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A Wander Ring is a terrifying magical device, commonly employed by Death Squads and private school teachers1.
The Wander Ring allows the wearer to trap daydreams. Once a person's thoughts go a'wandering, those thoughts will often end up checking in to a nearby Wander Ring, and never checking out.
Used by the Death Squads to seek out those who's loose thoughts border on the treasonous, or at least guilt-inducing, or really just something it'd be fun to tease someone about, they led to the infamous phrase "Keep your thoughts on a leash, lest you get a visit from Meesh!"
Some say that the Dark Decade was caused solely by a massive dream sponge2 spill from a Beaker lab that was creating a Wander Ring for every member of the Ducal Regiment2. With all the dreams in a huge area absorbed, creativity and joie-de-vivre was completely wiped out for ten years3.
Unfortunately, Wander Rings explode. When worn, the captured daydreams are released into the mind of the wearer. When left in a drawer unworn for too long4, the build up of captured dreams can be tremendous. Some have harnessed this power for cold-served revenge.
Luckily for us, they are few and far between these days...
- Yours in Scholarship, Argus Penwizzle
1 And bawdy stage producers. What better inspiration for a bawdy show than the naughty daydreams of everyone in the area?
2 Dream sponges being one of the primary components of Wander Rings. They are also commonly used by asylums to prevent cross-dream-contamination across inmates. No one wants Napoleon to think he's Manson.
3 Although some also wonder how much longer the Dark Decade would have been if the regiment had gotten their order.
4 Such as in the case of classroom No. 61 at St. Golamite of the Bleeding Teat.