Hope you’re enjoying the story.
And thanks for reading.
So far the story is wonderful and I just love where it seems to be going. Thank you for giving this to us and please keep up the great work.
Awww, sad. I guess the Dreamland folks do have much, much longer lifespans. Poor Merlin. : ‘(
I’m gonna cry or something, it’s sad. I hope that the dreamland and, uh, human, afterlifes are the same.
This is something I really don’t understand. All the other people in Dreamland seem to age in roughly at the same pace as humans do (judging from Alex’s friends). But Niviene doesn’t seem to age at all…
Is this a side effect of the magic she used? Or is it that mermaids don’t age that fast? Hopefully this will be addressed as well. (Questions like that I have usually are. )
At least, these two have shared sweet time together.
Just so heart touching.
Oh, and btw, I’ve got my book yesterday. Customs authority been nosy. Cut open the envelope. Their luck is that they haven’t damaged the book. It’s way tooooo beautiful, with that sketch, to be read. I gonna give it a special place.
So glad your book got to you okay.
And thank you for the support!
Interesting. Merlin has 2 different staves.
The decorated one he used as a young man, that he apparently gave to Niviene,
and the unadorned one which he has on this page and also used in King Arthur’s Court.
I am very curious to see what the coda to Merlin and Niviene’s story is. According to myth, Merlin went into essentially suspended animation, to awaken at some later time.
which would be a very good reason for Nastajia’s parents to come to our world to look for him….
Great story line and looking forward to more pages. I nearly wondered who was the other guy with Arthur in the last panel. Then I checked the archives and remember the poor Centaur that was murdered. Keep up the good work.
Ole Merlin has such a decent looking schnoz when he’s young — and then fast forward to the present and ‘suddenly’ the nose is more wizard-like — whatever happened would make for an interesting tale.
Nivene: “Merlin! What happened to your nose?!”
Nivene: “Did someone curse you? Did you get into a fight with a dark creature?!”
Merlin: “No no…”
Nivene: “You MUST tell me!”
Merlin: “I…uh…was absentmindedly thinking about you…and I walked into a tree…”
Nivene: “….a tree?”
Nivene: “An evil tree? A cursed tree?”
Merlin: “Well…I did curse AT it when I hit my nose.”
LOL, reminded me of when Harry arrives at Hogwarts in Half-Blood Prince XD
Oh geez that got sad.
Has anyone wondered what this would do to Alex and Nast? If dreamlanders have much longer lives than humans… how is THAT relationship going to cope?
Hmm… somehow I assumed since Nastaja reached adulthood at about the same time as Alex, she would grow and age at the same speed. But maybe that’s wrong of me…
there’s plenty of fantasy where fantastical beings advance to adulthood at the same rate as humans before spending centuries or millenia as adults. I suspect this is because authors don’t find the idea of decades of puberty exciting lol.
I guess… but it would make for one heck of a teenage and high school movie industry though…
Perhaps an Aragorn/Arwen type outcome?
I think Niviene is a special case – the magic of the place she’s in has probably changed her. She’s an anomaly to both Dreamland and Earth with her unnatural lifespan. Too
bad Merlin didn’t seem to gain the same benefits from his years of being with her.
At least the Alex/Staj shpper in me wants to believe so…
This ALSO gets me thinking about the logistics of the Lady of the Lake/Excalibur thing, unless I’m mixing up my Arthurian legend mentally then Niviene would have presented Arthur with the Sword of Kings somehow at some point in his younger years.
Merlin… sorry bro, you don’t get the girl it seems.
So Merlin wasn’t physically entering Dreamland, he was projecting. Hm. I doubt Nichol could do that, so so much for that means of her and Felicity meeting.
Niviene seems EXTREMELY well informed, given that Nic’s betrayal of Arthur was a deep dark secret. Either Merlin found out what happened and told her, or she’s somehow keeping up on current events. If the former, though, that means she’s been keeping quiet for centuries while Nic tyrannized Dreamland…
Well isn’t that what Alex does? his body is still in our world when he comes to Dreamland.
If she wants to be informed, doesn’t she have that scrying pool? It’s kind if a unique asset for finding things out…
She went to DreamLeaks. XD
I think the pool just shows her scenes on Earth. Or where water is involved. Neither applied in that final scene, so how she knows of it is questionable. And possibly suspicious, if she heard about it from Nic. In some legends the Lady of the Lake wasn’t entirely a force for good; and who or what was Morgana le Fay is not clear…
Aw, that’s so sad for them.
I am curious as to who the female near Arthur is…is it Guinevere or how ever it is spelled?
If you mean in the last frame, that’s the Centaur that was helping Merlin create the pendant from the Dreamland side.
I find it interesting that Arthur had more than one motivation for what he was attempting. Fascinating that Merlin was tied into this on such a personal level.
I guess this Merlin doesn’t age backwards as the one from T.H.White’s Arthurian Once And Future King.
Of course, this is all neglecting that Merlin aged backward (long before the more recent depictions of that phenomenon)
…remind me again, who’s that lying on the ground next to Arthur?
The Centaur shaman who was helping. He got stabbed in the back by a wraith
The centaur who was performing the incantation on Dreamland’s side of the amulet.
Wait…Then where does Excalibur fit in with the Lady of the Lake?
that’s just the side story 😉
I find it fairly disappointing that no one so far has tried to recognize the whole Nicodemus thing as anything other than a vicious plot. A loyal, enduring subordinate driven to take drastic measures to protect something he held dear because his lord ignored his counsel and engaged in a ritual behind his back? Doesn’t get more tragic than that.
yay plot holes! merlin said he knew nothing of dreamland and that earth is his world… oh well anything to get the story moving i suppose.
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