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    Merlin watches Arthur leave. He has to forcibly remind himself about what he can and cannot have; who and what he is. Thrice damned. Blessed to be alive, in Camelot, and at Arthur’s side. He needs nothing more.

    For now, Merlin has paperwork to do and more magical artefacts to buy back from the citizens of Camelot. He takes a couple of moments to reconstruct himself, reaching for some ambient magic and using it to stabilise his tired body and revitalise his mind.

    He can’t fall over when there is more work to do. When he opens his eyes, Merlin straightens his itchy court outfit and sets off to be the best Court Sorcerer he can be.


    The sequel to Soldier, Peasant, King where Merlin, now serving as Camelot’s Court Sorcerer, must weigh his personal wish to accept the king’s mutually-desired advances to court him against his professional duty: to help bring about and sustain Camelot’s Golden Age as prophesied and witnessed in the Crystal of Neahtid. Of course, the very same Crystal paints a future for him and Arthur as a harbinger of heartache.

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    /ɪnˈtɜː.prɪ.tə.tɪv/) related to explaining or understanding the meaning of something: an interpretive display/center.

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    'None shall be harmed. There has been enough.'

    This time, Hunith watches everyone’s faces. Clearly they hear it- feel it- too. 

    'Each person in this room has played a part in my child’s destiny. It is time you understand.'

    “Understand what…?”, Percival asks quietly.

    “Your child?”, Arthur echoes, much more forceful.

    Hunith’s face whips to Merlin. His brows are drawn together, his eyes so distant, on something unfathomable. This is the part of her son Hunith can’t reach. This is beyond her. 

    As much as it pains her, Magic was his mother first.

     
    'Relearn the past. It will become clear.'

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    Magic decides its child has been alone long enough. It brings those relevant to the crystal cave to share some of its memories pertaining to its child. Merlin and his friends watch him arrive in Camelot from a fresh set of eyes.

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    "Kind friends and companions, come join me in rhyme
    Come lift up your voices in chorus with mine
    Come lift up your voices all grief to refrain
    For we may or might never all meet here again"

    ― "Here's a Health to the Company"

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    "I’m tired,” Merlin said quietly as he stared into the flames. “I feel like an old man, even though I don’t look the part. I can’t even remember how long I’ve been wandering around. The lands around me are changing and I just... don’t.”
    He knew Freya was looking at him, but couldn’t bring himself to meet her eyes.
    “I’ve lost my magic. I’ve lost - ”
    “Arthur.”
    Just hearing the name was enough to make his stomach clench. Freya threw another piece of driftwood onto the fire, allowing him some time to gather his thoughts.
    “I’ve lost my purpose. Even if he ever returns, what use would I be? I couldn’t even protect him
    with my magic, how could I ever be enough without?”

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    After fifteen hundred years of waiting for Arthur's return, with little more than his own mind for company, Merlin's memories of his life in Camelot have faded almost entirely.

    All this time, Arthur has been watching from behind the veil, desperate to find a way to help Merlin restore his magic. When Arthur finally makes his way back into a now unfamiliar world, he'll soon learn times have changed since he's last set foot in Albion. Retrieving what's been lost might not be as easy as he'd once thought...

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    Absentmindedly, he glanced at Merlin who was grinning and looking like his usual cheerful self when all of a sudden, his grin faltered, and midnight blue eyes flashed a deep crimson. Before Sir Cador could even comprehend what was happening, Merlin slumped, his body listing sideways in the chair.

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    “The two hardest tests on the spiritual road are the patience to wait for the right moment and the courage not to be disappointed with what we encounter.”

    ― Paulo Coelho, Veronika Decides to Die

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    "Young Merlin, a great future still awaits you. Don't be afraid, Arthur will always be by your side. Camelot needs you together again."

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    Where, after King Arthur's sudden departure, evil crept again over all Camelot threatening the edges of the great realm. But, as the prophecy already revealed, when Camelot was most needed, Arthur would cease his rest on the clear waters of Albion, and that's what happened. When on a cloudy night the young Mage blindly followed the path under the Mists.

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    Sometimes you have to save the past to save the future, but secrets lurk in years long forgotten. Will those secrets be an ending, or a beginning? Their Bond faces its deadliest challenge yet- each other! Established MERTHUR. MerlinWHUMP! ProtectiveArthur! A little graphic slash, but I think mostly safely rated T.

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    They say life can change in a matter of seconds, especially with a head injury. Yet what would change and the repercussions was the difficult part and learning to live again. This would never get better. Set during the crystal cave.

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    "Father, are you insane? It can't have been Merlin, I know him very well, well enough that if he had magic, I'd surely be aware of it!" Arthur argued. He waved his hand at Merlin and pleaded, "Merlin, tell my father he's wrong, that he didn't see what happened right." Merlin was silent. 'Go on, tell him," Arthur continued. 'It- it must've been a trick of the light, an illusion. Come on Merlin, tell him. Please." 

    There was nothing Merlin could say. 

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    Destruction falls upon Camelot and all fingers point to Merlin. Unable to come to Merlin's aid, Arthur finds him gravely injured from the panicked masses, but fears his magic. Unwilling to kill him, Merlin is sealed away in the Crystal Cave.

    The wait is long and cruel. After 1500 years, Merlin finds a way out, and to his reincarnated king.

    What follows is not a tearful reunion.

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    One druid in Ealdor is hiding from Uther as a matron and helps Hunith to deliver Emrys. The second she is out of the house she contacts her druid camp, who in turn contact every sorcerer that has been waiting for their Lord to teach and protect him.
     
    Merlin grows up balancing a double life: a farmer in Ealdor with his mother and Will and being the Lord and Ruler to the magic users.
     
    After all, the Old Religion has always been about Balance.

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    After embracing his role as Emrys, Merlin finds himself consumed by visions and balancing too many secrets.

    Captured with Arthur and the knights because of a massive misunderstanding, Merlin has to figure out how to save the people he cares about the most while also preserving the future of Albion.

    It may be time for a few things to come to light.

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    Merlin, despite the dragon’s warning, reveals himself to Morgana and offers a helping hand. Arthur finds out about Morgana and then about Merlin. But instead of going to his father to have them on a pyre, he helps them.
    Merlin, Morgana, Arthur and Gwen start working on helping magic users and generally everyone, whom Uther dismisses as unimportant. The four of them stand united, even against the forces of destiny.
    So much for Kilgharrah’s prophecies...

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    Art and words for my Hurt and Comfort Bingo Round 10 February challenge:

    It has been fifteen hundred years since Camlann and Merlin defies the gods and tries to see Arthur again, exhausting himself in the process.

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    When faced with the question, whether or not Mordred should live and magic come back to Camelot, Arthur asks his servant for advice.
    However, this time Arthur is not as blind to Merlin´s struggles and get´s answers to questions he never asked.
    Will Mordred live?
    Will Magic return to Camelot?
    And what will happen to Merlin?

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    Part 2 of 4, of my 'How I think Merlin should have ended series.' Part 1 is Alchemy. This is set canon era, from the beginning of season 3, Uther is lost without Morgana and is being more repressive than ever towards magical people. Arthur is being forced to do all the dirty work, which is causing a radical shift in his thinking. Morgause offers a truce, lift the ban on magic and Uther's loving ward will be returned to him. Uther is not interested in peace, but Arthur is. Can Morgana change Arthur's stance on magic? Will Uther's true character be revealed to Arthur? Can it all have turned out differently? Has Morgana joined Morgause's cause or is she genuinely trying to help Arthur?
    Sympathetic to the oppressed.
    FEMSLASH, Morgana/ Morgause, Arthur/ Morgana, some abusive Uther/ Morgana.
    There is also a fleshing out of what the Old Religion actually is.
    Mostly Morgana or Arthur POV.
    Actually I do recommend people read Alchemy (Part 1), it helps set up part 2. The last chapter is the beginning of the divergence. The notes at the end of this chapter will tell you everything vital from Alchemy that you need to know to read Part 2.

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    dod yn ôl at fy nghoed – to return to a balanced state of mind, to return to my trees

    The trees seem to whisper his name. The wood surrounds his childhood home; ancient and dark and forbidding, older than the house, older than the hills… He remembers this place like and illicit friend that haunts his dreams from a bygone age before he was born, before he grew up, before he was sent away. He is only Pendragon left here now, there is no one to hold him back, and no one to push him forward.

    The trees seem to whisper his name and he is compelled to move as if there is some invisible force making him go on. It is imperative that he continue but he couldn’t say why.

    Chapter One: story with embedded art
    Chapter Two: art only, four pieces traditional art and a divider)

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    She fits him, like nothing else he has ever worn. Nothing he will ever wear again. There’s a bounty on their heads. One they cannot out run. One that flows in their veins and lights up their eyes. Sometimes, in the glow of the fire, he wonders what crime it is to just be born. How could a king with magic under his sign, put a sword through a sister’s chest for the magic under her skin?

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    He thought he was doing the right thing but the road to hell is paved with good intentions.

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