But the Great Beings had just created them with the personality they saw fit, and they did not know (and walked away still not knowing) that their creations had gained freewill. A test of character doesn't really fit into that. It sounds more like they just saw it as a test play, like what game designers do (having done many myself I identify with this). They would naturally want to make sure their "nanotech" beings were able to protect such a powerful mask once they got it, so a battle makes sense.
It may be a bit disappointing that way (I would kinda agree; I skipped over it almost entirely except a passing mention in my history retelling ), but from the Great Beings' perspective it seems to make the most sense.
To be fair though, making sure the personalities worked as they intended would make sense with that too, but I just can't see them walking away from that thinking Karzahni is okay. He was really, really, really awful. It makes a lot more sense to me that the battle didn't test personality at all other than what little a fight would show as a side effect; that it was just whoever beat who, showing themselves more effective at protecting the mask. That way the loser's lack of skill and lousy personality don't necessarily show up but the Great Beings' needs are satisfied as far as they could have imagined they needed to test for at the time.
In other words, if Karzahni pulled a Strakk or anything else remotely obvious like that, surely they would have just seen him as glitching and made someone else to fill his role instead.
Edited by bonesiii, Jun 04 2013 - 12:02 AM.