In the Broken Circle, we meet Trader and her band of fossick boys. Did you know that these fossickers are based on real people? Fossickers in medieval times were literally that: scavengers who sought relics and rare gems washed up along rivers or buried in the ground.
Often fossickers were like prospectors. Other times they were wayward boys who had run afoul of the law. There were no girl fossickers, or at least not many, which is one of the reasons that in this first book of the Potluck Yarn Trilogy, Trader keeps her identity a secret.
In these times, each group of fossick boys banded together for safety and lived by a set of rules called The Fossicker’s Creed. Trader’s group is called the Dell Fossickers and their creed is called the Three-and-Three.
Fossickers would sell their finds at pawn shops, trading posts, scrap dealers and to certain people who collected oddities such as traveling side shows salesman, magicians and bards. In the Broken Circle, they sell drowned relics such as possible bags, crystal shards and finds from the days of old to the knitting witches, too.