In the heraldry and heraldic vexillology of The Gloaming North, a blazon is a formal description of a coat of arms, flag or similar emblem, designed specifically to be unburdened of potential misinterpretation so that a reader can accurately reconstruct the appropriate image.
Although the distinctive tunic or surcoat worn over a knight or warrior’s armour may have evolved as a practical means of distinguishing them in battle, it is more likely that the coat of arms was popularised by the pageantry of tournaments and jousts. Thus, heraldry, and later blazonry, the art of describing the characteristics of heraldry, developed. Following the decline and collapse of the great Altean Empire that gave birth to the art, its practice and form was inherited by the kingdoms and empires to come in its cultural footsteps. With the coming of The Stallion, it found itself to be adopted by all Stallion-adherent nations of the North. In the modern era, not only do distinguished warriors bear such arms, but also kings, lords, guilds and companies alike, breathing new life into this ancient tradition.
In The Shining South, blazonry is much more fluid and subject to the whims of the artist or commissioner of a banner or shield in question. Whilst the banner cults of Hakeshar utilise writing and house rules to dictate their banners, banner rules in other cities are at times even non-existent in all but artistic and historical values.
Blazonry of the NorthEdit
Documented in the following sections is the typical meanings of Northern blazonic conventions.
The rule of tincture (colour) is that none may be mixed to create anew, and that tints may not deviate any more than is absolutely necessary. Additional colours do exist, technically breaking these rules, although they are very rare, and are considered incredibly superfluous.
The rule of metals is that no metal may be placed on another metal. Rare metals are normally shown as paint. Other metals are acceptable, although they are unusual.
Additional furs are acceptable, although rare. The colour of furs never deviate, lest they become a new fur (crossy is the exception to this rule).
Divisions can be combined, be it an inescutcheon or one atop another. Additional divisions do exist, although rarely.
Lines of partitionEdit
Lines of partition are decorative line styles that are applied to divisions, e.g. a bend wavy, a per fess raguly, etc. The rule of lines is that no line may be placed with a different line that is not an inescutcheon. Additional lines do exist, although rarely.