Tales From the Pipt
There's also a theory, however, that holds that Pipt and Nikidik are two different people. Not surprisingly, this seems to be the most popular with people who want to write their own stories about Nikidik, probably because it leaves him as a canonically established but largely unexplored character. One argument in favor of this possibility is that, just because Mombi got the Powder of Life from Nikidik doesn't mean he invented it. On the other hand, the way Pipt talks about the trade in Patchwork Girl doesn't suggest that there was a middleman involved. It's also possible that Tip had confused the two names, which is certainly possible to do when you've only heard a name mentioned in passing, and Mombi had traded with Pipt. In this case, the items Pipt traded to Mombi would have included three of Dr. Nikidik's wishing pills. (Whether he intended to trade these pills to Mombi is a different matter; it's possible that he never discovered the false bottom on the shaker he was using to store the Powder of Life.) There are a few stories in which Pipt and Nikidik are brothers, or at least compatriots of some sort. One of March Laumer's books gives Pipt's name as "Oliver N. Pipt," and this gave me the idea that there could have been brothers named Oliver Nikidik Pipt and Nikidik Oliver Pipt. (This was inspired by something I'd heard about Elvis having a twin brother named Aron Elvis Presley, but this apparently isn't actually true; the Wikipedia article gives his brother's name as Jesse Garon.) In that way, Pipt and Nikidik could be both the same person AND different people. I'm still not sure if I'll actually use this idea, though.