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Re: Heraldic question

Poster: Eldred@concentric.net

Greetings from Eldred!

Corun MacAnndra asks:
> I have the blazon for the arms of the Canton of Crannog Mor, and they are
> given thus; sable, two bears combattant and on a chief indented argent, 
> three laurel wreaths gules.
> My question is, how are the bears standing? I know that combattant means
> they are facing each other, HOWEVER, doesn't their stance have to be
> specified? Are the statant, rampant, couchant, passant, naiant (ok, that
> would be a seabear)? Or is there some generic stance for bears that doesn't
> require mention? The blazon as I have given it above is right out of the
> online armorial (cut and paste is your friend).

You are correct that the bears are facing one another.  "Combattant" is
heraldic shorthand for "rampant and facing one another".  That's all there
is to it!

In service,
Eldred AElfwald
Gordian Knot Herald
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