Trials

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The Trials are a series of tests that must be completed in order for a trainee to become a Slayer Dragon. The original Ten did not undertake any sort of tests, though Trials were instituted for the very next generation of Slayer Dragons.

Uther himself laid down many of the original trials, though they would change and evolve for several centuries, until finally solidified near the end of the Golden Age of the Slayer Dragons, roughly a century before the close of the First Age.

The Trials

The Trials are highly ritualistic and very symbolic. They are largely based on events of The Ten.

Length

The Trials generally take about three to five years to complete, though there is no time limit (Enus the Abhorrent famously took 30 years to complete his Trials). Part of the time is training and some of the tests involve annual events or can only be carried out during specific seasons (For example: winter survival testing can only be done in winter).

Since the Trials also involve written and oral tests on history, geography, and mathematics, and extra two years is usually added to the training for trainees who come from 'lower tech' dimensions and thus have a lower expected standard of education. Those who were raised in more modern cultures and completed compulsory education in line with Alliance standards can either skip the training and take the tests, or even be granted special dispensation to skip the tests. The latter is quite rare, and usually reserved for older recruits who have previous training or had attained higher education.

Trainees under special dispensation can generally complete the Trials in about two years. Those without it would need at least three, with an average of five. Trainees who complete the Trials while there is not yet a position open among the Ten become 'Dragons in Waiting', and often serve as special attaches or assistants to full Slayer Dragons.

Two-year completions with dispensation are not uncommon, but dispensation can only come from a Slayer Dragon, usually the Pendragon himself.

Notable Trainees

Only trainees who actually complete The Trials and become Slayer Dragons are counted here:

  • The record for longest completion goes to Enus Litgo, who became known as Enus the Abhorrent. He spent over thirty years on the Trials.
  • The record for shortest full completion belongs to Lina Rowen, at 19 months. This was only possible due to a clerical error which listed her as having completed the written examinations. The error was not discovered until sometime after her anointing, by which time she had already formally attained the title, so the record stood. She was retroactively given special dispensation, but at the time of her final trial she was considered to have the fastest completion in history.
  • A close second, Hunter Jusenkyou completed the Trials in 17 months, but did so only with special dispensation. He still holds the record for fastest completion with dispensation.
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