The Oxford Round Table

The Oxford Round Table

The defenders of Britain are like their German counterparts in that they are typically not given their powers by gods, but instead by the many great figures of folklore in their country. And to the British people, what greater symbol is there of their mythic past, than the knights of the round table? Based in Oxford University, advised by the wise Merlin, these noble men and women have taken up the mantles of the brave Sirs to protect the realm. Though they mostly protect the northern regions of the country, since the introduction of the Greek pantheon. It was agreed that they were better to stay out of each other’s ways.

Of course, there is more than knights in shining armour to their ranks. Many other figures like Robin Hood, Jack the Giant Killer, and some of Shakespeare’s creations, have joined the fight, though each one provides new challenges to the members. The Oxford Round Table places a slightly higher premium than most on emulating their patrons. Not simply pleasing them, or honouring them, but becoming more like them. Hoe necessary this is, is debatable, but it’s a proud tradition of the Round Table.

Another is that there is always a Lancelot. There may not be another knight in service, but there is always a Lancelot to serve as field commander of the others, and for centuries now, it has been passed down from father to son of the Cherrywood family, who train and discipline their children from a young age, so that they can take the responsibility when the time comes for the elder to step down. And so, as long as the line of Cherrywoods continues, there will always be a Lancelot. But there is always one seat remains empty, and that is Arthur’s throne. Arthur slumbers still, across the waters in Avalon, and nobody is eager to see him return, for that will be the sure sign that Britain is soon to fall. With the war arriving, many people are starting to look for signs of Arthur again, but Merlin seems untroubled by such thoughts, though he is even grimmer and grumpier than usual.

The Oxford Round Table

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