Triat Mastery Quests
History of The Trials
The concept of the Trial of Triat Mastery, or TMQ, was created by Thaygar, Master of the Ebon Hand, back in 1995. The purpose was to create a quest that would so challenge the player, in his words, "to the point where they dread logging in, but can't bear not to." Triat Mastery Quests were only granted to individuals who worshiped a Triat themed immortal, and who had reached level 30 in at least one class. While on the quest, the individual was known as a 'Triat Initiate.' The core of the Triat Mastery Quest is self-knowledge and awareness. They were designed to push the Initiate to face their fears, to overcome challenges they didn't think they could, and to role-play in ways that they hadn't considered before. Each was written specifically for that person, tailored to their strengths and weaknesses.
During his tenure on The Final Challenge, Thaygar created Triat Mastery Quests for Typhon, the first to do so, Ivarr, Pestis, Huey, MissFit, and Cordir.
Most records are lost of these first Trials of Triat Mastery. It is known that for one aspect of his TMQ, Typhon had to dual to Thief (he was a 30th level Shaman) and gain third level, without ever sleeping, eating or drinking. Cordir was required to give up speaking - she could only use emotes and socials to communicate, and was still required to spend time providing service to the world, including IDs (back before Imp ID Mark was an option.) She was also required to find and kill the Guardian Vampire. Huey failed in his Trial - Thaygar posted this note about it: Huey Fails Mastery. Pestis was one of those who completed a Triat Mastery Quest. For the Wyrm, her trial involved exploration and solving a particularly obscure riddle to find a specific creature: in the end, she discovered it to be a certain golem in The Caverns of N'Kai. She was also required to dual class, which for a level 30 in 2x, was crippling, as a task for the Weaver. For the Wyld, she was bid to slay three mortals of equivalent or greater level than herself.
Thaygar granted Cordir control over the Triat roleplay upon his departure, and she handled the creation of Triat Mastery Quests from that point forward. Cordir broke the challenges down into three areas: One for each Aspect of the Triat: Wyld (violence, change, death, rebirth), Wyrm (growth, knowledge), and Weaver (perseverance and sacrifice).
Not everyone who has undertook such a quest, succeeded. Several very skilled players have failed. Sometimes it was a lack of self-control (Huey), or deciding that another task was more important (Gregar - who broke his quest restrictions to do a CR for a friend), or, in one case, for role-play purposes (Solaron).
Quests Granted by Cordir
|Nyx||Successful||Nyx's Triat Mastery Quest||Nyx's Triat Mastery Completion|
|Adso||Unsuccessful||Adso's Triat Mastery Quest|
|Gregar T'Sarran||Unsuccessful||Gregar's Triat Mastery|
|Kaldred Kandrell||Successful||Kaldred's Triat Mastery Quest||Kaldred's Triat Mastery Quest Completion and Ordainment|
|Noctus||Successful||Noctus' Triat Mastery Quest|
|DarkClaw||Unsuccessful||DarkClaw's Triat Mastery Quest|
|Katrana||Successful||Katrana's Triat Mastery Quest
Details: Katrana's Triat Mastery Quest Details
|Katrana's Triat Mastery Quest Completion|
|Solaron||Unsuccessful||Solaron's Triat Mastery Quest|
|Tranquility||Unsuccessful||Tranquility's Triat Mastery Quest|
|Corri||Successful||Corri's Trial of Triat Mastery|
Quests Granted by Katrana & Cordir together
|Ink||Unsuccessful||Quest Offered: 12/18/2011||See Ink's Triat Mastery page for tasks undertaken.|
|Aoide||Successful||Quest Offered: 12/18/2011||See Aoide's Triat Mastery page for tasks undertaken.|
|Vale||Unsuccessful||Quest Offered: 12/18/2011|
|Ghazkull||Unsuccessful||Quest Offered: 07/03/2015|
Triat Mastery Quest References
- Gregar's Tale was written by Gregar about his quest failure.
- Boromir's Tale was written about Gregar's quest failure.
- Supporting Kaldred is a log snippet about Kaldred's Triat Mastery Quest and how the Chosen could help.
The Song Of Power
The following object was discovered in the Grand Library:
A thin gray book lies here, bound shut with three cords. Look BOOK This book is bound closed by three cords: scarlet, blue and purple. Only by cutting these threads can the inside be revealed. Look CORDS A trio of cords binds this book closed: one of crimson, one of blue, and a third of purple. Each is bound with a complex knot binding it shut. It is clear that only through severing the cords can the Inside be revealed. Look INSIDE Severing the cords, you peer inside. In an ancient dialect of Thoras, you read the single page bound so protectively within: Although the Trial of Triat Mastery is the greatest of all the transformative rites of passage for those who are Adherents, a lesser known rite is that of the Song of Power. This personal ritual is undergone by Bards of the Triat Faith. It requires a singular self-awareness. The Song of Power is both declaration of intent and acknowledgement of self and past. The Song must be found within: it cannot be imposed from without. Whether an ogre's chant, a lilting song or sonnet, or somber quatrain, it is incumbant upon the Bard to craft and be Witnessed, that the Song be written within the Pattern, as binding as Geasa. When sung prior to sacred ritual task or undertaking, the Song will embue the Bard with special and unique protections and focus. <<< the remainder of the text is obscured, stained with blood and tears >>