Outlands College of Heralds
From the White Stag Principal Herald
Lady Sorcha MacLeod - Tammy Ackerson - 107 S. Taylor St. Unit B - Laramie, WY 82070
[ whitestag@outlands.org ]

20 May 2005

Report: Quarterly to Laurel
Report: Monthly to Kingdom

Greetings unto Hoegaarden and Chiara, King and Queen of the Outlands, Countess Elisabeth de Rossignol, Laurel Queen of Arms, Mistress Leah de Montgomerie, Outlands Seneschal, the Outlands College of Heralds, and to all others who come by these letters, from Lady Sorcha MacLeod, White Stag Principal Herald!

Note that there may be some redundancy between this and my March and April reports, due to the difference in reporting schedules to kingdom and to Laurel.

Specific issues:

Current activities:

Summary of Reports:

Kingdom Staff - 100% of 13 filled positions

Kingdom Staff are required to report quarterly, but are encouraged to report more frequently.

Blue Iris [Queen’s Herald/Royal Court] – Sir Conrade du Montgomerie has been invested, and sends a court report to Wimble and the outlands list. Warrant expires 12 November 2005.

Castle [Internal Submissions, title not registered] Lord Cameron de Blakstan is finding his feet in his office, and has begun generating the Internal Letter of Presentation.

Fretty [CoA Commenter] fulfills reporting requirement with LoCs. This office is currently vacant.

Gimlet [Protocol/Ceremonies] Countess Aindrea sends no January report. Emergency backup is Baroness Anne Bigod. Warrant expires 15 August 2005.

Liber [CoA Commenter] fulfills reporting requirements with LoCs. Herr Conrad von Zollern has accepted the title, and was interrupted during the first steps to be confirmed in his appointment. Warrant expires 01 January 2007, pending Laurel approval.

Palmer [Emergency Replacement/Administration] – THLady Alia Marie de Blois has put the Rampart tracking site on hold, hoping that changing her focus to the Wimble/Wharrow combined database project will give her a fresh start on the coding for the submissions tracking. Her administrative duties involve answering questions during times I am unavailable. Warrant expires 01 January 2007.

Plover [Field Heraldry] – Lord AEthelwulf the Goliard. Current standings in the Plover Challenge are available at: http://plover.outlandsheralds.org. Warrant expires 01 November 2006.

Rampart [Submissions] – fulfills reporting requirement with LoIs. This office is currently vacant.

Rampart Clerk [Client notifications] Furukusu-san Masahide (formerly Lord Taliesin ab Iago) is as up to date on client notifications as my backlog permits - we have established a plan for clearing the rest of the backlog, but his work currently depends on my getting out the addresses in a timely manner.

Trefoil [CoA Commenter] fulfills reporting requirement with LoCs. Baron Timothy is generating timely and useful commentary. Baron Timothy has offered to hold commenting meetings in various groups around the kingdom, and has led a few successful commenting meetings to date. Warrant expires 01 December 2006.

Weel [Herald Education/Publications] – Master Balthazar has compiled the responses to our education discussion from the end of 2004, and some items have begun to be implemented. He has a new project in the works for KWHS 2005. Emergency deputy is THLady Margaret Hepburn of Ardrossan. Warrant expires 01 August 2006.

Wharrow [On-line Roll of Arms] – Lord Llywus is swift at adding recent registrations to the on-line Roll, and he is participating in the database project headed by Kymma/Ceolwen. Emergency replacement is Lady Halla inn heppna Knorsdottir. Warrant expires 01 June 2006.

Wimble [Precedence] – Duchess Kathryn is participating in the database project headed by Kymma/Ceolwen. Emergency replacement is THLady Seuilla de Cordoba. Warrant expires 15 August 2005.

Kingdom Scribe – Mistress Bennet and I remain in regular contact. Emergency deputy is Mistress Averil du Bois d'Avignon. Warrant expires 13 May 2006.

OCoH Webminister – THLady Alia Marie continues to maintain the College website, and is participating in the database project headed by Kymma. She is also in discussion with the Kingdom Webminister regarding a future migration of the OcoH site to the same host used by the kingdom. http://www.outlandsheralds.org

Baronies – 71% for April

Baronies are required to report monthly.

Caerthe: No report from Mistress Fiachra, Aspen. A message has been sent inquiring. February and March reports were received together on the due date for the March report. Warrant expires 01 June 2006.

al-Barran: THLord Pendar, Scorpion, reports thoroughly as usual, summarizing his heraldic activity. Warrant expires 28 May 2006.

Dragonsspine: Lady Halla, Scalene, normally sends a very detailed report, but is excused from reporting this month by prior arrangement, due to her duties as the co-autocrat for May Coronation. She will officially catch up next month, but has made informal note of various heraldic activity in her barony. New heralds continue to receive encouragement and opportunities to participate. Heralds may be excused from reporting for up to a 30-day period if their reporting history is in good standing and if prior arrangement is made. Warrant expires 01 August 2006.

Citadel of the Southern Pass: Shayk Omar, Rook, sends a summary of minor activity. He seeks a replacement. Warrant expires 01 January 2006.

Unser Hafen: Brigit, Barbican, reports no new activity and her intent to step down due to an impending move. She seeks a successor. Warrant expires 01 September 2006.

Caer Galen: Lady Regana has stepped down as Ray du Soliel, and her successor is Lady Lyonnete la Rousse, who sends her introduction and is eager to learn more about her position. She reports that she has been consulting with several individuals. Thanks to Lady Regana for her service, and a warm welcome to Lady Lyonnete. Warrant expires 04 May 2007.

Fontaine dans Sable: Lady Anna has stepped down suddenly as Black Fountain, and her successor is Giovanna figlia di Meir. They have not yet performed the ceremonial change of office, so things are still in transition, though Giovanna is reporting and learning how to perform the duties of her office. I am most pleased that Lady Anna's departure was due to her husband coming home early from his military rotation, and that the injuries that sent him home were relatively minor. Her service will be missed, and I hope that she finds a place among the An Tir College. Welcome to Giovanna! Warrant expires 14 May 2007.

Shires, Cantons, Colleges - 83% of 12 filled positions for the quarter

Branch officers except for Baronial Pursuivants are required to report quarterly, so reports are not missing until three months have passed without a report. Shires, Cantons, and Colleges are not required to have branch heralds.

Aarquelle - Kristrún reports this quarter.

Bede's College (Incipient) - Kaga-san no Ruri is the new Bede's College herald. Welcome!

Blaiddwyn - Ecgþeow sends no report for the quarter. Domesday was received. I will attempt to make contact.

Bloodstone Keep (Incipient) - THLady Killian MacKenzie reports for the quarter.

Bofharrach - Uli reports for the quarter. Drygestan - Sayidda Maimuna al-Bukhariyya reports for the quarter. I was pleased to meet her in person for the first time at Coronation.

Dúthaich Beinne Áird - Vacant (until an initial report is received)

Gleann Medonach - THL Mathilda Lucia is the new herald. Welcome!

Hawk’s Hollow - Lord Eoin reports this quarter. Hinterland - Previously reported as vacant due to an inability to contact the group herald, I am pleased to note that Lord Peregrine did find me at Coronation to give me his updated contact information, and he will be returned to the roster in the next update.

Nahrun Kabirun - Gideon reports this quarter.

Plattefordham - Vacant - Lord Aelfraed has elected to change his status to at-large.

Rams Keep (Incipient) - Vacant

Rio de las Animas - Freiherr Gerhardt sends no report this quarter. I will attempt to make contact.

Saint Golias - Vacant

Scola Metallorum - Vacant

Scorpions Hollow - THLady Margaret reports this quarter.

Three Spires (Incipient) - Vacant

Tygre's Keep - Vacant

White Mountain - Vacant

Windkeep – Vacant.

Administrivia:

Finances are in the hands of the Kingdom Exchequer. White Stag/Rampart reports to the Exchequer each month on checks received for which groups, submitters, and items, and requests payment to Laurel for submissions likewise itemized. This section may change in the near future, depending on new policy and procedures implemented between the new Kingdom Exchequer and myself, once she has had a chance to settle into office.

In service and in duty,
Sorcha White Stag