After tinkering with the massive tournament in the second volume of my fantasy series, I believe I finally came up with the rules for each event. The rules of real-life medieval tournaments were a little complicated for my tastes so I am going to simplify it. For example, in the joust you would earn one point if you strike your opponent in the chest, two points if you strike them in the head, and three if you knock them off their horse. As an added bonus, if you knock your opponent off their horse, you get to hold their horse, armor, and weapons for ransom. If they can pay the ransom, then the match will continue until the final score can be met, but if they can’t then they are disqualified and you win the match by default. Overall, the winner of a joust would be the best out of ten points. In the melee, there would be one-on-one matches between contestants and you need to either strike your opponent five times or knock them unconscious to win. In the archery match, the winner is decided on the best of twenty shots. In the horse race, the winner would be decided on the best of twenty laps. Each event will have a first place, second place, and third place winner. The prizes will consist of ten thousand gold florins for first place, five thousand gold florins for second place, and one thousand gold florins for third. Overall, it is going to be an epic event!
As I continue to write the second volume of my fantasy series, I contemplate on how I should portray the outcome of the tournament that takes place in the beginning. The events will include jousting, melee, archery, and horse racing. Jousting is when two knights charge at one another with lances in an attempt to knock each other off their horse. Melee is when two knights battle one another into submission with weapons and shields. Archery is obvious because it involves shooting a target from hundreds of yards away. Finally, horse racing involves racing around a track five times. Based on these games and what they require, what kind of character would you want to win in each sport in the tournament? The reason I ask is because I am trying to figure out new characters to introduce to the story. Please share your thoughts. Thank you.
I had an idea for the most epic medieval wedding as the beginning of the second volume for my fantasy series. This will consist four weddings taking place on the same day. After the four ceremonies there would be a tournament that takes place for two weeks. Over a thousand knights would compete in jousting, melee, archery, and horse racing. At the end of each day of the tournament there would be a feast with almost eighty courses of food. For entertainment, these feasts will include singers, musicians, acrobats, dancers, jesters, jugglers, pyromancers, and sword swallowers. What do you guys think? Would this not be the most epic medieval wedding imaginable?
Imagine a medieval tournament in which over a thousand knights compete and the tournament lasts for two weeks.