Heretic of The Seventh Circle
Oh I very much disagree with Keith about firearms, but claiming the whole setting is unbelievable just because it has a somewhat odd take on tech? Lol wutI don't even understand his reasoning. "Because magic." Well, there's alchemy. And why not make an explosive magic powder that can be used to fling a lead ball out of a tube? I can come up with a better reason: In a world with combat magic, the first firearms would be so ineffective that the tech wouldn't be developed any further. In fact, if you have artillery based on spells like Shatter and Fireball, mass formations of conscripts, which are necessary for early firearms to even be particularly useful, would have been abandoned for similar reasons as Europe abandoned them after WW1.
But yeah no way fireball obviates the value of a cannon.
Not in the least. Those are vastly more expensive, and becoming a magewright takes years of training. It’s a craft skill, like becoming a blacksmith. You can train someone to operate a cannon in a couple weeks.kinda wrecks the whole "guns were easy to teach someone to use" line that so often comes up trying to justify them
Oh, and the cannon could be replicate by a kingdoms own people, no need to be beholden to Cannith for it.
To me, what’s missing is a cheaper, simpler, more mass production, version of those siege weapons. If arcane guns are in the very early days in the starting years of the campaign, that’s great. Because Eberron would likely have guns that run on magical “tech” in some way.
But none of the stuff in Exploring Eberron actually obviates the most important reason guns would develop. Some nations have more magic than others.