Epic fan­tasy bat­tle comes to Bod­ding­ton

Narrogin Observer - - News - Michael Traill

Medieval fever hit Bod­ding­ton last week­end as more than 120 mem­bers of one of WA’s largest live ac­tion role play­ing (LARP) groups de­scended on pad­docks just north of the town.

Knights, orcs, vik­ings and Mino­taurs we’re among the types of char­ac­ters who set up camp last Thurs­day be­fore head­ing into bat­tle from Fri­day to Sun­day.

It was the sixth in­stal­ment of “Shat­tered World” — a fan­tasy uni­verse where char­ac­ters, played by com­peti­tors, bat­tle it out for supremacy in the con­tin­u­ous sto­ry­line. In­spired by other sto­ries and uni­verses such as Lord of the Rings and Dun­geons and Drag­ons, com­peti­tors create their own unique char­ac­ters be­fore be­ing spread across four dif­fer­ent camps or “pan­theons”.

The aim of each pan­theon in bat­tle is com­plete quests set to them by var­i­ous “gods” of Shat­tered World’s uni­verse — in an at­tempt to gain bonuses for their camp.

Or­gan­iser Dean Scott said it was the first time the group had come to Bod­ding­ton, co­in­cid­ing with a new di­rec­tion the uni­verse’s sto­ry­line had taken with Shat­tered World’s sixth in­stal­ment.

“It’s a brand new site, we were on a much smaller site be­fore, and this one is huge, very flat and open,” he said.

Mr Scott ex­plained that this par­tic­u­lar chap­ter of the cam­paign marked a new era of Shat­tered World, as char­ac­ters now played on a new fic­ti­tious planet after the orig­i­nal world was de­stroyed in Shat­tered World 5.

“You’d al­most say it’s game one of sea­son two,” he said.

“This is a new game, first time (our camp) we’ve been to­gether on the same side, we’ve fought each other plenty of times be­fore.”

Head or­gan­iser James Brown said he planned to build on the group’s al­ready pos­i­tive re­la­tion­ship with the lo­cal land owner to con­tin­u­ally bring the event to Bod­ding­ton and hoped to re­turn to the re­gion in May.

Orcs with their hostage.

Pic­tures: Ja­cob Palmer

Com­peti­tors pre­par­ing for bat­tle.

One hun­dred and twenty com­peti­tors de­scended just north of Bod­ding­ton over the week­end.

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