A shared empathetic and technotelepathic connection between two or more entities.
This may be two or more sentients of equal intelligence and control, or a higher ("master") and lower ("slave") level consciousness. e.g. a near-baseline or bioborg may be affinity-bonded ("master") with an animal, neogen, bot, or remote ("slave"). Or - in the case of some forms of aicratic priesthood, the same sentient may be a "slave" affinity-bonded to an SI:1 or above ("master"). Often a very close emotional link develops between afinitybonded sentients, and there are frequent reports of to flashes of genuine (non-techno-mediated) telepathy, siddhis, and so on, although never consistently enough to be replicated under scientific conditions.
Text by M. Alan Kazlev (inspired by concept in Peter F Hamilton's Night's Dawn universe)
Initially published on 31 December 2007.