May 30th, 2012

Greetings unto all who read these words from Meister Konrad Mailander, Rouge Scarpe Herald,

This is the Middle Kingdom Letter of Acceptances and Returns for the items on the March 15th, 2012 ILoI.

My thanks to Aryanhwy merch Catmael, Andreas von Meißen, Gunnvor silfraharr, Daši Žorfinnsson, Lughaidh Albanach, Eirik Halfdanarson, Alys Mackyntoich, Modar Neznanich, and Andrew von Otelingen for their commentary.  

Since the letters are now being posted on OSCAR with documentation and commentary open for all to see I will no longer be copying the documentation or commentary to this letter.  If you would like to see the documentation or commentary for this letter please go to http://oscar.sca.org/index.php?action=100&loi=1269

SENA refers to The Standards for Evaluation of Names and Armory.  These are the new rules for submissions.  The old Rules for Submissions (R.f.S.) will also be applied until the October LOAR.  So until my August ILoAR/ELoI I will be applying both R.f.S. and SENA as long as items pass under either they will be forwarded. 

My decision and comments are prefaced with ROUGE SCARPE: and are in red.  Items that are accepted will be forwarded to Laurel as a Middle LoI posted on OSCAR.  


1: Cadwgan Faber - New Name

ROUGE SCARPE:  Forwarded to Laurel.  Thanks to commenters for finding documentation for the submitted spelling of <Cadwgan>.


2: Cristyne Ullyn von Kiel - New Name & New Device

Purpure, in pale a triquettra inverted within and conjoined to an annulet Or and a rose argent barbed vert and seeded Or between flaunches argent each charged with a rose purpure barbed vert and seeded sable

ROUGE SCARPE:  Name forwarded to Laurel.  Device returned.  This design has a triquetra, annulet, and rose in one charge group and violates SENA A.3 D. 2. a. Slot Machine: There are some period examples in which a single charge group contains charges of more than one type. Therefore, we allow two types of charges in a single charge group. Common patterns change the centermost of charges in a row or the bottommost of charges arranged two and one. However, a charge group with more than two types of charges is not allowed.  (Also violates R.f.S. Part VIII 1. a.)

The consulting herald mentioned in commentary that submitter would be willing to remove the rose from this group.  This would clear this problem but requires that the forms be redrawn.  We hope to see this redrawing soon.  Dropping the rose argent from the group the blazon would be along the lines of:  Purpure, in chief a triquetra interlaced with an annulet Or between flaunches argent charged with roses purpure.

Since this needs to be redrawn it should be noted that the computer printout emblazon had a washed out look to the colors and the submitter might be better served by hand coloring the forms for submission with Crayola markers or equivalent. 


3: Eynon ap James - New Name & New Device

Vert, three wyverns rampant and a chief Or

ROUGE SCARPE:  Name forwarded to Laurel.  Device forwarded to Laurel with the Blazon:  Vert, three wyverns erect and a chief Or.  (It takes four legs to be able to be rampant.)


4: Geirmundr sleggja - New Name & New Device

Argent, a longbow fully drawn with a sledgehammer nocked to sinister sable and on a chief sable in fess bwtween two mullets of four greater and four lesser points a bear statant Or

ROUGE SCARPE:  Name Forwarded to Laurel.  Device returned for redrawing.  The charges on the chief appear two different sizes.  According to precedent it is not period style to have two different tertiary charge groups on the same charge.  Here the mullets appear to be in a subsidiary charge group to the bear.  These would need to be redrawn with all the charges in the group relatively the same size.

Precedent:  “This badge is returned for non-period style. Precedent states:

[... on a pale azure a salmon haurient embowed contourny in chief a compass star argent ...] It is not period style to have two different tertiary groups on the same underlying charge. The difference in scale between the salmon and the compass star makes the compass star appear to be in a subsidiary charge group to the salmon. There is precedent pertaining to this matter: [citing the return of Esperanza Razzolini d'Asolo, 10/95] [Uma, Shire of, 10/01, R-Drachenwald]

This precedent was upheld in March 2006, in the return of Mathias Kotov. [LoAR 10/2007, Eoforwic, Canton of, Ealdormere-R]”

Commenters also did not find the depiction of a sledgehammer as identifiable as such.  It is recommended that the hammer be drawn larger with a medieval hammer shaped head.  Here is one example http://digi.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/diglit/cpg848/0505?sid=192a1a7f162fe7440b5966e1e5a48705 and here is another http://digi.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/diglit/cpg848/0508?sid=192a1a7f162fe7440b5966e1e5a48705 that may help for the redrawing.


5: Layla al-Zarqa' - Resub Device

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in April of 2011, via the Middle

Argent, on a fess azure a weasel and a cat combattant passant argent

ROUGE SCARPE:  Forwarded to Laurel with the Blazon:  Argent, on a fess azure a weasel and a cat passant respectant argent.  (They cannot be combatant if they are not rampant.)


6: Llewellyn ap Teyrnon - New Device

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in August of 1992, via the East

Azure, a baton sinister between in bend two pegasi segreant addorsed argent

ROUGE SCARPE:  Forwarded to Laurel with the Blazon:  Azure, a baton sinister between two pegasi sergeant addorsed argent.


7: Malina an Eich Gil - New Name & New Device

Vert, a tree eradicated within a circlet of ivy argent

ROUGE SCARPE:  Name forwarded to Laurel.  Device forwarded to Laurel with the Blazon:  Vert, a tree eradicated within an annulet of ivy argent.

This device does conflict with Lilias de Cheryngton (reg. 06/2004 via the East), "Vert, a crequier within a bordure embattled argent."  Eastern Crown Herald of the East has obtained verbal permission to conflict from Lilias and is in the process of obtaining the Letter.  This is being forwarded to Laurel with the faith that the Letter of Permission to Conflict will arrive before the commentary period is over.


In Service to Crown and College,

Meister Konrad Mailander, OP

Rouge Scarpe:

Konrad Mailander
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