[ANSTHRLD] Notes from the May 2012 LoAR Cover Letter
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Sat Jul 7 09:52:12 PDT 2012
The May 2012 LoAR Cover Letter, just issued, has a fair amount of
**** From Laurel: Letters of Permission to Conflict ****
Letters of Permission and Blanket Letters of Permission must specify
the recipients of the permission in a way that Laurel can determine.
Neither "members of the household" nor "members of the barony" work.
**** From Pelican and Wreath: Notes on Terminology in Rulings ****
**** From Pelican and Wreath: Submissions Analysis for May ****
It's the start of the SENA phase-in / RfS phase-out, through the
October 2012 decision meetings. If a submission passes under either
rule set, it passes. "If there is no decision text in an acceptance,
one may assume the registration was allowable under both rule sets."
In a ruling, "CD/DC" means that it has a CD under the RfS and a DC
There are stats for this month:
* Passed under both sets of rules: 169 total, 90 names, 79 armory
* Returned under both sets of rules: 20 total, 3 names, 17 armory
* Passed under old rules, but not new: 6 total, 2 names, 4 armory
style, 0 armory conflict
* Passed under new rules, but not old: 21 total, 15 names, 0
armory style, 6 armory conflict
"If math is not your thing, it may be interesting to note that if all
submissions were considered only under the Rules for Submissions,
there would be an 81% success rate. Considered only under the
Standards for Evaluation, there would be an 88% success rate."
**** From Pelican: The Legal Name Allowance and Hyphenated Family Names ****
If you have a hyphenated legal surname, you can try for the
grandfather clause on one of the parts.
**** From Pelican: Some Names Resources (a series): Marital Names Part 2 ****
**** From Wreath: Unified Posture and Arrangement ****
Section A3D2c of the Standards for Evaluation, Unity of Posture
and Orientation, states:
The charges within a charge group should be in either
identical postures/orientations or an arrangement that
includes posture/orientation (in cross, combatant, or in pall
points outward, for example). A charge group in which
postures for different charges must be blazoned individually
will not be allowed without period examples of that
combination of postures. Arrangements of charges which cannot
be blazoned will not be allowed. Some standard arrangements
for period charge groups are discussed in Appendix K.
All of the examples given are of groups with the same charge
type. But what about groups of mixed charge types?
It seems to us best to apply the concept of "comparable postures",
as described in section A5G7, which references Appendix L. In
short, if the charges in a single charge group do not have
comparable postures, they are not in violation of the "identical
postures/orientations" part of the rule. The charge group as a
whole must still be in a standard arrangement.
Examples follow. Most notable:
For example, _two swords in saltire and a lion_ is a mixed-type
charge group consisting of inanimate charges and animate charges,
which do not have comparable postures. However, the entire group
is not in a single unified arrangement, but instead has the swords
and the lion arranged separately. This is not an allowable
arrangement under A3D2c, without further documentation of its use
**** From Wreath: Ermine Variants ****
The rules only mentioned the Big Four ermined tinctures: ermine,
erminois, counter-ermine, and pean. Wreath listed some equivocal
period evidence, including _Les Blason des armoiries_, a heraldic
treatise. But Palimpsest did not intend to exclude the others, and
neither does Wreath.
... Therefore, we hereby clarify that ermine variants in all tincture
combinations are allowable without a step from period practice so
long as the rule of contrast is followed.
We propose a wording change to Appendix F of the Standards for
Evaluation. It currently reads:
The main heraldic tinctures are listed in A.3.B.1. Other
heraldic tinctures may only be registered as part of an
Individually Attested Pattern.
We would like commentary on the following proposed change:
The main heraldic tinctures are listed in A.3.B.1. Furs are
treated as a single tincture; a fur may combine any color
with any metal (for example, _gules ermined Or_, _vairy
argent and sable_). Other heraldic tinctures may only be
registered as part of an Individually Attested Pattern.
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