Large crossbow

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Large crossbow
Weapon information
Precise dimensions 2 11/12 x 2 4/12
Material wood
Weight 34 4/9
Thaums/sec 41 stable / 53 talisman / 82 max
Hands 2
Commands load fire
Melee type None
Ranged type Fired
Judge data
Fired judge very powerful
(triggered)

Long Description

A crossbow large enough that almost anyone would have to hold it in both hands, it is marked very clearly with the Burleigh and Stronginthearm logo on the stock. The small windlass on one end suggests that it could get off one very powerful shot, before taking a while to reload.

Acquisition

From Burleigh & Stronginthearm's on the Isle of Gods in Ankh-Morpork.

Kefka's item database

Appraises As

The large crossbow is about three feet long and about two and a half feet wide. It is made of wood and could be used as a fired weapon. It can hold about 1 pound or twelve items.

Usage

The crossbow needs to be loaded with a large crossbow bolt. This takes some time. Then it can be fired at something.

hold crossbow
You hold a large crossbow in your left hand and right hand.
load crossbow with bolt
You put a large crossbow bolt in position and start winding the windlass on your large crossbow.
...
You finish winding the windlass on your large crossbow.

Without enough skill you'll probably just drop both crossbow and bolt without initiating combat:

fire crossbow at vagabond
You prepare to fire your large crossbow at the filthy vagabond (hiding).
You struggle to fire your large crossbow at the filthy vagabond (hiding).
As you fire your large crossbow it springs out of your hands, narrowly missing your head and falls with a
clatter.
A large crossbow bolt comes to a rest a few feet away.

When you fail a bit less you don't drop the crossbow but you miss the target, still not initiating combat:

A large crossbow bolt creates a graceful arc in the air before coming to a rest.
A large crossbow bolt wobbles briefly through the air before coming to a rest several feet away from the filthy vagabond (hiding).
A large crossbow bolt veers to the right, missing the filthy vagabond (hiding) by several feet.

Notes

This weapon is not to be confused with the non-weapon version from the large grassy gnoll that just explodes when used:

A crossbow large enough that almost anyone would have to hold it in both hands, it is marked very clearly with the Burleigh and Stronginthearm logo on the stock.  It looks like it could get off one very powerful shot, before taking a huge amount of time to reload.
The large crossbow is about two and a half feet long and about two and a half feet wide.  It is made of wood and could be used as a weapon.
You determine that the large crossbow is not a melee weapon.
fire crossbow at dummy
You pull the trigger on her crossbow, but it explodes in a cloud of wooden shards that, luckily, harm no one.