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Wow, I'm chatty today.

So, Court Heralds. I have been seeing a trend recently in my two favorite Kingdoms to continually use the same court heralds in a reign. (In fact, Calontir seems to have put into place an "official" court herald who does most courts.)


I think this is a mistake. First, and this is purely selfish, it makes it harder for me to court herald.

Second:

It makes it harder for anyone to court herald. Court heraldry is one of those things that I personally think is fun and can be the "entry drug" into other heraldry. It is fantastic being one of the people up on stage, watching people get awards. Its good to have a ringside seat. For some, it instills a love of protocal. For others, it is merely an interesting thing to learn.

Now, I am also a firm believer in guidance and education. While you can take Joe local herald who is interested in court heraldry and stick the on stage, its better to stick them on stage with help and friendly people guiding them.

So I think that having a designated court herald, especially without trying to boost heraldic education is a mistake. (Yes, I can expound further, but this is enough.)


Perhaps tonight I'll pull out my Gabriel's Court Heraldry Rules (which are more like guidelines), and post. Why yes, I made them up for a class I taught a few times.
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