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lol... okay, I'll cross post this basic item as suggested to see what yall think...=====
Favored Form Ring
Aura moderate transmutation; CL 10th
Slot ring; Price 11,700 gp; Weight —
A thick brass ring ornately carved with a tiny animal species in active poses and religious iconography of the associated deity. Common animal effigies are; trailing hummingbirds, playful kittens, grasping monkeys, cavorting raccoons, dancing rabbits, queued skunks, entwined songbirds, braided snakes. The ring leaves a slight mark of verdigris where it is worn. A favored form ring bestows the following abilities on one wearer per day:
This ring is usually given to devout follower to complete the little tasks that the faith needs accomplished without undue notice. The animal form speaks in a high pitched mimicry of the wearers voice even if the animal would not normally be able to do so.
- +1 deflection bonus to armor class
- beast shape II, CL 10 (depicted species only, 2/day)
- speak with animals (with depicted species only)
Construction Requirements Forge Ring, beast shape II, shield of faith, speak with animals; Cost 5,850 gp
This is an item that starts to fall into the Swiss Army Knife style of item, this is indicated immediately by a short shopping list of abilities.
If we look at those abilities, we can see the first has nothing at all to do with the second and third, which are related.
I would lose the deflection bonus. It is simply a tack on, boring AC bonus and doesn't excite me as much as the last two related powers do. This drops shield of faith from the construction and auras and helps reduce the item price.
I would also place tighter reign on the "favored" part of the name in that although you can beast shape, you can ONLY change into the form of the beast represented. The communication would also be similarly limited to only that of the form assumed.
These restrictions would help align the item benefits with a lower price point, making it more accessible for earlier game play. At mid game play, as currently priced, it is likely the PCs will have ready access to spells/magic that would make this item a "non use/sell it" item (think giving flying to a PC who has fly spell access).
I would also lose the sentence "This ring is usually given..." as it falls into the "favored by" trap... but keep the voice sentence, that's fun and evocative.
Checking your aura - Beast Shape 2 is a 4th level sor/wiz spell, transmutation, Speak with Animals is 3rd level bard, and 1st level druid/ranger, divination (not listed in the aura), Shield of Faith is a 1st level cleric spell of abjuration (also not listed in your aura).
Now, the general advise given is that a magical item twists magic in subtle ways, so I would have just the single Beast Shape 2 spell in the construction, dropping the other 2 - this means your aura is correct and simplified.
A wizard can cast 4th level spells at 7th level, a sorceror at 8th level. The druid can cast speak with animals at 1st level, and the cleric can cast shield of faith at 1st level.
So as the template requires caster level, I would personally list 7th level as the highest needed caster level (it is not a summation of character levels of the different classes, it is the highest caster level needed for the construction and effects in the description, say to get a particular duration).
So moderate transmutation, but at CL 7th not CL 10th. Again reducing the price and bringing the fun item in to play earlier.
I would also consider stating if the transformed PC can still cast spells in the new form - if they retain their ability to speak, they in theory can cast spells!
Those are my personal thoughts - take what you will.