Animation Spell

An animations spell makes the Serpent shield come alive.

Animation Spells is a very powerful incantation that causes inanimate objects to come to life, or to move and act as if they were alive, and if it's a very powerful spell, these objects will be alive.

The known animation spells that have been used are:

  • Bebiede þe arisan cwicum. In order to expose Valiant's deceit, Merlin spent an entire night learning an animation spell, bringing to life a granite statue of a dog in his first successful casting. He then used the spell during Valiant's duel with Prince Arthur to bring the snakes on his shield to life, proving that Valiant had cheated. At first the young warlock couldn't cast the spell right, being it the most difficult verbal spell he had cast so far. He also mispronounced the words of power of the Old Religion and said several times "berbay odothay arisan quicken" until, after a night of unsuccesful attempts, he got the pronunciation right (Valiant).
  • Bebiede þe arisan ealdu, used by the High Priestess Nimueh to bring a piece of clay, shaped to resemble an Afanc, to life, after she had put it into an egg (The Mark of Nimueh).
  • Bebiede þe arisan ealdu, cast by Edwin Muirden to animate the Elanthia Beetles. He used it to command an insect to enter a flower, which he delivered to Morgana, and then enter her ear while she was sleeping. He used again this spell to force a beetle into Uther's ear so that it would have devoured his brain. This spell was also written on the box in which the insects were kept. Merlin accidentally read it, bringing them to life (A Remedy to Cure All Ills).
  • Draca, used by Merlin to conjure the shape of a dragon, which resembled Camelot's crest, from the fire ashes (The Moment of Truth).
  • Ic cume eft to Camelot. Swá þæt ic mæg min fæhþ awrecan! Nu ic lybbe ece and ic mæg rædan min burh, cast by Cornelius Sigan. The sorcerer used this very powerful animation spell to bring life to several stone Gargoyles in his attack on Camelot. The spell was broken when Sigan's soul was trapped again into his jewel (The Curse of Cornelius Sigan).


  • Devlin enchants the Serpent Shield.
  • Merlin animates a dog statue to practice with the spell.
  • Merlin reveals Valiant's secret with an animation spell.
  • Nimueh gives life to the Afanc egg.
  • Merlin animates the Elanthia Beetles.
  • Edwin commands an Elanthia Beetle to enter Uther's ear.
  • Merlin animates the ashes to create a dragon-figure.
  • Sigan's powerful animation spell.
  • Merlin animates the smoke.
  • Morgana gives life to the medallion that represents the Fomorroh.
  • Merlin casts an animation spell to show Arthur his magic.
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