Chapter 2: Bondage
Once people began to live tightly knit communities, such as villages and cities, the ability of an alpha male to protect their mate from other alpha males became more difficult. The close proximity of other alpha males was threatening to ones mate. There needed to be a way to claim a mate and insure they would remain claimed even when the alpha male was not present. The answer to this is a process now called bondage. This allows for two people to remain permanently attached to each other through the almost telepathic connection. Alpha males favored this connection because they could always tell if their mate was feeling fear or arousal, both possible danger signals for an alpha male trying to protect his mate. The only drawback was that every time an omega female went into heat, which was still on a monthly basis, the alpha male would also go into heat. Although, this was only a small disadvantage and easily adapted to. Even more important than the telepathic connection was the slow change in scent. No alpha male would consider tempting an omega female that smelled exactly like her mate. Such a move would be beyond stupid. The omega female was clearly marked territory and quite contented with being so.
Bonded mates were commonplace by the early Medieval Era. Even though people began to live even closer together, packed into dense cities and surrounded by walls, the proximity of another alpha male was no longer a threat to those who were bonded. Bondage even became a part of social life. The act was a huge mile stone in many people's lives, and valued greatly by those who partook in the ritual. In many European and Asian communities, omega females would often wait to have intercourse until their bondmate had been chosen, instead using masturbatory means to satisfy themselves during heat. Such exercise inspired many religions to interworking abstinence and bondage into their practices.
During the Renaissance, bondage became romanticized by poets and artisans. Popular culture began to appreciate bondage as an intimate and beautiful ritual, and less of a territorial and dominating practice. Many very well-known paintings and stories were crated, dressing up the deep connection between two people. Bondage became practically sacred, and to be bonded to another was like receiving a great honor.
Today, people's feelings towards bondage still reflect the views of the great artists of the Renaissance. People glorify bondage and the deep connection of love between two mates. However, bondage is no longer exclusive to those who participate in organized religions. One would not need to be married or legally committed to one another to become bonded, as was needed from the Renaissance to the Modern Era. Now people enjoy the ability to bond to their respective mates without the strings of governments or religions. Although, many organized religions still utilize abstinence and bondage in their practices as strictly as they did during the Medieval Era.