In the exodus of the Romans from the British Isles, there left a dearth of power when the remaining tribes fell upon one another, struggling to find who would reign supreme among them. One, a Briton by the name of Arthur, dreamed of a peace everlasting, to rival even that of the Pax Romana and fought the Saxons and Kentishmen alike, to bring his own people to power. For a time, he was successful, reigning over a mini-Golden Age, hosting tournaments and acting as patron to his knights who journeyed on the quest for the Holy Grail.
But the hearts of men were not so easily pacified, lending to distrust and jealousy, his own knights turning against him. His most trusted Lancelot seduced his queen, Guinevere, while other knights had their foibles as well. Tristan seduced his uncle's wife, Isolde, while Mordred journeyed away only to return to fight him at the Battle of Camlann, where both met their end. The great dream of Albion went with them, buried on the Isle of Avalon, where rumor said Arthur would be healed and return when Britain most needed him.
Poets and historians alike kept the dream alive, as word of the man and his deeds passed from tangible truth to hazy myth and stories told to children. Tournaments were held in the style of Arthur by kings seeking to tie their own reign to the golden age of Arthur, and perhaps their own claim to his rumored lands. Artists in the Victorian age romanticized the legends, painting series of works on the subject and sparking the fire once more. The fire could not go out if one remembered the deeds...
Now, with the upheaval of the world, hope is fading and with it the dreams of man. But as the world seeks to tear itself apart, magic is reawakening and so are the souls of the lost, waiting for Arthur's return.
Setting: New Orleans, 2017.
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