Rumors abound regarding yet another mechanical marvel coming from the secret workshops of legendary toy manufacturer, Regimental Colours, LLC. Seeking to confirm these whispers, your intrepid reporter secreted himself near the Regiment's firing range, and settled down to wait.
Early in the afternoon of Sunday, the 13th of November, a great rumbling sound arose, the very earth did tremble as the monster siege engine was rolled out of the workshops and into position. Many burly men were required to harness the beast's mighty power, yet eventually the great arm was hauled down and secured. A captain of artillery held the lanyard as others moved off a safe distance. From where this reporter had ensconced himself, could be heard the cry of "ready!" then a pause, then, "Loose!" There was a hush as the arm began its arching accent, then a great clang and rattle as the arm was arrested by the cross member, the whole engine kicking wildly, and the missile flew about 6 feet. After a few more shots, the engineers conferred and the "Onager" (the Roman word for "wild ass", for this is how the engine truly behaved) was trundled into the workshops once more.
Thinking this the end, your gallant reporter was ready to depart, when the engine was trundled out to the range again. A new throwing arm was plain to see. Amazing the resourcefulness of this operation! Once more the mighty beast was positioned, the arm hauled down, the range cleared. There was the again the cry of "Ready!" and then, "Loose!" This time the missile doubled its range, achieving 12 feet or more. There was much jubilation 'round the secret halls of the Regiment after that!
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