To be at peace in all areas is a state only achieved by an Avatar. Is such a state attainable by any human, fallible as we all are? The true answer can only be found by those who quest forth in search of it - for who can see the end of the Path before beginning the journey? Yet it is also written that for each person the Path is different.
The Quest of the Avatar is the search for a new standard, a new vision of life for which our people may
strive. We seek the person who can become a shining example of our nation and guide us from the Age of Darkness into the Age of Light.
We have sent this message our to the farthest reaches of the known universe, indeed, we have even spoken across the void of time. Is there One who can complete the Quest of the Avatar? Many have tried already, and have met with partial success, becoming enlightened in one or more of the Eight Virtues of the Avatar - but none have yet attained the true state of being an Avatar.
--from the Ultima 4 Quest of the Avatar game manual