Unlike Contracts, Pledges are simple agreements between two or more parties. All pledges require at least one Changeling to be involved, to seal the agreement with the Wyrd's power and one point of Willpower.
The information below is derived from CtL p.175 onward. As House Rules may apply, where the details below differ from those in the book, follow these, not those.
Please use +req/pledge to send in your pledge request to staff.
Check '+help pledge' in game for how to view/prove your pledges.
For a list of simple sample pledges, please see Pledges/Sample Pledges. These may be copied and altered at will for your convenience.
For instructions on Goblin Vows, which are a type of pledge you can only use if you buy the Goblin Vow merit, see the Goblin Vows page.
- 1 Pledges
- 2 Pledge Costs
- 3 Dissolving a Pledge
- 4 Varieties of Pledges
- 5 Anatomy of a Pledge
- 5.1 Tasks
- 5.2 Boons
- 5.3 Sanctions
- 5.4 Durations
- 6 Types of Pledges
- 7 Creating a Pledge
- 8 Pledge +Requests
Typically, only the party who initiated the pledge is required to spend any points to seal it.
See the table located on CtL p.185 for a quick reference chart.
Initiating a Pledge
One member spends 1 Willpower point.
Certain tasks/durations require a different/additional expenditure:
- Ensorcellment: +1 Glamour (to infuse the mortal with fae power and open their eyes)
- Fealty: the liege lord seals the pledge with 1 Willpower DOT instead of a point.
- Lifelong/Generational Duration: spend 1 Willpower DOT instead of a point
NOTE: while the Death sanction takes no additional cost when FORMING the pledge, if the sanction ever comes into play, remember that the OFFENDED party immediately loses a willpower DOT, and can only reclaim that dot by forgiving the oathbreaker (at which point it immediately snaps back into place) or by spending 8xp to buy a new one.
Adding Someone to an Existing Pledge
Gather all participants in one place. Have the new participant pledge the vow/oath/etc. ALL PARTICIPANTS then spend 1 Willpower point to add the new member.
Exception: if the pledge has the Fealty task, only the Liege may add others to the oath.
Dissolving a Pledge
Per CtL p.84, "...she must either be released from one of her existing vows, requiring the permission of the other parties involved, or she can choose to break one of them and accept the penalties for doing so."
The book doesn't mention being able to release other parties from non-Vow pledges, but for the convenience of this being an online game played by people with pesky RL priorities, we are extending the policy to include them.
When your character freezes, unless you personally make an agreement with the other party in a pledge/the other party prefers to keep the pledge for story reasons until it ends, it is staff's unilateral fiat that your character was released from the pledge(s)/released others from the pledge(s) with him.
Freezing is not a pledge violation unless you WANT it to be.
Varieties of Pledges
Pledges come in a variety of forms. They can be something you swear with another person/group, where both gain similar benefits, they can be a promise you alone need to fulfill, they can be religious, or they can be a tit for tat agreement, each side promising to do something completely different.
A one-sided pledge is made by a single Changeling, with at least one other character as witness.
- Pledge Type: Oath or Corporal
- The changeling swearing the pledge must state a task/boon/sanction/duration.
- These must balance out to a value of 0 when combined.
- The character (not necessarily a changeling) acting as witness has no task/boon/sanction of their own, though they are still a part of the pledge for the duration specified.
The subject of the oath/corporal acts as the "second party" for the pledge.
- A knight kneels at his lady's feet, swearing to protect her in good faith for the rest of his life, with her as his witness. Should his devotion falter, he will be cursed to the end of his days, an eternal reminder of his shame.
- Knight's Pledge:
- Task: Endeavour, Greater (-3): Protect his lady.
- Boon: Blessing, Greater (+3): Hardy 3
- Sanction: Curse, greater (-3):
- Duration: Lifelong (+3): The rest of his life.
- Lady's Pledge:
- Nothing! She takes no mechanical part other than verbally agreeing to stand as witness of his oath to her, and reaps no direct benefit outside of the fact that, you know, he's swearing to protect her...
- A jilted lover lifts her wine glass to her bestie on a girls night out, swearing to exact revenge, by the end of Summer, upon the man who cast her aside.
You and the other parties involved pledge to do the same thing, receive the same sanction, and receive the same benefits, with very little variation.
- Pledge Type: Any
- Two friends who have escaped Arcadia together swear a yearly motley pledge.
- Andy & Paul:
- Task: Endeavour, Medial (-3): Defend each other unto death, and unless inescapably restrained from doing so, come to the other's aid when called.
- Boon: Blessing, Lesser (+1): Fast Reflexes 1; Blessing, Medial (+2): Resources 2
- Sanction: Death (-3): Without forgiveness, the oathbreaker will die.
- Duration: A Year and a Day (+3): For the next year and a day.
This is the equivalent of two one-sided pledges stacked together.
- Pledge Type: Any
The boons/tasks etc. don't need to have anything to do with each other. One participant could swear +3/-3 worth of things, the other could swear +9/-9 worth.
Anatomy of a Pledge
All pledges have certain characteristics. Please work the details of these out with the other player(s) you are pledging with BEFORE sending up your +req/pledge.
All aspects of a pledge have either a positive or negative number value (+/-) associated with them. These must balance out to 0 for all parties.
NOTE: For sanity, staff is limiting pledge values to +15/-15.
- Task: What are you agreeing to do?
- Boon: What do you get out of it?
- Sanction: What happens if you break your word?
- Duration: How long does this agreement hold?
Each of these four building blocks is called an "aspect" of a pledge. They are rated in three levels of power: lesser (1), medial (2) & greater (3).
There is nothing higher than a greater aspect (3).
- A lesser (1) + a lesser (1) = a medial (2)
- A lesser (1) + a medial (2) = a greater (3)
- A medial (2) + a medial (2) = a greater (3)
The following tasks are allowed.
- Lesser (+0) - A simple agreement not to hinder one another.
- Medial (-2) - You're willing to be hurt/hurt people for each other, but death is too much to expect.
- Greater (-3) - A pledge to aid each other even unto torture/death. Treat each other as closer than kin.
- (-2) - You pledge to guard the other's dreams. This does not go both ways unless both people swear to this task.
- Lesser (-1) - Things like carrying a package for someone or keeping a patch of flowers clean. Minimal effort. No danger.
- Medial (-2) - Keeping something safely hidden, carrying a package to another city/state. Moderate effort. Minor danger.
- Greater (-3) - Regular guard duty, epic/potentially deadly tasks, going to another country. Significant effort. Possibly significant danger.
- (-2) - Infuses a mortal with Glamour, allowing them to see fae miens. It is both a task for the changeling and a boon for the mortal.
The changeling must spend 1 point of Glamour when using this type of pledge, to seal it to the mortal's soul.
See CtL p.179 for more details. There are plenty.
- Greater (-3) - This can only be sworn between an acknowledged Freehold leader and those who follow them. It always includes both the Vassalage boon and the Banishment sanction. Fealty is a task for both liege and vassal.
The lord invests a dot of Willpower (8xp to buy it back). Dot, not point. That is how large numbers of people can pledge to the lord in question; they are investing their pledges in that dot, not the lord's Wyrd.
HR: if the pledge is broken, the lord is immediately afflicted with a sharp, unpleasant snap of power and the knowledge of who broke the pledge.
See CtL p.180 for more details. These are important.
- Lesser (-1) - Don't eat something, don't say a certain name/phrase, don't go into X building. Easy stuff to avoid doing.
- Medial (-2) - Don't use the subway, never eat a category of food (beef, citrus), don't speak with a type of person (policemen). Harder to avoid doing.
- Greater (-3) - These are life-changing. Never touching fruit, an oath of silence, being banished from a city, etc.
These are uniformly positive bonuses. As with the lessers/medials/greaters above, remember the way they add up.
- (+1) - A bonus to a single Skill. This bonus applies specifically when rolling with that skill. It is not an extra skill dot, so it has no effect on prerequisites for merits or the like. Think of it as the equivalent of having a Specialty in every possible thing you attempt to do using that skill, Contracts included. It stacks with any specialties you add to rolls.
You may have only a single Adroitness per Skill, no matter how many pledges you have made.
- (HR) (+3) Greater Adroitness: A +1 to any Attribute. This bonus applies specifically to rolls made using the specified Attribute. It does not change your base Attribute, and does not affect derived stats. Having a Greater Adroitness in Resolve will not give you a +1 to your Willpower, for example. It will, however, let you roll Resolve + Composure + 1.
To be exceptionally clear, it will help you on contested rolls, but not passive resistance.
- If someone is using a power on you, and it allows you to roll to contest it (say, your opponent rolls Wyrd + Persuasion and you roll Wyrd + Resolve), your Greater Adroitness will apply.
- If someone is using a power like Fl.Spring 2 where THEY roll 'Stat + Stat + Stat - Your Resolve', however, it would NOT apply, because YOU are not the one rolling.
Only one Greater Adroitness per Attribute, no matter how many pledges you have made.
- Lesser (+1) - Mortals: Choose between a +1 or a +2 to a new or existing merit. Supernaturals: A 1-dot merit, or increases an existing merit by 1 dot.
- Medial (+2) - Mortals: Choose between a +3 or a +4 to a new or existing merit. Supernaturals: A 2-dot merit, or increases an existing merit by 2 dots.
- Greater (+3) - Mortals: Choose a level 5 merit. Supernaturals: A 3-dot merit, or increases an existing merit by 3 dots.
NOTE: You do NOT need to meet the prerequisites of Blessing merits. Merits gained through pledges may ONLY be non-supernatural in nature, however.
- (+2) - per the Tasks section above. See CtL p.179.
- Lesser (+1)
- Medial (+2)
- Greater (+3)
The book isn't specific with examples, but use your imagination, based on the general description of the lesser/medial/greater tasks. You are bound to perform an unspecified favor of equivalent importance to the task you ask of your pledgemate, within the duration of the pledge.
Special to Favors, if you refuse to perform the Favor, you suffer a Curse sanction of the same degree of power. I.e. a +1 Favor results in a +1 Curse.
- (+2) - See CtL p.181 for thematic details.
- Immediate Transfers: You may transfer an amount of Glamour no higher than the lowest Wyrd rating involved in the pledge.
- i.e. A Wyrd 1 changeling pledges to a Wyrd 7 changeling, which means the boon only grants 1 point of Glamour.
- Timed Transfers: You may specify an interval of time, no more than once a week, for Glamour to be 'delivered' to its recipient. Over the duration of the pledge, the sum total of delivered Glamour cannot exceed the highest Wyrd rating involved in the pledge.
- i.e. In the example above with Wyrd 1 + Wyrd 7, if they make a Glamour pledge for a year and a day, with the Wyrd 1 changeling donating 1 Glamour a month, that will only cover 7 months of the year. Not really worth it.
- The mortal grants Glamour to the changeling, up to 1 Glamour per day, depending on the pledge involved.
- (+3) If you are granted vassalage, you are considered a full member of a freehold, with access to (if applicable) the unique blessing associated with that freehold while you are within its borders. This cannot be used in any pledges except those containing the fealty task.
In most cases, a sanction must be included on a pledge.
If a pledge is made with a mortal, a specific sanction is unnecessary; the changeling making the pledge may say there will be Bad Stuff, and at the time the mortal breaks the pledge, the changeling may THEN announce what they decide the Bad Stuff is.
Additionally, while changelings are (typically) only going to suffer from a broken pledge's sanction for the duration of the pledge itself, when a mortal breaks a pledge, the changeling involved may choose to spend 1 Willpower at the end of the duration to continue the empowerment of the punishment. Which sucks. A lot.
While the book does not specify a cap on how long this punishment can be maintained, staff is HRing this to to three (3) times the duration of the pledge. Yes. Breaking a year pledge may mean you are cursed for up to three years, real time. Broken pledges are bad business.
Doing this counts as a Vow, for purposes of investing pledges in your Wyrd.
Pledges which do NOT require Sanctions
The pledge types above come with built-in sanctions.
- Greater (-3) - Only appropriate as a sanction on freehold pledges. It is also dangerous, because you don't need to break the pledge for it to be called down upon you.
The freehold leader announces, before 1/4th of his vassals, that you are being sanctioned with banishment.
- The one sanctioned immediately feels the weight settle on his shoulders.
- NO ONE ELSE KNOWS. If you are in the room to hear it, yes, you know, but there is no mystical freehold-wide announcement that this has occurred.
Yes, this means that someone could be secretly banished by a coterie of people close to the Crown. Yes, staff will quite wholeheartedly support such a thematic act.
This does, also, mean that even if you break your pledge, the freehold's Crown may choose NOT to reveal that to the rest of the freehold, whether out of compassion or a desire to blackmail you into compliance for the <duration> it is in effect.
Mind you, that is if the Crown KNOWS you have broken your pledge. Unless you are caught, not even the Crown is aware of it. Fealty is NOT a nemesis pledge, and mechanically, it can never be one. Nemesis pledges are corporals, which is a different pledge type.
- Anyone who acts to harm the banished member within the freehold's borders gains 1 Glamour.
- Anyone who kills the banished member within the borders gains an amount of Glamour equal to the oathbreaker's Wyrd.
- Lesser (-1) - Use the /0 switch when +rolling. You no longer receive 10-agains for the duration of the sanction.
- Medial (-2) - You only succeed on 9 or 10. 8 is no longer counted as a success.
- Greater (-3) - You only succeed on 10. All failures are dramatic failures, unless you spend a point of Willpower to make it a simple failure instead.
Curses of lesser power do stack if you have them on multiple pledges. Use the same math as usual. 1+1=2, 1+1+1=3, 1+2=3, etc.
Seeming/Kith/Merit blessings can mitigate curses' effects on rolls where they would normally apply.
- If you have 9-again, drop the curse's effects down one level.
- If you have 8-again, drop the curse's effects down two levels.
In such cases, you do NOT get 9-again/8-again on the roll, because that blessing is considered to be expended on mitigating the curse's effects.
- Greater (-3) - the oathbreaker invokes his death by violating the oath.
Upon breaking this oath, the OFFENDED party immediately loses one permanent dot of Willpower (which may be purchased back with 8xp), and the oathbreaker feels a sense of doom.
Date with Death:
- A) A week, if you were pledged to a mortal.
- B) A number of days equal to the Wyrd score of the person you pledged with.
If you can't get them to forgive you before that time, you die in a mysteriously appropriate accident.
If you CAN get them to forgive you, genuinely and uncoerced, they immediately recover the lost Willpower dot.
- Medial (-2) - breaking the pledge gives you a flaw of some kind.
This curse is either decided on beforehand or left to the Wyrd (i.e. ST) to inflict. If the Wyrd inflicts it, the Flaw is appropriate to the pledge broken. i.e. breaking a secret pledge may render you Mute.
This occurs within a week of your betrayal.
This Flaw is permanent!
- Lesser (-1) - a 1-2 dot Contract; a minor inconvenience and a slap on the wrist.
- Medial (-2) - a 3-4 dot Contract, or, two lesser pishogue sanctions. This is getting more serious.
- Greater (-3) - a 5-dot Contract, or: three lesser, one lesser and one medial, two medial.
You may NOT use the catch for any of the Contracts you are using as pishogue.
You MUST involve at LEAST 1 Glamour in each Contract. If you combine two Lesser Pishogues into a Medial Pishogue, you still have to pay for both individually.
Poisoning of the Boon
This not only strips the benefits of the pledge, but also reverses them per the guidelines below.
- Lesser (-1) - The +1 granted by the pledge turns into a -1 for the duration of the sanction.
- Lesser (-1)
- Medial (-2)
- Greater (-3)
Based on the original blessing, not only do the bonus merit dots go away, but your real merit dots drop by a similar amount for the sanction's duration. i.e. if you had Resources 3, got a pledge that gave you Resources 2, and broke that pledge, your Resources would drop to 1 for the duration of the sanction.
If you did not originally have the merit, you should be creative/work something out with your ST to represent a penalty equal to the lost pledge-merit's bonus. See CtL p.183 for suggestions.
- Medial (-2) - Your perceptions are skewed, and all things fae are now sanity-shattering horrors.
Everything you see is skewed by your own fears and insecurities until even the most innocent miens seem like sinister monsters.
- Every week you suffer a poisoned ensorcellment, roll Resolve + Composure at a -1 penalty per week you have already suffered this sanction. If you fail, you gain an appropriate derangement. You cannot avoid this.
- Roll Resolve + Composure every time you see anything fae, at the same penalty as above. If you fail, you are immediately filled with terror and react accordingly. Collapse and gibber, flee blindly, whichever strikes your fancy/suits your character.
- Lesser (-1)
- Medial (-2)
- Greater (-3)
Reverses the position of debtor and owed. If you were owed a favor, now you owe THEM a favor. This unspecified favor is collectible at any time they choose.
- Medial (-2) - Between fae, the deal is reversed: if your pledgemate was giving YOU Glamour, now you give THEM that amount. If the pledge was between you and a mortal, you instead lose a point of Glamour any time the pledge would ordinarily have given you one.
This boon may not be poisoned. See CtL p.181 for examples of how the freehold's blessing can be poisoned, however, by rulers gone awry.
This is important: if you break a pledge with the Vulnerability sanction, traditionally, Freehold oaths DO NOT prevent the betrayed party from harming you. The Wyrd is a jerk like that.
There are two types: Glamour and Violence.
- Medial (-2) - You may not defend yourself against the other changeling's supernatural powers.
Lose your ability to resist (i.e. no opposed rolls) suffering the effects of any Contracts/other Wyrd-based powers the offended party uses on you. Additionally, your Defense is considered 0 for purposes of being targeted by Contracts/Wyrd-based abilities, but not against normal physical attacks.
This penalty only applies to the person you betrayed.
- Medial (-2) - You have no defense against the other party's physical attacks.
You have a Defense of 0 for the duration of the sanction. In addition, any Contracts/other Wyrd-based powers you might use to grant yourself more armour/Defense are ignored by the offended party when attacking. Only pure, mundane physical armor grants any kind of bonus.
- Day - Lesser (+1) - 24 hours
- Week - Lesser (+1) - 7 days to the hour
- Moon - Medial (+2) - 28 days (a single lunar month)
- Season - Medial (+2) - 89 days, typically performed at a solstice/equinox. In Freeholds with seasonal rulers, oaths of fealty are typically made per season.
- Year and a Day - Greater (+3) - 366 days
- Decade - Greater (+3) - 10 years and 10 days
- Lifelong - Greater (+3) - Until the death of one of the oathbound
- Generational - Greater (+3) - Until the death of the oathbound. The responsibility passes on to the next generation, with any children of the oathtakers required to fulfill it themselves. The 'children' may be designated heirs acknowledged before the ruler of the freehold. Requires the expenditure of a DOT of Willpower in addition to any other invocation expenditures. Both parties must be in agreement. Lasts a number of generations equal to the Wyrd of the oathtaker who spend the Willpower.
True Fae may bind pledges for all eternity, but this is not an ability changelings possess.
Types of Pledges
Pledges are divided into three categories: vows, oaths and corporals. The pledge's type determines how/where its power is invested.
These are the simplest and most basic pledges. You promise to do something, agree on what is expected of each other, on what will happen if you do/don't keep your word, and how long it will last.
Vows are invested into the changeling's Wyrd.
A changeling may have a MAXIMUM number of vows equal to his Wyrd + 3.
(A human has Wyrd 0, so 0 + 3 = 3 total vows.)
Oaths are similar to vows, but rather than simply being a declaration of intent, they are sworn by one's true name, the name of one's former Keeper, one's Court, etc.
Failure to adhere to an Oath includes an additional penalty levied by the Wyrd. If you are not a changeling, you do not suffer this additional penalty for breaking one. You just get socked with the regular sanctions.
True Name, Obscured
This oath assumes that the changeling still has a living fetch that also answers to his name. If the changeling breaks his pledge, HE becomes unworthy of that name in the eyes of the Wyrd, which slaps the following penalties on him the next time he encounters his fetch:
- He loses any and all resistance to the fetch's Echoes
- His Defense drops to 0
- He receives a dice pool penalty equal to his Wyrd for all rolls
These penalties last for one scene, and the fetch automatically senses that the changeling is weakened.
True Name, Unsullied
This oath assumes the changeling has no fetch. A changeling's true name is tightly bound up in his ties to Wyrd and, socially, his honour. If the changeling breaks an oath on his True Name, all pledges bound to his Wyrd (i.e. Vows) are immediately broken, and he suffers every single sanction as if he had voluntarily broken each and every pledge. For the full duration.
Plus, everybody he was pledged with wordlessly knows he broke an oath on his true name, which means he's a pretty faithless and untrustworthy guy.
Don't do it. It's not fun. Unless you're a masochist with a death wish, which, in that case, may mean that it's extremely fun. Go at it!
The Name of the Keeper
This is veeeeerry dangerous. It is one way to learn the name of your Keeper, though; they are known to force you to swear pledges with them by it in Arcadia. Violating this oath immediately alerts the changeling's former Keeper to his precise whereabouts, along with:
- A die bonus equal to the oathbreaker's Wyrd rating to all rolls related to finding and recovering the changeling.
This lasts one scene. This bonus may be activated at any time of the True Fae's choosing, within the next year and a day.
Additionally, all parties in the pledge must be changelings for this type of oath to be accepted by the Wyrd. After all, humans don't have Keepers. Yet.
The Name of a Higher Power
This is greyer. Whatever your changeling believes in, it's the belief which matters. It could be a god, it could be a concept/virtue he considers important. If you break an oath sworn by this, you:
- are immediately filled with a tremendous despair,
- lose all Willpower points, and
- have a -1 penalty next time you roll to avoid losing Clarity.
Oaths are invested into the name they are sworn by.
A changeling may have ONE oath sworn on each Name at any given time.
These pledges involve at least one party swearing upon a physical symbol of a group/association he is a member of. This can be a Court, a business, a club, a motley, etc. They come in five flavours:
Mortal corporal emblems are things like a wedding ring, a holy text (representing membership in a church), the lease for your flat, a membership card, etc. Your character must frequent the group it represents often, out of entirely mortal interest.
If a mortal corporal pledge is broken, the Wyrd works to separate you from what you swore upon (ejecting you from groups, accounts mysteriously being closed, etc.) within a few days of the break.
In addition, this is a break of Clarity.
- No matter how high your Resolve is, this roll is always made with 4 dice.
- You suffer a -2 penalty if you broke your oath as part of FAE life, sacrificing mortal concerns.
- If you broke the oath while fulfilling a Virtue, you gain +2.
- If you broke the oath while fulfilling a Vice, you gain -2.
Only one mortal corporal may be sworn at a time, unless you have merits such as Allies, Contacts, Resources or Status to reflect your investment. In that case, you may swear as many oaths as you have appropriate merits (or once per dot, in Contacts).
If you break the oath, you not only roll for Clarity loss, but also lose the merit (or dot) entirely.
You swear on some aspect of yourself. Generally, both parties swear on some aspect of their own seeming, if they are both fae.
Changelings with Wyrd 1 may not use this corporal.
If you break your pledge:
- You immediately lose 1 Wyrd dot.
You may only swear one Seeming pledge at a time.
You swear on some symbol of your Court, or on your Mantle/Goodwill.
If you break your pledge:
- Your Mantle rating is cut in half (round up).
- You immediately lose all dots in that particular Court's Goodwill.
For the next moon, all members of that specific Court immediately know, upon meeting you, that you have broken faith with them.
You may only swear one pledge with a particular Court at a time.
- e.g. If you are Spring, and have Summer Goodwill, you may swear two such pledges: one on your Spring Mantle and one on your Summer Goodwill.
You swear on your Entitlement itself.
If you break your pledge:
- You immediately lose all benefits of your entitlement.
- All members of your entitlement are mystically informed that you are an oathbreaker and betrayer.
The mechanical benefits return if you gain a dot of Wyrd, but the social penalty remains. Please +req/fae to staff if this occurs, and you would like to appeal to your Entitlement to grant you a task to regain their good graces.
Only one title corporal may be sworn at a time. You only have one Entitlement!
You swear on an emblem of another changeling, binding them as a punisher, your "nemesis" for purposes of this pledge. The would-be nemesis MUST agree to assume this role.
Upon swearing the pledge, the nemesis uses a Contract or other ability, linking it to the pledge itself.
If you break your pledge:
- You suffer the effect of that linked-in power, immediately and without resistance, per the pishogue sanction, of a power equal to your task.
- The nemesis immediately knows exactly which party has broken their oath. Other members of the pledge do NOT know who broke it.
There is no limit on the number of nemesis pledges a changeling may swear with others, but YOU may only be the nemesis for one pledge at a time.
Creating a Pledge
So, you want to build a pledge together. Here's what you have to do.
Determine the tasks involved.
Determine the boons involved.
Determine the sanctions involved.
Determine the duration involved.
Check the math involved. While it is simplest to give everyone the same tasks/boons/sanctions, as long as everybody's math comes to the same total (which should be 0, negatives balancing positives), it is a valid pledge.
Determine the invocation cost for the pledge. ALL pledges require one member to spend a point of Willpower on sealing them into the Wyrd. Double-check the lists above to make sure you don't need to spend Glamour or Willpower dots, too.
Verify that the type of pledge you plan to make is something all members can do (e.g. non-changelings may not make mortal corporals, etc.).
Write up the spoken terms of the pledge itself. These can be as formal or informal as you want. Check the book for examples of both types. The section starts on CtL p.185.
Pretty please have ALL of the math/wording details worked out BEFORE you send in your +req/pledge.
Use the Example format below when submitting your request. All Tasks/Boons/Sanctions MUST be written out in full, as below.
- Tasks must specify the task by type, value and what the task actually is.
Alliance: what does your alliance include doing? Dreaming: no extra text necessary. Endeavour: what must you do? Ensorcellment: no extra text necessary. (Fealty: players can't do this. Freehold pledges only.) Forbiddance: what mustn't you do?
- Boons must specify the boon by type, value and what the boon actually is.
Adroitness: which skill is the adroitness on? Blessing: what is the merit's name? Ensorcellment: no extra text necessary Favor: either 'unspecified' or the details of the favor Glamour: how much Glamour is being transferred? immediate or gradual? (Vassalage: players can't do this. Freehold pledges only.)
- Sanctions must specify the sanction by type, value and what the sanction negates, in the case of Poisoning of the Boon.
(Banishment: players can't do this. Freehold pledges only.) Curse: no extra text necessary Death: no extra text necessary Flaw: include the name of the flaw to be applied Pishogue: include the name of the Contract caster(s) and which clause(s) will be used Poisoning of the Boon: which boon(s) are being poisoned? see Poisoning of the Boon for mechanical details Vulnerability: specify Glamour or Violence as the Vulnerability type (e.g. Vulnerability, Violence (-2) )
- If using a Corporal for the pledge type, specify the emblem. See the full section higher on this page for suggestions.
Request Format Example
Name: Helping Hands
Players: Jack and Jill
- All: Endeavor, Medial (-2): Fall down the hill at least once a day.
- Jack: Endeavor, Lesser (-2): Help Jill carry the darned pail up the hill. Every. Single. Time.
- Jill: Endeavor, Lesser (-2): Let Jack borrow her SuperDuperGlue any time cousin Humpty goes and Dumptys himself off a wall.
- All: Blessing, Medial (+2): Resources 2
- Jack: Adroitness x2 (+2): Survival, Athletics
- Jill: Blessing, Lesser (+1): Trained Memory 1; Adroitness (+1): Persuasion
- All: Poisoning the Boon - Blessing, Medial (-2): Resources 2
- Season (+2)
- Jack pays the Willpower point.
Jack: If you promise we can fall down the hill together at least once every day, I'll help you carry that blasted pail.
Jill: And I'll let you borrow my SuperDuperGlue any time cousin Humpty falls off a wall.
Jack: Let the Wyrd help us out with all of that, and screw us over if we don't keep our bargain?
Jill: Sounds good to me. It's a deal!