Archive for March, 2011

28
Mar

Frontiers – History of the Firearm, Part 2

   Posted by: Andrew Linstrom    in Frontiers

After the dragons were scoured from Atrebor, firearms development in the Old World slowed down. With the entire continent pacified, the Empire had little need to devise new weapons, and muzzle-loading sparklock rifles and cannons gave them an edge over potential opponents from Husset, Dasago, or Ber-Tud. The only properly armed adversaries came from within. After a handful of bloody secession attempts by ambitious consuls and warlords, the Empire cracked down.

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21
Mar

Frontiers – History of the Firearm, Part 1

   Posted by: Andrew Linstrom    in Frontiers

The first black powder weapons appeared in Atrebor around the time of the founding of the Empire in the hands of Konetti naval officers. They were single-shot, muzzle-loading pistols, crafted in the ever-mysterious land of Husset. They proved handy on deck for providing a quick burst of injury during boarding actions, but the expense of the weapons and their ammunition limited their ownership to wealthier officers and successful pirates. The reclusive gunsmiths and alchemists of Husset were careful to only sell the simplest of pistols and small quantities of black powder to outlanders, and their magi and holy men laid curses on acquiring or spreading the knowledge of their formulae and manufacture.

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21
Mar

Frontiers – On Guns

   Posted by: Andrew Linstrom    in Frontiers

“On my journeys through the New World, my three most trustworthy friends were my horse, my sword, and my rifle. That battered but well-loved Kerrigan repeater that I bought many years ago in Cinder Keep saved my life and kept me fed on so many occasions that I nearly declined compensation when I went on a promotional tour to help Kerrigan sell more. For an adventurer in the West, a shooting iron is his most valuable traveling companion.

“The vast majority of the firearms in Nasertia are imported from the Old World, where the five leading small arms makers manufacture their deadly merchandise. The Big Five, as some call them, are Kerrigan Long Guns Company, Lukas Firearms Manufacturing, Tödbilder Arms Company, Crimson Sunsets, and Gnossan State Armories. Excepting Crimson Sunsets, each has their own specialty, and fills their niche superbly.

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Andrew here. Long time, no see, pilgrims.

I’m aware that the site has gone without updates for many moons. What does that mean? It means I owe you an update for every missed Monday, a bonus/penalty update for every missed Monday, plus an update for every new Monday. That means I owe you fine folks about 64 back updates.

Consider me equal to the task.

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