After a couple hours of getting perforated by archers as a pirate I decided that pirates need some kind of defense to protect them from arrows...
I personally find it silly that archers are able to back-pedal (or run with rapid turning) constantly and slay innumerable enemies. But this has been allowed for many patches already in PVK... I suggest something equally silly.
Pirates don't carry shields into battle, but they shouldn't charge headfirst into volleys of arrows ready to die "valiantly" under the pirate code. Pirates are supposed to fight dirty, and laugh as you die with your honor bleeding out of your ass.
But when the chips are down, pirates are damn crafty and should be able to find a way to win.
My idea for the pirate's improvised shield against archer barrage is the skirmisher's powder keg.
In a headon fight, the keg is basically useless against the heavy knights who will whip out their shields and archers who will just shoot skirmishers dead before quickly running away.
I propose that the keg absorb a healthy amount of arrows before breaking, allowing pirates a silly trick to annihilate the archers whose class balance is silly to begin with.
on the flipside....
The keg will break much easier and be basically nullified by being smashed from enemy melee attacks.
How the keg breaks can also be done in different and silly ways. When it's not lit, it'll just break and the skirmisher can curse at it all piratey. If it is lit, the keg can still partially combust but mostly on the skirmisher, blinding him temporarily, while causing very minor damage to nearby enemies. (And a pretty fireworks display can go off)
This also provides a temporary fix to the issue of skirmishers constantly suicide bombing their enemies. (The actual fix should probably just be a tuned timer on the keg respawn, that prevents constant suicide bombing)
Discuss below and inb4 "OMG quit raging, archer balance is perfect."
Shut up! and play a different class you filthy archers!
Maybe we should just give the archer pointy ears... Then the current balance would make more sense...