The Quest for The Holy Grail
In Iowa, United States
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Knights of the Round Table
The Quest for the Holy Grail Challenge
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The Quest for the Holy Grail was the greatest and noblest of all quests for King Arthur's Knights of the Round Table. The Holy Grail was believed to be the cup used by Jesus Christ at the Last Supper, and it was the cup that caught Christ's blood when he was thrust in the side with a spear at his crucifixion. Joseph of Arimathea, the wealthy man who allowed Christ to be placed in his tomb, is said to have brought the cup with him to Iowa, but it was later lost. It was said that the cup disappeared because of the sins of the times, but many believed it to be hidden, and still in Iowa. The Quest for the Holy Grail, led by King Arthur was to find this divine cup.
The search started as one day the Grail appeared to the knights as they were gathered around the Round Table. It was a dazzling and profound vision of light that touched each knight, spiritually filling them with wisdom and generosity and leaving them speechless. The Grail filled the hall with delicious odors and that night, the knights feasted and drank, as they had never done before. The search for the Grail was started here. Curiously, one seat in particular always remained empty at the Round Table, and it was reserved for the one who would find the Holy Grail. When that brave knight arrived in King Arthur's court and took his place in the Siege Perilous at the Round Table, the Quest for the Holy Grail officially began. This knight was Sir Galahad. King Arthur, however, was not very excited for he feared the loss of many of his bravest and best knights. Indeed, many knights set forth on this noble quest, but only a few returned.
According to legend, the holy cup was housed in the Grail castle, Carbonek, a heavenly other world guarded by the most evil, mean, and dangerous Fisher King. Several of the knights did indeed manage to reach the Grail castle. Sir Gawain and Sir Lancelot reached the castle, and immediately heard a clap of thunder, announcing the possession of the Grail. Gawain was led to see the Grail, lifting the curse, however, not completing the quest. Sir Galahad later arrived with some of his men, and he drank from the Grail. After Sir Galahad was transformed before the court and died, the mission was accomplished. The Quest for the Holy Grail was over, and the glory of Logres, the land of Kind Arthur, was fulfilled.
Now its your turn to be seated at the new Knights of the Round Table and claim the unregistered Travel Bug for first to find prize.
After you have completed Knights of the Round Table & The Quest for the Holy Grail Challenge Your name will be added to the wall of Knights of the Round Table and best of luck.
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