- Summaries (2)
Fleeing enemies, Merlin and Arthur take refuge in The Valley of the Fallen Kings. There, the sorcerer Taliesin cures the wounded Arthur and shows Merlin the Crystal Cave, which provides a disturbing vision of the future in which Morgana stabs a sleeping Uther. Come her birthday, Morgana, given a dagger by Arthur, steals into the king's room to kill, secretly followed by Merlin, who uses magic to thwart her. She is temporarily put into a coma, during which time Uther confides in Gaius that she is his natural daughter - a fact of which she is also aware. Gaius believes that Arthur should be told as now Morgana is a legitimate heir to throne and he stands in her way.
Arthur's confidence in the commoners' fear of scary statues, marking an enchanted part of the forest known as The Valley of the Fallen Kings, proves dangerously misguided for him and the already suspicious Merlin, who sees his master struck down by an arrow as they seek refuge. An ancient guardian named Taliesin comes upon Merlin and leads him to the mysterious Crystal Cave, insisting he must watch the future which the crystals reveal only to truly magical men. Gaius warns him to take the scary vision seriously but without trust, as it often proves misguiding. Various interpretations of images concerning Morgana stabbing Uther to death make Merlin sway between panic and relief during the preparations for her lavish birthday, at which Arthur insists to give her a dagger.
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