>If the terms of the oath are broken, then the oath breakers will have
>very, very bad luck indeed. Orlanth and Ernalda are the Keepers of
>Oaths. They will withdraw their protection from oath breakers. This is a
>VERY serious handicap. It is the same as the whole clan being outlawed.
There will probably be some clansfolk tempted to break the oath. How many will determine what happens. If enough do so the clan will split otherwise any individuals who do so will have to be outlawed to protect the clan.
I see an Ernaldan influence in duels as an alternative to war. If you've got to have some killing let it just be a warrior and accept the result. So while many men and some women will want to carry on the feud the majority of women and some men will accept the result even if they don't like it.
In the long term there's still a problem, when a new generation who hasn't sworn the oath grow up the feud may reignite.
-- Donald Oddy http://www.grove.demon.co.uk/
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