“None shall pass save trial by fire,” the guardian said.
“Your abilities are not known to me and thus unproven. I am but a metaphor, a representation of medieval practices which determine guilt by physical or mental ordeal. Morals or reputation will not avail you here, but bravery may come to your aid before the end. The crucible awaits you, it will burn away the irrelevance of facade and expose the very core of your being so that I may judge you upon it.”
“Enter at your own peril.”