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MR-Disc: Instant Correct Heraldry for Newbies
Rise J. Peters quotes
> What Tibor said (and three cheers):
> "I'd encourage you to create heraldry in the mean time, and get used to it.
> Ask a herald or two (via email if necessary) for help. Given fields barren
> heraldry, or fields with slightly poor heraldry upon them, give me the
> ambience of flags waving in the breeze any day."
Then goes on to make a very valid observation,
[...] In the Society in general, if you want something, the quality of
> what you get, and how fast you get it, depends on how much work you're
> willing to put in and at what level of intensity.[...] You can bear down
> hard and learn almost any skill well enough to get, at a minimum, a fun
> experience and a usable product within a time frame that qualifies as, not
> instant, but certainly relatively fast gratification -- fast enough to keep
> you excited and willing to go on working hard to get more good stuff, to
> improve or expand your skills, etc.
> Contrast that with heraldry: [...]
> I'd love to have banners and tabards and spiff heraldic
> stuff. [...] and wait for =months= while the bureaucracy grinds. And in the
> meantime, I have absolutely nothing to show for my work, and no matter how
> excited I =was= about the possibility of elaborate heraldic display, all I
> can do is wait.
I propose the following solution:
The College of Arms devises, an assortment of heraldicly
correct, attractive-looking badges for some new households.
I think seven would be a good number. To join any one of
these houses, a gentle need only be interested in making
and/or displaying appropriate heraldic displays featuring
the household armory. The newby would know instantly what
device to sew on a tabard, pavilion, or whatever. Later
on, said newby decides to register her own device, she
could still remain in the household and continue to display
the items she worked on before, and/or give them to a newer
member of the household who wants to display the heraldry
but is not yet ready to make items.
Alfredo el Bufon
Elvegast, Windmaster's Hill, Atlantia
Why not go out on a limb? Isn't that where the fruit is? -- Frank Scully
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