Aquil’iya

One of the four Melosiran Rings; Aquil'iya is an intelligent ring of water elemental command.

This ring is a pink coral band set with three pure white pearls arranged in a triangle. The pearl that sits at the apex of the triangle is about twice the size of its smaller brethren. The band bears elaborate swirling designs that are inlaid with platinum. A successful Appraisal reveals the ring is worth 500 gp.

In truth, the ring is a powerful minor artifact forged with the aid of Pelagia (the goddess of water). It was created along with three other rings of elemental command (earth, air, and fire) to aid the surface elves in a bloody war against the drow. Collectively, the rings were dubbed the Melosiran Rings (after Melosira, one of the archmages who assisted in their creation), and tipped the war in the surface elves' favor. But when the drow were finally driven back to the depths of the earth, each deity retrieved the ring that it had helped forge, and granted it to loyal followers scattered about the whole of Áereth to defend the balance. Alas, the rings were lost as the years went by. Some were taken from owners who fell in battle, while others were simply passed from generation to generation, their true value forgotten.

Aquil'iya was originally given to a charismatic elven paladin named Glenloriana Silverhelm. Following the drow crusades, she wore the ring for almost 100 years before meeting her untimely end. The ring lay undisturbed in her vault for several centuries. Glenloriana's heir finally discovered the importance of the ring, and recovered it from the vault. The ring was used to help a clan of dwarves battle a fearsome red dragon, but the wielder was defeated and the ring lay forgotten.

Limitations: Any creature whose alignment is not lawful good gains two negative levels if he or she so much as picks up the item. Although this negative level never results in actual level loss, it remains as long as the item is in hand and cannot be overcome in any way (including restoration spells). This negative level is cumulative with any other penalties the item might already place on inappropriate wielders.

Activating the ring is a four-step process.

The only hint of activation in known records.

"Soaked in the water of the purest composition" (this refers to water from the Elemental Plane of Water. It can be collected from that plane, or from the remains of a defeated water elemental of at least Large size. Water that has been distilled with a DC 20 Craft [alchemy] check and blessed as per the spell is also considered water of the purest form. The ring needs to be soaked for at least 10 minutes).