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oy, did I have trouble writing this issue's
installment of FTWWTK. all I had intended to do was produce a
simple preface concerning all the changes I'd hinted at the last time out, but
every time I tried to explain my reasoning behind my reasoning, I came off
sounding like some whining meathead that was probably potty trained way too
early. confused? Good. That's a tactic we writers employ (like
foreshadowing) to keep the reader's attention while we pull out the soapbox and
sermonize. With that said, and everybody feeling a tad manipulated, let's
jump right into the heart of the matter, shall we?
I have a serious pet peeve about people (who shall remain
nameless-for now) who create something, be it a book or whatever, about the
Arthurian legend, and they get stuff wrong! No, that's not
quite it. That makes it sound as though the mistake was from plain
ignorance alone. What I hate is when some bozo (still nameless) takes
something from that legend (or any established one, for that matter) and
mindfully changes it to serve their own ends. Worse yet, when the unknowing
public (as I once was on the subject) accepts these alterations as the gospel,
it actually insinuates the incorrect work as a chapter in the ongoing storyline
(as it did between when Geoffrey of Monmouth made Arthur a king
and three hundred years later when Sir Thomas Malory unified all the
various offshoots). That really burns my cheese, so much so that I want to
state now, in no uncertain terms, that I do not consider this or ever want it to
be considered as a part of Arthur's story (even though I do fill in
several of gaps that Malory left), and why, for the next eight issues, I
plan to commandeer this section to expose just exactly what I got right and what
was pure extrapolation. There, aren't you glad I toned this down a bit?
And stop groaning; it's not that bad. You'll just have to get your insider
fix to the wacky world of comic art somewhere else for a while.
First off, before I really get rolling, for those pitiful few
who didn't get that "The Pentecost King" was going to be about
Arthur and not somebody else (sorry, Mr. Gibson) from all the hints I
dropped in issue eight, Amlawdd the Protector was the maternal
grandfather of Pendragon the younger, but he did not have five daughters,
only four. Kadryn was jus a figment of my fevered imagination (Yes,
it's going to be earth-shattering revelations lake that from here on out, so
keep your seatbelts buckled).
Secondly, most of what takes place in the ensuing story comes
straight out of the original legends, many of which didn't make the cut into the
Le Mort D'arthur (even the Winchester version, much less the
Caxton). I've hinted at a few already, but I'll deal with them as they
come. Also, if anyone expects a bibliography after my throwing names like
that around, I'm afraid you're barking up the wrong tree. I spent over a
year compiling all of the information for the "Pentecost" script, and my
main order of business was not to keep a record of my sources. Sorry.
Thirdly-oh heck-I've almost run myself out of space here with
my big mouth, so I'm going to have to do the rest of this rapid fire-like.
All the places and names here are as correct as I could get them (nothing had
been changed to protect the innocent). However, almost all that happens in
this issue around those correct names and places: how Ector and
family came to be alone on the way to London; the attack of the Dark
Elves; the meetings of Morgan Le Fey (this early), Sir Ulfius,
and Balan and Balin (they're not supposed to be twins); and the
shop keeper, Hamo, is pure conjecture. Small points also:
Kay breaking his sword; Morgan keeping a menagerie; even the mention
of the Questing Beast this soon (not until after Mordred is
conceived!), is all bunk.
Okay, I can hear what everyone out there is saying:
"That's an awful lot changed after that self-righteous speech a few minutes ago"
and "What gives, you hypocritical schmuck?" or something akin to that. And
the only answer I have is: sorry, I never promised accuracy. I just
said that I would never lead anyone to believe that the wrong stuff was right.
But, honest to Betsy, in the future, it does get better. Most of the
events, as I have said, are taken straight out of the legends, just out of
chronological order. So, all of you die-hard accuracy fans can pull the
nice book back out of the shredder and be pacified by the painstaking
authenticity of the costumes and both of the other things I got right.
So until next time,
PS. In case
you're wondering about the exchange between Ulfius and Morgan and
her problem in general, this is what it's over. Back sixteen years
before the story, Uther (Arthur's pop) fell in love with
Igraine (Arthur's mom and Amlawdd's daughter by the way), who
happened to be married to Duke Gorlois (Morgan's pop) at the time.
He laid siege to Tintagel (the Duke's castle) so that he could
sneak in, with his left hand man, Ulfius, disguised as Gorlois and
his lieutenant (with a big assist from Merlin), and have his way
with wifey while hubby was out making like Patton. Arthur
was conceived in this union; Gorlois was killed in battle; Uther
consequently married Igraine; Arthur (who through some bizarre
technicality was still the legitimate heir) was given up into Merlin's
care when things got hairy for pop (who left him with Sir Ector for
safekeeping); and little Morgan was shuffled off in marriage to an old
coot from way up north she'd never met, giving her every reason to be somewhat
cranky toward the followers of Uther. And you were beginning to
think I hadn't done my homework. Harumph!