Yeah, OK I am going to do this as kindly as possible…
I really think people’s notions of what, or who Merlin is have become skewed by that awful BBC show, as well as the rather New Age Marion Zimmer Bradley notion of Arthurian Legend which seems to have become for too many people, a touchstone for this topic.
But yes, many sources such as here, for example, tell the tale of how Merlin’s mother was seduced by the Devil. Simply Googling the phrase “Merlin son of the Devil” provides many hits on this topic. In fact that is the source I used for the first part of The First Technomancer. All I did was move it out of Europe, and back even further in time.
I’m more amazed that more people don’t seem to be aware of it…
Does it not then make sense that um, matters of Biblical import would come into play within a story dealing with who, or what “Merlin” truly is? Surely The One God (and his shade) might have some interest in Merlin, as well as his purpose? I mean being the son of an expelled archangel and all surely might motivate God to keep an eye on him… just saying…
I’m not gonna say anything more than this, as I can’t be responsible for other people’s limited view of history or legend. Though, once again, this has proven to me that I should remain true to my instincts when it comes to my own writing, and storytelling.
Oh, never mind the whole Holy Grail aspect of Arthurian Legend… naturally these things will crossover into Biblical ideas. How could they not?
Links of interest…
Zero AKA Zero Hour
Chapter 1. Oubliette
We stand in the city, on the edge of forever. All our hopes, and dreams meet at this moment, entering a meridian of choice over an abyss. Go left, or go right? Time will turn regardless of how we choose, but we better make sure that our choice is what should be, rather than what our greedy temporal desires would make it be. Beyond what we want out of it all, ours is a dying race, cast aside by a fickle Master who made us It’s tools. As we Ikamex Lords pass from this world, what is it we shall leave as our legacy for those who shall rise in our wake?
– Lord Orii Vuul, President of the Counsel of Ikamex
[August 12, 10,000.109 Years in the future]
Today was not a normal day, for on this day a world ended, and a monster was slain, but as she opened her violet eyes Sitara was quite unaware of the significance, of what would be to her a far off, not yet as written future day.
Eyes heavy, Sitara wondered if she had been drugged. Her last memory had been walking the corridors of Zarhur Station with her husband, and then here she was, apparently knocked out, placed on board what she thought to be a space ship, because her delicate oval Falcanian ears made out the clear sound of technology, beeps and blips, as well as the feeling of a vessels engine bending space all around her, making a bubble of warped space. Sitara knew space craft. Long before her political career, she used to design them for her father’s empire.
“You’re awake… good.”
Sitara did not gasp at the bald human, enrobed in green leather, who leaned on a staff. Instead, she studied him, noted the blue tattoo which decorated the right side of his face. “You’re an Arclayht Warlock,” she stated. “But you’re human?” That didn’t compute. Arclayht Warlock’s existed only among her people. The order was very zealous about guarding such technology. This bald man, with his white goatee clearly lacked Falcanian wings.
That made Sitara blink, that bit of biographical information reminded her of something… mythological. A rather sinking feeling overcame her. Sitara asked: “Are you responsible for bringing me here?”
“No, I’m as much at a loss as you are. I was off on my way to speak with the King – “
He spoke in a very modern dialect, yet slightly unplaceable accent. The absurd notion of who she was talking to began to bloom in Sitara’s mind. “May I ask your name?”
“Pardon me child,” The emerald robed figure offered his free hand, grinned, sure his name would illicit a reaction from the girl. “You can call me Merlin.”
“Merlin,” Sitara said. “I am Sitara Drakonis-LaSalle. President of the Commonwealth of Allied Worlds. It’s a pleasure to meet you.” More so, if he proved to be who he claimed to be. “I assume, its Merlin, as in the wizard, King Arthur and all that?” Hard not to sound just a bit skeptical. Sitara had to use her best diplomatic expression to not break into hysterical laughter. Surely this would all prove to be an elaborate prank?
“Yes.” Merlin affirmed. “Nor are you the first Falcanian I’ve ever met.” He grinned, and a devilish expression overcame his face, like he could not hold back a fact which he knew. “I’ve actually heard of you before Sitara.”
CAW’s chief executive raised an eyebrow.
“Your sister Kheira and I, we’re,” in a relationship, he thought, but said. “Its complicated.”
“Kheira…” Sitara bit her lower lip. “Is this perhaps her doing? Blinking around time, and dropping us here? It doesn’t seem her style.”
“I agree, Kheira enjoys a show, and she likes to let you know who has the power.” Merlin agreed. “Before I woke up here, I remember seeing a flash of silver, a warning telegraphed from my owl Vrroch. It happened too fast. Wherever we are, I can’t even summon my father to help. You should know, that is a fact I find most disturbing.” Even to talk of it, Merlin looked highly worried. “Though not omniscient, Iblis Jinn tends to keep a watchful eye on his favorite son.”
“Hello!” Sitara called out.
No one responded.
“I vote, we take a walk.”
“The cabin is locked.” Merlin informed.
President Sitara Drakonis-LaSalle pushed the button anyway.
The door opened.
“After you, my intrepid wizard.”
Hefting his staff, Merlin strode out into the hallway. “Eerily silent.” He pulled tiny white marbles from a pouch, closed his fist around them, and threw what looked to be a powder down the corridor. “Probes, they’ll let me cover more ground.”
“Yes I’ve seen that trick before.” Sitara said.
“There are at least three other living creatures on this vessel. Hard to say of what nature.”
“Whoever our captor is, they want us to walk about. To herd us, wherever they want us at. I don’t like it.” Sitara told Merlin, aware she lacked all defense, but for her pincer tail, and tri-claw boots. A blade or gun would prove most helpful now.
OK, I had to write this down, as I had the scene in my head. It’s not even the full scene, I have not gotten to the part where I introduce Zero, there are also a few more beings present other than Merlin, and Sitara, though honestly I have not selected who they are just yet – that’s not strictly true, the time period was chosen for a reason, as Zero is ‘recruiting’ one a being for this little excursion. And who, the nature of this being is entirely dependent upon which time period, in my overlapping universe this man comes from…
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King Arthur Pendragon has three half-sisters, though only one among them seems ever to be given any notice. I mean of course Morgan le Fay. The other two are Elaine, and Morgause. These three woman are the daughters of Gorlios of Tintagel, Duke of Cornwall and his wife Igraine.
Virtually the only time, in modern fiction I have run across these other siblings is in The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer-Bradley. Now I have a love/hate thing for that book. Its well written and all the woman are strong, MZB goes about providing reason to Arthurian legend, yet at the same time – it is a highly agenda driven… politically motivated book, which I’m sure many of its Wiccan readers end up take to be (corrected?) history, rather than fiction.
At any rate, in my own foray into Arthurian legend, with The First Technomancer, I’ve had to decide the makeup of Arthur’s family. For some odd reason modern takes seem to make Morgana, Arthur’s half-sister by way of his father Uther and another woman, or wife. They did this in Camelot, and the TV show Merlin. I however feel inclined to cling to myth and keep Morgana, as well as her two sisters Igraine’s daughters by Cornwall.
Storytelling wise, I think it opens up more doors… or will for sequels to The First Technomancer. One of which is going to be all about Merlin and Morgana. Arthur‘s elder sister will be the tragic answer to what happens when Merlin sets out to make another like himself.
And Mordred, he will be something dark…
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The Sword in the stone, and the blade Excalibur are two different weapons. History, enshrouded in myth, often blurs them together to be a single blade. Yet to be sure, the sword withdrawn from the stone was not Excalibur. What sword then did King Arthur pull out of that granite? Yet more importantly, how did a shard of steel get wedged into that stone?
– Lady Imogen Drake
Vortigern, warlord, ruled over the land with an iron fist.
The warlords dictatorship however did not forestall uprising or famine, nor did it prove itself more just than what Rome, despite all its sophistication had brought to these shores when it ruled here. Man remained cruel to his fellows, no matter the time period, or locale.
The wizard shrugged, on his staff he walked at the edge of an evergreen woods. Overhead his unusual owl friend boomed out a long hoot, and fluttered its wings. Close by the ringing of metal, on metal reached the green enshrouded wizard’s perceptive ears. From beneath his cowl he gazed upward at his companion, whispered: “Go see.”
From chapter 3, of The First Technomancer.
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