Tina (maian) wrote in little_details,

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Mostly Archery Questions

First question post here. I thank the creators and all the very helpful members very much for the community - even without having asked anything directly, I've learned a great deal of fun facts and useful information from here.

Anyway, to the point: I need to know a few things in relation to a plot-bunny that's beginning to shape out in my head.

1.) How distracting would it be for an archer if someone else had their hand on the string, pulling it back, while they were taking aim? Would it be better for the archer if the second person let go first, or after them? It is not an unexpected surprise, and they have plenty of time to practice this together. It is, in fact, not unlikely that the archer has had even training in shooting alone and shooting with the second person.

EDIT: This is in a fantasy setting. The second person is there to apply and activate at time charms for force (accuracy charms are, for various reasons, not an option), and they need to be in close contact with the bow and the first archer to do this. I can't think of a better way than holding/touching the string, but I'd be grateful if anyone came up with something more feasible.

2.) Compared to other medieval weapons, how is the penetrating power of an arrow with a very sharp point?

3.) Is it possible to shoot an arrow in a controlled upward arc (slowly becoming steeper rather than flattening out as flight progresses)? I imagine this would be possible only by fiddeling with the shaft or the feathers, and controlling it would be difficult.

4.) Ants and bees have (I think x.x) more than two distinct "types" as opposed to the two genders humans have. Could such types possibly develop in a humanoid people or am I hurting evolutionary theory really badly there?

Thank you in advance for your answers!
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