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Frizzy Gnobbletoppins Burst-fire Crossbow
By Dave Brown
This is a specially made weapon
and moderately experimental. It was designed and is produced by
Frizzy Gnobbletoppin, a Gnome. It is only manufactured by Frizzy
and his direct apprentices, who are required to be at least a Journeymen
before they are allowed to work on the crossbows. Frizzy fancies
himself an inventor although most of his inventions are either not
practical or never totally worked. The burst-fire crossbow is no
exception to the rule, but its malfunction rate is tolerable for
its ability. The idea for the crossbow came after Fizzy witnessed
an attack upon a small human fort by some humanoids. "Regular
crossbows are too slow and don't kill those darn orcs fast enough"
he was fond of quoting about his weapon. "I
only sell my crossbows to reputable types" states Fizzy
when a new customer enters his store. If he does not like you, he
won't sell you a crossbow.
Abilities: The burst-fire crossbow is always
treated as a masterwork weapon, granting it the +1 bonus to attack
rolls. The burst-fire crossbow has the advantage of being able to
fire 3 bolts in one round. This speedy rate of fire sacrifices the
range and some of the accuracy of the other crossbows. On a roll
of 1, a critical failure, the crossbow has a 50% chance of jamming
which takes 1d4 rounds to dislodge a jam.
The bolts themselves are smaller
than regular crossbow bolts and a player must learn how to make
them from Frizzy himself. He will be glad to sell you as many as
you like though. Upon a successful hit there is a 10% chance the
bolt will bounce and do no damage due to its short length. Although
the chance of any of these bolts breaking is also only 10% on a
miss or hit so they are easily recoverable.
Quick Draw will allow you to draw the weapon
as any other but it does not decrease the time between drawing and
firing the weapon unless it is pre-cocked. While carrying the weapon
pre-cocked if a character makes a jump or fall of 10 ft. or more
the weapon has a 1 in 6 chance of going off.
Exotic two-handed ranged weapon
Frizzy Gnobbletoppins Burst-fire Crossbow 2000 gp (Treated
as Materwork) 5 lbs
Cartridge of Bolts (30) 5 gp 3 lbs
Damage (Small 1d6, Medium 1d8)
Crit. (19-20) x2
Range: 40 ft.