Royal College of Arms

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Royal College of Arms
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Current Head: Ma la Mha
Dean: Txec Róibeard Nordselva
Function: To maintain the heraldric armorial, determine protocol, and otherwise administer official symbology.

The Royal Talossan College of Arms maintains the heraldic armorial of the Kingdom, assists petitioners for arms in designing and obtaining arms from the Crown, and determines protocols of state and for peers and knights of the realm.

About the College

The College of Arms registers all arms and banners recognized by the Kingdom of Talossa, and catalogs them here in the Armorial. These are divided into the following seven categories:

  • Flags of the Realm - banners identifying the Kingdom and its subdivisions.
  • Arms of the State - arms identifying the royal house, realm, offices, and officers.
  • Arms of the Government - corporate arms identifying the government ministries, bureaus, and offices.
  • Arms of the Nobility - arms pertaining to members of the Talossan nobility
  • Arms of the Knights of the Realm - arms pertaining to members of the Royal Orders
  • Arms of the Gentry - arms identifying members the Talossan gentry (such arms are obtainable by the citizenry at large).
  • Arms of the Kingdom - the complete Armorial, displaying all arms granted to our citizens, both noble and base.
  • Non-Talossan Arms - arms recognized by the College identifying non-Talossan persons, nations, and other entities.

Duties

The Royal Academy of Vexillology, an arm of the College, maintains the official flags and other seals of the Kingdom.

The College is exclusively empowered to petition the Crown for grants of arms, and is also responsible for preparing grants of knighthood and nobility at the direction of the Crown.

Members of the College

The College is staffed by Heralds (senior members), Pursuivants (members who have achieved standing), and Fellows. Each member of the College holds and is known by a named seat or fellowship. The current faculty of the College is:

Eligibility for Grants of Arms

Every citizen of Talossa, by the fact of his or her citizenship, is a Gentleman or Lady, and is held for all purposes to be "of gentle blood" and thus entitled to arms as a member of the Talossan gentry.

Coats of arms are granted on behalf of the King by Letters Patent from the senior herald, Squirrel King of Arms. A right to arms can only be established by making application through the College of Arms for a grant of arms, or by the registration in the official records of the College of Arms of a pedigree showing direct male line descent from an ancestor already appearing therein as entitled to arms. Grants may be made to corporations as well as to individuals.

Occasions of Granting Honours

The King may choose to grant mundane honours at any time, but traditionally the Crown announces honours at meaningful and historic times of the year:

Occasion of Granting Honours Date
Wargaming Day Honours 21 February
Tafsut Imazighen (Berber Spring) Honours 20 April
St. Aaron's Day Honours 22 June
Monarchy Day Honours 24 August
Sovereign's Birthday Honours 12 October
Independence Day Honours 26 December

Should heraldic business pile up unreasonably between regular dates, the Squirrel King may choose to submit a petition for arms to His Majesty on any of following dates not included on the above calendar:

Alternate Occasion of Granting Honours Date
Labour Day Honours 11 January
Accession Day Honours 14 March
Juneau Day Honours 28 May
Organic Law Day Honours 6 July
Democracy Day Honours 28 September
Victory Day Honours 25 November

The Armorial

Rules of Heraldry

Choosing a Coat of Arms is not as simple as one might imagine. Rules of Heraldry


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