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Sometimes said to be the rib from a certain creation story, a spare rib can be a heroine's best friend in times of danger, or in times of hunger.
Historic Uses of Spare Ribs
The oldest known use for a spare rib is, of course, for the protection of vital organs housed in the torso. Some heroines use the talisman this way, wearing it on a cord around their necks to provide reinforcement to the sternum, or tucking it in a jacket pocket to provide some extra shielding to the soft underbelly.
The second-oldest known use for a spare rib is in "stone soup" capacity. When confronted with an ultra-hungry monster, villager, or overactive stomach, the heroine can brandish the bone as the miracle-working ingredient in a spectacular soup. Similar to the fable, the spare rib gets boiled in the water for the soup, and the resourceful heroine can wrangle, entreat, or trick additional soup ingredients out of anyone else involved. Once the meal of hearty soup is over, no monster, villager, or heroine remains hungry, and the heroine takes back her talisman and goes on her way.
More recent additional uses have included as a pry-bar for getting into locked pantries, a rudimentary tapper for accessing barrels of fermenting or resting drink, and a single-footed ice skate for escaping confrontation.
Purchasing a Spare Rib
A spare rib usually comes into a heroine's possession the same way a spare tire does. No, not by drinking too much beer-- by purchase of a set, with one extra thrown in! Usually, the other four ribs make a tasty meal, but the fifth... well, the fifth would take up too much of the room the heroine is saving for beer, so it gets saved as a talisman.
Expect to pay in excess of 23,600 gold coins for this talisman, because the situation outlined above sometimes happens when the armorer has ordered lunch in, and he's not very happy to have it stolen by a customer.