HERALDIC SUBMISSION PROCESS
You’ve done the research, made the copies, and handed over the forms and the fees to your herald.Now what? Why does it take so long to hear back?
CHOOSING AND SUBMITTING YOUR SCA NAME
As a newcomer, one of your first pleasures is to choose a new name for yourself, discarding the one bestowed upon you at your birth. As a medieval role-playing organization, the SCA encourages members to take on a new persona: name, life, history, and behavior — all medieval. Other portions of your new role can be fleshed out over the next months — but a newcomer should choose a name as soon as possible. After it’s been in use a while a name can be difficult to change. This handout will help you decide on a new name for yourself.
CREATING AND SUBMITTING YOUR SCA DEVICE
Heraldic devices are the bright-colored stylized pictures you see on shields and surcoats and banners. Two things are needed for this system of identification to work: each person’s device must be different from everyone else’s; and a device must be clearly recognizable without close examination. These two requirements control what heraldic devices look like, and from them derive a number of rules and procedures for establishing a device of your own.