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The Pentacle of Proving (or Pentagram Test) refers to the five tests that witches must take in order to become qualified. All of the tests take place in the Zozah Peninsula, or the "Land of the Pact".

History[edit | edit source]

The five tests, as they are currently known, were the creation of the Three Wise when it became apparent that apprentice witches did not enjoy or want to do traditional pen and paper tests. The goal of these new tests was to have apprentices want to take them and to be happy while doing so.[1]

Tests[edit | edit source]

Qifrey and Olruggio explaiing the tests.

First Test: The Consent of the Crown[edit | edit source]

The first test is usually taken before you move into an atelier. In this test, one must "secure consent and become an apprentice". You are allowed to take your magical tools and three contraptions of your choice. These three contraptions must come from your own abode and be within your capacity to use.

The test takes place at the Dadah Range, where you must reach the highest peak and pick one of the Diadem Herb. You get only one chance to take this test. After completing the first test, you gain the right to choose your teacher and a formal apprenticeship.

Second Test: The Sincerity of the Shield[edit | edit source]

In the second test, you must "demonstrate your devotion to walk aside your teacher." After completing this second test, you gain permission to cast spells in public.

The second test takes place at the Serpentback Cave on Cape Romonon during the migration season of the Myrphons. You must guide the birds safely through the long winding cave to their breeding and wintering grounds on the other side. You wear a Mirror Mantle so the Myrphons see you as a part of their flock. If you take them off or alter the seals, they will flee and you fail the test.

This test simulates how witches must serve human clients without giving away the secret behind magic. You may take the test multiple times, but you have to wait a full year to reapply.

Third Test: The Query of The Qui Vive[edit | edit source]

In the third test, "the key shall come to one whose path is right". After completing the third test, one may challenge the Librarian's Trial at the Tower of Tomes.

Fourth Test: The Goodwill of Her Grace[edit | edit source]

In the fourth test, "one stands unaided when hope is realized". Completing this test allows you to graduate from your teacher's atelier and become recognized as a witch of your own. Witches with no interest in taking on apprentices stop here.

Fifth Test: The Words of The Wise[edit | edit source]

In the fifth test, "the teachings now come from thee". In other words, you may accept apprentices under your wing.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Witch Hat Atelier Manga: Chapter 14, Page 8