# Niknax

Niknax has a shop on the underdocks, underneath the dockside market in Ephebe. He claims he is a legitimate businessman.

A tall, well muscled man clad entirely in black, Niknax could easily be mistaken for an assassin by a casual observer. Such an observer would have to be truly inattentive to fail to spot that the swarthy, gold-toothed man beneath the clothes wouldn't be allowed within a hundred feet of any self respecting assassin.
He is in good shape.
He is lurking suspiciously.
Holding : a leaf-bladed dagger (left hand).
Wearing : a pair of black soft-soled boots, a pair of black silk trousers, a black silk shirt and a black silk bandana.


### Shop above

The following items are for sale:
A: a damaged metal pole for &&&&&&&&&&&&&+96 48de (one left).
B: a tool formerly used for lifting beets for &&&&&&&&&&&+6810 S3545de (one left).
C: a tube of waterproofing oil for &&&&&&&&&&&&+440 S228de (two left).
D: a black velvet pouch for &&&&&&&&&&&+3850 S205de (four left).
E: a black eyepatch for &&&&&&&&&&&&&+10 5de (three left).
F: a waterproof case for &&&&&&&&&&&+5720 S2976de (one left).
G: a lockpick for &&&&&&&&&&&&+934 S483de (five left).
H: a bottle of lamp oil for &&&&&&&&&&&&+308 S158de (nine left).
I: a tube of waterproof glue for &&&&&&&&&&&+1760 S916de (ten left).
J: a dark lantern for &&&&&&&&&&&&+494 S255de (three left).
K: a climbing rope for &&&&&&&&&&&+5500 S2862de (three left).

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The iron boathook is priced at &&&&&&&&&&&&&+96 48de and looks like:
Used mainly to drag a small dinghy closer to the ship, some pirates have found an altogether more violent use for this boathook, namely to strike down an opponent.  The long wooden pole has been tipped with a vicious looking iron hook.
It is in atrocious condition.
Niknax says in Ephebian with a nautical Ephebian accent: That's fresh in from the Big Wahoonie.
The iron boathook is about seven feet long and about three inches wide.  It is made of wood and iron and could be used as a weapon of type polearm.  It is in atrocious condition.

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The tool formerly used for lifting beets is priced at &&&&&&&&&&&+6810 S3545de and looks like:
This utensil, formerly used for lifting beets, has been repurposed into a short pike through some rough forge work and a little sharpening.  Its wooden handle is stained dark red with what might be either beet juice or blood.  It looks terribly crude, but deadly nonetheless.
It is in very good condition.
Niknax says in Ephebian with a nautical Ephebian accent: That's fresh in from the Big Wahoonie.
The tool formerly used for lifting beets is about five feet long and about three inches wide.  It is made of iron and could be used as a weapon of type polearm.  It is in very good condition.

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The tube of waterproofing oil is priced at &&&&&&&&&&&&+440 S228de and looks like:
This is a large tube of waterproofing oil, designed to be used on leather clothing.
It seems to have about ten applications left.
Niknax says in Ephebian with a nautical Ephebian accent: That's fresh in from the Big Wahoonie.
The tube of waterproofing oil is about six inches long and about an inch wide.  It is made of foil.

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The black velvet pouch is priced at &&&&&&&&&&&+3850 S205de and looks like:
This stylish pouch has been crafted from material as dark as a moonless night, and the soft velvet has clearly been chosen to prevent its contents from clinking and attracting the attention of thieves or, worse, the tax man.
It is in very good condition.
It is open.
Niknax says in Ephebian with a nautical Ephebian accent: That's fresh in from the Big Wahoonie.
The black velvet pouch is about three inches long and about three inches wide.  It is black and is made of velvet and looks like you could hold it.  It can hold about 3 pounds, or about twenty items.  It is in very good condition.

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The black eyepatch is priced at &&&&&&&&&&&&&+10 5de and looks like:
This is a stylish looking eyepatch that no pirate would be afraid to wear.  It's black, sleek and has a comfortable black suede strap.  In fact it just cries "Arrrrrrrrrhhhhhh!".
It is in excellent condition.
Niknax says in Ephebian with a nautical Ephebian accent: That's fresh in from the Big Wahoonie.
The black eyepatch is about four inches long and roughly a couple of inches wide.  It is made of cotton and looks like you could wear it.  It is in excellent condition.

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The waterproof case is priced at &&&&&&&&&&&+5720 S2976de and looks like:
This narrow cylinder of waterproof leather appears black at first glance, but a closer inspection under just the right kind of light reveals that shades of deepest blue, green and purple have been used to pick out the image of a ship fighting through a stormy sea.  A cap at the top of the cylinder allows it to be tightly sealed against the elements should the owner find themselves in inhospitable surroundings, whilst a thin strap of leather allows them to wear the tube across their back.
The waterproof case has one main pocket.
It is open.
It is in excellent condition.
Niknax says in Ephebian with a nautical Ephebian accent: That's fresh in from the Big Wahoonie.
The waterproof case is about six inches long and roughly a couple of inches wide.  It is made of leather and looks like you could wear it.  It can hold about 1 pound, or thirteen items.  It is in excellent condition.

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The lockpick is priced at &&&&&&&&&&&&+934 S483de and looks like:
A piece of flexible metal wire that you can bend into all kinds of useful shapes.
It is in excellent condition.
Niknax says in Ephebian with a nautical Ephebian accent: That's fresh in from the Big Wahoonie.
The lockpick is about three inches long and about an inch wide.  It is made of steel and looks like you could hold it.  It is in excellent condition.

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The medium sized mustard yellow bottle is priced at &&&&&&&&&&&&+308 S158de and looks like:
This is a medium sized mustard yellow glass bottle.
It has a small label stuck on it.
It is in excellent condition.
It is closed.
Niknax says in Ephebian with a nautical Ephebian accent: That's fresh in from the Big Wahoonie.
The medium sized mustard yellow bottle is about nine inches long and about four inches wide.  It is made of glass and looks like you could hold it.  It can hold about 1 pound, about twenty items, or about 3 gills.  It is in excellent condition.

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The tube of waterproof glue is priced at &&&&&&&&&&&+1760 S916de and looks like:
A small tube of waterproof glue.  This is the type of glue that would be perfect for making things waterproof.  You'd better not squeeze it too hard, though, as the glue is already dripping through the bottom of the tube.
Niknax says in Ephebian with a nautical Ephebian accent: That's fresh in from the Big Wahoonie.
The tube of waterproof glue is roughly a couple of inches long and roughly a couple of inches wide.  It is made of some unidentifiable material.

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The dark lantern is priced at &&&&&&&&&&&&+494 S255de and looks like:
This is a small lantern, designed to be easily concealed. Its metal sides have been carefully darkened to avoid gleaming in the moonlight, and small hinged flaps allow shutters to be lowered across the lamp at a moment's notice.
The small flaps have been lifted, showing an unlit wick.
It is almost completely out of fuel.
It is in excellent condition.
Niknax says in Ephebian with a nautical Ephebian accent: That's fresh in from the Big Wahoonie.
The dark lantern is about a foot long and about four inches wide.  It is made of iron and glass and looks like you could hold it.  It is in excellent condition.

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The climbing rope is priced at &&&&&&&&&&&+5500 S2862de and looks like:
This is a sturdy looking climbing rope with a grapnel attached to the end.  Holding it while climbing in the mountains would probably increase life expectancy.
It is in excellent condition.
Niknax says in Ephebian with a nautical Ephebian accent: That's fresh in from the Big Wahoonie.
The climbing rope is about two feet long and about an inch wide.  It is made of hemp and looks like you could hold it.  It is in excellent condition.


### Shop below

The shop below uses ambergris as currency and is protected from shoplifting by shadows.

Price (ambergris) Short name Description Length Width Material Type Weight Holds lb Holds items Notes
1 slim clear vial of sea serpent venom This is a small, slim glass vial, about the length of your thumb.

It has a small label stuck on it.

&&&&+150 2 " &&&&&+75 1 " glass poison &&&&+450 1/2 lb &&&&+450 1/2 lb 4 1 shots
2 slim clear vial of dire seaweed extract This is a small, slim glass vial, about the length of your thumb.

It has a small label stuck on it.

&&&&+150 2 " &&&&&+75 1 " glass poison &&&&+450 1/2 lb &&&&+450 1/2 lb 4 1 shots
1 slim clear vial of kraken blood This is a small, slim glass vial, about the length of your thumb.

It has a small label stuck on it.

&&&&+150 2 " &&&&&+75 1 " glass poison &&&&+450 1/2 lb &&&&+450 1/2 lb 4 1 shots
3 slim clear vial of kraken sweat This is a small, slim glass vial, about the length of your thumb.

It has a small label stuck on it.

&&&&+150 2 " &&&&&+75 1 " glass poison &&&&+450 1/2 lb &&&&+450 1/2 lb 4 1 shots
1 slim clear vial of kraken tears This is a small, slim glass vial, about the length of your thumb.

It has a small label stuck on it.

&&&&+150 2 " &&&&&+75 1 " glass poison &&&&+450 1/2 lb &&&&+450 1/2 lb 4 1 shots
3 glass ink well of smuggler black ink This ink well is a small glass bottle with a wide mouth and a close-fitting stopper. Helpfully, it's got a little plaque on the side saying "INK" in big letters, so you don't forget.

It is closed.

&&&&&+75 1 " &&&&&+75 1 " glass ink &&&&+450 1/2 lb &&&&+450 1/2 lb 6 3 shots
3 glass ink well of Circle Sea blue ink This ink well is a small glass bottle with a wide mouth and a close-fitting stopper. Helpfully, it's got a little plaque on the side saying "INK" in big letters, so you don't forget.

It is closed.

&&&&&+75 1 " &&&&&+75 1 " glass ink &&&&+450 1/2 lb &&&&+450 1/2 lb 6 3 shots
3 glass ink well of sea serpent venom black ink This ink well is a small glass bottle with a wide mouth and a close-fitting stopper. Helpfully, it's got a little plaque on the side saying "INK" in big letters, so you don't forget.

It is closed.

&&&&&+75 1 " &&&&&+75 1 " glass ink &&&&+450 1/2 lb &&&&+450 1/2 lb 6 3 shots
3 glass ink well of sea serpent cerulean ink This ink well is a small glass bottle with a wide mouth and a close-fitting stopper. Helpfully, it's got a little plaque on the side saying "INK" in big letters, so you don't forget.

It is closed.

&&&&&+75 1 " &&&&&+75 1 " glass ink &&&&+450 1/2 lb &&&&+450 1/2 lb 6 3 shots
3 glass ink well of St Ungulant's Fire blue ink This ink well is a small glass bottle with a wide mouth and a close-fitting stopper. Helpfully, it's got a little plaque on the side saying "INK" in big letters, so you don't forget.

It is closed.

&&&&&+75 1 " &&&&&+75 1 " glass ink &&&&+450 1/2 lb &&&&+450 1/2 lb 6 3 shots
3 glass ink well of seaweed green ink This ink well is a small glass bottle with a wide mouth and a close-fitting stopper. Helpfully, it's got a little plaque on the side saying "INK" in big letters, so you don't forget.

It is closed.

&&&&&+75 1 " &&&&&+75 1 " glass ink &&&&+450 1/2 lb &&&&+450 1/2 lb 6 3 shots
6 ship's wheel This is a large teak steering wheel of the sort usually mounted on ships. Eight spokes run from the hole in the middle, where an axle would normally be attached, out to the rim, where they serve as handles with which to turn the wheel. &&&+2700 3 ' &&&&+300 4 " wood / iron weapon misc &&&+3600 4 lb - -
6 seafoam whip This is a long ribbon of clear water that, somehow, follows the movement of the handle it's attached to like a whip blown from glass. Unlike a whip, however, its transparency makes it harder to avoid and the way it passes through itself without getting tangled allows for unexpected attacks from odd angles. Its round octiron handle is covered with swirling watery engravings that both serve as decoration and give it a nice grip.

Thin wavery threads of octarine flow through the length of the whip from the handle to the tip.

&&&+4500 5 ' &&&&&+75 1 " octiron weapon flail &&&+2300 2 5/9 lb - -
9 shipwright's hammer Most shipwrights use a variety of hammers to fit the situation, along with other tools when necessary. But then again, most shipwrights do not climb overboard to repair the hull while the ship is still at sea. This hammer is for the ones that do. Embossed on its handle is the three-squares-in-a-triangle of the Mostly Legitimate Commerce Company. &&&&+450 6 " &&&&+150 2 " steel tool / weapon mace &&&&+500 5/9 lb - -
6 sea serpent fang This is, essentially, the three-foot-long sharpened fang of a sea serpent on a hilt. Hard as steel and a quarter the weight, these weapons are traditionally wielded by sea serpents against sailors; clearly, its former owner bit off a little more than it could chew. The hooked curve that once prevented prey from escaping makes this sword an excellent slashing weapon, while the groove that used to hold venom still runs down the middle of the blade, stained faintly black. Its hilt is utilitarian, plain steel wrapped in black silk with a curved crossguard. &&&+2700 3 ' &&&&+150 2 " sea serpent enamel weapon sword &&&+1700 1 8/9 lb - -
6 axe that marks the spot This double-bladed axe seems to have a treasure map carefully engraved across its flat side, stretching from one blade to the other - a legacy of the infamous Brownbeard the Literal, whose signature is etched in the corner. Its darkened steel and black silk-wrapped handle hint at a more stealthy design than most axes, ruined by the later engraving cutting through its dark coating and lighting up the lines and dots of its map in bright uncoated steel. It does look pretty, at least. &&&+2250 2 1/2 ' &&&&+450 6 " klatchian steel weapon axe &&&+3600 4 lb - -
6 darkened trident Suitable for a three-pronged approach, this darkened steel trident will follow the main thrust of your argument and engage your opponents with a devastating series of excellent points - getting the point across, hammering the point in and generally making sure they get the point. Any attempts to fight back will be met with a piercing rebuttal, leaving your defeated foes feeling shafted. &&&+5400 6 ' &&&&+150 2 " klatchian steel weapon polearm &&&+4500 5 lb - -
6 steel harpoon This six-foot-long harpoon is forged out of a single piece of steel, making it quite a bit heavier but pack more of a punch than the traditional wooden-shafted ones. On its business end is a sharp steel tip with the distinctive hooked edge that allows harpoons to embed themselves into flesh, and on its other end is a long rope, meant for pulling back the harpoon after a throw. &&&+5400 6 ' &&&&&+75 1 " steel weapon polearm thrown &&&+3200 3 5/9 lb - -
6 jagged coral dirk This long, double-edged knife is made entirely out of translucent orange-pink coral. It looks like it was somehow grown in this shape, its edges as jagged and its hilt as rough as any piece of coral fresh out of the ocean. &&&&+900 1 ' &&&&&+75 1 " sacred coral weapon dagger &&&+1000 1 1/9 lb - -
6 highly illegal greatsword This greatsword exudes an aura of lawlessness. Perhaps it's the incredible size that makes it hardly fit through doorways (against city regulations, surely) or the serrated edge designed to cleave through armour and tear flesh (no doubt banned by weapon treaties). It might be the way the blade is blackened for what semblance of stealth one can achieve with a massive greatsword (simply suspicious!), or the grinning skull on the pommel surrounded by a profusion of spikes (no sword that looks like that could be up to anything good). Regardless, it looks just like the kind of greatsword a thief would wield if thieves wielded greatswords. &&&+3600 4 ' &&&&+450 6 " klatchian steel weapon heavy-sword &&&+3600 4 lb - -
6 coral-etched verge This is a ceremonial rod used to maintain order during religious functions, serving as both a symbol of its wielder's authority and a heavy stick with which to hit especially unruly followers about the head. The shaft appears to have been eaten away by industrious polyps, with several sections of its salt-stained ironwood having been replaced with pale yellow coral forming complex geometric patterns all the way down its length. At the top of the rod is a hefty and rather pointy lump of coral that looks like it was just broken off a reef, turning it into an unusual warhammer of a sort.

It looks like it could hold two rituals in its coral section and ironwood section.
The coral section is empty and is linked to the ironwood section.
The ironwood section is empty and is not dependent on any other part of the coral-etched verge.

&&&+3600 4 ' &&&&+450 6 " sacred coral weapon mace / faith rod: table &&&+4200 4 6/9 lb - -
9 quartermaster's shovel The head of this lightweight steel shovel is edged with rubber, making it better at indoor work - for example, digging through junk to find supplies without damaging them. You couldn't break ground with it, though. Embossed on its handle is the three-squares-in-a-triangle of the Mostly Legitimate Commerce Company. &&&+1350 1 1/2 ' &&&&+450 6 " steel / rubber tool / weapon polearm &&&+1350 1 1/2 lb - -
6 giant turtle shell This large, domed shell is taller than a man and covered in whorled yellow and green patterns. Scarred by many small dents and scratches, it looks like its previous owner got a lot of use out of it. Its inner surface is bleached white with the spine still attached, forming a natural, if morbid, handhold. &&&+6300 7 ' &&&+4500 5 ' giant turtle keratin shield &&+15500 17 2/9 lb - -
6 sea serpent scale This short robe is layered in diamond-shaped gleaming silver scales, some of which are as big as dinner plates. Despite being incredibly thin and light, the scales are as hard as steel and look like they could turn aside a blade or two. &&&+4050 4 1/2 ' &&&+1350 1 1/2 ' cloth / sea serpent scale wearable armour &&&+4000 4 4/9 lb - -
6 pair of smuggler's seaboots This is a pair of seaboots any smuggler would be proud to wear. The leather of its body is sourced from the exotic and highly dangerous sea serpent, whose hide tans to a lovely deep russet once you've gotten all the scales off. One of these scales, diamond-shaped and hard as steel but a quarter the weight, caps the toe of the boot. The subtle scent of sea salt hangs about it like a memory, while its slight heel gives its wearer a certain nautical swagger to their walk. Just from looking at it, you can tell it costs a fortune. &&&&+675 9 " &&&&+300 4 " leather wearable armour &&&&+450 1/2 lb - -
6 smuggler's longcoat This is every bit a smuggler's longcoat. Warm, durable and waterproof, this coat is fashioned from gloriously smooth silk that whispers as it moves with mother-of-pearl buttons that glimmer in the light. It's dyed black, as is customary for smugglers, but a grand shade of black that looks like it has all the other colours woven into it. The subtle scent of sea salt hangs about it like a memory, while its abundance of hidden pockets does nothing to stop it from billowing dramatically about the wearer at the slightest hint of a breeze. Just from looking at it, you can tell it costs a fortune.

The smuggler's longcoat has two outside pockets, two inside pockets and twelve hidden pockets.

&&&+3600 4 ' &&&+1800 2 ' silk wearable clothes &&&&+900 1 lb &&&+2700 3 lb 20 lustrous black
6 smuggler's tricorn This three-cornered hat is a vital swashbuckling accessory for any smuggler. Made of fine black Ecksian wool from the remote continent of Fourecks, it'll keep the sun off your head during the day, your ears warm at night, and the rain out of your eyes in a storm. Its edges are trimmed with white fur and accented with gold braid. The subtle scent of sea salt hangs about it like a memory, while a red-gold feather with a glowing tip is set into its top, casting a faint but warm light about its wearer. Just from looking at it, you can tell it costs a fortune.

The smuggler's tricorn has one hidden pocket.

&&&&+675 9 " &&&&+300 4 " leather wearable clothes &&&&+450 1/2 lb &&&&+900 1 lb 12
6 smuggler's lingerie Clingy, extremely comfortable, and flattering no matter who's wearing it, this practical yet appealing set of black silk lingerie is perfect for wearing underneath the rest of a stylish smuggler's outfit (and not, for example, lying around seductively on the deck of a heaving ship or anything ridiculous like that). Yet, it carries the scent of sea salt like a memory. Why? &&&&+300 4 " &&&&+450 6 " silk wearable clothes &&&&+450 1/2 lb - -
6 gold and red coral ring This is a broad gold band with a thin groove running around its circumference. Set deep in the groove, flush with the surface and spaced evenly around the ring, are four polished red coral cabochons that almost glow with their distinctively intense pink-orange hue. Silver filigree on either side of the groove forms the shapes of curling, breaking waves. gold / red coral wearable jewellery &&&&+450 1/2 lb - -
6 gold and mahogany ring This is a broad gold band inlaid with a smaller red mahogany band, the surface of the lacquered wood flush with the metal edges. The simplicity of the design places the bentwood mahogany in centre stage, tastefully displaying the grain of the wood. gold / mahogany wearable jewellery &&&&+450 1/2 lb - -
3 gilded treasure chest This is the sort of chest traditionally used by pirates to store their loot in, with a rectangular body and an arched cover. Most of it is composed of beautifully carved fragrant sandalwood, the carved art depicting valiant sailors pit against the dangers of the sea: inclement weather, sea monsters, and - the greatest foe of all - overconfidence. Its edges are reinforced with gilded steel, a lock of the same material ensuring that its contents remain secure from any treasure hunters.

It is closed.

&&&+7200 8 ' &&&+3600 4 ' sandalwood / steel / gold furniture &&&+9000 10 lb &+399600 444 lb 120
9 mottled grey egg This is a large mottled grey egg, about a foot long. It feels a little moist to the touch. Perhaps, with time and warmth, it might hatch into something interesting. &&&&+900 1 ' &&&&+675 9 " unidentifiable material ? &&&+1350 1 1/2 lb - -
9 navigator's sextant This little nautical instrument is commonly used for finding one's location at sea. In the hands of a skilled navigator, this is an invaluable tool; in the hands of an unskilled one, at least it looks suitably impressive to prop up one's confidence. Embossed in the golden metal is the three-squares-in-a-triangle of the Mostly Legitimate Commerce Company. &&&&+450 6 " &&&&+150 2 " gold tool &&&+1350 1 1/2 lb - -
6 squirming black tentacle This foot-long tentacle has, presumably, been cut off some large, tentacled creature. Somehow, it seems to still be alive. Two rows of suckers run along its slick midnight black skin from the pointy tip down to the severed end.

Writhing octarine light spills from it, barely contained by its physical boundaries.

&&&&+900 1 ' &&&&+150 2 " slick black flesh tool &&&&+900 1 lb - -
3 small earring box This is a small, velvet-lined box just large enough to hold a couple of earrings.

It is closed.

&&&&+225 3 " &&&&+225 3 " cardboard / velvet ? &&&&+450 1/2 lb &&&&+450 1/2 lb 2 black
9 engineer's brush This oxhair brush looks used. Its stiff bristles, meant for use on scale, are a little worn; its wooden handle, coated with fire-resistant varnish, is a little singed; and it smells, unmistakeably and sulphurically, like dragon. This might be an upside, if you happen to come across the dragons that this brush was used on. Embossed on its handle is the three-squares-in-a-triangle of the Mostly Legitimate Commerce Company. &&&&+450 6 " &&&&+150 2 " wood / oxhair tool &&&&+450 1/2 lb - -
Price (ambergris) Short name Description Length Width Material Type Weight Holds lb Holds items Notes