Bonding Guide

Journal Entry: Sat Oct 7, 2017, 8:38 AM


"Hi friend! Beta Boon, here! This revamp of the Bonding system is currently in a Beta Trial period. That means anything is subject to change after an observation period. Hold onto your hats, here we go!

Boon 11072 by TotemSpirit





Although tokotas are a large and fierce predator, most are naturally pack animals and instinctively develop close bonds to other tokotas in the wild. It has even been recorded, although rare, that a wild tokota can form close symbiotic relationships with other creatures. These relationships or partnerships can grow extremely strong and last a lifetime.

The TCA offers a special certification for bonding!
Please look over the requirements, below to find out how you can maximize your bond with this unique species!

Requirements:


  • All work should be your own. It cannot be commissioned! Collaborations with one other person (2 collaborators max) is acceptable. Each person's parts must be clearly labeled.
  • Images must be full body (75%+), colored, with a semi-complex background. (Grayscale/monochromatic images will be accepted if there is apparent effort to make your tokota distinct and recognizeable)
  • Literature should be 1,200 words, and stay focused on the prompt.
  • Prompts may be chosen from the general and appropriate build sections.
  • A bonding set may only include one tokota being bonded at a time, even if collabbed.
  • For bonding tokotas require a handler. Starters may not substitute handlers. This certification is meant to encourage the development of a bond between your tokotas and their handlers, so using Starters would not make sense!
  • Each piece will be passed or failed based on the effort you put in, compared to your own gallery. Prompts need to have noticeable effort to pass.
  • Choose only three of the available prompts to complete and submit on the Bonding form/journal.
  • Those who have achieved Rank 5 in TCA Taming Academy only need to complete two prompts to complete their bonding.





The TCA is very tight-lipped about this mysterious certification. Only those who have acquired a tokota, via purchase, breeding, or wild-tamed (import) can begin these dangerous, life-altering tasks. If you think you've got what it takes to earn a Bonded Certificate, complete three of the following tasks of your choice to prove your mettle!

Each submission should include the following form:

Handler name:
Tokota Import [LINK]
Prompt:



General Bonding Prompts:


  • Bonding and training a Tokota is indeed a tiring and time-consuming process. Depict your handler resting with the Tokota after a hard day of work. Will they keep each other company or keep their distances?
  • The first meeting between you and your Tokota is an important event. What happened during that event? did it go smoothly or did it end in total disaster?
  • How better to get to know each other than spending time alone together surviving off the land? Depict your Tokota spending time with their handler in the wilderness with few supplies.
  • Tokotas are known to be smart creatures who can help with many medical needs, but they, like other animals need training. Depict your handler training their Tokota how to act as a service or Emotional Support Tokota.
  • Your Tokota and their handler are having a disagreement. Depict the pair coming to a solution to their argument.
  • Your handler was injured on a hunting trip with your Tokota. What does your Tokota do?
  • Tokotas can be a handful when it comes to maintenance especially when they are not used to any sort of tool or item used by humans. Depict your handler attempting to groom their Tokota.
  • Part of living with a breeder means living in harmony with many other tokotas, and particularly, young puppies. Depict your handler socializing their young Tokotas with other tokota puppies.
  • New environments are scary for wild animals. Depict your handler taking their Tokota to a new environment, whether it's a farm, city, beach, etc. and how they comfort and reassure their Tokota.
  • Tokotas have a strong prey drive, which even with diligent training is hard for them to overcome. Depict your handler working with their Tokota to avoid fights with pets, live stock, or other Tokotas.


Toki Bonding Prompts:


  • You can lead a Toki to water but you can't make them drink. Depict your Toki being stubborn about something and how your handler gets their Toki to complete the task.
  • Fun tricks are great for both bonding and learning, with rewards for being good. Depict your handler teaching a Toki how to do a common trick (ex: sit down, roll over, fetch).
  • Something very important to your handler has gone missing. Depict your Toki using its keen sense of smell to locate the item.
  • Tokis are known for running away, hiding, and getting into weirdly small spaces. Depict your handler finding a way to get their Toki to come home without hunting them down
  • Tokis are the smallest of the breeds in Tokotna but they don't always remember that. Depict your handler getting their Toki under control when they decide to take on an enemy much bigger than them


Dire Bonding Prompts:


  • In order to be a fully bonded pair and work together, your handler and their Dire must know one another well. Depict your handler and their Dire spending quality time learning about and from each other.
  • Dires are not used to urban settings and narrower areas. Depict your handler taking your Dire into town.
  • Dires are one of the largest breeds in Tokotna which causes them endless problems with smaller creatures. Depict your handler helping their Dire treat a creature much smaller than them with gentleness
  • Known to be powerful, Dires are capable of utilizing their strength well, when properly tamed. Depict your handler training their Dire to wear a harness and pull heavy loads
  • Despite their size Dires can be trained into being stealthy predators if they have the right handler. Depict your handler showing their Dire how to remain hidden while they track prey


Akota Bonding Prompts:


  • Socializing an unstable beast is a dangerous task. Depict your handler attempting to soothe their Akota without suffering injury.
  • Akotas are typically loners - due to their massive size and general ferocity, they do not live in packs, and must become acclimated to living with others. Depict your handler introducing their Akota to another Tokota.
  • Food aggression is a big problem for a wild animal used to protecting its kills. Depict your handler attempting to remedy this dangerous habit.
  • Unlike all other previously known breeds of Tokota, Akotas are still completely wild - they are new and untried, completely non-domestic. As such, they do not tend to take well to the trappings and tack that standard, dwarf, and dire tokotas do. Depict your handler attempting to put tack on their Akota.
  • Part of working with Akotas is helping to further our knowledge about this new, unique species. Depict your handler assisting a TCA scientist or veterinarian doing tests, experiments, or research with an Akota.




Bonding Traits:



Prominent

Tokota has a chance to roll Average Pups in Breedings that don't normally get Average Pups.

Loyal

Tokota receives additional +1 HP when depicted with a Handler and/or Starter.

Baker

When depicted in a Taming this Tokota counts as up to 3 Treats. (Does stack with Totems, does not stack with other Bakers, and only works for the Owner)

Resourceful

Allows Tokota to find Abandoned Supplies while Fishing, Hunting, and Exploring. (Does not work in Tribe Activities)

Abandoned Supplies
Abandoned Supplies by TokoTime

Found with the Resourceful trait, abandoned supplies open and allow you to pick two of the following: Basic Rod, Basic Bow, Dull Flashlight, Snorkel, Rope or x5 HP Tokens




Rewards:


  • Any Toko that completes the Bonded Certificate gets +20 HP
  • Players earn +3 FP when completing the Bonding Certificate. This must be redeemed in the current Faction Points Thread.
  • The player will also get a Bonding Bundle deposited to their Tokotna account.





FAQ


What does the Bonding Bundle contain?

Bonding Bundle allows you to chose either a set of Sturdy Tack, HP Tokens, Trait Tokens or TT

How many tokotas can I include in bonding?

For HP and story purposes you can include as many tokotas as you want, but only one tokota can be bonded per set, even if the set is collabborated with another user.

Does Trialist work in Bonding? Can I use a Representative tokota instead of a handler?

No and no. Neither of these traits have any effect in Bonding. Bonding requires a handler and only one tokota may be doing the bonding rites at a time no matter what.

Does my tokota get any bonus HP from doing Bonding?

Yes, Bonding prompts count as rites and thus give the +2 rite HP bonus.

Skin by Horsepoint and alexpeanut, paw icon by Kawiku, images by noebelle
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:iconhyaenida:
hyaenida Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2020  Hobbyist General Artist
not sure if this is the right place to ask^^" but bonding for akotas being optional doesn't seem to work on the tokotna site, when i try to apply tack to mine I get an error message that I can't do that because she isn't bonded :(
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:iconkoevr:
Koevr Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2020  Hobbyist General Artist
I changed a setting on her import that we weren't sure about since bonding became optional. See if it works now?
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:iconhyaenida:
hyaenida Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2020  Hobbyist General Artist
yes it works now! thank you very much <3
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:iconkoevr:
Koevr Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2020  Hobbyist General Artist
Sweet! OUO No problem!!
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Seidenschrei Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2020
Do I need to do bonding with my Akota before I can do his AoA? Or is it just a option you can do?
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:iconfurreon:
Furreon Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2020  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Bonding is now completely optional and available for all tokotas, not just akotas! Akotas only need their AoAs to breed now^^
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Seidenschrei Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2020
Thx!
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:iconrebellevalor:
RebelleValor Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2020  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Can already bonded akotas receive bond traits?
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:iconfurreon:
Furreon Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2020  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yep! Just post here in the appropriate thread to claim it~ Bonding - Feb 2019-Feb 2020 [OPEN]
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:iconswrpg:
SWRpg Featured By Owner Edited Feb 6, 2020
Are Abandoned Supplies an "addendum roll" (an extra bonus yield on top of the regular roll) or are they added to the possible outcomes for the regular roll?
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:iconfurreon:
Furreon Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2020  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's not an addendum roll. If the trait is being used Abandoned Supplies will be added to the item pool for the main roll.
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:iconswrpg:
SWRpg Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2020
Thank you for clarifying!
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:iconchatlunatique:
ChatLunatique Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2020  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry in advance for the stupid question, but..., Is this for TCA re-homing, or for training tokos I already have?
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:icontokotasofpineridge:
TokotasofPineRidge Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2020  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
for training Tokos you already have. it's the same as the Akota bonding, but now you can do it for any Toko
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:iconchatlunatique:
ChatLunatique Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2020  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the info. :)
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shadowattak1 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2020
Will the trialist UT allow for there to be 2 tokos in a bonding or just the one?
And lastly (a stretch) will representative be allowed to replace handler for bonding too or no?
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:iconfurreon:
Furreon Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2020  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No, Trialist does not work in bonding. Neither does representative as that trait is only for taming. Sorry friend~
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shadowattak1 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2020
No worries ty for letting me know ^.^
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SquigletKing Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2020
what if you can't draw humans, is anthro okay?
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:icontokotasofpineridge:
TokotasofPineRidge Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2020  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Handlers can also be drawn as feral creatures, so long as they have the ability to control a Tokota (no snails, squirrels, etc - unless they are bigger than standard size)

Tagging Kokutan-Wolf so you know too :D
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SquigletKing Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2020
Okay thank you both. <3
Kokutan-Wolf 
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:iconkokutan-wolf:
Kokutan-Wolf Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2020  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Bork (yay) can't wait to try this out. 
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:iconkokutan-wolf:
Kokutan-Wolf Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2020  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Not an admin but you can draw anything that is capable to grab and walk in two legs so yeah anthro is acceptable. 
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EspressoShots Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2020
Are the bonding traits RNGed once it is judged?
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:icontokotasofpineridge:
TokotasofPineRidge Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2020  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nope, you get to chose, like with Alpha traits :D
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:iconjumperlady:
Jumperlady Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2020
When we do a Bonding will the Bonus for TCA Level 5 count only for Akotas or to all of the Tokotas?
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:iconfurreon:
Furreon Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2020  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It counts for all tokotas not just akotas~ The TCA rank journal is still waiting to be updated to say that~
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:iconjumperlady:
Jumperlady Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2020
Ok great to know, thanks for the fast Reply.
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:iconqueenhalloween:
QueenHalloween Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2020
I believe the 'Domestication' journal link should go to the cycling journals hub but it just redirects back here ;v;
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:iconfurreon:
Furreon Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2020  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fixed ;3
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:iconkhaleesikiyiyawolf:
KhaleesiKiyiyaWolf Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2020  Hobbyist General Artist
Are there any traits involved to get an excellent score - or is bonding not tiered that way?
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:iconfurreon:
Furreon Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2020  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There are no traits or other bonuses involved in bonding. Bonding is either passed or failed based on the effort put into the art pieces.
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:iconkhaleesikiyiyawolf:
KhaleesiKiyiyaWolf Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2020  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks Furreon! <3
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:iconblvd-of-brokendreams:
So bonding can now be for regular tokotas and not just Akotas?! Awesome! Quick question can we do a set of bonding prompts for all of the toktoas we own? 
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:iconfurreon:
Furreon Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2020  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You can do bonding for as many of your tokotas as you'd like^^ Just keep in mind that it's always 1 tokota per bonding set.
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:iconblvd-of-brokendreams:
Blvd-of-BrokenDreams Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2020
Awesome! Thank you
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SCITZ Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2019
My dire tokota needs a dominant offspring to become alpha. That same dire tokota has two akota offspring. If one of those akota offspring finish these rites and become bonded, does that count as a dominant offspring for my dire?
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:iconviincitokotas:
ViinciTokotas Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2019  Student General Artist
Currently it does not, unfortunatelly ^^
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:iconscitz:
SCITZ Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2019
Thank you!
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:iconoddlypets:
Oddlypets Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
For Collaborations will two handlers be required? or would one be okay?
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:iconjackewa:
Jackewa Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
SHort question: 
Will the Akota get some bonus HP for the finished bondings badge? Like for the AoA's badge? 
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Jackewa Featured By Owner Edited Oct 19, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
will we get punished for any "failure" in the bondings? Lets say, the handler tries to not get injured but after a short repartee the Akota accepts the handler? 
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PaintedHyena Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2018
You won't get penalized for failure depicted <3
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KirasDarkLight Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2018  Student Digital Artist
I have 2 Akotas that need to be Bonded, can I do my 2 Akotas together in the same image? And if I can do I need 1 handler per Akota, or is just 1 handler for the whole image okay?
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:iconpaintedhyena:
PaintedHyena Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2018
No, sorry, only one akota will count per bonding set as this is their RoD or PotA equivalent <3
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:iconkirasdarklight:
KirasDarkLight Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Ahhhhhh okay, that makes sense.
Thank you~!
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Dark-Mare910 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Does the bonding images give any HP like a Rite of Fertility would do?
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:iconnorthpaws:
NorthPaws Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, it would be eligible for the rite bonus since its just like a set of rites :)
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AngelBleuEyes Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry to jump in on an old question but to go off of this... 

"Does the bonding images give any HP like a Rite of Fertility would do?"

I read your answer though mine differs a bit from theirs!

Would bonding count the same as a AOA/POTA/ROD and be considered a part of the "Award and Achievement" position for TP? Or would they be allocated elsewhere?
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