There have been three primary uses for gunpowder in the continent of Holme.
- Rifles- The obvious use of the black powder is for the creation of guns. The concept of the rifle was developed by Prince Jamie Narvineous before he passed the project to Fanny Abbott. Later, rifles became the primary weapon of choice for the Berman army.
- Explosives- The original purpose of gunpowder was to help clear out mines quicker. By placing the powder in barrels and attaching a fuse, users have been known to level entire buildings with only a few kegs.
- Cannons- A more recent invention conceptualized by Jamie Narvineous. Designed to be fired from ships as a siege weapon, cannons became a great boon for the Pinelands after the Ninth Barbarian Invasion.
As gunpowder gained a more widespread reach, perception of the substance has became less surrounded in myth. But during the reign of Emperor Juilus Narvineous, Berma kept as tight a lock on information regarding the powder. Because the outside world's only experience with the substance was the Berman War, many people assumed gunpowder was magic. It was widely feared for many years until 659 AU, when it was used to defend Avalot from the Westwardens.