Since the Dwarfs first came to the World's Edge Mountains the crossbow has ever been their ranged weapon of choice. It will easily outrange the puny bows of the Goblins and is powerful enough to drop even a Black Orc in his tracks. In more recent times, devotees of the handgun have grown in numbers to the extent that the crossbow is no longer entirely the dominant weapon. The crossbow will never disappear entirely though. The Quarrellers that remain are a stubborn bunch, preferring to trust their own estimates of range and wind than rely on a new-fangled sight. If nothing else, many of them begrudge the cost of powder when a bit of elbow grease will propel a quarrel as far as a bullet.
A variant of the crossbow is the Repeater Crossbow used by the Dark Elves.