[LMB] Spirit Ring, Chapter 3 - magic devices

brazee howard at brazee.net
Fri Oct 8 16:03:40 BST 2021



> On Oct 8, 2021, at 8:50 AM, Matthew George <matt.msg at gmail.com> wrote:
> 
> When you have a whole lot of djinn to bind, and you start running out of
> medallions and rings and crowns, you start picking up toothbrushes.
> Staplers.  Oil lamps.

Was that the case with Aladdin’s lamp?

> 
> One of the points of such objects is the contrast between the normality and
> mundanity of the items, and the power they grant.  The ring in Aladdin is
> plain, unadorned, and brass IIRC.  It's jewelry of the sort worn by poorer
> merchants.  The lamp is metal, and thus better quality than clay, but it's
> otherwise unremarkable.

That is useful for an every kid fantasy who lucks into wealth.    But powerful people (who can enslave spirits) tend to go for bling.


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