Symbols, Words and Letters | DrawShield

Symbols, Words and Letters

There is an enormous variety of geometric shapes available to the Herald, possibly because they are quite easy to draw!

Simple Shapes

Annulets, billet, cartouche, chevron, crescent, delf, escutcheon, fret, fusil, goutte, lozenge, icicle, mascle, mullet, roundel, rustre, saltorel, triangle

Shape Modifiers

Some of the shapes may be voided, pierced. Up to 10 annulets may be drawn one within the other (i.e. as concentric circles) and the mullet may be drawn of N points where 'N' is 5 to 10.

Named Roundels

Roundels are such common charges that each colour roundel has its own special name, so it is an error if these are given a colour. These are:

Bezant, golpe, guze, hurt, orange, pellet, plate, pomme, torteau

The matching of name to heraldic tincture is left as an exercise for the reader.

The heraldic fountain is also available, being a roundel wavy azure and argent, not to be confused with the architectural feature of the same name.


The following symbols are also availabe (but see also the category of Crosses).

Ankh, caduceus, chi-rho, cornucopia, ermine spot, fasces, fleur-de-lys, triskelion atom, Star of David, menorah, pentagram, pentacle, and should Batman's arch-enemy the Riddler ever be granted his own arms there is a question mark available. The menorah by default has 7 branches but you may also use a menorah of 9 branches, both versions may be enflamed of a different colour. The triskelion by default is a simple spiral, but can be armoured to appear as 3 armoured legs, as found in the arms of the Isle of Man.

Astronomical symbols are also available, using the form the astronomical character of the planet X where 'X' is one of Earth, Jupiter, Mars, Mercury, Moon, Neptune, Pluto, Saturn, Sun, Uranus, Venus

Monograms and Single Letters

Sets of initials or single letters can be drawn in a heavy, gothic form using any of the charge names monogram, letters, cypher, for example the monogram "kw" sable, or the letter "R" vert. In this case the quotation marks are optional but are recommended for readability.

Numbers and Digits

Single or multiple digits can be drawn, also in a heavy gothic font. Use either of the charges number, digit. The number may be given either as digits or in words, in which case the words MUST be enclosed in quotation marks. For example the digit "5" gules, or the number "nineteen hundred and sixty four" sable. Numbers described in words up to around 100,000 will probably be recognised correctly.

Other Words

If you wish to write things upon your shield, the following charges are available.

The roman 'X'where 'X' runs from 'A' to 'Z', but this time the letter is a proper text letter using a Serif font and is thus much more readable.

The word 'X' where 'X' is any string of letters. For multiple words, enclose them in double quotes, but note that the words do not "wrap" and so you end up with a long, thin charge. Words are drawn in a readable, serif font.


  • the word "ten" sable shows the charge as "ten"
  • the number "ten" sable will show the charge as "10"
  • For more control over the appearance of text see the (NON-STANDARD!) "Text Effects" theme pack


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