Useless (youngwilliam) wrote,

Groom of the Front Stairs, Master of Buckhounds, Picker of Nits

So I was looking over the lists of the Oaths that Changelings can take; Oath of Crossed Blades where two parties agree to formally hate each other (they gain a bit of perm Glamour, lose a bit of perm Willpower, and life is easier when trying to attack their nemesis), Oath of Accepted Burden where someone agrees to assist a certain someone with a certain task (both parties get their Glamour and WP refilled), Oath of the Long Road (where one promises to do some deed, and gets a bit of permanent WP and Glamour), etc...

Actually, Long Road is a good example. When you oath that up, you get your Glamour (Fae energies) and Willpower added to, one each. Nice, but nothing to write home about..about 12 XP given the standard Glamour and Willpower ratings for Changelings (3 and 3). If you pull it off, everything is well and fine. If you try and fail, you lose the perks and have -3 Temp WP and Glamour removed. If you give up without even trying, you lose the perks, lose all Temp WP and Glamour, end up with -2 Perm WP and Glamour than you had to begin with, and gain Banality. So.. what's the point of oathing? One could just dump 12 Xp into Glamour and WP and not have to worry about losing a thing.

I'd say the answer is most likely that this is where titles come from. Not noble titles (Lord of this, Count of that) but the 'here's what I do and here's what I've done' titles. So it takes a number of Oaths to end up being able to add to your name.. "First Lord of the Treasury, Lord Chief Justice, Commander-in-Chief, Lord High Admiral, Master of the Buckhounds, Groom of the Back Stairs, Archbishop of Titipu, Lord Mayor, Attorney-General, Lord Chief Justice, Judge Ordinary, Lord Chancellor, Secretary of State for the Home Department, and Master of the Rolls" (...if you'll pardon the G&S reference. Merely corroborative detail, intended to give artistic versimilitude to an otherwise bald and unconvincing narrative.)
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