Imperial Gunnery School
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The Imperial Gunnery School is a famed military university and industrial complex in Nuln in the Empire. [1a][2a]
The province of Nuln is respected across the Empire as the home to the finest handguns and war machines, save for those constructed by the Dwarfs. This reputation is largely thanks to the Imperial Gunnery School.
Graduates from the School are highly prized for their skills in maintaining the war machines and, in battle, training artillery on vulnerable targets with unerring accuracy.
Perhaps the most surprising fact is that the School does not create new weapons of war. Such tasks are executed by the Imperial Engineers School, [2a] either the well-known one in Altdorf (where luminaries such as von Meinkopt, creator of the Hellblaster, and Pfielmann, inventor of the Grenade Launching Blunderbuss) were taught, or the Gunnery School’s neighbouring College in Nuln. Once the Colleges of Engineering create a war machine, the Imperial Gunnery School then start training gunners to use them.
This creates a high demand for their services with only a limited number available at any one time. In spite of this demand, the School refuses to lower its standards, concentrating on producing a small corps of highly skilled gunners and engineers, rather than churning out a large body of sub-standard graduates barely capable of knowing which end of the cannon the ball comes out of.
Most of the students at the school come from the Imperial nobility, sons who show talents in mathematics (or an interest in things that go boom), as well as not being immediately in line for succession to their families' noble titles. Graduates are given the choice of staying on for further study (perhaps eventually becoming Master Gunners) or returning home. For some, the prospect of yet more years of study will send them home to fight as an army’s pistoliers or outriders.
Those who remain will attain the pinnacle of their craft and get to watch their former trainees charge across the battlefield, often to their deaths. [1a]
All the guns of the school are lovingl maintained by their crews and often are named for great heroes of the past, inscribed or painted on to the carriage or barrels.
- 1: Uniforms & Heraldry of The Empire
- 1a: Nuln, pg. 30-32
- 2: White Dwarf 296 (UK)
- 2a: Imperial School of Engineers, pg. 53