(Paramara Noble/Lordly Archer) While archery was so often marginalized as the practice of rural folk and the cowardly in war amongst Western cultures, it has long shared the aristocratic martial throne amongst those East of the Germanic Forests or Greek hills. Amongst the peoples of India, archery is a tradition stemming back to the mythical age of the Vedas, Mahabharata and Ramayana, as well as the influx of nomadic invaders storming across the Hindu Kush./n/nAmongst India's native aristocracy and warrior-caste, there is no weapon exclusive to their upbringing as horse's lance or nomad's bow is to Frank or Turk respectively. Truly, it is not the tool which makes the Kshatriya a warrior, but the Kshatriya which makes the tool into a weapon. These nobles, arrayed in fine mails, scale and quilted armor with small circular shield and wicked-edged forward-swept sword wield the bow as mighty Arjuna did with none of his momentary hesistancy in loosing their arrows to slay their foes. They are perfectly capable in closed quarters and are reliable in either field.