The fields around the Lower Saxony village of Brokeloh are full of costumed role-players fighting to try to save their imaginary world of Mythodea from the ‘dark forces'.
Several battles are fought each day, with weapons and shields almost as elaborately constructed as the costumes worn by the participants.
Those dressed as orcs, the ‘undead' and other monsters might gather their forces to try to capture the village only to be repelled by those in Viking clothes.
There are basic rules, but the details of the battles are decided by participants as they run.
Simon Lorenz, from Hesse, is dressed as a Viking, his clothing based on research he conducted at home and in Norway. “We in our camp want to be as authentic as possible.” He said.
That camp is surrounded by protective palisades, while inside the tents, the ‘Vikings' sleep on animal skins rather than sleeping bags, eat from wooden plates and drink from clay cups.
The event continues until the end of the weekend.