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"Buy somethin' will ya?!"
Shops redirects here. For shops owned by heroes, see Retirement.

A Hawker (also known as a Roadside trader) is a vendor of merchandise that can be easily transported; the term is roughly synonymous with "peddler" or "costermonger." These traders never liked the competition with surrounding traders while working in bustling towns, so they decided that the best way to increase their profit was to remove any competition. However, due to their lack of toughness, they decided that they would instead remove themselves from the competition since this option didn't require any brawling, and they thus set out to lead a nomadic lifestyle. They now roam the land of Godville, setting up their tents wherever they have detected gullible travelers passing by.

!Hero's Diary
A trader's tent appeared out of nowhere. Wow, this is just too good of an opportunity to miss.

!Hero's Diary
Saw a shady trader by the road. Sat down by him to get out of the sun.

Hawkers carry a lot of heavy merchandise around with them so they prefer to appear out of nowhere at unmarked milestones so that they don't have to drag their stuff around for too long. Hawkers are greatly hated by heroes and gods alike for when a hero stops by at a hawker's shop, it is as if they are stopping at a small town. Most are unavoidable because not a lot of heroes can stand up to the hounding of a desperate trader, unless they carry over half their inventory full or are not too injured so they can go to a town to heal, should they choose to.

Heroes who stop off at a hawker's tent do not pray, are not healed (though will buy healing supplies) and worst of all, can be idly stuck chatting with the hawker for around half an hour (even an hour in some cases,) giving a wandering master enough time to get the hero's hard-earned money on a measly skill upgrade. Needless to say, gods do not appreciate their time being wasted like this. The only consolation is that a hero lucky enough to be taken in while their inventory is bulging with loot can expect to make a lot more money than usual, as if they visited the town of Tradeburg. Heroes also can take advantage of the hawker's brilliant bargains, getting discounts on equipment and healing supplies, but not on skills - that's not the hawker's expertise.

Although it's rare, but some days could have the roadside traders go on strike, meaning they will not appear at all outside of towns.