It's never bad to have a Viking on your team, but Brent needs to work on his scary Viking face. (He is, however, an excellent sport and loves me very much. I plan to use this photo as evidence of said qualities.)
When dealing with a less barbaric sort of enemy (or a dragon) it is useful to be able to joust. I was too old to be allowed to play on this horse, but how cool!
However, the best method might be living in a gorgeous castle on the water with a handy drawbridge to keep out the party poopers.
Phew! I am officially done with the photos. Your torment is ended! (At least until I go somewhere else...)