bow set horizontally on a stock, making it possible to carry it loaded and
aim it more like a gun. its missle is called a quarrel or a bolt. They are
extremely powerful; typically a crank or other tool was used to cock them.
Medieval crossbows had greater range than bows, but were much, much slower
to use (about one quarrel per minute, versus 6 - 12 arrows per minute for
a bow). Modern crossbows are somewhat quicker to use, but still not nearly
as quick as a bow.