Theophilus of Adana's Contract Seal
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Origin

Theophilus of Adana

Type

Contract Seal

Effects

Invulnerability to injury

Downsides

Corrupts the user

Activation

Signing one’s name on it

Collected by

Warehouse 8

Section

Aradia-027T

Aisle

685686-2249

Shelf

358412-7584-446

Date of Collection

1412

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Origin[edit | edit source]

Theophilus of Adana was a cleric in the sixth century Church who is said to have made a deal with the Devil to gain an ecclesiastical position. Theophilus regretted his rash action and fasted for seventy days until the contract reappeared, preventing his pardon. He took the contact to a bishop, who burned it and killed Theophilus, freeing him from his contract. His story is significant as it is the oldest story of a pact with the devil and was an inspiration for the Faust legend.

Effects[edit | edit source]

The user will become invulnerable to injury, especially fire, drowning, electrical shock and being run over. Many times, they will use their “miraculous” survival to gain some compensation, usually in the form of money or position. This need for more will take the user’s mind and corrupt it. Only those who are truly sorry for their actions will try to use the escape clause. Destroying the cylinder will immediately cease all biological functions. Afterwards, the seal will reform itself, with the last user’s name now erased.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

Inspiration for the Twilight Zone episode Escape Clause.

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