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VESPERS" covers a lot of ground, right and wrong, concerning the
Arthurian Legend, so I'm going to have to be a teensy bit brief to make sure
everything gets in. Also, as much as I hate to beat a dead horse, keep in
mind that events from the entire issue will be discussed here, and if you
haven't read #10 yet....well, you get the picture.
For those people that are looking for pure legend according
to Malory, disregard the first nine pages; they're almost 100% dyed in
the wool PARVERIAN TALES, other than Morgan's character.
Page 10 shows us St. Paul's Cathedral.
The structure with that name presently in London was built much later
that the current timeline. There was another church on its site, so I used
the most recognized name. It was also not named as the church where the
sword was standing.
The main scene on page 11 is pretty accurate.
That is Uriens and Lot in the front of the audience, although it
was never specified who attended the first drawing. Dubricius is a
real Archbishop and actually the man who eventually crowns Arthur;
I amalgamated him with the clergy that was present at the incident. The
rest of the scene after Arthur replaces the blade was more extrapolation.
In sixth century London, there was a Cripplegate
Fort. I placed it as Leodegrance's base of operations while in
the city by pure logic. It made sense to me that the man left in charge of
Uther's Table and its Knights would be presiding over such a major
event and that he'd be holed up in the most defensible building. In his
speech to Guinevere (back in Cameliard) he mentions Lancelot
and the Table of the Wandering Companions. The Table's real
and served as a step for those waiting for a seat on the Round Table.
Lancelot even being in Cameliard was another logical deduction
which I'll flesh out a little more later. All the stuff about Rience
is real. He was one of Arthur's earliest adventures.
The whole meeting with Leodegrance is stuff from my
own furtive mind except for the bits of him complaining about what's going on in
England (including the blackguard blocking the forest path and stealing
knights' horses-you'll meet him later). In fact, most of the rest of the
issue, including the really authentic name of the inn, is mine, with the
exception of the following.
Balan and Balin were real characters (Balin
is actually the most well known, eventually starting the Round Table's
most famous quest) and were really brothers, but they didn't come into the
stories until well after Arthur was made king. They also weren't
Arthur did have a dog named Cabal (no kidding!)
but it was much later in life and not a gift from a paramour. His being
approached by a woman when he was just starting out is in the book. What
he does with her and the consequences, I touch on briefly later, but the
realization of what he'd done does cause him to run off into the wild.
Believe it or not, this is when the Questing Beast is created.
The whole rest of it, the mission to nab Rience, the
multiple kidnappings, the long, humid night with Fernando, don't buy a
word of it-even for a wooden nickel.
So until next time,
For those really, die-hard
FTWWTK fans, the design of the clothes and the sets for "The Pentecost
King" has been a particular challenge in as much as it's quite different
from those in "The Culmination". They are from the same general
time period, but from a completely different area. To underline this fact,
I took the distinct western Celtic overtones which I used in the last
story line and added a liberal amount of left over fifth century Roman
influence. You see, the Romans had been running things in
Britain for quite some time (I think it was Claudius that finally
conquered the Brits), I mean complete occupation to the point that the
locals were nearly reduced to sheep. Then, when things got rocky in
Rome in the fifth century, whammo, the Romans pulled out with their
army and all the conscripts, leaving the remaining farmers, with no military
background, almost defenseless. I won't bore you with all the raids from
the Jutes and the Saxons and anyone who could pick up a club and
cross the Channel before they finally got their act back together.
Suffice it to say, that by the very early sixth century, much of the armament
and style of clothing and the existing architecture would still have a very
strong Roman influence. Case in point, Ector has a western
chain mail and distinctly British cavalry garments but is wearing a
Roman cloak with leather shoulder pads. This also means that the
buildings have more stone and slate than exposed beam and thatch.
Okay, if you didn't really need to know that, why are you reading this section?