The naga is a mythical creature of Asia, depicted in various forms depending on the region. As accepted for Society use, the naga is a monster drawn as a serpent with multiple stylized heads; this is the form found in Thailand, as described by a Portuguese Jesuit, Fernão Mendes Pinto, in 1569 (papers published posthumously in 1614).
Like the serpent, the naga has no default posture in Society armory; likewise, the number of heads is explicitly blazoned. The illustration shows a five-headed naga glissant. The use of the naga, as a motif from outside period Europe, carries a step from period practice. For related charges, see dragon (hydra).
The Canton of Golden Playne bears: Vert, a five-headed naga glissant contourny Or within a laurel wreath argent.
A crucifix is a religious icon, consisting of a cross surmounted by the figure of Jesus. Period rolls and texts [RH; de Bara 199; Nobreza xliº] ascribe a crucifix to the attributed arms of Prester John, “Emperor of India”.
As of this writing, the only example of a crucifix in Society armory is a specific artifact: the crucifix of San Damiano, dated to the 11th Century, and considered special to the Franciscan Order. In general, the type of crucifix should not be specified. See also paternoster.
Francesco Gaetano Greco d’Edessa bears as a badge: Per fess enarched gules and vert, a San Damiano crucifix argent charged with a figure of Christ sable.
A crozier, or crosier, is a bishop’s staff, a highly ornamented depiction of a shepherd’s crook. It’s a period charge, frequently found in the arms of bishoprics, but not exclusively: e.g., the arms of di Spiciani, mid-15th C. [Triv 338]. The crozier is palewise by default, with its opening to dexter.
Similar to the crozier is the “archepiscopal staff”, with a cross formy at the end, found in the arms of the Archbishop of Canterbury in 1514 [HCE xxx]. Finally, there’s the “crook” or “shepherd’s crook”, the simple herder’s staff on which the crozier was based, found in the canting arms of Crook, c.1285 [ANA2 308].
The “cross tripartite (or triple-parted) and fretted” may also be blazoned a “cross of three pallets fretted with three barrulets”. It’s a period treatment, found in the arms of Skirlaw, 1406 [Boutell 49].
Druscilla Galbraith bears: Vert, a cross triple-parted and fretted argent.
Elena Wyth bears: Argent, a cross triply parted and fretted within a bordure azure.
The “cross swallowtailed” is found in the arms of de Marinonibus, mid-15th C. [Triv 217], where it’s blazoned a “cross of eight points”. However, the latter term can also refer to the Maltese cross [Franklyn 118], so the Society’s term is preferred.
Eric of the Broken Cross bears: Gules, a cross swallowtailed azure fimbriated Or.
Savaric de Pardieu bears: Quarterly argent and sable, in saltire five crosses swallowtailed counterchanged.
The “star cross” is a Society invention. It’s supposed to have been an ancient Christian symbol formed from the Greek letters iota-chi, the monogram for Jesus Christ. In modern times, it has become the symbol of emergency medical care; its Society use is now disallowed.
Alain de Rocher bears: Gules, a star cross within a bordure argent.