Thursday, March 9, 2017

Poisoner's Ring

Historically, a poison ring, or a pillbox ring is a ring which hides a compartment in the bezel which can hold a dose of an illicit substance. It popularized in the 16th century, in Europe, but has a long tradition in India and the Far East. The ring can be used to covertly poison enemies, or keep a toxin to perform suicide if captured. Even now, some cultures find the way of pouring or serving drinks so a poison ring could be used incredibly rude and distrustful. While more advanced methods of administering poison or suicide are available, modern minifacturing and fabrication makes traditional jewelry a breeze to make, and administering a compartment even easier with smart or other shape-altering materials.

Poisoner's Ring: Typical ring or similar jewelry with a hidden compartment inside it. Metallic composition of the ring and shielding of the compartment make it almost impenetrable to most sensors and only the most advanced chem sniffers might detect what is inside. The compartment can hold a single dose of any drug or poison which is administered Orally, and grants a +10 bonus on Palming tests to administer the hidden dose. [Low]

Such rings can be a fairly commonplace equipment to many assassins or covert operators, giving easy access to drugs or poisons at hand - and can even be used to hold doses for one to use on their own. Poisoning might not be as effective with resleeving, but can be used to quietly disable an enemy in a private setting to obtain their stack or clear them out of the way for some other operation. Non-toxic substances might also be popular to disable, confuse or manipulate a target. Non-sinister rings also exist, of course, as part of a growing "Earth nostalgia". Rings with storage compartments to hold images or project small holograms as known as "locket rings", and "box", "socket" or "funeral" rings is the common term for a ring which has a small storage space in it - though functionally they are identical to the Poison variety.

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