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    King Arthur


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    An Empire Falling

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    The legend of King Arthur begins with a Roman Emperor named Lucius Domitius Aurelianus Augustus, one of the Roman Empires greatest rulers who would restore the crumbling empire to much of its former glory. He would be given the titles of Restitutor Orbis (Restorer of the World), Dominus et Deus (Master and God, a title he demanded) and the posthumus title of Divus Aurelianus after being assassinated by his Praetorian Guard. The city of Cenabum would be renamed Aureliana Civitas (aka Orléans) in his honor and a family line descending from him would a bloodline of soldiers serving with different degrees of distinction. Taking human form, the Celtic god Matunus assumed the name of Aurelianus Augustus and married an illegitimate daughter of the slain emperor whose given name was Herennia. He wished to mingle his blood with a mortal to experience life among them until his son reached adulthood and he returned with his wife to dwell among the gods.

    His descendants would found a strong military tradition interested in the Western Roman Empire which was far more vulnerable to being overthrown from within. The Roman Empire began pulling out of Britain under the usurper Magnus Maximus who became emperor of Britannia (Roman Britain) and Gaul until his defeat and execution in 388 AD. From this point forward, Britannia was largely on its own as the Roman Empire was under assault from all sides by barbarian empires and kingdoms always pulling forces from Britannia to fight distant wars. In 410 AD, Britannia overthrew and expelled the magistrates of Western Roman Emperor Constantine III) who refused to defend the island and was pulling even greater numbers of men and supplies from it to fight on the mainland. Emperor Honorius was unable to send troops to Britain in 411 AD after Constantine III was executed for this reason and with the Emperor so far away, Britannia was told to defend itself.
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    Britannia

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    The original name of Britannia was Albion, the Hellenized form of the Proto-Celtic Albiyū (meaning white) with the name Britain replacing it by Roman times. It became known as Britannia soon after and as a Roman Province when by 43 AD when Emperor Claudius conquered most of the island. This conquest was slowed by an uprising led by Queen Boudicca of the Iceni who was, in actuality, the reincarnation of a Celtic goddess called Britannia. She would come to realize this too late as it was in seeing tens of thousands of her warriors fall that she sought to take her own life with poison. The death of her mortality would actually awaken the goddess who could only look on at the horror her human half had caused through her rage and her hate for the Romans. Britannia would depart the World of Men taking with her Boudicca's daughter Bébinn who would later become known as Viviane while leaving her daughter Eponina behind to preserve her legacy.

    The end of Roman rule over Britannia began in the 4th century as the Anglo-Saxons pushed in from the west/northwest. When the Romans pulled out of Britain in the 5th century AD, they left behind a culture of Romanized Brittonum from which emerged a war chief named Ambrosius Aurelianus known as the Last of the Romans. The Romans had fled in the face of the oncoming Anglo-Saxons who laid waste to the countryside and killed the parents of Aurelianus filling him with a passion to see them defeated. His fathers bloodline descended from Aurelianus Augustus while his mothers lineage descended from Boudicca making him a powerful war chief with the blood of gods flowing in his veins. His troops called him Artorīgios in their native tongue and Artŏrius as the Latinized form of this name meaning Bear-King. He would also be known as Riothamus, Vortimer, Lucius Artorius Castus, Arcturus and Artúr in Welsh as it is from the Welsh that history would record his name.
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    Myrddin Wyllt

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    Ambrosius Aurelianus would rise in power and prominance through a series of battles where he led those who followed him to victories against overwhelming odds. The Brittonic peoples who followed Aurelianus would increase in number as refugees from defeated tribes joined their ranks. They would receive further aid from the peoples of Armorica from which the Britons themselves were descended and who would also overthrow Roman rule in or around 440 AD. Now known as Arthúr, Aurelianus would be given the title of Pendragon (Pen Draig) meaning "Chief-Dragon" or "commander-in-chief" where he was the head of all the tribes which now followed or were allied to him. Arthúrs brother Uthyr served Arthúr as a general in the South where he witnessed a comet in the sky shaped like a dragon which he took as an omen that he was the true ruler of Britannia. Since his own father had been Constantine III, he had more than this to feel entitled to his fathers crown.

    Myrddin Wyllt was a warrior born north in the north Brittonic region of Yr Hen Ogledd and whose original name was Lailoken. Their father was an incubus which was more apparent with his twin sister Gwendydd who was a succubus but prefered the way of battle and always bested her brother in combat training. Myrddin was more interested in magick and soon learned to mix it with his fighting skills making him an exceptional combatant. Using his abilities, he would rediscover the sword Dymwyn (white tooth) which had been lost by one of the Fomorians and which would one day become the possession of another fabled king named Rhydderch Hael. He would serve time fighting in Caledonia against the Picts in Pictland beyond Hadrians Wall. It was when he returned home that he eventually became part of Pict warriors called Wōd who would ally with Arthúr Pendragon.
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    Uthyr Pendragon

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    With Arthúr ill and forced to remain at Dinas Emrys (Fortress of Ambrosius) while Uthyr and Myrddin lead their armies against King Vortigern who had slain Uthyr's older brother Constans II (by his father Constantine III) to usurp his throne. It was during these campaigns that he saw the comet in the sky which Myrddin saw as an ill omen of Arthúr's death and knowing secretly that Uthyr would be the cause. Myrddin's abilities as a seer were not yet well formed so that he was unaware that Uthyr had already set in motion Arthúr's death as Arthúr wasn't just ill, he was being poisoned! When they returned from battle to Dinas Emrys, they learned that Arthúr had had died from poisoning by some unknown assassin. Uthyr could then claim his brothers throne and take the name Pendragon as his own. But, Myrddin knew of a magical spell he had used breeding livestock where he removed the seed of Arthúr in site of all with none knowing what he had done.

    Uthyr would be a man consumed by lust for the wife of one of his vassals named Gorlois, Duke of Cornwall and went to war with him seeking to claim her. Gorlois would send his wife Igraine to an impregnable castle called Titagel and Uthyr found her far beyond his reach. Although possessing knowledge of a magical spell to transform himself into the shape of animals, Uthyr consults with Myrddin because he cannot take the form or other humans to fulfill a devious plan. Myrddin would use his own power to transform Uthyr into the mirror image of Gorlois unknowing that Myrddin would take it a step further by killing Uthyrs seed and replacing it with that of Arthúr. Uthyr would then easily bypass the defenses of Titagel gaining access to Igraine while Myrddin led forces that successfully murdered Gorlois in the night. Uthyr would then be free to marry Igraine and, taking her as his wife, became the adopted father of their child named after his brother to satisfy a request from Myrddin.
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    Arthur

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    Sensing the possible ulterior motives of his chief advisor Myrddin, he would send Arthur away as a hostage to form an alliance with King Áedán mac Gabráin of the Kingdom of Dál Riata to be raised with his son Artúr mac Áedáin. Uthyr was unaware that Myrddin had manipulated him into this fearing that Uthyr might sense his brothers seed within the boy as Uthyr was himself learning the dark arts of sorcery to strengthen his hold on power. Myrddin would disappear during these years with none knowing what had become of him until he returned as the wizard Merlin. He had found a secret doorway between worlds where he found his way to the world of Wyvernia and to the Kingdom of Avalon. Although gone only briefly on the World of Men, he had existed within the Worlds of Shadow for decades and returned a much older man. He now possessed the ability to conceal his true identity from Uthyr and became tutor to Arthurs older half-sisters Morganna, Elaine and Morgause in the use of sorcery.

    Arthur had grown into a strong warrior by the time Uthyr himself was mysteriously poisoned and word was sent to return Arthur to assume the throne at only fifteen. Merlin would prove an enigmatic character at this time as he moved in mysterious ways that made many fearful of him. Morganna would be revealed as the one who had killed Uthyr and proved her devious nature as she had learned where the doorway lay that Merlin had returned through and disappeared into it. Having been removed from his sisters for too long, Arthur developed feelings for them both almost immediately setting in motion events that would ultimately lead all to ruin. Merlin was unaware of this as he could not see Arthurs future and could only see certain possibilities where others were concerned. With Morganna having fled and Elaine not wishing to have anything to do with him, Arthur's desires would be returned by Morgause with the reult being the birth of a child Morgause named Medrawt (Mordred).
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    Camelot

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    Because of his young age, Merlin would recruit a number of knights to form a chivalric order calling them the Order of Camulus, the Celtic "God of War" which the Romans had associated with Mars. King Arthur would establish this Order first at Caer Lleon while his permanent stronghold was being prepared at Camulodunon (The Stronghold of Camulus) which became known as Camelot during his reign. The city began in the 1rst century BC and became capital to the Kingdom of the Catuvellauni under Cynfelyn known as King of the Britons by Rome from the end of the first millenium BC to 40 AD when he was slain. In 43 AD, Roman legions invaded Britain under orders from Emperor Claudius and ultimately became the capital of Britannia. In 61 AD, the city was burned to the ground by Boudicca after the Battle of Camulodunum where all were massacred. The city would be rebuilt bigger and better than before but lost its status as capital of Britannia to Londonium as capital.

    Camulodunum would remain a Colonia, however, meaning that it was considered an extension of the city of Rome itself. and its people were citizens of Rome. During the 3rd century Gallic Empire period, the city fell on hard times and became reduced in size surviving until conquered by the Saxons who held it until liberated by Ambrosius Aurelianus. Aurelianus had begun rebuilding the city and Arthur would not complete the rebuilding process establishing it as his main capital. At the heart of his new fortifications, Arthur created a large meeting chamber surrounding a large round table made from oak and marble. It would be here that the Knights of the Round Table would meet to discuss events happening from across the lands of Britannia. These "Knights" were comprised largely of lower nobility and heros from the battlefield all of which had proven their skills in battle to deserve being part of the Order of Camulus.


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    Fae Legacy

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    A thousand years before the birth of Morgan le Fay, a member of the Fae race arrived in the World of Men as an explorer. Her name was Ainsell and she had found her way to this world following information provided to her by a man from its future yet unknown. Just as he was fascinated by her world, so too would she be fascinated by his although she would not find the horseless carriages and towers that reached into the clouds that he spoke of. She was a princess who had come from the world of Mythrium and would leave the World of Men when Imperial Guards arrived to take her back to the world of her birth. What they were not aware of was the time differential as Ainsell had given birth to three children by three different human men. To prevent these children from being either killed or captured, Ainsell would remain silent as she resented her royal family and did not want her children to share in her fate.

    Amlawdd Wledig was a descendant of Ainsell and ruler over the Kingdom of Ergyng. His wife was Gwen, daughter of Cunedda Wledig (aka Cunodagos, meaning good hound), founder of the Kingdom of Gwynedd and Gwawl; daughter of Coel Hen grandfather of Constantine the Great. Their daughter Eigr (Lady Igraine) was born with the gift of healing and possessed a voice as sweet as honey with which to have her way. She would marry Gorlois of Tintagel, Duke of Cornwall, because her family had disowned her and the older man embraced her. This would lead to the downfall of Gorlois as while his wife was faithful in every way, he jealously guarded her and knew that his friend Uthyr Pendragon desired to make her his. Together, they would produce three daughters before Gorlois was eventually killed in battle allowing Uthyr to take her for his own. Uthyr would then adopt Igraines daughters as his own and give them his surname to better marry them off for political advantages.
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    Morgan le Fay

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    The daughters of Gorlois and Igraine were all tall, slender and possessed certain Fae traits marking them as of the fairy blood to any who might notice. Morgan le Fay was the most outstanding of the three daughters possessing pale white skin, coal black hair and obsidian eyes that glinted like stars at night. She was also the most strong willed resulting in her being sent to a convent for a time to be "educated" which only served to create great hated within her towards everyone but, particularly, people of the Christian faith. Her sister Elaine would be married to Nentres of Garlot and Morgause would be married off to King Lot of Orkney while yet children not yet of marrying age. When it was Morgan's time to marry, she would be wed to King Urien of Rheged whom she wed only to conceive his child to lay claim to his throne. Morgan was also a burgeoning sorceress as she and her sisters had learned the ways of magic from Merlin and Morgan proved exceptionally adept as a student.

    Learning of the doorway through which Merlin had traveled to Avalon, Morgan would flee the World of Men leaving her daughter Morgana to be raised by others. Within the Otherworld of Mythrium, Morgan would set about learning her Fae heritage among the Fae themselves where she turned to the dark arts and developed even stronger hates towards humanity. She became known more as Feimurgan when Morgan delved into necromancy, cavorted with demons and became mistress to evil spirits. Morgan would also learn to travel into other worlds and dimensions gaining the ability to command beasts and to become a dragon. When she returned to Earth not long after departing it, she was older and far more powerful having endured much in her quest for power and bringing with her doppelgängers, evil "sister" spirits named Moronoe, Mazoe, Gliten, Glitonea, Gliton, Tyronoe, Thiten and Thiton differing subtly only in hair color, eyes and skin tones from Morgan herself.
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    Excalibur

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    The enchanted sword Excalibur (meaning Cut-Steel) has its ealiest beginnings as a weapon older than time. It was discovered by the Fae of Mythrium who summoned the god Wayland to reforge the weapon as it had become corroded and broken. Yet, within the sword remained great power that had become diminished and various objects of power would be absorbed into it over a period of almost a thousand years. Fae smiths had forged a sword that none but the true rightful ruler of Avalon himself able to wield it. When this one true ruler was slain by a would-be successor, the sword could not be wielded by any other and would only allow those it found worthy to touch it. These select few would draw forth energy from the sword which became swords of lesser power in their own right and one of these swords was the Wurmizslagô (Serpentslayer), a sword that found its way to the World of Men.

    Wurmizslagô would prove a powerful sword in the hands of the righteous, those who would defend the innocent and not take innocent life. But, in the hands of the unworthy, it became weak and ultimately became broken against the monstrous beast Ormreoten. Cast aside when the warrior possessing it was devoured, each half would reform into two separate swords with the first becoming Caladbolg (meaning hard-lightning) and the other became Caledfwlch (meaning hard-cleft) which eventually found its way to Arthurs father. His sword was imperfect because it had a fracture in it that was plain for all to see. But, it was a powerful sword which he had used to defeat many an enemy and Merlin would take possession of it after Uthyr had his brother poisoned. The sword would be plunged through an anvil atop a embedded within a large stone whereupon it would be written, "Who so Pulleth Out This Sword of this Stone and Anvil, is Rightwise King Born of England".
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    The True Sword

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    Uthyr Pendragon would attempt to remove the sword and fail leading rivals to lay their claim to the throne of Britannia. His would be a troubled rule where he was constantly at war defending his claim to the throne until his own death fighting the Saxons gravely injured where he earned the epithat of the "Half-Dead King." Many would attempt to draw forth the sword until Arthur succeeded and, with sword in hand, was hailed by all present as rightful king of Britannia. While most would accept Arthur as "High King" of Britannia, those who did not would soon have their own claimant to the throne as Morgan le Fay had returned as the rightful heir to the throne of Uthyr Pendragon. With none knowing Arthurs true father was Ambrosius Aurelianus, they would perceive this as a conflict between brother and sister rather than Arthur being the true heir and Morgan the child of a usurper.

    After many battles, Arthur was befriended by a man named Accolon of Gaul wielding the sword Caliburnus who had been bewitched by his lover Morgan le Fay. Accolon was a man conflicted to the point of madness not knowing if this were a dream or reality and having come to respect Arthur even as he loved Morgan le Fay. Driven to battle Arthur, Accolon would break the sword wielded by Arthur who managed to gain the upper hand and mortally would Accolon due to his conflicted mind. Accolon who would die four days later with his madness lifted from him and giving Arthur his sword when Arthur forgave him. In the battles to come, it became clear that Caliburnus was not the sword meant for Arthur and the Lady of the Lake, Vivianne was summoned forth to provide him with a new sword. This sword would not have a name until Merlin merged it with the broken Caledfwlch and its twin Caladbolg which came into his possession because, once dulled, it could never be sharpened.
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    Western Roman Emperor

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    Now possessing the true sword Excalibur, Arthur was unaware that it would one day prove his undoing as this sword possessed no protections against who might possess it. It was so powerful that Merlin used part of the broken blade to create a special sheath to protect its wielder from being harmed by the blade. Arthur would now focus all his energies on eliminating division within Britannia and strengthening it against its many foreign enemies. Of these, the greatest of enemies were the hated Saxons and King Vortigern who had allied with Morgan le Fay against Arthur. To the north were the Picts and the Scots who made war with Arthur and from the west came the Hibernians so that his Knights of the Round Table were constantly in battle. Arthur would eventually defeat the Saxons at the Battle of Badon and after they signed a peace treaty to depart, they broke the agreement forcing the Battle of Devon where they were soundly defeated.

    His illegitimate son Mordred (aka Medrawd), by his incestuous relationship with his half-sister Morgause, had grown to manhood rising through the soldiers ranks. Where the Knights of the Round Table fought to restore the peace, Mordred was a warlord who fought for the love of war leading him to the western campaigns against Hibernia. Through skillful alliances and conquest, Arthur would claim rule over all the whole of Britain including Caledonia to the north, Wales to the west, Cornwall to the south, Iceland further north and parts of northern Hibernia. Arthur then began focusing on the mainland of Europe ordering invasions of Denmark, Norway and Gaul to honor alliances he had made. When the Roman Procurator Lucius Tiberius ordered and end to the incursions and that he restore paying tribute to Rome, Arthur made war with him and with his defeat, became proclaimed Western Roman Emperor by his followers.
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    Guinevere

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    The maiden Guinevere was born into a family descended from Roman nobility, the daughter of King Leodegrance of the Kingdom of Cameliard. Her birth name was given as Guanhumara and would first meet Arthur in childhood while visiting Cynyr Ceinfarfog, Lord of Caer Goch (Sir Ector), another of the men who would tutor Arthur and prepare him in the ways of being a king as his foster-son. The two became affectionate and would remember one another after they parted ways. When Arthur became king, he sent for Guanhumara who was now known by the Welsh form of her name Gwenhwyfar (White Enchantress, white Fay, ghost, fair, holy) and in short time, he would make her his wife and queen. They would have a son named Amr ab Arthur (aka Amhar) and his mother became gravely ill following soon after his birth. Merlin would place a charm to summon faeries hoping to heal her but attracted the attention of Gwen, daughter of the god Gwyn ap Nudd, instead.

    Having merged with the dying womans body, the demi-goddess healed her and assumed her form creating a symbiotic relationship where two souls exist as one. This would create issues almost immediately as Gwen was a creature of lust who would spread discord within the Knights of the Round Table and within his family. It was at this point that she became known as Guinevere bearing Arthur three additional sons named Llacheu, Illinot and Gwydre before they parted ways. Guinevere would be involved in a series of relationships but always would be drawn back to Arthurs side. When Arthur killed Amr in battle, Guinevere would harbor desires to avenge their son and to harm Arthur before learning that Morgan le Fay was behind their sons effort to steal his fathers throne. Among her affairs would be the king Melwas, King Valerin and Lancelot after which her dual identity became revealed. Perceiving that the true Guinevere died many years before following the death of their son Amr, Arthur has Merlin cast a spell to prevent her from using her powers and then has her torn apart by wild boars.


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    Mordred

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    Mordred was born out of an incestuous relationship between Arthur and his sister Morgause as his first born son. He would be sent into exile with his mother to conceal the circumstances of his birth and came to live with his aunt Morgan le Fay. Mordred would join Arthurs armies serving as a squire and would rise through the ranks of Arthurs military forces until joining the elite himself as a young man. So successful was he in combat that he finally drew the attention of Arthur himself who was unaware that Mordred was his son until Morgause informed him. Mordred was adept at encouraging farmers and the young to join his ranks where they were trained by battle-hardened soldiers looking for retirement on lands they had liberated. He was beloved by the men who served him as they saw him as a unifier and a peacemaker when this was only a pretense on his part sensing that many were war weary.

    Mordred would become a warlord and then a general always thirsting for battle and moving from the east against the Saxons to the north against the Picts and then to the west where he led armies invading Hibernia. He would take Gwenhwyfach, Guinevere's hateful sister, as his wife while also being wed to Cywyllog, daughter of Caw who bore him two sons where Gwenhwyfach only bore daughters. Mordred would rise to a position of popularity equalling Arthur himself and when Arthur invaded the mainland of Europe, he was entrusted with holding Britannia on Arthurs behalf. Instead, he became embroiled in a relationship with Guinevere and took her as his third wife to proclaim himself king as she was still accepted as Queen by many. All of these events had been orchestrated by Morgan le Fay who intended to do away with his other wives in order to marry Mordred herself once Arthur returned to reclaim his throne.

    In battle, none were the equal of Mordred with his mastery of swords being able to fight with a sword in each hand and to use them for defense as well as offense. He proved capable of rallying discontent against Arthur as his was a rule of endless war and most of his people's were longing for peace. Many of them only cared that Arthur defend them rather than constantly calling upon them to provide soldiers for wars in distant lands and his invasion of the European mainland proved too much for many of them. Mordred also promised the Picts, Scots and Hibernians greater freedoms to rule themselves and vengeance against Arthur whom many of them blamed for their defeats. With his kingdom now divided, Arthur would wage a war against Mordred at the Battle of Camlann, a final battle where both men would fall and Mordred would perish.
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    Loholt Pendragon

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    Loholt was an illegitimate son by a visiting maiden known as Dame Lyzianor (aka Lyonors, Lysanor), daughter of Count Sevain of Bedegraine prior to marrying Guinevere. Loholt was always up for a challenge and the greater the challenge, the more eager he became to pursue it. He killed his first man in battle before he had even reached puberty and became a father soon after because women were also a challenge he could not ignore. Upon reaching adulthood, he set out to hunt threats to poeple of a more supernatural nature and came into possession of a half sword called Canwr (Singer). When the Nghawr (giant) Logrin became a threat striking Arthurs troops using his ability to become invisible, Loholt tracked him down and beheaded him. Arthurs foster brother Kay was with him and wanting the glory of the kill for himself, killed and beheaded Loholt who was exhausted from battle. He was given his fathers surname posthumously.
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    Amyr Pendragon

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    Amyr is the first born son of Arthur and Guinevere whose name derives from his twinkling eyes. He would be raised to serve as his fathers' squire and educated for his role as the first in line to succeed his father. On several occasions, he would wield Excalibur and its magical sheath creating a sense of being king before his time had come. Morgan le Fay had sensed this about the boy and began working her feminine ways upon him through a beautiful Saxon maiden. She would teach Amyr how to alter his size to grant him greater power and bestowed upon him a magick sword called the Baedd'llofrudd (Boarslayer) because its handle was made from the tusk of an enormous boar. Under the influence of Morgan le Fay, he would turn against his father seeking to dethrone him and take Morgan as his queen. Arthur would be forced to kill his son in battle and only when death was upon him would Amyr reveal that Morgans power over him had been removed.
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    Llacheu Pendragon

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    Llacheu was Arthurs second son by Guinevere. His mother was now a woman possessed by the faerie soul of Gwyn ap Nudds daughter Gwen and she imagined her son being a bright, light-skinned Fae prince whom she favored above Amyr as this was her firstborn child apart from Guinevere. Llachau was fast in his movement and a mischievous child because he could seem to be in one place, then appear in another giving others a startle and making it difficult to have any privacy. But, he would grow into a strong boy and a fine warrior as a man who preferred single combat to open battle. As such, he would often disarm his adversary rather than killing them and try to convert them into an ally as allies were more important than enemies. This made him a man of honor and the Queen's protector as he was rarely far from his mothers side. He would be slain in open combat fighting for his father as, once injured, his speed was lost and several enemy soldiers were soon upon him.
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    Gwydre Pendragon

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    Gwydre is a name meaning "river dwelling" and was given to Arthurs third son by Guinevere because he was born at an estate near a river. He was an outdoorsman who fished and hunted from an early age because he did not want to become a killer of men nor to serve in any capacity as a warrior. Instead, he became a master tracker and trapper who would lend his skills to the hunting of men who were lawbreakers and a threat to harm others but only if there was a promise that these people would not be killed during the hunt. Then came the hunt for a mankiller unlike any other. The boar Twrch Trwyth had been a son of Prince Taredd and who had committed atrocities leading to his being transformed into a boar by Morgan le Fay to grant his wish to be a king... he never asked to be a king of humans. He would be hunted from Wales, through England and into Cornwall where he would tear Gwydre apart when he grew bold enough to face the boar alone.
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    Illinot Pendragon

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    Ilinot is the fourth son by Arthur and Guinevere who had a falling out with his parents over their infidelities and ran away. He was a sensitive but beautiful child who found refuge with Queen Florie of Kanadic who was granted permission to raise him by his loving parents. They knew that Ilinot's fate was his own and not theirs to share because he was more a child of faith than of battle. Ilinot would grow to manhood where he would marry the much older widowed queen who had nothing but encouragement for him to be his best. He would always fall short of her expectations but his beauty made her yearn for him until their child Æðelric was born. Florie knew that for her son to grow up as the strong leader her nation needed, she had to force Ilinot to abdicate and depart the kingdom. Ilinot went without struggle and perished at the hands of raiders fighting to defend the kingdom with Florie passing soon after out of sorrow for what she had done.
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    Smervie Mór

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    Smervie Mór is an illegitimate son sired by Arthur while campaigning north against the Scots. His mother was Mórag, a battle maiden who fought against Arthur before becoming an ally. Mórag would rise in prominance to the position of War Chieftain and her son was called Artair by his mother but gained the name Smervie because he was supposedly fit only for polishing the armor left for him by his father which was battle worn and heavily damaged. What was mistaken as a lack of desire for battle was actually a young boys admiration for his missing father and he became an apprentice to a blacksmith specifically to repair the armor his father had left for him. As a young adult, Artair became a warrior trained in the field of battle where he gradually proved himself capable. He would eventually become a War Chief in his own right earning the name Smervie the Great and laying the foundations for what would become Clann Artair (Clan MacArthur).
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    Dúran Pendragon

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    Dúran is a son sired by Arthur during his campaigns against the Hibernians (Irish) in which he took a mistress named Alastríona who was a healer accompanying him to tend to injuries he had received in battle. She would remain with him when they returned to his homeland with their son who was named Dúran to mean "hard in battle" because his mother wanted him to make his father proud. In all ways, Dúran proved himself as both a huntsman and a warrior whose fatal flaw might have been that he always found himself coming to the rescue of fallen comrades. Arthur would see this as a strength placing his son over special forces who saved many a soldiers life and proved key in many battles. At the Battle of Camlann, Dúran saw his father fall to Mordred while refusing to draw Excalibur because he no longer possessed the sheath that protected him from its power. it would be Dúran's sacrifice to protect him that led Arthur to draw Excalibur and strike Mordred a fatal blow.
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    Borre

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    Børre was conceived by Arthur during a campaign against the Danes. He would be raised by his one armed mother Brettifa who it was said fought twice as hard as any man with two good arms. She would tell him of his father and then send him to search for him bearing a gift he had given to her so that he might know his words were true. He would take the name Bohart because his mother always said of him that he had the strength and nobility of a magnificent stag. He wished to impress his father when he finally found him and built a legend about himself that preceded him. When he eventually found Arthur, he withheld his true identity in order to win his place among the Knights of the Round Table. Given the titled identity of Sir Bohart le Cure Hardy (strong heart) due to his courage, he finally revealed himself to Arthur who bemused that his sons were as numerous as the stars. He would die fighting a Mardrake summoned by Morgan le Fay from the World of Wyvernia to kill Arthur.

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    Cydfan

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    Cydfan (aka Kyduan) is the son of Eleirch, daughter of Iaen from Caer Dathal and related to Arthur through Uthyr. Arthur would sire Cydfan to his regret as this son of Arthur was not only angry to be raised as illegitimate, but to learn his mother was related to the father who abandoned them filled his heart with hate. He would become a wildman who enjoyed storms and seemed driven almost mad by them until they abated. Cydfan joined the military and became a proficient soldier who hid ulterior motives as he knew he could not confront Arthur as long as he wielded Excalibur. Thirsting for Arthurs blood led him to seek out Arthurs vulnerable relatives and he became a serial killer who spared his mother only because he viewed her as much a victim as himself. Cydfan would be sought after by Morgan le Fay thinking he could be used as an ally against a common enemy only to kill him when he thrust a sword through her chest made of iron harming but not killing her.



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    Knights of the Round Table

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    King Arthur
    Lancelot
    Gawain
    Geraint
    Percival
    Bors the Younger
    Lamorak
    Kay
    Gareth
    Bedivere
    Gaheris
    Galahad
    Tristan

    Sir Aglovale
    Sir Agravain
    Sir Aqiff
    King Bagdemagus
    Sir Baudwin
    Sir Brastius
    Sir Breunor
    Sir Caradoc
    Sir Colgrevance
    Sir Constantine
    Sir Dagonet, the court jester
    Sir Daniel
    Sir Ector
    Sir Ector de Maris
    Sir Elyan the White
    Sir Gaheris
    Sir Galehaut
    Sir Galeshin
    Sir Geraint
    Sir Gingalain
    King Leodegrance
    Sir Lionel
    Sir Maleagant
    Sir Mordred
    Sir Morien
    Sir Pelleas
    Sir Sagramore le Desirous
    Sir Safir
    Sir Segwarides
    Sir Tor
    Sir Ulfius
    King Uriens
    Sir Ywain
    Sir Ywain the Bastard




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    King Arthur

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    During the Battle of Camlann, Arthur would find himself outmatched by the younger and stronger Mordred ruing the day he sired his misbegotten son. He knew that he could not even find fault within his son as the fault for all things that led to these events lay within him and the endless war he fought to save his people. But, even he would question if his actions were always on behalf of his people; or on behalf of himself in some mad thirst for power, he refused to admit to himself. Mordred's only fault was in his being too much like his father and possibly not being as conflicted about the fact it was about him rather than the peoples of Britannia. Now, Arthur was a man in the winter of his life and Mordred was held at bay only by those younger than Arthur who kept coming to his aid only to be cut down by his dark-eyed son. Then Mordred delivered a fatal blow and Arthur fell knowing all was lost as his life began to flow forth from him pooling around him with a sense of peace he had never known in all his life now his in his final moments.

    It was then that his son Dúran came to his defense and Mordred ran him through. It was a senseless and tragic death as Mordred had won the day and all of Britannia was now his to rule as he would. As rage began to fill Arthurs heart, he would rise once more even as he grasped at his injuries begging the gods for one final glory. He had not drawn Excalibur because Morgan le Fay had stolen its sheath of protection and Arthur had feared the suffering he had witnessed befall any whom he struck down with it. Now, he no longer cared as he understood that Mordred meant to destroy everything Arthur had created and would slaughter all Britons to achieve his heart's desire. Morgan had not bewitched Mordred as he had thought, Mordred was doing these things because it pleased him to do them and Arthur now knew he must serve his people where only death remained to serve him alone.
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    Death of a King

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    Seeing his father pull Excalibur free from the sheath that held it, Mordred rushed forward to deliver the final deathblow to his father.... and would be almost cleaved in half for the effort! With the threat, Mordred represented now removed, Arthur would again fall as all upon the battlefield grew silent. Rushing to his aid, Arthur could only think to have the crows of death removed from Dúran so that he would be returned whole to the loving mother who had raised him. Arthur then gave Excalibur to Sir Bedwyr telling him to return it to the Lady in the Lake where he twice failed thinking the sword too important to Britannia and its future. He finally understood that without its protective sheath, Excalibur was more a danger than benefit and he finally did throw the sword forth into the lake where a womans hand reached from the water to catch it. Not even Merlin could heal Arthur from the harm Excalibur had caused him, but he could summon others who could.

    It would be then that mists came upon the waters and a mysterious barge appeared from within it. Carrying Arthurs body to the shore, all would be surprised to see Morgan le Fay and her sisters aboard the barge. Coming to take his hand would be the spirit of Guinevere who was now evolving into one of the "fair folk" (aka Faeries) having long forgiven Arthur for her death as he had released her spirit to begin this journey. As for Morgan le Fay, she was in conflict with the Cailleach and now understanding that the time of magick was almost done upon the World of Men and Arthur was now of more use to her alive on Mythrium. She would even hold his head gently in her lap and speak soothingly to him as the barge left the World of Men with those gathered upon it including Merlin as his time was also over. For a time, Arthur would sleep as his body healed and grew younger, stronger and he became reborn more as a demi-god and hero than as a mortal man.
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    Birth of a God

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    When Arthur finally awoke, he would feel his strength restored to him and would be greeted by twinkling fairy flytes encircling him with joy and laughter. They bade him forward to the opening of a cave to see the wonders of a world largely unknown to him in all its splendor. Arthur possessed awareness that he had been to this world before as it was the home of Avalon, but he knew not where this place was nor much about the world around him. If he had not been aware of this, the fairy flytes were more than eager to confirm that the Kingdom of Avalon lay beyond the horizon in the distance. He would also find Excalibur had been left for him bound within its protective sheath having been returned by Morgan le Fay as she had unknown need of him that worried Arthur. Morgan le Fay had been an enemy for far too long not to fear her intentions and if her need were genuine, then something far more evil than she would be the cause.

    Arthur would gain a first look at himself when one of the fairy flytes flew into a wall causing it to shimmer and to become a reflective pool, a mirror for Arthur to see what had become of him. The man staring back at him from the mirror was one far more robust than he remembered of his younger self and he was far stronger as he would learn while making his cave into a home. But, his fate was not to live as a hermit in a cave as there was a brave new world out there and he looked on in wonder as he prepared to venture forth into it. He had also found the crown once worn upon his head and began to twirl it around his fingers before placing it in his sack of provisions as something deep inside told him that his days of being king were not yet over... in fact, they might just be beginning anew! With that, Arthur set off on a life of adventure with the fairy flytes always near to provide him with aid and information including that out there somewhere was Guinevere ever waiting for his return.



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    oooh this is an excellent reimagining of the Arthur legend! Really love it ... Maybe need to add what happened to Merlin with Vivienne, or Nimue - the getting bound up in the Oak Tree as he had become beguiled by her and taught her his magic. (which is why in the originals Merlin wasn't there to help Arthur at the final battle with Mordred the bastard)? Also think you missed out a word by mistake ... that Uther became consumed with lust for one of his vassals WIVES and not for Gorlois himself (!?) There's so much to add in this with the companions of the round table and their adventures too, all steeped in Welsh/Irish/Cornish mythology, if one felt so inclined. However, it stands as is and when we get over this awful heatwave in the Uk which we are so unprepared for ... ever .... I might be inspired to some Arthurian artwork! :-D

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    Lol, yeah the Gorlois line was missing something so I corrected. The issue with Merlin is that in the stories, he is always saving Arthur and a hero should be able to save himself even if he's a flawed hero. So, I made Merlin more a warrior and advisor who uses his magic only where magic is called for such as being a healer when no one else can heal someone. Thus the reason I mention Arthur has people tending to his wounds other than Merlin which also leads to a few affairs explaining children he had where the stories were often iffy as they seem to lead you to think he had no children but then keep mentioning sons. I'm sure if he had sons then he had daughters but I could only find mention of those in modern fiction so thought I'd leave that for further stories. The issue I have with Merlin in the stories is he has all this power but only uses it when he wants and doesn't at other points revealing it's more to include him in the story. If he were so powerful, he wouldn't even need Arthur to do the things that were needed and one can't even argue fate when he intercedes when Arthur seems to be facing his death. Even at Camlann this would be true so the writers had to put Merlin in a tree to explain why he wasn't there to save Arthur again.

    In the Worlds of Shadow story concept, magick is dying in the World of Men because this world is a natural world bound by the laws of a natural universe. The Worlds of Shadow however, represent the fact that the Earth is special in all the universe because it survived the destruction of pre-existence preserving upon it a number of beings and even the seed for a new universe to be born. So, it is a very magical world in essence until its modern incarnation as Earth where humans actually make war on the supernatural realm around them until it splits apart to form the Worlds of Shadow where magick is the rule and science is the exception where on Earth science is the rule and magick is the exception.

    So, I took the earliest stories of Merlin where he was a warrior and even a bit of a madman to incorporate into the element of there seemingly being two Arthurs. Arthur the Father is Aurelius and I used some of the explanations for how his name changes from that to Arthur to bring his character more up to date. I include the gods a bit as the event where the War of the Gods takes place has yet to happen here and I make the story more reflective of the Roman element that would have still prevailed at this time. While the Britons were still Celts, they were Romanized Celts while the surrounding Picts, Hibernians, Welsh and others would still be more Celtic than anything Roman. So his role is to change that aspect a great deal by spreading a Romanized Celtic culture and begin building the British Empire of a sorts way back then.

    But Merlin I kept less powerful so he might have been present at the Battle of Camlann but unable to save Arthur because he was caught up in his own battles and Arthur was far away from him. I introduced the son Duran into the story at this point because he's mentioned but not why he was there or what he did... so I made him a hero who gives Arthur a moment to recover after a fatal blow from Mordred and lead to the change I made where Arthur uses Excalibur to kill Mordred instead of the spear. The spear was more dramatic I agree but then he basically just gives Arthur a headbutt injuring him mortally so that the dramatic scene of Mordred pulling himself down the shaft of the spear is wasted. I also wanted Arthur to have Excalibur but needed an explanation for why he wasn't using it. The answer is Excalibur inflicts an agonizing death and its sheath is all that protects the wielder and when Morgan steals the sheath, Arthur is afraid to use Excalibur but keeps it with him.

    Then I rediscovered the story of Guinevere being torn apart by boars and that gave me the idea to introduce Gwen and use the firstborn son she supposedly never had but did (lol) to explain that she was dying in childbirth and survived the birth but was on her deathbed. Gwen possesses and heals Guinevere who may not even know Gwen is within her and influencing her just as Gwen may not realize Guinevere is doing the same where she is concerned. It's a symbiotic relationship which allows the contradictions in Guinevere's actions as she is supposedly virtuous and yet is often portrayed as an adulturous slut. Well, how can the two actually be true? The answer is there are two souls within one body and neither is fully aware or remembers what the other does necessarily.

    I left a lot of things in the legend relatively untouched as I didn't address much in the way of the knights except their names as that's always good for future stories and art for others to contribute. Lancelot I envision is in love with Gwen rather than Guinevere and doesn't see the two are different. Mordred too was drawn to an affair with Gwen and even marries her and Guineveres sister apparently so when Guinevere is torn apart by the boars, Gwen might survive in some form to return to Lancelot.

    There's a lot of material for the Arthur mythos and a lot of it is a mess lol. Leaves it open to interpretation and rewrites.

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