Kolosvari Arpadne Julia

Thursday, February 1st, 2007

Unto the East Kingdom College of Heralds and all others who do receive this letter, greetings from Kolosvari Arpadne Julia, Eastern Crown Herald!

This is the Letter of Decision for the East Kingdom ILoI dated Dec. 15, 2006. It contains submissions received by December 14th, 2006, and consists of one item.

Many thanks to the following commenters: Aryanhwy, Istvan, Lyle, and knut.

Avitoria vidua1 Avitoria vidua - Resub Badge returned for redraw

(Fieldless) A porcupine sejant erect argent collared Or maintaining under one forepaw a heart gules.

Her name and device (Purpure, between two porcupines respectant reguardant argent, collared, a mullet of eight points elongated to chief and to base, within a bordure embattled Or) were forwarded to Laurel on the East's August 2006 xLoI. Her previous badge submission, (Fieldless) On a ribbon argent the words "GARDI LI MO" sable and overall a porcupine rampant argent with one forepaw resting on a heart gules, was returned on the July 2006 LoD for using a ribbon as a secondary charge. This submission removes the ribbon to fix this problem.

The consensus among commenters, in Aryanhwy's words, was that "this little beastie, cute as he is, is not in a blazonable heraldic posture." Sejant erect should have the body mostly upright (vertical), and the rear end on the ground. Sejant should have all the paws on the ground. The posture that perhaps comes closest is salient, but this should have the front paws together and the rear legs extended, as if leaping. The heart also presents blazon difficulties: the current blazon doesn't specify its size relative to the porcupine. Canute suggested ... maintaining pendant from the sinister forepaw a heart gules. While this does more-or-less describe the current picture, it perhaps isn't quite the submitter's intent; I believe she meant for the heart to be on the "ground", with the porcupine's paw resting on it (like the Tyger's Cub badge).

I apologize profusely to the submitter for not noticing these problems when I drew this badge. I'm willing to redraw it again, this time in painfully correct heraldic style, if she's willing to risk it... (I just need a posture to aim for.)