Heretic of The Seventh Circle
No, it doesntIt also takes a specially trained baker to bake a cake,
No rational person would classify that as special training, or even just training.said training can often be summarized as reading the recipe on the box & basic familiarity with kitchen tools.
No, it isn’t. It isn’t as rare as it is in a more low magic setting, but it isn’t common. The majority of people aren’t spellcasters oThat level of familiarity with the arcane equivalent of kitchen tools is common in Eberron, Sigil, possibly pre-cleansing war Athas, parts of Thay, much of silverymoon based entirely on the high % of elves, & many others
Even if the previous was correct, this would not follow from it.making it perfectly reasonable that a period as long as "a couple weeks" could train someone up to metaphorically push the button.
Again, you misrepresent. At this point, I must conclude it is intentional.
Yes, they do.but the setting & RAW for the artillery weapons themselves do not require that
Nope.Your arguments depend on conflating two wildly different levels of training with the weapon as being equivalent.
You really seem to underestimate the difficulty and knowledge learning curve of farming. Anyway Keith himself has said that magewrights spend years mastering simple rituals and the like.You also seem to be confusing the section on players activating them
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Casting cantrips as an action or ritually including the racial cantrips makes one "a spellcaster". Adding "specially trained" from there only requires some amount of special training not X level artificer. Despite your claims otherwise nothing about the level of training or the required time investment is detailed. When talking about a setting where a lamplighter, seamstress, launderer, chef, & possibly even the farmer
So, one culture has farmers knowing a few simple Druidic rituals to help crops grow. Very like minor effects that wouldn’t even be useful enough to an adventurer to ever be made into actual spells in a D&D book. That’s on par with the specialized techniques of farming specialized crops. Every older farmer I know has some knowledge that seems simple and obvious to them because they grew up with it (and no real knowledge in their formative years of how other folks grew up), that is actually very specialized and equivalent to specialized trade training.you talked up earlier are spellcasters
The fact there are ten year olds on farms who can fully rebuild a tractor engine (a more complex task than rebuilding a Honda Civic engine), doesn’t mean that engine repair and diagnosis is simple, low-skilled work that can be taught in a few weeks.
You’re stretching the meanings of words to the breaking point, here. Why are you so hell-bent on this? It’s Eberron, you’re meant to play it your way. Why do you desperately need to “prove” that guns couldn’t reasonably develop in Eberron?there is not a very high barrier in place by needing a "spellcaster" to operate a siege staff with the same "couple of weeks" you put forward as good for operating a gunpowder cannon for the "specially trained" part to be met.
Hell, I’ve discussed this with Keith several times, and even he admits that it’s not at all impossible, it just doesn’t fit the themes of the world to have guns when you can instead have magical gun-like things. I disagree, in that you could just have magically manufactured and propelled guns, but hey I can just do that in my Eberron, just like you can magewrights be unskilled laborers with only a few weeks training in your Eberron, in spite of that not being the official take or Keith’s take.