- This sounds a lot like a shoot Aethelmearc used
for it's last archery champion's challenge. The
final was a 'save the Royalty' round, as follows.
10 targets, 9 of which were obscured to some
degree by noncombatants. All targets were
human sized with appropriate kill zones.
Their majesties sat in state, with each archer
in the position the archery champion occupies
behind the thrones.
At the word 'Assassins!' each archer runs to
the first of three shooting stakes, engages
all targets for that stake, and runs to the
next stake, etc. For safety, no bow could be
loaded during the running portions of the
After the last target was engaged, the archer
ran to a finish line, where a timer was stopped.
Final score was (points for hits - points for
misses) / (time in seconds / 6). A 50 point
bonus was given to any archer who hit
every target without hitting a noncombatant.
The winner had a decent time, but a very high
kill ratio and the only clean-shoot bonus in the
As an aside, the final target was a knight
ahorse, in full plate. The only kill zones
were the armpit of his raised arm and the
visor of his helm - a very long distance
from the firing line.
The shoot was the brainchild of Baron Connor
Bowsplitter, the then outgoing champion. The
range was left up after the shoot, so those of us
who didn't make the finals could try it. A
truly fiendish range, and a fine showing by the
The winner, BTW, was HL Thomas of Bear Woods.
Hope this provides food for thought,
>From: SYLVIA KOSTISIN <kezia@...>
>Subject: [SCA-Archery] competitions
>Date: Mon, 15 Nov 1999 08:19:01 -0600
>This summer when I visited the Canton of Hawk's Hollow in the Outlands,
>Lord Eric described what sounded like a fun shoot. He called it the
>alarm shoot. A bell goes off, and the archer runs to the bow rack, gets
>their bow, runs to the line, and shoots at a target until it is hit, at
>which point the timing is stopped. The archer with the shortest time
>wins. I'm not sure of the details, but I think the bow is already
>strung, and the target is probably a silhouette. If I remember
>correctly, the set up he described was that they had set up an arrow
>slit at the top of a slope, and the target was placed below.
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