Pictures from Ragnaroc
His Majesty Davin arrives to check out the castle before the battle commences.
The engineers start the battle by launching a massive stone at the fortress. Well, actually it's a simulation of a massive stone created by duct-taping four tennis balls together. It's not lethal, but it will still give you a pretty good "whack" if you get in its way. The battle scenarious which involved attacking the castle required that the trebuchet actually hit the castle gate before the attackers could storm their way in. It took the engineers about ten trys to get the range and angle worked out, but that's siege work for you. Siege weapons aren't "rapid response" weapon systems, and infantry soldiers from any era can attest to how universal is the order to "hurry up, get into position, and wait."
Fighters guarding the gate take shelter under the high deck and play a waiting game as the trebuchet works out the range.
As the battle raged in the pasture, the merchants went about their business. The merchanting area was laid out along the main north-south lane that runs through the campground. That stretched things out somewhat, but that way every merchant could locate where they had both frontage and shade.
And not all of the fighters chose to "fight fair" in open battle, preferring instead to use the cover of the forest to their advantage.
Or to test their skill on the "Rus Run," a course set up for archery, spear and knife with targets at various distances and elevations along the creek bed.