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25. Task: Difficult task proposed to the hero

 

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The hero may now be asked to complete another task to demonstrate their true character and worth, including riddles, tests of endurance and other ordeal.

Example

In Star Wars, they need to blow up the Death Star.

Discussion

This may be used as a way of finally differentiating the hero from the false hero, and might include direct competition or combat between the two. It may also be one last task by which the victor will finally win the hand of the princess.

This task is generally visible to the princess, her father, and other community members. If the hero can complete this action then their heroism will be unassailably established.

As a final task, this extends the storyline. It also emphasizes the importance of never-ending integrity and readiness.

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