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Accolon

The Story: Morgan le Fay was married off to a man much older than her, Uriens, who had several children, including his son Accolon. Although Morgan was technically Accolon's stepmother, they were closer to one another in age and fell in love with one another. Morgan and Arthur (half-siblings) had a rocky relationship (to say the least), and although Morgan sometimes did good things for Arthur, she seemed to also always have a scheme to try to kill him. So she tricks Accolon into fighting Arthur, hoping her lover will kill him. Morgan is able to get hold of Excalibur (during a time when Arthur trusted her) and she gives the sword to Accolon. Arthur is magically transported to a place Morgan has chosen for the battle, and Accolon is told that Morgan wants him to fight a knight he will find there (he does not at that time know the knight is actually Arthur). Because Accolon has Excalibur, he is able to get the upper hand and Arthur is soon gravely wounded. But through the help of Nimue, who has discovered Morgan's plot, Arthur is able to get Excalibur back into his hands after Accolon almost drops the sword. With Excalibur returned to him, Arthur is able to defeat Accolon, who cries mercy especially once he realizes he has been fighting Arthur. And although Accolon is forgiven, his wounds are too deep for healing, and he dies four days later.


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