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
If thrown into a moat or a ditch, they react with water to make an area of ground a foot wide and solid enough to walk on rise from the bottom. If eaten-well, the body of the one who ate one of them is a real mess. Used to storm moats and forge rivers, streams and ditches. Must be kept dry until used.