Empathic bond

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An empathic bond is a bond formed between two people, which dissolves their individual boundaries and links their Named beings together. Anything that occurs, in linkage with the True Self (Named being) would translate through into physical manifestation, which means that intense feelings and some intense thoughts become empathic between the partners.[1]

If one partner dies, the other would not be affected, but the partner would share awareness of that crossing.

Role in the Story

Spoiler warning: Contains plot elements from multiple books in the series.

Ships of Merior

Third Age 5646: An empathic bond is formed between Arithon and Elaira during the healing of a fisherman at Merior.

Initiate's Trial

Third Age 5922: Through the empathic bond, Elaira senses when Arithon has escaped from Koriani captivity. Arithon, however, cannot sense her in reverse, having sealed all memories of Elaira in Rathain's royal signet ring.


  1. Forum Post, August 30, 2004