‘Distortion’ – Research

When i started with this idea, i had to ‘refresh’ my mind of various aspects of medieval history that encompasses King Arthur. In terms of the reflection of his identity i’ll be using throughout the game and concept, it’s my own iteration of it, yet i wanted as strong of a connection to original material as possible to create an authenticity about the lore. Obviously, bending time to my will literally gives me the creative license to change a few things and putting the game time in the future gives me the same luxury.

I knew from the get go, that i wanted to portray and address four specific characters in the game; Arthur, Merlin, Lancelot and Guinevere. Arthur and Merlin have this distinct bond in media that practically binds them together and i wanted to portray Arthur as young as possible to show the bond these two have. I also wanted an Arthur that was absent from his rivalry with Lancelot, in the sense that this Arthur has yet to meet Lancelot, whereas the Lancelot that is meddling with time is more than familiar with Arthur’s older self. A pivotal aspect of the lore is the Guinevere and Lancelot angle, in most literature, there’s speculation or distinct claim that the queen herself was an adulteress with Lancelot, i wanted to address this and make it into an angle that would steer the plot.

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“Was Arthur a true, historical figure or only a hero of legend? This is truly up to each and every one of us to decide for ourselves. Arthur represents a man who was the epitome of good against evil, light against darkness, and that eternal, never-ending struggle between what is right and that which is wrong.”

Quote from kingarthursknights.com

Bringing this aspect of Arthur & Merlin, i wanted to flip the history books around and have Arthur be pit against the Knights of The Round. This then plays on the youthful aspect of Arthur as i don’t believe the elder Arthur, untainted by my history changes would so easily turn on the Knights (The elderly King Arthur is being portrayed as a tyrant. The ethos of the story is Arthur being showed at his future and changing it)

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Here’s an excellent depiction i found whilst researching of the extent of the Knights of The Round and the supporting characters. Now within the game, i don’t expect that hunting down every single member of the group would benefit character development whatsoever, so for the sake of the game only a slect number of Knights will appear in the future as a kind of ‘inner circle’. Most will be secondary antagonists with some representing the rift between their leader and their original allegiance to Arthur.

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I really wanted to portray Morgan Le Fay (Arthur’s half-sister, who generally is portrayed as an antagonist towards him) within the game, yet not have her appear as unfriendly as the Knights. Here is where i coined the idea of having her disguised as a local of London, who just so happens to ‘stumble’ into Arthur after he goes on a recruitment spree. I wanted the brother-sister dynamic to be portrayed without the indication there of her actual identity to show the potential sibling connection between the two, but also to have her show her true colours near to the end of the game.

Bibliography

King Arthur & The Knights of the Round Table | History, Legend and Everything in Between. 2013. King Arthur & The Knights of the Round Table | History, Legend and Everything in Between. [ONLINE] Available at:http://www.kingarthursknights.com/. [Accessed 12 May 2013].

King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. 2013. King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.middle-ages.org.uk/king-arthur-knights-round-table-1.htm. [Accessed 12 May 2013].

‘Distortion’ – Protagonist: Arthur Pendragon – Backstory

Arthur was born an illegitimate child of King Uther Pendragon and Lady Igraine. Uther became obsessed with Igraine, of whom was already married. It came to the point that Uther pleaded with his dearest friend and royal advisor, Merlin to allow him to quell his desires. Merlin agreed to use his magic, but at the price of a promise. That promise being that the child conceived of the union would be forfeited to Merlin for him to do with as he saw fit. Uther hesitantly accepted the offer and was disguised as Igraine’s husband. Arthur thus was conceived and handed to Merlin at the time of birth. Not being able to raise the child himself, he employed Sir Ector a lord of Camelot to raise him.

Growing up, Arthur knew nothing of his true parentage. Living under the assumption that Sir Ector was his father. Merlin over time became a mentor and trusted friend of the forgotten heir. Enlisting as a soldier at the mere age of 16, Arthur showed true promise in the Kings Army. When time came he answered the call to lift Excalibur from the stone.

The rest… hasn’t been written yet.

‘Distortion’ – Protagonist: Arthur Pendragon – Character Bio

Full Name: Arthur Pendragon

Nickname(s) or Alias: The Dragon

Gender: Male

Species: Human

Age: 21

Height: 6 ft 4 inches

Weight: 160 pounds

Hair Style: Short brown hair

Attire: Plate Armour

Date of Birth: 6th Century (Exact date unknown)

Sexuality: Heterosexual

Nationality: English

Currently residing in: Camelot

Native language: Old English (The journey through time has imprinted an understanding of modern English onto Arthur, so he doesn’t know there’s a difference)

Languages spoken: English

Relationship Status: Single

‘Distortion’ – RPG Introductory Backstory

Our tale begins in the 6th Century, and the throne to the Kingdom of Camelot lay empty. King Uther Pendragon has died, and the kingship of the land has been bestowed upon a single challenge. That particular challenge, you may know quite well. Excalibur, the sword of untold power and legend, has been implanted in stone awaiting the rightful King to claim the sword and crown for his own. Many attempted, wanting nothing more than to rule Camelot and have all of its riches. Months had passed, many tried and all failed.

All until one. That individual in particular was none other than Arthur Pendragon, son of the late King. A soldier by trade, he was unrecognized within society as being heir to the throne of Camelot, due to being raised by the former advisor to the late King, Merlin. He reluctantly came to answer the challenge at the behest of his friend. After much persuasion, Arthur agreed to attempting the feat and unbeknownst to him, Merlin orchestrated the entire event. He foresaw the greatness Arthur would achieve as King, by looking into the future with the use of his many abilities.

When it came time, Arthur gallantly stepped up to the stone like many before him, grasped the sword and lifted it into the air.

In this moment, here is where our tale becomes a little disoriented. History would tell you that Arthur was later crowned King of England, ruled over Camelot to the delight of his subjects and lived happily ever after. But, that hasn’t happened yet and might not. Something is distorting time itself and Arthur is in the center of it. The future King of England is instantaneously transported through time, standing with sword in the air, to the middle of London in the year 2015. Bewildered, Arthur within moments is attacked by a group of masked assailants and his most recent possession is stolen. Those unknown individuals, mistakenly dropped a business card that perched precariously near Arthur’s unconscious body, entitled “Ablet Corporation”.

After witnessing Arthur simply vanish into thin air, Merlin tracked the magical essence he implanted onto Arthur earlier in his childhood. Using this he traveled through time, but at a cost. Arriving moments after the ordeal to a confused and barely conscious Arthur, Merlin warns him of what has transpired. Being present in the future has set events in to motion that are unforeseeable, even by Merlin.  Time is slowly being erased and Arthur not being present in Camelot to be the King of legend, is sending a ripple through time that is reverberating and shattering reality itself. Arthur and Merlin must navigate London, unravel a plot shrouding the mysterious “Ablet Corporation”. Because Merlin’s magic has been depleted and Excalibur is their only chance at saving time, before it’s too late.

But they are out of time, misplaced and unknowing of how to navigate near-modern society. So they need help, help that they’ll find in the most unusual places.