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Re: Query re: A&S/heraldry comp at Pointless

Poster: CORVUS2@aol.com

In a message dated 96-08-27 12:16:50 EDT, Lady Deirdre writes:

>As far as displaying unregistered devices...I don't think you can..BUT
>perhaps one of our heralds on line could clarify the rules and customs
>for that for us.

Hmmm.  Guess I field this one.

Displaying unregistered armory in the SCA is definitely frowned upon.  For an
example of why, imagine the situation I witnessed at Pennsic.  Set up across
from our camp was an enormous banner, displaying a quite handsome device.
 However, it was quickly recognized as being registered to a peer of the East
Kingdom (I think) and brought to the attention of the members of that
encampment.  Requests that they cease and desist use of someone else's arms
were ignored and the banner flew throughout the event.  This brought great
distress to the registered owner and his companions, but little could be
done, short of calling upon their Crown to correct the behaviour.

Granted, I bring this forth kind of secondhand, but the lesson is clear.
 When you display unregistered armory, you risk using something that someone
else has gone to the trouble to register as their own.  It is basically the
same idea as using someone else's social security number or identity in the
real world.  Both are hurtful and unworthy of a courteous society.

Nereid Herald

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