Ring of False Death

Ring from the British Museum
According to myth this ring was given to a prince on his deathbed by a scorned lover. He was promised a longer life if he cut a small part of his flesh and put it into the coffin on the ring. The prince did this but still died three days later.

The lover took the ring back and the prince was buried. Three years later the lover was accused of witchcraft and part of the trial was to dig up the body of the prince to search for evidence supporting the accusation. The lover was hanged and burned after claw marks were found on the inside of the coffin lid.

If the Ring of False Death is filled with a piece of flesh carved from the wearers living body it gives the wearer a chance to die and resurrect 1d4+1 days later.

  • Whenever the wearer is below half of it's maximum hit points the wearer may at will enter a state of false death if a Save vs Magic Device with a +4 bonus is made. 
  • If the wearer takes half it's maximum hit points in damage during one round of combat, the player must Save vs Magic Device or be forced into false death. 
  • If the target dies in any way that leaves it's body mostly intact the wearer can Save vs Magic Device, if the save is successful the target instead enters false death and will resurrect 1d4+1 days later. 

Once any of these saves has either succeeded or failed, the flesh in the ring disappears and has to be replaced before a new attempt is made.

The resurrection still works if the ring is removed after the wearer has entered false death but the resurrection will fail if the ring is destroyed or if the body is destroyed by burning, beheading or similar. If the wearers soul is somehow forcibly removed from the body, the body will instead rise as a mindless undead.