Aura strong divination and necromancy [evil] CL 20th; Slot ring; Price —; Weight —
Upon donning the Apollyon Ring, the wearer experiences an increased state of being, her consciousness becoming an infectious disease known as the Mark of the Prophet. The wearer is the host of this disease, but is immune to its effects. Any creature that comes into physical contact with the wearer (or with one afflicted by the disease) must make a successful Fortitude save or be infected. The disease causes 1d4 points of ability damage, with the affected ability being the wearer’s highest ability score (or her choice in the case of equally high scores). The disease’s other effects are detailed below. The saving throw to resist the disease is equal to 10 + the wearer’s Hit Dice + her Charisma modifier. This disease can be cured as normal. Creatures immune to disease are immune to any disease created by the Apollyon Ring, but also gain none of the abilities granted by wearing the ring.
Any creature infected by the disease becomes a potential host for the ring wearer’s senses. The wearer always knows how many creatures are infected and can detect any one of them as a standard action as per the status spell. Additionally, by spending a minute concentrating, the wearer can see and hear using any infected individual’s senses, as per the clairaudience/clairvoyance spell. The wearer remains dimly aware of her surroundings while making use of this effect, and may end it as an immediate action. She may use this ability any number of times per day. Once per day, she may also either cure any number of individuals infected with the disease within 300 feet, or force them to make an additional save against its effects at a –5 penalty.
Removing the Apollyon Ring or killing the wearer instantly cures all creatures afflicted by the Mark of the Prophet.
Mark of the Prophet
Type disease, contact; Save Fortitude DC variable (see above); Onset 1 day; Frequency 1/day; Effect 1d4 ability score damage; Cure 2 consecutive saves
The Apollyon Ring shatters if Apollyon, Horseman of Pestilence, is slain. Alternatively, the ring is destroyed if a creature immune to disease wears it and casts remove disease on at least one victim of every different disease known to the world.
Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Artifacts & Legends © 2012, Paizo Publishing, LLC; Author: F. Wesley Schneider.