#5 Training and Operating the Pigeons

July 21, 2016
If you use the right methods, you don’t actually need to do any training.

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Gheralf says:

The catapults were invented by Scholar-pioneers, and obviously require some advanced hoot-hickery to aim. Thankfully, they are very simple (if also somewhat labor-intensive) to use after they have been calibrated! The calibration is done by drawing clear signs around the catapult that tell the direction and force needed to make the pigeon land near the correct statue.

Upon landing near the statue, the pigeon will naturally just walk around, eat stuff from the ground and climb the statue until it is untied. What a convenient use of pigeon’s natural tendencies!


Vayandil says:

The catapult was quite interesting to draw. Fortunately I was allowed to sit and make a few quick illustrations of it while we were on the tour, so I did not need to memorize the whole contraption! At first, the catapult looked very complicated – intimidating, even – to draw, but the more time I spent viewing it and drawing the details, the more simple it seemed to become. Funny, how much you can learn about things just by drawing them!

The picture does not manage to depict the instructions Gheralf mentions, but they were very detailed and easy to understand. Looking at them I actually felt like even I could operate the catapult if I just had enough strength. It was as if the signs were made so that even a complete idiot could do the job.