Ascents are steps, like those on a dias. The same graphic element can be seen as the base of the cavalry cross, however, as a part of that charge they are called griece. I have only seen this charge a couple of times and I do not know if the arms they were used in were authentic.
Kip Kay @ Heraldry on History Road ©2008-2011
Ascents, or Decrees: steps.
A Glossary of Terms Used in Heraldry; Parker & Company (1894).
Originally posted 2011-01-20 09:43:07.