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FC: The Sword in the Stone Amber Adams

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3: After the wicked King Vortigern and Aurelius Abrosius of Rome were dead, Uther Oendragon led the Britons. He defeated the Saxons in many battles and brought peace to Camelot, the place where he was king, and Cornwall where Gorlois, his loyal follower, was duke. But Uther fell in love with Gorolis's wife, the lovely Igrayne, and there was battle between them, until Gorlois fell, and Uther married his widow.

4: One child was born to King Uther and Igrayne-but what became of that baby boy only the wise Merlin could have told, for he carried it away by a secret path down the cliffside in the dead of night, and no word was spoken of its fate. King Uther had no other children and with the baby gone there was no heir to his thrown.

7: A meeting was called by Merlin and the Archbishop after king Uther died. Many knights arrived at the meeting to discuss how the next king would be chosen. Suddenly in the middle of the service, there arose a murmur of wonder outside the church. Outside, though no one had seen it appear, was a marble slab with a sword lodged in it. The stone read:"WHOSO PULLETH OUT THISSWORD FROM THIS STONE AND ANVIL IS THE TRUE-BORN KING OF ALL BRITAIN."

8: Many knights tried and failed to pull the sword from the stone. Among these knights were Sir Ector and his sons Sir Kay and Arthur. While riding to the jousts Sir Kay realized that he forgot his sword and sent Arthur to fetch it. Arthur rode back only to find the door locked and he was unable to get his brother's sword. But he remembered seeing the sword lodged in the stone outside of the church and hurried to get it. He pulled the sword out with much ease.

11: When it was discovered that the sword had been pulled out of the stone, many were anxious to see the strong knight who had accomplished such a task. Sir Kay, now holding the sword that Arthur had brought him, falsely claimed that it was he who had removed the sword from the stone. But when Sir Ector put the sword back into the stone and asked him to pull it out again, he could not. Then Ector looked to his other son, Arthur, and told him to remove the sword. Arthur, bewildered by the scene, drew forth the sword again. "Now," said Sir Ector kneeling before Arthur,"I understand that you and none other are the true King of this Land."

12: This proclamation made many jealous barons and knights angry. The other kings who ruled in and about Britain were furious that this young boy of only sixteen was to be their ruler. Soon they planned a siege upon the tower that Merlin and Arthur were in for their safety. After fifteen days, Merlin emerged form the tower and spoke:"Arthur is the true and only son of the good King Uther Pendragon!"

15: Suddenly they all knelt before him where he stood above Merlin on the steps of the tower, and with one voice promised to be his true and faithful subjects all the days of their lives. Then, the Archbishop set the crown upon Arthur's head, and the people cheered him once more and this was the real beginning of his reign.

16: Now Arthur is King of Britain. There is another king however, King Pellinore, who sits in the woods and jousts whoever crosses his path. He sends him home wounded and defeated. Gryflet was young squire who wished to become a knight in order to face King Pellinore. "YOu are not old enough for such a battle nor have you grown great enough in strength," King Arthur tells him. "Yet make me a knight," insisted Gryflet. Against his better judgment and the warnings from Merlin, Arthur knighted Gryflet. Gryflet was defeated by Pellinore and sent home with a harsh wound.

19: After seeing the condition that Pellinore left Gryflet in, Arthur is furious. He wants to put this tyranny to a stop. Arthur decides to face and joust Pellinore himself. They joust. Arthur's spear shatters, but Pellinore's spear struck Arthur through his shield and knocked him off of his horse. Arthur srang to his feet ready t fight and drew his sword. Their swords met and Arthur's broke in half. King Pellinore stood ready to make the killing blow, but Merlin came and cast a spell that put Pellinore into a deep sleep-like trance.

20: Merlin sent Arthur on a quest to retrieve his true sword: Excalibur. Arthur went down the steep path to the side of the magic lake. Standing on the shore, he looked out across the quiet blue water-and there in the very center of the Lake he saw an arm clothed in white samite with a hand holding above the surface a wondrous sword with a golden hilt set with jewels, and a jeweled scabbard and belt. And then Arthur saw a beautiful damsel dressed in pale blue silk with a golden girdle, who walked across the water until she stood before him on the shore. "I am the Lady of the Lake and I am come to tell you that your sword Excalibur awaits you yonder. Do you wish to take the sword and wear it at your side?" He replied,"Damsel that is indeed my wish."

23: After Arthur retrieved Excalibur from the Lady in the Lake, he and Merlin were in the forest on the way to Arthur's kingdom. Merlin informs Arthur that King Pellinore will be passing by soon. Arthur states that he will fight Pellinore once more and slay him with the great Excalibur. Much to his disappointment, Merlin told him to let Pellinore pass. They rode on and sure enough Pellinore passed without even acknowledging them."I marvel that he did not even speak to us!" said Arthur. "He saw you not for my magic was upon him. But had you striven to slay him in your pride, then he would have seen yo will enought,"answered Merlin.

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