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What is the grail supposed to even mean in the WH world? The lady herself is the Brets deity yes? So whats up with the grail? Is it just that the lady really really really seems to like this cup so we should? Or are they trying to elude to christianity without having to actually use those words?
they just wanted to get some typical knight stuff in there... thats the most "noble" reason to fight and they wanted to get a non-evil image 4 their knights
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Brets are based on the chivalric legends (Arthur, Charlemagne, et al), a main theme of which are grail quests. They kept the imagery and the quest, but change the motivation from trying to find the cup of christ to an attempt to prove oneself worthy of a 1-on-1 meeting with their goddess (to whom the grail is sacred, it doesn't really say why). Fleur-de-lys are also sacred to the Lady of the Lake and a styilised Fleur-de-lys looks something like a grail, which may be the reason.
If I recall correctly, the Brettonian Grail is a magical artefact that brims with some potent elixir- perhaps liquid magic- and those knights who actually prove themselves worthy of meeting face-to-face with the Lady are given a sup of it as part of a ceremony. This transforms them into the Grail Knights, and is the source of at least some of the Brettonian King SC's (can't remember the name) special powers.
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It isn't the grail as such there, the powers are bestowed by the Lady. I don't think she really needs the help of a cup to do that. The Fey Enchantress has a chalice though.
Just to summarize my view (which may or may not be correct), the reason that Bret's quest after the grail is narrative imperative. They are chivalric knights, so they quest to kill nasties and find drinking cups.
There is in fact a Grail, the knight drink from it and thus are named Grail Knights. The liquid within makes these men above mortals to a degree, they are imbued with magic of the Lady. They meet the Lady when she sees them worthy of supping from the Grail.
The Lady then protects them, she and the Grail are intertwined and important. A true knight will attain the Grail status and then up hold the honour of the Lady - no matter the cost.
However the grail appears differently to each and every questing knight. That is why I think that it isn't a material object as such, merely a manifestation of the Lady's power.
Yeah I think it just a symbol of the knights new covenant with the lady. Good enough for me!