The Pendragon

On “the Pendragon”, by Curator Sophia of the Mysterium, London Athenaeum 1999.

It is impossible to discuss the Pendragon without delving into Arthurian myth, which is made difficult by the circumstances surrounding it.
In the purely phenomenal world, it is a challenge to distinguish anything resembling the truth from the romanticist account chiefly attributed to Geoffrey of Monmouth.
In the supernal reality, things are not that much easier, as circumstances detailed later make it difficult to establish a clear chain of events.

In brief, what is known:
- Camelot was both a time (an era) and a physical location.
- Merlin was a powerful Acanthus, possibly (likely, even) an Archmagus.
- Mordred and Morgana le Fay were largely responsible for his ruin, the death of Arthur Pendragon and the destruction of Camelot.
- Arthur Pendragon was a man, a king and an avatar for the entity known as “the Pendragon”.
- The Pendragon is one of the Bound.

What ruins and direct traces of Camelot that are known are both revelatory and extremely frustrating.
The ruins and “shards” of Camelot can be classified as Atlantean ruins, as they show all the signs of being part of a supernal event of some magnitude.
They share the usual characteristica: They are supernal in nature (at least partly) and so can only be entered, examined and discovered by those able to perceive the supernal.
They clearly share a common origin, sharing several common touchstones, but are directly contradictory in other areas.
Further complicating this is the loss of the most informative site at REDACTED. It was mostly destroyed when REDACTED brought several sleepers onto the site. The resulting paradox destroyed most of the site. More information on this event can be found in REDACTED.

Drawing on those sites and the history, we can construct two likely chains of events and causality. We have two distinct and mutually exclusive versions of Arthur, Camelot and Merlin.

In the first version, the one that resonates most with common sleeper myth, the events are as follows:
- Merlin was an Acanthus, possibly an Archmagus.
- He guided and aided first Unther Pendragon and later Arthus Pendragon in becoming chieftain and, in the latter case, king.
- As part of this, he forged a causal destiny link between the ruling family, himself and the land, giving this semi-sentient force a name (“the Pendragon”) and a purpose: to protect England and to empower the rightful king.
- Merlin was constructing something resembling the pre-fall ascendency mechanism. Exactly how this was done or was even possible in the first place is a compelling question.
- At a crucual time Merlin’s plan was sabotaged on two fronts: Morgan le Fay attacked him personally, entrapping him in the Crystal Cave. Mordred attack Arthur Pendragon, wounding him mortally.
- Due to this, Merlin’s Ascenscion failed and, possibly, the so-called ruin that radiated from the event shattered Camelot itself. Behind was left Atlantean class ruins and contradictory accounts, with the obvious possibility of temporal and spatial drift. (this is highly speculative, as the nature of Ascensions and the “ruin” are disputed).
- When England is threatened by destruction, the Pendragon will return, a king will rise and the land will be protected.

Mainly due to confirmation by REDACTED we know the above account to be false. The true version is closer to this:
- Merlin was an Acanthus, possibly an Archmagus.
- Sometime early in his development he came into contact with an entity known as the Pendragon, one of the Bound.
- He made some a bargain with the entity. He was to free it in return for aid in his ascension.
- Part of freeing the entity entailed guiding first Unther and then later Arthur to become rulers and avatars for the Pendragon entity.
- Merlin forged a causal destiny link between the Pendragon, the King, the land, and himself. – This link enabled him to create an ascension mechanism similar to the pre-fall “Stair” and would allow him to ascend when the Pendragon was freed.
- The completion of this mechanism was sabotaged by Mordred and Morgan le Fay. The former killed Arthur, thus robbing the Pendragon of an active avatar and the latter imprisoned Merlin himself in the crystal cave.
- Due to this, Merlin’s Ascenscion failed and, possibly, the so-called ruin that radiated from the event shattered Camelot itself. Behind was left Atlantean class ruins and contradictory accounts, with the obvious possibility of temporal and spatial drift. (with the same caveats as above).
- When the Pendragon returns, all of England shall be threatened by destruction as what was once bound can be freed.

The second version has been confirmed by REDACTED and REDACTED Mysterium REDACTED Mystagogue. It is the closest version to the actual events that we have.

However, there are complicating factors.
- Both of the, mutually exclusive, causal destiny links exist and are active, looking for an agent to fulfill them.
- Atlantean class ruins from Camelot have confirmed both versions.

Considering the actual events, it is interesting that the sleeper account differs so greatly from the actual events. As it is above, so it usually is below. The difference between the accounts may be indicative of simple mistakes and factual errors, or it might be the indicator of REDACTED supernal manipulation.

Regarding the Pendragon, it is clear that the wiser course is to contain the entity and prevent it from escaping it’s bonds. The complete obliteration of England might be a small part of the consequences of one of the Bound becoming completely unBound.

However, part of the ascension mechanism created by Merlin and tied to the Bound becoming free might still be intact. It it is, then this has implications that the council should consider. Activating this mechanism could be a definitive strike in the war, perhaps even justifying the death of millions of sleepers. Such a matter is not for me to decide.

Comments:
“Such a matter is not for me to decide.” Fuck, what a copout. Yes, lets calmly discuss the murder of 50 million people. – Irene, Free Council Syndic of London Consillium, 2000.

Part of the story of the Crystal Cave resonates with versions of the Dethroned Queen’s story. The crucial part is whether there was a throne in the cave and whether it was instrumental to Merlin’s ascension. – Lark, Mysterium, the Broadening Mind, 2001.

Lark, you were right. The cave had the throne in it, but we were too late. Meet me at the three Elms. – Gawain, Mysterium, the Broadening Mind 2007.

Spoooooky stuffREDACTED

Alright, thanks for making this part of the electronic version of the Athenaeum, real neat job. However, what I want to know is how anyone EVER had the authority to redact Athenaeum documents? I thought that simply was not done. Chaucel, Free Council, 2009.

My guess is that this version of it is redacted, while the actual Athenaeum version isn’t. Usually would take the Council at the Guardian’s request to authorize. Secondus, Silver Ladder, 2009.

We would never do such a thing… more than once.REDACTED

OOC:
Gawain af “Cabal of the Broadening Mind” var den den mage der gav mages i London “the Ring of the Dethroned Queen”. Lark var en af hans cabal-mates.

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