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Fuss and Bother about Certain Combat Arrows

Poster: David KUIJT <kuijt@umiacs.umd.edu>

Sir Dafydd ap Gwystl says Yo!

A variety of people have posted comparisons to other weapon forms,
hypothetical situations, and various uproar about the recent announcement
that Baldar Blunts were being temporarily pulled for more testing.

Can we chill, please?

At Kingdom Crusades a Baldar Blunt bounceback came within an inch or two
of putting out Sir Iain Monlach's eye.  It gave him a gash or cut on his
face near his eye (is that correct, Iain?).

It is ENTIRELY REASONABLE for the Kingdom Archer Marshall to pull the
particular arrow type while he investigates the incident and tries to
assess whether or not it is likely to happen again. 

This was a very scary injury.  We're not talking about a broken arm, here. 
A broken arm (like Sir Havork's, also at Crusade) will heal in 4-6 weeks. 
If you get a sharp stick in the eye, you are blinded in that eye or
possibly even dead.  The KAM clearly has to investigate an incident of
this nature, and he would be acting irresponsibly if he DID NOT disallow
the use of the arrow type while he is trying to assess its safety. 

I would like to ask people who are getting all hot under the collar about
this restraint of archery to chill out.  If you have useful input, send it
to the KAM.  Franting about the impact on archery in this public forum is
entirely premature.  Please save your frants until the KAM comes up with a
result (whether a solution or "do nothing") and then you can have a cow if
you don't like the result he comes up with.

Dafydd ap Gwystl, Knight and sometime archer.

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