At the event, Gregor and a few others asked me how I liked combat and I was sort of indifferent about it at the time. But on the drive back, I started to think about it, and as I replayed it in my mind (and I was no longer suffering from heat exhaustion), I started to think about how much I really enjoyed it. Yesterday and today I realized I had started to make plans in my mind for the next combat! So I must have enjoyed it. My imaginings before going, were that I would spend most of my time ducking missiles, trying to nock an arrow fumbling with gauntlets on, running away from sword and board men (sheildmen) OH And trying not to shoot my own team. But it was nothing like what I had imagined. The fighters actually relied upon the archers and striking people (you all know I'm a crappy archer) was quite easy!
The first scenario was a resurrection battle. Atlantia was evenly numbered with the other side but we had two archers (Gregor and myself). Where the other kingdom had only one crossbowman, Aiden (Who was quite good, but very slow to reload). I was told by everyone before the command to Lay On was made. "Save your ammo until they say 'No more Resurrection!' Then let loose." Gregor and I knocked out spearmen here and there just to thin them out a bit (It was resurrection so they would be back in a minute or two), or would draw up our bows (times we had no intention of letting something loose, but it was fun to watch a group of spearmen start to make a charge through line and all you had to do was point your bow at them and they would fall back with screams of "MIND THE ARCHER!". But we were saving the bulk of our arrows for when the resurrection stopped. Finally, the call from the marshalls was made. Aiden had just loosed a poorly loosed crossbow bolt. And no sooner had the phrase "NO MORE Resurrection" had been uttered then both Gregor and myself pegged Aiden as he was reloading!
A yell went out from the Atlantian line to FORM UP RANKS! at which the whole of the Atlantian line seemed to gel into this rigid line! Then I heard a call of "Let the archers do their work." At this Gregor and myself started firing as fast as we could get the arrows out. PLINK! spearmen fell out of line on the opposing side. PLINK! PLINK! Another two went down. "WATCH OUT FOR THE ARCH...PLINK...Damn it!!" came a cry from the other side. The heavy fighters were just holding them at bay and preventing a desperate made last effort to break through so Gregor and I could thin out their line! It was quite brilliant! The Atlantian heavy fighters moved in and finished off remaining sword and board men. After that first battle, I believe they asked for volunteers to go to
the other side, Storvik volunteered. We all started to walk to the other side of the field and the King of Atlantia shouted "NOT THE ARCHERS! YOU STAY HERE". Loud chuckles burst forth from other Atlantians. Finn was on the other side and was great. He had his Anti-Arrow forcefield on, broke through the line and killed Gregor AND myself in the same battle. It was very neat. It would probably would have been a complete route if they had left Atlantia as a whole. Without Finn and Patrick(?) on the other side, the scenarios would probably have been much shorter then they were. The castle battle was wrong. Gregor and I could shoot at fighters from
the walls, but they couldn't reach in and hit us. It was cool. I honestly can't believe how many of my arrows hit. And I'm happy to say that myself and Gregor did not target any one fighter unfairly (Despite some urgings from other fighters to "Whenever you see that guy get near the line, kill him").