About the Archers of Ravenwood
Archers of Ravenwood / About the Archers of Ravenwood
The Free Company:
The Archers of Ravenwood portray independent English Military Company known as a free-company in the year 1450. This is not to be confused with the term mercenary, as the latter tends to be completely unaffiliated with any given land or lord. A free-company contracts with the Crown’s representative for a Term of Service, usually lasting six months. Pay for the individual soldier is usually better than standard service, and one may acquire additional wealth through battlefield finds. With luck and skill, a successful soldier can retire in some measure of comfort.
We represent the vast majority of what would be found at that time in history: the working class. Our social class ranges from poor peasant to modest gentry. The closest thing to nobility found in our ranks is the bastard son of a petty knight (the captain, who holds the highest rank in our guild).
As the Company originates from English Military, the majority of our company would be English. Of the minority, most would be from Scotland (probably border region), Ireland, and Englishheld territories in France such as Guyenne and Normandy. Because Ravenwood has traveled on the continent for other contract work from time to time, it is reasonable that a few “continentals” would be in our midst, i.e. a Spaniard, a German, etc…
The Captain and his Ventener (Lieutenant) oversee the organization in all its aspects. The Centener (Sergeant) is the hands-on coordinator of the ranks of soldiers. The rank and file includes heavy (polearm) infantry, skirmish troops, archers, and siege engineers. Squires, Pages, Banner bearers and the odd drummer can also be counted among the Company’s numbers.
The military unit has many diverse occupations within its organization. As it is relatively selfcontained , many craftsmen and camp followers make up its ranks. In addition to soldiers, there are armourers, carpenters, blacksmiths, weavers, cooks, midwives, and other persons whose duties are essential to the everyday operations of the Company. Included in the ranks are even a few musicians, scholars, and apothecaries. The Chatelaine and the Steward oversee the nonmilitary functions of the group. The Militarese oversees the household support for the military unit.
Captain Anton, the bastard son of a minor English Knight, served in the Crown’s Army as an archer fighting the French. After many hard years, fate delivered his father’s modest estates into his hands. Drawing upon the combined monies from his savings and his estates, he created the Archers of Ravenwood. Several veterans from his past campaigns joined with him in this venture, and they recruited more along the way from England, Ireland, Scotland, and even Spain and beyond. Anton and the Archers still serve King and Country in the Wars with France, but the tide of battle is turning, and political strife is rampant at home in the isles.
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The Archers of Ravenwood portray independent English Military Company known as a free-company in the year 1450. This is not to be confused with the term mercenary...