This is Scropes, the heraldic equivalent of Snopes: the Urban Legend Reference Pages. In an effort to do for SCA heraldry what Snopes.com has done for popular culture, we’re gathering every urban legend we can find and rating them:
True: for legends that are, for the most part at least, correct and accurate.
False: for legends that are complete and utter piffle.
Unknown: for legends that contain a bit of truth and a bit of falsehood but are ultimately not enough of either to make a judgement.
If you have a suggestion, either a legend or an explanation, post it in the comments section below and a Staff member will make a new page here.
Please also see this long list of misconceptions about SCA heraldry, compiled and refuted by Baron Modar.
Those who are elevated to an Order of Peerage, using a particular moniker, are then allowed to register that name.
Heraldry cannot be displayed until registered.
All the devices with Unicorns/Lions/Swords are already taken.
Medieval people didn’t have proper spelling, so you can spell your name anyway you like.
I don’t need to register a name, it’s already on my membership card.
The populace badge for a group is the same as the group’s arms minus the laurel wreath or crown.