Swords of Stormhaven
The Old Boot
This wagon-making and harness shop is one of three local businesses run by the fat, greedy merchant Arbold Tethyr. (He also has a rooming house and a hardware store.) Arbold’s prices are steep, but his skilled workers can do very quick wagon or harness repairs and fashion a custom conveyance or harness rig inside a week. Modifying an existing wagon for a new, personalized look takes them four days or less. Many merchants have grumbled at paying 25 gp for a minor repair or 40 gp for something a little more serious, but they brightened when the work was done overnight or in the space of a few hours. Arbold wisely leaves his workers to get on with things, confining himself to the role of grand financier. His staff includes two men who are experts in the making of wheels and runners of superior strength and durability. One is also the acknowledged expert in fashioning new axles and putting them in place on wagons without unloading or destroying all the cargo inside. For an extra fee, Arbold’s employees create hiding places in a wagon by hollowing out small cavities in posts or boards in such a way that only someone who knows their whereabouts is likely to find them. Typically, an adjacent board or bar must be removed to reveal the niche. This service typically costs 25 to 50 gp per niche, depending on its size.