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 ]

17 January 2007

Note: This is the complete report with the Appendices removed. The Appendices include the White Stag and Rampart inventories, the roster of heralds, a summary of submissions for the year, a short-form OP, and last year's budget. Should you wish a copy with the Appendices, please contact White Stag.

Report: Domesday 2006

Warm and heartfelt greetings unto Artan and Aziza, King and Queen of the Outlands, Countess Elisabeth, Laurel Queen of Arms, Conte Giovanni di Sienna, Outlands Seneschal, the Outlands College of Heralds, and to all others who come by these letters, from Lady Sorcha MacLeod, White Stag Principal Herald!

I am honored to report that the Outlands College of Heralds is growing and vital. My goals for my tenure have been to increase communication and teamwork within the College, to improve education of both heralds and the general populace, and to recruit more new heralds while training the currently active local and at-large heralds to hold kingdom staff positions. While these have been concurrent projects, I had established a three-part plan to concentrate on each in turn. I am pleased to announce that the college has grown by a modest number, and that more heralds have begun to choose independent projects to bring more heraldry to their areas. Many heralds who first started near the beginning of my tenure are now teaching other, newer heralds, most often through use of the outlands-heralds yahoogroup, where new heralds have the benefit of several voices. This allows many experienced heralds to take a break from training when they have need, secure in the knowledge that there are more hands to make light the work. My thanks to those who stepped down from my staff in 2006 for their hard work, and to those who stepped forward to fill those positions.

I will be stepping down on 03 February 2007, and I leave the college in the hands of my successor, who will have other goals and plans, and other things to concentrate on building. It is my hope that I leave the College in such a state that my successor will have a solid foundation on which to build. I will stay on as Palmer with no official duties for six months or until my successor has chosen a permanent Palmer, whichever comes first.

Over the past year, the Wimble (precedence) and Wharrow (roll of arms) pages have been polished, with new tools and bugfixing. The Rampart site has undergone some revision to bring it up to date, and a more robust site has been planned to replace the old one. The submissions process is working smoothly under the internal and external submissions model that we moved to in 2005, and a notifications clerk is expected to begin work early in the coming year, further easing the burdens of those positions. We moved entirely to the new forms in September, well in advance of the deadline set by Laurel, and Outlands LoIs are being posted to OSCAR. LoCs generated by our commenters should begin being posted to OSCAR early this coming year. The rest of the kingdom staff have been diligent about keeping the trains running on time, and they are all doing good work at promoting their various areas throughout the kingdom. Most of the kingdom staff have made efforts to seek out newer heralds and begin to teach them about the position they hold, which should mean a ready crop of successors as these positions change hands.

Reports:

Reporting has suffered some setbacks over the last year, but most issues have been resolved with a minimum of drama, which I appreciate very much.

Kingdom Staff

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

Blue Iris [Queen's Herald/Royal Court] – Baron Charles Blackstone currently holds this position and provides swift and complete court reports. He also provides an abridged report to the public lists, so that the business of the court may be known to those who were unable to attend – this abridged report is stripped of legal names and other personal information best kept private. Warrant expires 12 May 2007.

Castle [Internal Submissions] – Maestra Francesca di Pavia has done a marvelous job handling the internal submissions process since May, including receipt of packets from branches, generation of the Letter of Presentation, and deposit of submissions fees with the Kingdom Exchequer. She reports that there were 153 total submissions (109 new items and 44 resubmissions) generating income of $1081, and expenses incurred of $29.68 for postage and envelopes. One new item was a submission for the kingdom, which would not have generated income. One item apparently had $11 forwarded to kingdom instead of the usual $10 – this may have been sent directly from a submitter, rather than being sent through a branch.

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

Gimlet [Protocol & Ceremonies] – Countess Matilda Seton reports having worked to varying degrees on seven peerage ceremonies, one Coronation, and one baronial investiture. She has collected copies of other peerage ceremonies used that were written by others, and she has a full slate entering the new year with eight ceremonies of different sorts to arrange. Her goals for the year are to continue to write or assist with writing ceremonies, and collecting those written by others for the archives. Countess AElflaed of Duckford has agreed to be her deputy. Warrant expires 20 July 2008.

Liber Herald [CoA Commenter] - Dominus Meradudd Cethin reports having written six Letters of Comment during the past year, and having had nothing substantive to say in the other six months. His office handles no funds, since his letters are published through the Squidpak, which is invoiced directly to kingdom and paid on receipt. In addition to his duties as Liber, Meradudd also had two heraldry articles published in Tournaments Illuminated and taught several classes on a variety of heraldic topics. Warrant expires 01 January 2008.

Palmer [Emergency Replacement/Administrative Deputy] - THLady Alia Marie de Blois, has had occasional administrative duties. She reports, "I have only been needed in my emergency capacity a few times when White Stag was temporarily unavailable, including March Crown Tournament and KWHSS. My role has been to be her backup and assistant cheerleader, and my goal for this office has been to support White Stag so that my services are not needed." Her chief duty has been to stay apprised of the happenings in the College, against the event she would have to step into my position, and I rather expect that will serve her well as my successor. Warrant expires 03 February 2007.

Plover [Field Heraldry] - Lord AEthewulf of Golias reports:

In Febuary, I oversaw the muster cries for Estrella War as the War Council Herald, and the armies arrived on the field in a timely fashion. al-Barran had their own Muster corps headed by Natasha Menichslava and members of House Morning Glory in Dragonsspine/Schola Metalorum assisted on other days.

In March, I oversaw the processional and tournament for His Excellency Hrorek in the Citadel of the Southern Pass. Many heralds assisted with both the processional and the tournament, the names of which have fallen into the maw of my apartment.

In May, I was available for, but not needed for the tournaments following the Coronation of His Grace Bela Kos in Caer Galen. The tournaments were conducted in a 'speed' fashion to not require heraldic assistance.

In July, I assisted with the heraldic activities at the Outlands Twentieth Year celebration, and co-ordinated with the local groups who needed heralds for their events. I also assisted with the Historical Procession, reading the skald of Queens.

In September, I oversaw the processional and tournament for His Grace Bela Kos in Caerthe. Many heralds assisted with both the processional and the tournament, amongst His Excellency Carrick, Masters Balthazar and Adam, and THL Marie.

In November, I oversaw the tournaments following the Coronation of His Majesty Artan VI. I was assisted by Baron Carrick, at his insistent behest.

My warrant as Plover expires in November 2007, and I have begun speaking to Baron Omar as my replacement, and taking him my Southern Deputy. My Northern (and Emergency) Lady Katrein has not been able to perform any duties as my assistant in the past year, for which she is quickly forgiven (Get Well Soon!).

As an at-large member in the College, I have been infrequently active. For al-Barran's Grand Outlandish, I assisted the autocrat in finding a trio of heralds to run the tournaments and town-crying (Natasha, Wulf of GoldenOak, and Bronwen Blackwell). At the al-Barran Day of Arts and Sciences, I taught a class on introductory heraldry, making slight modifications to (then) Lady Sorcha's Heraldry for Scribes. I have also been invited back to serve again as heraldic advisor to the College of Blaiddwyn as their "Herald Emeritus" for the coming year, a job I look forward to. Also, 2006 saw the formation of the Outlands CoH Database (later Web) Team, which I am happily coding for. Features coming in 2007 are more functionality for Wimble, Rampart, Gimlet and White Stag and an updated Plover site.

Additionally, Lord Aethelwulf serves as the Outlands Heraldry Representative on our war council, specifically for Estrella. His emergency deputy is Katrein Adler, and his warrant expires 01 November 2007.

Rampart [External Submissions] - fulfills reporting requirement with LoIs. Furukusu-dono Masahide reports:

This year, the Rampart office received and processed 168 individual submissions, made decisions on all of these items, sent 113 to Laurel, and returned 55 items. This year the office took in $1030 in submission fees, and ended with an $84 net increase in liability to Laurel for returned items for a total liability of $344.

Goals for the office for 2006 included completing the online submission system (not met), transferring all files from "temporary" cardboard record storage boxes filing to "Low use" stacking file drawers (met), recruiting deputies for Rampart (not met) and Rampart Clerk (met) offices, holding regular decision meetings (not met), and completing the Rampart Office Procedures manual (not met). As can be seen, many of these goals were not met for a variety of reasons.

Goals for the office for 2007 include finishing a "prototype" submission system in Access to be used for current processing and as a framework for an online system, gathering the remainder of Rampart files from White Stag, recruiting and training a deputy for the Rampart office, improving information flow between Rampart and Rampart Clerk, completing the Rampart Office Procedures manual, and handoff of the Rampart office to a new individual.

Submissions

The following is a summary of the types and count of submissions processed by the office during 2005. Attached you will find a full spreadsheet of all submission counts by month. Appendix A houses a full reckoning of all submissions by LoP month and their current status.

 

Totals

Submission Type

Submitted

New

 Change

Resubmitted

Liability

Returned at Kingdom

Registered

Returned by Laurel

 Currently in Submission

Name

61

41

5

15

$36

18

18

 

25

Device

65

35

1

29

$28

25

11

 

29

Badge

17

14

 

3

$20

6

4

1

6

Order Name

16

9

 

7

-$8

4

1

1

10

Augmentation of Device

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Household Name

2

2

 

 

$8

2

 

 

 

Blanket Permission to Conflict

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Branch Device

1

1

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

Submission Type

Submitted

New

 Change

Resubmitted

Liability

Returned at Kingdom

Registered

Returned by Laurel

 Currently in Submission

Branch Name

2

1

 

1

 

 

1

 

1

Heraldic Title

2

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

Holding Name

1

 

1

 

 

 

1

 

 

Exchange of Device and Badge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Armory Transfer

1

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

In addition to applying his spreadsheet and database expertise to the Rampart position in an effort to streamline it even further, Furukusu-dono provides consultation assistance and performs court heraldry. He has no emergency deputy as yet, and his warrant expires 01 September 2007. A summary list of the year's submissions may be found in Appendix D on page 18.

Stag's Attire [Heraldic regalia and display] - Lady Lyonnete has had little activity in the past year, having spent her heraldry time under her other tabard as Ray du Soliel, but she has some projects planned for the coming year. Warrant expires 08 October 2007.

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

Weel [Herald Education/Publications] - Master Juan Balthazar Tegero reports:

In my capacity as Weel this year, I have assisted with heraldry at a number of events, including Crown Tourneys, Estrella War, and others. I have worked on revising the Herald's Handbook, but keep finding new things that I need to fix, so it is not complete yet. I was given a project for the upcoming Estrella War by Artan VI and Aziza, which I have asked Master Adam to assist me with, and he has continued on with this work. I have become the court herald for Gregor and Monika, Baron and Baroness of al-Barran. Though this is not exactly related to my work as Weel, it has certainly involved heraldic education. I have been sought out as a resource for assistance with courts, both as a voice herald and as a protocol herald, and have tried to assist as such to the best of my ability. I have also been asked for assistance with editing class notes for classes other people were teaching due to my heraldic and protocol experience.

My emergency deputy was Mistress Margaret Hepburn, but she has left the kingdom, and I have not replaced her yet. I have ideas about a replacement, but have not yet approached these people.

I have a few heraldic projects that I very much want to work on, but have not yet had the opportunity, as I have been very busy. I intend to try to work on them in the new year. Warrant expires 01 August 2007.

Wharrow [On-line Roll of Arms] - Llywus ap Alan, Arglwyddiaeth, reports:

On-line Armorial

In April of this year the new Wharrow web site was made active, thanks to the hard work of the OCoH web team led by Lady Kymma Godric. As maintaining the Armorial is my primary duty as a Herald, and I enjoy this work immensely, I make every attempt to post new registrations, and notify the populace, within two days of receiving the Letter of Acceptances and Returns from Laurel. This goal I have met for every LoAR published. As a result of the new web site and the improved link between it and the Wimble site two deficiencies in the database of graphics in the Armorial were discovered. No artwork existed for many of the early device registrations from citizens of the Outlands, mostly inactive players, or for many persons who were, at one time, citizens of the Outlands but had since moved to other Kingdoms. In April I began creating artwork for the former group, completing this project of about 300 new pictures in November. Immediately thereafter I started the project of creating graphics for the latter group of 200 names, expecting completion in late spring 2007. I also continue to make corrections to the site as errors are brought to my attention. All told 431 new or corrected graphics were added to the site this year.

Funds

I picked up the Outlands submission packet from the consultation table at Estrella War this year; two name & device submissions and one name only submission. I converted the $50 received at Estrella to a single check through my local group and forwarded this package to Castle Herald. This was the only monies I handled this year.

Llwys has also taught a few classes and offered consultation assistance locally and throughout the kingdom. His goals for the coming year are to continue his work on the Roll of Arms and request new features for the site, as well as continuing to offer his classes and organize heraldic activities, including co-sponsoring a heraldic display competition at Grand Outlandish. Warrant expires 01 June 2007.

Wimble [Precedence] - Lady Marie de Blois reports:

The Wimble office remains a fairly low-key office, especially with the updates Wimble site (see below), which have made it much easier to maintain the data. Getting court heralds to report their courts to me has improved over last year, and I have implemented a tracking page on the website to make the status of reporting and my data entry public. My backlog currently consists of importees - gentles who have moved here from other kingdoms. My primary goal as Wimble has been to provide the kingdom with accurate and useful Precedence data. This has primarily come in the form of keeping the Wimble data up to date and adding features for the Wimble website, and I think I've succeeded in this. My secondary goal as Wimble was to educate other heralds about precedence and how to maintain precedence information. I haven't been able to really do this, unfortunately.

Finances

This year, as last year, I touched no money other than my own. This continues to make me exceedingly happy.

A short form Order of Precedence may be found in Appendix E on page 26. Warrant expires 01 September 2007.

Kingdom Scribe - Mistress Nadrah bint Lu'lu al Qadisi reports:

  • Financial summary of any funds handled in 2006:
    None
  • Summary of office's activities for 2006:
    We now have a discussion list to rework the scribes handbook. A project I would like to see completed during my tenure as Kingdom scribe (by May 2008).

For the Calendar year 2006, during the reign of Bela and Claudia, 36 Outlands scribes completed 144 award scrolls. And during the reign of Artan VI and Aziza thus far, 27 scribes have completed 75 award scrolls (this reflects Kingdom awards only. No Baronial, largesse or gift scrolls are included here.)

My goal for 2007 is to encourage and support the scribes with a traveling workshop, and to get as much done on the scribes handbook as possible.

Emergency deputy is Mistress Averil du Bois d'Avignon. Warrant expires 13 May 2008.

OCoH Webminister – Lady Kymma Godric reports that the website had no downtime or loss of e-mail through the aliases for various heraldic staff. The website is located at: http://www.outlandsheralds.org as hosted by SWCP. During 2006, the Wharrow pages were completed, and the Wimble pages were updated to add more tools and functionality. Both are expected to have further updates in the coming year, and the major project will be to revamp the Rampart pages, which Furukusu has already begun work on. Additionally, some staff heralds maintain their own webpages under the outlandsheralds.org domain, and as such are also members of the OCoH Web Team. Kymma began tracking site statistics in April, giving the following totals for April-December:

  Visits Pages Hits
Main Page: 14093 36509 62729
Rampart: 25809 53765 154980
Wimble: 9828 79790 125535
Wharrow: 4904 37466 130969

Baronies

Baronies are required to report monthly.

Caerthe: Herr Conrad von Zollern, Aspen Pursuivant, reports in his customary detail, summarizing awards, submissions and funds handled in the past year. Several cantons and colleges are part of Caerthe, and Conrad includes an accounting of reports through those groups, as well. He has been arranging for letters to the baronial newsletter each month, and a new article to the baronial website bi-monthly. His warrant expires 06 January 2008.

al-Barran: Lord Conn (Cuinn) mac Eoghain, Scorpion Pursuivant, sends a summary of events and awards, but no information on submissions or funds handled was included.

Dragonsspine: Lady Kiara Loftus is Scalene Pursuivant. Her Domesday includes a complete summary of submissions, award, and financial information. She has three deputies, including one for court and field heraldry. She took Rook's class on vocal production to improve her skills in vocal heraldry and encourages her other two deputies to do likewise. She has planned an activity for her local newsletter that involved identifying the armory of local populace members as part of her plan to encourage more heraldic submissions. Her warrant expires 25 March 2008.

Citadel of the Southern Pass: Sheik Omar Mohammud Mirzazadeh, Rook Pursuivant, provides a concise accounting of submissions and awards from the past year. No summary of funds handled was included. He has been doing court and field heraldry, and he attended KWHS in Axemoor. Omar will be stepping down as Rook as soon as his successor sends his introductory letter and is approved, but he will continue as a Plover staff member.

Unser Hafen: Mistress Theresea die Tanzerin, Barbican Pursuivant, sends a Domesday report. She includes a detailed summary of funds handled, submissions, and awards, and she has various deputies to assist with the duties of office. Her goals for the next year are to further her own heraldic education, to develop tools to make heraldry more accessible to the populace, and to find a potential successor to beghin training. Her warrant expires 23 July 2007.

Caer Galen: Lady Lyonnete la Rousse, Ray du Soliel Pursuivant, provides a thorough summary, and met several of her goals for the year despite a new job that ate up much of her time. Her goal for the coming year is to hand off the position soon. Emergency deputy is the Honorable Lady Jeanne-Maris du Bois, and her warrant expires 04 May 2007.

Fontaine dans Sable: Lord Caelan MacKinnon, Black Fountain Pursuivant, sends a detailed summary of submissions and funds handled, and an accounting of the barony's events and the heraldic activity at each. He is holding monthly consultations and lists several goals for the new year, including getting the order names and badges registered, encouraging registration among the populace, and expanding the barony's heraldic library.

Shires, Cantons, Colleges

Branch officers except for Baronial Pursuivants are required to report quarterly.

* Each shire, canton, or college herald who reported provided a summary of heraldic submissions, financial activity and other activity through 2006, and many list goals for the coming year.

Aarquelle - Kristrún Hrafnsdóttir sends a Domesday. She includes an inventory and notes that there were no new submissions and no funds handled in 2006. She also notes that there are currently some consultations in progress.

Bede's College (Incipient) - VACANT

Blackwater Keep - Magnus der Lescher sends a Domesday. Activity in the shire is fairly light at present, though Magnus is working on his own device and has had some consultations.

Blaiddwyn - VACANT

Bofharrach - Madeleine de Seraucourt sends a Domesday. She summarizes submissions and finances for the year, and indicates that the awards summary will be included in the barony's Domesday.

Drygestan - Llywus ap Alan, Arglwyddiaeth, sends a Domesday. He plans to encourage more heraldic display within his group in the coming year, perhaps in conjunction with the local A&S minister.

Dúthaich Beinne Áird - VACANT

Gleann Medonach - THL Mathilda Lucia sends a Domesday. She summarizes awards, and notes that there were no submissions or funds handled in the past year. She notes that her goals for the year are to tend to her own education and to be available to the populace. She has a new deputy in the southern part of the shire (quite some distance away), which she hopes will make her office more accessible.

Hawk's Hollow - Lord Tyrfingr von Wolfsberg sends a Domesday. He includes a detailed summary of submissions, finances, and awards. Tyr also offers to assist Wimble with data entry.

Hinterland - No Domesday was received.

Nahrun Kabirun - Valentine Akritas sends a Domesday. He summarizes awards, and notes that there were no submissions or funds handled in the past year.

Plattefordham – No Domesday was received.

Rams Keep (Incipient) - VACANT

Ravenhyrst (Incipient) - Banbarún (Baroness) Wyndylyn Leanb na Doinneann sends a Domesday. She summarizes activity and notes that the group name and device petitions are currently in circulation. All official submissions and funds handling goes through Aspen Pursuivant during the group's incipiency.

Readstan – Simon Drake sends a Domesday. He summarizes activity over the past year, and indicates a desire to learn more and do more heraldry in the coming year.

Rio de las Animas - VACANT

Saint Golias - VACANT

Scola Metallorum - VACANT

Threespires - Herrin (Lady) Katrein Adler sends a Domesday. Katrein reports the year's highlight as having successfully submitted the college's name and arms.

Tygre's Keep - VACANT

White Mountain - VACANT

Windkeep - VACANT

Finances:

Events:

My travel was severely curbed in 2006 after my husband and my car were both broken when a drunk driver rear-ended him late in 2005. I did manage to meet half of my required events, and I sent Palmer to those I could not attend. During my tenure, there were

Goals for 2006:

Goals for 2007:

My warrant expires 08 May 2007, but my tenure ends 03 February 2007. My member number is 92549, and my membership expires 30 June 2007. I am honored that my tenure has been an opportunity to work with the fine group of individuals that makes up the Outlands College of Heralds.

In faithful and obedient service,
Sorcha, White Stag