NARRATOR: On his 150th year as a Maker, he was again eligible to test for the Collegium.
NARRATOR: He had failed in his 50th and 100th year: Too little command experience, too thin a grasp of the Theology, and most importantly...too few Spirits birthed.
NARRATOR: But the intervening 50 years had been productive ones...and his Doctors were impressed.
NARRATOR: So impressed that they advanced him on to the final stage: the "Test of Tests".
NARRATOR: The posed question, the explained, was different for every candidate, and here was his: Birth a Spirit that could isolate and contain a SINGLE QUARK. NARRATOR: ...and do it using only the meager materials provided. NARRATOR: Do it within one week NARRATOR: ...and without sustenance.
NARRATOR: ...he immediately wished he hadn't skipped breakfast.