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  • Pairings are state-mandated.
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    • Not considered a legal unit unless Pairing
  • Unpaired peoples = Shade
  • Formal title for magic users = Kizier (from caesar)
    • What if they're not just considered a legal unit but the the "sorceress" is legally unable to make decisions because they're "unstable"
    • Occasionally Kiziers can keep the magical households for their widowed Tharii and or siblings, or whatever.
      • somebody who doesn't have a knight would have good reasons to consider faking it.
  • Formal title for fighters = Tharii (from spatharios)
  • Pairing events happen with the solstice
  • Each Wave has depreciating returns
    • Wave One: Age 16 - 18
    • Wave Two: Age 32 - 35
    • Wave Three: Age 64 - 70
  • Tharii/Kizier is considered the standard dynamic and couples do go against it but it's kind of risqué
  • long, elaborate Season of introductions
    • Like Regency courtships / Old South coming of Age Parties
    • Huge Dance elements in courtship
    • Huge coming of age events if you become Paired you are legally an adult
  • Having lovers outside of Pairings are common
    • One person can love their partner and not be loved back
    • They can loathe each other
    • They can think each other is "meh"
    • Any combo works
    • You could have the incredibly sappy Pairs and then the ones that can barely stand being in the same room unless they're fighting a common enemy.
  • You communicate with your Pair telepathically
    • Talking takes work
      • One couple got it right away and they LOATHE EACH OTHER
    • This can suck big balls
  • if you lose your bond tragically it can be very traumatic
    • Could be a serious problem if you were legally and emotionally tied to them
    • Some people may do anything to get that feeling back.
    • This is true even if you kill your Partner
      • You murdered your Pair because you didn't want to be legally subservient to them but then you MISS THEM AGAINST YOUR WILL
      • Like a psychic vampire. You might "use up" your partner.
    • On the upside, society literally doesn't believe you can murder your Pair. So you don't get charged, you just suffer. You can't get charged, you're literally not a person who can be responsible. In the same way women used to not be charged with crimes because they were presumably doing it at the behest of their husband.
  • SCAM ARTISTS ABOUND
    • Myths about how if you don't find your bond by x age it's not as strong
    • there are ways to fake the bond if someone hasn't found theirs yet
    • once you've had a successful bond you can sort of replicate it
  • Shades tend to get thrown into convents/schools/homes
    • Madame Cross' School for Mismatched Youth
      • if you hit 18 age without meeting your Tharii, off you go to school where you are taught coping methods and basically cared for until you finally meet a Tharii or become a teacher.
      • If you're widowed and lose your Tharii then you can go to a home for Broken Pairings
    • outside the Formal Empire there are presumably countries where the pairs don't happen and they must think it's incredibly weird
      • Some sort of hippie commune where everyone is paired with the WHOLE WORLD
      • "life is my bondmate" 
      • poly is most common but some people are more literal and celibate
  • Tharii pre-bonding can have a frat-like existence if not paired in their first wave
    • This results in homoromantic (like with like) ballads specifically about Tharii
    • And homoromantic Tharii relations are considered a good thing to have, provided they are not putting their Tharii "buddy" first once they get a Kizier
    • Though they can put them first in some things, sort of Tharii bonding "poker nights"
    • However, if you are a Tharii that leads another Tharii astray so that they neglect their duties to their Kizier... uh oh
    • There exist no ballads for similar pre-bonded Kizier relationships, because they are not taken seriously as what Kizier would value a relationship with another over their destined Tharii?
  • Idealized Kizier characteristics are small hands and feet, slim waists, long hair.
    • This is not found very often. And some of the actual "most desirable" Kizier can have none of these characteristics if they are powerful enough.
    • Or if they are charismatic enough
  • Idealized Tharii characteristics focus on physical strength and tactical intelligence.
    • This can result in more dexterity focused Tharii being considered the equivalent of "effeminate"
  • Very rarely, a Tharii can have an adverse sensitivity to magic
    • Their pair can Make It Work with a lesser sensitivity to their type, but can still give them a headache
    • For those rare cases, they often aren't believed to be sensitive, as Tharii Are Strong and that's just not real come on

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