Full Item Description
Agony is a simple jade band of translucent green with darker green veins flowing through it. No stones or gems adorn the band, but it is smooth to the touch and forever cold. Those trained to detect magic find nothing peculiar about this ring, unless it is worn.
Agony is a thing of legend, mentioned in stories but not seen in some time. It is the final component to the Circle of Blood, its brethren being Fate and Bloodmail; all created by the necromancer, Railus Shadowhisper to repay those who betrayed him.
Originally a gift to Kyrius it seemed to offer no special power. Though Kyrius would not openly question the word of his master, he had underlying feelings of being the least favored in his eyes. This resentment fueled the ring and it proceeded to draw those feelings to the surface.
Years passed and Agony fed ravenously on Kyrius’ contempt. Contempt grew to paranoia; he suspected any aspiring mage of lusting for his seat on the council. This paranoia also led him to lead the coup to destroy Railus.
During the coup, Railus noticed his former apprentices bore the gifts he once gave them; a brash move on their part. Amongst his final actions, Railus cursed the rings so that they would never again be removed, dark gifts from a scorned master.
Like its brethren, Agony has traveled through history, wreaking havoc on those foolish enough to slip it on. It has been suggested that the only way to destroy them is to unite them at the site of Railus betrayal.
Once worn, Agony can be removed freely. The ring itself is cursed, but it does not target the physical form, rather the soul itself.
The taint bestowed on the soul preys on the insecurities of the owner. This attack is persistant, until finally it overwhelms the subject.
If the person dies with the taint on their soul, it passes into the nether just like any other spirit, with one exception, a siphon is created between the soul and Railus Shadowhisper.
In Sanctum, necromancers draw their magical power from the nether (realm of the dead). In a ritual, the potential necromancer invites a spirit to the realm of the living, in hopes of coming to an agreement to establish a link between themself and the spirit. This link is known as the siphon. It allows the necromancer to draw on the magical nature of the nether and allows the spirit to experience life through the eyes of the necromancer.
With each new siphon, Railus’ ability to draw from the nether increases, fueling his goal of becoming a Lich. He wears an amulet, known as Mordum, which acts as the focus for the curse on Agony. Whomever wears Mordum has the siphon transfered to them.
Souls who are tainted by Agony are restless until the curse is broken. The only way to do so, is to shatter the crystal in the center of Mordum and set Agony in its place.
Items • Jewelry • Cursed
...The ring slid onto her finger as if it were lovingly crafted just for her. Its diamond seemed to take in the sunlight, amplify and reflect it in every direction. Then almost immediately, the light waned and the stone went dark. Her throat clutched in a constricting gurgle before she slumped to the ground, still and lifeless.
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The set up with the other rings hinted at some other form of undead, but this was a nice twist. Maybe a little more indepth description on how it attacks the person's insecurities would be nice. Nice way to complete the set, now how about a submission on Railus and Mordum?
For some reason I can't vote, but I will once it allows me to.
Good point, I will do that after I eat dinner.
Add a bit like Plox said and it will be great. I didn't see this coming either, good way to tie them together and still leave a hint of something else.
I read it and enjoyed it. It's nice to see an echanted ring that affects its wearer in subtle rather than overt ways. And the little part that describes how the art of necromancy is carried out in Sanctum further aadds to its appeal. Can we expect a write up on Fate and Bloomail as well?
I really enjoyed reading about Railus and the Circle of Blood, but now there's even more to look forward to. I think for these items to be at their best we need some more of the story. What happened when the apprentices tried to destroy Railus? I can't really guess because each scenario I think of brings more questions.
So, yes. Write-ups on Railus and Mordum would be most appreciated.
As Pieh has done, you should add explicit links to Fate and Bloodmail to the sub itself - perhaps at the first reference.
An interesting item - I like how the curse is used to strenghen Railus.
Now this one I really like!
I too would enjoy seeing subs on Railus and Mordum.