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19th Nov '17 12:11:03 PM mzytryck01
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** A human wizard loses power if they break an oath, the faerie are incapable of lying, and many of the creatures adhere to old-world laws of conduct so promises tend to be kept even between bitter enemies (though playing with ExactWords is permissible). The [[FallenAngel Denarians]] are the exception; they break their word regularly, and as such tend to be pariahs in the magical community, tolerated only because they're too dangerous to simply ignore.
3rd Nov '17 7:23:24 AM MasterFuzzy
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** In ''Skin Game'' [[spoiler:Karrin Murphy, weilding one of the Holy Blades, breaks the implicit promise for anywho take up the sword: You are not the judge nor executioner, do not strike down the defenseless in wrath. When Harry's life was threatened and her enemy had "surrendered", she is goaded into striking the then defenseless and weaponless man and it broke the power in the blade]].

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** In ''Skin Game'' [[spoiler:Karrin Murphy, weilding wielding one of the Holy Blades, breaks the implicit promise for anywho take up the sword: You are not the judge nor executioner, do not strike down the defenseless in wrath. When Harry's life was threatened and her enemy had "surrendered", she is goaded into striking the then defenseless and weaponless man and it broke the power in the blade]].



* Discussed in ''Literature/RangersApprentice.'' When the Senshi rebel against their Emperor, Horace and George ask how they can do so, when they are sworn to follow him. The messenger responds that they view the ''Emperor'' as the oathbreaker, since he's committed the (to them) unpardonable sin of trying to give the lower classes a voice in political proceedings.



-->'''The Doctor''': My name, my real name, that is not the point. The name I chose is the Doctor. The name you choose, it's like, it's like a promise you make. He's the one who broke the promise. Clara? Clara! He is my secret.

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-->'''The Doctor''': My name, my real name, that is not the point. The name I chose is the Doctor. The name you choose, it's like, it's like a promise you make. He's the one who broke the promise. Clara? Clara! He is my secret.
30th Oct '17 8:22:28 PM PaulA
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* In Creator/AndreNorton's ''[[Literature/{{Warlock}} Forerunner Foray]]'', the sensitive who reanimated Turan's body has enough of his memories to throw at Zuha, his widow, her oft-repeated promise to revive the custom of joining her husband in his grave.

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* In Creator/AndreNorton's ''[[Literature/{{Warlock}} Forerunner Foray]]'', ''Literature/ForerunnerForay'', the sensitive who reanimated Turan's body has enough of his memories to throw at Zuha, his widow, her oft-repeated promise to revive the custom of joining her husband in his grave.
26th Oct '17 12:33:59 AM PaulA
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* In Creator/AndreNorton's ''Literature/{{Catseye}}'', Troy reacts with fury when he was promised safety and was attacked. [[spoiler: Later he realizes that the men who attacked were not those of the man who had promised and apologizes.]]

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* In Creator/AndreNorton's ''Literature/{{Catseye}}'', ''Literature/{{Catseye|1961}}'', Troy reacts with fury when he was promised safety and was attacked. [[spoiler: Later he realizes that the men who attacked were not those of the man who had promised and apologizes.]]
2nd Oct '17 11:11:03 PM DastardlyDemolition
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2nd Oct '17 11:10:48 PM DastardlyDemolition
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* This used to be the worse thing a man could do, especially if he had done it to the man he called his lord. Oaths were solemn vows you were meant to uphold on both ends and breaking them meant you could barely be trusted by anyone else who heard about it. This is why in the Fantasy genre and myths being an oath breaker is one of the worst things someone can be.
17th Sep '17 3:15:59 AM Doug86
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* In Dante's ''Literature/DivineComedy'', the lowest sphere of {{Heaven}}, the Moon, holds the oathbreakers. Dante meets two women there who had taken vows in a convent and then been taken out to be married. He objects to Beatrice that they had been forced; Beatrice says that if you gave ThePromise and are forced not to fulfill it, it doesn't count as oathbreaking, but you are not forced if having been forced for a time, you don't even try to fulfill it as soon as the force is removed, you break the oath at that point.

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* In Dante's ''Literature/DivineComedy'', ''Literature/TheDivineComedy'', the lowest sphere of {{Heaven}}, the Moon, holds the oathbreakers. Dante meets two women there who had taken vows in a convent and then been taken out to be married. He objects to Beatrice that they had been forced; Beatrice says that if you gave ThePromise and are forced not to fulfill it, it doesn't count as oathbreaking, but you are not forced if having been forced for a time, you don't even try to fulfill it as soon as the force is removed, you break the oath at that point.
18th Aug '17 1:58:35 PM gb00393
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** Jaime Lannister is widely reviled for killing the king he swore to protect, it being a literal backstabbing makes matter even worse and he provides the page quote. He makes it clear that his oaths were inherently contradictory, but few people pay heed to his side of the story. His refusal to go public with the depths of Aerys' madness didn't help matters much.

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** Jaime Lannister is widely reviled for killing the king he swore to protect, it being a literal backstabbing makes matter matters even worse and he provides the page quote. He makes it clear that his oaths were inherently contradictory, but few people pay heed to his side of the story. His refusal to go public with the depths of Aerys' madness didn't help matters much.
18th Aug '17 1:57:55 PM gb00393
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** Jaime Lannister is widely reviled for killing the king he swore to protect, and provides the page quote.

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** Jaime Lannister is widely reviled for killing the king he swore to protect, it being a literal backstabbing makes matter even worse and he provides the page quote.quote. He makes it clear that his oaths were inherently contradictory, but few people pay heed to his side of the story. His refusal to go public with the depths of Aerys' madness didn't help matters much.
7th Aug '17 8:32:45 AM Morgenthaler
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This is the character that has broken a oath of some sort be it [[MagicallyBindingContract magical]] or mundane and now is forever branded by his misdeed. Sometimes they see this as almost a trophy. Sometimes this is seen as a mark of shame. It almost always brands the character as a pariah until they manage to restore their lost honour.

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This is the character that has broken a oath of some sort be it [[MagicallyBindingContract magical]] or mundane and now is [[TreacheryIsASpecialKindOfEvil forever branded by his misdeed.misdeed]]. Sometimes they see this as almost a trophy. Sometimes this is seen as a mark of shame. It almost always brands the character as a pariah until they manage to restore their lost honour.
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