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Fabian Arnett von Schwetzingen, Leaf of Merit


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Fabian Arnett von Schwetzingen, Leaf of Merit Scroll
Calligraphy and Illumination by Eliška z Jihlavy

Photo and Contribution
by Eliška z Jihlavy


"Fabian was very willing to actually waive his Leaves of Achievement scrolls, as he's been blessed with other scrolls already, and is really part of the camp that's not sure you should get a scroll when you've already recieved a token... which I took as an opportunity to mess around with this style, which has long intrigued me. The scroll actually covers both his Rose Leave and his Leaf of Merit. It's based on a 15th century charter granting the city of Vienna the right to augment their arms. I've always loved the whole darn thing: the pendant seal, the obvious purpose of the document being "official", the heavy emphasis on text, with very sexy calligraphy, and of course, the displayed eagle makes me think of Fabe.

This was one of my early scrolls using a batarde hand, which I find is my most natural. It's also my first attempt at cadels: the majority of the large initials are made with "true cadels", meaning the pen doesn't actually leave the page until the design is complete. fun to work out!!! The eagle is NOT his heraldicly approved bird, as it contains all the "extras" he wishes he could register: ducal coronet, knight's chain, laurel wreath, and his household badge atop the shield. I always meant to have a scroll with one of his mottos in German, but ran out of room... maybe someday I'll get back in there and squeeze it in.

The scroll is done on Perg, with Black Magic ink, and WN gouache. There are two Kingdom seals depending from silk cords." -- Eliška z Jihlavy


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