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Tuesday Magic Item – Jurist’s Ring

16 May, 2017

Justice is blindVoddick leaned over to whisper.  “The judge seems very confident, I would be worried about getting something wrong in such an important case.”

“I suspect she has some magical or divine backing for that surety,” whispered back Gollaon.

“The truth will out,” said one of the other spectators quietly.

“I hope that is so,” agreed Gollaon and Voddick nodded.

Jurist’s Ring

These rings are usually heavy and decorated with either symbols of justice or a civic or royal seal.  Once placed on a finger they are difficult, but not impossible, to remove.

The ring brings the matter of truth strong to the forefront of the wearer’s mind, giving them a +4 competence bonus on Sense Motive check to notice if someone is lying.  But the primary power of the ring is to know with complete certainty if an individual communicates the truth.  Up to three times a day, and the person targeted can resist the ring’s magic with a Will save (DC 19, increased to 21 if the ring’s wearer is touching the subject), the veracity of an individual can be known; If used when the subject takes an oath to tell the truth, the subject gets no save and the duration is extended to fifteen minutes.

These powers do not come without a price, however, the ring’s wearer is unable to speak or assent to any falsehood while wearing the ring and for a full day after removing it.

Aura moderate divination; CL 9th
Slot ring; Price 24,000; Weight
Construction Requirements
Forge Ring, discern truth, creator must know the Extend Spell metamagic feat; Cost 12,000

For D&D 5E:

Ring, uncommon (requires attunement)

First and third paragraph as above.

The ring brings the matter of truth strong to the forefront of the wearer’s mind, giving them advantage on on Wisdom (insight) rolls to notice if someone is lying.  But the primary power of the ring is to know with complete certainty if an individual communicates the truth for five minutes.  Up to three times a day, and the person targeted can resist the ring’s magic with a Charisma save (DC 15, increased to 17 if the ring’s wearer is touching the subject), the veracity of an individual can be known; If used when the subject takes an oath to tell the truth, the subject gets no save and the duration is extended to fifteen minutes.

Notes: In a world with magic, some will use it for legal and investigative purposes.  Not exactly in theme for this month but what came to mind.

Photo adapted from “Justice” by Marco Aurelio Martins Costa is licensed under CC BY 2.0

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2 comments

  1. But the primary power of the ring is to know with complete certainty if an individual communicates the truth for five minutes, three times a day, the person can resist the ring’s magic with a Will save (DC 15, increased to 17 if the ring’s wearer is touching the subject).

    Should this be two sentences? I’d split it after “communicates the truth.



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