Even stuck in 'ghost' form, they retain about 25% of their strength and may be able to communicate their fate to others, though they are little more then a weak air elemental. Depending on the magic available in the campaign, there may be spells to undo the effect.
Sages or wizards highly skilled in Elemental magic may be able to detect the design flaw if they research the ring.
A simple plot idea could be the attempt to reunit someone who has been diselementized (new word?) - maybe even the ring's original creator. Go to Comment
Well, the real life savant which inspired me on this post does not forget music he has heard and can replay pretty much anything he has heard after the first occurance, so I did not see this as being too game specific.
One can forget specific details of spells and cause spell casting to fail so this can be applied to pretty much any system - for non-dnd it would mean his chance of succesfully casting a spell becomes higher.
I tried to avoid any specific game references and thought this was oblique enough not to set off alarms. Go to Comment