“He’s got a couple of upgrades. He’s got a water proof slot for the book inside of him so he can store my book. […] The crest of Vox Machina right on his chest, emblazoned there. His arm works a little differently, his right arm. Which we might see in some sort of competition at some point. And uh, his left arm…”
I walked and I walked, my mind shifting into primal gear that was void of anything but forward motion, and I walked until walking became unbearable, until I believed I couldn’t walk even one more step.
And then I ran.
It had to do with how it felt to be in the wild. With what it was like to walk for miles with no reason other than to witness the accumulation of trees and meadows, mountains and deserts, streams and rocks, rivers and grasses, sunrises and sunsets. The experience was powerful and fundamental. It seemed to me that it had always felt like this to be a human in the wild, and as long as the wild existed it would always feel this way.
Cheryl Strayed, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
Designing and describing a coat of arms is a complex business! It’s especially complex if your chosen coat of arms is in full colour, but you can only print in black and white, as can be seen in this 1690 book of heraldry, Insignium Theoria seu Heraldici by Philip Spener.
A blazon (the formal description of the appearance of a coat of arms) is a highly regulated thing; it actually was developed in the Anglo-Norman period, which means many of the terms, and even the word order, originate from French. The order in which one properly states a blazon is as follows: tincture, principle charge and its tincture, secondary charge and its tincture and position, crown/helmet, motto, and supporters. The end result is something like: Argent a chevron sable three castles two-and-one gules, which describes the coat of arms below.
So, what’s going on in the images above? The third image contains examples of how to represent tinctures (the colour of the shield) in black and white printing, as undertaking even small print runs in multiple colours in the 17th century was an extremely difficult process. In writing a blazon, the names of the tinctures must be in French, although this book features a German translation below. The following images feature options for principle charges, as well as helmets and crowns to be placed upon the finished product. Finally, there are a number of examples of various coats of arms and the families they belong to. As you can see, people got quite creative with their heraldry, although I pity the poor arms bearers who had to write their blazons!
Crested gecko care 101: be sure to allow your gecko to read classic French literature. This will allow her to become cultured and superior to unilingual geckos. Do NOT allow gecko to take a shit on the novel–this is counterproductive.