For many others, though, the dynamic is less of a game and more of a conscious decision for the course of a relationship. For some, it is a lifestyle. Formalities, traditions and ceremonies flourish among those that practice it in a more serious manner, and perhaps the more widespread and crucial of these is the Collaring of the Good One.
For some, it is a way to offer commitment, while for others it is a significant (and sometimes equal) as proposing marriage.
Whatever the level of importance a couple gives to the act, it is always considered to be an honour being granted by the Dominant to the submissive. Offering a collar is sometimes used by casual Doms as a way to propose their subs to become Master and good one, turning the dynamic (or the relationship itself) into a formal one, whereas those that are already under the title of Masters may grant a collar to represent that their Good One has reached the deepest level of submission, the end of their training, or as a way to represent an eternal bond.
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In cultures where the formalized dynamic is not socially accepted, using more inconspicuous adornments is common, with some places adopting coded symbols to communicate their lifestyle to others in secret.
On the other extreme, some prefer a more permanent approach, getting their Master's symbol tattooed or scarified on their bodies.
Some of the most audacious couples add the name of the Master on the outside, or even the pet name of the good one etched on the inside. Good ones wear their collar everywhere, though in some cases they will replace their fancy original collar for a simpler one in the day-to-day.
A title earned by those committed to caring for and commanding their partner on a very special way
A title earned by those that commit their hearts and bodies to serving their partners on a very special way