Bows will be one of the most important weapons at an early stage of the game. We will use them for hunting and wars. Eventually I will post here how we researched bows and who can teach you to make them if that is nessecary.
How did we researched bows in-real life and what are they made of? The human rase discovered arrows around 64.000 years ago. We have found old arrow heads in Africa dated 64.000 years ago. However bows we discovered 10.000 years ago and are found in Germany.
Bows: Bows exist out of a couple things: - Wood (often massive wood) - Bow string, how stronger the string, the more power you can have to fire an arrow.
People used the membrane that you find covering Sheep (Not just sheep, but sheep is the best one) Intestines, that's what Bowstring is made out of. Bows are made out of Laminated wood, a stiff hardwood in the centre with a softwood sandwich either side.
Arrows: Nowadays we craft arrows with different materials than we did before, I will focus on how we made arrows previously. An arrow exists out of three parts, the point, the shaft and a feather. The point needs to be sharp and is used the pierce an animal or an enemy. The shaft is used for stability and it is necessary to fire a bow. The feather gives stability in the air.
The sharp point is made of stone, but also thorns. The shaft is made of wood, reed or bamboo. The feather is made of an feather.
How can we expect those items in-game and what are the possibilities to research them? I think it will be fairly difficult to research bows, because we don't see a lot of strings. I think we might find them in the jungle or out of animals, but we need bows to hunt on animals. The wood will be slightly easier. In-real-life we need suitable wood with the right srength, however I do not expect The Universe Project will be such detailled and the kind of wood will not be a problem. I think we can research bows by finding the right shape of wood and a string.
I think arrows will not be that difficult to research. If we look at the past of our world we see arrows are researched far earlier than bows. This is not strange when you consider that we need a sharp point, which will probably a rock, a stick and a feather. All those things are not difficult to find. I think we need to collect small sticks, feathers and rocks or thorns. If we have all those things together it can not be difficult to research arrows.