Crossbowmen are an uncommon form of ranged infantry fielded within the armies of the Empire.
Crossbows are not popular weapons in the Empire, though Tilean mercenaries are often recruited to augment the firepower of a Count's army. Some Counts from the southern provinces retain units of Crossbowmen as part of their personal household troops. Crossbows may lack the penetrative power of handguns,[2a] or the rate of fire of standard bows[4a] but they are just as accurate in the hands of an expert.[2a]
Crossbows have a range longer than that of handguns[3a] but shorter than that of bows.[4a] Their main advantages lie in the facts that they are easily produced[3a] and their use is easily learned.[4a]