Heavy Repeating Crossbow, Pump-action (3.5e Equipment)

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Heavy Repeating Crossbow, Pump-action
Exotic Two-Handed
Critical: 19-20/x2
Range Increment: 120 ft.
Type: Piercing
Hardness:
Size Cost1 Damage Weight1 hp
Fine * *
Diminutive * *
Tiny * *
Small 450 D8 7
Medium 450 D10 14 ---
Large 900 2D6 28
Huge * *
Gargantuan * *
Colossal * *
  1. The SRD only gives a means to determine costs and weights of weapons for Large and Small versions based on the Medium weapons. Any other supplied values are the author's best determination.

Rather than utilising a lever action to reset the bowstring, the pump-action crossbow uses an under-mounted grip on a slide-rail. Though this requires considerably greater strength to use, for a wielder of sufficient might it has the advantage of not requiring that the weapon be re-aimed between shots, granting a +1 cumulative to hit modifier for each shot fired at the same target after the first, up to a maximum of +4. Reloading the clip or switching targets negates resets this bonus. As an additional benefit, the distinctive sound of one of these weapons being pumped has been shown to have a noticeable effect on the nerves of potential targets, granting a +2 circumstance bonus to Intimidate checks that lasts for 5 rounds after the weapon has been pumped. Once this effect ends, it cannot be applied to the same Intimidation target within 24 hours.



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