Ariana verch Gwenllian

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Resides: Calafia
Status: Active
Awards: Visit the Caid Order of Precedence
Heraldry
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Barwnes Ariana verch GwenllianRRE is a Herald of Caid, a Companion of the Crescent and Lux Caidis, protégé and personal herald to Thegn Cormac Mor O.P., a member of the ship Iron Maiden, and has recently stepped down as Crescent Principal Herald of Caid.

Persona

Ariana verch Gwenllian was born around the turn of the 15th century in the cantref of Cedewain in Powys Wenwynwyn (modernly northern Wales) to a wool merchant named Ieuan ap Thomas and his wife, Gwenllian ferch Owain. Shortly before the birth of Ariana, Ieuan was killed, causing Gwenllian to sell the farm and move back to her native lands of Powys Fadog. When Ariana was born in her mother's homeland without a father, she was given the metronymic "verch Gwenllian".

Ariana was raised during the Last War of Independence - a time of tumult and strife as Owain ap Gruffydd had proclaimed himself Prince of Wales in revolt against the English crown. Gwenllian was an active member of the rebellion, aiding the Welsh efforts alongside her family. Too young to have any political inclinations, Ariana spent most of her time reading any book that she could get her hands on (but preferred stories of Knights and Ladies, and books on lineages). One day while in town, Ariana crossed paths with a young Baron by the name of Cormac Mor, who was on a diplomatic mission from Scotland. Over several lively discourses, the two became fast friends.

Looking to keep her daughter safe from any recourse from her actions as a rebel, Gwenllian approached Baron Cormac to negotiate terms of service wherein he would supply Ariana with an Education and training to become a herald of the court. He agreed, and with the terms set, Baron Cormac and Ariana returned to his lands in Scotland where her education was continued.

More on her life is still unknown at this time, and will be updated as new information is discovered.

Offices & Positions

College of Heralds - Offices

College of Heralds - Rank

  • Macer herald, Kingdom of Caid, 04/2011 - 11/2013
  • Pursuivant herald, Kingdom of Caid, 11/2013 - 05/2016
  • Herald, Kingdom of Caid, 05/2016 - Present

Senechausie

Royal Court

Event Staff

  • Event Steward, Saint Artemas Anniversary 2013
  • Logistics Staff, Potrero War 2013
  • Server and Scullery staff, Twelfth Night 2014
  • Event Steward, Saint Artemas Anniversary 2014
  • Event Staff, KWHSS 2014
  • Base Camp Co-Steward, Potrero War 2014
  • War Herald, Potrero War 2014
  • War Herald, Potrero War 2015
  • Logistics Staff, Potrero War 2015
  • War Herald, Potrero War 2016
  • Royal Liaison, Potrero War 2016
  • War Herald, Potrero War 2017
  • Deputy Event Steward, Potrero War 2017
  • Logistics Staff, Potrero War 2018
  • Event Co-Steward, Heraldic and Scribal Play Date, July 2018
  • Head plater and Kitchen staff, Winter Arts Feast 2018
  • Logistics Co-Steward, Potrero War 2019
  • War Herald, Virtual Potrero War 2020

Projects & Publications

Classes Taught

  • Basic Chainmaille - College of St. Artemas Campus (March 2013)
  • Heraldic Display: Beyond the Banner - Calafia Winter Arts 2013
  • Heraldry 101 - Calafia Household Meeting (February 2014)
  • Heraldic Display: Beyond the Banner - Calafia Winter Arts 2015
  • Heraldic Standard Design - Baronial Fighter Practice (February 2015)
  • Order of Precedence and Court Etiquette - Calafia Household Meeting (September 2016)
  • Field Heraldry Basics and Practicum - Leif Ericsson Tournament (October 2016)
  • Heraldry 101 - Calafia Household Meeting (January 2017)
  • Territorial Herald Officer Requirements and Responsibilities - Altavia Anniversary (May 2019)
  • Heraldic Officer live Q&A - Online forum (March 2020)
  • Contestation of the Cross (of Caid) - KWHSS Mid-year Online (January 2021)

Heraldic Research Contributions

  • First Metal on Metal Individually Attested Pattern in the Society (February 2014 LoAR)
  • Provided documentation to overturn Dolphin Orientation precedent (December 2013 LoAR)
  • Provided extended documentation to overturn "Cross of Caid" precedent, and allow all Kingdoms of the Known World a single, permanent named motif (November 2020 LoAR)

Featured Artwork

  • "We Will Endure", Cover Image, Crown Prints (May 2020)
  • "We Will Endure", Featured Image, Caidan Chronicles (May 2020)
  • "Masked Serpent", Cover Image, Crown Prints (October 2020)

Scrolls

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12th Night 2015 Eridana Court Barony.png Court Barony Eridana Ambra Dragotta
12th Night 2015 Eridana Court Barony 2.png Detail of Court Barony Eridana Ambra Dragotta
12th Night 2015 Eridana Court Barony 3.png Detail of Court Barony Eridana Ambra Dragotta
Bruce MacDonald Trident Scroll.jpg Golden Trident Bruce MacDonald
Theresa Al Kin Trident Scroll.jpg Golden Trident Theresa Al Kin
Sakan Trident Scroll.jpg Golden Trident Sakan bint al-Kimiya'i
Sabyna Flame Scroll.jpg Serpent's Flame Sabyna of Aydon
Parlane Flame Scroll.jpg Serpent's Flame Parlane of Glenord