A Mate is a special bond between two people, that is considered to be higher than the bond between two regular married people. Individuals of the fae species are able to sense their mates, only if the other side is fae. If their mate is mortal, then this sense will be dulled. Not very often does a fae have a mortal mate.
In tradition, when two mates have found each other they throw a party so the female can offer the mate food. Once a female has done this, she has accepted the bond. The pair can also be officially mated by a priestess. A mating bond does not guarantee however, that the couple will be happy and in love forever.
- Rhysand and Feyre
- Lucien and Elain
- Kallias and Viviane
- Rhysand's Father and Mother
- Tamlin's Father and Mother
- The mate bond is similar to the real world idea of soulmates, but much, much stronger.