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Tuesday Magic Item – Old Irik’s Ring of Bargains

3 August, 2021

Medieval_ring,_Bone_finger_ringVoddick watched from the corner of the room as the money lender went about his business.  Gollaon joined him with a mug of ale for Voddick and wine for himself. “Why are you watching that man so intently, my friend.”

“My grandmother told me of a money lender who made magical deals on the side, she considered him deeply evil,” Voddick’s hand wrapped around the mug.  “That man matches his description perfectly, down to the tarnished silver and bone ring on his left hand.”

Gollaon started a little but managed to avoid looking in that direction.  Rather, they just casually leaned back and surveyed the room.  “I have heard of such a ring and its owner.  A maker of dark bargains who has lived well beyond their allotted span.  We must be careful.”

Old Irik’s Ring of Bargains

This ring is made of carved bone decorated with silver, tarnished with age.  Looking closely, the silver seems to spell out “a deal is a deal” or similar sentiment in the reader’s native language.  The tarnish cannot be removed from the silver, no matter how much it is polished.

The wearer of the ring is hard to read or influence by word or magic, gaining a +5 profane bonus to contested social rolls or to saves to resist spells that would do either.

When the wearer makes a deal with someone else, as long as the ring is touching the person when the deal is concluded or touching the writing instrument used to sign the agreement, the other party is bound to obey as by a geas.  Each time it is used, it costs the wearer 1d2 points of Constitution damage.

The wearer can also make a grand bargain, to trade even metaphysical concepts such as age (“five years of your youth”), talents (“your singing voice”), and so on.  However, both sides most agree without coercion, trickery or other deceptions.  Once used, it cannot be used again until the dark of the moon has passed (or for 28+1d6 days for places without a regular moon cycle).

Aura strong enchantment and necrourgy; CL 17th
Slot ring; Price 96.666; Weight

Construction Requirements
Craft Wondrous Item, geas, limited wish; Cost 48,333

For D&D 5E:

Wondrous item (ring), legendary (requires attunement)

First paragraph as above.

The wearer of the ring is hard to read or influence by word or magic, gaining advantage on contested social rolls or to saving throwss to resist spells that would do either.

When the wearer makes a deal with someone else, as long as the ring is touching the person when the deal is concluded or touching the writing instrument used to sign the agreement, the other party is bound to obey as by a geas as though using a 9th level spell slot.  Each time it is used, it costs the wearer one hit die and they take 2d4 points of damage and reduces their maximum hit points by half that amount until they take a long rest.

The wearer can also make a grand bargain, to trade even metaphysical concepts such as age (“five years of your youth”), talents (“your singing voice”), and so on.  However, both sides most agree without coercion, trickery or other deceptions.  Once used, it cannot be used again until the dark of the moon has passed (or for 28+1d6 days for places without a regular moon cycle).

Notes: A person who has become powerful by making deals, dark deals in many cases, Old Irik still seeks more, hoping to find a powerful that will trade its powers for soemthing that only he can provide.

Image edited from“File:Medieval ring, Bone finger ring (FindID 403426).jpg” by Oxfordshire County Council, Anni Byard, 2010-08-31 13:05:13 is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

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