Obeisance (契約対価, Keiyaku Taika, also referred to as "Remuneration" or "Contract Payment") True to their names, all Contractors must pay a price for using their powers, whether they wish to or not. Although this payment can be delayed, especially in the midst of combat, it is ultimately unavoidable. It is unknown as to what happens to a Contractor that fails to pay his obeisance, although Amagiri has stated that Contractors who fail to do so seemingly 'melt like butter' when depriving a captured November 11 of his remuneration. Each Contractor has a unique remuneration, reflecting the chaotic nature of the Hell's Gate. Remunerations are typically difficult for the Contractor and range in severity from irritating to painful. However, there have been a few contractors who enjoy their remuneration and at least one who uses it in conjunction with his or her own ability. It is also possible for a Contractor to fully pay off his Contract, but this is an incredibly rare feat, requiring a drastic and traumatic sacrifice. Mao paid off his Contract, but did so involuntarily at the cost of his body, forcing him to reside in the body of a cat.
Known Obeisances Edit
Known Obeisance Include:
- Swiftly growing older (Alma) or younger (Amber).
- Arranging pebbles in meticulously straight lines (Jean).
- Drinking various fluids, such as beer (April), hot milk (Maki) and children's blood (Havoc).
- Earmarking the pages of a book (Luco).
- Eating various foods, such as boiled eggs (Amagiri), hamburgers (Goran), flowers (Paul), or a petal of a flower (Claude)
- Inability to lie.
- Intaking and regurgitating objects (Bertha).
- Kissing someone (Brita and Mina Hazuki (Mina has to specifically kiss men)).
- Placing the shoes of the victim upside down on the ground (Nick Hillman).
- Regaining human feelings for a brief time (Shihoko Kishida).
- Self-injury i.e. dislocating fingers (Louis).
- Self-mutilation i.e. wrist-slitting (Wei Zhijun).
- Singing a song (Mai Kashiwagi).
- Sleeping (Bai).
- Smoking (November 11).
- Writing poetry (Itzhak).
- Drawing (Ilya Sokoloff).
- Revealing secrets regarding magic tricks (August 7).
- Aromatherapy (Genma Shizuma).
- Pulling out strands of hair (Tanya).
- Wearing bizarre clothing, i.e. a mouse-ear hat (Parcel).
- Cooking (Michiru).
- Folding origami (Suou Pavlichenko).
- Removing articles of clothing. (Xiao Jie).
- Swallowing round things (Harvest)