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1286673.  Tue Jun 12, 2018 11:03 am Reply with quote

A quest is defined by Google as a 'long or arduous search for something'. They often feature in stories to give a message/symbolise something for the reader.

Anyway, thought I'd start this post to discuss all things quest related and to share interesting examples of them.

One that springs to mind is 'The Golden Bird' - a fairly tale about the three sons of a gardener and their pursuit/tailing of a golden bird. It is designed to teach a lesson about heeding advice, trust and self belief. Have a read with this link if you're interested:

There are plenty of ancient tales of quests in classical Greek/Latin. For example, very well known is Homer's Odyssey - a poem documenting the long journey home to Ithaca from Troy of the protagonist, Odysseus. Plenty others too...

You've also got a number of tales of quests written more recently. Lord of the Rings, The Wizard of Oz, Shrek (a personal favourite), the list goes on.

Anybody know any other gooduns - both ancient and/or modern?

1286675.  Tue Jun 12, 2018 11:26 am Reply with quote

The Long Walk by Slawomir Rawicz.
The story of one man and his seven companions escaping a Russian work prison and walking to freedom. The book covers their trek of over 3000 miles to India. Half of the group perishes.
After the book was published, someone else claimed to have been the actual 'walker' that Rawicz had meanwhile admitted not to have been.

1286676.  Tue Jun 12, 2018 11:28 am Reply with quote

And let's not forget the Holy Grail

DVD Smith
1286741.  Wed Jun 13, 2018 5:01 am Reply with quote

Loads of quests in video games; I could talk for hours about the quests and side-quests of the Legend of Zelda series but I'm not sure there's much QI material in there (particularly for a mainstream TV audience).

In old text-based video games, you used to encounter what was known as a syntax quest (or "hunt the syntax"), where due to poor programming you had to guess the single exact command to enter that would allow you to progress in the game (e.g. "flip switch" would work while "flick switch" wouldn't). [1]

I also found this article, "The 10 Weirdest Quests" - although I think they're being a little loose with the term 'quest' in some of those cases.

1286818.  Thu Jun 14, 2018 7:04 am Reply with quote

If we are talking about video game quests then Witcher 3 is quite interesting.

As reported by IGN, it would take over 200 hours to complete the main game, and all the side quests.

This is about 180 quests all together.

Source: IGN

DVD Smith
1286919.  Fri Jun 15, 2018 7:31 am Reply with quote

Speaking of the Holy Grail, one theory is that it's actually in Wales, under a different name - the Nanteos Cup. [1] It was said to have healing powers, and in 2014 was stolen from a woman to whom it had been loaned to help her recover from a serious illness. [2]

During the search, police raided a pub in Herefordshire after a tip-off, only to find what they thought was the Holy Grail was actually a salad bowl. [3] The Cup was eventually returned after an appeal on the TV show Crimewatch. [4] [5]

DVD Smith
1291088.  Wed Jul 25, 2018 9:35 am Reply with quote

The "Dragon Quest Law" is an urban myth put around in the early 1990s involving Japan's obsession with the Dragon Quest video game series, and the government's supposed movement to prevent it disrupting work/school attendance.

In February 1988, over 300 children were arrested for skipping school to queue for the release of Dragon Quest III. The enormous queues for the game's release even made the Japanese news. [1] [2]

The story goes that after the mass arrests, the Japanese government issued a law that any future Dragon Quest titles could only be released at weekends, in order to stop children skipping school (and adults skipping work) to camp out and queue for the new release which is why every DQ game since (bar one) has been released on a Saturday. This story became widespread and appeared in several books and articles about the series. [3] [4]

In fact, the Japanese government weren't involved at all; it was the DQ developers Enix who took it upon themselves to break with Japanese tradition and release their future titles on a Saturday, for the good of the nation. And since the release of Dragon Quest IV in 1990, they've stuck to it the series now has eleven titles, and the only one to break this rule was 2012's Dragon Quest X, which released on a Thursday. [5] [6]

[The above info could also work for the 'Queues' theme.]

Dragon Quest is such a cultural phenomenon in Japan that in 2009 the Enix developers named it "Japan's national game". [7] (translated) It has a bar themed after it in Tokyo, [8] and in 1995 it became the first video game to be adapted into a ballet, which is performed annually. [9]

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Spud McLaren
1291116.  Wed Jul 25, 2018 1:10 pm Reply with quote

There is a quest journey in GI Gurdjieff's Meetings With Remarkable Men. It's an interesting tale of how a band of people crossed the Gobi Desert using sheep as both food and transport.

Having said that, Gurdjieff wasn't the most reliable character, so a pinch of salt may be required for digestion.

1291145.  Wed Jul 25, 2018 7:35 pm Reply with quote

Spud McLaren wrote:
using sheep as both food and transport.

And absolutely no other uses at all....

Spud McLaren
1291151.  Thu Jul 26, 2018 1:35 am Reply with quote

Well, there were women on the expedition. And I have no idea as to the participants' sexual orientations. But I take your point.


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