[ANSTHRLD] [Fwd: Heraldry announcement for Commentary]
alden_drake at sbcglobal.net
Thu Jul 10 09:38:47 PDT 2008
Jay Rudin wrote:
> Requiring a Laurel wreath is a non-heraldic, non-historical,
> non-authentic bureaucratic requirement that usually forces more
> complex (and therefore worse) heraldry. It makes it harder for new
> groups to design armory, and harder for people to create banners and
> other heraldic bearings.
> It is, in every relevant way, a violation of the College's charge to
> encourage good, authentic armory.
I had a chat with Master Robin (not too long ago) about the history we
attempt to recreate and the game we play - two very different things. I
think this practice falls squarely into the game we play.
Having a wreath on territorial arms can have a negative impact for
anyone who fights while wearing those arms. If the Baron of Doe fights
in a surcoat bearing the arms of the barony, he may make himself a
target to the enemy, who probably thinks, "I don't know who that person
is, but he's wearing a wreath, so he must be a landed noble....I want to
kill that guy!" Much like "kill the guy wearing a crown on his helm/arms"
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