Wow - this Fantasy Friday is Fantastic! One question -
Do Crossbows take a lot longer to fire then bows? In BFME there was literally no difference, but historically, the difference was huge.
The more powerful crossbows had to be hand-cranked in order to draw the bolt back. It could take a while. The less powerful ones had to be placed with their tip on the ground, stock against the waist, and the whole weight of the soldier was used to "draw" [lurch/yank] the bolt back.
I hope that the difference in loading time is prominent.
That was the main difference between crossbows and bows. Crossbows were much more powerful, but at the cost of range, and a much longer reloading time.