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"Gules, a saltire raguly argent" is a reference to the first colonial movement to break free from Spanish, which was referred to as the Quiteño Revolution. Unfortunately, they were stopped by Spain and the government was dissolved, leading once more to Spanish rule. A famous painting the armiger once saw shows the two daughters of one revolutionary pleading for their father's life as he is led off to die. Although this failed, it was referred to as the first cry of independence, "El Primer Grito de Independencia". Today, the city where it started, Quito, is called the Light of the World for the actions of these few brave men. This lasted from 1809 to 1812, and nine years after that came Simon Bolívar, who was inspired by these men but more successful. On his trip from Quito to Cuenca, my ancestor Antonio Rudesindo Estévez de Toral stopped for two years in Riobamba to assist in the revolutionary cause for Gran Colombia in 1820, also inspired by those first men (he was named Secretario de la Junta Patriótica for his efforts). The armiger have always felt a strong connection to his, even wanting for his middle name to be added to theirs (not yet (at least)) so like he held respect towards them, they will too, and thus they are represented on their arms. Additionally, there is a lion bearing a flag like this on the arms of Guayaquil, which is were their family on that side grew up.
The lion is a very common beast in heraldry that here the armiger is not using to represent anything, it is just there to hold the staff. The staff being held gives the impression of leading, which is analogous to what they wish to be, a teacher. Leaders from all backgrounds normally lead those like them, but teachers must lead those who are not like them, meaning they must exemplify certain virtues. Some have told them (and they hope they are true) that they exemplify such virtues, so that, combined with my love for learning and explaining, told me several years ago that teaching is the career choice for me. It is not just teaching that comes from this analogy of leading but parenting as well, and they have wanted since they could understand the future and what a family is to be a father. The armiger have strived to learn from my parents how to do so and they have had their first boy's name picked out since they was 11. Because of both of these desires, they chose to add "a lion rampant maintaining in its forepaws a latin cross patty fitchy or."
In order to explain the crest they first have to explain the motto. It is an adapted line from St. Jerome's Latin Vulgate translation of Revelation 12:9,
"Et proiectus est draco ille magnus serpens antiquus qui vocatur Diabolus et Satanas qui seducit universum orbem proiectus est in terram et angeli eius cum illo missi sunt" (Latin Vulgate)
"The great dragon was hurled down—that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him." (NABRE)
The part the armiger took was from the very beginning, "et proiectus est draco," or "and the dragon was cast down." It is their favorite Bible verse, from the power of its words to what it says to its relation to St. Michael, my patron saint. The armiger modified the phrase to "et projicitur draco" because it changed it from past to present, "and the dragon is cast down," which adds to the power of the line by showing how at all times, Satan will never beat God. The crest represents this by having a dragon wing pierced by the cross in the arms alongside an angel's wing.
The warcry is an adaptation of a Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitsu quote. In the very first episode, Samukai is attacking Kai and Nya's blacksmith shop and Wu spinjitsus in, saving them and posing a threat to Samukai's plan. Samukai, noting something about Wu's attack, says "Your Spinjitsu's a little rusty, Wu." Wu, cool, calm, and fierce, responds "Nothing like bone to sharpen its blade." This line just seemed so cool they shortened it into a little proverb, "bone sharpens iron," which is similar to a later quote of Wu, "As iron sharpens iron, brother sharpens brother."
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Blazon : On a gonfanon Gules outlined and hanging from a latin cross patty fitchy Or a saltire raguly Argent.