An Anchor is an essential part of the ritual of the Drop.
The Anchor is a beacon, a lifeline, a bungee cord that will snap their companion back up to life once they leap off the runway. To make the Drop alone is to die — to reach the bottom of one’s power, to have one’s heart stop beating upon hitting that nadir. No one knows if the soul continues living down there, lost forever, or if it dies along with the body left in life. This is why Anchors are usually family — parents or siblings — or trusted friends. Someone who won't leave you stranded. Or a government employee who has a legal obligation not to do so. Some claim those six minutes are called the Search — that during that time, you faced the very depths of your soul. But beyond that, there was no hope of survival.