Unto the heralds and populace of the Kingdom of Lochac does Amanda Martel, Crux Australis Principal Herald, send greetings.
This is the first of these approximately-monthly letters that I’ve written, and it still feels somewhat odd to sign my name with the new title.
I would like to thank my predecessor, Sorle Maknicoll, for his service to the Kingdom and the College of Heralds, and for his help in preparing me for this role. I can only hope to continue his good work and improvements to the College.
Sorle has agreed to take on my former office of Coffyn Herald for a short time to help smooth the transition.
Heralds are, when all is said and done, in the business of communication. This is most obvious for the voice heralds, but even book heralds strive to help the populace communicate, through names and display, who they are.
To that end, most of my plans as Crux Australis are based around improving communication, both within the College of Heralds, and between the College and the populace at large.
I look forward to working with you all to see these plans come to reality.
One of the values of the SCA that I value most is inclusivity.
Over the past several months, I have been working on a guide for the transgender members of our community, on how to navigate the registration process for names and devices.
I’ve been assisted in finishing it by a number of other senior heralds and members of the trans community, and it’s now available on the Lochac College of Heralds website here: http://herald.lochac.sca.org/articles/book-heraldry/names-heraldry-trans-scadians/
In happy news, Lady Gwen verch David has completed the Pursuivant Readiness Portfolio with a very satisfactory result, and so it’s my pleasure to promote her to the heraldic rank of Pursuivant.
In a bountiful harvest for which I compliment the consulting heralds and populace of Lochac, the following items have been registered in Lochac on the September 2018 Letter of Acceptance and Response:
Ælfwynn Athelstanes dohtor æt Eoforwice. Name and device. Per pale purpure and argent, two dragons addorsed counterchanged within a bordure sable.
Áki of Rowany. Name and device. Sable, in pale three death’s heads argent.
Amos Ironbeard. Alternate name Samejima Masatoshi.
Anna Felice Tavestoche. Alternate name Roger the Eunuch.
Anushka Medvedchikova. Badge. (Fieldless) A grater azure.
Danyell Wynter. Name change.
Domingo Corvacho de Castro de Oro. Name.
Domnika Trubnikova. Name and device. Paly azure and argent, a bend counterchanged.
Domnika Trubnikova. Badge. Paly azure and argent, a trumpet bendwise sinister Or.
Doyle of Bordescros. Name and device. Quarterly Or and sable, in bend two rabbits sejant vert.
Eleanora d’Arcy. Name change from Eleanor d’Arcy.
Eliza de Walkden. Device. Vert, an owl-headed bear sejant erect guardant maintaining a pen bendwise sinister argent.
Emma Read. Name.
Helayne Quynteyn. Alternate name Plente de Sassi.
Hróðný Aradóttir. Badge. Gules, in cross four poplar leaves argent.
Juan Sanchez de Mendoza y Loyola. Device. Quarterly gules and sable, a tyger rampant contourny ermine, an orle of chain Or within a bordure ermine.
Líadan ingen Murchada. Name and device. Per chevron azure and argent, two domestic cats sejant respectant argent.
Lianor dos Cavalos. Name and device. Argent, two chevronels sable between three pomegranates slipped and leaved gules.
Lyanna Webster. Name.
Mael Muire ingen Alpin. Device. Sable, two pallets argent each charged with three thistles proper.
Pony of Lochac. Name and device. Per bend sinister sable and purpure, a winged unicorn rampant and in base a mullet argent.
Ragnhildr skegglaus. Device. Vert, an oak leaf Or and a bordure Or semy of torteaux.
Rodger of Saint Crispin. Name.
Samra al-Misriyyah. Name.
Saxon of Bordescros. Name and device. Argent, three wolf’s heads erased azure embrued within a bordure gules.
Taliesin Blaidd of Lochac. Name and device. Per pale gules and vert, three crescents conjoined in pall inverted, horns outward, within an orle of two thorn vines entwined argent.
Taliesin Blaidd of Lochac. Badge. (Fieldless) Three crescents conjoined in pall inverted horns outward argent.
Þorkæll rauðskeggr. Alternate name Alias de Saincte-Meme.
Þorvaldr Erlingsson í Raumaríki. Name.
Torsten Skjaldarband. Name and device. Per saltire sable and azure, a saltire counterchanged fimbriated argent.
Wintherus Alban of Oxley. Exchange of alternate and primary name Wintherus Alban.
Rocket Herald will send out individual missives to all those with acceptances and returns. Quarrel Herald will update the Lochac Roll of Arms, which will be available at http://lochac.sca.org/LRoA/index.php?page=Recent when done.
Yours in service to the Kingdom and Crown of Lochac,
Crux Australis Principal Herald