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Over in the Mage clubs discussion, we started talking about crossbows. There's enough to talk about for this to have its own thread, so here it is.
The main objection to crossbow proficiency seemed to be "they are far too mechanical and complex gadgets". Let's examine if that holds water.Fact: Only the smartest people can become Wizards.
If it's too "complex" for a Wizard, it should be way too complex for some dumb Fighter.Fact: Wizards make mechanical servitors like Iron Golems.
We see that Magi have already delved deep into the mechanical arts in order to make constructs which have more moving parts than a crossbow.Fact: Wizards are good at charming, animating or summoning hordes of unskilled labor.
You know who probably invented
the crossbow? I'll bet it was a Necromancer looking to fill out his unskilled undead archery department, or an Enchanter looking to make his legion of charmed goblins somewhat more threatening.