Ptolus, City By The Spire
Myraeth Tuneweaver bills his shop as a place to buy and sell the strange trinkets and “oddities” found below the city, but in fact his shop is much more than that. It is, quite literally, the place for adventurers to sell what they recover on theiradventures below the streets. From brass candlesticks to gemstones to antique spoons, Myraeth will assess and buy virtually anything.
The important thing, however, is that Myraeth buys and sells magic items of all kinds. A visitor to Ptolus might find it odd that this is a unique aspect of his business—one might expect the city to have a dozen such shops. Nevertheless, with the exception of a couple places that sell potions or scrolls, Myraeth’s is the only store of its kind. Why? Because the Dreaming Apothecary, with its connections to the Inverted Pyramid, has made it clear over the years that “bad luck” befalls anyone attempting to sell magic items in Ptolus. They make an exception for Myraeth because of some deal struck decades earlier, and because he only resells used items. Those wishing to buy new, custom-made items must go to the Dreaming Apothecary.
Myraeth’s willingness to buy almost anything, and his ever-changing stock of magic items, makes his shop extremely popular with the local adventurer population. Many stop by every day just to see what he’s gotten in. This is not only out of curiosity and idle window-shopping, but it also makes for an interesting gauge of how one’s fellow adventurers are doing. Myraeth never discloses who is buying or selling what, so as not to reveal anyone’s secrets; life could get dangerous for an adventurer if people knew she showed up often with hoards of gems, for example.
On a typical day, Myraeth’s magic item stock might include the items in the list that follows on the next page. Use the list to judge what Myraeth might have in stock on a given day. His wares include mostly inexpensive, one-use items, or items without obvious value to everyone. Usually, he has at least one or two items of universal appeal, which sell quickly (ability score boosting items, wands of good attack or defense spells, rings of protection, and so on). Myraeth depends entirely on what people offer him for sale. His stock rarely includes curative potions, for example, because so few people are willing to sell them.
Myraeth knows what he’s doing, and he’s been doing it for years. He makes sure to keep various items used as spell components, like pearls worth 100 gp or 250 gp of diamond dust, always in stock. He knows a ring of invisibility will prove extremely popular and a decanter of endless water less so. Occasionally, he raises the price of a potentially popular item by 10 or 20 percent and discounts the price of a less popular item anywhere from 10 to 50 percent. Otherwise, use standard pricing.
If people ask Myraeth to look for a specific item, he will. Should that item ever come in, he will hold it for a few days before putting it on sale to the general public, in case the asker comes back looking for it again. The elf will even send a message to potential customers if he knows how to get ahold of them. It’s that kind of personal service that has endeared Myraeth to the local adventurers, which is the key to his success.
Myraeth can always sell the gems and jewelry he buys to the dwarves of the Star Jewelers in the Guildsman District for a profit.
The only things Myraeth does not buy are weapons and armor. For these, he recommends Rastor’s Weapons and Bull and Bear Armor across the square.