Seen and documented around the 9th Century, The Raven Banner was used to identify many Norse Chieftains. Known to be triangular in shape, often tassels were attached. It is said that The Raven Banner was designed after the Directional Vanes placed on Viking ships to help determine wind direction. Color of The Raven Banner has likewise been debated as very plain (black and white) to very colorful. Size of the Banner is often debated as well (being 2 foot by 1.5 foot to even larger sizes). The Raven was a Norse symbol for the God Odin. It is thought that by placing the Banner in front of one's enemies, fear would be struck into their hearts. An example of The Raven Banner is seen in The Bayeux Tapestry.