Smoke powder is a magical substance that was utilized by the Lantonese during the Time of Troubles to make reasonably safe and accurate smoke powder weapons.
In the nearly two decades that have passed since those innovations, smoke powder weaponry has undergone significant advances and gunsmithing is now a widely practiced profession. Many militias in larger cities through the Realms now carry some variation of these weapons, and most larger shops feature them for sale.
This proficiency enables a character to make firearms from base crafting materials, as well as make modifications to a firearm without requiring a crafting roll.
All smoke powder weapons use similar ammunition types, so the rounds used in a pistol or caviler are equally suited to an arquebus. Typical smoke powder rounds have a sonic damage bonus, but other types of special ammunition are known.
Critical hits from a smoke powder weapon can be very severe. Ranged weapons already receive a benefit to their critical severity roll based on size, but smoke powder weapons receive an additional +2 to their critical severity.
On the Knights of Noromath server, several types of smoke powder weapons fall into two main categories. The base items are always treated as either a light crossbow or a heavy crossbow, except as noted below. This means that a weapon focus in light crossbows applies to pistols and cavilers of all kinds, and it means that improved critical feat in heavy crossbows imparts the same benefits when using an arquebus, jezail, or ribald.
Smoke Powder Weapon Base Items
|Pistol||Light Crossbow||1d8, 19-20/x2||6|
|Caviler||Light Crossbow||1d8, 19-20/x2||6|
|Calishite Caviler||Light Crossbow||1d8, 19-20/x2||6|
|Arquebus||Heavy Crossbow||1d10, 19-20/x2||9|
|Calishite Jezail||Heavy Crossbow||1d10, 19-20/x2||9|
|Gondsman's Ribald||Heavy Crossbow||2d10, 19-20/x2||59|
Due to the modular nature and design of modern smoke powder weaponry, several modifications to smoke powder weapons are possible. A smoke powder weapon has six modification slots. Some modifications can be purchased in shops, but others you may have to seek out!
Smoke Powder Weapon Modifications
|Modification Name||Modification Type||Effect||Slots Required|
|Astral Drift Metal||Barrel Upgrade||Ghost Touch||1|
|Crosshair||Barrel Upgrade||+1 Attack Bonus (max +2)||1(2)|
|Profane Horn||Barrel Upgrade||Evil Aligned||1|
|Rebelling Mark||Barrel Upgrade||Chaotic Aligned||1|
|Sanctified Brass||Barrel Upgrade||Good Aligned||1|
|Silver Barrel||Barrel Upgrade||Overcomes Silver DR||1|
|Abiding Seal||Stock Upgrade||Lawful Aligned||1|
|Darkwood Stock||Stock Upgrade||40% weight reduction||1|
|Improved Smoke Powder Well||Stock Upgrade||+2 Damage Bonus (max +4)||2(4)|
|Repeater Chamber||Stock Upgrade||Bonus Feat, Rapid Reload||2|
|Smoke Powder Well Cap||Stock Upgrade||+1d10 Massive Criticals||2|
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