Land of Legends
Crossbowman are often considered a subtype of archers, but they are more closely linked to The Soldier. Most are in fact soldiers who have basic training in the use of the crossbow. Crossbows take far less effort to learn and use than bows and can hit very hard, however they cannot be used in an arc and so are basically direct fire weapons. They also have a shorter range and take longer to reload. This has not stopped them from becoming popular in many armies.
Good crossbowmen become ‘snipers’ able to pick off enemies at extreme ranges equal to any archer with line of sight. A few groups of Mercenaries have crossbowmen rather than archers.