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It turned out that the Cockatrice drawing I knocked off in a couple of hours appeared on the front cover of the Cockatrice publication. People have said that they like it, which is gratifying.

After a week of not quite panicking, things more or less worked for 12th night, heraldically speaking.

I ran Henri and Beatrice's last court, handing off to [personal profile] actreal for Teffania's Laurel ceremony, and only almost ruining it in the introduction.

The final court also included, amongst lots and lots of Cyphers, a Cockatrice, Prometheus, a couple of Silver Pegasi and a White Scarf, [personal profile] felinophile being admitted as a Pelican.

The final court segued straight into the investiture ceremony, which I also did the shouting for.

After lunch, the first court of Felix and Eva, handled by [personal profile] actreal. This was all about the Royal Household, and no awards (requiring entry into Canon Lore) were given.

After tourneys and other such entertainments, first court of the evening was run by Sorle, who passed off to the B&B Stormhold who allowed me to pass my Office of Goutte d'Eau off to [personal profile] pearl, who very shortly thereafter was also admitted as a Laurel.

Paul Mortar was granted a Golden Tear, there was another Cockatrice, a Star and Lily, and Dante the newly appointed Deputy Goutte d'Eau was granted an Award of Arms.

And [personal profile] actreal was made a Court Baron.

The chest I made at Mistress Antonia's workshop did not win the Arts and Sciences competition, but it was very handy to carry our feasting gear -- and it fits almost perfectly into the boot of Mim's car.

People said nice things about my shouting, including that they were entertained when I pronounced people's names as they were meant to be, not as they might be read out naively.

Sunday was at a site a long way away. [personal profile] actreal was not there, so I did the courts, and Sorle did his shouting duty at the tourney. One of the items of business was that the previous evening the children had chosen a king and queen by the finding of a bean in a cake. Miss A was the queen of the children. They came up in court to ask permission to hold a children's court, which was graciously granted (their Majesties seemed taken by the idea), and their majesties ran the King and Queen of the Children through a quick oath to Do The Right Thing, and granted them tokens. (Which was not expected or planned, but was a lovely touch.) Miss A in particular had a strong clear voice in court and her petition and answers were note-perfect.

During the day there was wandering, and talking, and Being Hit On The Head Lessons, and the Children's Court (they appointed their own lords and ladies of the court, and a herald, and gave out awards and prizes, and waved banners, and generally demonstrated that the College of Heralds and the various aspects of nobility will be in good hands when it comes their time.

I heralded the final court, which had a Golden Tear (for the Steward), a Star and Lily, several gifts and offers of fealty, and one huge glaring stuff-up on my part when the court was closed, we had had cheers for the King and Queen, and I then declared three cheers for "the Barons and Baronesses, the Peers, and the populace of Stormhold".

I didn't even realise I'd said that (at the top of my lungs) until the Kraé Glassians all looked at me horrified, gave confused cheers (knowing what I meant), and then informed me what I'd said.

Autopilot can be a bitch.

And there's documentary evidence of the coronation.

And Sorle Canon was right there, so all the CHAF forms went straight to him then and there, and it's already up on Canon Lore.

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Date: 2013-01-14 10:16 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] etfb
You mean you made so few stuff-ups that you can actually remember all of them?

All of them???

What are you, some kind of heraldic superhero?

I am in awe!

(Well done, that man. Sounds like you ran a tight ship and All Was Well. I shan't say I told you so (but I did).)

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Date: 2013-01-14 11:27 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] actreal
That'll teach my Barony (mine by 200 metres) to train more of their own court heralds then, eh? :)

You did great, and my errors were at least as numerous as yours, and I certainly lacked your ability to get all the names out of my mouth correctly on the fly.

I think next time we heralds need to take more charge of who is doing what earlier. We had enough experienced heralds that we could and did do a good job on the fly, but I would have loved some preparation time.

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Date: 2013-01-14 08:18 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] tcpip
That's an excellent cockatrice.. Although is the stars of David (in what looks reminiscent of the Australian distribution) in the background symbolic?

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Date: 2013-01-14 11:33 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] tcpip
Ah, OK that makes sense. Would you be prepared to have it published in RPG Review as well? We're having a special for critters of various forms and the cockatrice is a classic...

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Date: 2013-01-14 11:53 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] tcpip
I suppose so, yeah.

Excellent! It'll be in the next issue.

As opposed to a Basilisk, which is a lizard which turns you to stone.

They're like a mule and ass! i.e., the basilisk is a serpent's egg hatched by a chicken, and a cockatrice is a chicken's egg hatched from the serpent.

But both are susceptible to weasels!

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Date: 2013-01-15 12:42 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] tcpip
Ah yes, the Honey Badger.. A psychotic carnivore with chronic hunger.... Bless 'em..


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