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19th Mar '17 9:43:26 AM nombretomado
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** In the ForgottenRealms sourcebook "The Fall of Myth Drannor", the elves of Myth Drannor captured daemons (yugoloths) and locked them in an invisible prison, which would only break if a "good-hearted [[AlwaysChaoticEvil red dragon]]" flew past it. Centuries later, as elven civilization became far less militaristic, a hybrid red dragon, raised by a good person, did just that. Oops... The daemons went on to destroy Myth Drannor in a massive war, at one point being attacked by the furious dragon, when it discovered how they had escaped.
* Inverted in ''NewWorldOfDarkness'' game ''TabletopGame/ChangelingTheLost''. One power changelings get is the ability to create Pledges -- magically binding agreements with a range of possible effects. For instance, a person may agree to do a changeling's laundry in exchange for having a servant show up out of nowhere and work for them free of charge. While low-power pledges can be of the "do this to get that" variety, increasing power requires both parties to stipulate some kind of increasingly-bad punishment for breaking the pledge. Fortunately, they can be made for a set duration.

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** In the ForgottenRealms TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms sourcebook "The Fall of Myth Drannor", the elves of Myth Drannor captured daemons (yugoloths) and locked them in an invisible prison, which would only break if a "good-hearted [[AlwaysChaoticEvil red dragon]]" flew past it. Centuries later, as elven civilization became far less militaristic, a hybrid red dragon, raised by a good person, did just that. Oops... The daemons went on to destroy Myth Drannor in a massive war, at one point being attacked by the furious dragon, when it discovered how they had escaped.
* Inverted in ''NewWorldOfDarkness'' ''TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness'' game ''TabletopGame/ChangelingTheLost''. One power changelings get is the ability to create Pledges -- magically binding agreements with a range of possible effects. For instance, a person may agree to do a changeling's laundry in exchange for having a servant show up out of nowhere and work for them free of charge. While low-power pledges can be of the "do this to get that" variety, increasing power requires both parties to stipulate some kind of increasingly-bad punishment for breaking the pledge. Fortunately, they can be made for a set duration.
14th Feb '17 2:06:32 PM margdean56
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* In ''Literature/ShamanOfTheUndead'' it's a healthy practice to include an escape clause in your immortal oath if the oath proves impossible to fulfill. However, you can make an oath without it, but you're doing it on your own risk, and if you fail to fulfill the oath, side effects include annoyed ghosts, lack of sleep and HeroicRROD.

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* In ''Literature/ShamanOfTheUndead'' it's a healthy practice to include an escape clause in your immortal oath if the oath proves impossible to fulfill. However, you You can make an oath without it, but you're doing it on at your own risk, and if you fail to fulfill the oath, side effects include annoyed ghosts, lack of sleep and HeroicRROD.
10th Feb '17 9:01:31 PM Totema
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Not to be confused with CurseCutShort.
31st Jan '17 9:20:18 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* The plot of the ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' episode "Operation: L.I.C.O.R.I.C.E." involves Black Tom Licorice and his crew of {{Ghost Pirates}}s, who are cursed because they selfishly chopped down an entire forest of red licorice. The curse made the licorice black and turned them into licorice skeletons. They seek to break the curse by planting a seed that can restore the forest, which Numbuh 5's rival Heinrich von Marzipon unwisely stole
31st Jan '17 12:11:09 AM EnigmusPrime
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* One episode of WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy involved a girl from Grim's old school [[StalkerWithACrush who had a crush on him]] get cursed by the principle (as punishment for eating the kids making fun of her and Grim-which by that point consisted of the entire student body) to guard the secret of the universe for all time. The escape clause was that if a human sees the secret, she'd be free, and the poor schmuck who looks gets her job. [[spoiler:An honor which goes to [[AlphaBitch Mindy]]]]. Bonus points for the curse being treated as an ''actual'' curse, complete with the specific section containing the clause.

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* One episode of WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' involved a girl from Grim's old school [[StalkerWithACrush who had a crush on him]] get cursed by the principle (as punishment for eating the kids making fun of her and Grim-which by that point consisted of the entire student body) to guard the secret of the universe for all time. The escape clause was that if a human sees the secret, she'd be free, and the poor schmuck who looks gets her job. [[spoiler:An honor which goes to [[AlphaBitch Mindy]]]]. Bonus points for the curse being treated as an ''actual'' curse, complete with the specific section containing the clause.
31st Jan '17 12:10:31 AM EnigmusPrime
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*** There's also a passing mention of the "Correctly guess my name" escape clause from the original fairy tale. Apparently he stopped doing that after it got to the point that ''everyone'' knew his name.


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* One episode of WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy involved a girl from Grim's old school [[StalkerWithACrush who had a crush on him]] get cursed by the principle (as punishment for eating the kids making fun of her and Grim-which by that point consisted of the entire student body) to guard the secret of the universe for all time. The escape clause was that if a human sees the secret, she'd be free, and the poor schmuck who looks gets her job. [[spoiler:An honor which goes to [[AlphaBitch Mindy]]]]. Bonus points for the curse being treated as an ''actual'' curse, complete with the specific section containing the clause.
1st Jan '17 8:56:36 AM MiddleEighth
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*Three in ''FanFic/WithStringsAttached'' (and probably more, since curses seem pretty common there):
**The curse on Lyndess keeping her in Ketafa could only be overcome if she could cross the ocean without using any sort of vessel or teleportation. She was hoping to build up enough charge in her teleport plaques to overcome the proscription and send her over. However, she decided she had a better chance to escape by porting the four to Baravada, asking them to find her friends and have them rescue her. She also came up with a wacky scheme to shrink herself and ride John over (he had been mutated into a WingedHumanoid), which would have taken weeks, and turned out not to be feasible because [[BigEater his appetite had increased beyond her ability to keep him sated]].
**Brox's stay-in-Ta'akan curse on Ast'aris could be broken if he died—not as drastic a solution as it sounds, as [[DeathIsCheap resurrection is cheap and easy]] in Baravada. However, he was much too proud to kill himself, which Brox knew very well.
**The curse on Ketafa that prevented the gods from seeing it could only be removed if the Vasyn, [[DismantledMacGuffin a statue sundered into three pieces]] that were scattered across dimensions, was restored to the continent. [[GottaCatchThemAll Of course, the four ultimately found themselves doing this.]] However, subverted in that [[spoiler: there really was no curse on Ketafa; the gods merely told everyone there was so they didn't have to pay attention to the place. They were, however, delighted when the Vasyn showed up, because they'd been wanting to leave the planet forever but couldn't for legal reasons. The arrival of the Vasyn meant they could transfer the place to the Pyar gods.]]
30th Nov '16 9:01:02 AM Qamikace
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* Dowman Sayman's ''Frog Curse'' is a short story about a girl looking for a way to break the titular curse upon herself via TrueLovesKiss. The catch is that she was turned into a poison dart frog; unprotected contact could potentially kill anyone who tried to kiss her.
30th Oct '16 9:43:45 AM nombretomado
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* For game balance reasons this is required for any "permanent" effect in ''{{GURPS}}''.

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* For game balance reasons this is required for any "permanent" effect in ''{{GURPS}}''.''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}''.
14th Oct '16 6:25:49 AM KingLyger
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* In ''FanFic/LongRoadToFriendship'', Sunset Shimmer is cursed by the Elements of Harmony to [[CanNotTellALie always tell the truth]], and to do whatever's asked of her if she's asked politely. Also, as Sunset later finds out, she can't tell anyone about the curse, even if she wants to. The Elements say the curse will be broken once Sunset learns to trust people and be trusted in return, which Sunset does once she unites Canterlot High School at the Winter Ball.
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