AFFINITIES AND AVERSIONS
Bonds are used to describe the relationships formed between characters who share significant moments during play. Bonds, in turn, are described by three qualities: Intimacy, Solidarity, and Rivalry. At the end of each session, during the post-game conversation, you are all encouraged to share your experiences with other characters, including your fellow players. If you feel that your relationship with a specific character has strengthened or weakened, mark the change in your relationship on your character sheet.
Affinities are a series of character traits that describe how and when your relationships improve, and aversions are a series of character traits that describe the circumstances that damage and break, or reset the qualities in your relationships to zero. When a relationship is broken, you suffer 10 morale damage. During the post-game conversation, one character who you have shifted your bond with will mark one of your affinities or aversions for change. You will, in turn, select a new one from the following list.
Ceremonies — You can advance your intimate relationships through cultural ceremonies. These are culturally specific, but may include practices like marriage ceremonies or courtship rituals.
Devotion — You can advance your intimate relationships through acts of devotion to one person. They are your one love. This person may change over time.
Kink — You have an interest in a particular situation or activity which, when performed, can improve your intimate bonds.
Orientation — Your intimacy is tied to your partner’s gender, and you can strengthen your bond when they exhibit the qualities associated with any specific gender or genders of your choice. These roles will vary by your experiences in your culture.
Multi-Love — You have too much love for one person, and form and strengthen intimate relationships with groups of people.
Sex and Love — For you, sex is tied to intimacy. You can advance your relationships through sexual acts.
Allied — You are able to bond in solidarity with others over the pursuit of a shared goal or interest.
Friends with Benefits — You improve solidarity with those you share your pleasurable experiences with, sexual or otherwise.
Guardian — Performing acts of compassion for others strengthens your solidarity with them.
Nationalism — Sharing cultural, racial, or species-specific experiences improves your bonds of solidarity.
Siblinghood — You are able to bond with others of the same gender by banding together. This may, for example, involve a sisterhood uniting to overcome an obstacle.
Ward — You are fond of receiving attention and improve your bonds of solidarity when you are taken care of.
Competitive — When tackling obstacles, you must be the best. Your rivalry grows when you are competing with someone to be the better of the two.
Factions — You improve rivalry when facing people as members of groups in opposition.
Sworn — You are able to declare a sworn rival or enemy and may improve your rivalry with this person when acting out against them. This person may change over time.
Tease — When exerting privilege, political, or social power, you are able to improve rivalry with others.
Tension — You are able to bond with your rivals over escalating sexual tension.
Underdog — You improve your rivalry with others when fighting to overcome differences in power or potential.
Codependent — Once you form an intimate bond (or a strong bond of solidarity) you begin to rely on your partner and your bond will diminish with distance, both physical and emotional.
Empathetic — Your bonds are tied to the bonds between those around you. When you are fully bonded with another, anytime one of their bonds is broken, your bonds are broken too.
Jealousy — You may select one fully formed bond. Whenever your bonded partner improves a bond with the same qualities as your own (intimacy, solidarity, or rivalry), your bond with them is damaged.
Noncommittal — For you, intimate bonds are impossible to form or improve.
Overt — You are averse to being a secret. Whenever someone tries to hide the nature of your relationship, your bond is damaged.
Prejudice — You are prejudiced toward a gender, age group, social class, race, species, or something of the like. and can only form bonds of rivalry with them.
Repulsed — You are repulsed by sexual experiences and your bonds are damaged when they are attempted with you.
Secretive — You are uncomfortable with the nature of your fully formed bonds being broadcast to others. Doing so damages your bonds.
Trusting — You put faith in others being truthful with you. If information is concealed from you, your bonds with that person are damaged.
Vanilla — You are uncomfortable with unconventional bonds. Whenever someone you are bonded with does something that is unusual in given social circumstances, your bond is damaged.