If the Agallamh fails at reaching an accord, the person who invoked it forfeits his or her life.
The invoker of the ritual must choose a Claymore from the community present. The Claymore is a volunteer who agrees to kill the invoker if the Agallamh fails.
The risk taken by the invoker may explain why this rite of resolution is rarely employed.
- "Agallamh" is Irish and Scottish Gaelic for "interview." Its older form "Acallam" is usually translated "colloquy."
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