The Raven banner

The Raven banner was the war flag of the King or an aristocratic war lord. It had a plain white silk background, with a black raven on it. The raven had an open beak with widespread fluttering wings and was said to flutter before victory and droop before defeat. 'Terror of the Land', the raven banner was traditionally regarded as the war emblem of the Vikings.

"... in every battle wherever the flag went before them, if they were to gain the victory a live raven would appear flying in the middle of the flag, but if they were doomed to be defeated it would hang down motionless..." --Grimm

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