seriously tho, it's funny how fantasy settled on bows as the weapon of choice of twinks, waifs and children. a bow needs at least as much muscle as a sword, maybe more, and there's a v direct relationship between muscle and bow efficacy. you can tell a medieval bow user from their buff skeletons alone.
crossbows would've been better, but I guess they are aesthetically too "mechanical" for elves and such.
@elilla It's something I appreciate in the Wheel of Time, actually! Archers from the protagonist home region are definitely described as buff af, and the strength of the pull of various bows is mentioned repeatedly.