|Also Known As:|| King Arthur|
King of Camelot
Crown Prince of Camelot
Courage (by Grettir)
The Once and Future King
Clotpole (by Merlin)
Prat (by Merlin)
Dollophead (by Merlin)
Cabbage-Head (by Merlin)
Turnip-Head (by Merlin)
Simpleton (by Merlin and Tristan)
Princess (by Gwaine)
|Race:||Human, Half-bloods (formerly)|
|Family:|| Morgana Pendragon (paternal half-sister) †|
Guinevere Pendragon (wife)
Laurel Pendragon (daughter)
Tamara Pendragon (daughter)
Anika Pendragon (daughter)
Jaquan Pendragon (son)
Uther Pendragon (father) †
Ygraine de Bois (mother) †
Tristan de Bois (maternal uncle) †
Agravaine de Bois (maternal uncle) †
Thomas (father-in-law) †
Uther Pendragon †
The Knights of the Round Table
The Knights of Camelot
Ygraine Pendragon †
Morgana Pendragon (formerly) †
Mordred (formerly) †
Agravaine de Bois (formerly) †
|Enemies:|| Morgana Pendragon †|
Agravaine de Bois †
Catrina (Troll) †
Cornelius Sigan †
King Cenred †
Julius Borden †
King Caerleon †
|List of Appearances:||All episodes|
King Arthur Pendragon of Camelot was the only child of Uther Pendragon and Ygraine de Bois, the husband of Queen Guinevere, father to Anika Pendragon, Paula Pendragon, Jaquan Pendragon, brother-in-law to Sir Elyan, son-in-law to Tom the blacksmith, the half brother of Morgana, the nephew of Tristan de Bois and Agravaine de Bois, and master of the greatest warlock and sorcerer ever, Merlin. According to the prophesies of Kilgharrah, Arthur is destined to unite the land of Albion. As a young prince, Arthur was spoiled, narrow-minded, and arrogant, though good-hearted; as time passed, he eventually matured and became best friends with his manservant, Merlin. This was partially due to his dislike of the way his father ruled, and also because of the influence Merlin had on him. Arthur tended to have negative opinions about Uther’s harsher policies, particularly his aversion to magic, but during his reign he kept his father’s decree banning magical practice due to his war with Morgana. Arthur’s great conviction is in peace and justice, and during his reign he revived the Round Table and managed to establish peace between the five kingdoms for the first time in centuries. Arthur died at the hands of Mordred by the shores of Avalon, but, as the Once and Future King, he is destined to one day rise again. He is the Ancestor of Alexandra Pendragon
Arthur was born in Camelot to Uther and Ygraine Pendragon with help of magic by the sorceress and priestess, Nimueh. Ygraine was barren and incapable of giving birth, so Uther, who was desperate for her to conceive an heir, went to Nimueh and persuaded her to use her magic to help Ygraine. However, as Nimueh used the power over life and death for Arthur to be born, a sacrifice had to be made for a life to be created and Ygraine died in the process after Arthur was born. As a result of her death, Uther despised magic and had its practitioners executed but kept the true nature of her death secret from Arthur. Arthur also had a half-sister named Morgana, who was born from an affair Uther had with her mother Vivienne some time before Ygraine's death and probably before their marriage. Arthur grew up with Morgana but remained unaware of her true paternity.
- "Who do you think you are? The King?"
"No. I'm his son, Arthur. "
- ―Merlin to Arthur
Arthur first encounters Merlin while he is doing target practice with his friends and bullying the servant who is carrying the target. Merlin, unaware of Arthur's identity, stands up to him. Arthur has Merlin thrown in prison and subsequently into the stocks. They later fight again in town where Merlin uses his magic to try and get the better of Arthur. Later, at a feast celebrating twenty years since magic was banished from Camelot, Mary Collins takes the guise of Lady Helen with the intent of killing Arthur as revenge for Uther killing her own son. Using his magic, Merlin manages to save Arthur and, in return, Uther makes Merlin Arthur's manservant (The Dragon's Call). At first the two of them want nothing to do with one another, but quickly become close friends. Arthur remains ignorant of Merlin's powers for a very long time due to consequences which could occur if he finds out.
Early Adventures with MerlinEdit
Arthur frequently finds himself in danger and though he does not often realise it, is rescued by Merlin on several occasions. These have included drinking a poisoned chalice that was supposedly for Arthur (The Poisoned Chalice), and saving him from being sacrificed by a young Sidhe named Sophia after she enchanted him into believing he was in love with her (The Gates of Avalon). Arthur sometimes avoids taking blame for things. He allows Merlin to be sent to the stocks twice when he abandons his duties to see Sophia and once more when he forces Merlin to lie about where he was (The Gates of Avalon). Arthur aids other characters when they need it. He travels to the Forest of Balor to retrieve an antidote when Merlin is poisoned by Nimueh, despite the fact he is putting his life in danger and going against his father's orders, which are to let Merlin die.
Through this experience he is nearly killed by giant spiders and is locked in the dungeons by his father for disobeying him. He only manages to get the antidote to Merlin through the quick thinking of Gwen (The Poisoned Chalice). Arthur also speaks out for the druid boy Mordred when he is being pursued by Uther. He later helps Merlin and Morgana sneak Mordred out of Camelot after they are caught the first time and return him to his people (The Beginning of the End). When Nimueh brings his uncle Tristan de Bois, "The Black Knight", back to life Arthur attempts twice to challenge him only for the gauntlet to be picked up by Sir Owain and then Sir Pellinore. After Pellinore is killed Arthur throws down his own gauntlet and challenges Tristan. However Uther has Gaius drug Arthur and fights Tristan himself with a sword intended for Arthur given to him by Merlin (Excalibur).
Arthur later helps Merlin's home village, Ealdor, to fight against a brigand named Kanen. He trains the villagers in combat, helps them prepare a battle plan, and then fights in battle alongside them. Originally he would only let men fight, however he eventually lets the women fight after he is reproached by Gwen a moment that sparks their closer involvement. He is nearly killed by Kanen himself, but a man named William jumps in front and takes the blow (The Moment of Truth).
Camelot is cursed with lack of food and water after Arthur kills a unicorn. He refuses to admit that it is his fault and only comes to terms with it after he fails the second test, supposedly leaving Camelot without food forever. When Merlin asks the keeper of the unicorns, Anhora, to give Arthur a second chance he finds himself a part of the test. When Arthur demonstrates he is willing to give his life for another person the curse is lifted as he proves that he is "pure of heart" like a unicorn (The Labyrinth of Gedref).
Around the time of Tauren's threat, Guinevere's father is killed by Uther's men. Before his death, Arthur insists to his father to spare his life, nevertheless Uther ignores him. An angry Morgana, gets herself locked up in the dungeon for threatening Uther after Tom's death. A day later, Arthur sets her free. Arthur later visits Guinevere and apologises to her about her father's death and states that he is willing to help if needed (To Kill the King).
Bitten by the Questing BeastEditOn a quest to kill the Questing Beast Arthur is bitten by it and is on his deathbed. While Gwen and Gaius nurse him in Camelot, Merlin travels to the Isle of the Blessed to offer his own life to Nimueh to save Arthur since the law of magic insists that for one life to be spared, another must be taken. When Merlin gives Arthur water from the Cup of Life, he recovers, soon finding the energy to flirt with Gwen, teasing her about what she said to him whilst he was unconscious. When it is revealed that it is Hunith's life that Nimueh intended to take through the means of a terrible illness, Merlin decides to return to Nimueh to offer his life for hers. Before he leaves he teases Arthur about being a prat, but then grows solemn and tells Arthur he is a great warrior and will become a great king, though he also advises Arthur to learn to listen as well as he fights (Le Morte d'Arthur).
Relationship with Guinevere Edit
- "I've never loved another."
"But one day you will. One day you will find your real princess. One day you will be King of Camelot. And I cannot be your Queen."
- ―Arthur and Gwen[src]
When Morgana's magic begins to reveal itself, Arthur is clueless to what is really going on. Arthur notices Merlin's constant attempts to comfort Morgana, and comes to believe Merlin has fallen in love with her. After Morgana is returned to Camelot from the Druids, Arthur corners Merlin and, despite his own mismatched relationship with Gwen, advises Merlin to stick to women of his own status because Uther would "have his head" for trying to woo Morgana Pendragon. Gwen is later kidnapped by a group of bandits whose intention was to capture Morgana, but Morgana escaped them leaving them with Gwen. Therefore, the bandits decide to ransom Gwen in her place. Uther refuses to do anything, so, on Morgana's urgent request, Arthur and Merlin leave on their own. Arthur's behaviour arouses Merlin's suspicion, however, and Arthur eventually confesses that he is in love with Gwen. But he also says that nothing could ever happen between them because his father will never allow it. Merlin says that he can change that when he becomes king and assures him that Gwen will wait for him if she feels the same way.
Arthur and Merlin eventually arrive at the bandits' hideout where they find that Gwen and Lancelot, who attempted to free Gwen, are going to be killed. They manage to stop the attempted execution and free the two. On the journey back to Camelot, Arthur notices that Gwen and Lancelot have feelings for each other and becomes jealous. Lancelot leaves after he finds out about Arthur's feelings for Gwen, deciding that he will not allow himself to come between them. Despite Lancelot's departure and Gwen's safe return, Arthur is left troubled. As time goes on, Arthur and Gwen continue their relationship though it remains largely unspoken between the pair. Both are reluctant to talk together about their honest feelings and tend to be somewhat awkward with one another. (Lancelot and Guinevere).
- "Arthur. She's a troll.”
“She's not that bad."
- ―Merlin and Arthur[src]
When Uther marries Lady Catrina (who is actually a troll in disguise) Arthur at first attempts to be supportive although he is clearly shocked by his father's hasty nuptials. He tells a doubtful Merlin that Uther is happy and that is all that mattered. Merlin is later falsely accused of theft by the new queen and Arthur warns him that Uther is after him, thus giving him time to escape capture. Uther, under the magical influence of his new wife, expresses doubt that Arthur possesses the abilities to be a strong king of Camelot. Arthur is bewildered by his father’s change in opinion regarding his capabilities, unaware that Uther has been enchanted by Catrina, and starts to doubt himself.
He disagrees with Uther’s harsh new taxes, arguing that the people of Camelot can not afford it and will starve if they are forced to pay any more. He returns tax money to the peasants in the town and intervenes when he sees guards punishing a peasant who has not paid his tax. The people look on him in gratitude, among them Guinevere, though he does not spot her in the crowd. Arthur soon goes to Uther and refuses to carry out his orders any further, deeming them unfair and believing he can be both King and friend to the people of Camelot. He comments to Uther that they are servants to Camelot’s people just as much as Camelot’s people are servants to them. Uther disagrees and Arthur leaves, confused by Uther’s changed attitude. Arthur is pleasantly surprised when Gwen comes to his private chambers to thank him for his kindness towards the people of Camelot. He confides in her, allowing her to see his growing doubts over what kind of king he should and can be, thanks to Uther’s unkind words. She disagrees with him and tells him that they both know his doubts are unfounded.
She also reassures him when he questions Uther’s love for him. She tells him that he has a kind heart that ought never to change to please anyone, which seems to touch him. They end their conversation when Sir Leon summons Arthur to his father, though he and Gwen appear to have started to regain the closeness they shared before Lancelot came between them. Uther then informs Arthur that he is disinherited, leaving Catrina the sole heir to the throne. Shocked and upset, Arthur storms out, utterly confused. Having initially doubted Merlin when he told him Catrina was a troll, Arthur soon begins to accept that his father was put under a spell. Merlin proves himself right by blocking Catrina's passage to a private room when she begins to transform into her troll form, leading to an incredulous confrontation between Arthur, Morgana and Uther, the latter of whom is utterly oblivious to the truth. Arthur therefore agrees to Merlin and Gaius’ plan to bring down the new Queen of Camelot. He drinks a potion that will bring him to the brink of death so that Uther will cry tears of regret over his treatment of Arthur, since this is the only way to break the powerful troll magic. They are successful and Arthur subsequently kills the troll. He does not hold a grudge against Uther and teases his father about marrying and sleeping in the same bed as a troll. He also thanks Merlin for his help and they share a brief half-hug handshake (Beauty and the Beast).
The Witchfinder Edit
- "You can do the right thing, Arthur Pendragon! You can show some faith in a loyal friend, or you can stand by and watch an innocent man die!"
When the Witchfinder, Aredian, came to Camelot, Arthur did not take a liking to him but under his father's orders he was put at the Witchfinder's services. When Merlin was accused of sorcery, Arthur was shocked and didn't believe it, and when Gaius said it was him, Arthur protected Merlin and gave him a few moments with Gaius. When Merlin and Gwen tried to prove Gaius was innocent, they nearly arrived too late but Gwen convinced Arthur to stop Aredian from burning Gaius at the stake. He then convinced his father with Merlin and Gwen that the Witchfinder was guilty, Aredian tried to escape by taking Morgana Pendragon hostage but Merlin used magic to make Aredian's knife burn forcing him to drop it. Aredian then fell out of a window to his death. (The Witchfinder )
- "This is what fuels your hatred for those who practice magic. Rather than blame yourself for what you did you blame them."
- ―Arthur to Uther[src]
Arthur is challenged and defeated in a sword-fight by a woman named Morgause. As Morgause has Arthur at her mercy, he is spared only on the condition that he agrees to come to her and accept another challenge. As she is leaving, she tells Arthur that she knows something about his mother. This arouses the prince's curiosity, and he decides to go and visit her. After having to break out of Camelot with Merlin's help, they journey to Morgause's castle.
Once there, she challenges him to put his head on a chopping block so she can kill him. Though hesitant, Arthur does so, and Morgause says this is a test of his character. As his reward for passing, Morgause uses her magic to summon the apparition of his deceased mother, allowing him to meet her for the first time. From his mother, Arthur learns partly the truth about his birth: Uther wanted an heir, but Ygraine was unable to conceive. Therefore, Uther turned to Nimueh for help, and she used her magic to create him, but Ygraine had to die because of this. Although Uther did not foresee this, Ygraine or the illusion of Ygraine claims that Uther sacrificed her willingly. Arthur is horrified by this, and interprets Uther's anti-magic laws and the Great Purge as the result of Uther being unable to blame himself for Ygraine's death.Furious, Arthur returns to Camelot and confronts the king. Arthur then challenges him to mortal combat, something about he gives his father no choice but to accept. Uther does not accept but has to defend himself against Arthur's frantic attacks. Arthur eventually disarms his father, but before he can kill him, Uther assures Arthur that he loved Ygraine and could have never done anything to hurt her. Still unconvinced, Arthur keeps threatening his father, but Merlin manages to convince him that Morgause tricked him. This encounter appears to have deepened Arthur's own hatred of magic (The Sins of the Father).
The Bastet Edit
- "Something's been upsetting you, hasn't it?"
- ―Arthur to Merlin[src]
When a Druid girl called Freya escaped from a bounty hunter named Halig, Halig warns Uther of what damage that the girl can do, so Uther helps Halig find Freya. Around Camelot, there are residents being killed at night by a creature called a "Bastet", which is actually Freya in her cursed form. Later, Halig finds Merlin, who is "acting suspiciously", and attempts to interrogate him, but Arthur steps in and stops him. One night, Arthur, Halig and the Knights of Camelot attempt the recapture of the girl, but she transforms into the Bastet, kills Halig, but is fatally wounded by Arthur in self-defence. Merlin stops the Bastet from killing Arthur, but Arthur cannot see as he is knocked out after a final blow from the Bastet. Freya tragically dies, and Arthur notices Merlin acting suspiciously upset, although he does not question it (The Lady of the Lake).
Lady Vivian Edit
- "It is destiny my love. Destiny and chicken..."
- "I will not stand by and watch innocent people destroyed, and I am not alone. Many have already joined me. Many more join every day."
A ruthless sorcerer named Alvarr, while preparing a rebellion against Uther, seeks the help of Mordred and Morgana to help him steal and wield the Crystal of Neahtid. However, Merlin helps thwart their plan by having Gaius warn King Uther about Alvarr's hideout. Uther has Arthur and the Knights of Camelot raid the camp and steal back the crystal. It results in a battle, Camelot, led by Arthur, defeats Alvarr and his bandits. Mordred flee and Alvarr is captured (The Witch's Quickening).
Invasion of the Knights of MedhirEdit
- "Who could have done this? You're the only one who's not been affected, Morgana. There must be a reason."
When Arthur and Merlin go to investigate the fires of the castle of Idirsholas, Morgause has put a spell on Morgana to make everyone in Camelot fall asleep, so the Knights of Medhir can simply ride in and conquer Camelot. But Arthur and Merlin come back to Camelot before their arrival, they aid Uther, and find Morgana. They fight the knights, but they can't be defeated. Without Arthur knowing, Merlin bargains with Morgause for Morgana's life, which destroys the Knights of Medhir, just as Arthur barges into the room and sees Morgause escape with Morgana, before he can save her (The Fires of Idirsholas).
Revenge of the Great Dragon Edit
- "What happened?"
"You dealt him a mortal blow."
"Yeah. You did it."
- ―Arthur and Merlin[src]
Return of Morgana Edit
- "He's always been so strong. He lifted his kingdom from its knees, Gaius. To see him now..."
"I am sure that, over time, he will recover. But until then, we have to make plans, Arthur. We need you to assume control."
- ―Arthur and Gaius on Uther[src]
In the battle's aftermath, they see one final figure approaching; as they get closer, the group sees that it is a bloodied and dishevelled Morgana, shocking Arthur and Merlin. After she sleeps Morgana tells Arthur about her year, and how she lived in a cave for the entire time. They share a passionate hug, and Morgana notices Merlin standing there. Just as Arthur and Merlin leave, Morgana asks to speak to Merlin. In Arthur's chambers, Arthur notices Merlin being very cheerful and wonders why, Merlin replies because Morgana is back.
When Arthur goes to train, Merlin makes Arthur lose his sword, and he is hit in the chest with a small mace and left lying face down in the mud, much to Merlin's amusement. At a party celebrating Morgana's return, Uther outside. He sees something in the well, terrifying him. Arthur asks Gaius what may have made Uther go mad. Gaius says he has no idea, but he tells him that when he found Uther, he was crying, calling out Ygraine's name. Arthur and Sir Leon catch wind that mercenaries are flooding into Cenred's kingdom; they fear he is raising an army and inform Uther, but he does not listen due to seeing hallucinations. All of a sudden, the warning bells sound; the body of a wounded sentry has been found. Gaius tells Arthur that the knife used to injure the man is marked with the sigil of the Blood Guard, an order of warrior priests who protect the High Priestesses of the Old Religion (The Tears of Uther Pendragon).
The Great Battle for CamelotEdit
Arthur states that the guard is still alive and will soon identify his attacker, but he is soon killed. Uther is still weak from the ordeal and unfit to rule. The following day, a patrol of Camelot knights, led by Sir Leon discover Cenred's army and race back to alert Arthur, who finally takes charge of the city from the weakened Uther. Leon reports that Cenred's army numbered at least 20,000, outnumbering Camelot's forces two to one. Gaius suggests they negotiate with Cenred, if only to buy them time to prepare, but Arthur, knowing Cenred will not be easily satisfied, orders Camelot to prepare for a siege, insisting that the castle has never been taken, thereby giving them the advantage. He also orders that the people of Camelot's outlying villages take shelter within the city. When Leon argues they will be leaving behind their homes and livestock, Arthur replies at least they will have their lives. As night falls and Cenred's army surrounds the city, Merlin helps Arthur into his armour; as he does so, Merlin for the first time speaks openly about Arthur's destiny to be Camelot's greatest king and assurs him that the victory he will win will be remembered forever. Arthur seems touched by Merlin's faith in him and shows a grudging respect for Merlin's wisdom, though he is quick to disguise it with his usual abrasiveness. At the urging of Morgause, Cenred begins the attack; as catapults bombarded Camelot, Cenred's army breaks through the city gates and battle erupts in the streets. Arthur and his men defend the walls and barricades, holding Cenred's men from advancing, and Uther, ignoring the advice of Gaius, Leon and Arthur, dons armor and joins the battle, fighting against the invaders. Arthur pulls him back despite his protests that he will not let Camelot fall, a crossbow bolt hits him in the leg. With their king injured and Cenred's men overrunning the barricades, Arthur orders a retreat back to the castle, leaving the lower town to the attackers.
As Cenred's men advance on the retreating Camelot soldiers, Merlin assists Arthur by using magic to block their path with fire. As the knights of Camelot fight a desperate battle to keep Cenred's men from breaking into the castle, to their horror; skeleton warriors begin to emerge from the castle and attack Camelot's army from behind. Arthur, Merlin, Leon and a number of knights try to hold the skeletons off, but their weapons can't kill the undead warriors, only slow them down. As Arthur and his men fight a losing battle on two fronts to hold off Cenred's men and the undead, Arthur insists that they must evacuate Uther, but Gaius replies that with the lower town lost, there is no way to escape; this is now a fight to the death. Eventually, the army of the dead suddenly return to a truly dead status. In the battle's aftermath, Merlin tries to tell Arthur something, but Morgana has gotten there ahead of him, having told Uther and Arthur that she destroyed the staff and stopped the skeletons. After Camelot is safe, Arthur demands that Merlin attend to his chores (The Tears of Uther Pendragon).
Gaius Possessed Edit
- "The Gaius I know would never look forward to seeing Merlin hang no matter what he'd done. Merlin was telling the truth."
- ―Arthur to a possessed Gaius[src]
Meeting Gwaine Edit
- "Gwaine risked his life to save mine. I beg you, please, if a knight's word is his bond, then I give you my word Gwaine is a good man."
- ―Arthur to Uther[src]
Arthur meets a man named Gwaine around the time of Camelot's Mêlée, he meets him in a tavern brawl when Arthur encounters a thug named Dagr. Gwaine helps Arthur and at one instance, saves his life. But in the brawl, Gwaine is knocked out, so Arthur and Merlin aid him by taking him back to Camelot with them. At Camelot, Gwaine stirs up a lot of trouble, significantly, Gwaine eats four dozen pickled eggs, to
which Arthur has to pay for. Meanwhile, Dagr and Ebor are plotting their revenge for the tavern incident. The seek the help of a sorcerer named Cylferth, to help them transform into two knights. Dagr and Ebor kill Sir Ethan and Sir Oswald before arriving in Camelot disguised as those two. Arthur later attends an audience with the king after Gwaine attacks Sir Oswald (Dagr), Gwaine is set to be executed, but Arthur steps in and states that Gwaine has a "noble heart", furthermore Uther only banishes Gwaine from Camelot. In the mêlée, Arthur is forced to fight the two disguised thugs who wield Stulorne Blades to fight. But Gwaine returns and helps Arthur defeat the two knights, killing the thugs. Uther, as he is stubborn, still enforces banishment on Gwaine, despite the knights' true nature being revealed (Gwaine).
Morgana's Birthday Edit
- "It's Morgana's birthday. I have to get her a present."
After being shot by bandits and later healed by Taliesin, Arthur returns from the Valley of Kings with Merlin, who, unbeknownst to Arthur, have seen a vision of Morgana killing the king in the Crystal Cave with a bejewelled dagger. Therefore, when Arthur tells him he got Morgana a dagger for her birthday, Merlin is greatly panicked until it is revealed that the dagger Arthur got is plain, unlike that in Merlin's vision. To cover up his surprise, Merlin remarks that he thought girls prefer 'pretty things', which however leads Arthur to change his dagger to the one in Merlin's vision. As a result, in yet another attempt to prevent the future, Merlin causes Morgana's accident and fetches Arthur, who brings Morgana to Gaius where it is revealed that her head injuries are fatal. Arthur is devastated by the knowledge that Morgana will die, commenting he would give up his throne to allow her to live, and is later seen taking out his violent rage on a training dummy. Seeing Arthur's grief at Morgana's worsening condition add to Merlin's dilemma on whether to allow Morgana to die to prevent her dark future or to save her and ultimately help persuade him to use magic to heal her (The Crystal Cave).
Princess Elena Edit
- "Father, I have tried to get to know Elena, but the truth is, I have no feelings for her. I'm, I'm sure she's a wonderful person, but I cannot marry someone I don't love."
- ―Arthur to Uther[src]
When the royal family of Gawant pay a visit to Camelot, Arthur is pressured by Uther into marrying Lord Godwyn's daughter, Elena. Unknowingly, Elena is a part of a Sidhe-Queen plot controlled by her Pixie maid Grunhilda, she is a Changeling, one who is slowly becoming a Sidhe. Arthur reluctantly plans his marriage with Elena, while trying to keep his true love happy, Guinevere. Arthur goes out horse riding with Elena, and on this journey, they discuss a lot about their childhood, but on some occasions, one particularly when Arthur gives her flowers, she sneezes on him. When they arrive back in Camelot, she gives him an awkward, unwanted hug. Arthur, sadly proposes to Elena, while unhappily telling Gwen that their relationship has to end. Merlin handles the Sidhe-Queen plot and makes dispose of the Changeling inside Elena. Minutes prior to his marriage, Merlin and Arthur discuss about the wedding. Merlin tells Arthur that he should go with his heart, which is what he does as he interrupts Geoffrey of Monmouth during their marriage, cancelling it. Just as the family of Gawant departs, Arthur notices something different about Elena, he sees a more mature side to her. She tells him that one day she hopes they'll find their true loves. Later, Arthur encounters Gwen and states that he is still a "single man", and reviving their fast-developing relationship (The Changeling).
Saving Elyan Edit
- "What could I possibly do for you?"
"You can bring me Arthur Pendragon."
- ―Gwen and Cenred[src]
Arthur learns from Morgana that Gwen had gone missing, not knowing it was a trap to lure him. When Gwen shows up, he tells Arthur and Merlin about Cenred holding her brother Elyan captive in hopes that Arthur would risk everything for Gwen. Before they leave, Arthur makes an excuse to Uther, which would not leave the king suspicious. Before Arthur can leave with Merlin and Gwen, Morgana insists that she come along too as she is "worried" about her maid. They try to breach the Castle of Fyrien, where they were captured easily by Cenred's men. Arthur was imprisoned with Merlin, who both escaped from their cell and found Gwen and Elyan. Arthur, not being able to leave Morgana behind, went on to search for her telling the other to head for Camelot and not wait for him. Arthur was surprised to find Morgause was present, while Cenred held a knife to Morgana's throat. Morgause then sent a Wall of Fire at Arthur, but it mysteriously exploded to her own dismay, knocking everybody in the hall out. He then carries an "injured" Morgana to the horses where Gwen and Elyan wait. They are later attacked by Cenred's bandits, where Arthur is amazed at Elyan's swordsman skills. They arrive at Camelot, where Gwen thanks Arthur for saving her brother. Arthur then tells her that is what he would do for someone he loves (The Castle of Fyrien).
The Golden Trident Edit
- " I am to enter the realm of the Fisher King and find the golden trident spoken of in the legends of The Fallen Kings."
Fighting his way to the Fisher King's tower, he was attacked by two Wyverns whilst the remainder of his life force was consumed. After being found and revived by Merlin and Gwaine he was angered, feeling that since they had helped him, his quest was meaningless, though he continued to search for the trident. After being separated from Merlin in the Fisher King's throne room, he took the Trident from where the king had dropped it and brought it back to his father. Morgana was shocked to see he had made it back alive, though Gwen and Uther were greatly relieved. Arthur later deliberately lost a one-on-one sword fight with his father out of respect, allowing Uther to keep his title as Camelot's best warrior. Uther was aware that Arthur had lost the duel on purpose and was grateful for it, calling it a mark of his readiness to be king and stating his hope that his own children would show him the same respect (The Eye of the Phoenix).
Alice poisoning Uther Edit
- "Please, my father is dying. If you have a single shred of goodness within you, you will tell me how to cure him."
- ―Arthur to Alice[src]
When the Manticore possesses Alice and forces her to make an attempt on the king's life. Alice poisons Uther, which results in her being locked up by Arthur. Arthur begs her to save him but she continues to blame the Manticore. But in the end, Merlin and Gaius are the ones who saved Uther (Love in the Time of Dragons).
Exposed Relationship with GuinevereEdit
- "If it's Gwen who you desire, why do you deny yourself?"
- ―Morgana to Arthur[src]
Once Morgana had a vision of the Coronation of Queen Guinevere, she acts immediately by, with Morgause, planning to split Arthur and Guinevere's relationship. Morgana persuades both Guinevere and Arthur to have confidence in themselves so they can romantically meet in the woods. Merlin indirectly helps Arthur and Gwen prepare for their secret meeting in the woods. Morgana then stirs up trouble when she asks Uther to go on a ride. Morgana, instead of going on a casual ride, takes Uther to where Arthur and Gwen have met. Arthur and Gwen flirt with each other, they then engage in a kiss, but they do just as Uther and Morgana arrives.
Once back in Camelot, Uther laughs and thinks this romance is hilarious, but it must not continue. Arthur argues with his father but he stubbornly does not change his mind.
Morgana then explains to Uther that this relationship appears to be rather 'sudden', and tells him that it indicates the possibility of Arthur being under an enchantment by Guinevere. Uther then acts by searching Arthur's chambers, they find a Poultice, which Gwen apparently planted there. Arthur denies that she put it there and attempts to explain that his feelings for Guinevere are genuine, however Uther believes that he is saying that under the enchantment. After Guinevere's interrogation, Uther sentences Guinevere to death assuming the enchantment will die with her. Arthur vows that he will never forgive him if he does as such, but Uther does not listen to any word coming from him as they are 'enchanted'.
Shortly before Guinevere's execution, Arthur finds an old man planting another poultice under his pillow. He claims to be 'Dragoon the Great'. He then 'turns himself in', 'proving' that Guinevere is entirely innocent. Uther reluctantly sentences him to death, replacing Guinevere. However, shortly before his execution he uses magic to free himself from the guards' grasp and storms off. Arthur chases him, but instead 'finds Merlin' instead of the old man. Arthur and Gwen later told each other that their relationship must be postponed until Arthur becomes king (Queen of Hearts).
- "The only rule is: there are no rules."
At Camelot's Decennial Tournament, Arthur's father, Uther, made a surprise entry into the tournament. Arthur's eagerness for victory of this tournament weakened as he didn't want the kingdom to misjudge his father if he beat him. Both Arthur and Uther fought their way to the semi-final where they were forced to fight each other for a position in the final. In his duel with Uther, Arthur was easily on top of the duel, but he deliberately lost for the sake of his father's reputation. Arthur then watched his father defeat Gilli to claim the prize of 100 gold pieces. Uther then acknowledged to Arthur and Morgana that Arthur most definitely would have beat him and he is fully ready to become king (The Sorcerer's Shadow).
Discovering Morgana's Betrayal Edit
- "I've known her all my life. How could she do this to us?"
Arthur and Merlin later went on a search for the Cup of Life and once again met up with Gwaine. A slave trader forced him to duel with Gwaine but thanks to Merlin's magic all three of them escaped. They found the druids and retrieved the cup off them, but lost it as it literally fell into the hands of one of King Cenred's warriors. Arthur meanwhile was wounded by a poisoned arrow. When they returned to Camelot, Arthur, who still hadn't recovered from his injury despite Merlin's use of magic, met Elyan in Guinevere’s house. He, Merlin, Gwaine and Elyan infiltrated Camelot, which had been taken over by Cenred's now immortal army. Sending Gwaine and Elyan to find Uther and Gwen, Arthur and Merlin went to Gaius’ chambers to find a cure for his injured leg. Gaius was revealed to be hiding in a cupboard and Arthur told him to give him something to keep him going before leaving to find his father. He watched in horror as Morgana Pendragon’s treachery was revealed by Morgause and he, Merlin and a captive Uther, were forced to watch as Morgana was crowned Queen of Camelot.
Devastated by his half sister's betrayal, Arthur spent a week brooding on Morgana's treachery while Merlin sent word to Lancelot, requesting aid. When Gwen and Sir Leon arrived, Arthur was delighted
to see Gwen but they had accidentally led Morgause's immortal knights right to them. Percival and Lancelot arrived in time to stop the knights, causing a rock slide that allowed the group to escape. Arthur later uncovered the Round Table and knighted Elyan, Gwaine, Lancelot and Percival. With the help of his allies, Arthur infiltrated Camelot and freed his father as 'if the King was free, then Morgana will never command the peoples loyalty' and the remaining knights from prison. Morgause's army discovered them and they ended up fighting for their lives but the army was destroyed when Merlin poured blood out of the Cup of Life. Morgana fled, taking a wounded Morgause with her. The next day, Arthur discussed Camelot's recovery with Merlin, who said that, with Uther in his emotionally unstable state due to Morgana's betrayal, Arthur may have to become a Regent King. When the Knights of the Round Table returned with Gwen, he pulled her off her horse and kissed her for the world to see (The Coming of Arthur).
The Darkest Hour Edit
- "He saved my life, I won't let him die."
- ―Arthur on Merlin[src]
Over a year after Morgana leaves the castle, peace is restored to Camelot, although Arthur becomes regent of the kingdom since Uther was utterly broken by Morgana's betrayal and no longer fit to rule. Arthur has his uncle, Agravaine, become his chief advisor, unaware that his true loyalties lay with Morgana. Meanwhile, Morgana attempts to make Camelot fall by tearing open the veil between the living world and the spirit world, thus summoning dangerous creatures known as the Dorocha. The Dorocha begin to strike people down at night throughout Camelot and are immune to all but fire and light. Arthur, desperate to resolve the crisis, learns from Gaius that the only way to defeat the Dorocha is to make a blood sacrifice on the altar in the Isle of the Blessed to repair the veil and seal the Dorocha in the spirit world. Arthur therefore plans to sacrifice himself. He says farewell to his father and Gwen before leaving with Merlin and the knights.
However, en route to the Isle of the Blessed, the group is attacked by Dorocha and Merlin throws himself in Arthur's path to protect him and is grievously injured in doing so. Though Merlin is still alive after the attack, he is dying from his wound and is in no fit state to travel. Arthur plans to return Merlin to Camelot so that Gaius would cure him, but Sir Leon and Lancelot express the need to continue the their quest before more are killed by the Dorocha. Lancelot then offers to take Merlin back to Gaius while Arthur and the other knights continue to the Isle of the Blessed. They cut through a cave infested with Wilddeoren, where Gwaine is nearly killed by a Dorocha, and then nearly eaten by one of the Wilddeoren. Once they reach shelter, Lancelot returns with Merlin, who has been healed by the Vilia, and they continue the journey to the Isle of the Blessed. Once they arrive, Arthur, Merlin, Gwaine, and Lancelot are attacked by Wyvern but with Merlin, Elyan and Percival's help they escape. Arthur and the others then encounter the Cailleach who demands a blood sacrifice to seal the rift between the worlds. Arthur tells her that he would sacrifice himself, but before he can do so, Merlin knocks him unconscious with his magic. Merlin then offers to take Arthur's place as a sacrifice, only to be told it is not yet his time to die, and while he is distracted, Lancelot steps through the veil and becomes the needed sacrifice. When returning to Camelot, a funeral is held for Lancelot and Arthur expresses that Lancelot was among the the noblest of all knights. Gwen tearfully tells him that Lancelot sacrificed himself to fulfill the promise of protecting Arthur at all costs, which she had asked of him before he left (The Darkest Hour).
A New KingEdit
- "I have decided to use magic to heal my father."
Hunting for the Dragon's EggEdit
- "We must hunt down this intruder, destroy the egg."
Arthur is later informed that a Dragon's Egg has been stolen, but is unaware that Merlin aided the thief, Julius Borden (only to be betrayed). Believing dragons should be extinct, Arthur, along with the knights and Merlin, journeys on a quest to find the traitor and destroy the egg. He and the knights are later poisoned after Borden spikes their food, but Merlin cures them and pursues Borden himself. Merlin eventually knocks Borden out, gains hold of the egg and escaped the tomb as it collapses (leaving Borden for dead), and tells Arthur that the egg had perished with the tomb, something he believes (Aithusa).
At War With CaerleonEdit
- "it's not victory I seek. It is peace. I hope that today will mark a new beginning for our kingdoms."
- ―Arthur to Queen Annis[src]
The next morning, Camelot set out for battle, and Arthur is overtaken by serious doubts about his course of action, knowing that the conflict could have been avoided. Seeing the loyalty and willingness of his men to die for him, Arthur is prompted to visit Queen Annis late at night, seeking to prevent the impending war and bloodshed. Annis apprehends Arthur, striking him, but eventually agrees to hear him out. Arthur pleads with her to concede the right to single combat between two champions from each side instead of a full out war between the two armies, accepting responsibility for the unjust killing of Caerleon. Merlin is caught eavesdropping and Arthur saves him from being killed, but he later questions Merlin's inability to leave things be, to which Merlin replies that he is Arthur's friend. Arthur puts himself forward to be the champion for Camelot at once, despite his knights' protests, claiming that the whole situation was the result of his own error of judgement and therefore none of his men but he ought to risk his life for it. Annis is initially suspicious of his decision, but Morgana sardonically reassures her that to offer his own life was well within Arthur's character, and so Annis accepts the terms. The two champions set out to fight, Morgana concealed among the enemy ranks. During the battle, in which Arthur and Caerleon's champion are reasonably matched, Morgana enchants Arthur's sword to vastly increase its weight, making it virtually unusable. Caerleon's champion immediately takes the upper hand, but Merlin intervenes to allow Arthur to snatch the victory. Arthur defeated the champion but does not kill him, having learnt his lesson about mercy. Annis approaches him and the two make peace, with Annis commenting that she had misjudged Arthur and that he offered hope to them all as king. Arthur then returns to Camelot where he retracts his earlier words to Gwen and reinstates their relationship (His Father's Son).
Merlin Kidnapped Edit
- "Do you really expect me to accept that? Just to sit here and take their word that Merlin's gone? I won't rest until I at least try."
- ―Arthur to Gwen, insisting that he search for Merlin [src]
Gaius Abducted Edit
- "You should've known I love you far too much ever to betray you."
- ―Gaius to Arthur[src]
Arthur continues to be concerned by the presence of a traitor among his inner circle. Agravaine and Morgana scheme to use the opportunity to be rid of Gaius, planting doubts in Arthur's mind about his loyalty. Arthur therefore decides to allow Agravaine to question Gaius about his views on magic and whether he knew more about the sorcerer, Dragoon the Great, who had 'killed' Uther Pendragon. Though Arthur is unhappy at treating Gaius in this way, he senses that Gaius is hiding something. When news of Gaius' disappearance reaches him Arthur takes it as evidence that Gaius is the traitor and is now fleeing because of it. Arthur, though he shows sympathy and understanding to a deeply upset Merlin, argues with him when he suggested that Agravaine is not to be trusted. However, when it becomes clear that Gaius has been kidnapped and is not the traitor in Camelot, Arthur goes to him and apologizes profusely. He also asks Gaius why he had not told the truth about Dragoon the Great, to which Gaius answers that he had been protecting him from Arthur's punishment since he had truly tried to save Uther. Arthur accepts this explanation and seems to have calmed over the situation, no longer as wrathful towards Dragoon the Great (The Secret Sharer).
The Lamia Crisis Edit
- "It's been two days. They should be back by now."
When Gwen's old friend Mary comes to Camelot asking for the King's aid, as her hometown of Longstead is being ravaged by an incurable disease, Arthur feels honour-bound to help and sends Merlin, Gwen and a detachment of his knights to investigate. After a few days Arthur becomes worried when his friends do not return and decides to lead a group himself to investigate, taking Gaius and Agravaine with him. Arthur grows even more concerned when Gaius informs him that a Lamia might be on the loose. The King is therefore determined to save his friends, ignoring Agravaine's objections. After a long search, Arthur arrives at the castle to which the Lamia had lured her victims, just in time to kill it and save Merlin and Gwen from their fate. Back in Camelot, Arthur expresses his admiration for Gwen's courage during the ordeal (Lamia).
Exiling Guinevere Edit
- "I cannot look on you every day. You will leave Camelot at first light-"
"You return upon pain of death."
- ―Arthur and Gwen[src]
Elyan Possessed Edit
On a routine excursion with his most trusted knights, Merlin and Arthur stumble upon a Druid shrine, erected for the spirit of a person condemned to an unjust death. Merlin is quickly disturbed by the strange presence lingering, and warns the others that the shrine is an ominous place in which they ought not to linger. The group soon departs, but unbeknownst to the others Elyan remains, drawn in by a small well due to his thirst. Taking a drink, Elyan unwittingly disturbs the spirit, which latches onto him as he returns to Camelot. Meanwhile, Arthur appears preoccupied with intermittent periods of melancholy, due to his choice to banish Gwen. Arthur is working in his chambers when a possessed Elyan attacks him, and the two wngage in combat.
Arthur's superior swordsmanship prevents Elyan from carrying out the murder, and Elyan flees as the guards arrive. Agravaine arranges search parties and demands that Arthur sentence Elyan to death upon capture, which Merlin contested due to the fact that he believes Elyan not to be acting of his own accord. This leaves Arthur conflicted and questioning the just course of action. When Elyan is captured and imprisoned by the Knights of Camelot, Merlin plans to exorcise the spirit and therefore breaks him out of the dungeons, planning to sedate him. However, the spirit warns Elyan and so he knocks Merlin out and is once again out to claim Arthur's life. Arthur is then put under heavy guard. Gaius confirms Elyan's possession upon seeing a circle of salt at the foot of Elyan's bed, which had been his attempt to ward off evil spirits. Gaius presumes the spirit's death had been due to Uther's actions during the Great Purge, and that his hold on Elyan would be too strong to break. He therefore suggests that Arthur has no choice but to put Elyan to death. However, Arthur knowa otherwise and, in the dead of night, creeps from Camelot, only to be tailed by Merlin. Arthur allows Merlin to accompany him to the site of the Druid shrine. Once there, Arthur summons the spirit and, throwing his sword aside and on his knees, begs the spirit to listen. Arthur explains that it had not been Uther who had caused the boy's death, but rather he himself. With great remorse, Arthur speaks of the raid he had led when he was young and inexperienced and desperate for approval, and how he had known some of his men had disobeyed his command to spare the women and children. In a rare moment of complete vulnerability, Arthur says he is still haunted by the memory, and swears that in the future the Druid people would be treated with the respect they deserve. The spirit, accepting Arthur's sincere remorse, embraces and forgives him, at last able to find peace (A Herald of the New Age).
Princess Mithian Edit
- "You must do what your heart tells you, sire"
- ―Merlin to Arthur
Morgana's Second Conquest Edit
- "All I know is that, for your many faults, you are honest and brave and truehearted, and one day you will be the greatest king this land has ever known."
- ―Merlin to Arthur[src]
Arthur, Merlin, Gwen, Tristan and Isolde flee into a cave near Ealdor. Knowing that Agravaine will follow, Merlin goes back to distract Agravaine in a bid to protect Arthur, despite his protests. Arthur, growing worried about Merlin, goes back to try and find him and encounters him after he had dealt with Agravaine. When Merlin questions why Arthur has come back, Arthur admits that it was because Merlin is his best friend, and he couldn't bear to lose him.The group sets up camp in the nearby forest, where Arthur, steeped in self-doubt, comments that he thinks of himself as a worthless king without the support of his people. In an attempt to convince him otherwise, Merlin ventures into the forest and finds Camelot's survivors, among whom are Percival and Leon. Hoping to restore Arthur's faith, Merlin tells him the story of the sword Excalibur, which can only be pulled from the stone by a true King of Camelot. With a great crowd gathered around the stone, Arthur struggles to remove the sword with Merlin quietly telling him to have faith. After some trouble, Arthur finally pulls Excalibur out with ease and his faith in himself as a king is restored. Shortly after, Arthur launches a counter-attack on Morgana to reclaim Camelot. Arthur and his followers fight their way into the castle, while Leon and Percival go to break Gwaine, Gaius, and Elyan out of prison, Arthur makes his way to the throne room in which Morgana and Helios are waiting. Arthur and Morgana have their first highly tense confrontation since she left Camelot, with Arthur commenting sadly that he had thought they were friends, to which Morgana, conflicted, replies "as did I". However, bitterness returns and Morgana accuses Arthur of being too much like his father in his treatment of magic, to which Arthur responds that she too resembles Uther in her cruelty. Morgana then attempts to use magic to attack them, but Merlin had placed a spell on her to inhibit her powers. Helios therefore pushes Morgana back and takes up arms, his soldiers entering the throne room to attack. Morgana flees, chased by Guinevere and Merlin, while Arthur engages with Helios. Arthurias defeated and about to be killed by Helios, but Isolde stabs him from behind to protect Arthur. However, Isolde is fatally wounded in return by Helios while Morgana escapes Camelot. With Camelot reclaimed and his throne once again secure, Arthur is restored as King of Camelot. Seeing the tragedy of Tristan and Isolde, Arthur confesses to Gwen his feelings for her, expressing that he cannot be apart from her. He therefore asks her to marry him and she accepts. Some time after, Arthur has Guinevere crowned Queen of Camelot (The Sword in the Stone).
Searching for His MenEdit
Three years after Guinevere's crowning, Camelot has been enjoying peace and prosperity. However, the warning bells sound, as Gwaine, along with Percival and some of Arthur's men, vanish and reports about their fate all involve the name of Morgana. Although Arthur admits that Morgana is very dangerous, he is determined to find his men, who mean to him more than brothers. Merlin, though, having foreseen the future involving Arthur's death, tells him to go back because he has a bad feeling, but Arthur doesn't listen to him.
He spends some time in Queen Annis' kingdom, and is surprised when he sees Merlin has some skills as a juggler. Some time later, although he planned to ambush Morgana, Arthur ends up being ambushed by her men, but he fights bravely, defeating a number of them. However, he is injured by Ruadan, Morgana's ally, and Merlin uses magic to get him to safety. After he wakes up, Arthur tries to secretly move on, without Morgan and her men finding him, but after Merlin walks into a trap, both him and Arthur, who ran to save him, end up trapped.
Morgana's men, namely Ragnor, find them, and Arthur asks from Ragnor to let his servant go. Merlin, however, says that he will have to be killed first in order for Ragnor to get to Arthur. However, a young man arrives and tells Ragnor that Morgana will have to decide their fate. As that man helps Arthur get up, he tells him that he was once saved by him; Merlin reveals his name, Mordred, much to Arthur's surprise and confusion (Arthur's Bane: Part One).
Arthur and Merlin were held captive by Ragnor and his men, but they eventually escaped and headed towards Ismere. When they arrived, they saw Ragnor and his men again. Both Merlin and Arthur obtained saxon armour and entered the cave where the knight were being help captive. Arthur told Percival to round up all the knights and begin a counter attack, while himself and Merlin find Gwaine. When they do, they find the Diamair who has looked after Gwaine, and they are all confused about who she is. They leave to find Percival and escape, but while escaping they run into Aithusa who attacks them. Arthur, Gwaine and even more, Merlin, were surprised to see Morgana with a dragon ally. Merlin goes to deal with Aithusa. Arthur tells Gwaine to meet with Percival while he goes after Merlin. While Merlin was confronting Aithusa, Arthur was confronted by Morgana and Mordred. Morgana had Arthur down and injured with a dagger, about to to stab him. Merlin came to resccue him, but Morgana sent him flying. Badly injured, and as Morgana was about to deliver the finishing blow to Arthur, Mordred stabbed Morgana with his own dagger and badly wounded her. Mordred got Arthur to safety, and as a reward for saving the kings life, Arthur made Mordred a knight of Camelot (Arthur's Bane: Part Two).
The Return of UtherEdit
On the anniversary of Uther's death, Arthur misses his father more then ever. Luckily, he comes into the possession of The Horn of Cathbhadh, which can summon spirits of the dead. Against better judgement, Arthur uses the Horn to summon his father. Uther reveals that he has been watching his son from the afterlife and is appalled by all of Arthur's decisions since becoming king. Uther believes that Arthur has become weak and will destroy his legacy. The former king sends his son away nonetheless for fear that he will be trapped in the spirit world. With a final glance Arthur bids his father farewell. This act, however, allows Uther to escape the land of the dead and return to the living world. Soon after, Uther's vengeful phantom begins haunting the castle. He damages the Round Table and almost kills Percival and Guinevere. With some help from Gaius, Merlin and Arthur are able to see Uther's ghost and confront him. Merlin reveals his magic to an enraged Uther, who then attempts to kill the young warlock. He is prevented from doing so by Arthur. Though Arthur admits to loving and respecting his father, he says that Uther had his chance to rule but now it's his son's turn to be king. Arthur blows the Horn again and sent Uther back to the other side before he can reveal Merlin's magic. (The Death Song of Uther Pendragon)
Rescuing King RodorEdit
When Princess Mithian came to Arthur asking for his help saving her father from Odin, Arthur willingly agrees because he absolutely despised Odin. Hilda, Mithian's maid, (who was actually Morgana in disguise) gave the princess no choice but to lead Arthur to certain death. Morgana injures Merlin before he an warn Arthur, when Mithian tells him that Morgana is controlling her. Arthur has no choice but to leave Merlin behind because he craves vengeance on Odin. Gaius and Gwaine stay behind to look after Merlin, and Gaius uses magic on Merlin to heal him. As soon as he ha regained consciousness, Merlin sets out, accompanied by Gwaine, to save the king. When Arthur arrives at the cave where Mithian told him that her father was being kept, he realizes that it was a trap. They are ambushed by Odin and his men. At first, Arthur thought that Mithian betrayed him to Odin, who was about to execute him. Merlin comes and uses his powers to create an earthquake, which allows Arthur and Percival to retaliate. They escaped the cave with Mithian, Merlin, and King Rodor. Arthur tells Mithian and her father to leave without them, and he and Merlin go to divert Odin and his men away from Mithian and Rodor. Merlin and Arthur get trapped in a dead end, and Arthur and Odin have a great duel. As Arthur was about to kill Odin, Merlin persuaded him not to. Arthur knew that Merlin was right, and asked for a peace treaty between the two kingdoms. At first Odin did not like the idea and refused, but they both came to terms and made a truce ending the feud between the two kingdoms (Another's Sorrow).
The Disir's JudgmentEdit
Arthur is told that one of his knights and close friends was killed by a sorcer named Osgar. Gwen did not want him to go, but after the events with Odin, Arthur is incistent to go and avenge him personally. When they found Osgar, he had been mortally wounded by Elyan, and in his dying breath, he gives Arthur a medallion which was the judgment of the triple goddess against him. Arthur goes to the Disir, the speakers of the triple goddess, and demand to know why they judge him. They tell him that he has angered the triple goddess by banning the use of magic. When they insult the king, Gwaine shouts at them. The Disir begin an attack, and as a spear is headig for Arthur, Mordred dives in front of him and takes the spear for him. Arthur, Merlin, and the knights retreat because Mordred was mortally wounded. When they get back to Camelot, Gaius tries to heal Mordred, but is unable. There is no chance for him, except if Merlin saves him with his magic. Merlin refuses, because he is destined to kill Arthur. Gaius wants Merlin to save him, but he does not, so Arthur and Merlin set out for the Disir's cave and asks for Mordred to be healed. The Disir say that if they give Arthur what he wants, he, in return, must embrace the old religion. Arthur does not know what to do, so they stay the night just outside of the cave. They discuss what they should do, and Merlin believes that the best way to save Arthur is to kill Mordred, so he tells Arthur that there is no place for magic in Camelot. When they arrive back to Camelot, Mordred has made a full recovery. Merlin is shocked and realises that Mordred living is Arthur's punishment for not allowing the use of magic, and now there is nothing Merlin can do to prevent the foretold future from coming to pass (The Disir).
Gwen and Elyan go to their father's grave to mourn him, and on their way back to Camelot, they are attacked by snakes that had been created by Morgana's magic. Gwen is captured by Morgana, who takes her to the Dark Tower. When Sir Elyan and the knights arrive back in Camelot, Arthur, Merlin and all the knights of the round table set out to rescue the queen. To get to the Dark Tower, they have to cross through the Impenetrable forest. It takes them a long time to get through, but with Merlin's help, they manage it. When they eventually make it out of the forest and across the desert, they enter the Dark Tower and walk into a trap. Elyan rushes ahead to rescue his sister. He finds her, but he has to fight an enchanted unmanned sword that was meant for Arthur. It pierces Elyan, but he manages to defeat it. He dies in Gwen's arms, just as Arthur and the others find them. Arthur, Gwen, Merlin, Gaius and all the knights were present at his funeral (The Dark Tower).
Near deathEditOn the anniversary of Gwen and Arthur's marriage, Gwen tries to kill Arthur. After the events at the Dark Tower, she is just a body under the control of Morgana. Gwen sabotages Arthur's horse so he will fall off, and she and Morgana plan for some thugs to attack him. Arthur manages to kill them, and he escapes. Gwen frames Tyr Seward, who looks after Arthur's horses, and he gets sentenced to death. He reveals to Merlin that he is innocent, and that he saw person who did it. The person, who is later to be revealed Gwen, threatened to kill his mother if he said anything, so he was living in fear and refused to tell Merlin who it was. Merlin tells Gwen and Arthur about the situation, and Arthur decides to go talk to Tyr right away, but Gwen convinces him not to. On that same night, Gwen kills Tyr in cold blood. When Gwen and Arthur had their anniversary dinner, Gwen laces his drink with a poison Morgana obtained for her. She blames Merlin for Arthur's poisoning, but Merlin escapes and saves Arthur's life. After Arthur had recovered, he made sure that Merlin was immediately released. Gwen chose the man who sold Morgana the poison to take the fall. The fate of this man is unknown, but Merlin now knows that the queens does not have good intentions, and there is nothing he can do to stop her (A Lesson in Vengeance).
"Alliance" with SarrumEdit
Arthur is hosting a peace treaty with Sarrum, a king who is also a deadly assassin and is very fond of betraying allies. They are doing this peace treaty because they both despise magic, and it was Sarrum who captured and imprisoned Morgana. Morgana diverted Merlin because she knew that he always thwarted her plans. She almost killed him doing so. Gwen gave Sarrum a handsome price if he killed Arthur for her, and Sarrum agreed. While the peace treaty was being signed, Sarrums best man was preparing to kill Arthur. Merlin arrived just in time and killed the assassin. He then shot the arrow that was meant for Arthur into Sarrum, killing him (The Hollow Queen).
Merlin shows Arthur that Gwen is consorting with Morgana. Arthur knows that Gwen is enchanted and he is worried he might lose her, so he and Merlin go on a quest to try and save her. They find out that only way to unenchant Gwen, is to take her to a lake called the Cauldron of Arianrhod, where they can either restore the old Gwen, or lose her forever. Even with the risks, Arthur chooses to go to the lake. While on their journey, both Merlin and Arthur fall down a cliff. Merlin is knocked out and Arthur's arm is trapped by a boulder. Luckily, Mordred comes and rescues them. The next day, Morgana attacks them, but they manage to escape. They reach the lake, and the sorceress, who is actually Merlin in disguise, tells Arthur that he must reach the part of Gwen that is still true. When Gwen wakes up, she says that marrying Arthur was a trick to become queen, but Arthur knows that it's not the woman he loves saying that. He reminds her of the time when he asked her to marry him, and she said, "with all my heart". She remembers, and follows Arthur into the lake. It works, and Arthur has his wife back (With All My Heart).
Hunting for a SorceressEdit
Arthur asks Merlin to help him surprise Gwen by bringing her breakfast in bed. When people come to Camelot for refuge because their villages was attacked, Arthur and the knights go hunting for the sorceress who attacked these people (The Kindness of Strangers).
A New EnemyEdit
Mordred is in love with a druid named Kara who has killed many in revenge for Arthur killing people with magic. Mordred asks Merlin not to tell Arthur about her, but he does and when Arthur finds her and finds out she is injured, he offers to help her but she tries to kill Arthur. In doing this, she gets arrested and sentenced to death. Mordred tries to rescue her and escapes with her, but they both get caught and arrested. Arthur gives Kara another chance: if she regrets the crimes she has done, she will be pardoned. She says that she cannot regret a crime she has not done, so she is killed. Mordred feels her pain, screams, escapes and returns to Morgana. He apologises for betraying her, and the two of them join forces (The Drawing of the Dark).
Battle of CamlannEdit
Arthur hears about Morgana meaning to attack Camelot. They believe that if they hold at the citadel they might have the advantage, but instead they decide to hold the attack at the plains of Camlann. However, because Merlin has lost his magic he has to go to the Crystal Cave to get it back. But because Arthur is unaware of this, Arthur thinks he is a coward for deserting him and the friendship between them breaks down. When the Camelot army is at the plains Arthur asks Gaius why these herbs were so important but does not believe him when Gaius tells him. When Merlin arrives at the crystal cave he sees that Morgana means to divert the Camelot knights so Merlin warns Arthur through his mind. Arthur gets Percival to watch the back and when the battle starts Arthur shouts for the love of Camelot (The Diamond of the Day: Part One).
Injury, Discovering Merlin's Magic and DeathEditIn the final battle for Camelot, Merlin appears as Dragoon the Great and protects Arthur and the knights of Camelot, not in time, however, to save Arthur from Mordred. Mordred appears in front of Arthur during the battle. When Arthur hesitates, Mordred gives him a fatal wound. Arthur in return kills Mordred before falling to the ground. Using his power as a dragonlord, Emrys sends Aithusa away from the field and transports the mortally wounded Arthur to safety. When Arthur awakes in the forest, Merlin reveals his magic to the king. At first, Arthur does not believe him but when Merlin proves it to be so Arthur feels betrayed. As the two travel to the lake of Avalon Arthur comes to realize that Merlin uses his magic for good. When they are very near the lake, Morgana attacks, but Merlin kills her with his sword forged by the dragon's breath. Arthur watches as Morgana falls to the ground and dies. The two are now reconciled. but they are too slow getting to the lake of Avalon and Arthur dies. Merlin calls on Kilgharrah to take him to the lake but Kilgharrah says that there is nothing Merlin can do. He states that one day when Albion is in need, Arthur will rise again. He says that its been a privilege to know the young warlock, and that the story that Merlin and Kilgharrah have lived will live long in the minds of men. Merlin sends Arthur's body away on a boat and throws Excalibur, to see it caught by the hand of his old love, Freya.
- "Describe 'dollophead.'"
"In two words? Prince Arthur."
- ―Arthur and Merlin
Arthur is portrayed as being highly courageous, honourable, dutiful and just. Having matured and succeeded to the throne as King of Camelot, Arthur is no longer shown as the spoilt and self-serving character he once was, and is far more bound by the kingly responsibilities he must fulfill. Where once he was somewhat juvenile and described by Gwen as a "rough, tough, save the world" kind of person (The Dragon's Call), his progression from boyish prince to adult king have seen a maturation in his personality.
Arthur's fairness is a particularly noteworthy element of his character. Always portrayed as seeking to do the right thing, Arthur is at times conflicted when presented with difficult moral dilemmas, such as being torn between loyalty to his father and protection of the innocent. Arthur considers his decisions very deeply and is never happy to be the reason others suffer, as shown by his offer to fight one-on-one to avoid war with Queen Annis and his offer to sacrifice himself to repair the veil. Arthur takes counsel from his trusted friends, family and advisors, among those Merlin, formerly Agravaine, Gwen and formerly Morgana, and is shown to be more lenient in his policies than his father. Arthur is very brave and willing to take risks even at the cost of his own safety, such as being willing to give his own life to save Merlin's (The Poisoned Chalice), Gwen's (Lancelot and Guinevere) and Camelot's as a whole (The Darkest Hour). During his father's lifetime he was also willing to act against his father's decisions, particularly when reasoned with by Morgana Pendragon (The Mark of Nimueh, The Poisoned Chalice, Lancelot et al). Arthur has a great love for the people of Camelot, frequently acting to ensure their safety and wellbeing, and was stricken when he realised a curse had fallen upon them because of his actions (The Labyrinth of Gedref). He was also unwilling to allow other people sacrifice themselves for him to fix problems he himself had caused (The Poisoned Chalice, The Labyrinth of Gedref, The Darkest Hour, et al).
Arthur is a talented and charismatic leader, capable of inspiring great loyalty in people, though at times he doubts whether or not he deserves such devotion. However, since he would never ask his men to do anything he would not do himself, loyalty is generally forthcoming. Many characters have remarked on Arthur's good nature, including Morgana, who named him "a better man" than his father and Queen Annis, who felt Arthur inspired hope. The lengths Arthur goes to for the sake of people he cares about or is indebted to allow him to reap great loyalty in return from people in all walks of life. Arthur is adept at hiding his true feelings, having been accustomed to carrying out orders that he disagreed with for his father. He also finds it somewhat difficult to express himself emotionally, leading to initial difficulties the progression of his relationship with Guinevere and an awkward start with his one-time betrothed, Princess Mithian. As a result, open expressions of adoration were uncharacteristic and usually signs of enchantment (The Gates of Avalon, Sweet Dreams). At times, Arthur is shown to reveal deeper emotion, such as when seeking forgiveness from the Shrine Boy, after which Merlin commented he had never seen Arthur cry before.
Arthur still retains some of the boyish elements of his personality, particularly regarding Merlin, whom he frequently teases and joins his knights in playing practical jokes on. He also seems to lack patience with Merlin and continually remarks on his servant's apparent incompetence, though at times Arthur also reveals sharper insight and comments that Merlin seems somehow "wise". Arthur does however have a habit of ignoring Merlin's advice and acting of his own - or Agravaine's - accord, sometimes heatedly telling him to be silent.Unlike his father, Arthur was more capable of letting go of the past. He had a less extreme attitude towards sorcery and was prepared to accept that not all sorcerers were as evil as his father claimed, even assisting Morgana in saving a Druid boy's life. He grew to deeply distrust magic after Morgause caused him to nearly kill his father, but gradually returned to his old neutrality and unlike Uther he showed signs of believing that magic could be used for good as well as evil, even going so far as to seek magical intervention to save his father's life (The Wicked Day). However, when this backfired and Uther died seemingly because of Dragoon the Great, Arthur deeply regretted giving magic a chance and denounced it as pure evil. However after Gaius told him that Uther was already dying and that Dragoon really had done his best to save him, Arthur softened though he was still wary of magic and has not lifted the ban on sorcery (The Secret Sharer). Later, Arthur revealed that some time ago, he led a raid on a Druid village, inadvertently causing a boy's death which meant that his spirit possessed Elyan. Arthur, deeply remorseful to the point of weeping, swore to treat the Druids with respect in the future, progressing his more moderate policy towards magic-users (A Herald of the New Age).
Despite his good nature, Arthur also has a hot temper and can at times become violent and aggressive, particularly when loved ones are threatened. This was especially shown when he learned the truth of his mother's death, when he believed Morgana was dying, when his father was dying and when he saw Gwen kissing Lancelot. In each of these cases Arthur flew into a rage and reacted violently, though stopped short of ever actually killing someone out of anger, usually because someone else intervened before he went too far.
Another negative aspect of Arthur is that he's still a very fickle and uncertain man who does not seem to have a straight opinion about magic, who can easily be influenced (for example by Agravaine), who often changes his mind (in regard to Gwen, for example) and who hid behind his father's back several times when not clarifying in front of others except Merlin that the slaughter of the druid camp fell under his responsibility and wasn't Uther's doing but at the same time explaining to the ghost of the druid boy that he wanted to prove himself to his father, and also when blaming his father in front of Morgana by saying that she can't blame him of Uther's sins, ignoring that Arthur himself continues the ban of magic in Camelot. When confrontating Morgana and comparing her to Uther, he also actually released Morgana of her actions by blaming Uther once again and hence betraying his honour.
Arthur is also fond of teasing and not above bullying his servants, such as Morris and later Merlin. However, Cedric and George are spared. It should be noted both of them are efficient and intelligent servants, so only timid, clumsy and lack intelligence servants are picked by Arthur and his gang. Arthur is also not fond of boring and dull servants, eventhough they are efficient and intelligent.