UtilityGunpowder has revolutionized war in Sedesta. Firearms are beginning to replace bows for many important guards in the Kingdom of Loria and the Republic of De'ari-Bomsi, and cannons are even more widely used, especially on warships. Outside of military uses, the smeloplar tradition of fireworks uses a slower-burning version of black powder called brown powder (as the charcoal is not usually burned completely and looks brown instead of black). Blasting sticks (thin wooden tubes filled with gunpowder) are beginning to be used to blast open larger areas in mines.
ManufacturingThe most common kind of gunpowder used is black powder, which is a mixture of sulfur, charcoal and saltpetre. These ingredients combined and ignited create the explosions characteristic of black powder.
DiscoveryThe smeloplar are credited with the proliferation of gunpowder. They had kept their invention of the explosive compound a secret for generations. Now that the smeloplar communities of the southern part of the Kingdom of Loria have begun to open up to the rest of the world, their inventions are being shared throughout the world.
InventorWhile many smeloplar have claimed to have invented gunpowder, Aned Bilimsar is usually credited with its discovery.
AvailabilityThe average Sedestan doesn't have regular contact with gunpowder, whether that be via weaponry or other uses. This is due to the recent invention of the technology (sometime in the last hundred years) and the protected nature of the recipe.
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