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: You look frightened. There's a large number of lonely men out there. Guinevere
: Don't worry, I won't let them rape you.
: Pelagius told me once: "There is no worse death than the end of hope." Guinevere
: You and I are not the polite people that live in poems. We are blessed and cursed by our times.
: My father told me great tales of you. Arthur
: Really? And what did you hear? Guinevere
: Fairy tales. The kind you hear about people so brave, so selfless, that they can't be real.
: Arthur and his knights. A leader both Briton and Roman. And yet, you chose your allegiance to Rome, to those who take what does not belong to them. That same Rome that took your men from their homeland. Arthur
: Listen, lady, do not pretend you know anything about me or my men. Guinevere
: How many Britons have you killed? Arthur
: As many as tried to kill me. It's the natural state of any man to want to live. Guinevere
: Animals live! It's the natural state of any man to want to live free... in their own country. I belong to this land. Where do you belong, Arthur?
[Arthur has re-set Guinevere's broken fingers
: How's your hand? Guinevere
: I'll live, I promise you.
: [to Arthur
] Is there nothing about my land that appeals to your heart? Your own father married a Briton. Even he must have found something to his liking.
: This is heaven for me. Lancelot
: I don't believe in Heaven, I've been living in this Hell. But if you represent what Heaven is, then take me there.
[it starts raining and snowing
: Rain and snow at once... a bad omen.
: They tortured me... with machines.
[about Arthur's father
: He died in battle? Arthur
: It's a family tradition.
: I belong to this land. Where do you belong?
: What tomorrow brings, we cannot know.
: If there is any honor in you, promise me never to do that again. Lancelot
: I don't know about honor. But I promise you, I won't kiss you again till you ask me to.
: I want to marry you. Not your crown, not your army. Just you.
: Love has many faces. I may look on you differently, but not with less love.
: I only know one way to love my lord, and that is body and mind and soul.
: John will send any message you want. Guinevere
: My Lord grants my wishes before I speak them. Guinevere
: [Addressing the messenger
] Tell my people I'm come safe into my new country. Tell them you saw my eyes filled with tears of joy. Arthur
: Already a queen.
: I want answers now. Who are you imposters? Lord Viper
: We're the Knights of Justice and... Queen Morgana
: Silence. Arthur and his knights are in the Cave of Glass. No one tries to make a fool of Morgana. Let them join Guinevere. A few years in the dungeon and you may decide to answer my questions.
: Arthur. You *are* alive. Lord Viper
: [in the doorway
] But not for long.
: Excalibur is only steel, and mortal humans are made of flesh and blood. You are made out of stone, Warlord Blackwing. Stone breaks steel every time. Stone can crush flesh. Warlord Blackwing
: But his sword really is magical. It's harder than stone. Queen Morgana
: Excalibur has strength, this is true. But you are *my* Warlords. Tell me what can a sword do against my magic?
: Oh, man, this place smells worse than Phil's sneakers. Queen Guinevere
: It is the stench of evil you smell, Sir Trunk.
: My queen, aren't the knights acting most strangely since their return? Queen Guinevere
: No more strangely than my husband Arthur acts. He speaks and acts in ways that are not those of the Arthur I know. And yet my eyes see my Arthur and my heart knows how generous his heart is.
: Death is not my intention, though I would gladly risk it for Camelot.
: Help her, and Queen Aleta dies. Queen Guinevere
: It's true: if you help, Aleta may die. But would she want to live at the price of a life of slavery for her people? Is this what you want for your children and for *their* children?
: Please continue, Maldon. Give me one good reason to kill you here and now.
: Gwen? Queen Guinevere
: Is it true? Are you really here? Please don't let me be dreaming. King Arthur
: [hugging her
] You're not dreaming, Gwen. The nightmare is over.
: [meeting him at the foot of the stairs after she senses what's happened in the battle
] Lancelot - he's been hurt! Lance
] I heard you cry.
: Your magic is like a child's plaything against my power. Queen Morgana
: The ground you stand on shall consume you, old man.
[causes the mountain to form into a stone dinosaur-like creature
: Back to the earth you came from.
: Merlin cannot do anything against our Warlords. They are from his own book of magic.
: Now can we please relax and have a pleasant day? Arthur King
: Relax? Whoa. This is gonna take some getting used to.
: Arthur... Arthur King
] You're right - here I am at a celebration and all I can do is imagine terrible things happening back at the castle. Queen Guinevere
: They are only that: imaginings.
: Be careful, Arthur. Arthur King
: [clasps her shoulder
: To have a Lancelot who does not remember who he is in our midst is a rare opportunity.
: Your twin brother Sir Lancelot was one of Arthur's knights. When he could no longer stand Arthur's evil, he left for a distant land. Our plan was to have you ride to Camelot and pretend you were Sir Lancelot. Lance
: What was I to do in the castle? Queen Morgana
: Two nights after you are back in Arthur's confidence, you will lower scaling ropes from the castle's battlements, disable their defenses and lower the drawbridge so we can enter. Lord Viper
] I know you will not let you queen down, Sir William. Or should I say, Sir Lancelot.
: Arthur, it is no secret that I feel you and the Knights of Justice have - somehow changed. Not for the worse. Truth be told, there are many things about this change in you that please me.
: You seem a trifle overheated, Princess. Perhaps it would be best if you tried to cool off a bit. Princess Alyssa
: Oh, Lady Guinevere. I'm sorry, were you talking to me? Queen Guinevere
: Let us set two things straight, Princess. First, I am *Queen* Guinevere, not "Lady". And second, be warned: if ever again I find you draped upon my husband like a melted candle upon a stick, I will personally see to it that the next time you appear in public, you will do so contained within a coffin.
: Gwen... you... you must continue our work... here. We must have peace. No matter what happens to me, Camelot and Velwyn must... become... friends. Queen Guinevere
] I know, my love. The ideals of Camelot must live on.
] Queen Guinevere
: It's wonderful to see you smile again, my love. King Arthur
: Yes, I was just thinking. While Merlin may have provided the cure that drew the poison from my body, it was you and Valiant who found a way to triumph over hatred and distrust, the blackest poison of them all.
: [speaking of Gwen and Elyan's late father
] I think he'd be proud. Gwen
: Particularly of Elyan. Sir Elyan
: Me? Gwen
: Not just because you're a knight, but because of the man you've become. Sir Elyan
: I don't think so. Sir Percival
: She's right. Sir Gwaine
: Absolutely. You're outstanding. Especially when it comes to trying to sweet talk the ladies, if nothing else. Sir Elyan
: Don't listen to him. Sir Gwaine
: No. Elyan loves only one woman. Gwen
: Who? Sir Elyan
: You! Gwen
: Tell me! I'm your sister. Sir Gwaine
: Did Arthur not say? Gwen
: Arthur never tells me anything. Sir Elyan
: But he told you who Gwaine's in love with. Gwen
: I thought we could play a little game. Gwen
: A game? Morgana
: To find out just how much Arthur loves you.
: Arthur thinks he's won. He has no idea. Morgana
: Do you understand now who you can trust? Gwen
: It's you, Morgana. It's only ever been you. Morgana
: You're not one of them, and you never will be. Gwen
: You don't know how much I hate them - all of them.
: Now how could you know that? No one knew but Lord Viper and myself. Merlin! Yes, he knows all and sees all. Too bad he cannot *do* all, and help you escape.
: Your first assignment will be to help us find and capture your friends, so they too can become Warlords. Arthur King
: [from behind
] I dunno about that last part, Morgana. But at least you won't have to make him look for us.
] It's easier to jump the walls of Camelot on horseback than to persuade my husband to dance.
: You were a woman long before you ever thought of becoming a knight. And women are capable of far more than the male mind can imagine. Just because you wear a dress, pretty or otherwise, does not mean you cannot do anything you set your heart to. And should anyone ever try to suggest anything to the contrary, just calmly and quietly enlighten them.
[points the sword she just took down at the dressmaker's dummy
] Queen Morgana
: What a pity. Merlin lost his book of magic and I found it.
: I knew they would try something. Warlord Blackwing
: But what? Queen Morgana
: The unexpected, of course.
: I fear my Arthur is no more. Squire Everett
: If that were true, Majesty, Morgana would not have spared your life. Queen Guinevere
: I hope you're right, Everett. I need to hope. Squire Everett
: I'm sure, Majesty. King Arthur would never let us down, I know it.
: Let Guinevere go. Queen Morgana
: As you ask, Arthur.
[pushes her off the rampart
: I haven't seen him this happy in a long time. Gwen
: Yes. He has changed, hasn't he? Merlin
: Yeah. Yeah, I think he has.
[Arthur throws a water bag, striking Merlin about the head
: Sorry. Fill that up, will you, Merlin? Merlin
: [under his breath
] Well, perhaps he's not so totally changed.
: I sometimes forget how beautiful Camelot is... Gwen
: Mmm. Arthur
: ...but never how beautiful my queen is.
[Gewn laughs and Merlin flaps his lips
: Was that you, Merlin? Merlin
: The horse.
: And what, pray tell, is this device? Arthur King
: Oh, a little something Sir Tone's whipping up to help us enjoy... Camelot's recreational facility.
[shares a wink with Lance
] Queen Guinevere
: Arthur, I'm sure I have no idea what you're talking about. But then I rarely do as of late.
: Arthur and Lancelot walking underwater? Yet - I feel no power of magic at work. How can they manage this feat?
] Queen Guinevere
: Ten years have passed since our wedding day; I can hardly believe it. I still remember it as if it were yesterday, the garters and the parties and the music... King Arthur
: What I can still remember is your father's face. Horrified at the idea of you marrying a penniless young upstart with nothing more to offer than a dream called Camelot. Queen Guinevere
] It's true. Father couldn't stand you; he found you quite impossible. King Arthur
: Oh, I probably was. But you've got to admit I've improved since the days of my arrogant youth. Thanks to you. All that I've become, Gwen, all that I've accomplished, is because of you.
: It didn't turn out to be the quiet anniversary we hoped for, did it, Gwen? Queen Guinevere
] My marriage to you has never been quiet, Arthur.
: You must always be open to learn from the past, to improve the future.
] I entrust you to do what is necessary to ensure that justice is ensured.
: I can't find my comb. Gwen
: Have you looked? Arthur
[Gwen passes directly to Arthur's cabinet, picks up his comb and holds it before him
: Must've been under something. Gwen
: Your nose? Arthur
: You just have this way of seeing things. Gwen
: Yes, two of them. They're called eyes.
: You aren't happy with your husband? Gwen
: I'd be happy if he died tomorrow.
King Arthur Pendragon
: Guinevere how could you do it? Did you not think of me at all? Queen Guinevere
: You left me alone for years, did you not think of me? What of my honor finding out my husband had a child by a woman called Morgan Le Fay? Mordred
: Good one. Oh, come, Father, this is becoming distressingly personal.
: How could you know? Merlin
: yeah, alright. You've finally found out. I'll tell you.
[takes a deep breath
: I'm physic. Gwen
] No you're not. Merlin
: It's true. Gwen
: Alright, what am I thinking? Merlin
: [pretending to concentrate
] That I'm... *not* physic. Gwen
] You're strange.
[Merlin gives her a look
: I-I don't mean that in a nasty way. You're just... funny.
: In life you always have a choice. Sometimes it's easier to think that you don't.
: [riding out to a picnic
] Well, this is nice, isn't it? Just the two of us? Gwen
: Well, three of us. Arthur
: Merlin? Merlin doesn't count. Merlin
: Don't count? Not here... Not actually speaking right now...
: You know, Rowanne, there is room in the heavens for an infinite number of stars. There is no need for anyone to stand in the way of another's brightness.
: Here! Come and join me.
[Merlin, Gwen, Gaius, Lancelot, Gwaine, Elyan, Leon, and Percival take seats around the round table along with him
: This table belonged to the ancient kings of Camelot. A round table afforded no man more importance than any other. They believed in equality in all things. So, it seems fitting that we revive this tradition now. Without each of you, we would not be here. My father has languished in prison for too long. Tomorrow, I make my bid to rescue him. Are there any around this table who will join me?
[each of them stand and talk in turns
: You taught me the values of being a knight, the code by which a man should live his life. To fight with honour for justice, freedom, and all that's good. I believe in the world that you will build. Elyan
: Even though I was a commoner, a nobody, you were willing to lay down your life for me, Arthur. It is now my turn to repay you. Sir Leon
: I have fought alongside you many times. There is no one that I would rather die for. Gwaine
] I think we've no chance. But I wouldn't miss it for the world. Percival
: Your enemies are my enemies. Gaius
: If you need an old man.
[Arthur smiles briefly, tears flowing in his eyes
: You know the answer.
[everyone has now stood up, except for Merlin, who grins where he is still sitting
: [raises an eyebrow
] Merlin? Merlin
: No, I don't really fancy it. Arthur
: You don't have a choice, Merlin. Merlin
[he stands with a smile, then nods seriously
: Look into their eyes. Have you ever before seen three more pure or shining souls?
: Mm, he must love her very deeply. King Arthur
: Yes, maybe even as deeply as I love you, Gwen. Queen Guinevere
: I should have known better than to trust a Frenchman!
: I was at Arthur's side when he founded Camelot, and as he built and shaped it. It was a dream I dreamt with him. As his queen, it is my duty to see that it does not perish. And that is why I am choosing now to put the dream of Camelot where Arthur always saw it as its best. I am choosing to step aside, and to put it into the hands of the future, into the hands of one whom Arthur loved as a son, and regarded as an heir. I am choosing to abdicate, and to name as my immediate successor... Prince Valiant of Thule.
] Queen Guinevere
: The Dark Man. It's not you, it's Camelot he wants. Isn't it, Arthur? King Arthur
: Yes, Gwen, I fear it is. But I know we shall triumph. For we have not only truth on our side, but the strength and promise of the future.
: Merlin should take some of the credit. Turns out he's not always entirely stupid. Gwen
: Is that a compliment? Arthur
: Don't tell him, whatever you do. I'll never hear the end of it.
: A good king should respect the traditions of the past, as my father did. Gwen
: I know that. Arthur
: But a good king should also be true to himself, and do as he sees fit, and be seen with those who he cares for. Gwen
: Even if they're not... appropriate?
: Does that answer your question? Gwen
: It's a start.
: How did the battle go? Arthur, roi de Bretagne
: New technique: we behave like idiots, the other side laughs, we strike. It's new. Guenièvre
: Everyone does that? Arthur, roi de Bretagne
: No, just us. Because we have to pass for idiots in record time. There, we're considerably ahead.
: He thinks by running away he can leave the hurt behind. But he can only take it with him. Queen Guinevere
: Young love. We do forget how joyfully it's found, and how painfully it's lost.
: Where hides evil in my kingdom, then? Merlin
: Always... where you never expect it. Always. Gawain
: I know where. Arthur
: Where, Sir Gawain? Gawain
: I cannot say. Arthur
: You must speak your heart. You sit at the Round Table. Where is this evil? Gawain
: He's our best... and our bravest... why, then, is he never here? Without Lancelot, this table is nothing! Is there anyone here who doesn't think him a god? And now to be driven from us
[points to Guenevere
: by a woman's desire! Guenevere
: In the idleness that comes with peace, I see that gossip has bred its own evil! I will forgive your hasty words. Come... drink from Lancelot's cup, and partake of his 'goodness'.
[the cup is passed to Gawain, who proceeds to slam it upside-down on the table in defiance of Guenevere
: You DARE accuse the Queen, Gawain? Gawain
: I do! Guenevere
: I protest my innocence! Arthur
: [standing up and drawing Excalibur threateningly
] WERE I NOT KING, I WOULD MAKE YOU PAY WITH YOUR LIFE FOR WHAT YOU'VE SAID! Guenevere
: Will you not champion me? Arthur
: I cannot! I am your King, and I must be your judge in this. Lancelot must do it. He also stands accused. I decree - that at sunrise, two days from now, the champions will meet, and the truth shall be known. For by the law of God, no knight who is false can win in combat with one who is true.
: Aleta and Valiant. They're so much in love. Doesn't it remind you of us when we were young, Arthur?
: It's difficult to imagine a woman agile enough to wrestle a wedding ring onto Gawain's finger.
: Your crime was an accident. Baron Duncan Draconarius
: True. But the man I was when I committed that crime would have murdered deliberately if he'd felt the need. Oh, Guinevere, I've been such a fool for so many years. Queen Guinevere
: But you've changed, have you not, Duncan? You are not the man you were. Baron Duncan Draconarius
: I hope not. I only pray that I have the strength to remain... changed.
] Arthur King
: You acted with courage, as true knights should. Merlin
: [running in
] Ah! Let me at them! I'll turn them into toads! I'll put a spell on you! I'll - I'll... Queen Guinevere
: [as the squires run out
] Merlin, whatever is the matter? Merlin
: Those two - have broken half the potions and magical apparatus in my workshop!
[aims a blast of energy at them running from the doorway they were hiding in; the knights laugh
] Queen Guinevere
: I believe the squires are not showing such courage now, my lord. Arthur King
] No. Now they're showing wisdom.
: I'm coming with you. Arthur
: The battlefield's no place for a queen. Gwen
: I have no intention of joining you there, I can assure you. Arthur, if these are to be your last days, I would far rather spend them together than sit waiting for a man I might never see again.
: Not a man nor beast lost, Sir Gawain. Queen Guinevere
: Then luck must indeed be with us. Driver
: Luck, and the will of King Arthur.
: Arthur's one of those rough, tough, save the world kind of men.
: So, come on, just for the sake of argument. If you had to: Arthur or Lancelot? Gwen
: But I don't have to and I never will. Merlin
: You're no fun, Gwen.
: You shouldn't have come back for me, Gwen. What were you thinking? Gwen
: You're probably right. You think I'd have learned by now. I only hope Arthur can think of something. Elyan
: Arthur? Gwen
: Prince Arthur. I came with him. Elyan
: Prince Arthur of Camelot? Gwen
: Yes, Elyan. Prince Arthur of Camelot. Elyan
: Why would he want to help you? Gwen
: Why shouldn't he? Elyan
: Uh, because he's a prince and you're a servant. Gwen
: He doesn't care about that sort of thing. He's, you know, chivalrous. Elyan
: Right. So he's like that with ALL the maids in Camelot? Gwen
: No. Yes. I mean... Elyan
: It seems that things have changed for you, Guinevere. Gwen
: Yes, I suppose they have. Elyan
: I'm glad.
: A lesson learned late is still a lesson learned, my king. And my heart sings now that you are safely back in Camelot.
[kisses Arthur, causing him to blush and the others to cheer
: It doesn't seem to make any difference. Gaius
: I'm not sure it ever will. But at least it gives him peace. Gwen
: It's been a year since Morgana betrayed him. Gaius
: His heart his broken and his spirit is gone.