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0007874Dwarf FortressDwarf Mode -- Combatpublic2014-08-06 07:262014-10-29 15:48
Toady One 
0007874: Ballista arrows are blunt weapons
Verified in 0.34.11 and in 0.40.06

Ballista arrows cause damage (bruising/shattering) that is indicative of blunt weapons and not an edged weapon. Ballista arrows do not cause severing.

One would think that ballista arrows should be edged, as the dwarves can craft various types of weapon metal arrowheads for them.
Generate a pocket world with short history
Embark with steel bars, wood, coke, an anvil, several dogs and generic stone
Build a forge, crank out a few steel ballista arrowheads
Build a siege workshop, create a few ballista parts and steel-tipped arrows
Build the ballista, pointing at a meeting zone full of your dwarves and dogs
Load and fire the ballista
Observe results

Elapsed time: 10 minutes
Player-built minecart weapons are more devastating than the default siege weapons at the moment, so it is probably OK to delay a fix until an overall siege weapon rewrite.
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Issue History
2014-08-06 07:26UristDaVinciNew Issue
2014-08-06 07:41FootkerchiefRelationship addedrelated to 0000818
2014-08-18 11:04FootkerchiefAssigned To => Footkerchief
2014-08-18 11:04FootkerchiefStatusnew => confirmed
2014-10-29 15:48Toady OneStatusconfirmed => resolved
2014-10-29 15:48Toady OneFixed in Version => Next Version
2014-10-29 15:48Toady OneResolutionopen => fixed
2014-10-29 15:48Toady OneAssigned ToFootkerchief => Toady One

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