Ruby Ring

A Ring of Madness

“A ring of gold and ruby, many faceted and as old as Gomorrah.”

This object of perturbation has been in the Zaus collection for millenia.  Little is known regarding it’s acquisition, though the scant documents at hand regarding this item, date it to between 6,000 and 7,000 BCE.

Legend has it that the gold was dug from the roots of Yggdrasil, the World Tree.  Runes of great age found on rocks near Tromso, Norway, speak of a “…fierce and fell creature.  Sharp of tooth and claw, and most foul of temper…” clawing at the base of the tree in it’s search for the secrets of the “bright metal”.  The creature, the name translated from the old Norse to Zäoüs, fought with Níðhögg, the dragon at the root of the tree, to become master of the aforementioned secrets.  Zäoüs bested the dragon and took the secrets with him.

The ruby is claimed by some, to be the single tear shed by the Archangel Micheal when hearing of his beloved brother’s rebellion against their Father.  The jewel, according to gnostic text, was taken to Earth from Heaven by one of the cherubim (not to be confused with putti, which are the naked, chubby babies with wings so beloved by those who believe they’re ‘little cherubs’), in order to help human kind should the war in heaven spill out over the firmament of Earth.  How the tear and the secret came together is a mystery still to be uncovered.  All that is known is that anyone trying to copy the cut of the ruby goes insane.  To stare into the facets drives one mad.  It is believed Friedrich Nietzsche, on hearing of the ruby, declared ‘When you stare into the Abyss, the Abyss stares back at you’.

Cardinal Zaus was known to have worn this ring permanently, while Dr Zaus was known to have worn it whenever he visited his bank or to his lodge meetings.

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