February 29th, 2016

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

This is the Middle Kingdom Letter of Acceptance and Returns for the items on the January 15th, 2015 ILoI.

My thanks to Seraphina Delfino, Alys Mackyntoich, Basil Dragonstrike, Katherine Coscombe, Sneferu sa Djedi, Calybrid Ine Tere, Maridonna Benvenuti, ffride wlffsdotter, Cecily Goshawke, and Vettorio Antonello for their commentary.

If you would like to see the documentation or commentary for this letter please go to https://oscar.sca.org/kingdom/kingloi.php?kingdom=4&loi=3666

SENA refers to The Standards for Evaluation of Names and Armory, the current rules for submissions.

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: Giovanni Andreas Faustus -New Household Name & New Device

Drunken Chimera

Or, a Winged Chimera serjant erect sinister purpur a chief gules rayonny, three barrels argent hooped sable.

ROUGE SCARPE: New Household Name returned. The first issue is that every Non-Personal Name including households require a designator and this name needs a designator, such as "House of". SENA NPN.1.A. See SENA Appendix E http://heraldry.sca.org/sena.html#AppendixED for a list of acceptable designators for Households. Note that "House X" is not a documentable pattern. As Ogress Herald explained in commentary: "For a household name, one needs documentation not only of the words used, but also of the pattern of the name.

We have evidence for "House of [heraldic charge]" and "House of [mythological creature]". See "English Sign Names" by Mari ingen Briain meic Donnchada (http://medievalscotland.org/kmo/inn/#MythologicalCreatures) and "Comparison of Inn/Shop/House names found London 1473-1600 with those found in the ten shires surrounding London in 1636," by Margaret Makafee (http://www.contrib.andrew.cmu.edu/~grm/signs-1485-1636.html).

We *don't* have a pattern of "House of [random adjective] + [heraldic charge]" however.

<House of the Chimera> would be registerable, because a <Chimera> is a heraldic charge found in period. The Pictorial Dictionary of Heraldry s.n. chimera (http://mistholme.com/dictionary/chimera/) says: "The standard heraldic form, dating from 1572 [Bossewell II.66], comprises a lion's body, a dragon's tail, and the heads of a lion, a goat, and a dragon sprouting from the shoulders; this is the default Society chimera.""

The submitter found previous registrations of the adjective <Drunken> in household names from 1989 and 1992. Previous registrations do not guarantee registratability, we are not bound to repeat the sins of our past. Our knowledge base is continually improving and the College knows a lot more about non-personal names than it did 24 years ago.   

Device: This was actually intended to be a badge associated with the household name. I have received permission from the submitter to redo the forms as badge forms and it will be sent up under the submitters registered name. Badge forwarded to Laurel with the blazon: Or, a winged chimera sejant erect sinister purpure and on a chief rayonny gules three barrels argent hooped sable.

Note: The registered spelling of the submitters name is <Giovanni Andrea Faustus>. If they would prefer <Giovanni Andreas Faustus> it should be registerable.

2: Hadley of Beckenham -New Name .

ROUGE SCARPE: Forwarded to Laurel.
3: Lydia Wynne -New Name & New Device

Argent, a cat rampant sinister sable, a bordure vert.

ROUGE SCARPE: Name forwarded to Laurel. Device forwarded to Laurel with the blazon: Argent, a cat rampant sinister sable, a bordure vert. 

4: Ronain Mac Duibh -New Name & New Device

Purpure, a crescent pendant argent charged with a cat's eye gules..

ROUGE SCARPE: Name and Device Pended for Administrative reasons. Submitter should contact Escutcheon.

If the difficulty is cleared up my next month the name will be forwarded as <Ronan Mac Duibh>. Rónáin is the genitive form (possessive case) of the name. The nominative case, which us what would be used for given names, is Rónán. SENA Appendix D.C allows dropping accents in Irish Gaelic names so long as it is done throughout so since the accents were dropped in the submitted name they have also been dropped in the corrected spelling. Also if the administrative difficulty is cleared up the device will be forwarded with the blazon: Purpure, on a crescent argent a cat's eye gules. If the difficulty has not been cleared up they will both have to be returned at that time.

5: Sóma Hjálmarsdóttir -New Name & New Device

Argent, a latin cross argent fimbriated sable and overall a heart gules enflamed proper.

ROUGE SCARPE: Name forwarded to Laurel. Device returned for redrawing. As drawn it is an argent cross on and argent, with a slightly thicker outline on the cross on the color forms but not the color. Also the flames around the heart are Or and not proper and thus do not have good contrast. Enflamed proper would be alternating gules and or flames. The flames should also go all the way around the heart, which could lead to identifiability issues.

6: Trevor Synklar -New Name & New Device

Per chevron sable and azure, a chevron Or.

ROUGE SCARPE: Name forwarded to Laurel. Device returned for multiple conflicts. Wulfric Ferreter  September of 1995 (via the East): Per chevron sable and azure, a chevron Or between two wolf's heads couped and a ferret statant argent, Chesley of Headless House January of 1973: Per chevron sable and azure, a chevron between three fleurs-de-lis Or, and Torfi inn rauđi March of 2011 (via Meridies): Per chevron sable and azure, a chevron between two comets in chevron Or and a wolf sejant ululant argent. All of which have only one DC, for removing the secondary charge group. Also Matthew James Ravenridge January of 1999 (via Meridies): Per chevron sable and azure, a chevron compony Or and gules. With one DC for changing the tincture of the primary change group.

7: Wulfwen atte Belle -Resub Badge

(Fieldless) Issuant from a boot sable a tentacle vert, maintaining a spoon fesswise Or.

ROUGE SCARPE: Forwarded to Laurel with the blazon: (Fieldless) Issuant from a boot sable a tentacle vert, maintaining a spoon fesswise Or.

In Service to Crown and College,

Meister Konrad Mailander, OP


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