'The Transition of Juan Romero' (H.P. Lovecraft d20)

Michael O. Varhola

"The Transition of Juan Romero," a strange short story by H.P. Lovecraft that is uncharacteristically set in the American Southwest, involves a strange series of events that take place in and around a mine. It is actually kind of tough to tell exactly what is happening a lot of the time in this story and, while I could probably come up with a monster or some spells appropriate to it, I would have to draw on a lot of guesswork and develop them way beyond the details provided in the story. There is, however, one concrete item in the piece that I keyed on, "the quaint and ancient Hindoo ring" inscribed with "hoary hieroglyphs" worn by the narrator -- and which, by all accounts, was his salvation.


Transferant Ring of Protection from Enchantment

This ring functions in all ways like a standard  Ring of Protection +1 . In addition, whenever its wearer has to make a saving throw against an enchantment spell or effect, he receives a +4 bonus if there is another person within 10 feet of him. That person, unfortunately, suffers a -4 penalty on any saving throws against enchantments he has to make within 10 minutes of the ring wearer receiving this benefit (if there is more than one person within range, either the wearer can choose which is affected or the DM can roll randomly). Once per day, the wearer of the ring can also cause it to glow, as per the spell  Light cast at the 8th level of caster ability.

Moderate abjuration; CL 8th;  Forge Ring Shield of Faith ; Price 19,000 gp.