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Caim and Angelus entering into a pact.

A Pact, also known as a Contract (契約 Keiyaku?) in the original Japanese, in the world of Drakengard, is a contract between a human and a beast in which they become "Pact Partners." The human gains supernatural powers and both participants, should either or both be fatally injured, gain a second chance in life. The human must pay some price for the pact, and if one should be fatally injured, it means death for both unless the pact is broken.

Overview

By the power of my Song, I hereby forge a pact in exchange for the life of this dragon! Gods of the east, goddesses of the west, I offer up the flame of my life as payment.

The pact system was first used during Chapter 16 of Drag-On Dragoon Utahime Five by One to save Gabriella from her beastification. According to Partition, forging a pact is "The most severe forbidden Magic of the Old". It was later used by Intoner Zero in a desperate effort to save the life of her dragon Mikhail after being poisoned by an Angel summoned by the Intoner Two and her disciple Cent as they died. Accord describes the procedure as "utilizing the reprogramming function of the Flower". The result was that Mikhail was resurrected with Zero's Flower transplanted into his eye and, while Zero survived, she regressed to a child-like form as her payment. A pact also occurred in the fifth branch of events told in Drag-On Dragoon 3 Story Side between Zero and Mikhail. When One's brother kills Zero after the other Intoners die, Mikhail also dies. The basic concepts of the pact are present in this first instance: a ritual to save a life, the human member paying some price for the pact, and the lives of the two becoming linked.

During the hundred years between the first pact and the events of Drakengard, the pact concept developed a little, with beasts and humans in general learning its mechanism. Drakengard expands more on the pact concept: Beasts tend to enter pacts to feed of a human's negative emotions, while humans enter pacts either to gain power or to save their own lives, with a very few notable exceptions (Seere). The ritual involves the two beings exchanging 'hearts', hence merging their two souls together. This means should one pact partner die, the other will follow. The sacrificed aspect or virtue that the human has given up (ie, sight or charm), is most commonly that person's most treasured feature, resulting in numerous tragic ironies: the more powerful the pact beast, the greater the price. The most common name for the sacrificed aspect is a "Pact Price". A pact can also be broken, as demonstrated in branches C and D of Drakengard.

Pacts of Drakengard

Broken pacts

  • Caim & Angelus (Branch C)
  • Seere & Golem (Branch D)

Trivia

  • The pact system doesn't become a widespread concept in branches where Zero and Mikhail never forge a pact, despite One and Gabriella forging one years before them. The exact reason as to why this is is unknown.
  • The White Chlorination Syndrome caused by the maso of the queen-beast in another dimension forces humans to choose between a pact with God or death.

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