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  • In Chapter XXXIV, a contest between the archers of the White Company & another mercenary crossbowman is this. The first test is to shoot down a stork & falcon flying overhead. The crossbowman shoots down the stork while at the same time, the archer Johnston shoots the falcon. But then, Johnston quickly pulls out another arrow and shoots the stork again before it hits the ground. The second test is to see which weapon can shoot farther. Johnston makes his arrow fly 480 paces, while the crossbow reaches 508. But another archer decides to take the challenge: Hordle John hefts a massive black bow and shoots his arrow 630 paces. The final challenge is to shoot a one-inch thick elm shield and see which weapon does better. The crossbow hits the shield square on. The longbow? Samkin Aylward shoots the shield, and the arrow punches clean through the shield. The crossbowman can only gawk in outrage.

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