Here’s a merchant / caravan master NPC if you need one:
Formerly known as Larry the Lounge Lizard, Lawrence Lampropholis is a skinny Sleeth merchant whose luck turned around when he stumbled onto a piece of functioning Omega Technology – a slick spandex suit studded with laser emitters.
The powerful suit makes it so that Larry can hold his own in a fight, especially coupled with his natural mutant ability of psionic invisibility.
The only problem is that the laser suit fires in a burst radius around him, which means that Larry’s lost a few caravan shipments by blowing them up himself while successfully vaporizing bandits.
For this reason, Larry’s now willing to work with adventuring types as convoy guards for his long trips between Two Suns and Los Wages. He has a sizable cache of Ancient junk which he’ll use as payment, offering some in advance and the rest upon successful arrival at the caravan’s destination.