Formerly Known as Rockstars' Ramblings
Due to downsizing, plumbing supplies are now purchased in the same stores as weaponry. In every city in the world.
They accidentally got shipped to your universe instead of the Mushroom Kingdom, where actual plumbers are now forced to jump on things and throw fireballs instead of bludgeoning them with a good old-fashioned plunger.A happy coincidence for your fellow adventurer.
Whatever dwarves, elves or other helpers actually manufacture the weapons are really, realy clever and work really, really quickly.
I was asking myself this exact thing regarding Caith Sith's megaphones in FF7 (weird for us is one thing, but that was a weird weapon for THAT universe too). The thing that gets me is that by sheer coincidence, not a single store I visited BEFORE getting that thing in my party had any megaphones at all. Yeah, that always seemed weird. In my opinion the best way to handle that sort of thing is to have the weird character with weird equipment forced to obtain upgrades in weird ways. No stores for them. At best, they'll have to ask some engineer if they can make it, and that guy will have to make a point of saying something that strange is going to require some extra effort on our part.
They actually stocked them all along, you just didn't pay attention because you didn't need them.
An elite cadre of ninja-merchants, who spy on the heroes from the shadows, then assassinate the real merchants before the party gets to town just so they can sell the perfect equipment just when the party needs it. They are the fifth column of your party, hiding in plain sight.
Four words.Your reputation precedes you.
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