The idea for this came up last weekend at our AD&D 1st Edition game. One of the players is a Knight in training, and to cut a long story short, they found themselves at a Motte and Bailey Castle, mixing with a host of Knightly Factions from other parts of the Realm. The players kept on asking me what their Coat-of-Arms were, and I was making it up off the cuff; I didn’t think they would be all that interested to be honest, or I would have have worked it out before hand, and put some effort into it. I had the basics, but not the detail. So I thought I would make a few Random Charts for everyone to use when rolling up simple Heraldic Insignia. I am keeping it easy here, really basic, there are thousands of great books out there that really get behind this subject, but that is not my intention here... so, on to, the ‘Crest of a Knave!’
A simple breakdown of what’s what.
Sinister is the left hand side of the shield, Dexter is the right. The Field is the main colour that covers the shield, as in, a red rose on a field of green, or a yellow Crown on a Field of red.
So, roll for your Field Colour first,
Then Roll what’s going on top, and what colour it will be. If you roll the same number for colour, just roll again. Once you know what is going on the shield, i.e. one of the six Escutcheons, simply go to the appropriate chart and roll again. I have provided images for the more complicated ones (courtesy of Wikipedia).
Escutcheons (1d6)( Whats's on top of the Field)
2) Honourable Ordinaries
5) Common Charges
2)Honourable Ordinaries (1d20) (Images are below)
18) Reverse Pile
19) Reverse Chief
5)Common Charges (1d10)
4) Book with Letters
5) Chess Rook
7) Compass Rose