Prologue

    In the dawn of a new age, the Roman Empire withdrew their legions from the British Province leaving behind a civilization to defend themselves against an onslaught of raids from both land and sea. The Isle produced an alliance of Kings under the command of Ambrosius Aurelianus, son of Constantine III. For many years, Ambrosius and his armies battled the invasions of the Saxons and Teutonic tribes using the Roman military strategies in the fashion of the great centurions before them to protect their lands. At the end of Ambrosius’ illustrious reign, he befell victim to poisoning. On the eve of his death, there was a miraculous vision in the sky. A star of great magnitude and brilliance appeared with a single beam shining from it, the end of the beam was a ball of fire spread out in the shape of a dragon. From the mouth stretched forth two rays, one towards the country of Gaul and the other towards Ireland, which split into seven smaller shafts. The great sorcerer, Merlin, interpreted the spectacle to the younger brother of the King as thus; he foretold the passing of Ambrosius and explained to Prince Uther that he was to be King. Furthermore, the first beam represented his son and the second, a daughter; and from them, whose sons and grandsons shall hold one after the other, the Kingship of Briton.

    Assuming his position of authority, Uther was henceforth called the ‘Pendragon’ and used the image of the dragon comet as his sigil. He was the overwhelming choice of both the warlords and the people of Briton and was crowned High King in a coronation of great pageantry. Towards the end of the fifth century, Uther became obsessed with power and moreover, his affections towards another man’s wife. With the guidance of Merlin, former chief advisor to Ambrosius, they plotted against Gorlois, Duke of Cornwall and through Merlin’s skillful art of deception, Uther beguiled and seduced the wife of Gorlois, the beautiful Igraine. On the eve of the imposture, far from the castle of Tintagel, where Uther lay with the Duchess, the Duke fatefully met his death in battle.

    Arthur was born son of Uther and Igraine at Tintagel and the child was immediately surrendered to Merlin, as Uther had agreed, in exchange for his masterful illusions on that destined night. Years later, Uther died leaving the Britons without a rightful heir to the throne. Meanwhile, Arthur was being raised by Sir Cynyr of Penllyn in the Kingdom of Gwynedd where Merlin himself was reared, as a favor to the great sorcerer. Arthur learned the skills of knighthood and performed the duties of a squire for his older, foster brother, Sir Cai. In the days ahead, Arthur would fulfill his destiny as foreseen by Merlin, by drawing a sword from the sacred stone, a deed only the future High King could achieve. Yet another one of Merlin’s plans, devised to guarantee his acceptance without resistance from the other powerful kings waiting in the balance.

     During these tumultuous times, one virtuous king withstood the waves of genocide. Once considered a ferocious warrior and longtime friend of Arthur, King Uriens. of Northern Wales emerged from Celtic royalty as a heroic leader. In the triumphant battle of Mt. Badon, Uriens and his forces were significant in King Arthur’s greatest victory over the Saxons. Morgana, Arthur’s enchantress, half-sister and presiding Lady of Avalon, was betrothed to Uriens by Arthur for his great deeds. Reluctantly, she wed Uriens and henceforth, he became known as a ruler in a realm within the mystical, “Otherworld.”

    King Uriens and his wife gave birth to a son named Owein. As a young man, he became one of King Arthur’s most beloved nephews and a Knight of the Round Table, embarking on many adventures. His massive build and relentless spirit were a fearsome sight on the battlefield in the eyes of any opposing enemy. As legend has it, Owein possessed extraordinary powers, inherited by Morgana, which he used to command a mysterious swarm of black ravens. Further evidence of his capabilities was proven at an early age when he saved the life of a lion by slaying an attacking serpent. In return, the grateful beast became the guardian of Owein and devoured dissident aggressors when he was outnumbered (because of this companionship, he was sometimes called “Knight of the Lion”). On one of his many quests, he discovered a most unusual challenge and battled the defender of a magical fountain in the forest of Broceliande. By defeating his opponent Sir Escalados, he won the affections of the Countess of the castle and eventually returned to King Arthur’s court with his ‘‘Lady of the Fountain’’.

    When King Uriens was slain, Sir Owein left Camelot to return to his own land. With “The Three Hundred Swords of Cynfarch” (the warriors of his grandfather) he campaigned against the Saxons along with his flight of ravens and they were victorious wherever they went. In return for his loyalty, Arthur favored Owein’s kingdom with military support and imported gifts from around the world.

    In the tragic battle of Camlann, Arthur was mortally wounded by his bastard son, Mordred. He was taken to the Isle of Avalon, his final resting place, in hopes that one day he would return as King once again. This catastrophic war turned the brotherhood of knights against each other and destroyed the unity of the land. Sir Bedwyr was the knight of the Round Table to survive the battle and cast King Arthur’s enchanted sword, “Excalibur” back into the waters of the ‘‘Lady of the Lake’’ to fulfill Arthur’s last request.

    Owein distraught with grief soon became vulnerable to the advancing Saxons seeking revenge on the allies of Arthur. On a cold and stormy night, his castle was overpowered by hundreds of barbarians. In the siege, Owein and his wife Laudine were slain and much of the kingdom was burned. Eventually, the usurpers were annihilated by the remaining knights led by Orowen, son of Owein. In the aftermath of the invasion, Orowen inherited the throne, upholding the tradition of his family legacy and rebuilt his domain into a great commonwealth, respected by the people and leaders across the land once again.

    This was the beginning of a new era in the wake of a powerful dynasty. These are the stories passed down through the ages, of the gifted King Orowen, the challenges of his chivalry, the finding of his Queen, their encounter with the otherworldly Xandera and the mythical creatures of her realm. In a twist of fate that changed the course of their destiny, they entered a spellbinding journey through time.

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