Family Oaths

These oaths tie families together, create unions, and protect loved ones. Within Dischordia they are rarely uttered. But once and Unseelie gives their undying devotion, or accepts one into their house, it is foolish to impune their passion.

As 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.
I 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 son/daughter.

As the river to the sea, as the seed to the tree, as the stone to the mountain, so do I now recognize myself in you.
From this day forward, I am of your blood, your family, and your hold.
I swear to offer my respect, my devotion and my love, for you offer me a home where I have none.
Should I abandon you, I consign myself to loneliness. It fills my heart to call you mother/father.

This oath, once known only to the trolls, is gaining popularity as many changelings, especially runaway childlings and wilders, seek a sense of family in the enchanted world, and grumps look to the young to carry on their heritage. This oath ranks next to the Oath of the Clasped Hands as the deepest personal bond a changeling can have for Truehearts and the Oath of another, for the two oathkeepers are truly considered parent and child from the swearing of the oath onward. There are no special benefits or penalties derived from swearing this oath, outside of those qualities one normally receives from a family, which makes this oath possibly greater than any other oath imaginable. Those who break this oath are considered among the most vile beings in the world, and they are scorned and shunned without mercy or relent.

As the sun guards the earth by day, as the stars by night, so shall I serve thee.
This is my duty- I shall not abandon (object of oath, till duration of oath), else may the stars close their eyes and sleep.

This is a fearful oath, and those who fail to uphold it are cursed never to spend two nights in the same bed until a century has passed. The Oath of Guardianship binds the oath maker to protect a single object, place, or individual from any and all harm, to the point of ultimate self-sacrifice. Those who swear this oath gain an extra temporary Willpower Trait, which can only be spent while defending the subject of the oath, but there is no other cost to make the Oath of Guardianship other than that extracted by its keeping.

I give a gift of myself to thee.
Take it freely; freely it is offered, and forever thou hast 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 keep it, and may we never find fault in their eyes.

This oath needs no explanation. It is spoken in unison by the two (or more) lovers it binds, and it takes a Trait of temporary Glamour from each to craft a chimerical songbird visible only to the lovers. The instant the oath is broken, the bird ceases to sing, perching silently on the shoulder of the oathbreaker, and becomes visible to all as the sign of betrayal. In addition, both betrayer and betrayed gain a permanent Banality Trait as a result of this cowardly action. On the other hand, an Epiphany resulting from Rapture the lovers share bestow an additional Glamour Trait. The songbird cannot be affected by any known means of tampering.