Being able to sign armigerous scrolls is a unique perk of being Principal Herald. But obtaining Black Lion's signature for a scribal project has a few general requirements:
To avoid issues at the last minute, you are greatly encouraged to work with Black Lion from the start of the project. Verification of registrations, spellings of names (including details often omitted in common use), copies of the registered artwork from the archives -- all these are resources Black Lion happily provides to help ensure your scribal project can reach its full potential.
Absolutely send Black Lion photos and text to verify before ink is applied.
On occasion, the armory may be mis-blazoned in the O&A, and the Roll of Arms is not authoritative. Consult with Black Lion first, who can verify from the archives the actual artwork that was registered. Since we register and protect the original image, this gives an opportunity to verify blazon matches image, and if not to get it corrected.
While there is certainly leeway for artistry, the artistry must not go so far as to be blazonably different from the registered arms. A rampant beast should not be salient, heads can't suddenly face a different direction, et cetera.
If the recipient of the scroll prefers to use a name other than that which is registered, the text must somehow tie the name used to the name registered. For example:
- "John Loveday alias John Smythe of Shrewsbury"
- "Alice the Pious, known also as Alice Robert"
- "Alexander One-arm, sometime known as Ragnar Bjarnarson"
- "Elizabeth Tanner, called Helga Hide-flayer"
Some variations are reasonable without such aliasing, inasmuch as they don't introduce questions of someone else being able to register the name:
- omitting or including accents in Old Norse names: Tóki vs Toki
- substituting certain characters: Ælfwynn vs Aelfwynn, Þiálfason vs Thiálfason, Smiðsdóttir vs Smithsdottir
- doubling certain characters, if the specific doubling pattern is documentable in that context: Ana vs Anna
When in doubt, work with Black Lion to find an approach to satisfy the signing requirements.