Queen Vialle's Conference with the College of Heralds
On the 5th day of the 1st month of 5273 Queen Vialle surprisingly showed up at the yearly conference of the Amber College of Heralds. This surprised the conclave since no reigning monarch, King or Queen, had attended the conference in several thousand years.
Official Rules of Order for the College seats the King and Queen as the leader of the College but this is historically considered an honorary position. In practice the Master Laurel of Arms oversees the Conferences and the College.
Queen Vialle had served in the College in the past as Rebma's representative making her very familiar with the rules and procedures.
She arrived in State, wearing the Queen's Crown and bearing the King's Scepter, and stated it was her intention to settle several long standing controversies by issuing royal rulings.
Master Aldo Mikhale, the Laurel Master of Arms, has held the senior seat in the college for 600 years and has a long standing policy of "Review" over the charters of regional cities that often involves informal encouragement. Behind his back the "encouragement" is called what it is, bribes. "Levels of "Review" allow allowances of bureaucratic details to occur despite charters and patents not being fully approved. He headed a faction among the college who all juiced upwards toward Aldo for all the details they came to oversee.
'Queen Vialle, by assuming the high seat, as Oberon, Eric, and Random had all not bothered to do, was essentially cutting Aldo off from the final say in the "Review" process. She also stated that she would be attending lower level meetings and otherwise serve the office of Sovereign Queen of Arms so long neglected since the reign of Queen Harla. Queen Harla was the last sitting King or Queen to serve as Sovereign of arms
She arrived with a contingent of heralds essentially establishing the Queen's Heralds faction including Lady Nim Mior Tral, William Roth, Dame Margot, Dart of Hale, Droppa Ma'Pants, Tyler Smials, Lady Ain Breakwithe-Smythe, and Brutus Drent( a known enemy of Master Aldo).
Aldo Mikhale, still officially Laurel Master of Arms, is relegated to managing research and book hearldry is cut out of his main funds and the standard of living he has come to expect. His faction may become dangerous.
Long Standing Rulings Settled by Queen Vialle, Sovereign Queen of Arms:
1)Queen Tradota was declared officially to have been a married to King Finndo, and to have been duly crowned Queen of Amber by the acceptance of the Queen's Crown. This ruling making her son Dashel legitimate, despite his birth after She and Finndo left Amber. That his birth occured after his parents abdicated does not make him a Prince of Amber. Queen Tradota's Royal Letters Patent had previously been approved but there was unsettled issues of her legitimate birth and her marriage's legitimacy. The circumstances of her marriage and her life are unverified and many people continue to believe that Tradota, despite being now accepted as a queen of Amber, is not the person she claimed to be in offiacail documents of the time, most of which are now lost.
2)Queen Astrid's Royal Letters Patent were confirmed. Queen Vialle announced that Queen Astrid had worn the Queen's Coronet and been accepted by it. This thorny political issue had long tainted her time in Amber and Eric's reign. The announcement was part of King Random's efforts to settle outstanding matters of charters arising from Eric's term as King.
3)Confirmation of legitimacy of Martin, crown Prince of Amber
4)The Charters of 380 Chartered Cities were reviewed and confirmed by the crown. This issue was a technicality that had hung over many cities across the realm since the time of Oberon's disappearance that led to Eric's assumption of the throne. While a small matter that was generally overlooked on a day to day basis it did effect legal issues and use of public space and public sale of property.
5)Confirmation of 212 Letters Patent of Peers covering the reigns of Eric and Random. Most of these had been stalled in Master Aldo's review process.
6)Confirmation of 3100 Decree of Arms. Stalled in Master Aldo's review process. Many of these were for lower ranked knights in the service of Amber who had little use for personal Arm, used the arms in submission while they were under review. Its a sore spot between the military and the College of Heralds.