Phrozen wrote:Every contract has an exit clause. Some are just trickier then others.
AH! A chance to explain Diabolic Contracts in HED!
That's pretty much the nature of diabolic contracts. Lucifer and the other Lords of Nightmare had to give mortals a set of circumstances that, by Celestial Law, they are capable of performing in order to invalidate their contract. So, you can't ask a lawyer to move the moon or so on. Though, the option to ask superheroes for help has expanded the ability of Devils to take advantage of mortals.
Of course, there's ALSO a "doom clause" for Devils. Basically, take the advantages of all of their contracts and then try to opt out of their contracts when its time to pay the piper. Why would they do this? Well, the people most likely to sell their soul to the Devil tend to be scumbags, obviously.
The Doom clause means that for already evil souls, the "escape clause" usually is something horrible like give a soul in place of yours (so the repentant usually need someone TRULY self-sacrificing) or something much worse.
The other option, which is used for people like Felix Faust who would GLEEFULLY sacrifice babies by the hundreds if it meant a few extra bonuses to his Conjuring Score, is horrible curses for the breaking of the contract. Usually, for heroic souls, this is something they just have to suck up. "Never know sleep, rest, or the arms of a lover" is just the kind of thing they'd have to do.
There's also ONE more advantage that most people don't realize (it's written in the contract only a symbol only a demon can recognize) that if a mortal making the contract is ALREADY evil in a way that would damn him, the Demon holding his contract can call his soul to hell at will.
This nullifies all powers, strength, or ability to resist so if someone were to get MAMMALOTH (PL 20) to make a contract then he could be dragged off to hell with no problem. It's an ability enforced by the nature of the universe itself.