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9th Dec '16 4:49:48 AM MugaSofer
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* ''FanFic/{{Amelia}}'' features this between a lesbian and a straight girl. It doesn't influence her sexuality, just romance, which causes issues. Largely PlayedForDrama, with several characters questioning how much the link is influencing their personalities [[spoiler: and catastrophic changes when it's removed.]] In the finale, [[spoiler: the world is restructured to feature hundreds of MindlinkMates.]]
25th Nov '16 12:09:41 AM Tron80
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* While their marriage was still blissful, ComicBook/JeanGrey and [[ComicBook/{{Cyclops}} Scott Summers]] of the ''Comicbook/{{X-Men}}'' had a form of this.
** Scott and his [[StrangledByTheRedString instant replacement interest]] ComicBook/EmmaFrost have a version of this .

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While their marriage was still blissful, ComicBook/JeanGrey and [[ComicBook/{{Cyclops}} Scott Summers]] of the ''Comicbook/{{X-Men}}'' had a form of this.
** Scott and his [[StrangledByTheRedString instant replacement interest]] ComicBook/EmmaFrost have a version of this .this.
* Downplayed in Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} story ''Comicbook/DemonSpawn''. There was not telepathy involved per se, exactly, but Supergirl and [[TemporaryLoveInterest Geoff]]'s minds were bonded somehow, and that bond gave strength to Supergirl to break free when a villain was taking over her body.
-->'''Supergirl:''' It was someone entering my mind, letting his thoughts flow in with mine that allowed my will to live to ultimately win!
26th Oct '16 8:55:57 PM PaulA
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* Troi and Riker from ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' were like this early on, talking to each other telepathically a lot. This was dropped, or forgotten later, though it was picked up again in the novels, especially PeterDavid's ''Imzadi''.

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* Troi and Riker from ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' were like this early on, talking to each other telepathically a lot. This was dropped, or forgotten later, though it was picked up again in the novels, especially PeterDavid's Creator/PeterDavid's ''Imzadi''.
23rd Sep '16 5:29:21 PM Monolaf317
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* In ''Anime/HidamariSketch Honeycomb'''s Episode 3, [[HeterosexualLifePartners Hiro and Sae]] are shown to be able to communicate like this. Their mental conversation appears on the screen [[VoiceGrunting accompanied by beeps.]]

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* In ''Anime/HidamariSketch Honeycomb'''s Episode 3, [[HeterosexualLifePartners Hiro and Sae]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9nBz0URYr3I are shown to be able to communicate like this. this.]] Their mental conversation appears on the screen [[VoiceGrunting accompanied by beeps.]]
30th Aug '16 5:22:06 AM manofwarb
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** The High EMS Destroy Ending in VideoGame/MassEffect3's [[AuthorsSavingThrow Extended Cut]] implies a stronger version of the mind link between the asari Liara and PlayerCharacter Shepard, as Liara is shown [[spoiler: with a small hopeful smile at the memorial wall instead of a mournful look, when Shepard survives the Crucible activation and takes a breath.]]
23rd Aug '16 10:42:00 AM Eievie
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->'''Luke:''' You know, when we were fighting those sentinels down there, something happened to me. To us. We were so close in the Force that it was like we'd become a single person. It was... it was something very special.\\
'''Mara:''' Really? How special?\\
'''Luke:''' You're not going to make this easy for me, are you?

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->'''Luke:''' ->'''Luke''': You know, when we were fighting those sentinels down there, something happened to me. To us. We were so close in the Force that it was like we'd become a single person. It was... was… it was something very special.\\
'''Mara:''' '''Mara''': Really? How special?\\
'''Luke:''' '''Luke''': You're not going to make this easy for me, are you?



This is a romantic trope where lovers share not just their lives and beds but actually [[PsychicLink their consciousness]]. Most often they're from an already [[PsychicPowers telepathic]] race but this telepathy goes even further; maybe they're always aware of the other, not just when communicating but ''always'', or they actually feel exactly like the other, or something like that. Sometimes successful reproduction is tied to it. Sometimes [[MoralityChain the sanity of one,]] usually the male, or both partners depends on the mindlink. Often the link is not unsoliticious. [[{{Synchronization}} It goes both ways, so if something bad happens to one of them...]]

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This is a romantic trope where lovers share not just their lives and beds but actually [[PsychicLink their consciousness]]. Most often they're from an already [[PsychicPowers telepathic]] race but this telepathy goes even further; maybe they're always aware of the other, not just when communicating but ''always'', or they actually feel exactly like the other, or something like that. Sometimes successful reproduction is tied to it. Sometimes [[MoralityChain the sanity of one,]] usually the male, or both partners depends on the mindlink. Often the link is not unsoliticious. [[{{Synchronization}} It goes both ways, so if something bad happens to one of them...]]
them…]]



* In ''Manga/PsychicAcademy'', Ai and Mew form a mental link due to their auras being 100% compatible. This causes considerable awkwardness due to the fact that Ai is dating Orina, Mew's roommate and Ai's childhood friend (The most extreme point being an evening at a LoveHotel being ruined because Ai realizes that Mew is in danger). The psychic who is able to measure aura compatibility does make a point of mentioning that aura compatibility is not the same thing as personal compatibility, citing two classmates whose auras are only 30% compatible but are utterly smitten with each other as an example. [[spoiler: He eventually does choose Mew over Orina - but only just before she dies]].

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* In ''Manga/PsychicAcademy'', Ai and Mew form a mental link due to their auras being 100% compatible. This causes considerable awkwardness due to the fact that Ai is dating Orina, Mew's roommate and Ai's childhood friend (The most extreme point being an evening at a LoveHotel being ruined because Ai realizes that Mew is in danger). The psychic who is able to measure aura compatibility does make a point of mentioning that aura compatibility is not the same thing as personal compatibility, citing two classmates whose auras are only 30% compatible but are utterly smitten with each other as an example. [[spoiler: He eventually does choose Mew over Orina - but Orina--but only just before she dies]].



** In Vegeta's case, this idea came from a scene set during the Buu arc where Bulma seems to sense that something bad has happened to him... he blew himself up.

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** In Vegeta's case, this idea came from a scene set during the Buu arc where Bulma seems to sense that something bad has happened to him... him… he blew himself up.



** Harry/Ginny is also a popular target - [[http://dukebrymin.livejournal.com/43809.html someone made a list]], and it's long.

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** Harry/Ginny is also a popular target - [[http://dukebrymin.target--[[http://dukebrymin.livejournal.com/43809.html someone made a list]], and it's long.



** [[SlashFic Kirk/Spock and Spock/[=McCoy=]]] fic, in particular, make a Very Big Deal out of the "mindlink" aspect - in K/S, Kirk is generally portrayed as very enthusiastic about the bond. In contrast, S/Mc often makes an issue of [=McCoy=]'s distaste of the mind-meld and his eventual acceptance.

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** [[SlashFic Kirk/Spock and Spock/[=McCoy=]]] fic, in particular, make a Very Big Deal out of the "mindlink" aspect - in aspect--in K/S, Kirk is generally portrayed as very enthusiastic about the bond. In contrast, S/Mc often makes an issue of [=McCoy=]'s distaste of the mind-meld and his eventual acceptance.



* Occurs fairly frequently in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' fanfiction as well, especially with elves - but then there is some vague {{canon}} evidence for telepathy.

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* Occurs fairly frequently in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' fanfiction as well, especially with elves - but elves--but then there is some vague {{canon}} evidence for telepathy.



---> "Lifebonding is hardly as romantic as the ballads make it out to be. Both of you have got to be strong in order to keep one from devouring the other alive. And you'd better hope that both of you are ready for the kind of closeness that lifebonding brings, especially between two people who are [[TheEmpath Empaths]]. You can't fight or argue - you feel your partner's pain as much as your own. You become, not two people precisely, but a kind of two-headed, two-personalitied entity, Tamsin-and-Cinnabar, and you'd better hope that one of you doesn't suddenly come to like something that the other detests because you wind up sharing just about everything!"

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---> "Lifebonding is hardly as romantic as the ballads make it out to be. Both of you have got to be strong in order to keep one from devouring the other alive. And you'd better hope that both of you are ready for the kind of closeness that lifebonding brings, especially between two people who are [[TheEmpath Empaths]]. You can't fight or argue - you argue--you feel your partner's pain as much as your own. You become, not two people precisely, but a kind of two-headed, two-personalitied entity, Tamsin-and-Cinnabar, and you'd better hope that one of you doesn't suddenly come to like something that the other detests because you wind up sharing just about everything!"



* As the quote above indicates, it happened to [[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse Luke Skywalker and Mara Jade]] - though this connection only happens when they both choose to reach out for it, which they don't until a good ten years after they meet and become friends, and they spend most of their time less thoroughly entangled. In ''[[Literature/OutboundFlight Survivor's Quest]]'' Mara explicitly points out that they can't use this connection to talk in words, but they use it in fighting to be a kind of single two-bodied entity that strikes with total precision.

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* As the quote above indicates, it happened to [[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse Luke Skywalker and Mara Jade]] - though Jade]]--though this connection only happens when they both choose to reach out for it, which they don't until a good ten years after they meet and become friends, and they spend most of their time less thoroughly entangled. In ''[[Literature/OutboundFlight Survivor's Quest]]'' Mara explicitly points out that they can't use this connection to talk in words, but they use it in fighting to be a kind of single two-bodied entity that strikes with total precision.



* Wizards in the Literature/YoungWizards 'verse experience this if they end up romantically intimate with each other -- a fact learned and demonstrated during ''A Wizard Abroad'' when Nita's crush on the Irish wizard Ronan turns into her first kiss. It's broken off when she sees more in his mind than she expected: [[spoiler:Ronan is the new host for the One's Champion]].

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* Wizards in the Literature/YoungWizards 'verse experience this if they end up romantically intimate with each other -- a other--a fact learned and demonstrated during ''A Wizard Abroad'' when Nita's crush on the Irish wizard Ronan turns into her first kiss. It's broken off when she sees more in his mind than she expected: [[spoiler:Ronan is the new host for the One's Champion]].



* A young adult science fiction novel, ''A Place of Silver Silence'' by Ardath Mayhar, has this going on via technological means -- arranged marriages between ten year olds based on scientific psychological testing. The main character got to enjoy her husband's death vicariously as a result. We get ''shown'', not told how he died--by having his internal organs rearranged in an artistic manner. [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar In a book listed on Amazon as 7th Grade and Up!]]

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* A young adult science fiction novel, ''A Place of Silver Silence'' by Ardath Mayhar, has this going on via technological means -- arranged means--arranged marriages between ten year olds based on scientific psychological testing. The main character got to enjoy her husband's death vicariously as a result. We get ''shown'', not told how he died--by having his internal organs rearranged in an artistic manner. [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar In a book listed on Amazon as 7th Grade and Up!]]



* In Gene Roddenberry's novelisation of ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture'', Kirk's mind calls to Spock from light-years away -- this is what causes him to fail to achieve Kolinahr. Even with Spock's fluctuating-as-the-plot-demands telepathic abilities, that is really indicative of a mind-link. Slashers forevermore have had a field day with this, since the only mention we hear of person-to-person mindlinks without physical contact is in the context of the marriage bond.

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* In Gene Roddenberry's novelisation of ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture'', Kirk's mind calls to Spock from light-years away -- this away--this is what causes him to fail to achieve Kolinahr. Even with Spock's fluctuating-as-the-plot-demands telepathic abilities, that is really indicative of a mind-link. Slashers forevermore have had a field day with this, since the only mention we hear of person-to-person mindlinks without physical contact is in the context of the marriage bond.



* Joanne Bertin's Dragonlords have it sort of built in. A Dragonlord is a being with half a human's soul, half a dragon's; before they are born these souls are split in twain and reassigned. Dragonlords pine after their soultwins, and there's mention of the horrifically tragic case when one's soultwin turned out [[MayflyDecemberRomance to be a normal human]]. It's also said that most soultwins are just a little closer than really close human couples, but the title character of ''The Last Dragonlord'' envies those who are much closer, so close that it's physically painful for the two to be apart for more than a few hours. It seems there are also some who can't stand each other - not because of differences in personality or interest, which is unheard of, but because they are individuals who hate themselves.

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* Joanne Bertin's Dragonlords have it sort of built in. A Dragonlord is a being with half a human's soul, half a dragon's; before they are born these souls are split in twain and reassigned. Dragonlords pine after their soultwins, and there's mention of the horrifically tragic case when one's soultwin turned out [[MayflyDecemberRomance to be a normal human]]. It's also said that most soultwins are just a little closer than really close human couples, but the title character of ''The Last Dragonlord'' envies those who are much closer, so close that it's physically painful for the two to be apart for more than a few hours. It seems there are also some who can't stand each other - not other--not because of differences in personality or interest, which is unheard of, but because they are individuals who hate themselves.



* In ''Series/DoctorWho'', for a long time it has been hinted that the Doctor and TARDIS were mentally linked, to the extent that the TARDIS's translation circuits depend on the Doctor's health. Similarly, there was a RunningGag that there seemed to be some kind of CargoShip going on; the Doctor would call his time machine 'dear' and 'sexy', and even companions would joke about how he would stroke her console. It was all but confirmed in a Season 6 episode where [[spoiler: the TARDIS was forced into a human body, and the two characters spend nearly the entire episode flirting, having sexual tension, or tearful CrowningMomentsOfHeartWarming.]] The name of the episode? "The Doctor's Wife".

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* In ''Series/DoctorWho'', for a long time it has been hinted that the Doctor and TARDIS were mentally linked, to the extent that the TARDIS's translation circuits depend on the Doctor's health. Similarly, there was a RunningGag that there seemed to be some kind of CargoShip going on; the Doctor would call his time machine 'dear' "dear" and 'sexy', "sexy", and even companions would joke about how he would stroke her console. It was all but confirmed in a Season 6 episode where [[spoiler: the TARDIS was forced into a human body, and the two characters spend nearly the entire episode flirting, having sexual tension, or tearful CrowningMomentsOfHeartWarming.]] The name of the episode? "The Doctor's Wife".



** One notable instance included the entire group at the table in silent discussion about how to get Ted to bleach his hair blond and how hilarious it will look. Ted was also present and involved in the link, [[ComicallyMissingThePoint but thought they were all discussing whether to order nachos.]]

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** One notable instance included the entire group at the table in silent discussion about how to get Ted to bleach his hair blond and how hilarious it will look. Ted was also present and involved in the link, [[ComicallyMissingThePoint but thought they were all discussing whether to order nachos.]]nachos]].



* A variation on this is created between Gordon Freeman and Alyx Vance in ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life 2}}: Episode Two''. [[spoiler:In the process of healing Alyx from a mortal wound, the vortigaunts weave Gordon's "life essence" with Alyx's. This is similar to the "preservation of sanity" variant -- here, it is implied that the link is critical to reviving Alyx ''physically''. And nothing suggests that the link couldn't work in reverse.]]

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* A variation on this is created between Gordon Freeman and Alyx Vance in ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life 2}}: Episode Two''. [[spoiler:In the process of healing Alyx from a mortal wound, the vortigaunts weave Gordon's "life essence" with Alyx's. This is similar to the "preservation of sanity" variant -- here, variant--here, it is implied that the link is critical to reviving Alyx ''physically''. And nothing suggests that the link couldn't work in reverse.]]



* Iriana and Mille have this in ''Literature/IlivaisX''. [[spoiler: It's due to both of them having similar Drive Cores, which contain an empathic maintenance and observation function, but in their case it's VERY strong.]] However, it only works in full when either one is in the Ilivais or they're both in close proximity, though it is shown they can detect a general emotional state from afar. They also have an internal compass that lets them find one another, though that's from a makeshift blood transfusion that uses [[spoiler: both Mille and]] Iriana's regenerative abilities to have those blood cells be drawn to the other.

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* Iriana and Mille have this in ''Literature/IlivaisX''. [[spoiler: It's due to both of them having similar Drive Cores, which contain an empathic maintenance and observation function, but in their case it's VERY ''very'' strong.]] However, it only works in full when either one is in the Ilivais or they're both in close proximity, though it is shown they can detect a general emotional state from afar. They also have an internal compass that lets them find one another, though that's from a makeshift blood transfusion that uses [[spoiler: both Mille and]] Iriana's regenerative abilities to have those blood cells be drawn to the other.



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' had an unusual case, with three souls inhabiting one body (Coldstone), two of which were in love. They lamented being unable to feel physical things, but one can only imagine what it's like to not just be in each other's minds but BE each other's minds.. together.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' had an unusual case, with three souls inhabiting one body (Coldstone), two of which were in love. They lamented being unable to feel physical things, but one can only imagine what it's like to not just be in each other's minds but BE ''be'' each other's minds.. minds… together.



*** Oh, and he's a psychopath. [[AllThereInTheManual Scripts]] and {{fan|Nickname}}s usually refer to these three as "[[Theatre/{{Othello}} Othello, Desdemona and Iago]]" to highlight the situation.

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*** Oh, and he's a psychopath. [[AllThereInTheManual Scripts]] and {{fan|Nickname}}s usually refer to these three as "[[Theatre/{{Othello}} Othello, [[Theatre/{{Othello}} "Othello, Desdemona and Iago]]" Iago"]] to highlight the situation.
7th Aug '16 7:39:46 PM Monolaf317
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* In ''Anime/HidamariSketch Honeycomb'''s Episode 3, [[HeterosexualLifePartners Hiro and Sae]] are shown to be able to communicate like this. Their mental conversation appears on the screen [[VoiceGrunting with beeps.]]

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* In ''Anime/HidamariSketch Honeycomb'''s Episode 3, [[HeterosexualLifePartners Hiro and Sae]] are shown to be able to communicate like this. Their mental conversation appears on the screen [[VoiceGrunting with accompanied by beeps.]]
1st Aug '16 2:08:54 PM Willbyr
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* The ''VampireKnight'' fanfiction ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5119137/1/ Take Me]]'' [[HoYay explores]] [[FreudWasRight this trope]] [[PowerPerversionPotential thoroughly]].

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* The ''VampireKnight'' ''Manga/VampireKnight'' fanfiction ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5119137/1/ Take Me]]'' [[HoYay explores]] [[FreudWasRight this trope]] [[PowerPerversionPotential thoroughly]].
28th Jul '16 1:22:17 PM margdean56
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* In Gene Roddenberry's novelisation of ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture'', Kirk's mind calls to Spock from light-years away - this is what causes him to fail to achieve Kolinahr. Even with Spock's fluctuating-as-the-plot-demands telepathic abilities, that is really indicative of a mind-link. Slashers forevermore have had a field day with this, since the only mention we hear of person-to-person mindlinks without physical contact is in the context of the marriage bond.
* In ''Literature/TheSharingKnife'' series, Lakewalker marriage essentially involves becoming a limited form of this- no mind reading, but they can tell if the spouse is alive, and one character can tell the general direction her husband is in.

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* In Gene Roddenberry's novelisation of ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture'', Kirk's mind calls to Spock from light-years away - -- this is what causes him to fail to achieve Kolinahr. Even with Spock's fluctuating-as-the-plot-demands telepathic abilities, that is really indicative of a mind-link. Slashers forevermore have had a field day with this, since the only mention we hear of person-to-person mindlinks without physical contact is in the context of the marriage bond.
* In ''Literature/TheSharingKnife'' series, Lakewalker marriage essentially involves becoming a limited form of this- no this--no mind reading, but they can tell if the spouse is alive, and one character can tell the general direction her husband is in.
28th Jul '16 1:15:11 PM margdean56
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* The elves of ''Comicbook/ElfQuest'' are telepathic, but they can form an even closer bond where they undergo "Recognition" of each others soul and body's capability to mate and a need to mate. This leads to the affected pair mating like bunnies, so possibly the body is involved as well as the soul. This can also happen even if the couple don't like each other, or one is already in a relationship, which can lead to awkwardness. Or more often, threesomes. [[WordofGod The Elfquest Gatherums]] have specifically stated that Recoginition is strictly for reproduction; the series indicates those who Recognize and lifemate are far more likely to have more then one child -or any child- than a non-Recognized couple. The only exception to this rule are the Go-Backs, who don't need Recognition to make more babies since they've essentially discarded most kinds of elf "magic".

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* The elves of ''Comicbook/ElfQuest'' are telepathic, but they can form an even closer bond where they undergo "Recognition" of each others soul and body's capability to mate and a need to mate. This leads to the affected pair mating like bunnies, so possibly the body is involved as well as the soul. This can also happen even if the couple don't like each other, or one is already in a relationship, which can lead to awkwardness. Or more often, threesomes. [[WordofGod The Elfquest Gatherums]] have specifically stated that Recoginition is strictly for reproduction; the series indicates those who Recognize and lifemate are far more likely to have more then one child -or child--or any child- than child--than a non-Recognized couple. The only exception to this rule are the Go-Backs, who don't need Recognition to make more babies since they've essentially discarded most kinds of elf "magic".
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