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PostSubject: NIMUEH, Merlin's Lover   Sat Jun 06, 2009 2:51 pm

NIMUEH

In most arthurian tales, Nimueh is another name for the lady of the Lake, Vivian (also called Ninian). But in some accounts, they are two different characters, both lovers of Merlin. And where the Lady of the Lake appears more manipulative, Nimueh tends to be a more problematic and complex romantic truthful lover.

Merlin is supposed to have saved Nimueh against evil griffins in the forest of Broceliande. They almost immediately fell in love. Indeed, as he was raised to be a perfect wizard, and still hidden, under the influence of his father, Nimueh was the first human being beyond his adoptive mother he ever saw.

Always intrigued by his powers, she was charmed by his early wisdom. When Merlin served King Vortigern, before Uther and Arthur, they met again and recognized each other. They went out together.

But in order to counteract his father's plans, Merlin had decided at the time not to use his mage powers, too ashamed of the warlock he was. The devil used Nimueh as a bait as it whispered to Vortigern's ears that if he wanted to win the war over Uther Pendragon, he needed to offer a virgin to the dragon of the valley of Avallon. Merlin has no choice but to use his powers in order to rescue her, but he was a little late to get decided and the dragon managed to badly burn half of Nimueh's face before Merlin drowned him in mud.

Nimueh, too ashamed of her new self, and Merlin, not being able to heal a dragon's breath, she decided to become a christian cleric, also following the ways of nature, as a druidess, and to retire herself in a world of wisdom and silence, in a closter. Merlin would visit her from time to time but things were different for she was too ashamed to show her face and would cast Merlin away, though still loving him.

The story ends when, having being seduced by a proposal of the devil, she accepted to get her face anew (though it was just an illusionary trick in the end) if she was to ask Merlin for a rendez-vous in a grotto in the forest. The devil assured her that they would live happily forever. Too naive, she accepted, and Merlin met her. When he realized that this was a trap and that an eternal stone was being sealed in order to trap them forever, he left. Nimueh ended up prisoner in that beautiful illusonary cave forever. Merlin has never been as sad since.


HOW TO PLAY NIMUEH:

- She is still in love with Merlin and is to compete with Vivian, whom he met little afterwards.

- She does not know anybody else but the King, whom she never even met.

- The perfect profession for her would be ritualist: that would explain why she covers her face. Other professions would be Ranger or better ... Monk.

- She is Melandru's choice, as one who has always loved nature and who ended up trapped in nature for ever.
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PostSubject: Choices   Mon Apr 27, 2009 12:42 am

That's it guys... I mainly took the description of Wikipedia because they were alright, and added some details of my own knowledge...

Gereth has joined Astarl's ranks

Queen Mab has joined Lioness' order

The other choices are still vacant.

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PostSubject: Galahad   Mon Apr 27, 2009 12:40 am

Sir Galahad is a knight of King Arthur's Round Table and one of the three achievers of the Holy Grail in Arthurian legend (along with Perceval and Lancelot - it sometimes also includes Gawain as well). At the basis, Galahad is the name of Lancelot, Lancelot being a nickname. But the Galahad we all know is the name of his son, illegitimate, and also son of Elaine, daughter of the Fisher King. He is renowned for his gallantry and purity. He is perhaps the knightly embodiment of Jesus in the Arthurian legends.

Galahad's conception comes about when Elaine, daughter of the Grail King, (yes, The Fisher King was the holder of the grail, awaiting the perfect Knight to seize it) uses magic to trick Lancelot into thinking she is Guinevere. They sleep together, but on discovering what has transpired, Lancelot abandons Elaine and returns to Arthur's court. Galahad is placed in the care of ... no one but a great aunt who let him do whatever he wanted. indeed, in order to be a 'perfect' knight, he had to be unspoiled by the training and thinking of man (like a Buddha). Merlin prophesies that Galahad would surpass his father in valor and be successful in his search for the Holy Grail.

Upon reaching adulthood, Galahad is reunited with his father Lancelot, who knights him. He is then brought to King Arthur's court at Camelot during Pentecost. Without realizing the danger he is putting himself in, Galahad walks over to the Round Table amidst the revelry and takes his seat at the Siege Perilous. This place had been kept vacant for the sole person who would accomplish the quest of the Holy Grail; for anyone else sitting there, it would prove to be immediately fatal (thunderstuck, pierced by a glavius or burnt in the flames of Hell depending on the manuscript) Sir Galahad survives the event, witnessed by King Arthur and his knights. The king then asks the young knight to perform a test which involves pulling a sword from a stone. This he accomplishes with ease, and King Arthur swiftly proclaims Sir Galahad to be the greatest knight in the world (he was supposed to be his heir). He is promptly invited to join the Order of the Round Table, and after an ethereal vision of the Holy Grail, the quest to find the famous object is set.

According to the legend, only pure knights may achieve the Grail. While in a general sense, this "purity" refers to chastity, Galahad appears to have lived a sinless life, and so as a result, lives and thinks on a level entirely apart from the other knights of the legend.

Despite, and perhaps because of his sinless nature, Galahad as a character seems inhuman. He defeats rival knights apparently without effort, speaks little to his fellow knights, and leads his companions to the Grail with a relentless determination. Galahad is the one who actually achieves it. When he does, he is taken up into heaven like the biblical patriarch Enoch or the prophet Elijah, leaving his companions behind.


HOW TO PLAY GALAHAD:

- Imagine he is Jesus Christ in the skin of a beautiful, perfect, young knight. never swears, never boasts, and has this incredible aura surrounding him.

- He is Dwayna's choice... She sent him back

- he is a charismatic friend, can be of the knight path or the clerical path

- He might have trouble accepting Mordred as heir of the throne

- He loves his father, Lancelot, and his Grand-Father, The Fisher King, respects Merlin as a step Grand father and His King.

- If you play Galahad, you'll have to be examplary in every word, move and mood... Hoo, and yes, he is a virgin and do not really think about that which we all think of... Smile
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PostSubject: Nimueh   Mon Apr 27, 2009 12:22 am

NIMUEH

In most arthurian tales, Nimueh is another name for the lady of the Lake, Vivian (also called Ninian). But in some accounts, they are two different characters, both lovers of Merlin. And where the Lady of the Lake appears more manipulative, Nimueh tends to be a more problematic and complex romantic truthful lover.

Merlin is supposed to have saved Nimueh against evil griffins in the forest of Broceliande. They almost immediately fell in love. Indeed, as he was raised to be a perfect wizard, and still hidden, under the influence of his father, Nimueh was the first human being beyond his adoptive mother he ever saw.

Always intrigued by his powers, she was charmed by his early wisdom. When Merlin served King Vortigern, before Uther and Arthur, they met again and recognized each other. They went out together.

But in order to counteract his father's plans, Merlin had decided at the time not to use his mage powers, too ashamed of the warlock he was. The devil used Nimueh as a bait as it whispered to Vortigern's ears that if he wanted to win the war over Uther Pendragon, he needed to offer a virgin to the dragon of the valley of Avallon. Merlin has no choice but to use his powers in order to rescue her, but he was a little late to get decided and the dragon managed to badly burn half of Nimueh's face before Merlin drowned him in mud.

Nimueh, too ashamed of her new self, and Merlin, not being able to heal a dragon's breath, she decided to become a christian cleric, also following the ways of nature, as a druidess, and to retire herself in a world of wisdom and silence, in a closter. Merlin would visit her from time to time but things were different for she was too ashamed to show her face and would cast Merlin away, though still loving him.

The story ends when, having being seduced by a proposal of the devil, she accepted to get her face anew (though it was just an illusionary trick in the end) if she was to ask Merlin for a rendez-vous in a grotto in the forest. The devil assured her that they would live happily forever. Too naive, she accepted, and Merlin met her. When he realized that this was a trap and that an eternal stone was being sealed in order to trap them forever, he left. Nimueh ended up prisoner in that beautiful illusonary cave forever. Merlin has never been as sad since.


HOW TO PLAY NIMUEH:

- She is still in love with Merlin and is to compete with Vivian, whom he met little afterwards.

- She does not know anybody else but the King, whom she never even met.

- The perfect profession for her would be ritualist: that would explain why she covers her face. Other professions would be Ranger or better ... Monk.

- She is Melandru's choice, as one who has always loved nature and who ended up trapped in nature for ever.
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PostSubject: Re: The 5 new resurrected: Gareth, Kay, Queen Mab, Nimueh, and Galahad   Mon Apr 20, 2009 4:00 pm

SIR KAY:

Sir Kay is Sir Ector's son and King Arthur's foster brother and later seneschal, as well as one of the first Knights of the Round Table.

The importance of Sir Kay in Arthurian lore is multiple. He is known for his acid tongue and bullying, boorish behavior, even though he was one of Arthur's premier warriors.

Indeed, Kay rarely serves as anything but a foil for other characters. By boasting many knights he is always proven wrong in the end, as the stories of Perceval, Gereth, Lancelot and even Galahad have proven, thus underlining the prowess of these latter characters. He oftens manipulates the king to get his way, for instance in 'The Knight of the Cart,' when convinces Arthur to send only Gawain and Lancelot after Meleagant had captured Guinevere, instead of sending the whole army, thus secretly wishing their demise. He is just another jealous character who wishes to be First Knight. His loyalty to Arthur is thus usually unquestioned, but he was never judged or punished by Camelot.

Kay's father Ector adopted the infant Arthur after Merlin took him away from his birth parents, Uther and Igraine. Ector raised Arthur and Kay as brothers, but Arthur's parentage was revealed when he drew the Sword in the Stone at a tournament in London. Arthur, serving as squire to the newly-knighted Kay, lost his foster brother's sword and used the Sword in the Stone to replace it, without knowing what he had done. (in other versions of the story, Arthur's experience of the sword is the stone is clearly planned by Merlin, and Arthur is with Merlin when it happened. Then they have to convince the other noblemen. I like this version of the story better) Kay shows his characteristic opportunism when he tries to claim it was he that pulled the sword from the stone, making him the true King of the Britons, but, as the stone is replaced by Merlin in the rock and no one can move it but Arthur, he relents and admits it was Arthur who did it. He becomes one of the first Knights of the Round Table and serves his foster-brother faithfully throughout his life, trying to smother his jealousy as he can.

Kay is hot headed and has a fiery temper, but he is more or less an incompetent braggart. He was mainly used as a scoffer and a troublemaker. Scholars have pointed out that Kay's scornful, overly boastful character never makes him a clown, a coward or a traitor. Kay's portrayal tends to range from merely cruel and malicious to humorously derisive and even endearing.


HOW TO PLAY SENECHAL KAY?

> Kay is respected but not really liked by the other Knights. He has tricked Lancelot and Gawain in the past. They often have to react and musel him before his temper leads him too far on boasting. Though he boasts, he is always wary of the limits not to cross in order to be in trouble.

> He and Perceval had their moments. Indeed, when Perceval went to Camelot, all naive and pure, asking for weapons, Kay told him that he had to kill a Knight in order to become one and steal his weapons. Perceval naively believed him and left and that made evryone laugh but the King. Perceval actully did so, he slayed one of Camelot's worst enemies and came back shutting everyone's mouth, but Kay's who slapped in anger a passing maiden who was praising Perceval. Perceval later avenged the maiden and broke Kay's shoulder in jousting. His shoulder still aches today.

> He and Gereth also have a past. He used to use Gereth as a kitchen boy and constently ridicule him, until Gereth came back having slyed the Red Knight, once again shutting his mouth.

> Play Kay as a constant jealous, but he is still a Knight of the round table and is faithful to Camelot. He just has a big ego and not enough talent compared to the other Knights to express it. Still, he knows how to fight.

> Warrior would be a good first profession. Kay is always hunting (though he also is a poor bowman), so ranger could be a nice second pick, or maybe something treacherous such as assassin.

> Kay is clearly Grenth's pick
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PostSubject: Queen Mab   Sun Apr 19, 2009 8:14 pm

QUEEN MAB

Queen Mab is a fairy often mentionned in Celtic folklore and mythology. She is either the Queen of Fairies, or, by extension, the Queen of the old ways, understand the Queen of the Insular Celtic Pagan rites and beliefs before Christianism was imposed to the World.

She is famously referred to by Mercutio in Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet, taking the shape of some strange sort of Morpheus character, having the power to affect dreams and sleep. She sometimes is referred to in some poems, taking the stead of an inspiring Muse. She is also often mentionned in later literature, but her origins have been somehow manipulated and radically changed.

As the Queen of fairies, she was some sort of a Pagan Oracle, making people see their fate in their slumber, healing impossible wounds, cursing mad curses of plague and leper.

She appeared in a very few Arthurian lore where she takes the place of the Devil in Merlin's story. Queen Mab, seeing the rise of Christianism in Britain creates Merlin, and shapes him as a perfect wizard. However, merlin, discovering the truth of his birth, decides to go against Mab and follow the principles of Christendom. She is depicted as a cold hearted Fairy, but not evil in essence. She just wants to protect the old ways but does not hesitate to go against christian principles and strike down whoever contradicts her plans. Thus, she can be often associated with some sort of 'Morgane-like' whisperer of passions, influencing Guinivere, Mordred, Arthur or Merlin to sin, and thus, to question their faith in Christendom.


HOW TO PLAY QUEEN MAB:

- She clearly has something to do with Elementalist, since the Celtic gods were based on the elements, but you can make that her secondary profession of you like. As a mistress of curses, Necromancer is a good pick and might be the best graphic representation of her (especially with a dark skin and short white hair, like a fairy). mesmer is a good choice too, since she is a seductress.

- Her and Merlin will have difficulties to get along. Consider that the Devil is still Merlin's father, but that she was once one of Merlin's enemies. They have old stories together. And somehow, in her heart, she believes she is some kind of Mother Character regarding Merlin, so she cannot be to bad with him.

- Her and Morgane shall get along pretty well, Morgane having been an old ally.

- She should be pleased that the Gods right now represent the Equilibrium, and that Christianity is dead, though she might have trouble with Dwayna. Mab is a feminine figure of feminine femme fatale supremacy so Balthazar should not be the best pick. Grenth for his 'Devil' past, as an enemy of Merlin, Lyssa for her mesmering side, and Melandru for her natural interests should be her favorites. In any case, she is Lyssa's pick, that's for a reason.
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PostSubject: Gareth   Sat Apr 18, 2009 6:51 pm

SIR GARETH

Sir Gareth is Balthazar's choice. He was a Knight of the Round Table in Arthurian Legend, youngest son of Lot and of Morgause, King Arthur's half-sister, thus making him Arthur's nephew, as well as little brother to Gawain, Agravaine, Gaheris, all named including himself, after the prestigious name of his older brother Gawain.

Gareth came to Camelot in disguise with the will to become a Knight but Kay, who always gave him difficult work, teased him as being a lowly kitchen boy, and nicknamed him "Fair Hands", stipulating that his hands were too gentle and soft to wash the dishes, even less to carry a sword.

Though he always lived in the shadow of his alder brother, he later on defeated the Red Knight of the Red Lands, the Green Knight (though he kept him alive), the Indigo Knight and the too famous Black Knight.

Bringing the Red Knight, who had slaughtered countless knights in the past, he makes him apologize at the feet of the King and Lancelot. Indeed, the Red Knight explained before that he was killing knights because the lady he loved made him swear to kill Lancelot, and the only way to get his attention was to kill the knights. This deed of honor shuts Kay's mouth forever and grants him the privilege to become a knight.

Unfortunately, some years later Gareth is killed accidentally (along with his brother Gaheris), by Lancelot during the rescue of Guinevere from the flames. Lancelot and Gareth used to be cose friends, but Lancelot, in slaying the two brothers, did not recognize who they were.

This leads to the final tragedy of Arthur's Round Table; Gawain refuses to allow King Arthur (his Uncle) to accept Lancelot's (truly sincere) apology for the deaths of his two brothers. Lancelot genuinely mourns the death of Gareth, whom he almost loved like a son, or younger brother. But Arthur is forced by Gawain's and Mordred's insistence to go to war against Lancelot, (in spite of the fact that Mordred's grief is largely faked, due to his desire to become King). This leads to the splitting of the Round Table, Mordred's treachery in trying to seize the throne and Guinevere, Gawain's final death from an old unhealed wound, and finally Arthur and Mordred slaying each other in the final battle...


HOW TO PLAY GARETH:

- Gareth definitly has some ire against Kay and Lancelot (if you ever see the Disney 'the sword in the stone', young Arthur in this animation is actually the story of young Gareth. You can tell that Kay was bitchy with him.)

- Gareth respects his older brother and the King above all.

- Gareth is a master of all chivalric weapons, so if you make him a warrior, consider the possibility of choosing any weapon. I think that ranger or monk would be a good secondary profession. Consider dervish and paragon as well.

- Gareth is a mix between the moods of Gawain and the gentle education of Lancelot.
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PostSubject: The 5 new resurrected: Gareth, Kay, Queen Mab, Nimueh, and Galahad   Sat Apr 18, 2009 3:42 am

Hi,

I would like to thank Astarl for this because even though he did not plan it, I do not want to steal the show to his idea. here is what happened:

One day, Astarl comes to me like: "Hey Ced, i have just wikipediad (is that a verb now, well... let me use it anyway...) Gareth and it's cool so I created a character..."

And then you could imagine the voice in my mind of geeky PHD Arthurian Lore specialist: 'WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! Someone else wants to play Arthurian characters!"

Then I said... "Well actually, that's a cool idea... Why should I be the ony one playing some Arthurian characters?" I never liked to make choices so, as long as GW is concerned, I wanted to play every profession possible... that's 10 characters, and I had to find an Arthurian character that would stick the closest possible to each profession offered in GW. But there are soooo many Arthurian characters that can be played. You have no idea of the richness of this lore.

I had a talk with Astarl and let him know that it was ok to play Gareth but that he needed to know a couple of things... I gave him feedback because I did not want to see some plots ruined... especially when you know that with Arthurian lore, the story of any given character can vary from a manuscript/tale/poem/novel to the other. So I had to define the character and his deeds... Then he was free to play it with the limits imposed in order to make sense of it all, in tune with the main plot.

I don't know if Astarl still wants to play Gareth today, since it's another warrior character. If he does not, then you guys are free to create a 'Gareth' of your own.

As you might know, the gods are sending 5 new characters of old back to life, and I'm offering you guys to play these characters.

All I'm asking you is:

1 - Play them only if you really want to... Don't force yourself into this...

2 - Make sure the associated story and profession fit something you might enjoy playing. It's best if it fits your style and if you can play a character with a previously unplayed profession, or same profession with a different style.

Characters are Kay, Queen Mab, Galahad, Nimueh, and Gareth. You can Wikipedia them if you wish, but I shall write a full description for each one of them, and describe their links with the other characters according to my views of the plot and of the whole Camelot's past, so that you can have a great role play experience.

If you choose to interpret one of these characters, let me know, and the next step is to copy and paste its given description into your own 'characters background' private section.

Now to the description of them...
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