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 suffers terrible drought, Perilous Garde seems to be the ideal kingdom Arthur himself plans to make Camelot. But the three visitors notice confusing events and actions, and learn of the price of such prosperous living. But it seems unlikely 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 to Valiant before they learned that she had perished in a shipwreck. 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
Without all that water Perilous Garde will never be perfect anymore.
It never was perfect, Ilene. It was nothing but a beautiful illusion covering an ugly reality.