First, fish, or, alternatively, more Latin/French names for the weird contortions heraldic critters get into. There's really only three of note:
- Naiant. Swimming. Horizontally, facing left.
- Hauriant. Swimming, head up, tail down.
- Urinant (no tittering at the back!). Swimming, head down, tail up.
- A snake (or, in fact, anything's tail) may be said to be nowed if it's knotted, usually in a figure eight knot.
- The heraldic term for the classic snake biting its own tail is, unsurprisingly if you're well read, an ouroboros
|Couped: neatly cut off|
|Erased: raggedly cut off,|
usually in a very stylised
Heads are typically blazoned as proper, and the terms bearded and crined (i.e. having hair of a certain colour) may be used if you need to be specific. A head of colour (to use the politically correct term) is usually blazoned with the anachronistic blackamoor's head. Also cropping up are things like a Saracen's head, a Turk's head etc. One interesting term is a maiden's head (I'm sure there's an intentional herald's pun in there somewhere!), which refers to (and I quote) "[the] head and shoulders of a woman affrontée, couped below the breasts, her hair dishevelled, and usually wreathed with a garland of roses." Yes. Quite.
Next up, and not least because there are Fireforge Templars on my Salute shopping list, crosses of all forms.
[This post respectfully dedicated to the memory of my former colleague and friend Steff, who managed to raise a laugh and a smile at his funeral by asking for the aforementioned music to be played at the beginning. Rest in peace, mate. You're missed.]