Why didn’t Kabiri make Gwyn blood oath to take care of Mosk and Eran? Is the life debt more powerful than that? (alsoholyshitkabirisback)
Because Gwyn wouldn’t blood oath that. He doesn’t owe anyone a blood oath, he owes a life debt. (Also Kabiri doesn’t care if Mosk dies, and he can’t use his powers to interfere in ways that specific for fae that aren’t fire fae anyway. He sort of outlines how it works to Eran - it’s one of the reasons why Kabiri first interferes on behalf of Ifir, and then his second debt is for Eran. He’s specifically using his debts to help fire fae. Even if Kabiri gave one shit about Mosk (he doesn’t), he still couldn’t use the life debt that way, or even force a blood oath.)
When the life debt is called, Gwyn must pay it back. He’s obligated. He can’t turn Kabiri away (which he wanted to do), he can’t say no outright (which he wanted to do) and he can’t say ‘that’s unreasonable’ because it’s not. Mostly, claming a life debt has to discharge the debt, and a blood oath doesn’t discharge a debt, it holds that promise over someone’s head for the rest of their lives. (Which is why people don’t claim debts by enforcing blood oaths, the two don’t really mix - with the exception of Lludd breaking everything about fae lore he could to force Gwyn to blood oath for him - blood oaths must be voluntarily entered into. They can be negotiated and ultimately they can be refused).
The life debt is the most powerful form of fae debt.
The blood oath isn’t a form of debt at all. It’s a fae oath. It’s a pledge that you will do your best to promise something to someone else and if it has the word ‘blood’ in front of it in the fae world, you can die for not upholding it. But you have to choose it. (Lludd forcing Gwyn into it, is - along with Gwyn’s age - a big reason why he didn’t actually die when he broke his in the first place).
I mean you can die from both (refusing the first, breaking the second). But any fae can theoretically refuse a suggestion that they blood oath (and Fenwrel does in COFT, with some disgust that she was even asked to in the first place). No fae can refuse a reasonable life debt being claimed, unless they are being asked to die. Gwyn negotiated the debt as much as he could, but ultimately, he did what Kabiri claimed.
But yeah Kabiri doesn’t care about Mosk. Kabiri doesn’t think Mosk is all that important anyway, in the same way that up until now, Gwyn hasn’t given a single shit about Eran either, lol. Everyone has different pieces of the puzzle that they care about more.