So, on to the Serial]
During the discussions it was quickly agreed that males should earn the right to have the female of his choice as a mate. Before The Assembly they earned the right by dragging the woman away by force. This tradition, however, had proved too costly. Other methods of meriting his choice needed to be established. This was the source of the disagreements.
The males wanted the meritocracy to be based on contests of strength, speed, and courage. These were things that demonstrated the ability to defend their mate from predators—especially other male Riotori.
The females, thinking more practically, preferred the tests demonstrate resourcefulness, fortitude, and determination. These were qualities they felt necessary for supporting a family.
The males responded that determination and fortitude were futile against superior strength and courage.
The females responded that strength or speed were useless if the male had not the determination or resourcefulness to use it to best effect.
Compromise did not come easy to the Riotori…and in this the females were no more reasonable than the males. So it was surprising to those involved how soon a consensus was reached. The tests must demonstrate physical competence in combination with mental toughness.
The hard part was determining what tasks would fill that requirement.
The Assembly produced no answer.
Different locales offered, not only different test components, but also different challenges for survival. It was determined that each village would determine the requirements based on their individual surroundings, climate, season, the whims of the citizens, and the apparent desirability of the candidates.
Through the generations these principals were observed by all Riotori. But each generation and each village developed their own specifics.
Feldspar and Gypsum will soon discover the deeds required of them to win the right to take the females that have inspired their desires. Those deeds will not be the same as those required in Groakpod.