While carrying out a message for Merlin, Valiant, Arn, Rowanne, and Sir Bryant encounter destroyed forts whose neighbors describe something like a dragon being the cause. They approach the bell-maker son of one of King Arthur's disposed enemies who lives nearby, Lord Maldon, who houses a Chinese guest who seems to want to distance himself from those from Camelot. Valiant learns that Lord Maldon's invention, "Gun-powder", destroyed the forts and he intends to use it to attack Camelot next. King Arthur and the knights are called in with Merlin, and battle begins with the enemy having the advantage of a deadly weapon. Written by
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