West Kingdom
College of Heralds

Where Did It Go? (Using Oscar)

Where Did It Go? (Using Oscar)
by HL Ivo Blackhawk (Ansteorra Submitter Relations Deputy),
May 2015 (A.S. L)

So, you turned over your name and arms to the herald, the check has been cashed, and things are off to the races! Congratulations! You’ve done the hard part. Now it’s up to the College of Heralds to take care of things for you.

But… a few months go by, and you start to wonder,… "How's it going, anyway?"” I mean, you haven'’t heard anything, and a lot can happen in that time, right?

Well, here is one way you can find out.

  1. Type into your browser: oscar.sca.org

  2. Now, on the top left corner of the page are nine blue links. Go to the “Sub Status” link. (Note: there is a “Log in” box; don’t worry about it, you don’t need to log in for any of this.) Click on the “Sub Status” link.

  3. You'’re there! This is a text only page of all the submissions current in the system. No computer coding, no fancy script, just good old-fashioned text. You can look for your name here.

    Hint: press “CONTROL” and “F” on most browsers, and it will do a browser-based search for text. Just type in any part of your name, or the blazon for your device, and look through the selected possibilities.

  4. When you find it, scroll up or down a little and you’ll see lines that say where that bunch of submissions are in the process.

    ...In Commentary Period… - Submissions are commented on by the kingdom College of Heralds for one month, and then at the Society level, by the Society College of Arms, for three months.

    ...Being Decided… - The SCA College of Arms takes about a month to go through all of the commentary on your submission and then decide if it meets all the rules and requirements of registration.

    ...Proofreading... - The decision has been made and the College of Arms is putting all of the decisions together and proofreading them for the Letter of Acceptance and Returns (LoAR) (this takes about a month).

    After this, the LoAR will be published online, and notices sent out by email to heralds subscribed to the notifications list. The kingdom has an officer (Matins, in the West Kingdom) whose job is to tell you when your submission was published and what the decision was.

If you have any questions about your submission, or if it’s not on this list and you think it should be, contact the Matins office with your question.

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