Why did Joren never challenge Keladry himself? Kel notes that Joren often hung around with the knights who challenged her during the Progress. More often than not, she beat them.
Tammy: If he challenges her, he admits she is entitled to equal treatment as a warrior and as a noble. He tells the world “I accept her on her terms.” That he would never, ever do–and that rigidity is why he dies in the Chamber. He’s so rigid in his beliefs that he can’t bend, and the Chamber breaks him.