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A contract is an agreement between two parties that contains terms each party must follow. Terms of a contract appear extremely difficult, or impossible to disobey. Contracts are a form of natural Signamancy.
Contracts may be drafted and signed by a ruler, Chief Warlord, or Chief Caster, and require the sides that draft them to pay a small fee in shmuckers to use Natural Signamancy, or for them to have a Signamancer expend juice.
Nondisclosure agreements are compelled, presumably via natural Thinkamancy. Other contract clauses are usually enforced by penalties in the form of shmuckers, cities, and units. Shmuckers are transferred between treasuries automagically. Cities and units are transferred via claims.
A contract is capable of judging violations by intent. For example, if an enemy unit is inside a building and it collapses, it won't count as a trap attack violation unless the building was specifically built with that in mind. Carnymancy can be used to work around this, manipulating how a unit perceives their own intent.
A contract cannot be signed until all parties share the same definition of what the terms mean.
None of the units on a signing side will learn a contract's exact terms without reading it, but will automatically know their own personal obligations.Erf-b3-p342
The court of Faq signed the Deal of a Lifetime with Charlie, unique in that it was created in a caster link between Charlie and Brother Labeler. It forced Faq and Charlie to keep each other's secrets through magic that literally forced them to be silent when asked.IPTSF Text 75
The Declaration of Non-Aggression Between Charlescomm and Gobwin Knob is a contract for a temporary truce between Charlescomm and Gobwin Knob.Hvs.tCF 30
Contracts apparently manifest as glowing paper with writing upon it, floating in the air.