Hand crossbow

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The hand crossbow is a missile weapon, commonly referred to as a ranged weapon, that fires a projectile (usually a light crossbolt), and requires the ranged weapon skill to use effectively. Crossbow bolts are arrow-like projectiles that are much shorter than arrows but considerably heavier. The crossbow is attached to a stock, so that it can be kept in the loaded state without effort from the user. In general, a crossbow is much easier to wield than its cousin, the bow.

The hand crossbow is unique for its small, one-handed design, allowing the wielder to employ it along with a shield, or even with two weapon combat. Unlike heavy or light crossbows, archers using hand crossbows do not get the bonus attack strength for kneeling or lying prone.

Hand crossbows have a flat FIRE roundtime of 4 seconds when unencumbered, or 2 seconds if they are manually COCKed beforehand.

When used in melee to attack or parry, the hand crossbow acts as a cudgel (including AvD stats). Blunt weapon skill is recommended for using the weapon in this manner.

Alternate Names

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Game Mechanics

This table applies to the hand crossbow when used as a ranged weapon.

Weapon AG Cloth Leather Scale Chain Plate RT Min RT Damage Type STR/DU
AsG 1 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
Hand crossbow DF .275 .225 .250 .190 .135 4 4 Puncture/Slash 50/285
AvD 20 26 25 24 23 20 18 16 14 34 30 26 22 27 21 15 9

The standard hand crossbow has a weight of ?? lbs.

Note: To edit this table go to Template:Weapon table hand crossbow

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