Campaign of the Month: August 2014
The Concord of Ashes
(modified from Ashen Knight, pp. 100-101 & Libellus Sanguinis 1: Masters of the State, p. 95)
You have studied the art and language of heraldry, and you can interpret heraldic devices. You can also design a new device that follows the commonly accepted rules of heraldry. Successful recognition of herladic device automatically confers a small amount of information about the family or organisation to which it belongs. This can be all the edge that a skilled plotter needs to carry his designs forward.
Although the formal rules of heraldry have not yet been finalised, you are familiar with its intricacies. This knowledge enables you to identify knights and nobles by the coats of arms they bear or the description given by other parties. In addition, you can connect the blazon to the ancestry, often important when trying to keep track of political intrigues or to determine if the cute young thing you’ve just been introduced to is actually your third cousin twice removed.
Finally, your understanding of generational variations of devices is such that you are skilled at reading the historical and anecdotal subtext that is sometimes on heraldic display. You have a chance to divine the odd bit of family knowledge by accurately reading the heraldry that you happen to observe.
Note: The Politics knowledge may be used to gain an understanding of Heraldry, but at a +2 difficulty.
- Level One- Dabbler: You know the difference between a vair and a vert, and have a casual acquaintance with most local devices. A page might be this accomplished.
- Level Two- Student: When you spy a line of armed men wending their way toward your keep, you can make an educated guess as to whether they are friends or foes based on their banners. A knowledgeable knight, noble or very talented squire might have this level of ability.
- Level Three- Learned: You have designed a pleasing and distinctive device for your own families’ use, or can recognise most well-known devices even internationally. A court herald many years at the job, or a talented troubadour, will have this level of knowledge.
- Level Four- Scholar: Few coats of arms are beyond your knowledge. You can follow convoluted melees and large-scale battles and identify individual combatants. A deeply skilled noble intriguer, and the finest court heralds, might know this much.
- Level Five- Savant: You recognise nearly all the coats of arms in general use in your kingdom and more than a few neighbouring countries and can accurately recite several generations’ worth of genealogy for almost all of the devices you recognise. Your knowledge of the noble lines could well set you up to become the Power Behind the Throne.
- Level Six- Visionary: You know more about families lines and coats of arms than the families that they belong to. Your input will go a long way toward shaping the lasting structure of heraldry and blazonry; your opinions are quoted authoritative by prominent heralds.
Possessed By: Squires, Troubadours, Knights, Artists
Specialties: Specific Nation, Noble Lineage, Connecting Dynasties