The Barons of Bellevue

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Ancalagon
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The Barons of Bellevue

Post by Ancalagon » Wed Aug 02, 2017 11:18 pm

My current gaming group meets every other weekend on a pretty consistent basis. I've been reading Knights of the Dinner Table since it started, I decided I'd like to have a name for our group. Since all but one member lives in Bellevue and we play in the residence of one of the Bellevue members, I suggested The Barons of Bellevue. Everyone was good with the idea and the name so it stuck.

I have an interest in medieval heraldry so, naturally, my geeky side decided to try my hand at crafting a coat of arms for our group. After spending a little time looking for a free online app to let me play with colors and symbols. I combined some of the historical meanings of blazonry, the language of heraldry, with some of my own concepts, to create something that captures some meaning for us as people and gamers. So here goes:

Red symbolizes courage in battle. Since two members are retired military and one is active duty, I thought it appropriate. Since the three of them and myself work for DOD, we work to safeguard national interests in our various fashions. The other member of the group is an American, so red, along with white and blue, is a symbolic color for Americans.

Blue symbolizes steadfastness, strength, loyalty, and truth. Those are some big qualities for friendship and a gaming group. The group, in its various incarnations, has been going for 2.5 yrs!

The steel helmet with the closed visor atop the shield represents "gentlemen and squires" so its good enough for my purposes.

The banner at the bottom has the Latin phrase "Imaginatio est Vita" which translates as "Imagination is Life"... quite appropriate for a gaming group.

In civic heraldry, keys are always identified as a symbol of power. I'm envisioning the key, pointing upwards, in the general direction of the helmet, as a symbol to unlocking the power of our imaginations.

A chalice is used for holding and drinking water / wine / whatever, which preserves life. I'm using it on the other side of the shield and helmet as a representation of collecting the essence of the unlocked imagination, which adds so much joy to life.

The dragon is the guardian of treasures, the bravest of all the creatures, and most appropriate for a gaming group!

So here you have it - the coat of arms for The Barons of Bellevue!
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Post by Cloak-n-Dagger » Sat Aug 05, 2017 10:39 am

Cool Coat dude, lots of thought went into the various aspects. Looks like the Bellevue group is enjoying quite a bit of table time and dice slinging.
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Post by Ancalagon » Sat Aug 05, 2017 10:14 pm

Thanks!

Next session is tomorrow. My cleric is running low on vitamins X and P since its been a while since the DM handed out any. We've accomplished a lot of stuff lately so I'm hoping I can finally hit 5th level. ;)

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Post by Deil the Yin » Sat Sep 23, 2017 8:35 pm

Guid on ya, Lord James!
Here's Tae Us,
Wha's Like Us,
Damn few... an' they're a' DEID!

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Post by Ancalagon » Tue Oct 03, 2017 10:36 pm

Thank you!

My cleric hit 5th level a couple of sessions ago. The rest of the party includes a 4th level wolf-riding fighter, a 3rd level longbow specialist, and a 3rd level wizard.

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Post by Cloak-n-Dagger » Wed Oct 04, 2017 8:12 pm

Ancalagon wrote:
Tue Oct 03, 2017 10:36 pm
Thank you!

My cleric hit 5th level a couple of sessions ago. The rest of the party includes a 4th level wolf-riding fighter, a 3rd level longbow specialist, and a 3rd level wizard.
Most excellent. I like the diversity in levels, that makes for a good party mix.
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Post by grodog » Sun Oct 08, 2017 9:40 pm

Ancalagon wrote:
Wed Aug 02, 2017 11:18 pm
So here you have it - the coat of arms for The Barons of Bellevue!
Nice work, James!

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Post by Ancalagon » Fri Oct 13, 2017 12:11 am

Thank you!

Next session is on the 15th. Hoping to put a beat down on some bad guys.

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Post by Ancalagon » Tue Nov 21, 2017 6:53 pm

A very cool takeaway from 6 weeks at the local community theater is that I met FOUR people interested in D&D! One has experience, the others are noobs but definitely interested. If scheduling works then The Barons could be adding a few new members to the ranks next month.

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Post by Ancalagon » Thu Nov 30, 2017 10:07 pm

The gentleman with D&D experience met with me and the DM this evening and rolled up a human thief for use with the campaign. I'm keeping my fingers crossed!

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