Nicknames: Unity, The Complete, Companions, Synchronizers
Technique: The Friendship school teaches the mutoid and trainer to be a united force against any who would oppose them in battle. By exploiting the barely understood empathic link between trainer and mutoid the style produces some of the strangest results of any of the known schools. Trainers may begin to know through the mutoid’s body language where it has been injured, what type of food it wants to eat, who has fallen down what hole in the ground. The mutoid likewise becomes more in tune with the trainer’s desires and finds itself able to interpret and accomplish a variety of complex or subtle commands, sometimes without even looking at the trainer. Followers of the Companion style eventually find that they are a synchronized and in tune team that is able to relay commands and information to each other almost at the speed of thought in the ring. The primary advantage in combat is unlike regular trainers who have to tell their mutoid what to do without the animal understanding the reasoning behind its actions: a Unity mutoid is able to receive its orders immediately and have comprehension to the why behind the instructions to allow itself to make adjustments in the middle of the fight that can make the orders more effective.
Training: The requirements of this style are widely considered the easiest to fulfill, the trainer need only to spend a great deal of time with his mutoid. Often this is done by integrating the mutoid into all aspects of the trainers life. Going out to play, taking it to sporting events, watching movies together, playing boardgames, reading aloud so it can follow along. Overtime the trainer and pet begin to strengthen their empathic bond and begin to act as a more unified team. As this bond strengthens the Companions find each other anticipating their partners actions. Mutoids begin bringing objects from around the house the trainer was just thinking of getting, the trainer begins automatically heading for the door to go for a walk as the mutoid just starts waking up. While somewhat eerie most people are amused by the new tricks the trainer and mutoid are able to do.
Variant: This styles variant is largely considered and unfortunate side effect of the unknown aspects of the morphogenetic age. A series of psychological quirks that have been dubbed Empathic Feedback Syndrome by the researchers who have taken an interest in the cases beginning to show from Friendship trainers. The common path to becoming a Syndrome trainer starts with the Companion school but begins to shows signs of mutation as the trainer and mutoid begin associating with almost exclusively one another. This withdrawal from society happens gradually and eventually blossoms into obsession of the others well being and condition. Trainers begin not needing to issue verbal commands to their pets, who respond at the speed of thought. Most shocking is the near precognitive side effects of the school. Both trainer and mutoid become aware of each others location and well being at almost all times, and some cases report feeling the pain and other sensory input of the partner. For this unique advantage many trainers attempt to inflict EFS on themselves with varying degrees of success. Many communities consider it a form of abuse to try and separate a diagnosed Syndrome child from its bonded pet as a select few cases of one perishing before the other have ended in utter tragedy. Testing shows nothing has changed within the trainers body but that hasn’t stopped speculation that perhaps the third tier isn’t so unfathomable as previously thought.