According to what I understand from the rules an arrow must travel its full length before it is considered a "live" arrow. If they are closer than 20 ft you must shoot with half or less draw.
We have also been teaching that if they are closer than 8ft then an archer cannot fire, this is what I want to clarify. Is this a current rule, a legacy rule, a rule that was never added to the manual, or some type of "house" rule?
While I'm on the subject of archery. If someone is holding onto a sword with their right hand and points it outwards to the right of them then an archer standing straight infront of them shoots the middle of the sword would they lose an arm? There's been debate on how to interpret accidental vs intentional blocking. Now what if you have a line and a sword pointing upwards over the shoulder just happens to block an arrow, with no intent to block, would they lose an arm?
18.104.22.168 - Yellow weapons must be used at half-drawn (arrows) or thrown with half force (javelins) at ranges closer than 20 feet.
22.214.171.124 - A yellow weapon must travel its own length through the air after it is released to count as a legal hit.
126.96.36.199 - Yellow weapons do no damage if they strike shields and Dagorhir-legal head/neck armor such as a helmet or coif.
188.8.131.52 - Players may not ever carry another fighter's missile weapons around without the owner's express permission. You may return fire with missiles that have been shot/thrown at you, but if you leave the immediate area where the missiles were fired/thrown, you may not take any missiles other than your own with you. Players must always return the owner's missiles to the owner upon request.
184.108.40.206 - To better simulate the speed and power of real arrows in flight, the only things which can stop arrows are shields or Dagorhir-legal head armor such as a helmet or coif. Arrows cannot be caught, blocked, deflected, or knocked out of the air by anything else, including hands, feet, weapons, or other equipment. If an arrow is blocked intentionally with anything other than a body part, shield, or head armor, the fighter doing the blocking is dead automatically.
220.127.116.11 - If a weapon accidentally blocks an arrow from hitting a target, the arrow is considered to have hit the target anyway.