I was reading about a bronze ring discovered by archaeologist in Bulgaria that is believed to be a poison ring for delivering poison to a glass of wine on the sly.
My first thought was how to use this in a fantasy RPG campaign and my second thought was Danny Kaye in The Court Jester trying to get it straight as to which cup held the poison.
Concerning an RPG game I would allow an NPC or a PC to use the poison delivery ring with an ability check to see if they were slick enough to slip the poison in unnoticed. The ring holds one dose and is designed such that when worn normally the hole in the side would be covered with a finger but when employed it could be turned on the pinkie or the hand tilted. Value in a classic D&D game might be 10-50 gp.
Its real value is as a plot or story device. Used by NPCs and the PCs spy it being used or it has been used and its a clue as to who the murderer is or simply its a reward for someone playing an assassin character. I may just have to re-watch Court Jester and consider other ways this might be used in a fantasy campaign.
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