Blood Makes The Grass Grow
The Thundering RunThis event is primarily designed to test ranged weaponry as well as the skill of archers. Those fated to run the gauntlet were marched out onto fields where they were instructed to run at the sound of blowing horns. During this time, they would have to run over a thousand yards attempting to get out of bow range as fast as possible. Most would fall during this event, as the archery skills of the Empire's military is renowned. Those surviving the initial onslaught were most often subjected to a barrage of artillery-style weapons. Trebuchets, catapults, and ballista were common.
The HuntAfter surviving the fields, the men and women would find themselves in a dense forest. The objective here is to make their way through and reach Sanctuary, a mobile town erected specifically for the Gauntlet. From panic to caution, traps were typically utilized in the dense woods as well as hunting animals. Those that had experience in survival techniques would quickly craft themselves crude weapons in the shape of spears and spikes to fend off any attackers. It was not uncommon to hear screams pierce the otherwise calm air.
The Gift of IronThis event is done the day after the first two events. Its function served as a gladiatorial pit. All walks of life, from the commoner to the nobleman, were allowed to attend this event. The condemned were given a day of rest in order to prepare and allowed to choose their arms. It was a glorious free-for-all, a contest of last man standing with various groups going out at a time. It lasted until there was only one victor, who received a pardon and general praise from the crowd. When the numbers were not enough to sustain an entertaining show, wild beasts and dangerous creatures were utilized. This event lasted anywhere from one day to a week.
The Gauntlet is only ran in The Iron Empire as it is seen as barbaric in the west. However, variations of this event have begun gaining traction in other parts of the world.