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"Love is its own thing. And it, uh, really messes with the dice."
Love is a topic mentioned and debated frequently in Erfworld, and no one seems to know or agree what force governs it, nor how strongly and in what ways exactly it effects other mechanics. Various characters (usually Casters) have put forth different theories to explain and define Love and how it works.
Love can be thought of as a "natural" magical stat that is shared by two (or possibly more) units. Love could be either positive or negative, depending on the units involved. As described in date-a-mancy, different unit pairings tend to either be favorable or unfavorable, and also tend to be either strong or weak. This implies the action of two separate values, love and chemistry (or compatibility). Compatibility is fairly self-explanatory, two units on opposing sides would normally have a fairly negative compatibility by default. Ideologies can also affect compatibilities (such as Stanley's religious views regarding his own conquest and annihilation of royal sides.) Compatibility sets a default direction in which the Love stat should work. Sometimes love seems to work against the units apparent compatibilities (or lack thereof), while other times those stats seem to work together. Luck may also affect love.
Many seem to believe that a high positive value for love might trump loyalty or duty even at higher values. (such as Jillian believing she can turn Ansom, or Tramennis trying to turn Ossomer)
There is a debate on the possibility of controlling it. Hippiemancers have some spells relating to it, but no mortal can directly control it. Jack Snipe believes that love is something beyond even the Titans' power to control, while Janis thinks they are the only ones who can. It is worth noting that those attuned to an arkentool form a g-string based connection with their arkentool's associated unit, resulting in something that has been described as equivalent to love.
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Love is dependant on thought. While love is likely not considered a direct part of this category, it is presumably closely connected.
Love is most likely a form of Natural Date-a-mancy, which deals with connections, unit pairings, and their compatibility. When two units fall in love, it forms a connection that a Date-a-mancer is able to see. Date-a-mancy be used to understand pairings and their likely outcomes. Might also be used to affect those pairings, making some pairings more desirable.