Once a novice enters the fortress, and passed the first rooms, the maze of four spells opens to them, where in each section a different spell has to be used to get a test symbol:
- Test of Extinguish: the Sorcerer has to extinguish a fire.
- Test of Flame Shield: the Sorcerer has to withstand fire attacks.
- Test of Heat Shield: the Sorcerer has to walk through lava.
- Test of Flash: the Sorcerer has to teleport over traps.
Once these symbols are gained, a novice is teleported to Malchir, who will conduct the final test. Should there be no test, the teleporter will always lead to Malchir's sanctum, which is forbidden territory to everyone but the great sorceror.
The Avatar also passed these tests in Ultima VIII, and later returned to speak with Malchir. Malchir, offended over this intrusion, attacked, and the Avatar was forced to kill him. However, inside the Obsidian Fortress, the Avatar finally found how to leave Pagan.