In AS 42 (March 2008), we held the first Herald's Pointe. The purpose of Herald's Pointe is to provide the populace of the Middle Kingdom, as well as other realms, the opportunity to get their personal cognizance (also called personal device, emblazon or arms) evaluated for registry with the College of Heralds of the SCA. We can tell you whether it fits within the parameters selected by the SCA for registry, as well as whether another person has registered the emblazon as their cognizance.
In addition, the heralds can assist you in developing a name that fits your SCA persona. It can be registered with your emblazon.
The Herald's Pointe is to provide an opportunity to meet with heralds without the distractions of other events. No need to rush between A&S classes, tournament bouts, etc., just the heralds and you.
If you are a new herald, want to become a herald or interested in heraldry, here is an opportunity to learn about heraldry in the Middle Kingdom. Classes for court and voice heralds are planned as well. You can also sit in at the consulting tables to see how it is done.
Why a registered emblazon/device/arms/cognizance?
A registered cognizance lets all know that you are the only one with that particular heraldry, thereby identifying who you are. For example, two knights with blank shields do not indicate whether they are meeting an enemy or a friend. If they are different, you now can identify who is who. Both with the same emblazon should be of the same company - such as the Knights Templar or the Greenwood Company .
All who see my emblazon described or blazoned as: Per bend nebuly azure and argent, a duck displayed Or and a fleur-de-lys vert , know they see Áindle ÓDiarmada before them.
The same thing is done today - although the emblazons in the US are generally owned by companies and are called logos or trademarks.
For those who wish to be known by their own personal emblazon, the College of Heralds is available to assist through your local groups herald, at many Midrelam evetnts and of course at HP&SC.
You already have your emblazon and name registered?
Great! Now you can help the Kingdom as a whole and your SCA family member personally. One of the holdups in getting the populace recognized by awards is a lack of scrolls. Our Canton is willing to help by providing a place for those interested to gather and assist in making award scrolls. If you do not know how to illuminate a scroll, we can teach you.