The most famous Knight of the Round Table is Sir Lancelot. Lancelot had been King Arthur’s champion and closest friend during his time in Camelot. He was the picture perfect image of knighthood until he had an infamous affair with Queen Guinevere, King Arthur’s wife. This affair resulted in a civil war that nearly destroyed Camelot. Still, Lancelot left a legacy as one of Camelot’s greatest knights. In my third fantasy book, I am thinking of presenting a young knight who becomes the main character’s finest champion and best friend. In addition, this character will suffer from a curse that has afflicted his entire family and he is on a quest to break it.
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.
The Knights of the Round Table have always filled us with hope, admiration, and joy towards the ideals of chivalry. They have also been King Arthur’s most notable sidekicks apart from Merlin. I am thinking of drawing inspiration from some of these knights for supporting characters in my new fantasy book. Because there are at least 25 knights to choose from, I decided to loosely base them on Lancelot, Gawain, Bors, Tristan, and Percival. These new characters will not be knights at first. Instead, they will start as commoners such as carpenters, butchers, hunters, storytellers, and drunken vagabonds. They will be a band of anti-heroes who are a sharp contrast to the chivalrous knights we have known.
As you are aware, my new fantasy book will have multiple Arthurian references in it. Even though the characters and events will be original with their own names and characteristics, they will be loosely based on Arthurian legend. The main character would be based on King Arthur himself, his parents would be based on Uther Pendragon and Igraine, his love interest would be a mixture between Merlin and Guinevere, his sword Gramfyre would be based on Excalibur, his stepfather and siblings would be based on Sir Ector, Kay, and Morgan le Fay, his closest companions would be based on the Knights of the Round Table, his dragons would be based on the red and white Arthurian dragons, and the villain would be based on the tyrant Vortigern. One could argue that this new fantasy book would be another interpretation of the Arthurian legend in all but name. However, I will be including my own dark spin on it and make the main characters a band of anti-heroes and give more humanity to the villain than I normally do.
Tonight, I had an interesting thought regarding the female lead of my spin-off fantasy series. What if Queen Guinevere and the wizard Merlin were the same character? That essentially sums up the female lead of my new series. She will be able to do things such as heal the sick and wounded, see into the future, or turn stone into gold. What do you think?
Another classic Arthurian myth revolves around a battle between two dragons, one that is red as old wine and one that is white as new milk. In some interpretations of the story, these two dragons were flesh and blood creatures while in other interpretations they were symbolic in nature. I am thinking of doing this in both a symbolic and literal sense. The symbolic sense will have the red and white dragons symbolize the sigils and banners of two rival factions and the literal sense will be that each side will have a dragon of their own. The final battle will result in these two dragons and their riders clashing with one another one last time. It will be a duel that will decide the fate of five kingdoms.
For the main villain of my spin-off fantasy series, I am thinking of drawing inspiration from the Arthurian tyrant known as Vortigern. In medieval times, there were plenty of tyrant kings and I think such a concept should be incorporated in my work. I am even thinking basing the villain’s full name on a play on words of Vortigern’s own name.