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by Mike Jordan

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THE PARVERIAN TALES Vol. 2 No. 9  2006 is published by BIG RED A PRESS, 18 Arnold Dr. Lisbon , Me. 04250 of which, Mike Jordan is the sole owner and operator.  The main contents of this book are 2004 by Michael Jordan.  "The Pentecost King" is 1998 by Michael Jordan.    Any similarities between any of the characters in this publication and any person, living of dead, is purely coincidental-except for practically every other character in this story, depending on how much of the old legends you choose to believe.

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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,               

Mike Jordan                       
Lisbon, ME.                        


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 PattonArthur 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!