INSPIRATION: MORDRED

Easily one of the most infamous Arthurian villains would be King Arthur’s own son, Mordred. Mordred was the illegitimate son of King Arthur and Arthur’s half-sister Morgan le Fay, which makes him a bastard born of incest like Joffrey from Game of Thrones. Mordred is most famous for betraying his father, starting a civil war in an attempt to claim the throne for himself, and ultimately slaying his father in a draw in the Battle of Camlann. In the third volume of my new fantasy trilogy, I am thinking of loosely basing the main villain on Mordred. My character will be the main character’s second son who covets his older brother, niece, and nephews’ claims to the throne. After his brother dies, this character challenges his father, niece, and nephews for the throne. He will also be married with three sons and one daughter. Overall, I am envisioning a complex character who will be more an anti-hero instead of an all-out villain, which would make him somewhat similar to Darth Vader.

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