Hey! Archery is awesome but I am very biased on it.
Rapid fire answers back:
How manty arrows/bolts do you need to have fun?
Around 10-15 is the max, most archers carry about 5-10.
How many do you bring per event?
Around ten is what I tend to bring but I only monster. Bring more if you can afford it!
How many do you expect to loose per battle/skirmish?
About 1 an event is the current average. Ive lost 3 or 4 in a single event, at another none so its mixed.
Do they let you run around later looking for them?
Collecting arrows CHECKING THEY ARE SAFE, and firing back is the standard routine for archers at Empire. I would strongly advise against running around ahead of your lines without being a reasonable runner, and having support. Shooting imperial archers and letting them snuff it on their own is a particular joy for monster archers.
Personally I tend to team up with another archer or two so we can cover/fight as a team and share arrows. Healers will be extremely busy most battles and also tend to be priority targets for enemy archers so will unlikely to be able to assist you whilst loosing/arrow collecting.
Otherwise arrows are collected and sorted back at god post battle, so you will need to mark your arrows with your initials/symbol to find them in buckets of everyone else’s.
How many arrows from the other side do you expect to pick up and send back per battle?
Depends on the battle. Against Jotun… you will get none back as they don’t have archers in their armies. Otherwise Druj/Grendel tends to be lots. Druj in particular are great fun to monster with as PD provides a lot of arrows to monster with (I had buckets to myself at E3).
also where do you get arroes/bolts/bows/crossbows? and do certian brands pass/fail safety checks more than others?
Look around online. Key thing is IDV arrow types are banned, so read the wiki on archery before buying any arrows. I use inyourdreamsFX with David Duke’s who makes good arrows, but its worth buying in bulk if you can so its cheaper per cost of arrow.