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The Age of Merrik: Relationships and Such

By Eugena On November 4th, 2008

Ok, getting to another question.


This one stems from the screenplay version:

What is the big deal with the vow? Why not break it?  (See this post)


And a combo from the novel:

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.

Explanation: The Vow

By Eugena On October 20th, 2008

What is the vow?

The vow is more thoroughly explained in Rise of the New Masters.

Here is a brief section about it:

A kiss is a vow. Outside of one’s family, a person does not kiss another unless that person is vowed to the other. After the dragons died out at the end of the Dragon Era, sword masters and wizards alike had difficulty in controlling leaking of their magical powers. They learned to concentrate the distribution of their magic power through their lips—whether in words or in a kiss.

The Age of Merrik