3: Your PC's find an sword with an ornately carved hilt with what appears to be a crowing rooster as the pommel. A word is engraved on the blade in a language no one recognizes. This sword doesn't merely radiate magic, it oozes magic. The local sages are all stumped, but they do suggest going to see Lemuel the Learned, a 27th level Know-It-All. After hacking their way through all kinds of dangerous enemies, the PC's finally find Lemuel, who is more than happy to translate the sword's message for them, provided they don't utter it within ten miles of his house, because of the sword's extreme power. He assures the PC's it won't harm them, he just doesn't want that much magic close to his experiments and research. The PC's leave, and eventually their curiosity gets the better of them. The big burly meatbag fighter raises the sword above his head and says the magic word.
*poof* the sword turns into a rubber chicken.
I had an idea to have an artifact with absolutely no magical properties. It would be so much fun to tell the PC's they found a major artifact and then not have it do anything.
Ring of Spell Turning .. "Turning, t u r n i n g. Turning."
Dragon Magazine had a good one many moons ago, a variant version of a Ring of Spell Turning. When activated (presumably when the wearer is about to be blasted by a horrendous spell), a voice comes from the ring saying "Turning, t u r n i n g. Turning."
How about a ring of Erections and Giant strenght? Gives the characters +4 strenght and a constant hard-on. You want to put it on.. But it's so embarrassing sometimes :D
You mean like the si in ADOM? 'Cause that's kind of cool, actually. Having an indestructible object that radiates artifact-level magic can come in handy. Maybe it should randomly duplicate, and occasionally return to the player's pack when discarded... Nah, that's too evil
I've seen that joke twice now and I still don't get it...
Spell the word Turning. T-U-R-N-I-N-G. Tee, Yoo, Arr, Enn, Eye, Enn, Jee. Whereas Spell-Turning reflects spells. Understand now?
I'm able to move on to more important things?