Random Encounters11/10/2003

The Itinerant Bazaar

For adventurers, a reliable source of high-caliber equipment and supplies is an even rarer and more treasured discovery than any treasure trove. After all, no matter how much gold you have, it does you no good unless you have something to buy. The Itinerant Bazaar is such a resource.

The bazaar is home to merchants whose wares are of impeccable quality, whose selection is second to none, and whose discretion is assured. Of course, you may not want to know where the merchandise came from. And if anyone asks where you got it, you would be well advised to refrain from mentioning the market or its proprietors.

So join us for a quick tour around one of the premiere marketplaces in all the land. Bring your gold and your haggling shoes. All prices are negotiable, but the buyer should most definitely beware.

Market Day

Most towns and villages have a Market Day, which is when traveling merchants set up booths and sell goods that range from necessities to exotic luxuries. The Itinerant Bazaar is said to have something for everyone, but how can you find a bazaar that is never in the same place twice?

Meet the Proprietors

Nana Júichi and Luvi Tonne run the Itinerant Bazaar. You know something about their businesses; now meet the merchants themselves and learn about their complicated working relationship.

The Rules of Business

The Itinerant Bazaar uses a firm set of rules to determine where it will visit next and what exactly the vendors can sell there. Here we lay down the rules and introduce you to the bazaar's only permanent merchants.

Caveat Emptor

You can find all sorts of goods at the Itinerant Bazaar, and they're usually sold at a very reasonable price. The selection changes daily, but here we present a guide to some commonly found merchandise.

About the Author

Stan! has been publishing fiction, cartoons, and games professionally since 1982. He has served as a graphic designer and line editor for West End Games, an editor and designer for TSR, Inc., and an author, senior designer, and creative director for Wizards of the Coast, Inc. In 2003, Stan! is currently doing freelance writing, game design, and illustration, plus serves as the Creative Vice President for The Game Mechanics, Inc. (www.thegamemechanics.com). His recent projects include the d20 Menace Manual for Wizards of the Coast and the Modern Player's Companion for Green Ronin Publishing.

Stan! lives in Renton, WA, where he eats nothing but meat and cheese. Visit him online at (www.stannex.com).

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