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Merlin’s grandfather’s young wife, she plays the harp and teaches Merlin to play as well.
Merlin’s cousin and his grandfather’s bastard son, he bullies Merlin as a child, but helps Merlin and Ambrosius in the invasion.
A servant in Merlin’s grandfather’s house, who becomes a kind of father figure to Merlin. He teaches him to be the ring-dove rather than the falcon until he is old enough to fight for himself.
King of Less Britain, he takes in the young Ambrosius and Uther when Vortigern kills their brother, Constantius, and steals the throne of Britain.
Vortigern’s Saxon Queen who influences him to bring Saxon troops to Britain.
Vortimer, Katigern, & Pascentius
The three sons of Vortigern, they turn against him to take the throne for themselves. They eventually must be defeated by Ambrosius.
One of Ambrosius’ spies in Britain, he takes Merlin to Less Britain where he finally meets up with his father.
The god whom Ambrosius and Uther worship in Less Britain.
Merlin’s tutor in Less Britain, he is the Arch Druid of a sect which believes in human sacrifice.
Belasius’ servant, he later becomes one of Uther’s servants and is taken along when Uther seeks Ygraine at Tintagel.
Ambrosius’ head engineer, he teaches Merlin all he can about building siege machines and from these lessons, Merlin is able to determine how to raise the standing stones at the Giant’s Dance.
The Saxon leader, he is eventually beheaded by Ambrosius, but is buried
in an honorable manner.
A magician, he insists that Vortigern should kill a man who doesn’t know the name of his father and spread his blood into the foundation of the fortress at Dinas Brenin, so the walls won’t crack.
A servant in Merlin’s grandfather’s castle, she earns her keep as well by sleeping with the men there. She is Keri’s mother.
A young nun in St. Peter’s, Merlin finds himself attracted to her, the first time he is ever attracted to a woman. She is an opportunist who wants Merlin, because he is the son of Ambrosius.
Octa & Eosa
The brothers of Hengist, they must be brought under control after Ambrosius defeats their brother.
Physician to Ambrosius’ army, he recognizes Merlin’s great talent as a healer.
Young King of Ireland, he makes an alliance with Pascentius against Ambrosius’s right to rule in Britain.
One of Gorlois’ soldiers, his discovery of Uther’s presence at Tintagel forces Merlin to kill him.
Ygraine’s page boy, he helps Merlin and Uther to get into Tintagel.
Ygraine’s lady-in-waiting, she appears in Merlin’s vision handing him baby Arthur on the night of his birth.
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