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While gunpowder as a blasting charge was useful in its own right, it didn't take long before someone thought of its potential for killing.
 
While gunpowder as a blasting charge was useful in its own right, it didn't take long before someone thought of its potential for killing.
   
The development of firearms came soon after. Through the early primitive cannons, hand cannons and the like have come and gone fairly quickly. Motivated to pursue their edge, the [[Republic of Faloran]] has pushed for more effective firearms as quickly as possible.
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The development of firearms came soon after. Through the early primitive cannons, hand cannons and the like have come and gone fairly quickly. Motivated to pursue their edge, the Republic of Faloran has pushed for more effective firearms as quickly as possible.
   
 
The current designs fielded by the Faloran army have standardized as much as possible on smoothbore muskets with matchlock firing mechanisms. Those who can afford it can also buy wheellock rifles. Pistols in both matchlock and wheellock are also currently available as well.
 
The current designs fielded by the Faloran army have standardized as much as possible on smoothbore muskets with matchlock firing mechanisms. Those who can afford it can also buy wheellock rifles. Pistols in both matchlock and wheellock are also currently available as well.
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'''Cannons and Artillery'''
 
'''Cannons and Artillery'''
   
The Faloran navy has standardized the 9 pound cannon as their standard ship armament. Throwing a decent weight of shot while still being easy to reload, it is common in large numbers among all Faloran Navy ships. A trained crew can fire 3-4 times over a span of 3 minutes with this cannon.
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Types of shot fired by the 9 pound cannon:
 
*Round shot, standard sphere of metal.
 
*Canister shot, a small tin container filled with musket balls. Fired at close range to deal casualties to the crews of ship.
 
*Chain shot, two smaller balls joined together by a chain. When fired, it whirls through the air like a bolo. Intended to rip down masts and foul rigging.
 
[[File:9poundcannon.jpg|thumb|left|A 9 pound naval cannon.]]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Faloran army on the other hand has standardized on the 12 pound field gun for use in sieges and ground battles. They are fielded in batteries of twenty guns. Massed fire can tear through infantry formations and sustained fire can bring down the toughest of walls. A skilled crew can fire 2 shots in a minute.
 
 
Types of shot fired by the 12 pound cannon:
 
*Round shot, standard sphere of metal.
 
*Canister shot, a small tin container filled with musket balls. Fired at close range to deal casualties close infantry formations.
 
*Hot shot, a round shot that has been heated in a fire until it is red hot. It is loaded into the barrel wrapped in a wet cloth. Intended for coastal positions, it is fired into enemy ships causing damage and starting fires.
 
 
[[File:12poundcannon.jpg|thumb|left|12 pound field gun.]]
 
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