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Updated Arms of the Jarldom of Tiundarike


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Yo, listen up, Liljasmenn!

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 Tiundarike. The shield of the updated coat of arms aforesaid features a sword on a royal blue field which is surrounded by six coins of gold; all of the aforesaid is situated within a wavy bordure of white, strewn with seven fleurs de lys. 

The field of royal blue epitomizes the lands of Tiundarike which in the days of yore were severed from the jurisdiction of the Eidsivathing through the issuance of the first Gyllmára Búlla by the first Queen Mortal of the Ancient Ways, the Lady Lilja the Devout, under her newfound authority which she derived from the Ancient Covenant. That Gyllmára Búlla granted the tribe that inhabited the peninsula which nowadays constitutes the Jarldom of Tiundarike, the Vålar, a legislative assembly of their own. Out of gratitude to Her High Holiness the Vålar named their legislative assembly the Liljasthing and they also took the name of Liljasmenn for themselves. The waviness of the bordure alludes to the waves that the Lady Lilja caused by isssuing the Gyllmára Búlla that gave the Vålar their own Thing; its colour, white, symbolizes the ancient stronghold of Whitewalls, which nowadays is the seat of the Jarl of Tiundarike. The seven fleur de lys of the colour royal blue also represent Queen Lilja as well as the Seven Seals of Thingeyri, which are heirlooms wielded by worthy Vanic Priestesses and which are since times ancient beyond the memory of woman handed down the generations. One of those seals, the Sceau de Sable, is presently held by the Storjarla Esther of Normandie; another one, the Sceau d'Or, is held by the Yfirstormarksgythia and High Priestess of the Thingeyri Temple.

The sword on the field of royal blue represents craftsmanship, for which Tiundarike since ancient times is renowned. Likewise it is also an allusion to the entexnsive series of border conflicts which are known as the Bitter Borders, both Anterior and Posterior, which lasted, with a lengthy lull during the days that both Tiundarike and Eidsivarike were part of Valtia, until well into the Age of Darkness. The coins of gold epitomize the humongous funds, which totalled 13% of the value of all the property in the Lands of the Vålar, raised by the Vålar Tribe and the town of Sigtuna to fund the construction of the Thingeyri Temple. From the Days of Lilja until the great reform of Stormark's system of taxation, which took place in the year 1621, the Liljasmenn remained one of the major funders of the Church of the Ancient Ways, annually sending 13 percent of all the taxes collected in Tiundarike to the Thingeyri Temple. The aforesaid happened in an yearly event called the Golden Procession. Presently that event still is held every year, albeit only symbolically.

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 a 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 Tiundarike 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 Tiundarike 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 also contains the motto scroll. The colour of the meadow symbolizes fertility and the many roses allude to the love that the Gods and Goddesses have for the Vanafolk. The motto "Handverkið är Mesterið" means "Craftsmanship is Masterhood". 

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3 hours ago, Sigrdrífa the Priestess said:

The sword on the field of royal blue represents craftsmanship, for which Tiundarike since ancient times is renowned. Likewise it is also an allusion to the entexnsive series of border conflicts which are known as the Bitter Borders, both Anterior and Posterior, which lasted, with a lengthy lull during the days that both Tiundarike and Eidsivarike were part of Valtia, until well into the Age of Darkness.

Your High Holiness,

What is in this context meant by "Anterior and Posterior"?

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My Lady Regent,

A High Priestess wishes to convey to Your Imperial and Royal Highness that the term "Bitter Borders Anterior" refers to the border conflicts that occurred between Tiundarike and Eidsivarike prior to the both of them became part of the Valtian Free State. Likewise does the term "Bitter Borders Posterior" denote the border wars and skirmishes that took place betwixt Tiundarike and Eidsivarike subsequent to Valtias Forlǫg, with the chieftains  of Eidsivarike seizing the opportunity of the chaos caused by the Destruction of Valtia to attempt to bring the the lands of Tiundarike back into the fold of the Eidsivathing. Ultimately all of those attempts failed.

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