Mounted Archery Cover Manoever In Hyboria's Fiercest

Zapravo

Mongoose
Why is this manoever only usable with a Hunting Bow & Hyrkanian Bow but not a Shemite Bow. All 3 are usuable from horseback, and the Shemite Bow is described as "similar" to the Hyrkanian Bow in the equipment section of the core book. Is this an accidental or a purposeful ommision?
 

René

Mongoose
Zapravo said:
Why is this manoever only usable with a Hunting Bow & Hyrkanian Bow but not a Shemite Bow. All 3 are usuable from horseback, and the Shemite Bow is described as "similar" to the Hyrkanian Bow in the equipment section of the core book. Is this an accidental or a purposeful ommision?

My two cents are: accidental. I can't think of any other cause.
 

Sutek

Mongoose
I think it's meant to be sort of a Hyrkanian cultural feat, but one that's a little more opened upo with the inclusion of the hunting bow. I would rather they had left it available only to those proficient with a Hyrkanian bow and instead dropped the "missed always hit the horse" part. It should still involve the DV of the mount... :?
 
Zapravo said:
Why is this manoever only usable with a Hunting Bow & Hyrkanian Bow but not a Shemite Bow. All 3 are usuable from horseback, and the Shemite Bow is described as "similar" to the Hyrkanian Bow in the equipment section of the core book. Is this an accidental or a purposeful ommision?

Because, in my research, such manoevers were done by the Mongols and some American Indians, not by Semetic nomads - so I left off the Shemites. It is something easily adjusted for individual campaigns, though. There isn't any reason the Shemites couldn't do it - it is just that they don't do it on the whole (individual experiences may vary). American Indians of the plains (I know, Conan really doesn't have any of these) did it quite a bit, especially when hunting buffalo, and the Mongols were notorious for such tactics. I couldn't find any references to Bedouins or other Semetic people performing that particular manoever, at least not on a regular basis. If you want your Shemites performing the manoever, I doubt anyone would fault you for allowing it.
 

Sutek

Mongoose
I'm no history aficianado, but I think the norm in the mid-east with bedouins and other Arabic culture was to use calvarly strictly in order to get into melee faster. It wasn't until the 18th and 19th centuries that these cultures had firearms, and bows weren't prolific in such cultures - slings were, and they were considered a weapon for slaves. There's much more honour in facing down one's foe over crossed swords.

However, if you watch Lawrance of Arabia it's obvious they were no slouches with a rifle off the back of a camel.

The archery side of things was something perfected in East Asia (China and Mongolia and later Japan) and the plains of America, as Vincent said.

Perhaps something similar for Shemites but with a sword?
 
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