May the light of the Sun burn my skin,
May the light of the Moon bring me fear,
May the food of the Earth bring me hunger,
May the waters of Life parch my throat
Should I forego the compass of my journey,
Should I neglect the care of the Dreaming,
Should I be blind to the needs of my charges,
Should I ignore the purity of my duty.
Overview EditThis is the first and most sacred oath of House Liam. It is the foundation of the house's laws and beliefs. Without it, there is little that would hold the house together. The Oath of Duty is entirely voluntary. House Liam forces no childling or wilder to belong who does not wish it and a good deal of any fostering is dedicated to explaining the meaning of the oath and reassuring the fosterling that it is completely their option whether to swear it or not. Without choice, an oath is meaningless.
The first quatrain is not just a list of penalties. Duty is life. Without duty, without the willingness to carry on the example of Lord Liam himself, there is no meaning to the sacrifice he and his house have made. Life is service and the first quatrain reflects this tenet. The second quatrain reinforces and explains that duty. The House carries the idea of Noblesse Oblige to the nth degree. The direction of obligation should be clear for a noble: As nobles, they are obliged to protect those who need it most. This single pure principal is the core of the House Liam moral code.
The Oath of Duty is sworn at the end of the Saining, usually to the Kithain who fostered the changeling who is swearing. There is no great ceremony associated with it, as it is considered private. Those who come to the house from outside take this oath after they have sworn the Oath of Union (also in private) to a House Liam witness of their choice. The bond between the oathswearer and the witness is akin to that of siblings.
There are no canonical effects to this oath.
Other Liam Oaths Edit
- The Oath of Union is sworn by all members of the House.