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The Knights of the Round Table are the legendary knights of King Arthur who ruled England circa the 6th Century. They were the primary defenders of Camelot during the period. They were defenders of the realm until the fall of Camelot.

The Knights have spawned many legends and stories throughout Britain (Britannia (Latin), Albion (Celtic)) and Europe and as such there are many accounts. The purposes of this article is to chronicle the activities of the Knights of the Earth-616 universe.

History

Origin[]

Knights of the Round Table (Earth-616) from Black Knight Curse of the Ebony Blade Vol 1 2 001

Knights of the Round Table

The great wizard Merlin guided King Arthur into forming Camelot and the Court of the Pendragon. No mere words may compass it, It feels now more a dream than a domain and that perhaps is by design. A city rich with Marvels, Camelot was made into the glorious kingdom of history, legend and myth. Arthur takes command of Camelot, and inaugurates a new era of heroes, including the his Knights of the Round Table. The Round Table at which they meet is a symbol of the equality of its members, who range from sovereign royals to minor nobles. The roster includes the legendary members Sir Percival, the Black Knight, Sir Lancelot, Galahad and Gawain.[6] But the true roster was lost to time included such as Cai Hir the Tall, The Florid Gwalchmai, Feirefiz the Magpie Knight, Sir Bedwyr of the Perfect Sinew, Apatheia of the Middle Path, Menw the Shifter, The Grim Huntress, and later Arthur illegitimate son Mordred. The team is successful, leading to a blossoming of "chivalry" and "valor" as their deeds illuminate what is otherwise a dark age of Britain.[5]

Knights of the Round Table (Earth-616) from Black Knight Curse of the Ebony Blade Vol 1 1 001

Arthur and his Knights

Black Knight[]

Years prior to the fall of Camelot, the Knights and their King were unaware that Arthur's relative Mordred and his consort Morgan Le Fay plotted to take over the kingdom. However the royal wizard Merlyn divined this treachery and called upon Sir Percy of Scandia, Mordred's nephew, to come to Camelot and act as his champion the Black Knight. In order to maintain a secret identity, Percy acted as a clumsy pacifist, whom the Knights thought very little of. Not long after Sir Percy's arrival, King Arthur went missing prompting Lancelot, Galahad and Sir Gawain went out searching for the King unaware that Mordred has secretly locked Arthur in the dungeons below the castle. The searched fruitlessly until the Black Knight rescued Arthur from the dungeon, but could not find evidence that implicated Mordred in the plot.[7]

Later when Mordred once again took control of the throne following the kidnapping of King Arthur at the hands of French-Sicilian pirates hired by Mordred, the Knights of the Round Table were sent off on false leads to locate the King. Eventually the Black Knight rescued King Arthur and returned him to Camelot where he retook the throne.[8]

Quest for the Holy Grail[]

King Arthur and his knights sought out the Holy Grail on a quest. The grail was cup which Jesus Christ supposedly drank from at the Last Supper and the cup used by Joseph of Arimathea to capture the blood of Christ at the crucifixion after being stabbed by the Spear of Destiny. It is said who ever drank from it vessel would gain eternal youth.[9] It was originally kept at Glastonbury Tor in Britain.[10] Most of the knight's returned badly wounded, or worse. It was said the grail was guarded by the Lady of the Lake.[11]

Fall of Camelot[]

Eventually Lancelot began an affair with Queen Guinevere, when this became common knowledge the realm was thrown into a civil war which was capitalized by Mordred who brought about Camelot's fall and the death of King Arthur, many of the knights were slain.[12][13]

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