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comment Do projectiles exist in flight?
@LorenPechtel It's important to think of DnD-4e according to game terminology provided in order to resolve combat situations where ambiguity might arise. So your trigger phrases should, for clarity's sake, be based on game terms such as "attack" and "move." A siege projectile isn't "moving" when it's fired, so it doesn't "move within 4 squares" for that particular trigger. The only concepts provided for in 4e mechanics for a projectile is an attack. Conversely, there DO exist immediate interrupts for ranged attacks, suggesting such attacks could be interrupted, just not by readied actions.
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comment Do projectiles exist in flight?
"Readying an action to be triggered by an enemy attack means that the readied action will occur as a reaction to the attack, so the character’s attack happens only after the enemy attacks." (Glossary entry for Ready an Action) A projectile attack is still an attack, so if your trigger is part of an attack, you have to wait for the attack to complete. Otherwise you could make up ridiculous trigger conditions like "the enemy grips his weapon firmly as if to attack" in order to interrupt an attack with a readied action (by triggering on the "grip" rather than the "swing" or whatever).
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comment Do projectiles exist in flight?
Because Immediate Reactions occur after the triggering action completes, the action that fired the projectile would complete and the projectile would strike its target before the immediate reaction could take place. Unless there were an action that fired a projectile that took more than one round to reach it's target, there would be no way to intercept it with Ruinous Phrase.