Remnants of Camlann

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Nicolas Toivola

Arthur is in Avalon, dead or alive... The battles have ended, with no one left to fight. Here we see what remains of Mordred, attempted usurper of King Arthur's throne, clutching the cast off helm of Arthur, his last delusion that he would be king... For this helm is more than armour, it was the ancestral crown of the leaders of Arthur's clan, of which Mordred is part, though only through his grandmother's marriage to Uther, father of Arthur, after her previous husband's death. The armies of Arthur and Mordred had met on the fields of Camlann, by the River Camel. They clashed together in a melee of spears and swords and axes, thrusting and hacking and chopping. Finally, as day gave way to night, only four remained. Arthur stood by a pile of corpses, bloodied sword in hand, surveying the carnage. By his side were two of his knights, Bedivere and Lucan. At last he spotted Mordred, standing among the corpses. Arthur stepped over the mangled bodies of his friends and foes toward the traitor. He held Excalibur aloft, calling out a challenge. Mordred charged, his claymore in his hands. As Mordred jumped from a pile of corpses, Arthur stabbed upward, piercing the false knight through the stomach. Mordred's two-handed sword struck Arthur on the side of the head. Both wounds were fatal. Lucan and Bedivere removed Arthur's damaged helmet, unaware of it's importance, dropping it within reach of the dying Mordred. Arthur was brought to Avalon to be healed, or die in peace. Mordred used his last breaths to draw the fallen helmet to him, claiming his 'inheritance.' Perhaps even today he still lays holding it, in some forest or earthen mound. His... His forever...

Published More than a year ago

Category Mythology

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