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Old April 13, 2012, 00:49   #3
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The original version gave you an AC bonus (the +11) and resistance to the appropriate element. Then in an effort to make them more useful they got an activation which gives you additional temporary resistance and a ball (area-effect damage spell) of the appropriate element. Still nobody used them, so they added an elemental brand to your melee weapon. Then everyone used them (especially the acid rings), so the brand got removed.

Their real problem is that they're too deep for their abilities; by the time you find them you have more important things to do with your ring slots. If they showed up in the 800-1400' range then you'd be more interested.
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