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31st Jan '17 10:16:52 AM kingjello
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* ''Film/LiarLiar'': The main character is placed on a 24 hour gear that makes it so he Main/CannotTellALie. If he tries to say a lie, it comes out a Gibberish. if he tries to write a lie, he will write the truth. He is even unable to ask a question if he knows the answer to the question is a lie.

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* ''Film/LiarLiar'': The main character is placed on under a 24 hour gear geas that makes it so he Main/CannotTellALie. If he tries to say a lie, it comes out a as Gibberish. if If he tries to write a lie, he will write the truth. He is even unable to ask a question if he knows the answer to the question is a lie.
3rd Jan '17 10:03:04 PM Xtifr
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* Used in ''Literature/TheLaundrySeries'' by Charles Stross, which is essentially MI6 meets Creator/HPLovecraft. Figures prominently into the second book, ''The Jennifer Morgue'' where the protagonist is put under a reality-warping geas that essentially transforms him into a [[Film/JamesBond James Bond-esque]] hero (Turns out [[spoiler:this is exactly what the BigBad wants, as he plans on dismissing the geas right before the protagonist is about to win, at which point RealityEnsues and he can kill the protagonist easily. Fortunately, it turns out the protagonist was actually playing the role of ''Bond girl'']]).

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* Used in ''Literature/TheLaundrySeries'' ''Literature/TheLaundryFiles'' by Charles Stross, which is essentially MI6 meets Creator/HPLovecraft. Figures prominently into the second book, ''The Jennifer Morgue'' where the protagonist is put under a reality-warping geas that essentially transforms him into a [[Film/JamesBond James Bond-esque]] hero (Turns out [[spoiler:this is exactly what the BigBad wants, as he plans on dismissing the geas right before the protagonist is about to win, at which point RealityEnsues and he can kill the protagonist easily. Fortunately, it turns out the protagonist was actually playing the role of ''Bond girl'']]).
30th Nov '16 6:11:11 AM CybranGeneralSturm
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NotToBeConfusedWith a ''[[Anime/CodeGeass Geass]]''[[note]]which actually combines a {{Magical Eye|s}} with a CompellingVoice[[/note]].

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NotToBeConfusedWith a ''[[Anime/CodeGeass ''[[Franchise/CodeGeass Geass]]''[[note]]which actually combines a {{Magical Eye|s}} with a CompellingVoice[[/note]].



* In ''Anime/CodeGeass'', the name of the powers is inspired by this, and Lelouch's ability is similar - he can give anyone a command that they will be [[CompellingVoice compelled to obey]]. Being under Lelouch's Geass differs from a Geas in that the person doesn't have to remember to follow that rule - they simply enter a trance, and do as they are told. Afterwards, they have no memory of it. There are no consequences for breaking it because breaking it is impossible [[note]] unless another Geass user, or the Geass canceller, does something to stop it [[/note]]. The "Geass" powers in this series are based on the receiver's personality and desires, and can be anything that affects just the mind of the subject (e.g. by altering their memories or perception), which makes the majority of those powers unrelated to this trope, despite the name.

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* In ''Anime/CodeGeass'', ''Franchise/CodeGeass'', the name of the powers is inspired by this, and Lelouch's ability is similar - he can give anyone a command that they will be [[CompellingVoice compelled to obey]]. Being under Lelouch's Geass differs from a Geas in that the person doesn't have to remember to follow that rule - they simply enter a trance, and do as they are told. Afterwards, they have no memory of it. There are no consequences for breaking it because breaking it is impossible [[note]] unless another Geass user, or the Geass canceller, does something to stop it [[/note]]. The "Geass" powers in this series are based on the receiver's personality and desires, and can be anything that affects just the mind of the subject (e.g. by altering their memories or perception), which makes the majority of those powers unrelated to this trope, despite the name.
13th Nov '16 12:41:31 PM Kate
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* ''Literature/Neverwhere'': This seems to be what maintains the truce at the Floating Market. It ''can'' be broken, but after what happened to the last person who did, several centuries before the novel's timeframe, even the worst villains don't dare.

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* ''Literature/Neverwhere'': ''{{Literature/Neverwhere}}'': This seems to be what maintains the truce at the Floating Market. It ''can'' be broken, but after what happened to the last person who did, several centuries before the novel's timeframe, even the worst villains don't dare.
13th Nov '16 12:39:59 PM Kate
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* ''Literature/Neverwhere'': This seems to be what maintains the truce at the Floating Market. It ''can'' be broken, but after what happened to the last person who did, several centuries before the novel's timeframe, even the worst villains don't dare.
1st Nov '16 2:48:03 PM SantosLHalper
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Also spelled alternately as geis[[note]]Geas is a Scottish Gaelic word pronounced as "guess" in English, and its plural is Geasa. Geis is the Irish equivalent, is pronounced "gesh", and its plural is geisi.[[/note]], a '''''geas''''' is a form of magical compulsion or curse that originates in Myth/CelticMythology. Those under a geas are required to fulfill certain conditions or risk suffering a penalty bestowed by fate. If you have more than one such geas placed upon you, and they come into conflict, you're screwed. One of the most famous cases is that of Cuchulainn, who was under numerous geasa, including that he must never eat the meat of a dog, nor refuse food offered by a woman. When an old hag offered him dog meat, he was forced to break one geas or the other, which led to his death the next day.

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Also spelled alternately as geis[[note]]Geas is a Scottish Gaelic word pronounced as "guess" in English, "gesh", and its plural is Geasa. Geis is the Irish equivalent, which is pronounced "gesh", the same as in Scottish Gaelic, and its plural is geisi.[[/note]], a '''''geas''''' is a form of magical compulsion or curse that originates in Myth/CelticMythology. Those under a geas are required to fulfill certain conditions or risk suffering a penalty bestowed by fate. If you have more than one such geas placed upon you, and they come into conflict, you're screwed. One of the most famous cases is that of Cuchulainn, who was under numerous geasa, including that he must never eat the meat of a dog, nor refuse food offered by a woman. When an old hag offered him dog meat, he was forced to break one geas or the other, which led to his death the next day.
1st Nov '16 2:45:29 PM SantosLHalper
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Also spelled alternately as geis[[note]]Geas is a Scottish Gaelic word pronounced as "gas" in English, and its plural is Geasa. Geis is the Irish equivalent, is pronounced "gesh", and its plural is geisi.[[/note]], a '''''geas''''' is a form of magical compulsion or curse that originates in Myth/CelticMythology. Those under a geas are required to fulfill certain conditions or risk suffering a penalty bestowed by fate. If you have more than one such geas placed upon you, and they come into conflict, you're screwed. One of the most famous cases is that of Cuchulainn, who was under numerous geasa, including that he must never eat the meat of a dog, nor refuse food offered by a woman. When an old hag offered him dog meat, he was forced to break one geas or the other, which led to his death the next day.

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Also spelled alternately as geis[[note]]Geas is a Scottish Gaelic word pronounced as "gas" "guess" in English, and its plural is Geasa. Geis is the Irish equivalent, is pronounced "gesh", and its plural is geisi.[[/note]], a '''''geas''''' is a form of magical compulsion or curse that originates in Myth/CelticMythology. Those under a geas are required to fulfill certain conditions or risk suffering a penalty bestowed by fate. If you have more than one such geas placed upon you, and they come into conflict, you're screwed. One of the most famous cases is that of Cuchulainn, who was under numerous geasa, including that he must never eat the meat of a dog, nor refuse food offered by a woman. When an old hag offered him dog meat, he was forced to break one geas or the other, which led to his death the next day.
30th Oct '16 3:16:42 PM nombretomado
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* In the ''[[HeraldsOfValdemar Vows & Honor]]'' stories, the sorceress Kethry's magical sword, Need, compels her to aid women in trouble, beginning with an insistent mental tugging that escalates to excruciating pain if Kethry fails to respond promptly. As noble as the intent of the geas is, in practice Kethry and her partner Tarma mostly find it enormously inconvenient given that it makes no distinctions regarding context and has almost no sense of proportion, forcing the pair to stick their noses into everything from cases of basic domestic violence all the way up to demon-worshiping cults-whether their interference is appreciated by the victims or not. It also gives them a reputation as heroes crusading selflessly on behalf of women everywhere, greatly complicating their efforts to actually make a living as freelance mercenaries since people assume they're more interested in just causes than in getting paid.

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* In the ''[[HeraldsOfValdemar ''[[Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar Vows & Honor]]'' stories, the sorceress Kethry's magical sword, Need, compels her to aid women in trouble, beginning with an insistent mental tugging that escalates to excruciating pain if Kethry fails to respond promptly. As noble as the intent of the geas is, in practice Kethry and her partner Tarma mostly find it enormously inconvenient given that it makes no distinctions regarding context and has almost no sense of proportion, forcing the pair to stick their noses into everything from cases of basic domestic violence all the way up to demon-worshiping cults-whether their interference is appreciated by the victims or not. It also gives them a reputation as heroes crusading selflessly on behalf of women everywhere, greatly complicating their efforts to actually make a living as freelance mercenaries since people assume they're more interested in just causes than in getting paid.
30th Aug '16 1:51:49 AM jormis29
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* As befits the genre, the 3rd Edition TabletopGame/{{GURPS}} sourcebook Celtic Myth has rules for imposing geasa on characters.

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* As befits the genre, the 3rd Edition TabletopGame/{{GURPS}} ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'' sourcebook Celtic Myth has rules for imposing geasa on characters.



* SeventhSea has the geas, a special ability that can be purchased at character creation. As long as you have the geas, it gives you an extra experience point each session, but if you fail it's condition you lose the geas forever.

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* SeventhSea ''TabletopGame/SeventhSea'' has the geas, a special ability that can be purchased at character creation. As long as you have the geas, it gives you an extra experience point each session, but if you fail it's condition you lose the geas forever.



* In ''{{Exalted}}'', [[AbusivePrecursors the Primiodals]] placed one on their creations, [[ServantRace the gods]]. It forbad them from directly attacking any Primoldial (except in self defence or on the order of [[KingOfAllCosmos Theion]]). The gods got around this by giving power to mortals whose free will means that their actions are seen as sperate from the gods. They were then free to help these humans as long as they themselves didn't attack a Primoldial; anything else was fair game.

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* In ''{{Exalted}}'', ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'', [[AbusivePrecursors the Primiodals]] placed one on their creations, [[ServantRace the gods]]. It forbad them from directly attacking any Primoldial (except in self defence or on the order of [[KingOfAllCosmos Theion]]). The gods got around this by giving power to mortals whose free will means that their actions are seen as sperate from the gods. They were then free to help these humans as long as they themselves didn't attack a Primoldial; anything else was fair game.
5th Aug '16 11:09:20 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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** The novel ''[[Literature/HaloCryptum Cryptum]]'' has a technological variant that can be imposed by Forerunners on other species (the term ''geas'' being the closest word in human vocabulary to describe the condition). The Librarian imposed one on the ''entire human race'' to make sure her husband was found and awakened at the proper time, the compulsion being that the humans present at his location would unknowingly sing a song that contained the codes needed to allow his reviver passage. Some Forerunners believe that ''their'' forerunners, the Precursors, had imposed a geas on Forerunners as well.

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** The novel ''[[Literature/HaloCryptum Cryptum]]'' has introduced a technological variant that can be imposed imprinted by Forerunners on other species (the term ''geas'' being the closest word in human vocabulary to describe the condition). The Librarian imposed imprinted one on the ''entire human race'' to make sure her husband was found and awakened at the proper time, the compulsion being that the humans present at his location would unknowingly sing a song that contained the codes needed to allow give his reviver passage. Some Forerunners believe that ''their'' forerunners, the Precursors, had imposed a geas on Forerunners as well.



** Another aspect of the human geas is that the memories, and eventually entire personalities, of ancient humans are carried by many humans, "germinating and blossoming" as they do/see/hear/etc. something that triggers it. It gets to the point where the "old spirits" can [[GrandTheftMe hijack their host's body to communicate.]] None of this is considered a pleasant experience, to say the least.

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** Another aspect of the human geas is that the memories, and eventually entire personalities, of ancient humans are carried by many humans, "germinating and blossoming" as they do/see/hear/etc. something that triggers it. It gets to the point where the "old spirits" can [[GrandTheftMe hijack their host's body to communicate.]] communicate]]. None of this is considered a pleasant experience, to say the least.
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