Niko steps forth from the shadowy space between two trees near the Mighty Sly Dagger Dojo. Smiling at Sabaron, Niko approaches and then bows to the Dojo Master.
"I congratulate you on your victories, Sabaron. Even if I had the power to refuse you, I would not deny you the boon that you seek. Hold forth your right arm to receive that which you have requested."
As Sabaron holds his right arm forth, Nikodemus grasps it just under the elbow while Sabaron ends up holding Niko's forearm near the elbow as well, thus leaving the insides of both forearms pressed together in a warriors handshake.
Closing his eyes, Niko whispers the ancient words of spirit bonding which were passed to him in deep meditation with the ancestors. An energy forms and grows from the point of physical contact between the two fighters. Racing up their arms and into the rest of their bodies, the heat and light seems to pour through them illuminating their souls. Then the flow reverses itself and both fighters feel their souls being pulled back to the center point where their arms touch.
Then with a strange wrenching that causes a moment of fear for both, they find their souls flowing into the body again, but when they open their eyes they find that they are staring at their own body through the eyes of the other! Then with another wrench, they fall again back into their proper place and body. Still the energy grows at the contact point until it seems to burn with a white hot fire in their skin.
Shining like a star right before them, the light is so bright that the figures which suddenly appear are nothing but shadowed silhouettes. The image of a man-sized rat is joined by a hawk circling above along with a falcon and then a glowing dagger floats out of the light to join the other figures. Niko stares in wonder at seeing the hawk in this place when suddenly it turns to fly straight upward and disappears in a flash of even brighter light with a loud and echoing hawk-cry.
As Nikodemus and Sabaron shield their eyes from the explosion of light, the hawk's cry transforms in to a growl or an angry scream that seems to bring with it an end to the light. As the images disappear, the fighters are plunged into utter blackness until they open their eyes again and find themselves back in the real world sprawled on the ground.
"That wasn't normal! That hawk was Sineater!! I knew that I still retained a connection to the part of his spirit which he shared with me, but I never thought to see his avatar in the spirit world like that in another joining. And that hawk-cry transforming into such an angry and dark response. Yet another mystery for me to ponder."
Looking down at his forearm, Sabaron sees a new tattoo there where the energy was burning them. It appears to be a circle with a rat at the center surrounded by a falcon, a dagger, and the faded image of a hawk. Niko sees the same new image imprinted on his forearm and stares at it with questioning eyes.
"Good luck with your dojo and your future fights. Please keep me informed of any victories you gain or losses that you suffer, for my stature will rise and fall with yours from this time onward. Welcome to the ranks of the Oathbound, Sabaron. I must go seek answers to these new questions now, but I will see you later I'm sure. Farewell for now."