Inspired by Sir Frank's Heraldry thread I thought it might interesting if we established rules and symbols for heraldry in New Britannia starting with the symbols from the magic sigil and mabe add specific meanings from New Britannia to some of the colors (although meaning behind some of the colors match up pretty well already). So what I'll do is start a list here for symbols & colors and their meanings and will update them as we go. Please keep in mind that meanings listed here are not official and also not endorsed by the College of Arms. This is intended as a starting point for those wishing to tell a story with their arms that may tie into SotA lore. Symbols From Lord British Snake: Wisdom, Order, Logic, Discipline & Ethicality? Ultima - Symbol of Lord British. The Silver Serpent, also the Serpent of Order which dwells in the void identied by it's head bending to the right. The Chaos Serpent bends to the left while the Great Earth Serpent is straight and is the Serpent of Balance. The Order serpent embodies Logic, Discipline and Ethicality. Also the symbol of the Order of the Silver Serpent based out of Serpent's Hold. Cross Moline: Virtue? Likely brought to New Britannia by Lord British and as such mainly associated with him. Magic Sigil Deadalus: Calamity and rebirth Ankh: Life, Virtue (Spirituality?) Skull: Mortality, Cowardice (UO) Sun: Glory & Splendor Chaos Symbol: Unordered, Uncontrollable or Uncontrolled. Great Enthusiam, Emotion or Tolerance. Tree (Earth): Object of Veneration. Strength and Fortitude. Abundance or Abundant Life. Longevity Waves/Water: Life Giving. Patience. Quiet Stillness. Flexible. Air: Unseen. Swiftness. Fire: Knowledge Obsidian Eye: Prophesy & Uncertain fates, Destiny, Faith, Order from Chaos. Combat Sigil Sword: Just and generous pursuit of honor and virtue in warlike deeds. Valor. Skill with blades. Shield: Defender Bow & Arrow: War. Power. Marksmanship Helm: Wisdom and security in defense; Strength, Protection, Invulnerability Halberd: Execution of military service. Skill in polearms. Armored Hand: Possessing leadership qualities. War Hammer: Power. Strength (especially physical). Skill with impact weapons. Crafting Sigil Pickaxe: Miner or Mining Profession Hatchet: Lumberjack Hoe: Farmer Sickle: Forager, hope of a fruitful harvest Skinning Knife: Hunter Cleaver: Butcher Spinning Wheel: Textiles Circular Saw Blade: Miller of wood Tanning Rack: Tanner Crucible: Smelter Anvil: Smith. Also carries the meaning of Honor. Carpenter's Hammer: Carpenter Scissors: Tailor Beaker or Potion: Alchemist Cauldron: Chef or Food Cog: Precision; precise movement towards the future Anti-Virtues Mask: Deceit Double-Bladed Axe: Hate Gold Coin: Greed. Could also mean worthy of trust or treasure. Unbalanced Scales: Injustice Broken Shield: Unreliability Rock: Philosophical materialism. More traditional meanings would be safety & protection, refuge. Black Sceptre: Pride Other Abacus: Logic Twin Moons: Knowledge through study or well studied. Not knowing tragedy or an original state of being. Traditional or old ways. Unchanged. Tear: Sorrow. Sacrifice Shepard's Crook: Watchfulness. Pastoral Authority. Episcopal jurisdiction and authority . Humility. Scales: Justice Chalice: In service to another. Honor Heart: Cherity. Sincerity. Compassion, Emotion Open Hand: Faith, Sincerity & Justice. Honesty. The Soyuz (8 point star): Determination gives flight to greatness. Rose: Love. Enthuisiam.(U7) Hope & Joy.. also carries other meanings depending on color. White - Love & Faith, Charm & Innocence. Yellow - Infidelity & Jealousy. Red - Grace & Beauty, Love & Desire. Chain: Tolerance (U7). Reward for acceptable and weight service.. possibly obligated service. Dagger: Justice and military honot. Valor. Discipline Torch: Ethicality (U7). Life. Zealousness. Truth & Intelligence. Engaged in signal service. Quill: Justice Writ: Honesty Soyuz w/ Obsidian Eye (centered): The Oracle. Guidance toward one's fate. Volcano: Power; raging intensity smoldering from within "Avatar Symbol": The image on the cover of Blade of the Avatar. Meaning Avatar or associated with Avatars. Possibly best avoided unless you with to announce that you are indeed an Avatar. Metals Gold: Infinity. The culmination of truth, love and courage. Silver: Order Copper: Chaos Bronze: Balance Furs Dragon: Silver Serpent: Phoenix: Colors White (Argent): Peace & Sincerity. Ultima - Spirituality Black (Sable): ("humble color") Sadness, Knowledge, Piety, Sincerity & Work. Ultima - Humility Red (Gules): Military, excellence and fortitude. Also corrosponds to the metal copper. Ultima - Courage / Valor Green (Vert): Felicity, Pleasure, Joy, Youth & Beauty. Ultima - Justice Orange (Tawny): Worthy ambition. Ultima - Sacrifice Purple (Purpure): Royalty, justice & majesty. Ultima - Honor Blue (Azure): Piety & Sincerity, Loyalty & Truth. Ultima - Truth / Honesty Yellow (Or): Generosity, Elevation of the mind. Ultima - Love / Compassion Thoughts anyone? I'll refresh my memory here and do a little research to start filling in some blanks. My personal preference is some kind of mix between real world and New Britannia meanings and names but I'm not married to that concept. For anyone who's curious I'm getting a lot of the 'additional' meanings here.. http://www.fleurdelis.com/meanings.htm They have a rather long list of symbols. Though I welcome additional or 'better' sources.