of Alyson-tara. Reblazon of device. Sable, a tree blasted sable fimbriated argent.

Blazoned when registered in July 1979 as Sable, a blasted tree voided argent, the reality is that the argent portion is merely a thin outline of a tree, the body of the tree being sable.

Cynewyn aux Deux Chevaux. Name and device. Azure, two horse's heads erased addorsed and conjoined and a chief triangular argent.

Submitted as Cynewyn__Deux Chevaux, Deux Chevaux is a plausible sign name in French, perhaps as early as the late 13th C. However, in cases where such names are used as bynames, they include aux 'at the'. We have made this change in order to register this name.

Combining an Old English given name with a French byname is a step from period practice.

Fiordalisa Elena di Tommaso. Name and device. Per bend sinister gules ermined argent and azure ermined argent, on a bend sinister argent four butterflies alternating azure and gules.

Nest verch Rodri ap Madyn. Device change. Argent, a mullet voided and interlaced within and conjoined to an annulet, on a chief vert two open books Or.

Her current device, Azure, a sagittary passant and on a chief argent three crescents azure, is released.

Roana le Broc. Name (see RETURNS for device).

Santiago Ramirez de Calatrava. Device. Lozengy vert and Or, a panther rampant argent spotted of divers tinctures incensed azure and maintaining a Latin cross fitchy gules.

Blazoned on the Letter of Intent as 'sustained', the cross does not meet current standards for long, narrow sustained charges: the longest axis of the narrow charge must be at least as long as the long axis of the creature holding it. This cross is, therefore, maintained. We note that it was blazoned as such on the form. Since it is maintained, it does not count for difference. Therefore, we must consider the device of Caitilin Irruis inghean ui Riada, Per pale vert and purpure, a panther rampant guardant argent, incensed Or, spotted vert and purpure, which appears on Atlantia's February 25 Letter of Intent. The two devices are in conflict, with a single CD for the changes to the field. Both Santiago and Caitilin are members. Therefore, since Atenveldt's letter was issued on February 23, earlier than Atlantia's, we are registering Santiago's device.

The following submissions were returned by the College of Arms for further work, May 2010:

Marek the Jew. Device. Argent, a Star of David gules and a bordure embattled per saltire sable and gules.

This device is returned for violating our ban on symbols of the International Red Cross. The Israeli national aid society, Magen David Adom ("Red Star of David"), is a member of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, and uses a gules Star of David on an argent field within the country of Israel. At this time, we are adding to the list of restricted charges "a single gules Star of David on any argent background or in any way that could be displayed on an argent background."

[This return set a Precedent for the College of Arms: Magen David Adom. Restricted charge. A single gules Star of David on any argent background or in any way that could be displayed on an argent background (such as a fieldless badge).

The protection afforded the symbol of the Magen David Adom by international treaty and by national laws is at a much higher level than simple copyright or trademark. By treaty, the symbol of the Magen David Adom has the same protection as the symbols of the Red Cross, of the Red Crescent, and of the Red Crystal. We believe that the symbol of the Magen David Adom should be protected to the same extent as the symbols of the Red Cross, the Red Crescent, and the Red Crystal are protected. Thus, at this time, we are adding to the list of restricted charges the Magen David Adom, "A single gules Star of David on any argent background or in any way that could be displayed on an argent background (such as a fieldless badge)". The use of multiple gules Stars of David may be returned on a case-by-case basis if their placement or usage appears too evocative of the symbol of the Magen David Adom.]

Roana le Broc. Device. Per pale vert and sable, in pale a badger's head cabossed argent marked sable and an oak sprig inverted argent.

This device is returned for using sable markings on the badger's head against a sable field. Precedent says: [Argent, a badger statant sable marked argent, a base gules.] The argent markings on the badger create identifiability problems against the argent field. As precedent indicates, returning Per chevron inverted argent and azure, an Orca embowed sable marked argent and three double-bitted axes argent, "The argent portions of the orca cannot be placed on an argent field" [Rowen Seer, 03/00, R-Caid]. This case is similar, especially since so much of the badger's face is argent. [Meurug Taylor, 03/05, R-Ealdormere]

The problem here is identical: the markings have no contrast with the field, hampering identifiability of the charge.

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