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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 or Arms, December 2019:

Germana Schatten von Lewin. Name and device. Counter-ermine, a lion rampant gardant argent issuant from a trimount Or.

Submitted as Germana Schatten von Löwen, the submitted spelling of the locative byname could not be documented to period. ffride wlffsdotter found the period form of the town name as Lewin, making the proper byname form von Lewin. We have made this change for registration.
The submitter requested authenticity for a "12th-14th C. Saxonian woman from the town of Löwen." Although it can be registered, this name does not meet this request because we were not able to find the spelling Schatten as early as the 14th century. The closest attested form we could find was Schatan, which is dated to 1290 in Socin. In addition, although the town name Lewin appears in the 13th century, it is found in Silesia, not Saxony.
Artist's note: Please show more of the lion. If a demi-lion is desired, the submitter should submit a device change with the lion issuant from the trimount at the waist.

Magnus Grimsson. Name (see RETURNS for device).
Masala al-Raqqasa. Reblazon of badge. Purpure, a fess Or, overall a decrescent argent.
Blazoned when registered in July 2002 as Purpure, a fess Or overall a decrescent argent, we are adding punctuation for clarity.
Masala al-Raqqasa. Badge (see RETURNS for device). Purpure, a fess Or, overall an increscent argent.

The following were returned for further work:

Hamasaki Kojirome Miyako. Name appeal.

This is an appeal from the October 2018 return of the same name, where it was ruled:

This name must be returned because it does not fit an attested period pattern for Japanese names. Kojirou, the root of the constructed element Kojirome, was documented on the Letter of Intent as an azana, a Confucian scholarly name. There is no evidence that such names were modified with feminine suffixes such as the submitter proposes here.
Additionally, although Kojirou is also found as a masculine yobina or given name, there is no evidence that masculine yobinas were made into feminine elements by the addition of the suffix -me. Moreover, even if such evidence could be found, this name still would not fit an attested pattern because we have no evidence for feminine Japanese names with two yobinas.
Finally, Hamasaki is not a correct transliteration of the first name element. S{o,}lveig Þrándardóttir advises that the correct transliteration is Hamazaki.
We would drop the problematic element and register the name as Hamazaki Miyako, but the submitter does not allow any changes.

Regarding the transliteration of Hamasaki, the appeal noted that -saki is found as a second element in NCMJ. Under Works of Nature - Slope there are eight examples of this kanji. Two are transliterated -saki and six as -zaki. Given these examples, we are willing to give the submitter the benefit of the doubt that Hamasaki is a valid transliteration of the kanji.

Regarding the element Kojirome. The submitter is correct that the second element was not documented on the Letter of Intent as an azana. That detail was from commentary. The appeal does not address the use of an azana. As noted in the original return, Kojirou is also found as a masculine yobina meaning second son. Unfortunately, we still have no evidence of adding a feminine terminal to a masculine birth order name. The appeal cites NCMJ, from Warrior Families in the Structure of Japanese Names section, to support this formation: "Generally, women should choose a yobina related to masculine yobina. This is neither as difficult nor as unusual as it may sound. All a woman need do is attach an appropriate suffix to a name of correct form." However, the author has explained, "No, it does not mean adding a feminine terminal to a masculine birth order name. I never even considered that as a possible reading when I originally wrote NCMJ. Rather, there are a variety of simple name elements which can be used to form masculine names to which can be added a feminine terminal." Without evidence that women used modified masculine birth order names, the element Kojirome is not registerable.

Additionally, the appeal noted that Name Construction in Medieval Japan "is the sole source approved by the SCA that may be used without requiring three separate additional sources references." This is a misunderstanding of what we expect. A single, reliable source is sufficient to attest to a name element. "Reliable" means a period manuscript or an academically-sound source. This does not mean the source has to be published by a university but that it is well researched and well documented, gives dates for name elements (rather than simply stating it is traditional) and does not appear to modernize spellings of the relevant name element. Appendix H of the Administrative Handbook is simply a list of some reliable sources that are broadly owned, so that copies of the documentation do not need to be provided to Laurel with the submission.

This name is again returned for lack of documentation of the element Kojirome as an attested or reasonably constructed yobina. We would drop the problematic element and register the name as Hamasaki Miyako, but the submitter does not allow any changes.

Magnus Grimsson. Device. Per saltire argent and Or, in pale a trident fesswise reversed and an anchor azure.
This device is returned for violation of SENA A3D2c reads, in part: "The charges within a charge group should be in either identical postures/orientations or an arrangement that includes posture/orientation (in cross, combatant, or in pall points outward, for example). A charge group in which postures for different charges must be blazoned individually will not be allowed without period examples of that combination of postures."
In the July 2019 Cover Letter, it was ruled that there were three categories of comparable inanimate charges: compact orientable, compact non-orientable, and long charges. In this example, both charges are long charges for the purposes of Unity of Orientation. The trident is a polearm, and the anchor has a long central body with two curved hooks, similar in shape to a pickaxe, and an optional crossbar. As the Cover Letter ruled, "If the charges in the charge group can be in the same posture, orientation, or arrangement that includes posture or orientation, they must all be in the same posture, orientation, or arrangement." These charges must be in the same orientation, but one is fesswise while the other is palewise. This is grounds for return.
Masala al-Raqqasa. Device change. Purpure mullety of six points, an increscent argent.
This device is returned for conflict with the device of Bakkar al-Bukhari, Per bend sinister azure and sable all semy of mullets of four points, an increscent moon argent. There is a DC for changing the field, but none for the number of points on the mullets, nor for the internal detailing of an increscent moon vs. an increscent.

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