Okknos Prime: Bonifant
Gemcutter of the gods
A mysterious and legendary gemcutter. He, she, or it…no one knows anything about them. But the rumors never stop…
Only the legendary and infamous are known by a single name. Savris is both. The only thing more famous than this gemcutter’s skill, are the lengths they will go to in order to hide their identity.
No one has ever seen this reclusive artisan, and no one even knows what race can take credit for their work. Many claim “he” must be a woman, or horribly disfigured, or the spawn of a demon. Some say they are a dragon, so old they can no longer shape shift.
There are many, many stories about why Savris is so secretive. Most intelligent people agree these are lies, fabrications, and half-truths. The only thing anyone can say about Savris with any certainty, that they exist, is the result of Savris’ work far exceeding anything anyone can put into words. That, and they probably aren’t human, because they have been cutting stones for almost three centuries.
The gems Savris creates are flawless and of divine skill and beauty. Thieves will often take a larger stone to a gemcutter, to be cut into smaller, more easily fenced, and less trackable stones. The value of the original stone always drops. Savris can cut a large gemstone into a dozen smaller stones, each so finely crafted that just one of them is worth three times more than the stone it came from. Savris has cut huge uncuttable stones so many times that “only Savris could cut this…” has become a mantra uttered by many gemcutters over the last few centuries.
Savris’ work is unmistakable. All of it sparkles brightly, as if lit from the inside. Most agree that magic must be somehow involved in their art, but because no one has seen them work, and the stones have no permanent magical trace, no one really knows.
Anything cut by Savris is extremely rare and valuable, and easily identifiable by anyone who has ever seen any of their stones before. Merchants will easily pay 3-10 times more for a Savris gem, than one of a similar size. The larger stones (which are even rarer) have sold for hundreds of times more.
All of Savris’s work is remarkably suitable for enchantment as well as material components for spells. Spells cast using these gemstones are more powerful, have longer duration, and result in less fatigue for the caster; magic items created using them have additional charges. This makes them very valuable to powerful magic users and artificers.
Savris does not work for gold, platinum, titles, lands, boons, or magical artifacts. There is only one form of payment Savris will ever accept: raw, uncut stones of the largest size. Also, you don’t hire Savris. Ever. When you have work that interests Savris, they will contact you.
Many kingdoms, thieves guilds, trading houses, and powerful wizards have tried to identify Savris, and encourage them to “work” for them. All have failed, and many have mysteriously vanished. Those that haven’t disappeared now completely refuse to acknowledge Savris’ existence.
While many openly admire Savris’ work, asking questions about their identity, or how to find them will get you kicked out of taverns, and quickly shunned in cities. After all, “Only ghosts ask about Savris…”
Many people say that Savris isn’t hiding from customers, or even those that want to take advantage of their skills. A tale of the convoluted, labritine, and totally random process of dropping off a stone, and the more insane process of picking it up can take several hours to tell (and are very popular tales indeed). And every transaction is different.
Only someone hiding from something insanely powerful, dangerous, and possibly omniscient would go through such ludicrous and completely random lengths to mask their identity. Many suspect that Savris is a fallen god with a price on their head, or a gem cutter from a realm of gods that is looking to bring them back.
Who is Savris? No one knows. But do people care? No…that won’t keep them from telling stories about the most mysterious (and skilled) gem cutter in all the realms.
You may gain Savris’s interest if you have several uncut gemstones worth two to three thousand GP each, or a single uncut stone worth more than 7,000 GP. These will be very large stones, as uncut stones are far less valuable than cut ones. (At least the size of a small egg up to the size of a child’s fist). An uncut stone the size of an adult’s fist will quickly get Savris’s attention (20,000+ GP).
If you have 2-3 cut stones worth 30,000-50,000 each, or a single cut stone worth 150,000 GP, Savris may be interested in recutting them smaller.
You don’t need to say anything, or show the stones to anyone. Eventually, someone will make contact, and ask if they want to exchange the uncut stones for cut stones. If asked how this individual knows they have uncut stones, they will respond that “Savris told them so.” No one ever bothers asking how the gemcutter knows. In fact, go to any inn or tavern and listen for when someone says something they shouldn’t know. Listen to their reply:
While Savris’ intermediarys know who they work for, they know as much about them as anyone else. Interrogation, mind control, and charm spells will not get you any closer to the gemcutter. Working for Savris is very profitable, but few couriers last more than a year picking up, or dropping off stones. Many eventually go insane.
Many have tried to get between a transaction. Anyone stopping a uncut stone from getting to Savris or a cut stone from being delivered doesn’t last long in this world. But many are the tales of thefts and hold-ups after a delivery has occurred.
Savris pays with the work he does, buying larger uncut stones with smaller ones he cuts. They give you fair market price, and Savris’s gems are worth several times that on the open market.
It can take weeks, months, or sometimes even years to get payment. But “Savris always pays,” and “Savris pays well.”
Dropping gems off and receiving payment is always a convoluted affair, and many would never agree to do it again. Unfortunately, Savris prefers to deal with couriers they’ve worked with before, sometimes to their couriers’ continued misfortune.
They also have a penchant for making people buying or selling their stones drink a half dozen potions that turn them and whatever they are carrying into animals or inanimate objects, that then get sold or traded dozens of times, and travel hundreds of miles over several weeks or months. Those that drink these potions rarely remember what they turned into, much less where they went, or who purchased them.
Many people have tried tracking down Savris by enchanting uncut stones with magic or scrying for them. These attempts have never been successful, and those who are known to have tried have never been heard from again. No one knows if Savris is a practitioner of magic, a god, or works for one of the above, but someone (or something) is very serious about protecting their identity and their safety.
If divination or scrying is used to try to identify who cut a Savris gem, they see a brilliant white light, go blind for 2d6 minutes, and have a splitting headache (-1 on all ability checks) until they take a long rest. Many gemcutters and merchants will tell you this is the only positive way to truly identify a Savris gem. However, most intelligent people can tell simply by looking at one…