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Tuesday Magic Item – Functionary’s Ring (for Pathfinder and D&D5)

28 June, 2016

To seal the agreement“I would rather face a cavalry charge than bureaucrats,” whispered Voddick.

“Understandable,” agreed Gollaon, shuffling forward with the queue.  “But this is one danger we must face.  Without that seal, we cannot use the Gate and without the gate . . .”

“Yodon’s thugs will catch up with us,” finished Voddick with a sigh.

“Come along, it is only paperwork and red tape.”

Functionary’s Ring

These rings vary from the functional to the ornate, depending on the rank of the person they were made for and the tastes of the organization it was created for.  Usually, they are of silver or harder alloys with the signet engraved into the metal, carved stone seals are rare but not unknown especially among the dwarves.  The magic of the ring is only set when it is given in a proper ceremony, which can be staged for those willing to put in the effort, and it is primarily focused on improving the efficiency of the wearer in their official role.

The wearer gains a +4 competence bonus to Profession checks related to bureaucracy and similar work and a +2 resistance bonus to Will saves and skill checks in opposition to being bribed or manipulated against the rules of the organization.

Additionally, anything sealed with the ring is also arcane marked with the functionaries personal mark making it extremely difficult to forge documents.  The ring’s magic also insures that any unauthorized use of the seal is subtly flawed to the casual eye, but obviously so to another functionary.

Aura moderate abjuration; CL 7th
Slot ring; Price 3,000; Weight
Construction Requirements
Forge Ring, arcane mark, fox’s cunning, lesser geas; Cost 1,500

For D&D5:

Ring, uncommon (requires attunement)

The wearer gains advantage when performing tasks related to bureaucracy and similar work and  to saves and skill checks in opposition to being bribed or manipulated against the rules of the organization.

Additionally, anything sealed with the ring is also magically marked with the functionaries personal mark, visible with a variety of magics, making it extremely difficult to forge documents.  The ring’s magic also insures that any unauthorized use of the seal is subtly flawed to the casual eye, but obviously so to another functionary.

Notes: These rings are common throughout the draconic bureaucracy in the Sea of Stars, especially that of the Imperium.  Note that they do not magically prevent corruption but they make it easier for a functionary to resist their base impulses.

Ring photo from the LA County Museum of Art found on Wikimedia Commons and is in the Public Domain.

 

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