Frances asked:

Why does Call have to go to the Iron Trial? (Other than the fact that it starts the whole story) Couldn't he have just skipped it, because I don't recall any requirement for the children to go?

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Desiree Darnall Anyone with recently awakened magical powers has to go to make sure they aren't dangerous.
AnimeOtaku They have to go so the next generations don't lose magic. I believe it's to make sure that all the kids that have magic, have children with others that have magic so that magic still runs strong. I have said magic way too many times.
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