i started my rebellion with a hair tie, blood red holding together the night-time of my hair an exposed artery on my head in a place where rules didn’t allow for colour
a girl doesn’t need a blade to start a war. we rolled up our skirts like rebel flags, saluting each other with an inch of skin above the knee; our colourful watches decorating our wrists like naval flags, sending messages in code- “sleepover tonight. bring knives. this town doesn’t know what we’re made of.”
the man who taught me algebra tried to calculate my worth by the curvature, the size of my growing breasts; so the girls took his calculator and let the numbers block his screams. they left a crime scene littered with glitter to let everyone know - we may be soft youth-tinged, bright pink, but our souls are dark and our hearts are diamond.
the lunch room was no man’s land, our cliques became platoons- cheerleaders and débutantes, sticking rhinestones on our jackets like war medals. we taught ourselves to kill, to put make up on with eyeliner sharpened to a point. my best friend did my nails and said, “scratch, and you’ll rip their eyes out. i guarantee.”
we hunt like killers. sugar and spice cocktails, stolen vodka mixed with cherries and blood. stealing hearts and playing games running from age while the cops trail behind.
Naval Raiders used false flag operations (raising the flag of the target ships nation in order to close on the enemy), insurance scams (it was easier and cheaper for both parties if the ship surrendered its cargo to the Pirates bloodlessly), and firepower (force and intimidation) to take ships and cargo’s. Pirates were often a rag tag bunch, using ships of various sizes almost always designed for other purposes but refitted as privateers (lawful pirates given legal permission to target the maritime interests of the opposing countries merchant navies).
Well, I’m bored, so inspired by our Captain’s post about Naval Flags, I decided I was going to do a short bit on something common to all Knights and nobles; Heraldry!
Let’s begin! —
WHAT IS HERALDRY?
Heraldry is a pretty broad term, but generally refers to a
Coat of Arms, personal, hereditary, military, or to some extent, even national.
This usually takes the form of a shield or badge with associated colours,
symbols, or heraldic beasts, mottoes, and occasionally a crest.
It is important to note a crest and a heraldic Coat of Arms are not the same
thing; a crest refers to a 3D icon placed atop a helmet. Often this is related
to the family of the one wearing the said crest, but not always.
WHAT IS IT FOR?
Heraldry has kind of been in use since antiquity, but the
essential purpose is to identify yourself and your allegiance. It’s not too
dissimilar to modern forms of identification. For a Knight in the mediaeval
period of history (so; fall of Rome onward to early Modern period), their
heraldry was a way of declaring “I am Sir/Dame X of Y, belonging to house Z,
etc”. Naturally, you’d think someone could just create their own heraldry and
blag their way to the top, but Heralds kept a close eye upon which house had
what heraldry, meaning it was not an easy task to create a convincing bit of
heraldry without close scrutiny. Not to say it didn’t happen; it was just
Naturally, a person or family that was ennobled had the right to create their
own heraldry, thus having special permission to do so.
Heraldry also played a part in combat; Knights would often avoid targets
without heraldry, seeing the average soldier as beneath them, and targeting only
other knights specifically. Or at least, ideally they would have done so. In
reality, and especially toward the late mediaeval period, Knights would target
anything in their way. However, even then, heraldry served the purpose of
revealing whom was whom, what allegiance they held, and what forces they had
gathered about them. Wearing your heraldic banner allowed your allies to rally
around you, but also allowed enemies to focus upon you, making it a
double-edged sword. However, glory-seeking Knights favoured open displays of
their valour, thus it was considered honourable to display one’s Heraldry in
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Well that’s a pretty broad function to narrow down, but let’s
focus upon the basics here:
To create heraldry, you have to use an assortment of things: ·
- a shield/badge·
- a heraldic symbol or beast·
- personal colours of Heraldic specification
- Occasionally (especially in modern military and
academic organisations), a motto All these things should be fairly unique and personal, which
differentiates the bearer and marks them out. Remember; this is a form of
Knight will use their own Coat of Arms for reference (no I’m not about to show
you an image of it; that’d be telling), via description:
Knight’s Family Coat-of-Arms is a Shield/Field (Verte), slashed with Crosses
(Ermine). The small crosses are all that separates this heraldic Coat from the
similar Heraldry of the Kingsley Family.
So to translate that: Green Shield, White Crosses/Lines, Black small crosses.
The heraldic beast used as a crest for Knight’s family is usually depicted as
either a Goat’s head or an Antelope, depending upon stylistic depiction, though
more commonly the Goat.
The Motto is (as mottos often were), fluid, and there are two different mottos
associated with the Family, specifically: “Virtute et Fortutido” and “Haud
Facile”, meaning, respectfully: “By Valour and Strength” and “Not With Ease”.
Both correlate well, making it fairly straight forward why both correspond to
the theme here.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Now, if Knight wanted to enter a tournament in the mediaeval
period, along with a patent of nobility, he’d be expected to display his
heraldic colours. Partly to gain glory, but also to let people know, again, who
Special exceptions exist however, with “black knights” entering the tournaments
using false or fake heraldry, or even fully painted black shields. Such things
were allowed when a patent of nobility was presented at the lists, though a
knight could keep anonymity by way of changing or hiding their heraldry. This
was allowed in rare cases for rule of drama (hey, the mediaeval people liked
plot-twists as much as we do now), sometimes without noble patent, but this was
a very rare instance usually again permitted for dramatic purposes. A
tournament is, after all, as much about showing off as it about sport!
Naturally, there were times when it was favourable to hide one’s heraldry, and
this is where heraldry that was well known was useful; for example, in the High
Middle Ages, High Middle French was commonly spoken by the nobility as their
primary language. So, say you were a Knight in the Hundred Years War, trying to
hide your English identity in French territory? Well, speaking High French was
a good start, but if you happened to be able to repaint your shield of kit with
Heraldry belonging to the Constable of France (Charles I of Albret), as an
extremely high-profile example, you’d manage to pass in the French countryside fairly
well. So essentially,
WHAT ARE TINCTURES? Back to basics: Tinctures!
What are they? Essentially, colours, specific in Heraldry.
The most prominent and basic are the two Metalics: Or (Gold) and Argent
(Silver/White). Essentially, these make up whites and yellows on Heraldry, and
the former is usually used by Royalty.
Next up are the primary Heraldic colours: Gules (red), Azure (blue), Verte
(green), Sable (black), Purpure (purple), Sanguine (blood red), Tenny (tan).In addition to that are the furs: Ermine (white and black),
Emines (black and white), Erminois (yellow and black), Pean (black and yellow),
Vair (blue with white belled shapes), Counter-Vair (blue with white), Potent
(Blue with white T shapes), Counter-Potent (reverse of the former).
HERALDIC BEASTS? This is VEEEERY broad subject. Basically most animals can be
used in heraldry, as with mythological beasts, most typically a dragon (early
England, Scandinavian countries) or Unicorn (Greece). The way an animal is
depicted in posture defines it at times by name. Most obvious example:Lion on all fours = “Leopard”/Lion-passant-guardant
Lion on hind legs = “Lion”/Lion-RampantBoth are Lions, but depending on how it is depicted, it will
be named a Lion or a Leopard. Reason being is caught up in mediaeval zoology; a
leopard was thought to be a beast created by the union of a lion and a
fictional beast called a Pard; hence “Leo-Pard”.Back on topic; literally any animal can be used and there is
a huge list of heraldic beasts, and if I tried to list them all we’d be here
all day. In short; the only limit is your imagination. Though, naturally,
people will try to keep it noble, native, or mythological, and somewhat
EXAMPLES? Let’s make some imaginary examples of heraldry, using the
To make it simple, I’m going to use Tarek (Paladin), Meriel (AntiPaladin) and
Edward (Knight/Cavalier), as they are all knights, and would use heraldry.
So let’s take what defines each as a character, and their symbolisms/aesthetics; Tarek = Light, black and gold, goodness, courage, Middle-Eastern
Meriel = Darkness, blood red and black, evil, fear and strength, Lovecraftian
Edward = Chivalry, red, gold and black, honour, bravery, High Mediaeval
aesthetics.Some of those are, again, a bit broad, but these are what I’ll
So, assuming all of them use a shield base, lets take their colours.
Tarek = Black and gold becomes Pean (black field with gold marks)
Meriel = Sanguine field and Sable (blood red and black)
Edward = Gules field and Or (red and gold)Now add additional symbolism.
Tarek is an adherent of the
First Sun, so we can use a Sol alchemical symbol, or to fit his aesthetics, a
Persian inspired sun symbol, in the colour Or (gold). This fits nicely on the
black background and golden symbols (which themselves give a mid-eastern look).
Meriel USED to be a Paladin of Serenae (sun goddess), but is now a dark and
corrupted version. Considering her family had an attachment to said Goddess,
and being the landed gentry, I’ll assume they used the sun as well in their own
heraldry, and Meriel has since altered it to fit her new Patron; red field upon
which a Sable jagged Sol/Sun sits, sort of like the Germanic Black Sun symbol
Edward embodies Knighthood on the whole; knights and chivalry are associated with
armour and the sword. For this mental exercise, I’ll draw upon both; a gauntlet
grasping a sword, Ors (gold).
Now the Heraldic beasts. Kind of hard to summarise for the
characters individually, but I’ll take what seems to fit:
Tarek = Persian inspired Lion/’Leopard’
(Lion-passant-Guardant), or perhaps a Phoenix? Naturally, the colour here will
be Or (gold).
Meriel = Lovecraftian aesthetics are hard to put onto heraldry, so I’ll use a
very odd creature for hers that is terrifying – either a Yale, or Biscoine. The
former being a bizarre and somewhat terrifying looking beast almost resembling
a goat, the latter being a serpent in the act of consuming a child. Colours
used will be Sable (black).
Edward = Lion Rampant, due to the courageous, noble, and chivalric
connotations. Colour used will be Or (gold).
So what do we get for our basic level Heraldry?
Tarek = A shield in Pean (black with gold), depicting a
stylised Sun and Lion/Phoenix roaring or rising beneath the dawning sun
Meriel = A shield in Sanguine (blood red), depicting a black and wrong looking
Sun in Sable (black), beneath which a Yale or Biscoine howls or swallows the
very symbol of youth and life itself under the corrupted sky.
Edward = A Gules (red) field, with a Lion Rampant in Or (gold), wearing a
gauntlet and grasping aloft a sword, also in Or (gold).
This is, of course, just a basic example, but I hope this
has been an interesting read for all that have observed it!
PS: @weareantipaladin, @wearepaladin I know Antipaladin wanted help with heraldry a while back, not sure what became of that. If you’re still looking, hopefully this is useful. As for Paladin…I just hope you enjoy the idea for your heraldry?
Girls&WomenToKnow: Michelle Howard U.S. Navy’s 1st Female 4-Star Admiral in its 238 Year History.
In her career Howards has achieve many historical “first”, Howard was the first African-American woman to achieve three star rank in the U.S. Armed Forces.
The first woman and African-American woman to achieve the rank of admiral in the Navy. First African-American woman to command a U.S. Navy ship, the USS Rushmore.
In 2006, Howard was selected for the rank of rear admiral which is the lower half making her the first admiral selected from the U.S. Naval Academy class of 1982 and the first female graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy selected for flag rank. On July 1, 2014, Howard became the first African-American woman and the first woman to become a four-star admiral. As Vice Chief of Naval Operations she is the first African-American and the first woman to hold that post!!!!
Howard is the recipient of the 2008 Women of Color Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) Career Achievement Award,
2009 Dominion Power Strong Men and Women Excellence in Leadership Award
2011 USO Military Woman of the Year.
Howard was honored with the “Chairman’s Award” at the 44th NAACP Image Awards February 2013.
She is a 1987 recipient of the Secretary of the Navy/Navy League Captain Winifred Collins Award.
Nervous doesn’t begin to describe how I feel. Be gentile.
Emma thinks the reason Liam doesn’t like her is because he believes she’s not good enough for Hook. But what if there is more to it than just that? Because the Underworld isn’t the first time Liam Jones meets Emma Swan.
“Hades went to a lot of trouble to keep us from learning his
story,” Snow says with a smile.
“Which means we’re onto something,” Regina responds.
“Question is, what is Hades trying to hide from us?” David
Hook looks over at Emma and smiles. For the first time, they
finally have the upper hand.
“Well, there’s only one way to find out,” Emma starts.
She leans forward and picks up the pen. As soon as her
fingers touch, a bright light shoots out from the book and the pen.
“What the bloody hell is going on?” Hook yells.
Regina drops the book to the ground and a portal opens. The
air around them starts to whip and blow hard and they have to shield themselves
from flying objects. Hook looks up just in time to see Emma start to tumble
back toward the portal.
“Emma!” he hollers.
He takes a step forward but it’s too late. She’s falling
into the portal with her arms out reaching for him.
A Confederate naval flag taken from a rebel gunboat by a Union army lieutenant after the fall of Richmond in April 1865.
They found it in a storage area in Virginia of all places. It went to the Hampton Roads Naval Museum for conservation, sewn into the flag was a handwritten note that read:
“Flag of the Confed gun boat Hampton burnt in James River at the taking of Richmond. The flag was taken from the burning ship by Liet. Ladd (13th N. Hampshire) of Gen Devens staff.”
Unknown to Ladd and his companion, the departing Confederates had rigged the ship to explode so the Union could not make use of it. The explosion, which sent the ship to the bottom of the James, actually occurred well after the two men had tied the flags to their saddles and departed.