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Does Shin have magic arrows of some kind? Because I recall that fairies are tough enough to survive even a bullet to the head…
In any fantasy genre, we generally ignore the effectiveness of the “bullet” itself and instead view it’s potential lethality based off who the target and shooter are. So in this case, don’t focus on the fact that it is a mere arrow but release that the action is done by a Shepard.
“Shepard” is only used as a surname. The boy is a Shepherd 😉
And yes, he means business.
Lol. Oh my. I apologize, my mass effect was showing. Good catch.
Don’t forget that the harder you scream, the faster/harder your projectile travels (also applies to bullets).
So that’s another vote for stabbing is the answer.
I’m really interested in seeing where this goes
He looked severely, like Harmonica at Frank.
*sound from final duel”Once Upon a Time in the West”*
Shoot them all
…well, looks like I know even less about shepherds than I previously thought.
In Yeld under the prince, everything and everyone becomes a monster. Apparently even the jobs.
Me too. I kind of want to be a shepherd now. Shepherds> Cowboys.
Wrong! a right-handed archer places the arrow on the right side of the bow!
I don’t know where you’re getting your information from. A right-handed archer places his arrow on the left side of the bow.
Unless you’re this guy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BEG-ly9tQGk
This isn’t going to go well for him. A bullet travels faster than an arrow, and has more mass. More mass, more energy, and more penetrating power. This kid’s arrow is going to bounce right off of the fairies’ thick hide.
Actually a bullet has significantly less mass than an arrow.
Yes and no, but mostly… no. As extremist343 pointed out, an arrow has significantly more mass than a bullet, though it has quite a bit less density. Most arrowheads would be made of either iron or steel, whereas a modern bullet is typically made of lead, possibly with a copper jacket. While lead is indeed considerably heavier than iron, (lead having an AMU of 207.2 versus iron’s 55.8) there is generally more metal in a typical arrowhead than for a bullet in a gun that fills a similar military role. An arrow also has the shaft of the arrow adding mass to the arrow.
Mass however isn’t the only factor here, as you say a bullet does indeed travel faster than an arrow but that sometimes works against a bullet’s damage potential. Contrary to what Hollywood might tell you, survivors of bullet wounds typically describe feeling nothing at the initial impact often not realizing they have even been shot, and may not even realize that a gun was even fired due to having only heard gunshots from movies and TV (many confuse the sound with that of a firecracker). After the initial impact survivors consistently describe a burning sensation but still frequently don’t even realize how badly injured they may be. The problem is that in order to make bullets more accurate they are frequently jacketed in copper or steel in order to keep the bullet from deforming due to the heat of being fired from modern high velocity guns, this helps them maintain an aerodynamic shape in flight making them considerably more accurate, but it also means they frequently go straight through the target as well wasting much of their kinetic energy. An arrow on the other hand will almost certainly NOT go completely through a target so while it certainly has less kinetic energy than a bullet less of that energy is wasted. Though early firearms were more damaging (when they actually hit something or didn’t blow up in your face), due to using larger bullets and pure lead as opposed to lead with jackets or mixtures of lead and other metals, Even when (semi)effective firearms did start to filter into Europe thanks to the Turks, Europeans continued to use bows, crossbows AND firearms for several hundred years and only stopped due to a shortage of wood (seriously).
As far as penetrative properties longbows are quite capable of punching through armor even plate, it is literally what they were designed for. My dad knew a history major in college who was working on his masters, he was adamant that medieval broad-head arrows were incapable of penetrating plate armor, he was so determined to prove it that he planned to set up a demonstration where he would actually wear the armor himself and have someone fire said arrow at him. He was talked down from this into firing at a dummy wearing said plate, which was good because when he actually fired the arrow it went through both the front and back of the plate armor. This was however at very close range, modern testing has shown bodkin arrows as being capable of penetrating heavy plate at distances of up to 225 meters. The trouble with arrows dealing with plate isn’t as much penetration, but deflection. Medieval plate armor was designed to be a concave, almost spherical design of as few pieces as possible that was much larger than the torso of the person wearing it, this was both to allow greater freedom of movement and to make it so that any penetrating weapon, whether melee or ranged, would glance off the armor to the side rather than punch through. Imagine trying to stab a hollow steel sphere, if you can get your blade/arrow/whatever dead center or close to it, it just becomes a matter of applying enough force over a small enough surface area. Most bullets not specifically designed to be armor-piercing would probably be worse at penetrating plate, as the softer lead would immediately deform, flattening out and distributing their kinetic energy over a wider and wider surface area. Medieval armorers during the in-between period were guns were present but bows and melee weapons were still the norm would sometimes showcase the effectiveness of their armor to customers by firing a bullet straight at it. The arrows actually show here aren’t optimal for armor penetration however, most arrows designed to punch through plate have a very narrow head, no wider than the shaft itself, with a square head that tapers to a point. The one shown here is a stereotypical wedge, with the sides of the wedge extending well past the sides of the shaft. This increases the surface area that comes into contact with the armor, spreading out the kinetic energy and making it more difficult to penetrate. The arrow tip MIGHT punch through, especially at close range at the right angle, but it likely wouldn’t be able to penetrate up to the shaft.
All of this is, however, largely irrelevant because the enemies AREN”T WEARING HELMETS!
Just a comment on your last sentence. Fairies mostly don’t wear helmets because their skulls are extremely tough, and their skin (hide) is super tough as well. So a helmet, especially for a Fairy on patrol, general town policing or traveling, isn’t seen as important. In an actual battler many Fairies do wear helmets.
As a side note, Shin is a magical Hero and his attacks are a lot more powerful than what you would expect from a normal adult with a bow. I know thats not particularly obvious. if Shin were a normal kid (or even an adult) he wouldn’t be strong enough to drive that arrow into the Fairie’s ear (and it would probably break anyway).