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Re: Heraldic help (fwd)

Poster: clevin@ripco.com (Craig Levin)

> >> >> 2) The drawing is considerably more important that the blazon.
> >> <snip>
> >
> >> Why is this?  I'm just curious, because frankly the ability to write is
> >> more common in the SCA than the ability to draw.
> >
> >Short answer: because that's what the Heralds said. ;-)
> Uh huh.

Real answer: Because most people can't blazon worth a darn, and
because, in period, it was the picture that got blazonned, not
the blazon that got drawn. An incompetent blazon results in a
hideous picture, and not in the lovely coat of arms that you

> >And true, while more people can write than they can draw, as someone said,
> >more people can draw than they can blazon properly.
> But the blazon is the herald's job.  Are you saying the local herald might
> not have a clue?

At the risk of getting me chucked out of the club, yeah. There's
any number of heralds who are out there who got put into the job
because Corpora requires your local branch to have a herald, and
not because they have any particular desire to do the job or any
specialized knowledge of onomastics (names) or armory. I've
helped Jae with submissions from those poor guys, and I have a
great deal of sympathy for them and their clients. Blazon's not
the easiest skill to pick up.

Pedro de Alcazar, AoA
Barony of Storvik, Atlantia
Pursuivant Extraordinary and Junior Minion
Or, six Castles Vert within a Bordure Gules Bezantty
Craig Levin
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