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Old 12-04-2009, 12:57 AM   #90
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Default Re: Role of archers in low-tech parties?

Originally Posted by Polydamas View Post
But again, all it takes to dispove "all warbows had draw weights of 100 lbs or more" is one culture which didn't do that, and I cited two: TL 1 Egyptians and TL 2 Scythians (and their Greek, Persian, etc. neighbours who used similar bows and arrows). I'll track down that book by Karpowicz some time.
I should, I admit, have said 'warbows at mature/late TL2+'. Before that, you got all sorts.

But my point was that a bow useful for what Molokh is asking for here (killing armoured point targets) and not just area harassment, would be a warbow and it would be of a heavy draw. That lighter bows were used in warfare is certainly true, but not for anything that would actually serve the purposes of a small band of PCs trying to kill foes.
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