I adapted the Prodd to Pits & Perils after creating a cleric with a background of a Bowyer.
The heavy bullet firing crossbow
With twice the cost of a regular crossbow, it’s main purpose is to provide the clerical class with an easily trained projectile weapon that doesn’t offend their sensibilities about shedding blood in combat.
A bag of 20 round lead bullets cost twice that of arrows or quarrels.
It is a heavy weapon that must be braced and cranked to reload. As such, it only fires every other combat round. It could also be loaded with small clay pots of holy water for destroying undead at a distance.
If I were to read this, my first question would be, “Why buy this when I can buy a sling for 5gp and twenty shots for 1gp?”
Good question. The crossbow is better suited for dungeons as it does not need the extra room to be twirled about as a sling might. And by my own optional rules, if the crossbow wielder is loaded and ready to fire, but loses initiative, he can still fire.
For twice the cost, the cleric gets a decent projectile weapon. And anyone wishing to kill without leaving a blood trail can do the same.