Sir Gawain surprises everyone by announcing his engagement to Queen Ilene of Perilous Garde. With King Arthur abroad and Queen Guinevere needed in remain in Camelot, Valiant, Arn, and Rowanne are chosen to attend his wedding. While the land bordering it is devastated by drought, Perilous Garde seems to be the ideal kingdom even Camelot has yet to become, and Gawain is set to give up his knighthood to stay there, as the three are invited to do. But the visitors notice confusing events and actions, and soon learn of the price of such prosperous living. But it seems unlikely that they'll get to discuss it with Gawain before his wedding. Written by
Did You Know?
Gawain's fiancée is named Ilene. In Hal Foster
's comic strip, Ilene was the name of the lady Valiant and Prince Arn had a romantic rivalry over, and whose attempted rescue resulted in Arn giving the Singing Sword (Flamberge) to Valiant. See more
The shield the messenger brings at the beginning is said to be Gawain's, but instead of the lower half showing a golden hawk in a blue background, it has a golden axe amid gray (Mordred's symbol). See more
I like the sound of that. I'd almost forgotten my true calling, as a knight of the Round Table.