On the Subject of Heraldry

Who doesn't need a coat of arms on their bedroom wall?

See Appendix A for indicator identification reference.
See Appendix B for battery identification reference.
See Appendix C for port identification reference.
See Appendix H for heraldry reference.

This module consists of a book containing the representation of several crest. To disarm, select your family's crest.

Each crest will have three different characteristics that you'll need to attent to in order to identify the correct one: division of field, tincture and charges.

The Royal House

First, identify the crest of the Royal House. That crest will be the only one containing a charge representing a Lion colored with an Or tincture. Take note of that crest's characteristics, as well as the Royal House's family name. The Royal House's family crest is never the solution.

Royal Crest Score

Use the following tables to obtain the Royal Crest score:

Division of Field Tincture
+2 for each field division +2 if has Gules, Azure or Vert
-1 if has "Party" in the name -1 if has Purpure, Sable or Bleu-Celeste
+3 if symmetrical about the vertical axis (excluding Charges) +5 if has any Stain
Charges Family Name
+1 for each Animal +1 for each letter in the name
+1 for each Cross -1 for each word in the name
-1 for each other charge +4 for each letter in the serial number that is in the name

Obtaining Valid Characteristics

Use the Royal Crest score to identify the correct grid below. If your Royal Crest score is not between 1 and 16, add or subtract 16 to it until it is. Then, rotate the correct grid 90° clockwise for each solved module on the bomb.

The correct grid corresponds to the Validity Table, with black cells corresponding to the cells in the Validity Table that contain valid characteristics. Your family's crest is the only one in the book that contains only valid characteristics.

1. 2. 3. 4.
5. 6. 7. 8.
9. 10. 11. 12.
13. 14. 15. 16.

Validity Table

A2 A12 A1 A4 A5 A6 T1 T3
A3 A7 A8 A9 A10 A11 A13 T4
C1 C2 D1 D2 D3 D4 C3 C4
C5 C6 D5 D6 D7 D8 C7 C8
C9 C10 D9 D10 D11 D12 C11 C12
C13 S4 D13 D14 D15 D16 S5 S6
T6 S7 S8 S9 S10 S11 S12 S1
T2 T5 S13 S14 S15 S16 S2 S3

Divisions of Field

  • D1 - Plain
  • D2 - Quarterly
  • D3 - Pile
  • D4 - Party per Chevron
  • D5 - Party per Pale
  • D6 - Party per Fess
  • D7 - Party per Bend
  • D8 - Party per Saltire
  • D9 - Pall
  • D10 - Fess
  • D11 - Bend
  • D12 - Saltire
  • D13 - Cross
  • D14 - Chief
  • D15 - Pale
  • D16 - Chevron

Tinctures

  • T1 - Gules
  • T2 - Azure
  • T3 - Vert
  • T4 - Purpure
  • T5 - Sable
  • T6 - Bleu-Celeste

Animals

  • A1 - Lion
  • A2 - Eagle
  • A3 - Horse
  • A4 - Hound
  • A5 - Bear
  • A6 - Stag
  • A7 - Dolphin
  • A8 - Serpent
  • A9 - Ox
  • A10 - Boar
  • A11 - Griffin
  • A12 - Dragon
  • A13 - Seahorse

Crosses

  • C1 - Greek
  • C2 - Moline
  • C3 - Patonce
  • C4 - Flory
  • C5 - Pommee
  • C6 - Crosslet
  • C7 - Potent
  • C8 - Saltire
  • C9 - Voided
  • C10 - Fourchee
  • C11 - Pattee
  • C12 - Maltese
  • C13 - Bottony

Other

  • S1 - Roundel
  • S2 - Annulet
  • S3 - Mullet
  • S4 - Mascle
  • S5 - Fleur-de-Lis
  • S6 - Crown
  • S7 - Lyre
  • S8 - Shell
  • S9 - Sun
  • S10 - Moon
  • S11 - Tower
  • S12 - Keys
  • S13 - Swords
  • S14 - Flower
  • S15 - Leaf
  • S16 - Hand

Other Rules

Metals, Colors and Stains

Tinctures are divided into two main groups: metals (Or and Argent) and colors (all the others). For the purposes of this module, metals are considered always valid. Also, there is a subgroup of colors called stains (Sanguine, Murrey and Tenné). These are much less common than the other colors. Stains are also considered always valid.

The Rule of Tincture

Heraldry is essentially a system of identification, so the most important convention of heraldry is the rule of tincture. To provide for contrast and visibility, metals must never be placed on metals, and colors must never be placed on colors. If a crest breaks the rule of tincture, it is not valid, even if all of its characteristics are.

The Order of the Unicorn

If the bomb has exactly two batteries in one holder, a lit FRK indicator and no Serial or Parallel ports, you are actually an agent of the Order of the Unicorn, and the book contains a secret message for you. To disarm the module, disregard all other rules and select the crest with an Unicorn charge on it.

Appendix H: Heraldry Reference

Divisions of Field

Different shades of grey represent different colors.

Plain Quarterly Pile Party per Chevron
Party per Pale Party per Fess Party per Bend Party per Saltire
Pall Fess Bend Saltire
Cross Chief Pale Chevron

Tinctures

Or Argent Gules Azure Vert Purpure
Sable Bleu-Celeste Sanguine Murrey Tenné

Charges

Animals

Lion Eagle Horse Hound Bear Stag Dolphin
Serpent Ox Boar Griffin Dragon Seahorse Unicorn

Crosses

Greek Moline Patonce Flory Pommee Crosslet Potent
Saltire Voided Fourchee Pattee Maltese Bottony

Others

Roundel Annulet Mullet Mascle Fleur-de-Lis Crown Lyre Shell
Sun Moon Tower Keys Swords Flower Leaf Hand