Although some primitive projectiles had been in production since
the fall of Pheebor
(396 BE), the Age of Archery saw the abundant
production of efficient and effective missile weapons. These included
crossbows, short bows, composite bows, and long bows, as well as
various bolts and fletchers.
counter this newfound successful form
of warfare, various defenses were invented, such as bow-visored
helmets, large shields, and fortifications with arrow slits and metal
roofs to protect defenders. One of such state-of-the-art
defenses from the eighth century, was found at Flatheadia
fortified parapet, resting on stone corbels, rimmed the roof.
Machicolations, holes between the corbels, allowed massive weights to
be dropped on invaders below. (More often, they were dropped rather
painfully on the soldier's own toe.) Crenellations were spaced around
the parapet, providing openings for armaments and offering a commanding
view of the castle grounds.
|SOURCE(S): Zork Nemesis (Game, Design Documents, Nino Ruffini's notes on the Design Documents), Zork Zero, Beyond Zork|