The Watcher concept is a valid one. Yet another secret organization to be created...
I may be lifting this idea for a fantasy superhero campaign. Those who receive the stones receive a fraction of the Power of The Elders. That gives them powers comperable to a low level super hero (or something from the Masters of the Universe).
Yet this works so well as a tool to get a campaign going...
All the players are stone bearers or people who looking for those who are. Go to Comment
It is "New York Syndrome". They have "been there, seen that". These folks have seen more "natural monsters" by the time they are twelve than most modestly high level adventurers. It is all in the amount of stuff. (Plus many of these people are the descendents of the staff, who must of been made of hardy stuff).
Yes, they get upset and go after things that pick up the kids, but they would rather loose sheep than the kids. I mean these must be high level peasant farmers, who probably have better combat skills than most low level fighter types. Go to Comment
A slight rustle of the wind... and it stands before you. A Unicorn, whiter and more beautiful than you ever imagined it. It has deep wonderful eyes, and you can't help but admire this creature. It came to have a look at you, and now it freely goes. You have not the heart to stop it, and it silently vanishes between the trees.
Note: unless specially needed, this encounter should never happen again.