>Even if mages nonetheless tried to suppress gunpowder it would
>be about as effective as attempts to suppress crossbows,
>dum-dum bullets, poison gas or land mines. Mixed at best.

I disagree here. We are talking about a fantasy world, things learned
from our own history do not necessarily apply. Priests can cast
Divination or Commune to determine if enemy x has developed gunpowder,
wizards can do Locate Gunpowder spells, or invent spells that prevent
gunpowder ignition in an area of effect, etc. If you as referee want
wizards and priests to be able to interdict gunpowder use, then they

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