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Updated Arms of the Jarldom of Borgarrike


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Yo, listen up, Borgarmenn!

A High Priestess wishes to convey that she has the honour and the pleasure, both as great as the mighty bosom of the Lady Unna, to present you all with the updated version of the coat of arms of the Jarldom of Borgarrike.

The updated coat of arms aforesaid features, on a turquoise field, the pre-Valtian Borgarish petty queen called Queen Alicent the Ambusher standing on a grey triple-towered castle holding a flower in her heraldic right hand and a grain crop in her heraldic left hand. Two bears in red are chained to the castle.

Queen Alicent belonged to the House of Trinquie and was Queen of Kvithyll as well as Lady of Aakenie Hall; her realm was situated in lands which nowadays are part of the Borgarish Yeorlskapp which is known as Skapstaðr. This Lady Monarch was also known as Alicent Hattencourt and as the Queen of Flowers. Ancestors of hers hailed from the Kingdom of Vermandois, hence her Walsch-sounding name. They were sellswords who many generations anterior to the birth of Queen Alicent were hired by a Borgarish petty king called King Hjörleifur of Berre. After their contract had expired they decided to stick around in Borgarrike and over the centuries they amassed a great fortune and also managed to carve out a kingdom for themselves.

Queen Alicent earned her moniker through two events: the Ambush of Aakenie and the Honeywine Hold-Up. In the Ambush of Aakenie, Queen Alicent ambushed a rival petty king and his son, both of the House of Rauðbjörn. King Víglund of Kjul and Prince Steinþór Víglundsson of Kjul had wanted to abduct and forcibly marry her to Prince Steinþór to obtain her property. She was, however, a step ahead of the pair aforesaid. Queen Alicent ambushed them instead and subsequently imprisoned them in an oubliette deep in the bowels of Aakenie Hall; they never emerged again. Needless to say that Queen Alicent for the remainder of her life had scant trouble with unwanted or unworthy suitors. The Honeywine Hold-Up occurred when Queen Alicent's was hunting along the river Honeywine and her eye was caught by a young handsome wandering thegn who went by the name of Ser Ásgrímur Kárason. Queen Alicent was so taken with Ásgrímur that she had him brought over to Aakenie Hall. He was held captive there until he agreed to marry her at the Deepwoods Temple, which is nowadays known as the Lost Temple in the Woods.

The Ambush of Aakenie is represented by the two bears chained to the triple-towered castle. The Honeywine Hold-Up is symbolized by the white flower in Queen Alicent's hand since it is ancient custom in Borgarrike that when a man should like to marry a woman he offers her a white flower; Ser Ásgrímur Kárason duly did so with Queen Alicent, and they went on to have twenty children during their long and happy marriage. The grain crop Queen Alicent's other hand denotes the peace and plenty she brought to her kingdom. She tirelessly promoted trade, commerce, agriculture and craftsmanship; among the innumerable things she did for that purpose was gaving Köpingsvik its city charter. The field's colour of turquoise symbolizes Queen Alicent's penchant for wearing translucent turquoise gowns.

The shield is topped with an Imperial Crown appertaining to a Storjarl of Stormark. The crown aforesaid has its origins in the Valtian Free State. In the Days of Valtia this crown was associated with the Heads of the Great Thirteen, also known as the Great Thirteen of Valtia. Among the Falconlord Houses, the various noble Houses which ruled Valtia during the First Viking Age, the Great Thirteen were by country mile the most powerful of the aforesaid company of chieftains. Around the globe the Great Thirteen were regarded as being of Imperial status. The Heads of the Great Thirteen all bore the Imperial Title of Storjarl, hence why this crown is also known as the Crown of the Great Thirteen. 

A boar and a Vanic Priestess of the royal rank of Princess of the Ancient Ways serve as shield supporters. The boar is in the Vanic Faith a sacred animal associated with various Gods and Goddesses. The Priestess is spreading out the Cloak of Faith over the Jarldom of Borgarrike and its People. The aforesaid cloak is purple of colour, which is a colour associated with royalty. She is wearing a Priestessly Crown as well as a Priestessly Necklace of gold with a ruby and gold pendant. It symbolizes the necklace that a Vanic Priestess is invested with upon being bestowed upon the full Priestessly Powers by the God or Goddess she is devoted to. Such necklaces are mentioned in the Ancient Covenant, the eternal Pact between the Vanic Gods and Goddesses and the Vanafolk for the happiness, benefit, prosperity and power of both the mortals and the Lords and Ladies Divine. They are treasured heirlooms, with a storied history that begins in the mists of times ancient beyond the memory of woman. It may happen that a Vanic Priestess surrenders the necklace that she was invested with after receiving her the full Priestessly Powers for a Priestessly Necklace that was willed to her by a Vanic Priestess who passed away.

Her Royal Highness is a Rauðihár, which means "redhead" in the Storish language. Redheads are revered by the Vanafolk since red hair has traditionally been seen as a sign of descent from high-ranking ancestors and a mark of rulership and Priesthood. Vanafolkers also consider red hair to be a blessing from the Gods and Goddesses and very attractive.

The coat of arms of the Jarldom of Borgarrike also features the collar of the Grand and Glorious Imperial Order of the Two Silver Longships. The Imperial Order aforesaid is, together with the Most Beloved and Most Blessed Imperial Order of the Fulltrui, the Supreme Order of Chivalry of the Twenty-Six Jarldoms. 

The compartment is a meadow strewn with red roses and golden anchors, it also contains the motto scroll with Borgarrike's motto: "Have the guts to go nuts". The colour of the meadow symbolizes fertility and the many roses denote the love that the Gods and Goddesses have for the Vanafolk. The golden anchors allude to one of the nicknames of Borgarrike: Old Anchors. It is, aside from "Land of Plants and Nuts", Borgarrike's best-known moniker and is derived from the Jarldom's ancient port cities, to wit: Köpingsvik, Kaupang and Viborg.

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