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Mannfall II - Early Medieval Warfare
Czech Republic - November, 2017

 
MANNFALL is a new, educational-experimental concept of early medieval events that aims for a more intensive and progressive reenactment. Every event will be held at a different place with a different scenerio. Here are photos from the second try that took place on November 16th-19th 2017. In total, there were 10 players, 5 fighting members of caravan, 3 attackers and 3 dogs. Players had to protect the caravan on its way to Křivoklát castle. What made Mannfall special was the fact it was not just a hike, but there was also a fight. During the journey, everyone had to sleep in nature, protect themselves from the bandits and cross a river. At the event's climax, the caravan's security retinue captured the bandits, bound their hands and brought them to the castle. That completed the game and everyone joined in to enjoy a banquet. All participants enjoyed the event, even though it was a very hard lesson. The participants drank water from wells and streams.  The total distance was more than 28 km, with food, woolen blankets and wargear.  Those who joined in were members of 8 different groups from 3 countries, so the event had a positive impact on the community in our republics. Enjoy the pictures. Photos by Michaela Hermanová (Michaela Hermanová photography).  The Facebook page is here.
   

The beginning of the event.

The leader of the caravan is hiring the retinue.
   

The leader of the caravan is hiring the retinue.

The leader of the caravan receives a sword.
   

Reading the text from birch bark.

Start.
   

Start.

Start.
   

First Hurdle. First obstacles.

First Hurdle. First obstacles.
   

Enemies.

Victory! Victory!
   

Caravan is free to go forth.

The journey continues.
   

The journey continues.

Caravan with the retinue.
   

On the trail.

On the trail.
   

Drinking break.

Storm damage.
   

Fall leaves.

Through the forest.
   

After 18 km of walking, we finally prepared the camp and made fire. Forest is full of bandits.

We successfully survived the night. We're doing this morning.
   

River crossing.

November water.
   

The retinue fording the river.

Just in front of the castle, we were attacked again! The caravan was freed.
   

The bandits were tied and taken to the castle.

And the game was over.
   
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