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Rocosian Heraldry
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Since it's International Heraldry Day, why not?
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Menu 1. The Very Basics 2. Inheriting Arms 3. Tinctures and Related Rules 4. Some Charges 5. Seals So when I updated the  Anšyamī flag, I made a note that it's now accurate to in-world heraldry. But what is that in-world heraldry like? If you're interested, this is the article for you!

[edit] [top]The Very Basics

Ever since their establishment, arms have been used to identify both common and noble families alike. Rocosians are able to trace both their paternal and maternal lineage back for generations, provided their family has properly kept their records. Heraldry predates the use of surnames in Rocosia, and when war first broke out men painted their arms on their shields while women wove theirs into tapestries and hung them on the walls of their homes. As such, women's arms are typically painted in the shape of a banner, while men's are depicted as shields. There are exceptions to both rules, although rare. Men who have taken oaths of pacifism and women who have entered into the army are two such examples.

- Upon getting married, a couple will quarter their arms together. However, this doesn't mean they give up their individual arms. Sons and daughters will be represented by the arms of their father or mother, respectively (although again, exceptions may occur on rare occasions). Quartered arms are not passed down, but unique to a married couple.

[edit] [top]Inheriting Arms

Arms are passed down in full to the oldest living son and daughter upon their parents' deaths, although if an adult child has been granted arms for demonstrating exceptional skill in an area, this may not be the case. Children are given marks of cadency according to birth order and based on the symbols of the Firstborn Anša, as below.

- If a child dies, their mark is still respected and will not be changed. It's also possible for maternal or paternal arms to pass to a child of the opposite gender (or no one at all, in the case of only children).

- Adopted children's marks depend on when they were adopted, not birth order compared to their non-adopted siblings. A second son could easily be older than the eldest son, but if he was adopted after the eldest's birth his mark will reflect that.

- The cadency mark itself is placed in the upper corner of a child's arms: on the left for commoners and on the right for nobility and royalty.

- If a family happens to have more than twelve sons or daughters (pretty dang unlikely in Rocosia), they would follow the birth order of the Secondborn Anša and utilize their symbols.

Birth OrderSonDaughterAnša
FirstFour-pointed StarWillow FlowerDante
SecondIcicleWater DropletIvan
ThirdDeciduous TreeDeciduous LeafTumna
FourthCrossed TorchesSaplingEtras
FifthSprouted SeedLily-of-the-ValleyTempine
SixthPlowHyacinth or LilacAuran
SeventhCrossed Ceremonial SwordsSix-pointed StarEterne
EighthFull SunRising SunLeisol
NinthFour Eclipsed MoonsCrescent MoonLunas
EleventhThree TeardropsGeraniumOrya
TwelfthClosed TulipDaisyKirelle

[edit] [top]Tinctures and Related Rules

Metals, as a rule, cannot touch other metals. However, metals also share the colors they're represented by with heraldic colors (white, yellow, orange). How to solve this predicament? If white, yellow, or orange is touching a color without a metallic equivalent, then it's a metal. If not, it's considered a color. I'm still trying to explain this in a way that makes more sense

MetalRepresented by?Symbolism
Bronze/CopperOrangepoison, strength in battle
GoldYellowbalance, good, wealth, royalty
SilverWhitewisdom, peace, healing, nobility

Unlike metals, colors are allowed to touch each other. There aren't many real rules in place for them yet.

ColorAnšyamī NameTranslationSymbolism
BlackDzairaCruel-Colorpain, poison, slaughter, intimidation, intense emotions
Bright BlueTeniraMidnight-Colorartistry, heroism, chivalry, justice, fairness, long life, athleticism
Bright GreenVēiraForest-Colorfertility, earth, forests, grace, good fortune, hard work, success, victory
Bright RedBōniraBattle-Colorbattle prowess, protection, competition, courage, fire, the sun, glory, honor in combat, sports, masculinity
BrownTsuniraEarth-Colorfarmland, tilled soil, abundance, harvest, fertility, earth, wood, sturdiness
Darker RedAšairaRose-Colorsorrow over war, loss, grief, shed blood, death
OrangeEdiraFlame-Colorhome, the hearth, merriment, festivities, abundance of food, comfort, decay, decomposition, maturity
Pale BlueHeīraWater-Colorcuriosity, exploration, youth, sailing, vastness, water, clouds, good memory
Pale GreenPīraSpring-Colorgrowth, new life, air, creation, love, beauty, peace
PinkKaniraPassion-Colorhappiness, music, extravagance, rebirth, wishes, passion, rebellion
TealŪraHealth-Colornobility, good health, healing, tranquility, rain, white magic, goodness, balance
YellowKīraBeauty-Colorcompassion, cheerfulness, youth, liveliness, fearlessness, perseverance, generosity
WhiteDaniraGood-Colorpurity, noble spirit, comfort, friendship, kindness, femininity, white magic, goodness

[edit] [top]Some Charges

Animals are typically depicted facing forward, referred to as vegatsu (facing). In this position, they’re depicted in a style similar to the masks of Elder Animal Spirits, and are considered more aggressive and intimidating. When facing to the side (typically looking left), the animal is considered more noble and intelligent, depicted in a more realistic style. Full bodied animals are rare.

It’s forbidden to have more than one type of animal on a newly-granted coat of arms; it’s seen as greedy to wish for more than one because of the association with archetypes. Rocosians believe that everyone has one animal they would become if a witch were to curse them. To claim, for instance, that you could become a wolf and a frog is arrogant.

AnimalAnšyamī TranslationSymbolism
WeaselFalintrickery, resourcefulness
RabbitUsifertility, innocence, femininity
SquirrelEitakowit, playfulness, resourcefulness
MouseZurihumility, meekness, unseeming nature
Bird (generic)Tširipride, beauty, helpfulness
FirebirdEtširiloyalty to family, protection, prestige
DogGeiloyalty to friends, steadfastness, righteousness, carefree nature
BearTsunirulpower, strength, "power over all"
FishRyakacuriosity, exploration, water
CatKonnicunning, self-reliance, independence
DeerSavingrace, agility, wit
WolfRraulpower, cunning, loyalty to authority, strength in numbers
SheepYunnigentle nature, companionship, kindness
CowKavafamilial love, hard work, caring nature, hidden strength
GooseŌšidefensiveness, aggression, power
Golden GooseVōndunya Ōšihumble wealth, gracious nobility, good fortune, power, nobility
DragonEteskadragon-slayer, worthiness (no longer granted, dragons are a symbol of the families who once hunted them)
PigSuvicleanliness, strength, intelligence
DuckHeitširicamaraderie, pluck, courage, persistence, freedom
SwanŌtširiloyalty to a lover, faithfulness, grace
GoatYazabravery, unpredictability, sportsmanship, strength
OwlIlzaarrogance, individuality, precision, silence
PheasantFuatširiregality, intimidation, strong spirit
FrogKikorenewal, fresh starts, good health, happiness, tranquility
CrowMeitširiintelligence, loyalty, adaptability
Unicorn/QilinFanlajustice, purity, mystery, high quality
FoxKašlicunning, wit, adaptability, resourcefulness

FloraAnšyamī TranslationSymbolism
Apple BlossomLevikoprovision, from farmland, peacefulness
Bear's GarlicSīrradefense, defensiveness, strength, good health
Bergamot BlossomLevīberabeloved, from the coast, virility
Blue Fenugreek FlowerLevōlasupport, appreciation
ChamomileMelaaspiration, calm nature, long memory
CornflowerTenatšelfrom the field, good memory, exploration
DaisySōleiinnocence, youth
Deciduous Leafduty, from the forest, renewal
Fir NeedlesAtšavoneternal youth, eternity, from the mountains
Forget-me-notHeipinēgreat valor, heroism, from Dansia
HenbitAifēself-sufficiency, longevity, grand aspirations
HibiscusFileaendurance, from the coast, from the islands, good constitution
HydrangeaEitayutšaabundance, flexibility, generosity
IrisAnmacourage in the face of adversity, perseverance
Lily-of-the-ValleyEmbotšīrēinnocence, wonder, charm
Pansy/Heartsease/ViolaGemyutšaromantic nature, delicacy, fine beauty
PineconeAtšavēsuntoughness, protection, parental instinct
Queen Anne's LaceAirudaconcealed power, gentle strength, from the fields
RoseAšawell-utilized power, defense, resilience, beauty
RosebudAšalemgrowth, gained strength, small yet mighty
ThistleAtšelaggression, protection, tenacity
Tulip (closed)Dinšadeya Katirērebirth, fresh starts, modesty
Tulip (open)Zodanaya Katirēgregariousness, good temperament, cheer
Willow budFanlemgentle nature, from the forest, grace

In addition to an individual's arms, they also have a seal derived from it. They are composed in a circle, with the center being the main charge of their arms and a stylized ring of their cadency mark around it. Other additions are common, such as “fabric” flourishes, runes or calligraphic letters. The second son of a family of dragonslayers might have a dragon surrounded by icicles, with some runes of Ivan on the outer circle. Seals are composed very carefully, and their stamps passed down just as arms themselves are.
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