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21st Aug '16 6:46:16 AM Arivne
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** ''Ka•Ge'' magazine Vol. 1 Issue 4 (2nd quarter 1992), adventure "The Retching Rat". The {{PC}} shadowrunners are hired to retrieve a spirit focus (magic item). If they astrally scan the focus after they retrieve it they discover that it's specifically used to summon and control toxic (evil) spirits. If they tell the fixer who hired them what they've discovered he congratulates them and pays them a bonus, as well as promising them a larger payment for their next job.

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** ''Ka•Ge'' magazine Vol. 1 Issue 4 (2nd quarter 1992), adventure "The Retching Rat". The {{PC}} shadowrunners are hired to retrieve a spirit focus (magic item). If they astrally scan the focus after they retrieve it it, they discover that it's specifically used to summon and control toxic (evil) spirits. If they tell the fixer who hired them what they've discovered discovered, he congratulates them and pays them a bonus, as well as promising them a larger payment for their next job.
12th Aug '16 1:48:07 PM Morgenthaler
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* In ''[[{{Conqueror}} Lords of the Bow]]'', Chen Yi once paid a boatman to offer Quishan safe passage away from Baotou, shortly after Quishan became a slave to Chen Yi to [[WorkOffTheDebt pay off a debt]]. Quishan refused out of honour - good thing too, as he would have had his throat slit if he said yes.

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* In ''[[{{Conqueror}} ''[[Literature/{{Conqueror}} Lords of the Bow]]'', Chen Yi once paid a boatman to offer Quishan safe passage away from Baotou, shortly after Quishan became a slave to Chen Yi to [[WorkOffTheDebt pay off a debt]]. Quishan refused out of honour - good thing too, as he would have had his throat slit if he said yes.



* ''ASongOfIceAndFire''. In order to demonstrate the difference between looking and seeing, Syrio Forel tells Arya Stark how he was chosen as the First Sword of Braavos. The ruler of Braavos (a trading kingdom) invited all the candidates to admire the latest beast brought back by his merchant ships -- a large cat-like creature with no ears. Syrio was the only one to correctly identify it as an ordinary male (despite being told "Isn't ''she'' magnificent?") cat which had lost its ears in a fight and been fed too much as a pet.

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* ''ASongOfIceAndFire''.''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''. In order to demonstrate the difference between looking and seeing, Syrio Forel tells Arya Stark how he was chosen as the First Sword of Braavos. The ruler of Braavos (a trading kingdom) invited all the candidates to admire the latest beast brought back by his merchant ships -- a large cat-like creature with no ears. Syrio was the only one to correctly identify it as an ordinary male (despite being told "Isn't ''she'' magnificent?") cat which had lost its ears in a fight and been fed too much as a pet.



* Aviendha's final test before she could become a Wise One in ''TheWheelOfTime'': [[spoiler: The Wise Ones supervising her kept giving her humiliating punishments without telling her what she'd done wrong. Finally, she decided she was sick of it and declared that she'd done nothing wrong, she was as good as any of them, and ''they'' ought to be the ones who were ashamed of themselves. The willingness to declare herself a Wise One and stand up for herself even in the face of hostility from the others was what her teachers were looking for.]]

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* Aviendha's final test before she could become a Wise One in ''TheWheelOfTime'': ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'': [[spoiler: The Wise Ones supervising her kept giving her humiliating punishments without telling her what she'd done wrong. Finally, she decided she was sick of it and declared that she'd done nothing wrong, she was as good as any of them, and ''they'' ought to be the ones who were ashamed of themselves. The willingness to declare herself a Wise One and stand up for herself even in the face of hostility from the others was what her teachers were looking for.]]
18th Jul '16 8:32:20 AM seska1729
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* In the ''Manga/DigimonVTamer01''/''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' crossover fic ''Fanfic/TheTeacherOfAllThings'', Piximon tries to pull this. [[spoiler: Unfortunately for Tai, the Dark Ocean screws him over. He is understandably pissed.]]
30th May '16 1:15:13 AM Arivne
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* Creator/HansChristianAndersen's ''Literature/ThePrincessAndThePea''. A prince wants to marry a princess but can't know whether a woman who claims to a real princess actually is. When one woman claims to be a princess his mother decides to test her by putting a pea beneath her mattress, which has 20 more mattresses and feather beds between it and the pea. The woman says she spent a sleepless night because of something hard in her bed. The prince realizes that she must be a princess because of her highly sensitive nature, and they get married.

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* Creator/HansChristianAndersen's ''Literature/ThePrincessAndThePea''. A prince wants to marry a princess but can't know whether a woman who claims to be a real princess actually is. When one woman claims to be a princess his mother decides to test her by putting a pea beneath her mattress, which has 20 more mattresses and feather beds between it and the pea. The woman says she spent a sleepless night because of something hard in her bed. The prince realizes that she must be a princess because of her highly sensitive nature, and they get married.
30th May '16 1:14:21 AM Arivne
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* Creator/HansChristianAndersen's ''Literature/ThePrincessAndThePea''. A prince wants to marry a princess but can't know whether a woman who claims to a real princess actually is. When one woman claims to be a princess his mother decides to test her by putting a pea beneath her mattress, which has 20 more mattresses and feather beds between it and the pea. The woman says she spent a sleepless night because of something hard in her bed. The prince realizes that she must be a princess because of her highly sensitive nature, and they get married.
14th May '16 9:05:47 PM nombretomado
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* Literature/TheMysteriousBenedictSociety recruits children using a pencil-and-paper test combined with a series of {{Secret Test}}s. For example, the test requires everyone to bring exactly one pencil. On the way to the test, each child meets a girl who has dropped her pencil down a grating. The main characters each try to help her in different ways: Kate manages to MacGyver a way to retrieve the pencil, while Reynie simply breaks his own pencil in half and sharpens the broken end. This is combined with a SecretTestOfCharacter when the girl (who's actually a plant working for Mr. Benedict) offers each of them a cheat sheet.

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* Literature/TheMysteriousBenedictSociety recruits children using a pencil-and-paper test combined with a series of {{Secret Test}}s. For example, the test requires everyone to bring exactly one pencil. On the way to the test, each child meets a girl who has dropped her pencil down a grating. The main characters each try to help her in different ways: Kate manages to MacGyver {{MacGyver|ing}} a way to retrieve the pencil, while Reynie simply breaks his own pencil in half and sharpens the broken end. This is combined with a SecretTestOfCharacter when the girl (who's actually a plant working for Mr. Benedict) offers each of them a cheat sheet.
6th May '16 12:19:28 AM DarkHunter
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* ''Anime/MacrossDelta'': When Freyja auditions to join the tactical sound unit Walkure (whose job involves putting on concerts in the middle of combat zones to [[MusicCalmsTheSavageBeast calm berserkers out of their rages]]), she is told that she failed and is sent home on a tram car. Partway though, the [[HatePlague Var Syndrome alarm]] goes off and one the passengers begins to turn psychotic. Freyja starts singing, and the guy calms down... then the other passengers are revealed to be the Walkure in disguise. It had all been staged to see how Freyja would react to a life-and-death situation, and was part of her audition. She passed.

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* ''Anime/MacrossDelta'': When Freyja auditions to join the tactical sound unit Walkure (whose job involves putting on concerts in the middle of combat zones to [[MusicCalmsTheSavageBeast [[MusicSoothesTheSavageBeast calm berserkers out of their rages]]), she [[spoiler:she is told that she failed and is sent home on a tram car. Partway though, the [[HatePlague Var Syndrome alarm]] goes off and one the passengers begins to turn psychotic. Freyja starts singing, and the guy calms down... then the other passengers are revealed to be the Walkure in disguise. It had all been staged to see how Freyja would react to a life-and-death situation, and was part of her audition. She passed.]]
6th May '16 12:18:58 AM DarkHunter
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* ''Anime/MacrossDelta'': When Freyja auditions to join the tactical sound unit Walkure (whose job involves putting on concerts in the middle of combat zones to [[MusicCalmsTheSavageBeast calm berserkers out of their rages]]), she is told that she failed and is sent home on a tram car. Partway though, the [[HatePlague Var Syndrome alarm]] goes off and one the passengers begins to turn psychotic. Freyja starts singing, and the guy calms down... then the other passengers are revealed to be the Walkure in disguise. It had all been staged to see how Freyja would react to a life-and-death situation, and was part of her audition. She passed.
17th Apr '16 6:22:55 PM Mithiwithi
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* Many upper managers will take a prospective applicant out to lunch if they've passed everything up through the interview. Based on how the applicant acts towards the wait staff, they can blow their chances. The test here being how they will treat those they view as beneath them. If you're willing to verbally abuse the waiter, they have an idea of how you'll treat those under your supervision and on down the line.

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* Many upper managers will take a prospective applicant out to lunch if they've passed everything up through the interview. Based on how the applicant acts towards the wait staff, they can blow their chances. The test here being [[NiceToTheWaiter how they will treat those they view as beneath them. them.]] If you're willing to verbally abuse the waiter, they have an idea of how you'll treat those under your supervision and on down the line.
13th Mar '16 8:14:36 AM Arivne
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** ''Magazine/{{Dungeon}}'' magazine #38 adventure "Things That Go Bump In The Night". While traveling through the Brettonwood the {{PC}}s will find an owl lying on the ground, apparently with a hurt wing. This actually a trick by the (intelligent, talking) owl to find out if the {{PC}}s are friendly. If they try to help or heal it, the owl will speak to them and offer to be their guide through the forest. If they don't (or worse, if they try to kill it) then they will lose this potentially valuable source of assistance.

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** ''Magazine/{{Dungeon}}'' magazine #38 adventure "Things That Go Bump In The Night". While traveling through the Brettonwood the {{PC}}s will find an owl lying on the ground, apparently with a hurt wing. This is actually a trick by the (intelligent, talking) owl to find out if the {{PC}}s are friendly. friendly and worthy of its help. If they try to help or heal it, the owl will speak to them and offer to be their guide through the forest. If they don't (or worse, if they try to kill it) then they will lose this potentially valuable source of assistance.
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