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Royalist repeating flintlocker

"The introduction of projectiles propelled by things other than just pure muscle power introduced a whole wreath of possibilities. Mostly these instruments were only in the realm of the noble and the merchants, or actually if you wanted to have such a weapon it'd be more or less just a hollow iron wand that pitifully would spit out its projectile, something that would only be a miserable shadow of the miracles of engineering you could get if you had a bit more gold. Of course these wands could still prove quite lethal, albeit incredibly inaccurate, tools, much like the javelins which some soldiers would still prefer to use, acting as something you'd just use once before pulling out your real weapon, your sword or dagger. While it was becoming more apparent that the trend of killing was moving towards range and doing it from a distance, the blade and the sword was still the most trustworthy and common weapon, it did not fail when you had to strike and it did not misfire and kill its wielder.

Indeed, even with the introduction of these fine works of art that are the flintlocks, they did have an awful tendency to explode as some blacksmiths were more worried about creating a piece of art, rather than a functional piece of machinery. Those with the funds to purchase these tools did not help this trend, as of course they'd lean towards the more artful and away from the mundane and functional. The allure of carrying such a work of art into battle was a note that resonated with their sense of honor and nobility. Killing thusly was not barbaric with such sophisticated tools, but elegant, clean and professional."