ANSTHRLD - "Rank" Question
lord_housemythos at hotmail.com
Wed Jan 24 08:43:43 PST 2001
Greetings to all!
Just had a quick comment/question re: something that I have been
wondering about. I had noticed that Atlantia's heraldic titles were rank
specific, rather than position specific. In other words, in Atlantia, if
you hold the rank of Pursuivant and you take over a certain position, you
are <position> Pursuivant. If you were ranked a Herald in the same
instance, you would be <position> Herald. At least that is the way it seems
In Ansteorra, you are accorded the rank of your position. I am a
Herald (at least I assume myself to be) because I hold the office of
Bordure, whereas someone who is a Baronial herald is <name derived from
Baronial service award> Pursuivant.
I wonder which is the better way to do things, and that kind of leads
to my question. Have we ever done it the Atlantian way in Ansteorra? It
seems the Atlantian way encourages a "career" interest, so to speak in
heraldry, IMHO. I know that if Star wills it so, he can give <name> Herald
position to ex-Stars for service, but there are a lot of people (non
ex-Stars) who have been slogging it out in the CoH for a while, and if they
are not holding an office, the best title they can expect is Pursuivant
Extraordinary, which is essentially the same that Iam Newbie can get for
attending a Herald's class and taking the open book test.
Seems a nice gesture would be to award long-standing and hard working
heralds in this Kingdom a "permanent" rank of Pursuivant, with the
opportunity to register a name with the CoA, so that they can be known as
<name> Pursuivant. I can think of about 4 worthy individuals off the top of
I would appreciate any insight that the members of the College might
have on this topic. I think it might encourage more interest in heraldry
and the CoH, and that would be a good thing.
Just a thought---
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