Mechanical crossbow and bow

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Mechanical crossbows and bows are ranged weapons with special scripts. They have been sold in Bloodriven Village and at Ebon Gate 2018 in Grinding Gears.

Repeating crossbow

Repeating crossbows were introduced at the Duskruin Arena pay event, and were sold off the shelf in three versions: Locked, Tier 1, and Tier 2.

Locked versions had only fluff scripts. Unlocked versions could load multiple bolts at once (up to 3 bolts for Tier 1, and 5 bolts for Tier 2), with combat scripts for LOAD and COCK.


You analyze the {item} and sense that the item is largely free from merchant alteration restrictions.

The creator has also provided the following information:
 ----------------MECHANICAL CROSSBOWS & BOWS----------------------
|   These crossbows/bows are of gnomish craftsmanship, and very  |
|   intricate.  Any alteration should be along with this theme.  |
|                                                                |
|   Bows should have a wooden stock or grip, metallic gears and  |
|   limbs with crystal lenses for sights.                        |
|                                                                |
|   If altering these, you may ONLY change the base 15/15/15     |
|   and the settings below.                                      |
|                                                                |
|   It is currently a locked, off the shelf version.             |
|   You have access to: WEAR, REMOVE.                            |

  Metal Gears  = bronze
  Metal Cams   = bronze
  Metal Limbs/Stirrup  = steel
  Crystal Sights = clear

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A fine example of gnomish ingenuity and workmanship, this heavy arbalest displays curved mithril arms extending outward from the stock and is capped at the front with a mithril stirrup.  Large oval cams of black steel are wrapped in the bowstring that stretches across a network of mithril gears set amid either arm and into the interior of the arbalest.  Aligned atop the stock are a pair of crimson crystal lenses serving as sights, with a small trigger extending from the underside of the weapon.

Examining the arbalest you see that it is cocked and loaded with 5 bolts.

You see nothing unusual, except for a small enchanter's mark.

Combat scripts

  • LOAD: You flip open the stock of your heavy arbalest and load a heavy crossbow bolt into it. As you do, several gears spin and whirl, drawing the bolt into the interior of your arbalest. You then quickly snap the stock shut.
  • COCK: You draw back on the bowstring of your heavy arbalest causing its mithril gears to whirl, lifting a heavy crossbow bolt from the interior and snapping it into place.
    You cock your heavy arbalest.
    Roundtime: 2 sec.

As long as there is at least one bolt loaded, COCK has reduced roundtime: 1 second for light crossbows, 2 seconds for heavy crossbows. This action forces offensive stance. The crossbow must be cocked each time before using FIRE.

Fluff scripts

  • WEAR: You sling your heavy arbalest over your shoulder, its mithril arms folding up neatly to its sides.
  • REMOVE: You unsling a mechanical heavy arbalest off from over your shoulder, its mithril arms unfolding neatly to the sound of whirring gears.
  • POINT: You raise your heavy arbalest to eye level, looking down through the crimson crystal sights.
  • POINT (target): You raise your heavy arbalest to eye level, looking down the crimson crystal sights and taking direct aim at {target}'s {aim location}!
  • POKE: You tap your finger impatiently on the trigger of your heavy arbalest.
  • RUB: You carefully run your hand across your heavy arbalest and pause to wipe a bit of black grease off some of the mithril gears. Much better!
  • PULL: You pull back on the strings of your heavy arbalest causing the black steel cams to rotate smoothly as the arbalest's arms bend slightly in response. The arbalest appears to be in ready.
  • PUSH: You lower your heavy arbalest, place your foot into the front stirrup, and push open a panel on its side. Inside is a chaotic cluster of tiny gears and springs, but nothing looks amiss. Satisfied you close the arbalest's side panel and return it to your side.

Mechanical crank crossbow

Mechanical crank crossbows can be cocked using the TURN verb, which always cocks in 3 seconds of roundtime and does not force a stance change and will not reveal the wielder from hiding.

Roundtime: 3 sec.
You attempt to blend with the surroundings and feel confident that no one has noticed your doing so.

You are now in a defensive stance.

Your grab the windlass attached to the crossbow and turn it, smoothly cocking it.
Roundtime: 3 sec.

You remove a wooden heavy crossbow bolt from in your black leather longcoat.

You load a wooden heavy crossbow bolt into your ruic heavy crossbow.

You are now in an offensive stance.

You fire a wooden heavy crossbow bolt at a lesser orc!
AS: +381 vs DS: +30 with AvD: +35 + d100 roll: +74 = +460
... and hit for 152 points of damage!
Strike through eye, the lesser orc is lobotomized!
A lesser orc screams one last time and dies.
The heavy crossbow bolt sticks in a lesser orc's right eye!
Roundtime: 4 sec.