Agreed. But then there's plot stuff they would have to worry about. Like Olaf's Thor hammer mysteriously never being used until fighting a God, and then mysteriously disappearing again.I mean it didn't enhance his abilities in any way so he could still be restrained and the ring removed if need be so I don't see why he didn't just keep it and take advantage of the perks that it gave.
Agreed, to the point that Angel shouldn't have worn the ring constantly. (Maybe it could have been established that the ring's power would only last for a specific amount of time before being recharged or somehow allowed to regenerate) It should have been saved for extreme circumstances, such as in averting an apocalypse. It could have been just like Olaf's Hammer, which was there when Buffy needed it, but she didn't use it on a daily basis. If Angel was afraid that he couldn't keep the ring safe, from Spike, Angelus, or anyone else, he should have sent it back to Buffy for safekeeping. It had the potential of being a powerful weapon to aid Buffy in her fight, whether it was used by Angel or someone else. He had no right to destroy it, and doing so was nothing short of irresponsible.I think the gem of amara would have made the story less interesting from the perspective that if Angel was unkillable we wouldn't be worried about him as he battled his way to redemption
True. The ring of amara wouldn't have made much difference when Illyria threw Angel out the W&H window. Or when Connor sunk him to the ocean for months. Interesting point.Let's not forget that Angel has had his arse handed to him on several occasions without his vampire weaknesses being exploited. So subduing him is always an option no matter if he is wearing the ring or not.
Unless, of course, Illyria had tossed him out that window in broad daylight, just like Angel did the other vampire in Season 1. And, unless, of course, the ring had made it impossible for Connor to subdue Angel in the first place, making it impossible for him to be thrown into the ocean.True. The ring of amara wouldn't have made much difference when Illyria threw Angel out the W&H window. Or when Connor sunk him to the ocean for months. Interesting point.
The ring would have been very Precious.I could visualize a daytime battle where someone cuts the finger off with the ring on it and there is nothing left but the ring and dust. Sometimes weapons are so powerful that they have to be destroyed to keep them from falling into the wrong hands.
I understand what you are saying, but they could have got Willow to magically hide it where no one but Buffy (or whoever) could find it. There are ways to do these things in this verse, and I think destroying it was reckless. If you are on a mission of redemption surely you need every weapon at your disposal, until that weapon has proved to be too dangerous to keep. I'd have given that ring a second chance and kept in magically locked away until I needed itBut as the story shows, the ring was always going to be a target for treasure hunters and evil vampires who would use the ring to continue their evil deeds in daytime as well as night. As long as it existed there would always be the threat that someone would steal it or kill whoever was holding it and take it. I could visualize a daytime battle where someone cuts the finger off with the ring on it and there is nothing left but the ring and dust. Sometimes weapons are so powerful that they have to be destroyed to keep them from falling into the wrong hands.
But, by that logic, Buffy should have destroyed the Scythe immediately after the final battle in Season 7. We saw in Season 8 that at least one other group knew of its existence, and almost used it to cause another apocalypse. And yet, here she is, in Season 11, still carrying the thing around like it was just some common axe or sword, letting the world see it every day. I have guns in my home, and I know that evil people might break in and steal them and use them for their own purposes. That doesn't mean that I destroy them, because of the potential harm that they might be used to create, and I don't try to carry them with me everywhere I go. I lock them away, safely, where they can't be misused. When I want to shoot, I take one out, use it, then put it back in a safe place. Angel could have done the same thing with the Gem of Amara, and it would have been available if and when he really needed it. Barring that, he should have returned it to Buffy and let her place it somewhere for safe keeping.But as the story shows, the ring was always going to be a target for treasure hunters