|Todd Stewart Contributor|
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Can you think of an anathematic substance other than axiomatic that would be useful in binding proteans?
Consider objects that in and of themselves represent or enforce order, both in the superficial and overt, and also a bit deeper. So chains worn by an infamous prisoner, the hinge pin of a gate into a fortress, etc. Then go deeper and consider items such as contracts but also abstract things such as duty and obligations, and the items that enforce, state, or grant meaning to them.
It can't be as easy as signing a piece of paper with a promise there on the spot, that might just annoy a protean but not have much power over it for binding purposes. But a contract signed in blood by three people a decade earlier to bind themselves together in a compact vowing revenge against a third party; a sealed chest containing a dowry price for a person sold into an arranged marriage against their will, etc.
Objects that impose order, stability, and a hindrance to change will hold power over beings of manifest chaos such as the proteans. They'll also sincerely piss them off. So I would suggest tha... *eaten by naunets*