What is with the “I think I might kiss her” obsession from John? What’s the big deal about kissing? Does it mean something else? (Yeah, put the something else in “”)
To answer them all at once, the big deal with the vow is very cultural. To break it is to lose honor. And, consider the explanation of the vow. Merrik risks losing power by simply breaking it.
Kissing. That relates back to the vow. In real life, kiss all you want. Just be careful of mono. In the AOM world, if you are a sword master or wizard or other magic user, be careful not to lose your life. You are transferring your power to another, whether or not you want to.
The cautions of the vow become part of the culture, and even non-magic users (who may not know the origin) are cautious of it. As for “something else” it does not refer to that. Think of how much more power a character would lose that way. To answer an unspoken question, there was none of that between Merrik and Brianna. Good thing, Brianna did not need to absorb any magic power, and Merrik did not need to lose any.
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Wow, just for me, the local Legion is putting a dart board back in. This will be fun. I don’t get to practice as much as I would like–I’ve yet to install my own dart board in the house and a makeshift magnetic dart board set just isn’t the same as the steel tips.
Oh, yeah, I guess I should do one of those intros to myself:
Name: Eugena MoultonDOB: (Like I'd actually post that on the Internet)Sign: Don't believe in themHobbies: Writing, acting, stage combat, dart playing
So maybe it wasn’t “just for me,” but I certainly feel like it.