Myths & Gears
The folk of the Iron Kingdoms have embraced the art of gunsmithing. This is not to say every back-alley thug is packing a pistol – far from it. The sword and crossbow still have their place and are considerably more affordable weapons of self-defense. Firearms are exotic and expensive, and while they are starting to proliferate, they are only common among military officers. However, lower prices and increased availablity have allowed thses weapons to gain popularity in the last few years.
Guns in this world do not use black powder. Instead they require blasting powders that can only be created by skilled alchemists. The commercial trade of this powder has become a lucrative and protected market controlled outside the military by a group called The Order of the Golden Crucible. In theory powder charges must be matched precisely to an individual weapon, for miscalculations can result in dangerous malfunctions. Most firearms owned by private individuals are hand-made and distinct. In truth the ammunition can be shared between two guns if they have barrels of the same width and length, but alchemists who sell ammunition have an interest in discouraging this practice.
Powder charges and lead shot are sewn into small chemically treated silk pouches which are then wrapped in ornate paper and labeled with the maker’s mark, the date, and the type of gun for which they are intended. To reload, the user needs to open the breech and place the silk pouch in the combustion chamber. The trigger spring must then be primed by means of a crank or lever. When the gun is fired, a needle pierces the powder charge pouches and causes them to mix and explode. The silk flashes into dust, and the bullet is sent on it’s way in a spurt of flame and smoke. The residue from the burnt chemicals and casing must be cleaned from the gun before reloading, a sometimes slow process requiring a Craft (small arms) check.
|Ranged Weapons||Cost||Dmg(m)||Critical||Range Increment||Weight(lbs)|
|Clockwerk Arms pepperbox||325gp||1d6||19-20/x3||20ft||8|
|Clockwerk Arms revolving rifle||900gp||1d10||19-20/x3||120ft||20|
|Radliffe quad-iron pistol||375gp||4d4||19-20/x3||20ft||6|
|Radliffe two-shot rifle||625gp||1d10||19-20/x3||140ft||10|
|Rynnish hold-out pistol||225gp||1d6||19-20/x3||20ft||2|
|Rynnish walking stick||375gp||1d6||19-20/x3||20ft||4|
|Serricsteel long rifle||800gp||2d6||18-20/x2||160ft||8|
|Serricsteel military rifle||900gp||2d8||18-20/x2||200ft||12|
|Shield gun, light||260gp||2d4||19-20/x3||10ft||8|