☙ My coat of arms ❧
- Party per fess wavy Purpure and Argent, a bunch of grapes hanging from a pair of antlers counterchanged, in chief three mullets of the second.
- A demi-otter rampant proper, bearing in its forepaws an equilateral triangle Purpure charged with a transgender symbol Argent.
- Assume no malice
↑ The above is my very own personal coat of arms! It’s not registered with any heraldic authority, but who cares? Heraldry is fun, so if the College of Arms want to sue me, that's their problem. Further detail on the origins and symbolism of my arms are below...
I. The escutcheon
I.a. The field
The field shape is generally inconsequential, but i do sometimes like to emblazon it as a triangle, like on this website’s home page, for some extra pride-themed pizzazz.
Purple has always been one of my favourite colours, and when combined with gold it looked a bit too, erm… Ukip-y for my tastes.
The division of the field is a more subtle reference to the symbolism expressed in the crest: the waves are both a cant on genderfluidity, and a reference to my affinity for water.
I.b. The charges
The grapes symbolise my devotion to Dionysos, and, while i could very much make up some gubbins about the antlers being about strength or something along those lines, the truth is that they were on my previous arms’ crest, and my fursona is an otter with antlers. Forgive me.
Lastly, the three stars symbolise my three conflicting national identities: English, Dutch, and European.
II. The crest
I’ve always had an affinity for water, and have been jokingly referred to as “semi-aquatic”, much like the otter. Also, otters are cute, and — as mentioned — i have one as my fursona. The meaning of the ⚧ symbol being born by it should, i hope, be clear.
III. The motto
This is a rephrasing of Hanlon’s razor, the idea that things are more often explained by misunderstanding and ignorance than deliberate malice and, thus, one should assume good faith on the part of the actor. It’s an idea i try to live my life by.
I went through quite a few designs for my arms before the current iteration! You can find the previous versions in the table below.
V. Community arms
I’ve designed coats of arms for a few online communities which i take part in. I’ve changed their names to protect the anonymity of me and my fellow posters, but if you know, you know…
VI. Armigerous .com-rades
Many others around the web have also come up with their own arms. An incomplete list of those who have detailed their arms on their website:
“Ex īgnī aureō” (Out of fire, gold)
“Lucem porta in tenebris” (In the darkness, carry the light)
„In dunkler Nacht” (In dark of night)
If you own a personal website with detail of your coat of arms and would like to be listed, shoot an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know!