One of the hardest things a player can do is hand over magic items to NPCs. Even if it isn't stuff they would even use.
Back on page 105 "Big Spenders" the Crawlers bought everything for sale to make the merchants happy. On page 120 "Negotiated" the Elite Guard made a deal. At the time it was left to the reader to assume it was between the Merchants and the Elite guard for the surrender of The Crawlers. What was actually negotiated was the betrayal of the Empire in exchange for upgrading their transformation from lions to gryphons.