To conquer comes from the latin con (meaning in this case to bring to completion) and quaerere (meaning to ask or seek). A conquest then is when a search or quest is brought to conclusion. We can see here the etymological relationship of a conquest to the act of questing and questioning. The latin root, quaerere, is the same, as I previously discussed.
A good quest starts with the right question. After all, questioning implies a certain dissatisfaction with the way things are, which is the impetus required for a quest to begin- there must be a wasteland for the hero to heal. The hero quests to answer the question and to heal the wasteland. A conquest is to finally, after much trial and tribulation, answer the question and complete the quest. So by extension a great conquest requires of us a magnificent question to answer.
What questions are you asking of yourself? Of those around you? Of life itself?
Dillon Dakota Carroll
Mesta Park, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States of America
...sees much and knows much