[Northkeep] Now that you're home safe and sound

Susan O'Neal catmafia03 at gmail.com
Mon Mar 19 09:05:17 PDT 2012

Great report and I love that your tree shot took out their balista.

On 3/19/12, Patti McCullough <toinettec at yahoo.com> wrote:
> We won the Castle battle.  It was miserably hot and humid to be wearing
> armor in the bright sun, but the battle was glorious!  Our side had two
> ballista and five trebuchets (me and Karl from Northkeep, the two from
> Namron, and two from Shadow Legion), and many archers.  The trebuchets would
> occasionally fire all five in volley, and it was a beautiful thing to see.
> It brought cheers from the crowd every time.
> Ansteorra started inside the castle, and instead of just having the army go
> rushing out, as is usually the case, we were allowed to fire away at the
> outside for at least 10 minutes, probably more.  Karl and I started out with
> 50 ammunition, and were able to fire off all but maybe 10.  I'm told that
> all but one of their siege engines was wiped out before our army rushed out,
> a good number of the attacking army had been killed by the siege engines and
> archers, and it was mostly just mopping up of the survivors to be done by
> our army.
> Karl and I had one "rock" that hit solidly on a tree before falling to the
> ground, and people inside the castle (whence we generally could not really
> tell whether we were actually hitting anything, or not, as we were not
> allowed to have spotters on the parapet) laughed at our aim.  But as we were
> told after the battle, that rock then unexpectedly dropped directly onto a
> ballista which had set up under that tree, undoubtedly thinking that the
> tree would protect it from trebuchet fire, killing the ballista and everyone
> manning it.
> When the battle reset with Ansteorra outside the walls, it was over quite
> quickly.  The fighters were kind enough to set up with their shields in
> front of the siege engines to protect us from archers for the few shots we
> were able to get off.  Ansteorra broke through the door and our valiant
> fighters rushed inside, wiping out the defending army.  The whole thing
> didn't take but a few minutes.  It was a brilliant battle, and a decisive
> victory.
> Best regards,
> Toinette

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