Greetings from Crux Australis Principal Herald,
As much as I might wish otherwise, time moves forward and seasons change. Officers in the Kingdom of Lochac must also give way to new blood and fresh ideas. It hardly seems long enough, but this November my two year term as Crux Australis will end. Before that day comes, a successor must be found and taught the secret ways.
Crux Australis Principal Herald is a Greater Kingdom Officer with responsibility for:
– Providing the Crown’s voice at events.
– The registration of names and armory.
– The maintenance of the Order of Precedence of Lochac.
– The providing of new ceremony.
– The devising of new protocol for Lochac, subject to the Crown’s approval.
– Maintaining records pertaining to matters heraldic kept by the Kingdom.
– Finding and training new heralds to reach their full potential.
For the next Crux Australis specifically:
– Ensuring the successful hosting of the Known World Heraldic and Scribal Symposium in 2020.
In practice, the vast majority of this is achieved by the prodigious assistance of group heralds and Kingdom deputies.
Prior heraldic experience is essential, but as with group herald roles, there is no need to be good at all the heraldic arts, other than the Art of Delegation. While not required, it is expected that the successful applicant will have been a rostered herald at some time (if not currently).
The successful applicant will be immediately appointed Coffyn Herald (2IC and Drop-dead deputy) and officially step up as Crux Australis at November Crown.
If you are interested in serving the Crown and Kingdom as its Principal Herald, please email an application to both the Kingdom Seneschal and myself. Please include your membership number, mundane and SCA names, any relevant heraldic experience, and your general experience in the SCA – as well as outlining why you think you’d be suitable in the role. Appointment to the role will be made at the pleasure of the Crown.
Applications will close 5 July so that a decision and commentary can be concluded before Midwinter Coronation.
There are some restrictions on who can become a Greater Kingdom Officer. For more info see the Lochac Procedures Manual, “Appointment of Officers” at the link here.
If you have any questions regarding the role or anything heraldic, you can as always send your missives to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In service to the Kingdom and Crown of Lochac, always.