Oath of the Accepted Burden (Changeling,
Edition, p. 211)
down your burden that I might take it up.
The road is long, and I
swear I shall bear it for you, until all roads end.
I shall ,
else may the road cease to lie beneath my feet."
Superficially similar to a
this oath is a promise to perform a certain deed. The nature of the
deed itself is irrelevant; it could be anything form a kiss to
retrieving the still-beating heart of an enemy. This oath will always
be made to another, and is made to verify that a task that he desires
will be performed. When these words are spoken, a Willpower point is
gained by both the oathmaker and the one to whom the promise is made.
If the oath is not kept, each loses two Willpower points.
Oath of Clasped Hands (Changeling,
for blood, bone for bone, life for life,
until only we stride the
My life is in your hands, my blood is in your veins.
me well and I will lend you my strength;
Break your bond and may
we both perish.
Friendship I swear to you,
an Oath of clasped
hands and shared hearts.”
oath is never made lightly; these words are only for those who feel a
bond for a friend as strong as they might feel for a lover. To make
this oath, the oathmakers' and are clasped around a double-edged
blade while the words are spoken. As the blood of the oathmakers is
mixed, their friendship is reaffirmed and strengthened. Makers of
this oath gain a Willpower point when it is completed, but lose two
if it is ever broken.
Oath of Fealty (Changeling,
swear fealty unto you, (ruler).
Your command is my desire, and
your request my desire.
May my service always please, and may my
sight grow dark if it does not.
As the tides to the moon, my will
to yours, my liege."
is the wording of a formal Oath of Fealty, commonly used as
investitures, knightings, and Sainings. Speaking the words of this
oath requires the investment of one Willpower point, and a formal
obeisance that lasts a full quarter-hour must be made. Once the oath
is taken, the difficulties of all resistance rolls against any form
of mental domination are reduced by two. Breaking this oath causes
the loss of three Willpower points. In cases of extreme betrayal of
this oath, the offender can be struck blind for a year and a
Oath of Escheat (Changeling,
take you as my vassal. You are of my house, even as the very stones.
I pledge to hold you, to guard you, and to keep you.
to honor your service as it deserves, and to reward loyalty in kind.
As the moon to the seas below, my will to yours. I pledge the
Escheat to you."
these words, a ruler formally signifies that she accepts another fae
as a vassal. This oath is commonly spoken in conjunction with the
Oath of Fealty, but not always. When these words are spoken, the
speaker loses one Glamour point, and a chimerical gold coin, stamped
with her visage, appears in her hand. The oath is not actually
binding until the oathmaker offers, and the proposed vassal accepts
this token. Failure to abide by the terms of this oath indicates a
fall from the ways of true fae honor, and thus causes the acquisition
of a Banality point. Anyone currently bound by (and holding to) terms
of this oath, even if it is to but one vassal, gains an extra
Willpower point per week.
Oath of Guardianship (Changeling,
the sun guards the earth by day,
as the stars by night, so shall
I serve Thee.
This my duty I shall not abandon (object) until
else may the stars close their eyes and sleep."
is a fearful oath, and those who do not uphold to it are cursed to
never spend two nights in the same bed until a century as passed. The
Oath of Guardianship binds the oathmaker to keep a single object,
place, or individual from any and all harm, to the point of ultimate
self-sacrifice. There is no cost to make the Oath of Guardianship,
save that extracted by its keeping.
Oath of Truehearts (Changeling,
shall give a gift of myself to thee.
Take it freely, freely is it
offered, and until (duration) comes,
thou, (object) shalt have me
in thy keeping.
I swear love unto you and pledge you my troth.
May those who watch over love watch over this oath and those who
and may we never find fault in their eyes."
purpose of this oath needs no. It is spoken in unison by the two (or
more) lovers it binds, and it takes a point of Glamour from each to
craft a chimerical songbird visible only to the lovers. The instant
this oath is broken, the bird ceases to sing, perching silently on
the shoulder of the oathbreaker and now visible to all as a sign of
betrayal. In addition, both betrayer and betrayed gain a Banality
point as a result of this cowardly action. On the other hand, being
true to the oath grants one additional point of Glamour from any
Rapture the lovers participate in.
Oath of the Long Road (Changeling,
swear that I shall or lose my honor,
that I shall or lay down my
that I shall or Dream no more.
You and the sky are my
witnesses, so may it be."
Oath of the Long Road is the most potent of the oaths known to the
common fae. It is the voluntary acceptance of a quest to be
performed, and its swearing is usually sanctified with the blood of
both the oathmaker and her witness(es). It is always spoken in front
of one, or preferably three witnesses. The oathmaker receives an
extra Willpower and Glamour point, but there are dire consequences
for failure. Simple failure to complete the quest causes the loss of
three Willpower and three Glamour points. Abandoning the quest all
together strips the oathbreaker of all temporary Glamour and
Willpower, strips a point of permanent Willpower, and adds two
Oath of Crossed Blades (Changeling,
two stand there will be one.
I swear enmity unto thee until the
setting of the last sun.
May my heart cease to beat and my hand
lose it's strength
should I ever show favor to thee,
bones of the earth are my witness.”
trolls and sidhe generally speak this oath; members of the other kith
consider it counterproductive to announce one's enmity. Still, there
is a certain style to swearing eternal hatred, and the oath serves as
a bold step in the intricate dances of court. A fae swearing this
oath instantly trades a point of Willpower for one of Glamour, and
also has the difficulty of any roll involving his enemy reduced by
one. Should, however, the oath be broken, a point of Willpower is
lost permanently, and a pair of matching scars, akin to those that
would be left by a rapier's point, appear on the face of the
Oath of Adoption [Troll] (Kithbook:
Troll, p. 40)
the sea to the river, as the tree to the seed,
as the mountain to
the stone, so do I now recognize you to me.
From this day
forward, you are of my blood,
of my family and of my hold.
swear to offer you my wisdom, my love and my regard,
for you will
carry my name and my memory when I am no more.
Should I abandon
you, I abandon myself.
It fills my heart to call you
the river to the sea, as the seed to the tree,
as the stone to
the mountain, so do I know recognize myself in you.
From this day
I am of your blood, your family and your hold.
swear to offer you my respect, my devotion and my love,
offer me a home where I have none.
Should I abandon you, I
consign myself to lonliness.
It fills my heart to call you
Satyr Oath of Truehearts (Kithbook:
Satyr, p. 25)
the moon and the stars be my witness as I pledge you my love.
shall hold you in my heart with the passion of a thousand suns.
though I may, I shall always return to you and let no other remove
your memory from me.
You are my true love and so shall you stay,
no matter where my destiny takes me."
special version of the Oath of Truehearts is commonly used by satyrs.
The wording closely reflects a satyrs free spirited nature and does
not bind her to anything that interferes with the pursuit of her
Passion. Most satyrs find the standard Oath of Truehearts too
constricting and many refuse to swear it. This one, while still
expressing their deep devotion, does not limit freedom of action.
oath is spoken either alone or in conjunction with another, depending
on the situation. If a satyr has fallen passionately in love, she
might take the oath alone, merely out of need to show the depth of
her feelings. When taken alone, the satyr uses a point of Glamour to
create a chimerical ring that she wears herself. Once the oath has
been taken, the ring can never be removed. It shines brilliantly,
visible only to her and her true love. If she ever breaks the oath,
however, the ring appears blackly tarnished to all fae, and her
finger turns green. Furthermore, she gains a point of Banality by
disregarding her oath. If sworn alone, the satyr who is true to her
oath receives one extra Glamour point from any Rapture she
If taken with another, the oath works exactly
like the standard Oath of Truehearts. Both lovers use a point of
Glamour to craft a songbird. The bird only appears to the lovers
until the oath is broken, at which point, the bird ceases to sing and
is visible to all fae. In addition, both lovers acquire a point of
Banality in result of the betrayal. However, the oath faithfully
upheld grants an extra Glamour point to each of the lovers from any
Rapture they have a hand in.
Oath of the Undoing (The
Autumn People, p. 55)
eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.
No slight shall go
unnoticed, no wound unavenged.
I shall hunt my undying enemy,
[name of enemy],
to the four corners of the Earth,
shall not rest until either I or my enemy is fully undone.
shall do everything in my power to reduce my enemy to nothing,
to less than nothing, with a keen iron blade."
oath is dire in meaning. The oathtaker gains a permanent point of
Banality, and must roll her Glamour against her new Banality as a
target number. Success means she feels the consequences before she
finishes the oath and may cut it off. Failure means she finishes the
oath and is subject to it until it is discharged. If the oath is
broken, a point of permanent Willpower is lost, if it is fulfilled,
and second point of Permanent Banality is gained, and the above roll
must be made again. This is a terrible oath. It decrees the
destruction of fellow Kithain, which only strengthens Banality. As
with most oaths, this is not the only wording possible, merely the
Oath of the Unbroken Circle (The
Autumn People, p. 70)
[name], vow to King David,
to the kingdom of Concordia and upon my
blood on the sword Caliburn,
to fight Banality wherever it arises,
to rescue all Kithiain who fall into its clutches,
and stop the
depredations of Dauntain wherever possible.
I will not endanger
other kithain by needlessly exposing them to excessive Banality,
Except when the Kithain understands the risks and is willing to
benefit of taking this oath is that a Kithain gains one permanent
point of Glamour and one of Willpower for the time she follows the
oath. She may also reduce the difficulty of Social rolls which
pertain to Kithain, chimera, or other creatures of Glamour by
The penalty for breaking this oath is a permanent loss of one
Willpower and one Glamour. The kithain also loses any advantages
gained due to Rank. The only way to cancel this out is to undertake a
quest of King David's choosing and complete it to his satisfaction
within a reasonable period of time.
To be selected for entry into
this order is considered to be a high honor to many Kithain. Many of
the younger sidhe vie for appointment into its ranks, but since King
David chooses three new members a year, plus whenever he needs to
fill out losses, it is not often that one is chosen.