While trying to learn why one of Merlin's friends has lost contact with him, Valiant, Arn, Rowanne, and Sir Bryant encounter people saying their village was destroyed by something like a dragon. Then they find the fort they were headed for completely destroyed in a manner strange to all, and a neighboring one in the same state. They approach the son of one of King Arthur's vanquished enemies living nearby, Lord Maldon, who houses a Chinese guest who seems to want to distance himself from Camelot. Valiant learns that Lord Maldon's invention, "Gun-powder", demolished the forts and he intends to use it to attack Camelot with the help of the Vikings as well as the visitor he tricked into distrusting Camelot. After Maldon sends the four off with a threat after obliterating another fort, King Arthur and Merlin are informed and their army's battle begins with the enemy having the advantage of a deadly weapon. Written by
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Whatever the outcome of this battle, my love, know that I have only taken my body and mind. My heart and soul are with you.