July 28, 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 May 1st, May 15th, July 2nd, 2012 ILoIs.

My thanks to Aryanhwy merch Catmael, Gunnvor silfraharr, Daði Þorfinnsson, Magnus von Lübeck, Alys Mackyntoich, Ásfríðr Úlfvíðardóttir, Modar Neznanich, Andreas von Meißen, Chaya Simcha bat Yonah, Ginevra Boscoli, Andrew von Otelingen, Elsbeth Anne Roth, Mari ingen Briain meic Donnchada, Etienne Le Mons, Juetta Copin, Colin McRath, Gawain of Miskbridge, and Hiordis Ragnarsdottir for their commentary.  

With three different letters being considered this month I will keep them labeled by which letter they are on and the number from that letter, ex.: May01-1, May15-1, July02-1.  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; May 1 https://oscar.sca.org/index.php?action=100&loi=1319, May 15 https://oscar.sca.org/index.php?action=100&loi=1332, July 2 https://oscar.sca.org/index.php?action=100&loi=1451

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.  


May01-1: Beatrice Bella Cantatore - New Device

Per bend Or and vert a nightingale maintaining a branch leaved proper, a scroll argent inscribed with a musical score and lyrics to "Salve Regina" sable

ROUGE SCARPE:  Forwarded to Laurel with the Blazon:  Per bend Or and vert, a nightingale maintaining a branch leaved proper and an open scroll argent inscribed with a musical score and the words “Salve Regina” sable. 


May01-2: Calybrid Ine Tere - New Badge

Quarterly sable and argent two cross crosslets sable, and overall a cross counterchanged.

ROUGE SCARPE:  Forwarded to Laurel with the Blazon:  Quarterly sable and argent, a cross between in bend sinister two crosses crosslet counterchanged.


May01-3:  Giric mac Ruadri - New Name

ROUGE SCARPE:  Forwarded to Laurel.


May01-4:  Sisildi de Orense - New Name & New Device

Per bend sable and argent a compass star, and on a borduer wavy a semy of crescents to sinister all counterchanged.

 ROUGE SCARPE:  Name forwarded to Laurel.  The submitter should know that it was suggested in commentary that the article may need to be dropped or other changes might need to be made with a name from such a difficult era to research.  Since they marked no minor changes we are not able to drop the article or possibly make other changes that may be necessary for registration.  Device forwarded to Laurel with the Blazon:  Per bend sable and argent, a compass star elongated to base counterchanged within a bordure wavy semy of decrescents counterchanged.


May01-5:  Théron de Rivoire - New Name

ROUGE SCARPE:  Forward to Laurel as <Theron de la Rivoire>.  Aryanhwy found better documentation for <Theron> without the accent and Eastern Crown found documentation for <de la Rivoire>.  This does not necessarily meet the request for authenticity for 13th Century French as the sources are 15th and 16th Century but should be registerable.


May01-6:  Tommaso Franceschi - Resub Device

Azure a lama statant to sinister argent, on a base argent a hurt.

ROUGE SCARPE:  Forwarded to Laurel with the Blazon:  Azure a llama statant to sinister and on a base argent a hurt.

 


May15-1:  Adelheidis Heidenreich - New Name & New Device

Per fess Or and sable, on a double-headed eagle sable three acorns Or

ROUGE SCARPE:  Name forwarded to Laurel.  Device forwarded to Laurel with the Blazon:  Per fess Or and sable, on a double-headed eagle sable three acorns Or.


May15-2:  Anastasia Tesserande de Perle - New Name & New Device

Per fess embattled, Or gutte de sang and sanguine. Or gutte de sang, one wolf passant argent fimbriated sable with a trefoil tail nowed and head en regardante. In sanguine Or two rapiers in saltire

ROUGE SCARPE:  Name pended.  The desired meaning of the byname is “bead weaver” but bead weaving appears to be a 17th century technology from everything the commenters could find.  Also the occupational name <Tesserande> caries an implication of textile weaving and even if bead weaving is attested to be done in period as a profession this term may not apply.  They did find documentation for the French version of the desired given name <Anastasie> so the request for authenticity may lead to the given name being changed to this spelling.  <Anastasia Tesserande> would be registerable and <Anastasie Tesserande> may be more authentic for French but either would lose the intended meaning of “bead weaver. Therefore we are pending the name until we can discuss with the submitter their preferences. 

Device returned for violating the standards of contrast (SENA A3.B. & RfS VIII.2.) with a white wolf on a predominantly Or field.  Although it is blazoned as “fimbriated sable” the emblazon is not fimbriated but detailed sable.  A wolf is also to complex of a charge to be fimbriated, only simple geometric charges may be fimbriated (SENA A3.C.).  The Society does not use the heraldic stain sanguine.  If it is used on an emblazon it is blazoned gules unless it blurs the line too much with purpure and then it becomes cause for return.  Commenters were split as to whether this was the red enough to be blazoned as gules or not.  Also goutty de sang is defined as gules drops not sanguine.  The submitter should use gules if they want red.


May15-3:  Appolonia von Württemberg - New Device

Quarterly purpure and argent, Edelweiss proper argent seeded Or

ROUGE SCARPE:  Forwarded to Laurel with the Blazon:  Quarterly purpure and argent, two Edelweiss flowers argent seeded Or.


 May15-4:  Augustine Wormwood - Resub Device

Per pale sable and Or, on a chief gules a comet bendwise inverted Or

ROUGE SCARPE:  Forwarded to Laurel with the Blazon:  Per pale sable and Or, on a chief gules a comet bendwise inverted Or.


 May15-5:  Caroline de Mercier - New Name & New Device

Azure, on a compass star within a bordure Or semy of lozenges a lozenge azure

ROUGE SCARPE:  Name forwarded to Laurel as <Caroline Mercier>.  Documented variants for the byname were <le Mercier> and the unmarked <Mercier>.  The submitter was consulted as to which they would prefer and they chose to drop the article and approved that change. 

Device forwarded to Laurel with the Blazon:  Azure, on a compass rose within a bordure Or semy of lozenges a lozenge azure.  As submitted the primary charge blurred the line between a compass rose and a compass star.  We produced new emblazons for the submitter, one with the compass rose and the other with the compass star, the submitter chose the one with the compass rose and we have created new forms using the revised emblazon. 


 May15-6:  Diccon de Reinport - New Badge

(Fieldless) On a goat rampant sable a broadarrow inverted Or

ROUGE SCARPE:  Forwarded to Laurel with the Blazon:   (Fieldless) On a goat rampant sable a broadarrow inverted Or.


 May15-7:  Elina of Beckenham - Resub Device

Gules a griffon segreant Or, on a dexter claw a raven rising sable in sinister claw a rose slipped and barbed Or

ROUGE SCARPE:  Forwarded to Laurel with the Blazon:  Gules, a gryphon sergeant Or on a dexter claw a raven rising sable in sinister claw a rose Or slipped and leaved vert.  Gunnvor supplied three examples of black displayed birds on gules fields and it is our hope that this will be enough to allow this to be registered as an individually attested pattern despite not being able to find examples of sable maintained charges on a red field. 


 May15-8:  Ginevra Boscoli - New Badge

(Fieldless) Two oak leaves in chevron inverted stems crossed in saltire Or

ROUGE SCARPE:  Forwarded to Laurel with the Blazon:  (Fieldless) Two oak leaves in chevron inverted stems crossed in saltire Or.


 May15-9:  Gunnar Alfljot - New Badge

(Fieldless) A mullet of eight points voided and interlaced within and conjoined to an annulet sable

ROUGE SCARPE:  Forwarded for Laurel with the Blazon:  (Fieldless) A mullet of eight points voided and interlaced within and conjoined to an annulet sable.  See the next item for comments on the name.


 May15-10:  Gunnarr Alfljot - Resub Name & Resub Device

Sable, a mullet of eight points voided and interlaced within and conjoined to an annulet argent

ROUGE SCARPE:  Name forwarded to Laurel as <Gunnarr inn álfljótr>.  This spelling was one suggested to me by someone who researches Old Icelandic and approved by the submitter.  The submitter should be aware that the general opinion of the commenters was that this will not be registerable as a byname.  They were not sure that the “giant” & “troll” bynames used to attest the pattern are close enough to justify “elf.”  But looking at the paperwork I think that the submitted documentation was not summarized as well as it could be.  I also have a couple of questions that I did not find answers to in the commentary.  It is for these reasons that I am sending it up for more commentary at the Laurel level.  But there is a good chance that the byname is not registerable and will be returned. 

The submitter asked the question at the end of their documentation notes; “Do I have to have a patronymic or matrynymic last name?”  The answer is no you do not but the byname (last name) does need to be attested to in period or follow an attested pattern which for the desired byname here may not have been sufficiently done.

Device forwarded to Laurel with the Blazon:  Sable, a mullet of eight points voided and interlaced within and conjoined to an annulet argent.


 May15-11:  Isabell nicDougall - New Name & New Device

Or, in pale two roses sable in chief a label dovetailed of three points sable a bordure vert

ROUGE SCARPE:  Name forwarded to Laurel as <Isabell NicDougall>.  Commentary supported <NicDougall> or <nic Dougall> as attested patterns but not <nicDougall>.  Since the capitalized <Nic-> was what was in the documentation provided by the submitter that is the form we changed it to.  The submitter should be aware if they would prefer <nic Dougall> with the lower case <nic> and space between it and Dougall all they have to do is contact me (rougescarpe@midrealm.org) and let their preference be known before it is out of commentary.

Device forwarded to Laurel with the Blazon:  Or, in pale a label and two roses sable within a bordure vert.  There was just a ruling on labels by Wreath on the April 2012 LoAR Cover Page:

From Wreath: Labels **** A submission this month caused us to reconsider how we blazon labels in SCA armory. Past precedent says: [a label dovetailed throughout] A peculiarity of SCA blazon is that the standard label is throughout by default, but the dovetailed label is couped by default. The blazon in this submission label is both dovetailed and throughout, and both these details must be blazoned. [Kharra Unegen, 07/2002, A-Atenveldt] After some research, much provided by Gunnvor silfraharr, we see no reason why the specific details of a label need to be blazoned, as the depictions vary only slightly over different times and cultures. There has never been difference granted between labels throughout or not, or dovetailed or not, and we see no need to change that. Therefore, we will cease blazoning the exact style of label, and leave the specific stylings up to artistic preference.


 May15-12: Ivan Shishov - New Name

ROUGE SCARPE:  Forwarded to Laurel.


 May15-13:  Lilith of the Northern Wood - New Name & New Device

Gules a border argent four oak leaves conjoined in cross Or and semi fructed proper

ROUGE SCARPE:  Name returned.  Without evidence that <Lilith> was used as a name for a human in period there are several precedents affirming that it cannot be registered.  A persona story explaining how the name might have been given is not sufficient.

[October 1976 LoAR, R-Atenveldt] Mirhaza av Morktorn la Lilitha de Sombras. The meaning of the name is given as "Star­witch of the Dark Tower, the Lilith of the Shadows". NO WAY. This is not merely magical, its non­human.

The name Lilith may not be used, as it would never have been used in period. [LoAR 08/1982]

[February 1998 LoAR, R-Trimaris] Lleulyth o'r Cymry verch Llewfron mab Dafydd. Name.

This is being returned for multiple problems with the name. While the submitter says that Welsh adopted names from the bible, and that Lleulyth is Welsh version of Lilith. However Lilith is not a Biblical name -- she appears in non-canonical Jewish folklore, but not the version of the texts generally available in Europe during the medieval period. Nor does she fall in the class of figures whose names were borrowed for use. It is possible that somewhere in a period Welsh text, there is a reference to Lilith, however it does not occur in any of the texts cited by the submitter. No one in the college has any documentation for Lleulyth as a period Welsh name (whether connected with Lilith or not), nor can it be justified on the basis of existing compound name elements. And, the submitter did not provide any documentation for it, outside of her assertion.

As the Lilith in all the references is a witch or demon this falls under SENA PN.4.C. Claim of Powers:

Names may not contain an unmistakable claim of superhuman abilities, magical powers, or divine origin. In general, a name phrase used by normal human beings during our period is not considered to be a claim to superhuman abilities or divine origin.

For example, we will register Odinson, because Odin was used as a human given name in Middle English and in Norwegian. Similarly, we will register an English byname Devil, because it is attested as a human descriptive byname in medieval England. On the other hand, we will not register a name like Lokassson as a patronymic constructed from the name Loki, because the only known use of Loki is as the name of an Old Norse god. Such a name would be a claim to a divine origin.

There are examples of attested given names and bynames that are claims to magical abilities or other superhuman abilities. Such names will not be registered unless they can be demonstrated to have been used in contexts that are not claims to magical abilities. Use of them by multiple individuals is often sufficient to do so, unless they all were understood to have the same magical power.

One example is the Norse byname sundafyllir, which is a reference to a story in which the owner filled a strait with fish through magic. Such a name would not be registerable.

The submitter asked about the possibility of <Layla> or <Layl> as a given name if <Lilith> was not possible.  Eastern Crown Herald notes that; “<Layla> is found in Juliana's "Arabic Women's Names from al-Andalus" (http://www.s-gabriel.org/names/juliana/alandalus/femism.html). Under the new rules, Arabic and English elements cannot be combined in the same name (see Appendix C: http://heraldry.sca.org/laurel/rfs_final_draft.html#AppendixC).” So it would not be registerable with the submitted byname.

Commenters provided documentation for the following English names, to match the byname, that the submitter may be interested in; Lillia, Lilia, Lelyas, Lylyas, Lylias, and Lilias.  The documentation can be found on the ILoI:  https://oscar.sca.org/index.php?action=100&loi=1332

Device returned along with name due to lack of SCA name to attach it too.  Submitter should be aware that the bordure in the emblazon was on the thin side and it is recommended that they make it thicker, about twice as thick as it is on this submission before resubmitting.


 May15-14:  Metylda of Ravenslake - New Name

ROUGE SCARPE:  Forwarded to Laurel.


 May15-15:  Osanna Elze Mailander - New Badge

(Fieldless) A butterfly purpure charged on each lower wing with a daisy proper

ROUGE SCARPE:  Forwarded to Laurel with the Blazon:  (Fieldless) A butterfly purpure charged on each lower wing with a daisy proper.


 May15-16:  Raphael da Cernia - New Request for Name Reconsideration & Resub Device

Raffaele da Cernia

Per bend sinister azure and sable, a bend sinister argent between a weasel rampant contourney and a wolf rampant contourney Or

ROUGE SCARPE:  Name forwarded to Laurel.  Device forwarded to Laurel with the Blazon:  Per bend sinister azure and sable, a bend sinister argent between a weasel rampant contourney and a wolf rampant contourney Or.


 May15-17:  Safiyya al-Zarqa' al-Antalya - New Name & New Device

Argent, a mullet of eight points purpure a base engrailed azure a border sable

ROUGE SCARPE:  Name forwarded to Laurel.  The submitter mentions that they want the Language to be Turkish/Persian and should be aware that the name submitted is wholly Arabic.  The locative <al-Antalya> is formed from the modern name of a city in Turkey and no documentation was provided as to whether this is what the city would have been called in period.  It is our hope that this gap can be filled in during Laurel level commentary.

Device forwarded to Laurel with the Blazon:  Argent, a mullet of eight points purpure a base engrailed azure a bordure sable.


 July02-1:  Geoffrey Elrick de Leon - New Name & New Device

Per bend Or and purpure in chief a lion rampant sable in base a fleur-de-lis argent.

ROUGE SCARPE:  Name forwarded to Laurel.  The name mixes English and Spanish which is a SFPP (step from period practice) under the RfS but is not a combination listed in SENA Appendix C and would not be registerable without further documentation attesting to such combinations.  This submission should be decided on the last letter using both sets of rules.  The submitter should be aware that commentary provided documentation for <de Lyone> in English which would make the name wholly English.  Since the submitter allowed no changes and it looks like we will be able to squeak it under the wire we have left it in the submitted form.

Device returned for conflict with Niccolo Giovanni on the Atlantia LoP dated 2012-06-20, Per bend sinister Or and azure, a lion rampant sable and a fleur-de-lys argent, with one DC/CD for the changes to the field.  The change in position is forced by the field and thus do not give a DC/CD.  We were able to contact Niccolo to ask for permission to conflict but he felt the submitted device too closely resembled his and declined.  The simplest change would be to change the fleur to Or (yellow) which would clear this conflict but would need to be checked for others.


In Service to Crown and College,

Meister Konrad Mailander, OP

Rouge Scarpe:

Konrad Mailander
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