Awesome idea, although a little constricting with the love requirement. The idea could be expanded to allow any two people with a protection pledge to each other to use the rings.
I know this is not intended, but you could change them a little bit and use the ring as a one way death. Like for a king for instance. The king would have a ring and give it to all his bodyguards. In time of danger the bodyguards would appear and if the king dies, then so does the bodyguard, but it would not work the other way so the king would definitely not die if a bodyguard got killed.
Great idea all around with plenty of opportunity for tweeks. :) Go to Comment
Once he is dead, who cares? Many servants commit suicide upon their master's death, just take this a step further. Each person of royalty would have their own bonded servants and if the heir wanted the murder found then he/she would make it happen even if a few bodyguards were lost with the assassination. The culture that uses this may very well be a backstabbing assassination type culture where the murderers are already known and are praised for succeeding. Just depends on how you want to use the item, and I like the idea I presented and would probably be the only way I use it in a game.
The coveat of that twist of the item is that the bodyguards deaths wouldn't kill the king. I basically changed the whole premise of the item, although I like the original, I would never use it as I am not a 'love' roleplayer. Go to Comment
Moon, 2) The point is, I wouldn't use them that way. In the world of Strolen the death of a bodyguard would *not* kill they king, they wouldn't work that way. ;)
I hired an independent contractor, gave them the designs for Aurinellian's Wedding Bands and told them I only wanted one way death in the way I described. They resubcontracted out to a group of gnomes who gathered the requirements of it who, in turn, hired a death sprite who was able figure out how to move a comma in the original spell that would change the entire effect. Then the independent contractor charged back all costs, plus expeneses, plus a 15% surcharge and a 7% fairy tax and returned an item in the modified form. Now when a bodyguard gets killed it doesn't effect the king.
Now accept the change I made and get out of the bodyguard dies = king dies rut. :) Go to Comment
...a cursed variant could be impossible to remove. So a cruel king would give it to his enemies, or publicly popular, very useful people. If he dies, they die too. Unless they cut off that finger, which he would surely feel.
But we are getting way too far from an elegant item that binds two loving ones...
Oh, if two marry "from reason, not from love", and are given these rings, they could (given they have at least some mutual respect) slowly come closer and even fall in love in the end!
Why the unknown powers? There are several possibilities, but I like to think that the magic was not completely "sealed" at the time of making, as the spellsmith didn't just hammer all those properties into the ring.
Rather, the two rings were given a connection activated by love; the empathy and the other powers came with time, as the ring's magic grew more stable, or ripe if you want.
Clearly, this is a _magical_ item, not a mere trinket with some cheap spell on. Go to Comment
I like the item in context and the write up. It is what I like in a magikal item, a purpose, a good back story, a little mystery (or vagueness in what the magic really can do), and it is a unique (non cookie cutter item... only one set in the world). I give this two thumbs up and a tail.
It is a true token of roleplaying love for people who can't really roleplay. As your character now must love (and protect) their companion, since its life is now dependent on the others.
As for Strolen's bodyguard variation, you would never hook it up with your bodyguards. If they all die when you do, they can't chase after and capture/ kill the person who did it. One suprise attack and they go free. In addition, those experienced bodyguards will not be available to protect your heir.
Also if the bodyguard dies while protecting you, won't you die as well? Nope... not a good idea. Go to Comment
I like the concept a lot. Interesting, captivating, and unique. Curious as to why the smith put all that effort into the rings to begin with and didn;t tell them. Sure he could have been fond of their love and affection, but why put in all the hidden powers if they didn't ask for it.
Also, why would the elven nation let the rings loose into the world? Would they not have wanted to keep the rings close, being they were made by the best elven smith and they were given a sort of Tragic History. I would think they would keep them clsoe by for historys sake. Go to Comment
The PCs come across a wild thicket of luscious looking blackberries. They eat the berries and become drunken fools. Later they find out that the berries were part of a fae garden and were intended for fae wine. In payment for stealing the berries, the mischievious fae make life inconvenient for the PCs. Horses are untied, water skins are drained, spare clothing is drug into the water, etc.