It is a solemn matter to appoint a Herald to your household, for he will be with you, assuming your need for him continues, forever after. His presence alone can turn a simple sandwich into a solemn banquet. Never take a Herald on a picnic. (The Book of Weird)
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Still wandering about the streets of Arras, France (You can walk down a lot of streets if you just get out there and do it!) I ran across this image shining golden in the sun that I took to be the seal of the French Republic.
Liberty seated, resting her left arm on a ship's rudder and holding a fasces, the symbol of strength in unity, in her right, and surrounded images of the agriculture and industry of the Republic, underscored with the phrase Republique Francaise.
Alas, however, that is not the seal of the French Republic, at least not according this image (from Heraldry of the World):