Greetings from the Brigantia Principal Herald of the Kingdom of the East.
At Curia on Jan 26th in Stonemarche it was proposed by Baron Rowen H.E. to their Majesties and I to eliminate the requirement for Shires to have a Herald. The reasoning was, when the requirement was added in January 2002, that having a local officer for heraldic consultation was a very good thing. This requirement was more than what Corpora requires of Shires.
With the advent of the Ask A Herald system and with the pervasiveness of the internet into our lives this requirement has become, in certain circles, viewed as a burden instead of a benefit. Thusly it was moved to strike that additional requirement and bring EK Law into line with Corpora.
Thusly, EK Law Section VII.H.3.b, which required Shires to have heralds is no more. EK Law Section VII.H.3.c will be merged with Section VII.H.3.b and will require a “Herald, Knight Marshal, or Minister of Arts and Sciences” as a shire officer.
Now that the legalese is out of the way. This does not mean the positions are going away. It only means the position of Shire Herald is no longer required for a local group to exist. I would prefer to see those who are Heralds of Shires continue their work and be a benefit to their local groups.
Ryan Mac Whyte
Brigantia Principal Herald of the Kingdom of the East