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Someone, somewhere, has shown his vision of the Vorkosigan Arms, and Jeff Parker shows his version of the Vorbarra Arms at the FanArt page of the Bujold Nexus.

I had some different ideas, so I fired up my paint program to draw some Vor logos, based on the following assumptions:

  1. The Vor logos are not derived from a European Heraldic tradition.
  2. They have never been painted on shields, so they are not "shield-shaped".
  3. They have been used as battle flags, so to be easier to handle, they are either square or higher than their length.
  4. From "A Civil Campaign" we learn that they originated as crests on the money bags given to the emperor on his birthday, and that they have been used as seals on letters. So they are probably round or maybe rounded squares or almost-squares.
  5. There is a page with alternative Vorkosigan Crests (or Logos or Arms) as I and other people have imagined them.
  6. There is a "Glorious bugs" advertising banner used by MPVK Enterprises in the Vorkosigan ComConsole web surfer.
  7. NEW: Two versions of a new proposed Vorbarra crest.
Of course, it can be discussed how good these assumptions are. I don't think there is much evidence in the books.
Vorbarra The Vorbarra logo in red and gold.

It shows the old Star Bridge in Vorbarr Sultana, the "star" is a pattern in the masonry of the bridge.

The wavy lines represent the river.

Or maybe this is the Vorhartung crest, the Star Bridge is close to Vorhartung Castle.

Vorbarra new An alternative Vorbarra logo in blue and red.

There is a hint in "A Civil Campaign" chapter 15 that the Vorbarra colors might be dark blue and some other color, why not blue and red.

Vorbarra alt silver Could this be the Vorbarra crest?

There is a hint in "A Civil Campaign" chapter 17 that the Vorbarra crest might involve olive leaves, and LMB has hinted that the colors might be black and silver.

Vorbarra alt sculpted A "sculpted" version of the olive-leaf Vorbarra crest.
Vorkosigan The Vorkosigan logo in brown and silver.

It shows a stylised maple leaf above three triangles representing the Dendarii mountains.

There is actually some text evidence for this design, a quote from "A Civil Campaign" chapter 3:
...the Vorkosigan crest, the stylized maple leaf backed by the three overlapping triangles representing the mountains...

Vorkosigan alt1 An alternative Vorkosigan logo in brown and silver.

The stylised maple leaf is on top of three triangles representing the Dendarii mountains.

Vorkosigan alt2 Another Vorkosigan logo in brown and silver.

The maple leaf and the three triangles representing the Dendarii mountains are now inside a circular border.

This design might fit the text evidence better.

Vorkosigan alt3 An "embossed" version of the Vorkosigan crest.

This might be how it would look impressed on paper.

Go to a page with alternative Vorkosigan Crests (or Logos or Arms) as I and other people have imagined them.
bbug_245 Mark Vorkosigan's Butterbug logo or label in brown and silver.

Mark intended this design in the Vorkosigan colors to remind the viewer of the Vorkosigan logo.

glbug_245 After MPVK Enterprises redesigned the butterbugs they needed a new company logo or label.

The new logo shows the bugs' new name and new color scheme.

glbug_172 MPVK Enterprises use this advertising banner in the Vorkosigan ComConsole web surfer.
vordaggr The logo of Count Vorsomeone in violet and gold.

It shows a star and two daggers.

vorcoast The logo of Count Vorsomeone-on-the-coast in light green and red. (Perhaps chartreuse and scarlet?).

The nautical theme and the fish were chosen at a time when it was not yet clear that it would be impossible to stock the oceans with Earth fish.

vorcoast alt An alternative logo for Count Vorsomeone-on-the-coast, now with a border in form of an ellipse.
vor-flag The logo of Count Vorsomeone-else in dark blue and light green. (Perhaps navy and mint?).

This logo shows a flag surrounded by some greenery, perhaps having something to do with the terraforming effort.

vor-flag alt An alternative logo for Count Vorsomeone-else, now with a border in form of an ellipse.

Or is this what the Vorbarra crest looks like, but in black and silver?

vorspydr The logo of Count Vorsomeone-different (maybe Vorspyder?) in blue and gold.
Or could this perhaps be Count Vorpatrils logo?

This logo commemorates a family heirloom from before the time of isolation, a picture of a young boy in uniform with the word "SPEIDER" visible on the breast pocket. They thought this meant "spider", but the boy was actually a Norwegian Boy Scout.


All comments about these logos are welcome to bo@dendarii.com
webring See my entry in The Lois McMaster Bujold Webring.

Barrayar map I have tried to be a Fan Mapmaker and made a (very) provisional Map of Barrayar.
Vorkosigan House I have tried my skills as a Fan Artist and made some sketches of Vorkosigan House.
Vorkosigan ComConsole All Bujold fans have surely waited for the Vorkosigan ComConsole, reskinned versions of Opera, Mozilla Firefox, Mozilla Suite, Netscape, or MS Internet Explorer with a "Vorkosigan" look.
Chalion maps You can also view some (very) provisional maps of the World of Chalion.

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