Squire Calidran Lightbane, of Inland Ocean, in the Kingdom of Blackspire
Calidran joined Amtgard in 1996 shortly after moving to Seattle, traveling to several events hosted by the now-defunct Kingdom of the Valley of the Silver Rains early that year. In late ’96, Calidran and Tamisan D’Verdemire made a faltering attempt to start a land in the Seattle area, which lasted for almost 3 months before collapsing under poor attendance driven by the unforgiving weather of Seattle in winter.
Toward the end of ’96 Calidran met Padraig McMannanan, a transplant from Bay Area Amtgard, who joined on to help re-start the new land when the weather improved. In February of 1997 the trio was successful and became the founding members of Inland Ocean, a new land then under the Kingdom of Dragonspine.
Inland Ocean flourished in the late ‘90’s, and Calidran was a fixture in the land’s monarchy for much of that time. In 1998 Calidran tried his hand as autocrat of Pacific Gathering, an Inland Ocean-hosted interkingdom event that drew roughly 125 attendees, the same year that Sir Derek Roth hosted Great Northwest War 2: The Apology.
After discussing the two events and deciding that they would continue to cannibalize each other’s attendance, they were combined to become Pacific War (PacWar). PacWars 1 and 2 were hosted entirely by Calidran and Derek Roth, with no affiliated kingdom. After PacWar 2, the event was handed over to the Kingdom of Mystic Seas.
Calidran continued to have a high-profile presence in Northwest Amtgard, serving in Inland Ocean’s monarchy 8 times in 6 years, founding the Eagle Talon fighting company, assisting with several Pacific War events, acting as a major proponent of arts & sciences in Inland Ocean and (for a while) being a fairly prolific garber, and running innumerable events within Inland Ocean.
In 2006 Calidran and Victis Morganti made a successful bid to bring Sword Knight Boot Camp to the Northwest, hosting the event at Millersylvania State Park. The event was a huge success, marred by a petty act of vandalism in the event’s final hours. Due to the stress of the ensuing investigation (and its subsequent lack of resolution) coupled with public ridicule he received as a result and real-life stresses from outside Amtgard, Calidran retired from the game in 2007.
He has been inactive ever since.
Eagle Talon Fighting Company (disbanded)
- Founding member of Inland Ocean
- Co-Founder of Pacific War (with Sir Derek Roth)
- Founder of Eagle Talon fighting company
- Voted "Most Corrupt Autocrat" by some jackass with a bottle of ketchup