You stated that Lamothe was bonding you during your Mutual Challenge. Are you 100% sure about that.
Don't forget about the curse of Paranoia that can be given by a poison on a sword or spit. The first or second line received from that is A shadowy figure bonding against you.
Just a thought.
Regards. Lord Cimares.
Written by my hand on the 29th of Ilmarael, in the year 1033.