Explicit Liber Secundus. King Arther wakes up to see Morgause and her sons Gawaine, Gaheris, Agravaine, and Gareth. From The Once and Future King, by T.H.White. I really, really liked this book.
"He woke with a start, to find a black-haired, blue-eyed beauty in front of him, who was wearing a crown. The four wild children from the north were standing behind their mother, shy and defiant, and she was folding up a tape."
Books are the most fun to do fanart for.
4 x 6 inches.
7. agravaine. Then Sir Launcelot took his leave, and so they departed, and came unto Winchester. And when Arthur wist that Sir Launcelot was come whole and sound the king made great joy of him, and so did Sir Gawaine and all the knights of the Round Table except Sir Agravaine and Sir Mordred.
8. gaheris. But when it was known that Gaheris had slain his mother the king was passing wroth, and commanded him to go out of his court. Wit ye well Sir Gawaine was wroth that Gaheris had slain his mother and let Sir Lamorak escape. And for this matter was the king passing wroth, and so was Sir Launcelot, and many other knights.
(MALORY. Morte d’Arthur)
Ronny Jhutti as Agravaine
Elyes Gabel as Gaheris
Gawain is telling his brothers the story of Saint Brendan, who celebrated Mass on what he thought was a small island… :-)
Illustration published in WeMadeIt zine #1.
modern arthurian au: the rewrite : the orkney clan - lot arcaibh and his five sons
Modern reincarnated!Arthur writes children books about Arthuriana giving a happy ending—and is found through his books by his son Mordred, who has meanwhile been adopted by Lot along with a whole family of other abandoned boys needing a good home and a proper chance at life, raised as his own alongside his biological son Gawain.
"I don’t care about whose DNA has recombined with whose. What everything goes to hell, the people who stand by you without flinching—they are your family." — Jim Butcher, Proven Guilty
MYTHOLOGY MEME: One of Four
The four sons of Morgause and King Lot, nephews or cousins of King Arthur, were joined by their half-brother Mordred, Morgause’s son by Arthur himself. The five were knights of the Round Table, and all played a part in Arthur’s reign and downfall.
The eldest, Gawain, was heir to the throne of Britain. Known as “the Maiden’s Knight,” he was a great defender of distressed damsels, and rode often with Damsels Errant as his guides. His ultimate loyalty was to his family, though when his brothers split over the war with Arthur, Gawain chose the king’s side and died fighting Mordred’s forces.
Agravain, the second brother, was at first neutral on the split between Mordred and Arthur; eventually, he became an accomplice to his half-brother and spied on Queen Guinevere and her lover Lancelot. Their discovery was the catalyst of the war.
Gaheris, the third brother, was originally the peacemaker of the family, a kind and quiet squire to Gawain. After he was knighted, he killed King Pellinore to avenge the death of Lot, and participated in the death of Lamorak, his mother’s lover. Upon discovering her adultery, Gaheris also slew his own mother by beheading, and was banished from Orkney for it.
Gareth, the youngest of Lot’s sons, came to Arthur’s court disguised as a kitchen-boy, and didn’t reveal his true nature until he set out to rescue Lyonesse, a maiden who would later become his wife. In the war with Mordred, Gareth and his brother Gaheris were accidentally killed by Lancelot, spurring Gawain to choose Arthur’s side over Mordred’s.
The youngest of the Orkney brothers, Mordred, was ambitious and sly, and desired the throne of Britain for himself. He engineered the war as a way to dispose of Arthur, and when the king had fled, Mordred usurped the throne and married Guinevere. Arthur slew him at the Battle of Camlann, but only after Mordred had dealt the king a mortal blow.
Morgause watched her sons ride south to her half-brother’s court. One by one they left: the rebellious, the ambitious, the loyal, the headstrong, and the innocent. They joked and smiled as they parted from her, giving her a hug or a quick kiss on the cheek and promising that they would be back one day as knights.
Morgause did not weep when they left. Tears were a weakness that a queen could ill afford.
Morgause did not wish them luck. She knew that there was no such thing in this world.
Morgause did not say goodbye. It was not in her nature.
But Morgause went to her scrying bowl as soon as they were out of sight, and she reached deep within her for what little power she had left. She saw her sons’ fates play out in the water—she saw them rise to glory and pass into legend. And she saw every single one of them die at the edge of a sword.
Morgause watched her sons ride south. And they never came back—for what Camelot took, Camelot kept.
Shh… I’m having a lot of Orkney bros feels right now…
arthurian au ideas #18: Daemons: 06. Three brothers
T.J. Thyne - Gaheris Gabar Goshawk
Jake Abel - Gareth Gypaetus barbatus
Joseph Morgan - Agravaine Ninox scutulata
Finally done! Studio Ghibli-stylized Arthuriana. If it’s hard to tell who the characters are, click to see the caption (●´∀｀●)
This is perfection.
It makes me BURN and DESIRE an arthurian anime DDD:
Imagine having Gawain as your eldest brother and you hardly ever saw him because he was away at court but then he’d show up out of the blue with all these great stories and ask you how your training was going and giving you tips and play-sparring with you and letting you win and he’d act as if you were the greatest knight he’d ever fought and would yield to you and say how he was forever in your service and even though it was a game you’d know it was true and you’d look at all his armour and the way he rode and all you ever wanted was to ride with him back to court and be knighted yourself and prove to him that you really could be as great a knight as he knew you would be because all you ever wanted was to be as great as him and to fight alongside him as his equal.
Anyway maybe one day I’ll finish this but for now I’ll just melt in my Orkney feels.
THIS IS WONDERFUL <3
Day Twenty-Three: Gaheris
1. Have you ever written something about them? What?
- I have. Gaheris is an important character in Heart.
2. If you could write a perfect Arthurian Novel about them, what would their story arc be?
- So, several years ago when I read Phyllis Ann-Karr’s “Idylls of the Queen”, I became fascinated by the idea (floated in her book but, alas, not to be) that Lamorak actually killed Morgause and Gaheris was the only witness. Authors really struggle, I think, when it comes to giving Gaheris a good reason for killing Morgause. Being upset that she was sleeping around obviously doesn’t work in the modern age, and more often than not, Morgause’s penchant for sleeping around is (stupidly) part of what sets her up as a villain. It’s a known aspect of her character, one that Gaheris is usually aware of, so it doesn’t make sense that he snaps this time. Then you have the blood feud between the House of Pellinore and the House of Lot. That’s a little more believable. But, again, this is often a known thing that’s happening for a while and there’s no good explanation for why Gaheris snapped this time. Of course, then you have the authors who write Gaheris as being so manipulated by Morgause that he’s in love with her and never would believe her to be having an affair with someone else until he walks into her. I hate this portrayal, especially since Gaheris’ victimization is so often glossed over in these situations— used as a plot point to further this story and forgotten as quickly as it was introduced.
- So, for me, the only real explanation for what happened here is that Lamorak began his affair with Morgause as a way to get back at the Orkney clan for killing Pellinore. Except, being the awesome family that they are and since Pellinore’s death was always an accident and not revenge for him killing Lot, the brothers are totally fine with it in a ‘if you ever hurt our mother, we’re coming after you’ kind of way. So Lamorak kills her because that’s clearly the only way to get under her skin.
- Having Gaheris as a witness is a bonus for him, because then he can float the idea that Gaheris is the actual murderer. This keeps Lamorak from having to evade court entirely, and sets up more of an ‘us against them’ among the Knights of the Round Table. So I’d really like to see Gaheris struggling with this lie Lamorak has spread and the fracture this has caused to his Uncle’s dream. And then to see his family and friends rally around him and all the ways this conflict with Lamorak could come to a head… cool stuff here and poor Gaheris deserves more credit.
3. What point in their life would you set their story?
- Any point. There is a lot to be done with him.
4. Are they more suited for a pre or post-Camlann story?
- Either. I know Gaheris, like Gareth, is usually killed during Lancelot’s rescue of Guinevere, but I prefer to have him survive. I think he’s one of the few members of the family who would be able to hold it together as all the rest die out. So I like to have him and Agravain survive Camlann.
5. Which characters would you ship them with in the story?
- Lynette. I think their romance would start from the fact that they are both best friends with Gareth. It is their close relationship with him that allows these two to get to know each other and slowly fall in love. I want a slow burn for these two. They need to know each other really well before they start to move forward in a relationship.
6. What would be their relationship with other characters?
- I just love the Orkney brothers, okay? And I think all of them are really close to all the others. While the rest have maybe one that they are a little closer to than all the rest, I’d say Gaheris would be hard pressed to choose. He’s close to Gareth, obviously, because they’re twins. But he served as Gawain’s squire and everything he knows about being a knight he learned from Gawain. But then you have Agravain who stayed to look after them when Gawain left to play hero and was both father and big brother to Gaheris. And then Mordred— the baby of the family who shares Gaheris’ sense of humor and way of looking at the world. Gaheris is just really close to all of them, okay?
- I don’t think Gaheris has ever been a fan of Lancelot, because Lance took Gareth away from them. Then Lancelot didn’t appreciate Gareth’s achievements the way a teacher should. And then there was the betrayal that broke Gareth’s heart and Gaheris wishes he could take Lancelot on in a fight instead of sending Gawain to do it.
- Also, his sister-in-laws: Ragnell, Lyoness and Cywyllog. Gaheris just adores him and any nieces/nephews they help bring into the family. He loves having sisters and the way they complete the family and make it whole after all the rips and tears it’s suffered over the years.
7. What’s the most crack storyline you’d like to see this character star in?
- The King Arthur Star Wars style story where Gaheris plays the role of Princess Leia.