|February 6, 1999
Last Second Annual Event. Man, what a great weekend of
fighting. It was a great snowball melee. Owen ap Aeddan,
my good friend and a ferocious warrior (ask anybody), and
I arrived a tiny bit late to the field, so we just decide
that he had won the first fight (as he probably would
have anyway :-) and that I had lost. I picked up my sword
and shield, Owen picked up his four foot axe, and we then
waited around for the 2 on 2 fight.
For those who don't know what a
snowball melee is, I'll try to sum up. First everybody
fights a one-on-one fight. The winner of the 1-on-1
becomes the commander of the small team made up of the
two people that just fought. Then each two person team
fights another two person team, with the victors again
absorbing the vanquished. This continues until there is
only two teams, and you get a really big melee.
Owen's and mine 2 on 2
fight went ok. We fought a pair where one of the fighters
carried a six-foot glave and the other a small cylinder
shield and sword. Our plan was to immediately kill the
glave and then deal with the shield-man. The plan worked
fairly well, although Owen and I did collide a little bit
going for the glave. However I stepped up and killed the
glave while Owen kept the shield man off of my back.
Interestingly enough, the shield man knew who Owen was,
and threw a rap shot behind my head trying to hit Owen. I
thought it was humorous that the chap would give up a
open shot on me in a effort to kill Owen before he got
hit by Owen. Actually in retrospect, I might do the same.
With two on one, I was
able to arm the shieldman, and he quickly yielded,
knowing that there would be many more fights that day,
and not feeling the need to fight one on two with one
short weapon and no shield.
We then absorbed the
other two fighters, and waited for the four-on-four. The
4 on 4 fight was set up as a gate battle, best 2 out of
3. The "gate" was simply an opening between the
trees, but it worked pretty well for conveying the feel.
We won the toss and chose to defend the inside first.
Owen, looking over our weapons, decided that we would be
a lot more effective salleying out instead of staying
inside and taking the charge. So we did this. The results
were devasting. Our other shield-man and I waited in the
entrance for the start of the battle. Owen came up behind
me and pointed out a target for me to engage. When Owen
yelled "CHARGE!!" we did and I quickly stepped
up and engaged my opponent. I think he was pretty much
surprised because I felled him with a shot or two, and
then turned around to see a glave head shoot past me on
my right. I then decided to discuss with this glaveman
the error of his ways and when I was satisfied that he
had understood my point, or perhaps my edge :-), I turned
and looked for another opponent. While I had been
discussing manners with the offending glaveman, my
teammates and quickly dispatched one of the opponents
shieldmen, and there was one left. Owen asked the
remaining shieldman if he would like to yeild, but the
shieldman refuted our kind-hearted offer, and after a
moment of deperate fighting, fell to our weapons.
The second battle of
the "gate" battles was personally, a bit
irritating. We hit them as the formed a wall (the three
shields they had made it pretty effective). I went right
up on one of them and started thrusting with my thrusting
tip. Now, I fought light weapons for bout 3-4 years
before fighting heavy, and I know how to thrust and how
to land that tip. This guy simply would not call it. It
pissed me off. It pissed Owen off. Anyway, I got pretty
upset and so when I got killed by one of the other team
opponents I went to the side and cooled down. Thorvald
(our current Northern Regional Warlord) came over and
tried to cool me off a bit, but I was still kinda upset.
The third fight went
really badly. We tried to stay inside this time (not
paying attention to the fact that our weapons hadn't
changed, and that we had determined last time that
staying inside was a bad idea) and get munched pretty
quick. I am ashamed to say that the same fellow who did
not call me thrusting tip last time, instead of me
thrusting @ his head, chest, and shoulders, I now was
thrusting at his stomach and groin area. I was still
pretty upset. But, we lost the fight, and they absorbed
Now we were to the
8-on-8 size fights. And for maximum enjoyment, it was a
bridge battle. Two things I want to comment on
1) By the time you get
beyond three or four people, you actually have to have a
strategy to be successful in a melee.
2) In a bridge battle,
the bridge itself is the greatest weapon.
However, the commander
of our team didn't really seem to have a grasp on these
concepts. In the first fight, his command were
"Follow me!!". While inspirational, it was not
particularly effective. However, I personally did pretty
well, and manage to kill three opponents wham! wham!
wham! However, I opened myself up after the last blow,
and on of the opposing side opponents killed me then.
Still it was cool, and I (for the first time) got
compliments from the spectators. That was a great
feeling. However, we still lost the battle.
The second fight went
better. Owen and I suggested an alternate plan to the
commander: "Lets push them off the bridge!"
This worked much better. We ran out to the middle of the
bridge and kept running. I push one fighter off and then
died, but Owen, being his awesome self, managed to push
off three other fighters and helped push the rest of them
back to their side of the bridge.
The third fight didn't
go very well, and we died pretty quickly.
Finally after this we
were down to three teams, and it went to a three-way
battle on the open field. This fight consisted of a lot
of standing around, and then just went plain chaotic.
All-in-all, a good
weekend of fighting.
Seconde, Lion Dragon Guard