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Name Arbalest
Skill Crossbows
Damage 17
Accuracy -2
Base delay (%) 19 (190%)
Min delay 10 at 18 skill
Hands 2H
Size Medium
Ranged? Yes
A large piece of machinery used for firing bolts, braced with steel and cranked with a windlass. It takes some time to load and fire.

"(TELL enters with his crossbow)
My precious jewel now, -my chiefest treasure-
A mark I'll set thee, which the cry of grief
Could never penetrate,-but thou shalt pierce it-
And thou, my trusty bowstring, that so oft
For sport hath served me faithfully and well
Desert me not in this dread hour of need,-
Only be true this once, my own good cord,
That hast so often wing'd the biting shaft:-
For shouldst thou fly successless from my hand,
I have no second to send after thee."

-Friedrich Schiller, _Wilhelm Tell_, IV, iii. 1804.
trans. Sir Theodore Martin, 1898.

This weapon falls into the 'Ranged Weapons' category. It is a two-handed weapon.

Arbalests are powerful ranged weapons, though the complexity of their design gives them a significantly lower rate of fire than bows: it takes nearly two normal-speed turns to fire them without training, and even with sufficient skill, they'll never achieve a mindelay better than 1.0. They are commonly found on yaktaurs around the Vaults, and occassionally by orcs or naga sharpshooters.

Hand crossbows are a flat upgrade, while requiring only one hand to wield. If you want to go heavier, a triple crossbow fires even slower but deals more damage. Longbows fire faster, so typically deal more damage at minimum delay.

Mundane Arbalest1.png
Magical Arbalest2.png
Artifact Arbalest3.png
Damnation Urand damnation.png


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