Newbie Guide

Merlin Myrddin
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Merlin Myrddin
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Joined: 9:28 PM - Oct 22, 2008

11:34 PM - May 14, 2012 #1

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WELCOME TO KEEP THE MAGIC SECRET
here you will find useful links and information on creating a successful character in the world of KtMS.
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BEFORE YOU START... HAVE YOU DONE THE FOLLOWING?

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  • ✓ Read the RULES
    ✓ Read the PLOT
    ✓ Read the FAQ'S
    &#10003; REGISTERED and set your display name as your character's full name in the correct format, eg Merlin Myrddin?</li>
So, welcome to KtMS, hopefully this guide will help you navigate your way around the forum and find useful information on joining and creating a character. I have added links to easily jump from each topic and find threads mentioned.

If you have any questions, please either PM a staff member using the accounts linked too below. Or you can ask in our guest friendly forum: The Royal Court.
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THE STAFF
here to help.
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  • Mikayla plays: Merlin Myrddin, Roisin ni Riagain and Alvarr Morr.

    Ali plays: Betheine Greene, Clare Byrne and Cynuise Gylle

    Sukey plays: Taren Lusk, Brigid ni Paor, Darach mac Braigh, Eunan Byrne, Morgana le Fey, Taliesin ap Cynerin and Tristan Kernow

    Steph plays: Guinevere Thomas and Rhiannon Lusk</li>

ALL THE OTHER LINKS YOU COULD POSSIBLY NEED.
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Application &#10163; Canons &#10163; Documentation (everything from writing to the world!) &#10163; Who's Who &#10163; Face Claim &#10163; Powers &#10163; Anonymous Questions and suggestions &#10163; Credits
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Merlin Myrddin
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Merlin Myrddin
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Joined: 9:28 PM - Oct 22, 2008

12:24 AM - May 15, 2012 #2

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STEPS ON JOINING
what you'll need to do.
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  • 1) register using the First Last name set up. If you go wrong an admin will correct it, no need to re-register.

    2) fill in an application. It should contain the relevent information, including events in the site's history that could involve or effect your character. For instance if you're playing a Knight who fought at Hadrian's wall, you will need to be familiar with the basics of that site plot. All this information can be found below.

    You should post this in the PENDING area and a member of staff will read it over. They will get back to you ASAP but if they have been longer than 48 hours, please feel free to send a PM to Mikayla/Merlin Myrddin.

    3) reply to face claim and then begin your journey through the world of Camelot. Mikayla will add you to who's who and if you're taking a canon, add you to the list so you have nothing else to worry about.</li>
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SITE HISTORY
past plots.
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After Queen Clare visited Camelot on the request of her husband, King Eunan of Irick, she set in motion the peace talks that would end the years of war between Camelot and Irick. It was during this peace talks that word from Hadrian's Wall was recieved, sending Eunan to Camelot as well. The decision for Uther was to either accept the treaty agreements and become allies with Irick or face the battle against the Druids alone.

In the North, the Druids were stirring and creeping ever closer to the wall that seperated The North of Albion from the South. If the managed to cross and unite with their brothers in the south, Camelot would be no match for the force of magic from even the most peaceful of Druid-folk. Uther signed the treaty and knights from Camelot and Irick went to the wall.

They were joined by Camelot's allies in Cornwall. They managed to win the battle, but of course the war never ends. With a great number of druids slaughtered on the battle field, they were forced back once again. Of those that were injured or did not manage to evade capture, were brought back to Camelot to be publically executed. It was to be a symbol of Uther's resistance to Magic and a warning once again that magic users and rebellion against Albion would not be tolerated.

However, whilst Uther's attentions were directed to the North, and on the Byrne's who he still distrusted. An old enemy emerged. Having forseen her death at the hands of Merlin, she recruited her foster-daughter Morgause to return to Camelot and aid her in the battle against Uther and now the new danger of Merlin. She alone knows of Merlin's true power.

Morgause, unable to do any harm to Camelot whilst her sister remains there, begged Nimueh to help her recover her lost sister and bring her to the Isle of the Blessed to learn how to use her powers. Nimueh agreed and together they combined their magic to unleash upon Camelot a horrific curse.

To each civilian of Camelot, a ghost of their loved ones appeared. These were no friendly ghosts with words of comfort but rather cold and bitter echos. They twisted realitity in order to cause as much suffering as possible. As it drove everyone mad, Camelot was weakened and Morgana easier to take, though she too suffered the visions of the dead. Unable to take anymore, Merlin, lost and confused sought out the Dragons help. He learned of the Old Religion and of his true calling and set off the find Nimueh.

Knowing what a danger Merlin posed, she did not want to fight and instead proposed an alternative. She would release the curse if Merlin brought her Morgana. Unsure of what else to do and worrying over the health of his friends, Merlin agreed and the following night tricked Morgana into drinking a poison to render her unconcious before delivering her to Nimueh.

Still guilt-ridden and weakened by Nimueh's curse, Merlin had agreed a terrible price for the Dragon's wisedom and was forced to honour it. With no way out, he agreed to set the Dragon free on the condition that he leave Camelot for good. Kilgarrah of course, had other ideas...
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Useful links for plots mentioned
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Druidism &#10163; Camelot customs &#10163; Irick customs
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OVERVIEW OF THE BBC'S CAMELOT
main canon characters from the show (for those unfamiliar with it).
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MERLIN: Merlin is the bumbling idiot from the small village Ealdor. Having saved Arthur's life in front of a crowd of people, he was forced upon the job of Arthur's manservant. Much to the annoyance of both men. Since then, they have become friends and Merlin alone knows Arthur's true destiny. It is Merlin's to guide and protect his Prince until he takes the throne and unites Albion. But he still has a lot to learn, he does not yet know the full extent of his powers or even his own birthright.
More information on Merlin here

PRINCE ARTHUR PENDRAGON: To begin with, Arthur was arrogant and selfish. He bullied his servants and looked down on all those beneath him. Over time he has begun to change into the man he is destined to be, a great leader. He inspires his men and his people and does all he can to protect them from harm. His fear of magic stems from his father's hatred and he is unaware that his own sister is a seer or that he himself was born of old magic. In time he will come to respect Merlin for who he really is, until then, it is up to Merlin to teach him that not all magic is bad.
More information on Arthur here

GUINEVERE: She is destined to be Arthur's queen but for now she is Morgana's hand maiden. The ever loyal Gwen will do anything for her friends without question and knows right from wrong. She has lost her father to Uther but it has not dampened the nobility inside her and she unwittingly encourages Merlin's continued faith in Uther's ability to lead.
More information on Gwen here

MORGANA PENDRAGON: It will not be long before Morgana knows who she truly is, the bastard daughter of Uther Pendragon and it will only deepen her feelings of distrust toward him. She lives in fear of her secret being found out as she slowly comes to realise that her 'dreams' are not that at all, but visions. If Uther suspects that she carries magic within her, Morgana would certainly be out casted from Camelot.
More information on Morgana here

KING UTHER PENDRAGON: Uther is the King of Camelot and father of Arthur. His ward is the beautiful Morgana and unbeknownst to any who lives, she is also his daughter. Uther has reigned over Camelot with an iron fist and for over twenty years, has kept magic outlawed in his Kingdom. The true circumstances of his death are a secret to all except Nimueh and Gaius.
More information on Uther to come

GAIUS: The old physician is Merlin's guardian and the only person in Camelot to know who Merlin really is, he in fact knows far more of Merlin's heritage than the boy himself. His is fiercely protective of Merlin and the King and has single handedly treated most of Camelot's citizens. His love of his King forced him to abandon his old ways as a sorcerer but he still has power when it is needed.
More information on Gaius here
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Useful links for world building
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Canons &#10163; BBC site
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