How would you like to literally shoot somebody?
Zuree laughed as she dodged another one of Bashel's ill-places arrows. She nocked her next arrow, drew the bowstring back, closed her eyes and released it.
"Bullseye!" Zuree screamed, laughing at Bashel's baffled expression.
"How the hell..." he muttered, mostly to himself, as Zuree placed a hand on her hip.
"Did you really think you could beat me?" she was being a bit cocky, but the situation called for it. She was one of the very best archers in the Kingdom, she knew she was good.
Back when the Kingdom was first founded, a village called Altein had an abundance of badly made arrows, they didn't work for hunting so an innovating young man had an idea. He gave his brother protective gear on, fastened a target ring to his stomach and shot at him. The villagers found it so hilarious so that they ended up doing it all together. They set up some rules, made teams and just shot at each other all the time.
Word of the new sport made it's way to Bechlea and soon even the royal family had matches against each other. When the royals do something, it quickly becomes popular. Somehow Arrow Dodge even made it's way to The Country of Ildres. Probably because of emmisaries bringing the sport back with them.
Now special arrows are made just for this, they are very weak and the tip is not made of iron. It is made so that no one dies from the sport, because it has happened when the sport first gained attention.
Number of PlayersArrow dodge can be played 1v1 or in teams. The most common way to play it is 1v1 or 3v3, games with more players than 6 end up crowded, and then a bigger court is needed. The teams all require to have same number of players, bows and gear. The teams are always color-coded in red and blue.
The playing court is a rather complicated mix of squares and walking paths. The red team are the only players allowed in red areas, the same goes for the blue team and the blue areas. The purple areas are free for all, so if someone is daring enough, they can stand very close to the enemy's base. The light purple circles indicate the places were more arrows are stored. If you are out of arrows as you go to get some new, you are safe. You cannot give points if shot, the shot is merely deemed void. If you go to get arrows even though you still have some, the other team is allowed to shoot you as much as they want, so don't be greedy.
The targets are first put on foam cut perfectly to the shape of the target ring, then the foam is fastened to the protective gear worn by the contestants. Generally two targets are worn by each individual, but it may change depending on who plays and what they think it should be. The first target ring is fastened to a helmet worn by the individual, the other one is put on the chest.
The targets come in different sizes, but the standard has a diameter of 28 cm.
Logo of Arrow-Dodge
- Arrows in blue and red
- Target Rings
- Protective gear
- Foam Rings (for the back of the target rings)
Invented in132 AK, in Altein
Number of Players
- 6v6 (rarely)