Ian Raven of Tadcaster
Ian Raven at Pennsic Rapier Champions, Pennsic XXXVIII
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Baron Ian Raven of Tadcaster is a rapier fighter and illuminator formerly residing in Bhakail, now a citizen of Artemisia. He is a baron of the Court of Kenric and Avelina, a companion of the Orders of the Golden Rapier and the Silver Crescent, and has served in the past as Deputy East Kingdom Webminister and Baronial Herald for Bhakail.
He is also the captain of the Tadcaster Militia.
It is the late 1300's, and Ian is a land owner near a small brewing town halfway between York and Leeds. His manor raises sheep for the wool trade, the brewery on the River Wharfe makes a renowned porter, and the militia which he commands (while not a standing army) is ever ready to serve the crown protecting the Kingdom from interlopers and brigands.
This far north, there is thankfully very little plague.
Offices & Positions
- Salamander Pursuivant (Bhakail Baronial Herald), Bhakail, 2010–2013
- Deputy Kingdom Webminister, East, 2009–2013
- Diademe Herald (deputy to Eastern Crown Herald), East, 2009–2012
- Baronial Rapier Marshal, Bhakail, 1999–2011
- Co-autocrat, Queen's Birthday, 10/1996
- Marshal-in-Charge, Known World Academy of the Rapier, 10/9/2009–10/11/2009
- Deputy Event Steward, Baronial Yule, 12/11/2010
Projects & Publications
- William Blackfox Web Award winner, AS 48 (Best Artwork - http://www.eastkingdom.org)
- Tadcaster Militia website: http://www.tadcastermilitia.com/
- Published at http://www.tadcastermilitia.com/publish.html :
- "A Brief Look at Fencing Off-handed Opponents"
- "The Salamander Carol"
- "How to Keep Ian in Suspense Without Letting Him Know"
- Class: "Does That Not Hurt Your Back, M'Lord?"
- Project blog: http://www.smidgeonink.com/made_stuff/
Within the Society, Ian is or has been:
- Captain of the Tadcaster Militia
- Baron of the Court of Kenric and Avelina
- Companion of the Order of the Goldern Rapier (OGR) – Cadets: Lillia de Vaux (June 2005); Alesone Gray of Cranlegh (Oct. 2009); Declan Gobha (Feb. 2012)
- Companion of the Silver Crescent (OSC)
- Companion of the Salamander (CSal) (baronial service award)
- Companion, L'Ecole de la Salamandre Flamboyante (CSalF) (baronial rapier award)
- Former Salamander Pursuivant, Bhakail
- Former Deputy Kingdom Webminister, East
- Former Baronial Rapier Marshal, Bhakail
- King's Rapier Champion (Retired), East Kingdom (Lucan VIII-Griffith I-Andreas III)
- Thrice past Rapier Champion, Bhakail
- Past Rapier Champion, Carillion
- Selected as a Pennsic Rapier Champion, Pennsics XXX, XXXII, XXXIII, XXXIV, XXXV, XXXVI (King's Champion), XXXVII, XXXVIII, XXXIX
- Member of Queen's Guards of Elspeth I and Isabella II
- Past holder of the Iron Ring of The East (May-Aug. A.S. XL)
- First bearer of The Honor Of Tadcaster