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Tests  are challenges to the citizens of Egypt. The objective of A Tale in the Desert is to build the ideal civilization by perfecting the Seven Disciplines of Man, with each discipline containing a varied number of test (seven tests minimum. Since Tale 7 the quantity of available tests is higher for all disciplines). To reach the top rank for any given discipline, oracle, one must complete seven test. The player decides which tests to complete and the order of passing them.

In order to attempt any of the tests in a Discipline, you must first pass the initiation into that discipline. While the tests are often very difficult, many tests cannot, by design, be passed by more than a small percentage of players.

The initiations are achievable by any dedicated player and are designed to give a flavor of the discipline.

  • Before starting a test, you must visit the appropriate university to start it.
  • Tests have level restrictions.
  • Some tests have additional restrictions, beyond a level requirement
  • Tests have principles, which are easier than (and designed to be a sample of) the full test
  • Completing a Test will give you a "rank" (i.e. a new title) and you may get a reward of some kind (ability to make a new building, extra waypoints, improved stats, etc.). Passing a test automatically passes principles for that test, even if you do not meet the requirements for the Principles.
  • The test "Principles" are different from the "Principles" of each discipline. For example, you must complete the "Principles of Body" before you are allowed to sign up for any of the seven Tests of Body. Think of it as an "initiation". Each of the seven Body tests also has "Principles".

As part of the challenge of the Seven Disciplines of Man, we must write a test for each discipline for our grandchildren in years to come. NOTE: Level requirements for unopened tests need to be verified for T8. You can use your "Show what was unlocked" to check level requirements after tests are opened.

The Test Pass History page has some information about previous successful test passes.

Demonstrating New Tests

Unlike previous tales, Tests that are currently locked are not demonstrated at local universities. Tests are now demonstrated at the University of Progress. These universities are not bound by faction and can be interacted with regardless of the control state of their region. While some tests are unlocked based on present stat scores, others may require groups of players present to unlock.

Tests by Discipline

  Discipline of  
Architecture
Lvl Test
1 Principles of Architecture
3 Open and Available Test of the Obelisk
7 Open and Available Test of Towers
7 Open and Available Test of The People's Pyramid
9 Open and Available Throne of Pharaoh
7 Open and Available Test of the Library of Alexandria
10 Open and Available Test of the Megalopolis
11 Open and Available Test of the Funerary Temple
13 Open and Available Test of Life
? Requires Demonstrating Test of the Hand of Ra
? Requires Demonstrating Test of the Seven Phoenix
20 Open and Available Test of Ka
? Not yet available Test of Magnificent Gardens
23 Open and Available Test of Octec's Ghost


  Discipline of  
Art and Music
Lvl Test
2 Principles of Art and Music
4 Open and Available Test of Khefre's Children
7 Open and Available Test of the Raeli Mosaic
9 Open and Available Test of Pyrotechnics
2 Open and Available Test of The Sculptors
11 Open and Available Test of the Formal Garden
13 Open and Available Test of Flight
15 Open and Available Test of the Prismatic Opticon
16 Open and Available Test of Dancing Waters
24 Open and Available Test of the Windsong


  Discipline of  
Body
Lvl Test
1 Principles of Body
2 Open and Available Test of the Acrobat
2 Open and Available Test of the Bedouin
2 Open and Available Test of Darkest Night
2 Open and Available Test of the Ritual Tattoo
2 Open and Available Test of the Safari
2 Open and Available Test of the Singing Cicada
4 Open and Available The Test of Takeskot
6 Open and Available Test of the Oyster Catcher
22 Open and Available Test of Isis' Bounty
2 Open and Available Test of the Archaeologist
2 Open and Available Test of the Fisherman
2 Open and Available Test of the Banquet
? Not yet available Test of the Marathon


  Discipline of  
Harmony
Lvl Test
1 Principles of Harmony
2 Open and Available Test of Chains
2 Open and Available Test of Marriage
2 Open and Available Test of the Prophet
2 Open and Available Test of Souls
3 Open and Available Test of the Giving Fisherman
2 Open and Available Test of the Freeman
2 Open and Available Test of the Critic
2 Open and Available Balance of Goods
2 Open and Available Test of Promotion
2 Open and Available Test of Reason
? Not yet available Test of the Trade Route


  Discipline of  
Leadership
Lvl Test
2 Principles of Leadership
4 Open and Available Test of the Kingmaker
12 Open and Available Test of Patronage
16 Open and Available Test of the Bureaucrat
13 Open and Available Test of the Retired Pirates
? Not yet available Test of Mentorship
? Requires Demonstrating Test of the Host
? Open and Available Test of the Plantation
? Requires Demonstrating Test of the Covered Cartouche
12 Open and Available Test of the Tour Guide
? Open and Available Test of the Coalition
14 Open and Available Test of Trust
? Requires Demonstrating Test of the Hegemon
? Requires Demonstrating Test of True Leadership
? Not yet available Test of the Medjay


  Discipline of  
Thought
Lvl Test
2 Principles of Thought
13 Open and Available Test of the Tomb of the Immortal
5 Open and Available Test of the Pathmaker
7 Open and Available The Venery
10 Open and Available Test of the Bijou
? Not yet available Test of the Constellation
15 Open and Available Alchemists Rune
15 Open and Available Hexaglyphs
? Open and Available Pulse of the People
? Requires Demonstrating Riddle of the Sphinx
20 Open and Available Test of the Empty Hand


  Discipline of  
Worship
Lvl Test
2 Principles of Worship
5 Open and Available Test of the Vigil
6 Open and Available Path of the Pilgrim
11 Open and Available Test of the Messenger
12 Open and Available Test of Astrological Alignment
? Requires Demonstrating Test of Festivals
? Requires Demonstrating Test of Beacons
12 Open and Available Test of Ritual Mummification
14 Open and Available Test of Leavened Bread
? Not yet available Remembrance Ceremonies
17 Open and Available Test of the Humble Priests
20 Open and Available Test of Visions
24 Open and Available Test of the Holy Shrine
? Not yet available Music of the Gods


Key

Test Available - Test Available
Requires Demonstrating - Requires Demonstrating
Not yet available - Not yet available
* - Test requires more than just the level