Relationshps were created as a means to represent and encourage the same eternal bonds that were shared between the Mothers in order to bring the universe into existence among the lambs of Terminus.
Though relationship status types are different across lands and cultures, the Mothers had long ago created a series of trials which were created in order to test and prove a team of lambs commitment and compatability.
These trials were called the Pillars of Soul Bonding and the can be described as the following
Discovery: The period of discovery is an official form of relationship hunting that one will undergoe when actively seeking partnership.
During this period a willing lamb whill seek to form a partnered group in which will allow them to engage in acts that they allow them to learn about and understand one another.
Those who are on a path of discovery typically inform others by wearing a small and subtle ring on their index finger called the Heart of Ahndai.
Though the the path of discovery is meant to open a lamb to a variety of potential relationships, it is typical that lambs will facilitate periods of discovery with only a few potential mates at a time.
In general involvement and interactions between lambs is kept very light and gentle during this stage.
Small dates, dinners and recreational activities are just examples of shared activities that lambs may engage in during their period of discovery.
Engagement: During this period of the relationship path a committed partnership between lambs is fully explored.
Unlike the period of discovery, a deeper and more intricate relationship is explored where the partnered lambs are encouraged to live with one another and truly learn to understand the complexities and nuances of each other’s lives.
Engagement is used as the first layer of compatibility as much about the partners involved becomes revealed.
In which case these revelations either become a force that strengthens the justification for their bond or deters it.
The length of time in which lambs will walk this path together typically depends on the desires of the lambs involved, but the average length does not typically extend past the period of 2 years.
Tribulation: Perhaps the most important of all paths is the path of tribulation.
During this stage, a group of partnered lambs will elect to engage in a series of challenges created by the Divine of Tribulation Cargoas.
These challenges are created specifically to stress the major dimensions of the lambs relationship by using a variety of puzzles, illusions and tricks, to test the strength of bond between partners.
If the partnered lambs manage to succeed, then the results of the trials serve as a means to strengthen their resolve and solidify their love.
However, if the partnered lambs do not succed, from the failure of the trails the lambs come to understand more about themselves and are encouraged to rewalk the path of discovery with this new found personal knowledge in mind.
Marriage: It is typically not long after walking the path of Tribulation that lambs will decided to get married.
Upon marriage their bond is officially recognized by the Divines and they are offered their Family Symbol by Diviness Maladia herself.
It is then at this moment moving forward that the lamb couple may lead an exciting life with one another as they take on a new path of discovery in the vast world beyond.