A chal'han, or the Great Game, is a ritualistic duel. The challenger seeks to display symbolic power over the challenged's Physical and Spiritual being, the challenged's Past, Present and Future, and the people that the challenged Loves and Hates. By controlling all seven aspects, the challenger demonstrates that he could completely destroy the challenged. The challenger and challenged must act through intermediaries, who cannot be aware of the duel. There are two versions, chal'han che, in which the challenged is physically unharmed, but has his honor and reputation destroyed, and chal'han se, resulting in the death. The challenged usually does not know which version is being used.
Translated into English by Harlequin, The Ritual is as follows:
From the focus of my heart, I call the words Of anger spoken and desire revealed By my Challenge of word and deed By my blood consecrate thy bane invoked Thy shape and form decreed never was On thy Physical form, I call the words of rendering On thy Hates, I invoke Justice, thy anger unappeased On thy Past in shadows, I shine the light revealed On thy Loves and joys, I gift separation On thy Spirit, I speak abandonment On thy Future, I bring fear and grief On thee I Invoke all The winds shall erase thy name The sands the traces of thy path The sun the coolness of thy shadow And unto the waters I command thy essence Thy shape and form decreed never was
- Harlequin, 7, 127