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The Invisible Trebuchet

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A Usurper and a Wizard have conspired to create a trebuchet of exceptional size and strength, but it's real power lies in it's charms of enchantment. The King plans a jovial celebration and tournament, which the Usuper plans to ruin by bombarding the festivities with projectiles that only become visible after they crash to earth. The Heroes must find a way to stop the usurper and destroy his siege engine. The Celebration cannot be interrupted, and the search must be done in secrecy, both for the guests, and to take the Usurper by surprise. Won't someone think of the children?



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Voted axlerowes
January 9, 2012, 17:20
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This is great, it reminds me of the adventure hooks at the back of the old roleplaying books from the 80s. This one has got flair.  

Voted Strolen
January 10, 2012, 14:10
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Think of the children. LOL  I think they will be able to determine direction by the damage path. Height of the throw by the depth of the initial impact. Then it just leaves using elementary trigonometry and some minor calculus taking into account the coriolus affect, pull of the moon, wind, nearby asteroids, barometric pressure, dew point and atmospheric pressure on a sliding scale of medium averaged density to find the arc, trajectory and origin. So not very hard to find. ;)

Voted Dozus
January 10, 2012, 14:23
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I like the plot. I'm picturing the Usurper as a Dick Dastardly, wringing gloved hands as boulders seem to appear from nowhere in the town.

How does one aim an invisible trebuchet?

axlerowes
February 1, 2012, 6:55
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more than once?
Voted PoisonAlchemist
February 1, 2012, 0:41
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Think of the children! :D

Voted Murometz
February 7, 2012, 22:46
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Love it.

Voted Aramax
November 18, 2012, 15:45
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NOT THE CHILDREN!!!!!!!!! 4/5
Voted valadaar
August 22, 2014, 11:43
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Ah, Medieval Thriller.

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       By: hopfrog16

One thing you must realise is that there is no such thing as pure iron/steel these days. Iron/steel isn't nearly as strong now as it was in medieval times. However, with that said, iron in early medieval times was so soft you could hack right through a helm with a sword and leave a nice lil mark on the skull (depending on the grade of iron used on the sword and the helm, ofcaurse). After many hundreds of years of fine tuning, however, the only use the sword had was to puncture the plate. That was very difficult, however, since the grade of steel was so hard... only blunt instruments and weighted axes had any use against plate armor in later medieval times. Makes me wonder why rapiers were so popular then and why less people wore plate (Other than it's obsene costs... a nice suit of armor would cost as much as a nice lexus does now... and a kings suit would be as much as a rols royce).

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