A black knight crashes Arthur's coming-of-age ceremony, throwing down the gauntlet to any knight who will fight him, killing all who do, one day at a time. Gaius discovers he is Uther's dead brother-in-law, now a wraith summoned from the grave by the witch Nimueh, seeking revenge for the death of his sister who died giving birth to Arthur. His intent: to eventually fight and kill Uther. Merlin learns that only a special sword burnished with a dragon's fiery breath can kill the knight. To that end, he asks Gwen for the best sword her father ever forged (the sword later known as Excalibur) and asks the imprisoned dragon to burnish it. The Dragon, however, tells Merlin that, once created, only Arthur should wield it, as evil will come of it otherwise. Merlin gives his word. Unfortunately, Uther has Arthur drugged and locked in his room, preparing to face the wraith himself. With Excalibur in his hand, victory might come but would leave Uther in control of a powerful magical weapon.- Written by don @ minifie-1
As Prince Arthur becomes heir apparent and Crown Prince of Camelot, a dark knight bursts through the stained glass window to challenge for mortal combat, accepted by Sir Owain. The challenger's crest is that of Tristan Dubois, killed 20 years before by King Uther (a secret Gaius, under oath, may not divulge). Tristan slays Owain, and subsequent challenger Sir Pellinor the next day, invincible and invulnerable, regardless of normally mortal wounds. Arthur accepts the next challenge. Realizing no ordinary weapon may defeat him, Merlin gets the great dragon to help him prepare a sword that will defeat this impossible adversary. The dragon agrees to under condition that only Arthur wields it. The sword Excalibur is made, but Arthur is drugged and asleep. Uther, taking his son's place, picks up the blade to fight the duel himself. Merlin's dilemma: without Excaliber the king will die, but left holding this magical weapon only evil will come.- Written by KGF Vissers
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