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right, you know the drill by now. There will be spoilers in this section,
which will wreck your enjoyment of the book if you haven't already read the
darned thing. This will be your last warning...
The continuation of the meeting with Merlin is
pretty much pure PT with the exception of a few minor points. The deal
with the ox cart is actually from one of the original stories in which
Lancelot uses a similar conveyance to sneak into the castle of Sir
Maliagrance in order to save Guinevere and the ten knights who had
been with her when she was taken, including Kay, Agraivaine,
Sagramor, and Pelleas. Another is the old wizard's uncanny
ability to see into the future. One last, which should have been covered
already (oops), is the fact that in the Le Morte, Balin and
Balan were the ones who were sent by Arthur (already the king) to
wrangle King Rience.
The scene with Gwen and Arthur starts off
as purely PT, with the kids looking for Hamo's shop, but once they get to
the church yard and the sword pulling commences, it goes pretty much right from
the book except for some added dramatization. And, no, you didn't lose
count of the number of times Arthur pulled the blamed thing; the first
two times weren't shown in this story. Also, although Kardens was
one of Arthur's knights later on, nothing I found was said about him
actually being around at this time period. The names being tossed around
by the baddies are some of the other members of the famous Twelve Kings
and will be seen later on in the story.
The stuff with Valerian is all PT, although the
troops that pass by Morgan's castle are bona fide Pict soldiers
heading for London.
The final segment, back with the boys, is also all PT,
except for the use of the cart to get under the enemy's radar, the fact that
Rience has a castle in Snowdonia, and the presence of his warrior
daughter Britomart. She's kind of a deviation from the rest of the
characters in that, she appears not in the really old stories that formed the
Arthurian legend, but in the relatively contemporary Faerie Queene by
Spencer, where she was indeed the queen of the Amazons and daughter of
the old beard collector, Rience. Although she was also tough as
nails, she was not his captain of the guard nor did she wander around with a
golden mask hiding her features (and hopefully her sex as well). We also
took some liberties with her personality, so that she didn't come off seeming
like just another Morgan Le Fay. The the way, Radigund had
been the former queen of the Amazons before our gal did her in. Rience
also having a castle in Ireland is genuine, him being a king both there
and in North Wales. And, at the end of the story, when the twins go
on about the giant Ritho, he is one of the older characters, and didn't
make the cut into the Le Morte. He supposedly had the sword of
Hercules, but in the real story he was based in Snowdonia, too.
This obviously wouldn't have worked too well elbow to elbow with Rience's
crew, so we put him on an island instead.
More will be said about him next issue, you can bank on
So, until then,
FOR THOSE WHO REALLY WANT
Another oops from last issue, the castle that I used as reference for
Cameliard was some distinctly different angles of Windsor Castle
in England, and the Round Table was based on the one kept in
Winchester. If you can read them, some of the names are a tip
fo the hat to Monty Python. The church in London, I
actually lost the original reference material I had for it, so I found one
that fit the bill, a slightly more modern church in Wallasay,
England called St. Nicholas. The opening scene in
Snowdonia is an amalgam of scenery from the north of Wales.
The castle is based on an old Roman fortification that would have
existed shortly before this time period which seemed to suit the need so
well that I applied it to the soldiers' costumes, mixing it with the
Anglo-Celtic design ever present in the story. Britomart's
costume is a very stylized version of this mix. At the very end, the
boat the Companions borrow is a stylized rendition of a Roman trading
vessel, again, from shortly before this time frame. That and all the
other boats were pulled from my various research books (did I mention how
much I love the Dorling Kindersley-DK- books?) ranging
from ships, to Vikings, to medieval life.
To show that not
everything goes right the first time, here is an out take for the castle
storming scene. Needless to say, they were just horsing around, and,
after a quick trip to the crew cafeteria, were right back on track to get
the scene right.