There was a Siege competition this year. The first I have ever been in. There was an Indirect Fire round and a Direct Fire round. The indirect fire scenario was as such. Three armoured men come walking out of the fort and wander around in front of the line of engines about 40 to 60 yards away, and all the siege engineers fire at will at the men for 8 minutes. There was no limit on the number of arrows you can shoot, but unfortunately, I only had 25. If I would of had more then my score would have been higher. As it was I ran out of ammo after 6 minutes. I took first place with 11 kills. Second place had 1 kill.
The Indirect fire round consisted of a 30 foot square taped off about 80 yards out behind the fort wall in a blind location. Once again we had 8 minutes to shoot. I shot about 7 bolts and decided that I had best move a little in case I was not on target, so I moved right 2 yards. 8 shots later I decided that I may be too short, so I increased the elevation 2 yards and shot 5 times then decreased elevation 4 yards and shot 5 times. All in about 6 minutes. The scoring marshal said that my first 15 shots hit inside the taped square and bounced out, with the fletching catching the outer tape like a jet catches the stop cable on an aircraft carrier. The next 5 shots were outside the tape, and the last 5 were dead center of the score zone. Again I took first place with a score of 20. Second place was a tie at 8.
Both competitions had a prize of 25 GOLD PIECES which I'm told is a "period" prize. We all had lots of fun and I hope that this competition becomes popular.
3RD BRIDGE BATTLE
I know I said before that I would not participate in this sort of battle, but they finally got the scenario right. We were not confined to the side lines, we could move about the field and get to where we could do some good. This was awesome. My commander ordered me to stay on the sidelines until the battle began, so as not to let the opposing force know our plan. Then I was to move in and hold the center bridge. A sound plan but my approach was cut short by a strong push on the second bridge. I could not get into my position so I started firing on the first and second bridges. Commanders in charge of these bridges directed me to shoot particular shields. I got 8 kills. Right about then there was an opening to my planned position on the center bridge, so I quickly rolled up. I found that there was no fighting there, just two armies not engaged in combat with about 30 feet between them. It was like shooting fish in a barrel. I got about twelve shields and two Crossbowmen. One Crossbowman was peeking around the shield wall and took it in the shoulder, and the other was crouching down behind the shield wall. The two Shield men saw the incoming round and opened up and the Crossbowman took the bolt right on the limb of his crossbow. While it was not a legal hit, he took it as a kill anyway, and I respect him for that. I just hope that his weapon was not damaged. At this time I was out of ammo (I only had 25 bolts for war) but fortunately siloflex can be gleaned during battle. I noticed that, as well as some bolts coming back with the dead, that some were flying in. I looked around and saw a machine of my design on the opposite side of the field. Since my standing orders are to kill siege engines and shields (in that order) I began to zero in on it with whatever arrows came in. I got on target at the same time I ran out of ammo again. So I danced a little jig to entice them to shoot at me. They fell for it and started to send me ammo. Their first shot hit about 1 foot in front of my machine and bounced into my wheel. I picked it up and shot it back killing the trigger man. "And there was much rejoicing......YEAH" There is really something special about killing a Siege Engineer. I lost some composure and jumped up with my hands in the air right along with the crowd that was watching. A laughing marshal came by and said "I'm not telling you to stop, but it makes some folks angry when you cheer every time you make a kill" Sorry, It is a rush, being in battle, and the adrenalin gets pumping. Besides there was a crowd of fighters cheering me on. Out of ammo again I rolled up closer and acted like I was shooting in order to draw archer fire. The Ballista on the other team was not destroyed and quickly re-manned. They shot at me again, their bolt hit the ground 6 inches in front of my engine and traveled under my feet as I jumped over it. Their commander told them to stop giving me ammo, so they never shot at me again. Just then someone brought me a bag of 30 Ballista Bolts from an engine that broke down during battle. WOO HOO I'm armed again!!! Fighters had been being pulled off of both sides of the third bridge to fight elsewhere, so there was only about 20 men left to shoot at. These loaner bolts did not have fletching so they did not fly as well, but I got 12 more kills before they engaged our shield wall and broke through. One man rushed up and behind me, put his sword to my throat, and asked me if I wanted to yield. Before I could answer, he slashed my throat and I fell to my knees. Three fighters walked past and congratulated me on my performance and accuracy.
I really wanted to be in this battle, but unfortunately, I was bartending the Shadowclans CORN party until 4:00 A.M. the night before and I was still drunk when I woke up for battle.