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Tuesday Magic Item – Secret Society Ring

2 May, 2017

Who are you?“The local nobles seem especially cliquish,” muttered Voddick over his mug of ale.

Gollaon nodded.  “More than just usual exclusion, I believe.  I suspect we are in a den of conspirators and not just one conspiracy but several,” he said in a quiet voice.

Voddick sighed.  “Idiots.  Open debate and honest disagreement produce a stronger polis than continually fragmenting conspiracies.  One day an outsider will come along and kick down the whole rotten house.”

“Agree, so we had best make our money quickly and move on.”

Secret Society Ring

These rings are defined entirely by their magic and rarely have any fixed appearance, they are made for expansive secret societies that for, whatever reason, have a far-flung membership and need a way to recognize each other that is more reliable than coded phrases.

The ring is keyed to a certain ceremony, which can be long and elaborate or simple as the society constructing them chooses, which ties the ring to the recipient and the recipient to the society.  When a wearer of one of these rings shakes hands with a wearer of another ring from the same society there is a spark of recognition between the two.

However, if the wearer ever betrays the society, the ring’s ability to identify other members is lost and the traitor is cursed, the most common is the memory curse that inflicts 1d4 points of Intelligence damage as it painfully burns all memory of the secret society from the wearer’s mind.  Though some groups use other curses.

These rings can be worn be people who have not taken the society’s oath but they will try to slip off the hand of such people and a society member will know by shaking hands with them that they have the ring unrightfully.

A few of these rings, especially those of higher ranked members, may be further enchanted such rings can usually be worn for their additional effect without activating the secret society function.

Aura faint illusion*; CL 11th
Slot none*; Price 1,250; Weight
Construction Requirements
Forge Ring, geas, locate object, nondetection; Cost 625

*The ring, unless otherwise enchanted, is magically shielded to only have a faint aura and (again, unless further enchanted) does not take up a magic ring slot.

For D&D 5E:

Ring, uncommon (requires attunement but see below)

Everything but the third paragraph as above,

However, if the wearer ever betrays the society, the ring’s ability to identify other members is lost and the traitor is cursed, the most common is the memory curse that causes disadvantage on all Intelligence rolls and save until after a long rest as it painfully burns all memory of the secret society from the wearer’s mind.  Though some groups use other curses.

While the ring require attunement to function, created through the ritual noted above, unless further enchanted it does not count against the maximum number of items a person may attune to.

Notes: Something for this month’s theme of Occult Mysteries and Magic.

Ring image “Signet Ring” by Ball, Black Co. (American, New York, 1851–1874), American via The Metropolitan Museum of Art is licensed under CC0 1.0

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