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« on: 09 November 2010, 07:36:30 »

Overview:

One would think that a ring with the power to heal wounds just by wearing it would be a fantastic boon to anyone, regardless of profession. When the eccentric mage Jamliso created such a ring in 970 a.S., he was sure to be the talk of the land for decades to come. However, according to some scholars, Jamliso's ring carried an additional property that cursed the mind of the wearer as it also healed physical wounds (either on the bearer or someone else). Nehtorian lore holds that the curse presents itself only to those who don't know how to properly channel the faith of Nehtor, and believe in his divine strength to heal. In other words, say priests of the healing god, the curse strikes unbelievers while healing the faithful. Unfortunately, the question of the ring's curse cannot be solved in present times since the ring hasn't been seen in Sarvonia in well over 200 years.

Description

The ring's appearance has been described as being a simple shape, albeit inscribed with intricate spiral designs along the outside edge. According to Jamliso's journal, the ring was forged by the dwarven master craftsman Demtak in 970 a.S. Jamliso claimed the ring was made of a carefully forged mix of silver and mithral that produced a highly polished sheen. Nehtorian lore indicates that upon the inner surface of the ring is written the name of the healing god in delicate Styrash lettering. It is unlikely that Jamliso ordered Nehtor's name inscribed, as some sages say that there is no evidence that the mage was a faithful follower of the Twelvern. More likely, sages believe, is that once the Nehtorians came into possession of the ring, they had Nehtor's name inscribed in Styrash, believing the ring was a gift from the god himself. The ring is also said to magically size itself to fit the finger of the wearer.

Pages from Jamliso's own journal describe the ring. This old tome is quite thick and in considerably good condition. It has been kept in the Ximaxian Magical Academy's library for many years after having been purchased from one of Jamliso's descendants in 1306 a.S. The ring is described in the magi's own words:

"The dwarven craftsman's skills are as impressive as ever. The old codger, whom I have known as a friend for many years, is possessed of a keen eye for detail. As I watched, the liquid mithril that boiled in the cup sparkled in the forge fire's light. Demtak carefully poured the contents into a mold and wiped away the excess dribble. Within moments, the mithril solidified and with bated breath, I watched the dwarf turn the mold over as the ring slipped carefully out. I took hold of the circlet with my thumb and forefinger and held it close to my eyes. For several moments, all I could do was behold this creation, an empty band, like a shell destined for an illustrious future."

Usage

It is unclear exactly how the ring channels its healing power. Three theories have emerged over the centuries as to how the ring's power can be channeled. First, Jamliso's writings never put forth any solid knowledge of how the ring works. Sages say he created the ring by accident and the powers the circlet held were unstable (more lore is given below). The only explanation Jamliso gives in his journals is that the healing "just happens". It is interesting to note that while Jamliso's writings are erratic with barely any semblance of organization, his journals take an even further decline in understanding after the ring is made. Scholars attribute this to the ring's curse of causing the mind to become unstable over time.

The second theory comes from the Nehtorians. Their lore holds that a Whitecoat named Jaissa was the first one recorded to have used the ring after the Nehtorians came into possession of it in 980 b.S. The group came to call the ring "Nehtor's Eye" after the god of healing. She led a band of eight humans who roamed the Ximaxian province offering healing and guidance to those who needed it. Her writings were many, and were bound in a book called "The Renewing Soul". This tome is still studied and used in some Nehtorian circles.

"When Nehtor's Eye is worn, the wisdom of the Dancer is gifted upon the bearer. The hand with the ring only need touch the wounded and suffering to bestow the renewing power. Physical wounds are bound closed, the free flow of blood ceases and broken bones reaffirm again. Often, the process may take some minutes while the body heals itself. The bearers' hands must touch all of the wounds to give the ring's power unfettered access. Once done, the suffering begins to end."

The tome "The Renewing Soul" goes on to say that it is faith in the Dancer that enables the ring's power, and that only powerful clerics of Nehtor can wield it. A prayer and faith is all it takes to mend wounds and bones. Interestingly, the supposed curse of the ring is never mentioned by the Nehtorians, and Jaissa went on to live to a ripe old age, having died as one of the most respected members of the Dancer's clergy to this day. The ring went on to become a symbol of Whitecoat authority, to be worn by leaders and clerics of the sect as a status symbol and healing tool.

The third theory of the ring's power comes from scholars in Ximaxian circles. They noted that while Jamliso was not a recognized Ximaxian student, he was a "Gifted", or a mage with powerful knowledge of magic, albeit undisciplined. They believe that this instability of Jamliso's mind along with an accidental healing spell was imbued in the ring. Using the ring required a strong will and extreme focus in order to fight the curse. A feeble, undisciplined soul could easily be overcome by the ring's power and succumb to its devastating affects. Although detailed Ximaxian theories exist as to the nature of the curse, it is beyond the scope of this article to go into each one.

Myth/Lore

Enchanting trinkets is not an uncommon skill among powerful magi. A mithral and silver ring likely cost no small amount of coin to forge, especially when commissioned to the famed dwarven smith Demlak. The period during which the ring was forged was known as Demtak's most creatively inspired age in which he created many wondrous artifacts, weapons and tools (most of which are now lost). Whether Jamliso and Demtak were acquaintances or perhaps the dwarf owed the mage a favor, is not clear. Some sages have said that the Jamliso was a dwarf himself and the two were clan brothers. Their relationship was never clear, but their creation was certainly one of a kind.

Jamliso's living descendants are few, but one of them was found living in the city of Carmalad in the Enthronian province. He spoke if his famous ancestor in this way:

"This ring has drawn interest almost from the day it was made. The reason for this interest is the simple fact that the mage Jamliso kept this ring out of all the enchanted items he crafted. That he kept this ring should not have brought much attention as most mages have some kind of enchanted item, if not several. What probably heightened interest may have been due to the fact he never sold a single enchanted item out of several hundred varying kinds he is purported to have crafted, simply giving them away, except this ring.

It was known Jamliso could use powerful binding magic but then he would use minor enchantments to bind to an object. There were many who said he could not combine the two and only achieved this feat with this ring of healing. Others say he chose not to combine the two preferring the minor enchantments and this ring was no different. Whichever the case, he was certainly killed by someone wishing to possess this ring. Over the years it has occasionally surfaced when someone claimed they had the ring or rumors stated a certain person owned it. In each case the supposed owner was soon found dead and no ring could be found among their possessions. This has caused many to say the ring is cursed. They believe Jamliso, upon his dying breath, cursed this ring and any who would wear it. Others say it is only the greed of man that causes these deaths. In any case the mystery surrounding the ring may never be unraveled until or if it comes into the possession of another mage."


Jamliso's descendants go on to recount stories of the magi's reputed clumsiness and eccentric behavior. Although it is said he was a "Gifted" mage, he was also unstable in mind, and perhaps this enabled him to create such fascinating items. His journals are detailed, but with disorganized notes and haphazard logic. In some of his notes, Jamliso recounts many instances of wounds and bruises he suffered while working in his lab. One such instance is a fire that burned down Jamliso's house and some of the surrounding forest. Jamliso blamed this accident on himself when he admitted that he left a delicate experiment smoldering in a mixture bowl and during a late night quest for a snack, he stumbled into the experiment thus creating a disaster that resulted in the fire. Such accidents commonly followed Jamliso, nevertheless, most sages agree that his cursed ring was a wondrous accidental creation that yearns to be found and studied further.
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« Reply #1 on: 09 November 2010, 09:12:50 »

Enthronia is a province of Santharia, so in a.S. it would be run by a Thane.
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« Reply #2 on: 04 December 2010, 07:00:34 »

Open for comment!  cool
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« Reply #3 on: 05 December 2010, 23:49:52 »

Hi Azhira,

a really great start, I think!

I've just got a tiny comment for now: your dates are sometimes a.S., and sometimes b.S.. From the context, it seems to me that you mean to say that the ring was created 970 a.S., and that Jamliso died two years later, in 972 a.S. In this case, however, the date of the death of your Whitecoat leader (given as 640 b.S. in the History section) does not fit. This Whitecoat and sometime owner of the ring would have to have died after 972 a.S.

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« Reply #4 on: 06 December 2010, 01:02:55 »

PS: I also feel you could make more of the curse. A Ring of Healing whose owners are regularly found dead - there is scope for more drama here, methinks!

At the very least, you could mention the curse in the Overview, to pique the reader's curiosity.

But also: how did the Nehtorians manage to hold onto the Ring for 300 years despite the curse? (Or put the other way round: how do those who believe in the curse explain the fact that the Nehtorians kept hold of the ring for so long?)

Also, there could be some way in which the curse is linked to the ring's positive power: for example, maybe the murderer of the ring's owner is (rumoured to be) always someone who has previously been healed by the ring. Or every time the owner of the ring uses it, this owner himself incurs a risk: an illness, or an accident - as if the healing needs to be balanced with destruction. Or maybe the owner is only affected when s/he uses the ring for other than selfless reasons?

These are just a few ideas - feel free to ignore them. I just think the story of the curse cries out for more detail and colour.
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« Reply #5 on: 06 December 2010, 01:10:28 »

Azhira I just read through the appearance section.  This ring will get illustrated if not by me then by Bard or someone else.  Help me to understand...the ring is made of Mithril silver and silver.  One can make these two silvers look different from each other but in the end they are very similar.  Would you agree?  So would you describe the ring as looking like a normal ring or does it stand out in any way.  From your description it appears to be a rather normal looking ring (just like the "one ring" was in LOTR.  However I guess this one has some designs on it.  

I guess what I am saying is if you intend the ring to stand out and catch the eye.... that is not coming across in the description.  If you are intending for the ring to be inconspicuous then it works as is.
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« Reply #6 on: 06 December 2010, 06:22:34 »

PS: I also feel you could make more of the curse. A Ring of Healing whose owners are regularly found dead - there is scope for more drama here, methinks!

I have downplayed the curse aspect only because it just doesn't make sense...and recording new owners every time the curse takes hold creates issues. My thought was that the curse was not consistent. The curse could strike every 300 years or every 3 years...who said every owner had to die every time?



I guess what I am saying is if you intend the ring to stand out and catch the eye.... that is not coming across in the description.  If you are intending for the ring to be inconspicuous then it works as is.

My failing skill at description is at fault here...I wanted the ring to appear engraved with fancy designs, but proper words escape me...tis why I stick to Places entries where I can describe dark, evil places much easier.  ;)
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« Reply #7 on: 07 December 2010, 05:39:27 »

A few general notes:

There's one important thing to take into account here: the entry on Jamliso! It states e.g. that he lived a.S.

He's also described as a moderately successful mage, and actually was a clumsy kind of fellow. Interestingly the entry says that he used "powerful binding magic for lasting effects (but the actual magical enchantment was never as powerful as the binding)". Which is strange for someone that clumsy.

It seems a bit unlikely to me that Jamliso was such a powerful Xeuatán, who only made a single lasting ring. He might have been some sort of wunderkind, who had a natural latent tendency  to do xeuá magic, but never fully used his potential. See the Jamliso entry:

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It is believed he found other ways of casting magic due to his tendency in fumbling through many of the motions. Because of this he found - more or less accidentally - many simpler ways, which he termed "tightening control", but were just as effective in casting magic.

So maybe his latent xeuá abilities along with his insecurity led him to search for an especially good enchantable material, where he tried to make his ability work and produce something permanent. Maybe the ring was the result of that, and other attempts failed, so he actually didn't succeed in the long run. Or he only managed to accomplish very small enchantments. Maybe this very special method he used at the ring had... side-effects, which might be the cause of the curse? - Just some thoughts, which might be of use.
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« Reply #8 on: 08 December 2010, 04:27:16 »

To be honest, how Jamliso was able to make the ring at all is a mystery. The entry is outdated as motions are not required for magic casting. I do like the side effects of the curse though. I am thinking the ring is not as powerful as believed, and the curse is the opposite of the healing - in other words, the ring both heals the victim while slowly draining the user. So really, only a very dedicated healer would use the ring knowing it costs him his own life. I like that idea. The ring's power was actually a mistake, not what Jamliso intended.
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« Reply #9 on: 08 December 2010, 06:28:56 »

Perhaps Jamliso could have been scared off his experiments or whatever about enchantments by this fact - explaining why he didn't invent some immensly powerful for of enchantment? Just an idea from a magic newbie.
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« Reply #10 on: 09 March 2011, 04:34:24 »

How's the status here, Azhira? Can we expect an update sooner or later on this one?
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« Reply #11 on: 09 March 2011, 21:35:42 »

I'd like to have this finished, but I am stalled on ideas how to describe the enchantment. I want to just leave it as a mysterious, magical, cursed ring...but standards demand that I develop some kind of Ximaxian explanation which eludes me. Its the technical stuff that squashes my creativity!  :P
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« Reply #12 on: 10 March 2011, 19:43:29 »

Azhira, I skimmed only about your entry (being on the way to read others), but why don't you switch in an entirely different direction? To a magic not yet described, but you could leave the mystery surrounding the ring and do not have to explain it in Ximaxian terms: Let Jamliso be not a Ximaxian mage (the entry doesn't say so), but more one who used magic more intuitive - somebody who would belong more to those who use wild magic, or a combination. He might have been gifted, learned something from a mage outside Ximax, knew the one or other (gifted) Maccanti. I think that would make up a much more interesting story.

Wild Magic (don't recall, how we named them, but I will look) is not developed, Fox wanted to do it, but I think if you stay vague enough it is ok. You don't need to explain, in my opinion, why the ring worked.

Going to look up the discussion about it.
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« Reply #13 on: 10 March 2011, 19:53:45 »

OK, I mixed up something.

Fox wanted to do something called "Witcher's Craft", I think it goes into the direction what we understand under the earthern term "witchcraft", but here it covers both genders. Don't remember, if a warlock is then something different.

The other thing is "wild magic"

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As the name suggests, Wild Magic is all the untamed, often dangerous magic which is not constricted by restrictions  clerical or Ximaxian magic are bound to. There might be rules or laws in some cases, but more often not. Here we find the rare, but existing magical outbursts of gifted, untrained children who might once become priests or go to Ximax, but not necessarily so, or there might be a midwife whose abilities are not just lying in the use of her herbs or knowledge how to move an unborn in the mothers womb, the young girl who sees visions, the young man who can „predict“ the weather, the blacksmith who has never been burnt (because, unconsciously, he could control the element of Fire to serve him so effectively).

Wild Magic is often performed by uneducated (in this respect)  people, or at least they did never get to know all they would need to be as perfect as  their art demands. That may be a cleric who never came past the first stage of his apprentisship or a druid who never truely merged with any essence.

However, there is a Wild Magic which is just different to all known and established magic. Reseaches are under way to lift a few of these  secrets.


You'll find it here , a thread I would like to finish sometime... ;)
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« Reply #14 on: 10 March 2011, 22:35:19 »

Azzy, if you'd like I could delve into the Ximaxian point-of-view on how this ring functions.... been kinda studying-writing a bit of magic lately, so my brain is in the right gear. :D

Just drop me a PM if you'd like me to look it over. heart
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