Registering a Name
To register a name, you need to give your local herald three copies of the name form (available in RTF and PDF) and all documentation, including the title page of each book referenced. These are distributed as follows:
- one copy to your local herald;
- one to Rocket Herald in Lochac; and
- one to the Laurel Sovereign of Arms.
Registering a Device or Badge
To register a device or badge, you need to give your local herald five copies of the device or badge form (device in RTF or PDF, badge in RTF or PDF) with your device coloured in, and one copy with the device in black and white outline. These are distributed as follows:
- one colour copy to your local herald;
- one colour copy to Rocket;
- the black and white outline to Rocket;
- one colour copy to the Scribes of Lochac for their records; and
- two colour copies to Laurel.
What To Do And Not Do
Some important notes:
You must not use pencils, crayons or colour printers, whether inkjet or laser, to produce your colour copies.
Colour photocopiers are also right out.
You should use textas (”markers” if you’re American), and the absolute best are the Crayola Classic markers you can find at most good stationery stores.
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Do your black and white outline copy first, using solid but not excessively thick lines.
Don’t do the hatching you sometimes see in mundane heraldry books; this defeats the whole purpose of the outline copy.
Don’t fill in any of the colours, even the black parts, although colouring in the individual ermine spots is OK.
Once you’ve got the outline copy done, fill out the rest of the details on the device or badge form, then photocopy it on a good quality black and white photocopier, and colour in the five colour copies.
Don’t use staples, because they just need to be removed, and tetanus is no fun even for heralds.
Don’t use glue, because it melts and re-sets and turns entire packages of heraldic artwork into oversized hockey pucks. The same is true of gold and silver pens: don’t use them, because they’re not colour fast and they make a mess. Crayons are bad too.
You can ask your local herald for a copy of the name, device and badge forms, or you can go to Crux’s submission forms page.
Remember, it’s always a good idea to make an extra copy of everything and keep them yourself. That way, if the herald’s house burns down or he or she goes mad, you don’t have to start from scratch to resubmit.
Where To Send It
Rocket Herald, in charge of receiving and processing heraldic submissions in Lochac, is Thyri skjaldmaer. Her postal address:
PO Box 52
Unanderra NSW 2526
If you're sending your forms direct to Rocket instead of your group herald, please note that Rocket requires 2 copies of name forms and attached documentation and 1 outline and 4 coloured in copies of device forms. No more, no less.
Author: Karl Faustus von Aachen, with suggestions from Tamsyn Northover, Eleyne de Comnocke and Wakeline de Foxeley. Last updated: 19 June 2013 (AS XLVIII).