The All-Knighters in Scales of War
This weapon emits a roaring screech when fired, expelling a crossbow bolt shrouded in elemental flame and smoke.
A relic of unknown origin and manufacture, the Deliverer was used for years by Father Gyre of the Rookery of Bone in Overlook. It appears to be a strange type of heavy crossbow, but is devoid of Arms or bowstring, and the groove down which the bolt would normally travel is encased within a mithril cylinder. Near the trigger assembly, the Deliverer sports a lever that opens a chamber on the top of the weapon, into which a standard crossbow quarrel can be inserted. When closed (by rocking the lever forward again), an elemental spirit of flame is awakened within the stock. The person holding the Deliverer can feel its heat within the weapon, as well as a slight vibration, but not enough to throw off their aim or cause any harm. When the trigger is depressed, this spirit devours the shaft and fletching of the quarrel, converting it into pure elemental flame, which propels the head of the bolt down a mithril-lined tube affixed to the spine of the weapon’s stock.
When the flame, smoke, and semi-liquefied bolt exit the end of the tube, the sound is reminiscent of both a Raven’s croak and distant thunder.
For all intents an purposes this is a +2 point-blank Heavy crossbow, and even uses the same ammunition. However, because of the damage done to the bolt, alchemical ammunition is not safe to use in it, and it inflict crushing damage, not piercing. Years ago Father Gyre had it enchanted to assist in his former career as a Hunter for the Raven Queen’s church.