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|name = [[File:Elyan nameplate.png|250px]]
 
 
|aka = Sir Elyan
 
|aka = Sir Elyan
 
|race = Human
 
|race = Human
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|status = Dead
 
|gender = Male
 
|gender = Male
|family = [[Thomas]] (father) †<br>[[Gwen's mother]] (mother) †<br> [[Guinevere Pendragon]] (sister)<br>
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|family = [[Thomas]] (father) †<br>[[Gwen's mother]] (mother) †<br> [[Guinevere Pendragon]] (younger sister)<br>
[[Arthur Pendragon]] (brother-in-law)
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[[Arthur Pendragon]] (brother-in-law)
|affiliation = [[Guinevere Pendragon]]<br>[[Arthur Pendragon]]<br>[[Merlin]]<br>The [[Knights of the Round Table]]
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|affiliation = [[Guinevere Pendragon]]<br>[[Arthur Pendragon]]<br>[[Merlin]]<br>[[Knights of the Round Table]]<br>[[Knights of Camelot]]<br>[[Gaius]]
The [[Knights of Camelot]]
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|enemies = [[Cenred]] †<br>[[Morgana Pendragon]] † <br>[[Morgause]] †<br>[[Old Merlin (disguise)]]<br>[[Dorocha]] (Spirit)<br>[[Wyvern]]<br>[[Wilddeoren]]<br>[[Lamia]] †<br>[[Shrine Boy]] (Spirit)<br>[[Agravaine de Bois]] †<br>[[Helios]] †
<br>[[Gaius]]
 
|enemies = [[Cenred]] †<br>[[Morgana Pendragon]]<br>[[Morgause]] †<br>[[Old Merlin (disguise)]]<br>[[Dorocha]] (Spirit)<br>[[Wyvern]]<br>[[Wilddeoren]]<br>[[Lamia]] †<br>[[Shrine Boy]] (Spirit)<br>[[Agravaine de Bois]] †<br>[[Helios]] †
 
 
|portrayer = [[Adetomiwa Edun]]
 
|portrayer = [[Adetomiwa Edun]]
|appearances = ''[[The Castle of Fyrien]]''<br>''[[The Coming of Arthur]]''<br>''[[The Darkest Hour]]''<br>''[[The Wicked Day]]''<br>''[[Aithusa (episode)|Aithusa]]''<br>''[[His Father's Son]]''<br>''[[A Servant of Two Masters]]''<br>''[[Lamia (episode)|Lamia]]''<br>''[[Lancelot Du Lac]]''<br>''[[A Herald of the New Age]]''<br>''[[The Hunter's Heart]]''<br>''[[The Sword in the Stone]]<br>[[Arthur's Bane]]''<br>''[[The Death Song of Uther Pendragon]]''<br>''[[Another's Sorrow]]''<br>''[[The Disir]]''<br>''[[The Dark Tower]]''}}{{quote|He just always happens to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.|[[Gwen]] on Elyan|The Castle of Fyrien}}
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|appearances = ''[[The Castle of Fyrien]]''<br>''[[The Coming of Arthur]]''<br>''[[The Darkest Hour]]''<br>''[[The Wicked Day]]''<br>''[[Aithusa (episode)|Aithusa]]''<br>''[[His Father's Son]]''<br>''[[A Servant of Two Masters]]''<br>''[[Lamia (episode)|Lamia]]''<br>''[[Lancelot Du Lac]]''<br>''[[A Herald of the New Age]]''<br>''[[The Hunter's Heart]]''<br>''[[The Sword in the Stone]]<br>[[Arthur's Bane]]''<br>''[[The Death Song of Uther Pendragon]]''<br>''[[Another's Sorrow]]''<br>''[[The Disir]]''<br>''[[The Dark Tower]]''
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{{quote|He just always happens to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.|[[Gwen]] on Elyan|The Castle of Fyrien}}
   
Sir '''Elyan '''was the son of [[Tom]], brother of [[Guinevere Pendragon|Queen Guinevere Pendragon]] and brother-in-law to [[Arthur Pendragon|King Arthur Pendragon]] whom he served as a [[Knight of Camelot]] to. Prior to his knighthood he was a blacksmith like his father before him. He was impaled by a sword enchanted by Morgana, and died of his wounds in his sister's arms.
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'''Sir''' '''Elyan''' was the son of [[Tom]], the brother of [[Guinevere Pendragon|Queen Guinevere Pendragon]] and the brother-in-law of [[Arthur Pendragon|King Arthur Pendragon]], whom he served as a [[Knights of the Round Table|Knight of the Round Table]]. Prior to his knighthood he was a blacksmith, like his father before him. He was impaled by a sword enchanted by the [[Morgana|Lady Morgana]] - apparently to protect Guinevere and likely to kill Arthur - and died of his wounds in his sister's arms.
   
 
==Biography==
 
==Biography==
===Early Life===
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===Early life===
   
Little has been revealed about Elyan's early life other than the fact that he left home a year before [[Merlin]] arrived in [[Camelot ]]and did not keep in contact with his family, meaning that his sister [[Guinevere]] was unaware of his whereabouts and did not know whether he was alive or dead<span style="font-style: normal; ">. He is Tom and his wife's oldest child and only son.</span>
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Elyan was the elder child and only son of the blacksmith [https://merlin.fandom.com/wiki/Tom Tom] and his late wife. Little is known about Elyan's early life, only that he left home a year before [[Merlin]] arrived in [[Camelot]] and did not keep in contact with his family. Consequently his sister [[Guinevere]] had no knowledge of his whereabouts, or even whether he was alive or dead (''[[The Castle of Fyrien]]'').
   
 
===Kidnapped===
 
===Kidnapped===
Elyan and [[Gwen ]]were reunited when King [[Cenred]] kidnapped the two siblings in an attempt to kill [[Arthur Pendragon]]. [[Cenred]] released Gwen so that she could tell Arthur he had captured her brother, therefore [[File:Merlin485.jpg|thumb|left|215px|Brother and Sister]]forcing him to walk into his trap. Elyan spent most of his captivity in the dungeon. He was later kept there with [[Gwen ]] when she returned with [[Arthur]], [[Merlin (character)|Merlin]] and the treacherous [[Morgana]]. Merlin and Arthur managed to rescue the two siblings and returned to [[Camelot]] after "saving" [[Morgana]] . He returned to live in [[Camelot]], took over their father's blacksmith and lived there with his sister (''[[The Castle of Fyrien]]'').
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{{Quote|Brother and sister reunited. It warms the heart.|Cenred regarding Gwen and Elyan|The Castle of Fyrien}}
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[[File:Merlin485.jpg|thumb|left|209x209px|[[Gwen]] and Elyan, reunited.]]Four years after his departure from [[Camelot]], [[Gwen]] and Elyan were reunited when they were kidnapped by [[Cenred|King Cenred]] as part of a plot to kill [[Arthur Pendragon]]. Gwen was soon released so that she could lead Arthur into their trap, but Elyan spent most of his captivity in the castle dungeons. His sister eventually rejoined him when she, Arthur, [[Merlin (character)|Merlin]], and [[Morgana]] were captured trying to sneak into the [https://merlin.fandom.com/wiki/Castle_of_Fyrien castle] by way of an underground tunnel system. The two had a bit of a heart to heart as they waited in their cell, discussing issues like Elyan's decision to leave home and his failure to return even after their father's death. Elyan also became aware of Gwen's romance with Arthur, which he took great amusement in teasing her about.
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The siblings were soon rescued by Arthur and Merlin, and - after a quick detour to "save" Morgana - the group returned to Camelot. Elyan decided to give up his wanderings at this time, instead choosing to reopen their father's forge and take over his job as blacksmith (''[[The Castle of Fyrien]]'').
   
 
===Knight of the Round Table===
 
===Knight of the Round Table===
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{{Quote|Arise, Sir Elyan, Knight of Camelot.|Arthur to Elyan|The Coming of Arthur}}
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Elyan had been comfortably resettled in [[Camelot]] for several months when it was attacked by [[Cenred|Cenred's]] [https://merlin.fandom.com/wiki/Immortal_Army army]. Elyan presumably tried to defend his home from the invaders, but was stunned to discover that weapons were useless against the soldiers; the [[Cup of Life]] had made them immortal. He managed to avoid capture by taking refuge in his and [[Gwen|Gwen's]] house, and hid there until [[Arthur Pendragon|Arthur]], [[Merlin (character)|Merlin]], and [[Gwaine (character)|Gwaine]] returned to find that Camelot had been defeated. When the trio entered the house in search of Gwen, they discovered Elyan instead, who initially attacked them thinking they were immortal soldiers.
   
Elyan was present when Camelot was attacked by an immortal army and attacked Arthur, mistaking him for an [[File:Elyanpercivalmerlin.jpg|thumb|right|As a knight of [[Camelot]]]]enemy. He accompanied Merlin, Arthur and Gwaine into Camelot to find his sister. He and [[Gwaine (character)|Gwaine]] witnessed [[Uther Pendragon]] being dragged towards the throne room and informed Arthur who ordered them to get [[Gaius]], who had also escaped the assault unscathed, in the safety of the forest. Meanwhile, Arthur and Merlin witnessed Morgana being crowned Queen of Camelot.
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After explaining all that had happened, Elyan accompanied the three to the castle to learn the fates of Arthur's father and Gwen. The group split up once they were inside. Elyan went with Gwaine to the dungeons, where they saw [[Uther Pendragon|Uther]] being dragged away by Cenred's soldiers. The two then met up with Arthur and Merlin (and now [[Gaius]]) in the physician's chambers, where they reported what they'd seen. Arthur then ordered them to take Gaius and find refuge in the woods outside Camelot.
   
Elyan was later knighted by Arthur and helped him and his allies rescue Uther and the surviving Knights of Camelot, although he was wounded during the battle ([[The Coming of Arthur|''The Coming Of Arthur'')]].
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Elyan, Gaius, and Gwaine eventually met back up with Arthur and Merlin, and the five spent the next week sheltering in a cave. They were eventually joined by Gwen and [[Leon|Sir Leon]], who had managed to escape from the city. Unbeknownst to them, however, [[Morgause]] and [[Morgana]] had allowed their escape in order to track them to Arthur's hiding place. The group was forced to go on the run, though they were ultimately saved by the arrival of [[Percival]] and [[Lancelot]], who dropped boulders from above to block the path and halt the soldiers' pursuit.
   
A year later, he was part of a group of four knights who came across [[Morgana]] in the middle of a wasteland. Knowing they would attempt to stop her, she attacked, and only Elyan and [[Leon]] survived. He saved the life of [[Percival]], who was attempting to rescue three children when the [[Dorocha]] attacked Camelot. He, along with Arthur, Merlin and the other Knights of the Round Table then left for the [[Isle of the Blessed]], attempting to free Camelot from the Dorocha (''[[The Darkest Hour]]'').
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[[File:Vlcsnap-2012-02-29-14h18m14s34-0.png|thumb|216x216px|Sir Elyan, [[Knights of the Round Table|Knight of the Round Table]]]]With their former hideout compromised, Elyan accompanied the rest of the group to the [https://merlin.fandom.com/wiki/Castle_of_the_Ancient_Kings Castle of Ancient Kings]. There Arthur revealed his intentions to infiltrate the citadel and free his father. Elyan was among those who volunteered to accompany him, and was made a [[Knights of Camelot|Knight of Camelot]] alongside Gwaine, Percival, and Lancelot. Arthur and his new knights then devised a plan to break Uther out of Camelot's dungeons: Merlin and Lancelot were to split off and disable the warning bell (though they were really planning to go after the Cup of Life) while Arthur, Elyan, and the other knights proceeded on to the cells. Gwen and Gaius, meanwhile, were to remain in the Castle and prepare for any wounded.
   
===Hunting for the Dragon's Egg===
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The plan was carried out the next day. Arthur and the knights infiltrated the dungeons, successfully trapping some of the soldiers in a cell and managing to hold their own against those that remained, though Elyan sustained a cut to the arm. Arthur had just managed to free his father when the warning bell went off, alerting everyone in the citadel to their presence. With their escape route cut off, Arthur resolutely led the knights in battle against the immortal army. They managed to hold their position for several minutes, long enough for Merlin to empty the blood from the Cup of Life, which instantly destroyed the immortal soldiers. Later, Elyan accompanied the other [[Knights of the Round Table|Knights]] back to the Castle of Ancient Kings to escort Gwen home to Camelot ([[The Coming of Arthur|''The Coming Of Arthur'')]].
   
[[File:Elyan_in_Aithusa.jpg|thumb|left|On a mission]]Upon learning of the existence of a dragon's egg and the fact that [[Julius Borden]] was seeking it, Arthur took the Knights of Camelot with him to hunt and destroy it. While on the trip, Elyan joined the others in playing a joke on Merlin and as a result was poisoned by Julius. He was only saved by Merlin's magic (''[[Aithusa (episode)|Aithusa]]'').
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===The Darkest Hour===
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[[File:Elyan72-0.jpg|left|thumb|200x200px|Sir Elyan, [[Knights of Camelot|Knight of Camelot]]]]One year later, Elyan was part of a group of four knights who came across a woman traveling through the [https://merlin.fandom.com/wiki/Plains_of_Denaria Plains of Denaria]. The woman was cooperative at first, informing the knights that she was journeying to the [https://merlin.fandom.com/wiki/The_Great_Seas_of_Meredor Seas of Meredor], but her demeanor markedly changed when [[Leon]] asked about the contents of her cart. Revealing herself to be the [[Morgana|Lady Morgana]], she attacked the knights with her magic. Only Leon and Elyan survived.
   
===War between Camelot and Caerleon ===
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Later, Elyan was among the knights who rode out with [[Arthur]] to investigate reports of strange, faceless beings who had attacked one of [[Camelot|Camelot's]] villages. They discovered that the attacks were the work of the [[Dorocha]], ghostly voices of the dead unleashed when Morgana tore [https://merlin.fandom.com/wiki/The_Veil the veil between the worlds] on [https://merlin.fandom.com/wiki/Samhain Samhain's Eve]. As the Dorocha spread through Camelot and villagers crowded into the city in search of safety, the knights took to patrolling the streets with torches. During one such patrol Elyan saved [[Percival|Percival's]] life by using his torch to chase the Dorocha away. The other knight had come across three children hiding behind some barrels, and had had to leave his own torch behind to carry them to safety.
   
When Camelot's army set out for battle against the army of the late [[Caerleon]] and his wife [[Queen Annis]], Elyan and the other Knights of the Round Table assured Arthur that they would stand by him and fight to the death in his name. Arthur felt that he had made the wrong decision and brought the unnecessary war upon Camelot himself. He decided to settle the conflict without the need for his knights to risk their lives for him (''[[His Father's Son]]'').
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Elyan and the other [[Knights of the Round Table|Knights of the Round Table]] later accompanied Arthur on his quest to repair the veil on the [[Isle of the Blessed]]. They made camp the first night at an old fortress called Daobeth, where [[Merlin]] was badly injured by the Dorocha. After [[Lancelot (character)|Lancelot]] volunteered to take the servant back to Camelot, Arthur, Elyan, and the other knights continued on with the quest. On Arthur's recommendation they took a shortcut through the [https://merlin.fandom.com/wiki/Tunnels_of_Andor Tunnels of Andor], which went fairly well up until they came across a group of [https://merlin.fandom.com/wiki/Wilddeoren Wildeorren]. The knights quickly hid behind a shelf of rock, but despite their having used [https://merlin.fandom.com/wiki/Gaia_Berries Gaia berries] to mask their scents, one of the creatures followed them and took a marked interest in [[Gwaine (character)|Gwaine]]. This prompted the knight to kill the creature, which ultimately proved to be a mistake, as Wildeorren hunted in packs. The knights were forced to exit the tunnels at a run.
   
===Merlin Kidnapped ===
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[[File:Arthurelyan2.jpg|thumb|Elyan speaks with [[Arthur]]]]Ultimately surviving their trek through the Tunnels, the group made camp in the woods that night, with Arthur taking first watch. When Elyan got up to take over, he tried to talk to the prince about what they might expect when they finally reached the Isle. Arthur remained tight-lipped, saying that it was his burden alone to bear, but Elyan disagreed, telling him that as long as they all stood together, none of them would ever be alone. His words seemed to bring some comfort to Arthur, who thanked him.
   
Elyan was among the [[Knights of Camelot]] who were attacked by [[Morgana]] 's mercenaries. He fought his way through, but was ultimately separated from [[Arthur ]]and [[Merlin]] . Later, while trying to figure out who the traitor was, [[Arthur ]]briefly considered Elyan, before deciding it was impossible. While out on patrol, Elyan and the other knights caught [[Dragoon the Great]] outside Camelot. The four attacked him briefly, but the disguised [[Merlin ]]overpowered them easily, defeating each of them, then using them to elevate himself up onto a horse (''[[A Servant of Two Masters]]'').
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After another day of traveling, the knights were reunited with Merlin and Lancelot when they made camp at another fortress. Relieved that they were safe and well, the knights joyfully welcomed the two back into the fold. The group reached the Isle of the Blessed the next morning, crossing the lake by way of the ferryman's boat. When they discovered that the Isle was guarded by [https://merlin.fandom.com/wiki/Wyvern Wyverns], Leon, Elyan, and Percival chose to remain outside to fend them off while Arthur, Merlin, Lancelot, and Gwaine proceeded on to the stone altar, where Lancelot ultimately sacrificed himself to heal the veil in Arthur place.
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Later, back in Camelot, Elyan attended Lancelot's memorial alongside his fellow knights and the rest of the court. He was also present when a funeral pyre containing Lancelot's cloak and sword was burned in the courtyard (''[[The Darkest Hour]]'').
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=== Further Adventures ===
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{{Quote|We made our pledge, and we wear the Pendragon crest with pride. Tomorrow, we fight in your name, sire. For freedom and justice in this land.|Elyan to Arthur|His Father's Son}}
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Elyan attended [[Arthur|Arthur's]] birthday celebration alongside the rest of the court. Later, after the death of [[Uther Pendragon|King Uther]], he also attended Arthur's coronation along with his fellow knights (''[[The Wicked Day]]'').
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When it was discovered that [[Julius Borden]] was searching for the last live dragon egg in existence, Elyan was among the knights that Arthur took to find and destroy it. During their journey, Elyan joined the others in playing a trick on [[Merlin]]. They pretended to eat all of their food, and then produced one last bowl that they'd saved for the servant when he'd just about given up hope. As a result, he and the other knights were stricken ill when Borden poisoned their food, and had to be saved by Merlin's magic (''[[Aithusa (episode)|Aithusa]]'').
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Elyan was also present during the knights' ambush on [[Caerleon|King Caerleon's]] raiding party. When the King's wife, [[Queen Annis]], subsequently declared war on [[Camelot]] over the death of her husband, Elyan accompanied his fellow Knights and the rest of Camelot's army to the battle sight. He later led the other [[Knights of the Round Table]] in voicing their loyalty to Arthur and their willingness to die for him, acting as the group's spokesman. When Arthur struck a bargain with Annis that the war would be decided by a duel between two champions rather than a battle between two armies, Elyan was among those who volunteered to serve as Camelot's champion. He later watched Arthur fight from the ridge alongside Merlin and the rest of Camelot's army (''[[His Father's Son]]'').
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[[File:Knights step-0.png|thumb|184x184px|Defeated by [[Dragoon the Great]]]]
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Elyan was on a patrol with the other Knights of the Round Table when they encountered Merlin disguised as [[Dragoon the Great]]. The servant was attempting to mount his horse so he could ride to [https://merlin.fandom.com/wiki/Morgana%27s_Hovel Morgana's hovel] and free himself of her [[Fomorroh|Fomorroh's]] control, but due to the effects of his [https://merlin.fandom.com/wiki/Ageing_Spell ageing spell] did not have the strength to manage it. Recognizing him as the sorcerer supposedly responsible for Uther's death, the Knights tried to apprehend him but were quickly defeated by Merlin's magic, much to his glee. The warlock then mounted his horse using the fallen knights as a staircase and went on his way (''[[A Servant of Two Masters]]'').
   
 
===Lamia ===
 
===Lamia ===
On the journey back to Camelot from a village suffering from a strange disease, Elyan, the other knights and [[Merlin]] came across a group of bandits who had captured a young girl. The knights attacked the bandits and saved the girl, who was nervous and particularly distrustful of Merlin. Identifying herself as [[Lamia (character)|Lamia]], she soon began to exert a power over the knights, making them aggressive and irrational towards each other and Merlin. The knights become possessive of the Lamia and obsessed with her wellbeing, forgetting the original purpose of their journey. Elyan and Percival have to break up a fight between Gwaine and Leon. Later, the Lamia seduced Elyan and transferred the disease with a kiss. The knights found Elyan the next morning and brought him to Gwen and Merlin, who began to suspect the Lamia. Merlin tried to convince the knights to get Elyan back to Camelot for treatment but the other knights, under the Lamia's influence, insisted on going to a deserted castle. Elyan was only cured when the Lamia was killed by Arthur. Gaius tended to all the sick villagers and knights (''[[Lamia (episode)|Lamia]]'').
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{{Quote|Leon and Gwaine, I've never known them to act like this."<br>"Elyan's the same. I hardly recognize him."<br>"I think it's something to do with her.|Merlin and Gwen about the Knights and Lamia|Lamia}}
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[[File:Merlin1745.jpg|left|thumb|220x220px|Elyan defends [[Merlin]] to the villagers.]]
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When the village of Longstead was stricken with severe illness, Elyan and the other [[Knights of the Round Table|Knights of the Round Table]] were tasked with escorting [[Gwen|Gwen]] and [[Merlin]] there to provide treatment. Though Merlin did what he could, his prescriptions proved ineffective and it started to appear as though sorcery might be involved. The group started back to [[Camelot|Camelot]] the next morning, intending to inform [[Arthur]] of their suspicions and return later with [[Gaius]], who had remained in Camelot to treat a sudden outbreak of sweating sickness.
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At some point in their journey they came across a group of bandits camped out in the forest. The Knights attacked the bandits, and in the process freed a young girl that they'd apparently taken prisoner. Identifying herself as [[Lamia (character)|Lamia]], the girl appeared both terrified and distrustful, particularly of Merlin. She soon began to exert a strange control over the Knights; they became increasingly possessive of her and aggressive towards each other. This eventually culminated in a fight between [[Leon]] and [[Gwaine (character)|Gwaine]], which escalated to the point that [[Percival|Percival]] and Elyan had to forcibly separate them. The Knights also began to forget the original purpose of their journey (to save Longstead), concerned only with doing what Lamia suggested they do.
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The evening after the fight, Elyan was on watch when he heard what sounded like a hiss. He came across Lamia while investigating, who claimed that she hadn't been able to sleep. She kissed Elyan, who began convulsing and fell to the ground. The next morning, the other Knights found him unconscious in the woods, apparently suffering from the same sickness as the people of Longstead. Though Merlin tried to convince the Knights to get Elyan back to Camelot for treatment, they - under Lamia's influence - insisted on taking shelter in a deserted castle instead. Lamia disappeared almost immediately after they arrived there, and one by one the Knights began to fall ill; Gwaine when he went to collect firewood, and Leon and Percival while they were searching for Lamia.
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Gwen and Merlin were left to deal with Lamia themselves. Merlin managed to stab her with a sword during their initial confrontation, but Lamia responded by transforming into a snake-like monster that chased him through the castle. Eventually they ran into Gwen, who attacked the monster with a sword when it managed to grab Merlin. The Lamia was unaffected, however, and likely would have killed them both had Arthur not arrived and finished it off. Elyan and the other Knights were then taken back to Longstead, where Gaius treated them for their illness (''[[Lamia (episode)|Lamia]]'').
   
 
===Possessed by a Troubled Spirit===
 
===Possessed by a Troubled Spirit===
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{{Quote|He may have disturbed a spirit at the shrine. I think that spirit's possessing him.|Merlin about Elyan|A Herald of the New Age}}
   
While Arthur, Merlin and the Knights of Camelot were out in the forest, the group discovered a [[Druid ]]shrine, erected for the sake of a troubled soul unable to find peace due to its unjust death. Merlin, feeling uneasy due to a [[File:Merlin4.10.1.png|thumb|left|Trying to comfort the spirit of the boy]]strange presence, warned the others not to touch anything, but Elyan, thirsty since Gwaine had drunk all his water, drank from a small well. However, in doing so, he disturbed and freed the tormented spirt. The spirit was that of a young [[Shrine Boy|Druid boy]], dripping wet and deathly pale, who began to appear to Elyan, unseen by others. Initially he did not speak, first appearing to Elyan while he was in his bedroom, then beginning to exert his influence on him during the knights' training session, causing him to fly into a rage. Having been told by Gwaine that salt at the foot of the bed would ward off [[File:Elyan_evil.jpg|thumb|274px|A possessed Elyan attempts to kill [[Arthur]]]]evil spirits, Elyan desperately put a ring of salt under his, which would later confirm to Merlin that Elyan had been possessed. The spirit, appearing a third time, then spoke to Elyan and told him that he wanted peace, but in order to get it Elyan had to kill the King to balance the injustice done to him while alive. Now under the spirit's power, Elyan agreed and went to Arthur's rooms at night, attacking him. Although he caught Arthur unawares, Arthur's superior skill saved him and the guards came in, causing Elyan to flee.
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[[File:Elyan evil.jpg|thumb|210x210px|A possessed Elyan tries to kill [[Arthur]]|left]]Elyan was on a patrol with [[Arthur]], [[Merlin]], and the other [[Knights of the Round Table|Knights]] when they came across the remains of a [[Druid]] camp. Though Merlin warned them not to disturb anything, Elyan - thirsty because [[Gwaine (character)|Gwaine]] had drunk the last of his water - drank from a small well. In doing so he accidentally freed a tormented spirit; a young [https://merlin.fandom.com/wiki/Shrine_Boy Druid boy], dripping wet and deathly pale, who began to appear to Elyan but went unseen by others. Initially the boy did not speak, first appearing to Elyan while he was alone in his chambers. Having heard Gwaine tell Merlin earlier that a circle of salt at the foot of one's bed was supposed to ward off evil spirits, Elyan desperately followed this advice, but to no avail. The boy slowly began to exert greater and greater influence over him, causing him to lose control of himself during a training session and appearing to him in the armoury afterwards. Frightened, Elyan accidentally bumped into Gwaine, who shoved him away in response. This resulted in a struggle between the two when Elyan shoved him back, which ended with Gwaine knocking him out.
   
Whilst trying to escape the castle, Elyan was apprehended by the other Knights of the Round Table and thrown in the dungeons. The spirit reappeared to tell him that he had failed him, which drove Elyan to torment. It was suspected that he was motivated by revenge for Arthur banishing his sister and Agravaine told Arthur he had to put him to death to show the people of Camelot that attempts on the King's life would be severely punished. Merlin, knowing that Elyan was[[File:410_1.jpg|thumb|left|The spirit of the druid boy abandons Elyan]] not acting of his own accord, defended Elyan's case, leaving Arthur conflicted. Planning to exorcise the spirit, Merlin freed Elyan from the dungeon and tried to give him a sedative to allow him to remove the spirit, but the spirit warned Elyan of Merlin's intentions and so he knocked Merlin out.
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When Elyan eventually regained awareness in his chambers, the spirit appeared to him for a third time. Unlike the last times, however, the spirit spoke to him, asking him not to be angry with it. Elyan then approached the boy and tried to comfort him, asking him what he wanted of him. The boy replied that he wanted Elyan to bring him peace by righting the wrong that had been done to him; he wanted him to kill the king. Now under the spirit's power, Elyan agreed to do so. He went to Arthur's chambers that night and attacked him with a sword. Though caught unawares, Arthur managed to evade him until the guards arrived, forcing Elyan to flee. He was eventually apprehended by the other Knights and thrown into the dungeons, where the spirit appeared to him once more. The boy told him that he'd failed him, an accusation that tormented Elyan.
   
Making his second attempt on Arthur's life, Elyan, armed with a crossbow, killed or knocked out three knights. He fired at Arthur, but Arthur had realised the danger in the nick of time and dodged the shot. Now completely under the spirit's power and speaking with the Druid boy's voice instead of Elyan's, he challenged Arthur to a sword fight. Arthur's skill meant he once again defeated Elyan. However, Arthur, having heard the child's voice instead of Elyan's, began to realise that Merlin had been correct and that Elyan was in fact possessed. He then let Elyan run. Gaius informed Arthur that in order to appease the restless spirit, the perpetrator of the injustice done to it in life would have to atone for his crime. Believing Uther to have been responsible, Gaius told Arthur he had no choice but to put Elyan to death since it was impossible for Uther to redeem himself.
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Though most believed that Elyan's attack on Arthur had been motivated by revenge for [[Gwen|his sister's]] banishment, Merlin and [[Gaius]] - who had discovered the circle of salt beneath his bed - knew that he was not acting of his accord. As such, when [[Agravaine]] advised that Arthur have Elyan executed in order to show the people of [[Camelot|Camelot]] that attempts on the King's life would be severely punished, Merlin defended Elyan, leaving Arthur conflicted. Worried that the king might have no choice but to order Elyan's execution regardless of their suspicions, Merlin then concocted a plan to exorcise the spirit from Elyan. He broke the knight out of the dungeons and tried to trick him into drinking a sedative. The boy, however, warned Elyan of Merlin's intentions, prompting the knight to knock him out and escape into the woods.
   
Arthur said nothing, but at night he slipped out of the castle, only to be tailed by Merlin. Arthur caught his servant, but allowed him to accompany him. Arthur travelled to the site of the shrine and summoned the spirit. He knelt before it and cast aside his sword, then revealed that it had not been Uther who led the raid on the Druid camp, but he himself. Arthur, filled with remorse, explained how he had led it in youth and inexperience and was still haunted by the memory. Promising that the Druids would be treated with the respect they deserved in future, Arthur finally gave the child's spirit peace, and so the spirit forgave him. He released Elyan, who, disoriented and confused, fainted. He was told that he would make a full recovery (''[[A Herald of the New Age]]'').
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Elyan made a second attempt on Arthur's life the following day. Armed with a crossbow, he ambushed the king in the council chamber, killing or wounding at least three knights before taking aim at Arthur, who managed to dodge the shot. Now completely under the spirit's power and speaking with the voice of the boy rather than his own, he abandoned the crossbow and took up a sword instead, engaging Arthur in a duel. Arthur eventually managed to defeat Elyan, but - having heard him speak with the boy's voice rather than Elyan's - began to realize that Merlin had been right and that Elyan was being possessed. As such, he let Elyan go.
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===Morgana's Second Conquest of Camelot===
 
===Morgana's Second Conquest of Camelot===
When Morgana and [[Helios]] launched a surprise attack on Camelot, Elyan discovered [[Agravaine]] leading the invaders. Finding that Agravaine had betrayed them, Elyan vowed to kill him, as did Agravaine to Elyan. However, Morgana knocked Elyan unconcious with magic, telling Agravaine that they didn't have time to play soldiers. Elyan later joined with Percival to help Merlin hide Arthur but Morgana caught up with them. After Percival dissapeared, Elyan stayed behind to buy Merlin and Arthur time to escape and was captured by Morgana. She interrogated Elyan to find out where Arthur was hiding, but Elyan refused to tell her anything. Morgana therefore used a [[Nathair]] to "torture him to the limit of human endurance", as [[Gaius]] commented. When Elyan joined Gwaine and Gaius in the dungeons, he was catatonic.
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{{Quote|Tell me where Arthur is... Or sample the delights of my little friend here."<br>"I'll tell you nothing."<br>"I was hoping you'd say that.|Morgana interrogating Elyan on Arthur's whereabouts|The Sword in the Stone}}
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[[File:Leon & percival to the rescue-0.png|left|thumb|219x219px|Being rescued from [[Camelot|Camelot's]] dungeons.]]
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Elyan was one of the knights on patrol in the city when [[Morgana]] and her ally [[Helios]] launched a surprise attack on [[Camelot|Camelot]] during the [https://merlin.fandom.com/wiki/Feast_of_Beltane Feast of Beltane]. They eventually retreated to the citadel, where he discovered [[Arthur|Arthur's]] uncle, [[Agravaine|Lord Agravaine]], leading a contingent of warriors through the castle corridors. Realizing that the nobleman had betrayed them, Elyan vowed to kill him, but was knocked unconscious by Morgana's magic before he could do so. When he eventually regained consciousness, he ran to the woods outside Camelot. There he met up with [[Percival|Percival]], Arthur, and [[Merlin]], who were also trying to escape from Morgana's soldiers. The group quickly came up with a plan to find sanctuary beyond Camelot's borders, with Merlin suggesting that they go to his home village, [https://merlin.fandom.com/wiki/Ealdor Ealdor]. However, they were discovered and attacked before they could do so, losing track of Percival almost immediately. Elyan managed to keep up with Merlin and Arthur for a little longer, but ultimately sent them on ahead while he stayed behind to fend off their pursuers. Eventually, he was captured.
   
However, Elyan recovered some of his strength after a few days. Though he was still weak, he was soon able to walk and talk again, and when the guards came for Gwaine to force him to fight in return for food, he tried to help but was still too weak. After Gwaine won, Elyan tried to encourage Gaius to eat, though Gaius told him not to waste his food as he believed he was dying. Nonetheless, Elyan refused to take back the bread.
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Morgana later interrogated Elyan to find out where Arthur was hiding. When Elyan refused to tell her where the king had gone, she used a [[Nathair]] to torture the information out of him. Elyan, almost catatonic at this point, was then dragged to the castle dungeons, where he was thrown into a cell with [[Gaius]] and [[Gwaine (character)|Gwaine]]. Gaius did what he could to make Elyan comfortable, and the knight slowly recovered his strength over the next few days. But though soon able to walk and talk again, he was still too weak to help Gwaine when the guards came to force him to fight in return for food. He did his best to look after Gaius during this time; the old physician was suffering badly from their poor conditions and lack of food. After Gwaine won his challenge and was given bread as a reward, Elyan tried to coax Gaius into eating. He was distressed when the physician told him not to waste their food on someone who wasn't long for this world, and left the bread with Gaius anyway, taking none for himself.
   
Elyan was later rescued by Percival and Leon as they fought to retake Camelot, much to his relief and joy. He happily joked about having been trapped in a cell with Gwaine for a week and later watched on proudly as Gwen was crowned Queen of Camelot by his new brother-in-law, Arthur (''[[The Sword in the Stone]]'').
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Elyan, Gaius, and Gwaine were later rescued by Percival and [[Leon]] during Arthur's bid to retake Camelot. The knights were overjoyed to see one another alive, Elyan even joking about the horror of having been locked up with Gwaine for a week when Percival asked if he was all right. He later stood alongside his fellow knights and the rest of the court as his sister [[Gwen|Guinevere]] was crowned Queen of Camelot (''[[The Sword in the Stone]]'').
===Knights go Missing===
 
Three years after his sister, Guinevere, became Queen of Camelot, Elyan is still a member of his brother-in-law's Round Table and one of his most trusted Knights. When Arthur reports to the Round Table that Sir Gwaine and his troop of men have gone missing, Elyan voices his concern for his friends and states that all the disappearances are somehow related to Morgana. ([[Arthur's Bane]])
 
   
===The Dark Tower===
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===Search for the Missing Knights===
Elyan with Gwen and the other knights venture back to Camelot when Morgana stumbles upon them and plants snakes in a patch of grass leading to the injuries of Percival and Leon, as Gwen flees she is captured by Morgana and taken to the Dark Tower, where she will return home but not everyone will get out alive.
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{{Quote|We know that Gwaine and his men crossed the pass here, at Isulfor. But beyond that, there was no trace. The trail went cold.|Elyan to Arthur|Arthur's Bane}}
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[[File:Merlin-arthurs-bane-part-1-pics-4-0.jpg|left|thumb|226x126px|Searching for the missing knights.]]Three years later, [[Gwaine (character)|Gwaine]] was placed in charge of leading a patrol of sixty knights to the northern kingdom of [https://merlin.fandom.com/wiki/Ismere Ismere]. When they sent no word and failed to return, [[Arthur]] tasked Elyan with organizing a search party to find them. Though the search party found no trace of the missing knights, Elyan did hear a number of rumours that [[Morgana]] was occupying the [https://merlin.fandom.com/wiki/Fortress_of_Ismere Fortress of Ismere]. He recounted these rumors to Arthur, who began to suspect that the sorceress was holding the missing knights prisoner, and thus decided to lead a rescue party to investigate the Fortress.
   
Arthur is informed of Gwen's abduction and rides out at dawn with the knights, Merlin. Nearby Arthur tends to head out alone to save Gwen but with the others by his side, and Elyan both knowing how much Gwen means to them they head onwards where Merlin is told that one shall not return. They finally reach the tower where they notice Elyan is already ahead in a booby trap room filled with darts, attempting to kill anyone who mistreads on the path. Elyan succeeds reaching the room where Gwen lies but at the stake of battling with an enchanted sword he is impaled, although he kills it, and as Gwen mourns over his death the others soon find him. Sunrise appears and Elyan is given a memorial, the boat containing his body is set alight as it flows down the river. That night, Gwen appears to have betrayed Camelot and is now allies with Morgana. Elyan is given a Viking burial, just like [[Freya]] (The Lady of The Lake) and [[Lancelot]] (Lancelot du Lac)
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The rescue party set out at dawn the following day, planning to catch Morgana by surprise by entering Ismere from the west, through their ally [[Queen Annis|Queen Annis's]] lands. Noting that the gorge that marked the border between their kingdoms would provide perfect cover for an ambush, Arthur instructed the group to split up and take separate roads. Elyan was ordered to take a contingent of men and follow the ridge line. He did so, but soon returned when he discovered the remains of a village, everyone in it slaughtered. After leading Arthur and the other knights back to the sight, the group checked for survivors and gave the villagers a proper burial before continuing on to Annis's castle, where they spent the night.
   
==Personality==
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They crossed the border to Ismere the next day, but were soon ambushed by Morgana and her ally [https://merlin.fandom.com/wiki/Ruadan Ruadan], who had learned of their plan from his daughter [https://merlin.fandom.com/wiki/Sefa Sefa], [[Gwen|Gwen's]] maidservant. Elyan and the rest of the knights became separated from Arthur and [[Merlin]] during the battle, and were ultimately forced to return to [[Camelot]] without them. [[Leon]] and Elyan reported what had happened to Gwen and [[Gaius]], the group concluding that they must have been betrayed. Gwen quickly deduced that the traitor was Sefa, who had been eavesdropping during the meeting of the [https://merlin.fandom.com/wiki/Royal_Round_Table Round Table] and who she had seen leaving the city late at night. When Sefa admitted that she had been meeting with her father, a sorcerer, Gwen sentenced her to death, a move that surprised Elyan and Gaius. Gwen, however, had no intention of executing Sefa; she was using her as bait, hoping that news of his daughter's plight would lure Ruadan to Camelot.
   
Elyan was adventurous, leaving Camelot a year before Merlin arrived and travelling widely. However this meant that he was out of contact with his sister, even when their father passed away. Gwen who didn't know if he was alive or dead. Gwen commented that Elyan had never settled down but preferred to follow his heart and that he had a tendancy to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Elyan was affectionate and demonstrated his love for his sister, hugging her when they were reunited and later agreeing to live with her in Camelot.
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Sure enough, Ruadan infiltrated the citadel and freed Sefa that very night. Elyan and several other knights pursed them into the woods. Elyan engaged the sorcerer in battle, defeating him, but Ruadan used the last of his strength to conjure a large fire, allowing him and Sefa to escape. Elyan and the knights eventually tracked them to the ruins of an old fortress, where they discovered Ruadan's dead body. Sefa, however, was nowhere to be found.
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Later, after Arthur and Merlin returned to Camelot with the missing knights, Elyan attended [https://merlin.fandom.com/wiki/Mordred Mordred's] knighting ceremony alongside his fellow [https://merlin.fandom.com/wiki/Knights_of_the_Round_Table Knights] and the rest of the court (''[[Arthur's Bane]]'').
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===Final Adventures===
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{{Quote|It is a tradition."<br>"Goes back years."<br>"We all had to do it on our first patrol.|Leon, Elyan, and Percival playing a joke on Mordred|The Disir}}
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[[File:Up4-0.jpg|left|thumb|227x227px|The chandelier falls on the Round Table.]]
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During the celebration of the third anniversary of [[Arthur|Arthur's]] coronation, Elyan explained to [https://merlin.fandom.com/wiki/Mordred Mordred] that Arthur was always upset on that day because it was also the anniversary of [[Uther Pendragon|his father's]] death. He was also present at the meeting of the [https://merlin.fandom.com/wiki/Royal_Round_Table Round Table] the next day, during which the doors to the council chamber began to mysteriously open and close by themselves. Unnerved, the council nevertheless continued with the meeting until the chandelier suddenly broke loose and crashed down on the center of the table, damaging it and greatly startling the knights (''[https://merlin.fandom.com/wiki/The_Death_Song_of_Uther_Pendragon The Death Song of Uther Pendragon]'').
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When [https://merlin.fandom.com/wiki/Mithian Princess Mithian] and her maidservant fled to [[Camelot]] after [https://merlin.fandom.com/wiki/Nemeth Nemeth] was conquered by [[Morgana]] and [https://merlin.fandom.com/wiki/Odin King Odin], she enlisted Arthur's help to rescue [https://merlin.fandom.com/wiki/Rodor her father], who had escaped with her but been too badly injured to make the full journey. Elyan was one of the knights that Arthur took with him on this journey, along with [[Merlin]], [[Gaius]], Mithian, and her maidservant.
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Like the other [[Knights of the Round Table|Knights]], Elyan was very concerned when Merlin was found unconscious next to the stream where they'd made camp, but continued on with Arthur when it was decided that they couldn't afford to wait for Merlin to regain consciousness. Later, when they arrived at the [https://merlin.fandom.com/wiki/Tomb_of_Ashkanar Tomb of Ashkanar], Elyan remained outside with [[Leon]] and the other knights while Arthur and [[Percival]] accompanied Mithian inside. They were captured by Odin's men, but were soon freed by [[Gwaine (character)|Gwaine]] after he and Merlin caught up to the group ([https://merlin.fandom.com/wiki/Another%27s_Sorrow ''Another's Sorrow'']).
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[[File:The disir2-0.jpg|thumb|213x213px|The [[Knights of the Round Table|Knights]] at the Court of the Disir.]]
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Elyan was one of the knights who accompanied Arthur on the search for the sorcerer [https://merlin.fandom.com/wiki/Osgar Osgar]. He joined the other Knights in teasing Mordred along the way, and when the group decided to split up to search the forest, Elyan went with Gwaine. They were the first to find the sorcerer, surrounding him and attempting to apprehend him on their own. Osgar fought back, using his magic to throw the knights into a tree, though not before Gwaine had managed to pierce him with his sword. The sorcerer soon died of his injuries, and the Knights returned to Camelot. Later, Elyan went with Arthur and the other Knights to the [https://merlin.fandom.com/wiki/The_White_Mountains White Mountains] to answer the judgement of [https://merlin.fandom.com/wiki/The_Disir_(Court) the Disir] (''[[The Disir]]'').
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===The Dark Tower ===
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{{Quote|You can't stop me, Arthur. She is my sister.|Elyan to Arthur about rescuing Gwen from the Dark Tower|The Dark Tower}}
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[[File:Gwen and Elyan-0.png|thumb|215x215px|[[Guinevere Pendragon|Gwen]] and Elyan at [[Tom|Tom's]] grave.|left]]
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Some time later, [[Gwen|Gwen]] and Elyan went on a pilgrimage to visit their father's grave. They were accompanied by the other [[Knights of the Round Table|Knights of the Round Table]], who were their escort. The group was attacked by snakes sent by [[Morgana]] on the return journey to [[Camelot]], with [[Leon]] and [[Percival|Percival]] quickly falling victim to their bites. [[Gwaine (character)|Gwaine]] and Elyan urged Gwen to ride on without them, but to no avail; she was kidnapped. As soon as Percival and Leon had recovered, Elyan, [[Arthur|Arthur]], and the other Knights (and [[Merlin]]) immediately set out to search for her.
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They discovered Gwen's horse abandoned in the woods, as well as a trail leading east. The knights followed the trail until after dark, when Merlin managed to convince Arthur to make camp before they lost the trail. Elyan, however, was unable to sleep. He was devastated by his sister's kidnapping and blamed himself for not saving her when they were attacked. Arthur - who also couldn't sleep - tried to comfort him, pointing out that he had saved Percival and Leon and that blaming himself wouldn't do any good. It was at this point, as they were heading back to the campfire, Leon and Percival woke up having had the same nightmare of a tower beyond a forest and a plain. This led Arthur to believe that Gwen was being taken to the [[Dark Tower (Location)|Dark Tower]]. He was resolved to journey there alone, but Elyan, Merlin, and the other knights refused to be left behind.
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The next day they rode on until they reached a cliff that gave them a clear view of the Tower, as well as the first obstacle that stood between them and it: the Impenetrable Forest. The knights spent most of the day hacking their way through the forest. The forest was so dense that Percival broke a sword on it, and Gwaine soon tore his cloak. Eventually they came to the realization that they'd been going in circles. Thoroughly discouraged, they made camp for the night and set out again in the morning, intending to find their way back to the clearing they'd first seen the Tower from. Merlin, however, managed to convince them that he could find the way out, and (using his magic) successfully did so.
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Free of the Forest, the knights then arrived at their second obstacle: The Dollares Plaines. Dealing with both blistering feet and a blistering sun, the group slowly journeyed across the barren landscape. Eventually, as the day was nearing its end, they arrived at the Tower itself (''[[The Dark Tower]]'').
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===Death===
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{{Quote|You cannot overcome it. It will fight to the death.|Gwen to Elyan about Morgana's enchanted sword|The Dark Tower}}
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[[File:Vlcsnap-2012-11-14-23h46m54s194-0.png|left|thumb|220x220px|The death of Sir Elyan.]]
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Arriving at the [[Dark Tower (Location)|Dark Tower]], Elyan, [[Arthur|Arthur]], the other [[Knights of the Round Table|Knights]], and [[Merlin]] followed a staircase to a room filled with booby traps. They discovered this when the flag stones on the floor reacted to pressure, setting off arrows that wounded [[Percival|Percival]] in the leg. Elyan, who was a little way ahead of the others, made his way across the room by the room by using his sword to test the stones before stepping on them. The others were quick to follow his lead, but upon reaching the doorway Elyan decided to press on without them, determined to find [[Gwen|Gwen]].
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Following another staircase, Elyan soon arrived in the room where Gwen was being held captive. A sword floated in the air in front of her. Gwen quickly explained to Elyan that [[Morgana]] had enchanted the sword to protect her, and that it would fight to the death anyone who tried to free her. Elyan fought valiantly, and though the sword pierced him at one point, injuring him badly, he ultimately managed to outwit the enchantment and send it sailing out the window. Elyan quickly shut the window, causing the returning sword to become lodged in the shutters. Elyan then collapsed to the floor, overcome by his wounds. Horrified, Gwen rushed to him and gathered him in her arms. He died just seconds before Arthur and the knights came to his aid.
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[[File:Vlcsnap-2012-11-14-23h47m46s195-0.png|thumb|210x210px|[[Gwen]], [[Arthur]], and the court of [[Camelot]] at Elyan's funeral.]]
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Elyan's body was taken back to [[Camelot]], where he was given a Viking funeral at the same [https://merlin.fandom.com/wiki/Lake_of_Avalon lake] where Merlin had laid to rest both [[Freya]] and [[Lancelot]]. The entire court of Camelot was in attendance as a boat containing Elyan's body was pushed out onto the lake. A knight then fired a flaming arrow to set it alight as the boat gently drifted away (''[[The Dark Tower]]'').
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==Personality==
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{{Quote|He's just one of those people, never settles down, never thinks about the future. Just follows his heart wherever it leads him.|Gwen about Elyan|The Castle of Fyrien}}
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[[File:Merlin4.10.1.png|thumb|Elyan comforts the spirit of the Druid boy|197x197px]]Elyan was a courageous, compassionate, adventurous individual who followed his heart wherever it led him, though this often led to him being in the wrong place at the wrong time. He left home about a year before [[Merlin]] arrived in [[Camelot|Camelot]], traveling extensively and picking up many skills, one of which was swordsmanship. This skill, together with his bravery and loyalty, eventually led to him becoming not only a [[Knight of Camelot]], but one of [[Arthur|Arthur's]] most trusted warriors.
   
He was also cunning enough to be able to hide during Morgana and Morgause's attack on Camelot, and was the only known person apart from Gaius to escape the attack unscathed (''[[The Coming of Arthur]]'').
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Elyan was often shown to be gentle, kindhearted, and caring. Though initially terrified when the spirit of the [https://merlin.fandom.com/wiki/Shrine_Boy Druid boy] appeared to him, he was very contrite when his yelling appeared to have frightened the boy. He did everything he could to comfort him, even giving the boy a hug (''[[A Herald of the New Age]]''). When he, [[Gaius]], and [[Gwaine (character)|Gwaine]] were captured during [[Morgana|Morgana's]] invasion of Camelot, he spent much of his time caring for Gaius, who was suffering badly from the poor conditions and lack of food. When the group was later given bread as a reward for Gwaine defeating his challengers, Elyan insisted that Gaius take it, keeping none for himself (''[[The Sword in the Stone]]''). He was also one of the only knights who didn't regularly tease or bully Merlin, and was the only knight to stand up for him when [https://merlin.fandom.com/wiki/John_Howden John] belittled his skills as a physician (''[[Lamia (episode)|Lamia]]'').
   
Elyan was courageous and an adept fighter, leading to him gaining a position as a [[Knight of Camelot]] and one of Arthur's most trusted comrades. He was shown to be very loyal, with others attesting to the fact that Elyan would never harm Arthur of his own volition, no matter what he had done to him (''[[A Herald of the New Age]]''). He was also shown to be kind as he was one of the only knights who didn't tease and bully Merlin.
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Elyan was especially affectionate and demonstrative towards his sister, hugging her when they were reunited and agreeing to give up his life of traveling to come and live with her in Camelot (''[[The Castle of Fyrien]]''). When [[Gwen|Gwen]] was kidnapped by Morgana and taken to the [[Dark Tower (Location)|Dark Tower]], Elyan was devastated. He blamed himself for not protecting her and was determined to bring her home, even if it cost him his life to do so ([[The Dark Tower (episode)|''The Dark Tower'']]).
   
He was very affectionate towards his sister Gwen. You see this when Gwen was kidnapped by Morgana ([[The Dark Tower (episode)|The Dark Tower]]). He often blamed himself for Guinevere's kidnapping, even though it wasn't fully his fault. He was so passionate to bring back his sister that it cost him his life.
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Other facets of Elyan's personality include his cunning - he was the only person apart from Gaius to escape [[Morgause]] and Morgana's attack on Camelot unscathed (''[[The Coming of Arthur]]'') - and his loyalty. When it appeared that there was a traitor in Camelot, Arthur dismissed the idea that it could be Elyan almost immediately (''[[A Servant of Two Masters]]''), and when he was possessed by the spirit of a Druid boy who tried to make him kill Arthur, several people attested to the fact that they couldn't imagine Elyan harming Arthur of his own volition, no matter what he'd done (''[[A Herald of the New Age]]'').
   
 
==Relationships==
 
==Relationships==
 
=== Guinevere Pendragon===
 
=== Guinevere Pendragon===
[[Guinevere Pendragon|Gwen]] was Elyan's younger sister whom she hadn't seen in about four years. He was glad to see her when she was kidnapped by [[Cenred]], [[Morgana Pendragon |Morgana]] and [[Morgause]]. They had a close relationship and were very protective of each other. When Gwen accidentically let slip Arthur's name without being formal, he grew suspicious of her relationship with the prince but didn't tease her about it and seemed to support her and Arthur. He seemed upset when Gwen questioned his motives for not getting in contact with her over his four year absence even after Uther had their father executed for apparent treason. Just over a year later, Elyan was appalled when it was said that Gwen had committed adultery against Arthur on the eve of their wedding and was unable to look at her and nor did he defend her for he actually believed her to have committed the crime intentionally when she was unknowingly enchanted by Morgana's bracelet. They were later reunited just before Arthur and Merlin overthrew Morgana a second time and watched on proudly as his sister was crowned Queen of Camelot by his now brother-in-law, Arthur.
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{{Quote|I don't know what I'd be if it wasn't for her.|Elyan about Gwen|The Dark Tower}}
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[[File:Elyanguinevere-0.png|left|thumb|213x213px|[[Guinevere Pendragon|Guinevere]] looks after an ill Elyan]]
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[[Guinevere]] was Elyan's younger sister. The two had a very close relationship growing up, though Gwen often worried about Elyan's tendency to get into trouble (''[[The Castle of Fyrien]]''). She looked after him quite a bit during their early years, to the extent that Elyan once said that she had practically raised him. Elyan, in return, was very protective of his sister and couldn't bear the thought of her coming to harm ([[The Dark Tower (episode)|''The Dark Tower'']]).
   
Three years after Gwen became Queen, Elyan was present when Gwen questioned her maid, Sefa about why she was sneaking out of Camelot at night. When Gwen sentenced the maid to death, Elyan seemed shocked at his sister's decision.
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Their relationship became somewhat strained when Elyan left [[Camelot|Camelot]] to travel. He did not keep in contact with his family during the four years that he was away, leaving Gwen with no way of knowing whether he was alive or dead. He also failed to return home after the death of [[Tom|their father]], which later proved to be a sore spot for Gwen. However, their relationship was mended during their kidnapping by [[Cenred|King Cenred]], with Elyan agreeing to return home and take over their father's forge (''[[The Castle of Fyrien]]'').
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Elyan was supportive of Gwen's relationship with [[Arthur|Arthur]], teasing her when she referred him by his name rather than his title (''[[The Castle of Fyrien]]''), and was greatly disappointed in her when it appeared that she had committed adultery with [[Lancelot (character)|Lancelot]] on the eve of her wedding (''[[Lancelot du Lac]]''). Though he said nothing in her defense, he was deeply upset by her banishment. His behavior became more irritable, and the other [[Knights of the Round Table|Knights]] soon noted that he hadn't been himself of late (''[[A Herald of the New Age]]''). The two siblings were eventually reunited after Arthur overthrew [[Morgana|Morgana's]] second attempt to conquer Camelot, and Elyan stood proudly with the rest of the court as Guinevere was crowned Queen of Camelot (''[[The Sword in the Stone]]'').
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Three years later, when Gwen was kidnapped by Morgana and taken to the [[Dark Tower (Location)|Dark Tower]], Elyan was devastated and blamed himself for not protecting her. He was determined to find her and bring her home, even if it cost him his life ([[The Dark Tower (episode)|''The Dark Tower'']]).
   
 
===Tom===
 
===Tom===
Elyan's full relation with Tom is unknown however, he did love his father as he is seen at his father's grave with Gwen talking about how proud he must feel to see them now.
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{{Quote|He was a good father. I'm glad we came.|Elyan about Tom|The Dark Tower}}
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[[File:The dark tower elyan and gwen-0.jpg|thumb|207x207px|[[Guinevere Pendragon|Gwen]] <span>and Elyan at </span>[[Tom|their father's]] <span>grave.</span>]]
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Not much is known about Elyan's relationship with [[Tom]]. As he chose not to keep in contact with his family when he left home, Elyan was likely unaware of his father's death for some time. When he did eventually learn of it, he still chose not to return home, which later became a point of contention between him and [[Guinevere Pendragon|Gwen]] (''[[The Castle of Fyrien]]'').
   
===Arthur===
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However, Elyan did love his father, as was demonstrated by his words at his father's grave and his desire to make him proud (''[[The Dark Tower]]'').
[[File:Arthurelyan.jpg|thumb|left|[[Arthur]] and Elyan]]Elyan had a great deal of respect for Arthur even after the Prince became Camelot's new King. He helped Arthur, Merlin and the others win back Camelot from Morgana and Morgause and was knighted by Arthur and became a Knight of the Round Table. He remained at Arthur's side over the next year while Camelot was recovering from Morgana's attack. He was supportive of the [[File:Arthurelyan2.jpg|thumb|Elyan and [[Arthur]] on a quest]]prince's relationship with his sister and was surprised when Uther was killed by an assassin leaving Arthur to become the next King of Camelot. He along with Merlin, Gwen, Gaius and his fellow knights chanted "Long Live the King!" at Arthur's Coronation. The two men eventually became brothers-in-law when Arthur married Gwen and made her his queen.
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===Arthur Pendragon===
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{{Quote|Even though I was a commoner, a nobody, you were willing to lay down your life for me, Arthur. It is now my turn to repay you.|Elyan to Arthur|The Coming of Arthur}}
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[[File:Vlcsnap-2012-11-14-23h24m01s34-0.png|left|thumb|215x215px|Elyan and [[Arthur]] in the Impenetrable Forest]][[Arthur Pendragon|Arthur]] was a close friend of Elyan's, and eventually became his brother-in-law. Elyan had a great deal of respect for Arthur. He was deeply grateful to the prince for risking his life to rescue him, though he was but a commoner at the time (''[[The Castle of Fyrien]]''), and later repaid him by joining him in his quest to retake [[Camelot|Camelot]], becoming a [[Knights of the Round Table|Knight of the Round Table]] in the process (''[[The Coming of Arthur]]'').
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Elyan quickly became one of Arthur's most trusted warriors. He was supportive of the prince's relationship with sister, and later sided with him when it appeared that [[Gwen]] had committed adultery with [[Lancelot (character)|Lancelot]] on the eve of their wedding (''[[Lancelot du Lac]]''). Arthur greatly valued his loyalty, once dismissing the idea that Elyan could be a traitor almost immediately (''[[A Servant of Two Masters]]''). As such, he was shocked and dismayed when it appeared that Elyan was trying to kill him, and was deeply distressed by the idea of executing him. He later risked his life to free Elyan of the spirit that was possessing him (''[[A Herald of the New Age]]'').
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Arthur and Elyan became brothers-in-law when Gwen married Arthur following [[Morgana|Morgana's]] second attempt to conquer the kingdom. As such, Elyan stood proudly with rest of the court as Arthur crown his sister Queen of Camelot (''[[The Sword in the Stone]]'').
   
 
===Merlin===
 
===Merlin===
[[File:Merlinelyan2.jpg|thumb|left|[[Merlin]] and Elyan]]From the moment they met, Elyan and Merlin got along rather well. During the year after Morgana's first takeover of Camelot, the two interacted often due them to both being at knight training and Merlin having to act as a training dummy at times much to the amusement of the knights. Unlike his fellow knights, Elyan was the only knight other than Lancelot that never made fun of or teased Merlin. It is currently unknown if Elyan and Merlin remained good friends three years after Morgana's second conquest. It can be assumed they still were good friends as they remained members of Arthur's inner circle and serve as members of the Round Table both officially and unofficially.
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{{Quote|You know, Merlin, you're much braver than you look.|Elyan to Merlin|A Herald of the New Age}}
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[[File:Merlinelyan2.jpg|thumb|[[Merlin]] and Elyan|192x192px]]As [[Merlin]] often accompanied [[Arthur Pendragon|Arthur]] and the [[Knights of the Round Table|Knights]] on their adventures, he and Elyan spent quite a bit of time together over the years and soon became good friends. Elyan was one of the only knights who didn't regularly tease or bully Merlin, and was the only knight to stand up for him when [https://merlin.fandom.com/wiki/John_Howden John] questioned his skills as a physician (''[[Lamia (episode)|Lamia]]'').
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Merlin was a member of the group that rescued Elyan after he was kidnapped by [[Cenred|King Cenred]] (''[[The Castle of Fyrien]]''). A little over a year later, he was deeply concerned when it appeared that [[Agravaine]] was trying to pressure Arthur into ordering Elyan's execution after Elyan tried to kill him. Suspecting that Elyan had been possessed and was not acting on his own accord, Merlin risked his life to break him out of the dungeons and later accompanied Arthur when he returned to the [https://merlin.fandom.com/wiki/Druid_Shrine Druid shrine] to free Elyan of the spirit that was possessing him (''[[A Herald of the New Age]]'').
   
 
===Gwaine===
 
===Gwaine===
Elyan had a good relationship with Gwaine but found him slightly annoying at times, probably due to the fact that Gwaine talks a lot more than Elyan. This is somewhat noticeable when Arthur, with the help of Merlin, Gwen and their new friends Tristan and Isolde take back Camelot for the second time from Morgana, Elyan jokes after he, Gwaine and Gaius are released from the dungeon by Percival and Leon that he's been locked up with Gwaine for a week.
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{{Quote|All right?"<br>"I've been locked up with Gwaine for a week.|Percival and Elyan|The Sword in the Stone}}
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[[Gwaine]] and Elyan were close friends and fellow [[Knights of the Round Table|Knights of the Round Table]]. They generally got along okay, though Elyan could find Gwaine's sense of humour annoying at times. When Gwaine drank all of his water during a patrol, for example, Elyan was not amused (''[[A Herald of the New Age]]''). However, despite their occasional squabbles Gwaine and Elyan generally liked and respected one another and made an effective team.
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Gwaine and Elyan were both held prisoner along with [[Gaius]] by [[Morgana|Morgana]] during her second attempt to conquer [[Camelot|Camelot]]. Gwaine was very concerned when Elyan was tortured for information on Arthur's whereabouts, and Elyan displayed similar concern for Gwaine when Morgana repeatedly forced him to fight for her army's entertainment in exchange for food (''[[The Sword in the Stone]]'').
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Gwaine was very sad when Elyan died, and later attended his funeral alongside the rest of the court (''[[The Dark Tower]]'').
   
 
===Percival===
 
===Percival===
Like Gwaine, Percival occasionaly got on Elyan's nerves, as he enjoyed joining in on Gwaine's pranks. Despite their differences, the two were good friends, and faced many dangers together.
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{{Quote|Couldn't let you have all the glory, could I?|Elyan to Percival|The Darkest Hour}}
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[[Percival]] was a close friend of Elyan's and a fellow [[Knights of the Round Table|Knight of the Round Table]]. Like [[Gwaine]], Percival could occasionally get on Elyan's nerves when he joined in on Gwaine's pranks. Despite their occasional differences, however, the two knights got along well and faced many dangers together over the years.
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When the [[Dorocha]] attacked [[Camelot|Camelot]] and Percival had to leave his torch behind to carry three children to safety, Elyan risked his life to chase the ghost away from him with his own torch (''[[The Darkest Hour]]''). And when Percival, [[Arthur Pendragon|Arthur]], and [[Merlin]] were forced to go on the run during [[Morgana|Morgana's]] second attack on Camelot, Percival was delighted to discover that Elyan had also managed to escape when they ran into him in the woods. Later, after Elyan was captured and held prisoner, Percival was one of the knights who freed him from Camelot's dungeons (''[[The Sword in the Stone]]'').
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Percival - like the other Knights - was very sad when Elyan died, and later attended his funeral alongside the rest of the court (''[[The Dark Tower]]'').
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===Leon===
 
===Leon===
There was not very much interaction between Elyan and Leon, but they appeared to be good friends, always watching each other's backs.
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[[File:Elyan and Leon.jpg|left|thumb|161x161px|Elyan and [[Leon]]]]
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There was very little interaction between [[Leon]] and Elyan, but as they were both [[Knights of the Round Table|Knight of the Round Table]] and shared many adventures it can be reasonably surmised that they likely became good friends over the years. It's possible that they knew one another prior to Elyan's being made a Knight, as [[Gwen]] and Elyan's mother was once a maid in Leon's household (''[[The Coming of Arthur]]'').
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Leon - like the other Knights - was very sad when Elyan died, and later attended his funeral alongside the rest of the court (''[[The Dark Tower]]'').
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===Mordred===
 
===Mordred===
Though there has been little interaction between Mordred and his fellow knights, Elyan took it upon himself to explain to Mordred that on the anniversary of Arthur's Coronation why Arthur was so upset as it was also the day in which Uther died. Elyan and Mordred are later seen sitting next to each other at the meeting of the Round Table that was interrupted by Uther's presence. It can be assumed by these two examples that Mordred and Elyan get on fairly well.
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[[Mordred]] and Elyan seemed to get along quite well with one another. When Mordred was confused as to why [[Arthur Pendragon|Arthur]] seemed upset on the anniversary of his coronation, Elyan took it upon himself to explain that it was also the anniversary of [[Uther Pendragon|Uther's]] death. The two were later seen sitting next to one another at a meeting of the [https://merlin.fandom.com/wiki/Royal_Round_Table Round Table] (''[https://merlin.fandom.com/wiki/The_Death_Song_of_Uther_Pendragon The Death Song of Uther Pendragon]'').
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Some time later, when Mordred was to join the [[Knights of the Round Table|Knights]] on their hunt for the sorcerer [https://merlin.fandom.com/wiki/Osgar Osgar], Elyan and the other Knights took great delight in teasing him, listing things that he may have forgotten to pack and tricking him into riding his horse backwards by claiming that it was tradition for new knights to do so (''[[The Disir]]'').
   
 
==Abilities==
 
==Abilities==
Elyan was a skilled swordsman, as was shown when he easily defeated two of Cenred's knights, he held his own against the immortal army despite being wounded and went on to become an elite Knight of Camelot. However, his skill with a sword was inferior to Arthur's, as he was unable to defeat Arthur while attempting to kill him under the possession of a tormented spirit. He also had some skill as a blacksmith, which was shown when he returned to Camelot after being captured by Cenred as he reopened and started working at his [[Tom the Blacksmith|father's smithy]].
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{{Quote|Not bad."<br>"Well, practice makes perfect, I guess.|Arthur and Elyan|The Castle of Fyrien}}
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[[File:Merlin1413-0.jpg|thumb|204x204px|Sir Elyan, [[Knights of Camelot|Knight of Camelot]]]]
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Elyan was a skilled swordsman. He was able to easily defeat two of [[Cenred|Cenred's]] knights (''[[The Castle of Fyrien]]''), hold his own against an army of [https://merlin.fandom.com/wiki/Immortal_Army immortal soldiers] despite sustaining a wound to his arm, and went on to become not only a [[Knights of Camelot|Knight of Camelot]] but one of [[Arthur Pendragon|Arthur's]] most trusted warriors (''[[The Coming of Arthur]]''). Despite his skill, however, he was unable to best Arthur in a duel. When he was possessed by the spirit of a [https://merlin.fandom.com/wiki/Shrine_Boy Druid boy] who forced him to try to kill the king, Arthur easily held his own against his assault and likely wasn't fighting his hardest, as he repeatedly stated during the fight that he didn't want to kill Elyan (''[[A Herald of the New Age]]''). 
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Elyan was also skilled as a blacksmith. When he was kidnapped by Cenred's men, he said that he had been taken at his forge, implying that he used his blacksmithing skills to finance his travels. When he chose to return to [[Camelot|Camelot]] and move back home with [[Gwen]], he reopened and worked at his [[Tom the Blacksmith|father's]] forge until he became a Knight of Camelot (''[[The Castle of Fyrien]]''). 
   
 
==Appearances==
 
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==Legends==
 
==Legends==
In the Arthurian Legend, Elyan is known as Sir Elyan the White or Helyan le Blanc as the son of Sir Bors and is a Knight of the Round Table. His mother is King Brandegoris' daughter Claire, who tricked Bors into sleeping with her using a magic ring; this is sometimes said to be the only time Bors broke his vow of chastity. When he is older Elyan is accepted as a member to the Round Table, where he becomes known as an excellent knight. Like his father and the rest of his family, Elyan helps his cousin Lancelot rescue Guinevere after their affair is exposed, and joins him in exile.
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Sir Elyan the White (also known as Helyan le Blanc) was a [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knights_of_the_Round_Table Knight of the Round Table] in [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_Arthur Arthurian Legend]. His father was [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bors Sir Bors], also a Knight of the Round Table, and his mother, Claire, was the daughter of King Brandegoris. Elyan was born after Claire used a magic ring to trick Bors into sleeping with her; this is sometimes said to be the only time that Bors ever broke his vow of chastity. Claire's mother was the daughter of the [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Byzantine_emperors Eastern Roman Emperor], making Claire the half-sister of (and Elyan nephew to) [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sagramore Sir Sagramore]. According to the [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lancelot-Grail Lancelot-Grail] Cycle, Elyan would eventually become Emperor of Constantinople himself.
   
Elyan's mother Claire is the half-sister of Sir Sagramore; their mother is the daughter of the Eastern Roman Emperor. According to the Lancelot-Grail Cycle, Elyan eventually became Emperor of Constantinople himself.
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Elyan
Also Known As: Sir Elyan
Biographical Information
Race: Human
Gender: Male
Family: Thomas (father) †
Gwen's mother (mother) †
Guinevere Pendragon (younger sister)

Arthur Pendragon (brother-in-law) †

Statistics
Affiliation: Guinevere Pendragon
Arthur Pendragon
Merlin
Knights of the Round Table
Knights of Camelot
Gaius
Enemies: Cenred
Morgana Pendragon
Morgause
Old Merlin (disguise)
Dorocha (Spirit)
Wyvern
Wilddeoren
Lamia
Shrine Boy (Spirit)
Agravaine de Bois
Helios
Behind the Scenes
Portrayer: Adetomiwa Edun
List of Appearances: The Castle of Fyrien
The Coming of Arthur
The Darkest Hour
The Wicked Day
Aithusa
His Father's Son
A Servant of Two Masters
Lamia
Lancelot Du Lac
A Herald of the New Age
The Hunter's Heart
The Sword in the Stone
Arthur's Bane

The Death Song of Uther Pendragon
Another's Sorrow
The Disir
The Dark Tower
He just always happens to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Gwen on Elyan[src]

Sir Elyan was the son of Tom, the brother of Queen Guinevere Pendragon and the brother-in-law of King Arthur Pendragon, whom he served as a Knight of the Round Table. Prior to his knighthood he was a blacksmith, like his father before him. He was impaled by a sword enchanted by the Lady Morgana - apparently to protect Guinevere and likely to kill Arthur - and died of his wounds in his sister's arms.

BiographyEdit

Early lifeEdit

Elyan was the elder child and only son of the blacksmith Tom and his late wife. Little is known about Elyan's early life, only that he left home a year before Merlin arrived in Camelot and did not keep in contact with his family. Consequently his sister Guinevere had no knowledge of his whereabouts, or even whether he was alive or dead (The Castle of Fyrien).

KidnappedEdit

Brother and sister reunited. It warms the heart.
Cenred regarding Gwen and Elyan[src]
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Gwen and Elyan, reunited.

Four years after his departure from Camelot, Gwen and Elyan were reunited when they were kidnapped by King Cenred as part of a plot to kill Arthur Pendragon. Gwen was soon released so that she could lead Arthur into their trap, but Elyan spent most of his captivity in the castle dungeons. His sister eventually rejoined him when she, Arthur, Merlin, and Morgana were captured trying to sneak into the castle by way of an underground tunnel system. The two had a bit of a heart to heart as they waited in their cell, discussing issues like Elyan's decision to leave home and his failure to return even after their father's death. Elyan also became aware of Gwen's romance with Arthur, which he took great amusement in teasing her about.

The siblings were soon rescued by Arthur and Merlin, and - after a quick detour to "save" Morgana - the group returned to Camelot. Elyan decided to give up his wanderings at this time, instead choosing to reopen their father's forge and take over his job as blacksmith (The Castle of Fyrien).

Knight of the Round TableEdit

Arise, Sir Elyan, Knight of Camelot.
Arthur to Elyan[src]

Elyan had been comfortably resettled in Camelot for several months when it was attacked by Cenred's army. Elyan presumably tried to defend his home from the invaders, but was stunned to discover that weapons were useless against the soldiers; the Cup of Life had made them immortal. He managed to avoid capture by taking refuge in his and Gwen's house, and hid there until Arthur, Merlin, and Gwaine returned to find that Camelot had been defeated. When the trio entered the house in search of Gwen, they discovered Elyan instead, who initially attacked them thinking they were immortal soldiers.

After explaining all that had happened, Elyan accompanied the three to the castle to learn the fates of Arthur's father and Gwen. The group split up once they were inside. Elyan went with Gwaine to the dungeons, where they saw Uther being dragged away by Cenred's soldiers. The two then met up with Arthur and Merlin (and now Gaius) in the physician's chambers, where they reported what they'd seen. Arthur then ordered them to take Gaius and find refuge in the woods outside Camelot.

Elyan, Gaius, and Gwaine eventually met back up with Arthur and Merlin, and the five spent the next week sheltering in a cave. They were eventually joined by Gwen and Sir Leon, who had managed to escape from the city. Unbeknownst to them, however, Morgause and Morgana had allowed their escape in order to track them to Arthur's hiding place. The group was forced to go on the run, though they were ultimately saved by the arrival of Percival and Lancelot, who dropped boulders from above to block the path and halt the soldiers' pursuit.

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Sir Elyan, Knight of the Round Table

With their former hideout compromised, Elyan accompanied the rest of the group to the Castle of Ancient Kings. There Arthur revealed his intentions to infiltrate the citadel and free his father. Elyan was among those who volunteered to accompany him, and was made a Knight of Camelot alongside Gwaine, Percival, and Lancelot. Arthur and his new knights then devised a plan to break Uther out of Camelot's dungeons: Merlin and Lancelot were to split off and disable the warning bell (though they were really planning to go after the Cup of Life) while Arthur, Elyan, and the other knights proceeded on to the cells. Gwen and Gaius, meanwhile, were to remain in the Castle and prepare for any wounded.

The plan was carried out the next day. Arthur and the knights infiltrated the dungeons, successfully trapping some of the soldiers in a cell and managing to hold their own against those that remained, though Elyan sustained a cut to the arm. Arthur had just managed to free his father when the warning bell went off, alerting everyone in the citadel to their presence. With their escape route cut off, Arthur resolutely led the knights in battle against the immortal army. They managed to hold their position for several minutes, long enough for Merlin to empty the blood from the Cup of Life, which instantly destroyed the immortal soldiers. Later, Elyan accompanied the other Knights back to the Castle of Ancient Kings to escort Gwen home to Camelot (The Coming Of Arthur).

The Darkest HourEdit

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Sir Elyan, Knight of Camelot

One year later, Elyan was part of a group of four knights who came across a woman traveling through the Plains of Denaria. The woman was cooperative at first, informing the knights that she was journeying to the Seas of Meredor, but her demeanor markedly changed when Leon asked about the contents of her cart. Revealing herself to be the Lady Morgana, she attacked the knights with her magic. Only Leon and Elyan survived.

Later, Elyan was among the knights who rode out with Arthur to investigate reports of strange, faceless beings who had attacked one of Camelot's villages. They discovered that the attacks were the work of the Dorocha, ghostly voices of the dead unleashed when Morgana tore the veil between the worlds on Samhain's Eve. As the Dorocha spread through Camelot and villagers crowded into the city in search of safety, the knights took to patrolling the streets with torches. During one such patrol Elyan saved Percival's life by using his torch to chase the Dorocha away. The other knight had come across three children hiding behind some barrels, and had had to leave his own torch behind to carry them to safety.

Elyan and the other Knights of the Round Table later accompanied Arthur on his quest to repair the veil on the Isle of the Blessed. They made camp the first night at an old fortress called Daobeth, where Merlin was badly injured by the Dorocha. After Lancelot volunteered to take the servant back to Camelot, Arthur, Elyan, and the other knights continued on with the quest. On Arthur's recommendation they took a shortcut through the Tunnels of Andor, which went fairly well up until they came across a group of Wildeorren. The knights quickly hid behind a shelf of rock, but despite their having used Gaia berries to mask their scents, one of the creatures followed them and took a marked interest in Gwaine. This prompted the knight to kill the creature, which ultimately proved to be a mistake, as Wildeorren hunted in packs. The knights were forced to exit the tunnels at a run.

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Elyan speaks with Arthur

Ultimately surviving their trek through the Tunnels, the group made camp in the woods that night, with Arthur taking first watch. When Elyan got up to take over, he tried to talk to the prince about what they might expect when they finally reached the Isle. Arthur remained tight-lipped, saying that it was his burden alone to bear, but Elyan disagreed, telling him that as long as they all stood together, none of them would ever be alone. His words seemed to bring some comfort to Arthur, who thanked him.

After another day of traveling, the knights were reunited with Merlin and Lancelot when they made camp at another fortress. Relieved that they were safe and well, the knights joyfully welcomed the two back into the fold. The group reached the Isle of the Blessed the next morning, crossing the lake by way of the ferryman's boat. When they discovered that the Isle was guarded by Wyverns, Leon, Elyan, and Percival chose to remain outside to fend them off while Arthur, Merlin, Lancelot, and Gwaine proceeded on to the stone altar, where Lancelot ultimately sacrificed himself to heal the veil in Arthur place.

Later, back in Camelot, Elyan attended Lancelot's memorial alongside his fellow knights and the rest of the court. He was also present when a funeral pyre containing Lancelot's cloak and sword was burned in the courtyard (The Darkest Hour).

Further Adventures Edit

We made our pledge, and we wear the Pendragon crest with pride. Tomorrow, we fight in your name, sire. For freedom and justice in this land.
Elyan to Arthur[src]

Elyan attended Arthur's birthday celebration alongside the rest of the court. Later, after the death of King Uther, he also attended Arthur's coronation along with his fellow knights (The Wicked Day).

When it was discovered that Julius Borden was searching for the last live dragon egg in existence, Elyan was among the knights that Arthur took to find and destroy it. During their journey, Elyan joined the others in playing a trick on Merlin. They pretended to eat all of their food, and then produced one last bowl that they'd saved for the servant when he'd just about given up hope. As a result, he and the other knights were stricken ill when Borden poisoned their food, and had to be saved by Merlin's magic (Aithusa).

Elyan was also present during the knights' ambush on King Caerleon's raiding party. When the King's wife, Queen Annis, subsequently declared war on Camelot over the death of her husband, Elyan accompanied his fellow Knights and the rest of Camelot's army to the battle sight. He later led the other Knights of the Round Table in voicing their loyalty to Arthur and their willingness to die for him, acting as the group's spokesman. When Arthur struck a bargain with Annis that the war would be decided by a duel between two champions rather than a battle between two armies, Elyan was among those who volunteered to serve as Camelot's champion. He later watched Arthur fight from the ridge alongside Merlin and the rest of Camelot's army (His Father's Son).

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Defeated by Dragoon the Great

Elyan was on a patrol with the other Knights of the Round Table when they encountered Merlin disguised as Dragoon the Great. The servant was attempting to mount his horse so he could ride to Morgana's hovel and free himself of her Fomorroh's control, but due to the effects of his ageing spell did not have the strength to manage it. Recognizing him as the sorcerer supposedly responsible for Uther's death, the Knights tried to apprehend him but were quickly defeated by Merlin's magic, much to his glee. The warlock then mounted his horse using the fallen knights as a staircase and went on his way (A Servant of Two Masters).

Lamia Edit

Leon and Gwaine, I've never known them to act like this."
"Elyan's the same. I hardly recognize him."
"I think it's something to do with her.
Merlin and Gwen about the Knights and Lamia[src]
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Elyan defends Merlin to the villagers.

When the village of Longstead was stricken with severe illness, Elyan and the other Knights of the Round Table were tasked with escorting Gwen and Merlin there to provide treatment. Though Merlin did what he could, his prescriptions proved ineffective and it started to appear as though sorcery might be involved. The group started back to Camelot the next morning, intending to inform Arthur of their suspicions and return later with Gaius, who had remained in Camelot to treat a sudden outbreak of sweating sickness.

At some point in their journey they came across a group of bandits camped out in the forest. The Knights attacked the bandits, and in the process freed a young girl that they'd apparently taken prisoner. Identifying herself as Lamia, the girl appeared both terrified and distrustful, particularly of Merlin. She soon began to exert a strange control over the Knights; they became increasingly possessive of her and aggressive towards each other. This eventually culminated in a fight between Leon and Gwaine, which escalated to the point that Percival and Elyan had to forcibly separate them. The Knights also began to forget the original purpose of their journey (to save Longstead), concerned only with doing what Lamia suggested they do.

The evening after the fight, Elyan was on watch when he heard what sounded like a hiss. He came across Lamia while investigating, who claimed that she hadn't been able to sleep. She kissed Elyan, who began convulsing and fell to the ground. The next morning, the other Knights found him unconscious in the woods, apparently suffering from the same sickness as the people of Longstead. Though Merlin tried to convince the Knights to get Elyan back to Camelot for treatment, they - under Lamia's influence - insisted on taking shelter in a deserted castle instead. Lamia disappeared almost immediately after they arrived there, and one by one the Knights began to fall ill; Gwaine when he went to collect firewood, and Leon and Percival while they were searching for Lamia.

Gwen and Merlin were left to deal with Lamia themselves. Merlin managed to stab her with a sword during their initial confrontation, but Lamia responded by transforming into a snake-like monster that chased him through the castle. Eventually they ran into Gwen, who attacked the monster with a sword when it managed to grab Merlin. The Lamia was unaffected, however, and likely would have killed them both had Arthur not arrived and finished it off. Elyan and the other Knights were then taken back to Longstead, where Gaius treated them for their illness (Lamia).

Possessed by a Troubled SpiritEdit

He may have disturbed a spirit at the shrine. I think that spirit's possessing him.
Merlin about Elyan[src]
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A possessed Elyan tries to kill Arthur

Elyan was on a patrol with Arthur, Merlin, and the other Knights when they came across the remains of a Druid camp. Though Merlin warned them not to disturb anything, Elyan - thirsty because Gwaine had drunk the last of his water - drank from a small well. In doing so he accidentally freed a tormented spirit; a young Druid boy, dripping wet and deathly pale, who began to appear to Elyan but went unseen by others. Initially the boy did not speak, first appearing to Elyan while he was alone in his chambers. Having heard Gwaine tell Merlin earlier that a circle of salt at the foot of one's bed was supposed to ward off evil spirits, Elyan desperately followed this advice, but to no avail. The boy slowly began to exert greater and greater influence over him, causing him to lose control of himself during a training session and appearing to him in the armoury afterwards. Frightened, Elyan accidentally bumped into Gwaine, who shoved him away in response. This resulted in a struggle between the two when Elyan shoved him back, which ended with Gwaine knocking him out.

When Elyan eventually regained awareness in his chambers, the spirit appeared to him for a third time. Unlike the last times, however, the spirit spoke to him, asking him not to be angry with it. Elyan then approached the boy and tried to comfort him, asking him what he wanted of him. The boy replied that he wanted Elyan to bring him peace by righting the wrong that had been done to him; he wanted him to kill the king. Now under the spirit's power, Elyan agreed to do so. He went to Arthur's chambers that night and attacked him with a sword. Though caught unawares, Arthur managed to evade him until the guards arrived, forcing Elyan to flee. He was eventually apprehended by the other Knights and thrown into the dungeons, where the spirit appeared to him once more. The boy told him that he'd failed him, an accusation that tormented Elyan.

Though most believed that Elyan's attack on Arthur had been motivated by revenge for his sister's banishment, Merlin and Gaius - who had discovered the circle of salt beneath his bed - knew that he was not acting of his accord. As such, when Agravaine advised that Arthur have Elyan executed in order to show the people of Camelot that attempts on the King's life would be severely punished, Merlin defended Elyan, leaving Arthur conflicted. Worried that the king might have no choice but to order Elyan's execution regardless of their suspicions, Merlin then concocted a plan to exorcise the spirit from Elyan. He broke the knight out of the dungeons and tried to trick him into drinking a sedative. The boy, however, warned Elyan of Merlin's intentions, prompting the knight to knock him out and escape into the woods.

Elyan made a second attempt on Arthur's life the following day. Armed with a crossbow, he ambushed the king in the council chamber, killing or wounding at least three knights before taking aim at Arthur, who managed to dodge the shot. Now completely under the spirit's power and speaking with the voice of the boy rather than his own, he abandoned the crossbow and took up a sword instead, engaging Arthur in a duel. Arthur eventually managed to defeat Elyan, but - having heard him speak with the boy's voice rather than Elyan's - began to realize that Merlin had been right and that Elyan was being possessed. As such, he let Elyan go.

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The spirit of the druid boy leaves Elyan.

Arthur then sought the advice of Gaius, who told him that only the atonement of the perpetrator could bring a restless spirit peace. Believing Uther to have been the one responsible for the boy's death, Gaius also informed Arthur that he would likely have no choice but to kill Elyan, as Uther was dead and could not atone for his actions. Nevertheless, Arthur (and Merlin) returned to the Druid shrine that night and summoned the spirit. Kneeling before the possessed Elyan, he revealed that it had not been Uther who led the raid on the Druid camp, but Arthur himself. Overcome with remorse, he explained how his youth and inexperience had led to him losing control of his men, and how the events of that day still haunted his memory. He promised that the Druids would be treated with the respect that they deserved in future. His heartfelt words finally brought peace to the boy, who forgave him. The spirit then released Elyan, who - disoriented and confused - fainted. He was taken back to Camelot and made a full recovery (A Herald of the New Age).

Morgana's Second Conquest of CamelotEdit

Tell me where Arthur is... Or sample the delights of my little friend here."
"I'll tell you nothing."
"I was hoping you'd say that.
Morgana interrogating Elyan on Arthur's whereabouts[src]
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Being rescued from Camelot's dungeons.

Elyan was one of the knights on patrol in the city when Morgana and her ally Helios launched a surprise attack on Camelot during the Feast of Beltane. They eventually retreated to the citadel, where he discovered Arthur's uncle, Lord Agravaine, leading a contingent of warriors through the castle corridors. Realizing that the nobleman had betrayed them, Elyan vowed to kill him, but was knocked unconscious by Morgana's magic before he could do so. When he eventually regained consciousness, he ran to the woods outside Camelot. There he met up with Percival, Arthur, and Merlin, who were also trying to escape from Morgana's soldiers. The group quickly came up with a plan to find sanctuary beyond Camelot's borders, with Merlin suggesting that they go to his home village, Ealdor. However, they were discovered and attacked before they could do so, losing track of Percival almost immediately. Elyan managed to keep up with Merlin and Arthur for a little longer, but ultimately sent them on ahead while he stayed behind to fend off their pursuers. Eventually, he was captured.

Morgana later interrogated Elyan to find out where Arthur was hiding. When Elyan refused to tell her where the king had gone, she used a Nathair to torture the information out of him. Elyan, almost catatonic at this point, was then dragged to the castle dungeons, where he was thrown into a cell with Gaius and Gwaine. Gaius did what he could to make Elyan comfortable, and the knight slowly recovered his strength over the next few days. But though soon able to walk and talk again, he was still too weak to help Gwaine when the guards came to force him to fight in return for food. He did his best to look after Gaius during this time; the old physician was suffering badly from their poor conditions and lack of food. After Gwaine won his challenge and was given bread as a reward, Elyan tried to coax Gaius into eating. He was distressed when the physician told him not to waste their food on someone who wasn't long for this world, and left the bread with Gaius anyway, taking none for himself.

Elyan, Gaius, and Gwaine were later rescued by Percival and Leon during Arthur's bid to retake Camelot. The knights were overjoyed to see one another alive, Elyan even joking about the horror of having been locked up with Gwaine for a week when Percival asked if he was all right. He later stood alongside his fellow knights and the rest of the court as his sister Guinevere was crowned Queen of Camelot (The Sword in the Stone).

Search for the Missing KnightsEdit

We know that Gwaine and his men crossed the pass here, at Isulfor. But beyond that, there was no trace. The trail went cold.
Elyan to Arthur[src]
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Searching for the missing knights.

Three years later, Gwaine was placed in charge of leading a patrol of sixty knights to the northern kingdom of Ismere. When they sent no word and failed to return, Arthur tasked Elyan with organizing a search party to find them. Though the search party found no trace of the missing knights, Elyan did hear a number of rumours that Morgana was occupying the Fortress of Ismere. He recounted these rumors to Arthur, who began to suspect that the sorceress was holding the missing knights prisoner, and thus decided to lead a rescue party to investigate the Fortress.

The rescue party set out at dawn the following day, planning to catch Morgana by surprise by entering Ismere from the west, through their ally Queen Annis's lands. Noting that the gorge that marked the border between their kingdoms would provide perfect cover for an ambush, Arthur instructed the group to split up and take separate roads. Elyan was ordered to take a contingent of men and follow the ridge line. He did so, but soon returned when he discovered the remains of a village, everyone in it slaughtered. After leading Arthur and the other knights back to the sight, the group checked for survivors and gave the villagers a proper burial before continuing on to Annis's castle, where they spent the night.

They crossed the border to Ismere the next day, but were soon ambushed by Morgana and her ally Ruadan, who had learned of their plan from his daughter Sefa, Gwen's maidservant. Elyan and the rest of the knights became separated from Arthur and Merlin during the battle, and were ultimately forced to return to Camelot without them. Leon and Elyan reported what had happened to Gwen and Gaius, the group concluding that they must have been betrayed. Gwen quickly deduced that the traitor was Sefa, who had been eavesdropping during the meeting of the Round Table and who she had seen leaving the city late at night. When Sefa admitted that she had been meeting with her father, a sorcerer, Gwen sentenced her to death, a move that surprised Elyan and Gaius. Gwen, however, had no intention of executing Sefa; she was using her as bait, hoping that news of his daughter's plight would lure Ruadan to Camelot.

Sure enough, Ruadan infiltrated the citadel and freed Sefa that very night. Elyan and several other knights pursed them into the woods. Elyan engaged the sorcerer in battle, defeating him, but Ruadan used the last of his strength to conjure a large fire, allowing him and Sefa to escape. Elyan and the knights eventually tracked them to the ruins of an old fortress, where they discovered Ruadan's dead body. Sefa, however, was nowhere to be found.

Later, after Arthur and Merlin returned to Camelot with the missing knights, Elyan attended Mordred's knighting ceremony alongside his fellow Knights and the rest of the court (Arthur's Bane).

Final AdventuresEdit

It is a tradition."
"Goes back years."
"We all had to do it on our first patrol.
Leon, Elyan, and Percival playing a joke on Mordred[src]
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The chandelier falls on the Round Table.

During the celebration of the third anniversary of Arthur's coronation, Elyan explained to Mordred that Arthur was always upset on that day because it was also the anniversary of his father's death. He was also present at the meeting of the Round Table the next day, during which the doors to the council chamber began to mysteriously open and close by themselves. Unnerved, the council nevertheless continued with the meeting until the chandelier suddenly broke loose and crashed down on the center of the table, damaging it and greatly startling the knights (The Death Song of Uther Pendragon).

When Princess Mithian and her maidservant fled to Camelot after Nemeth was conquered by Morgana and King Odin, she enlisted Arthur's help to rescue her father, who had escaped with her but been too badly injured to make the full journey. Elyan was one of the knights that Arthur took with him on this journey, along with Merlin, Gaius, Mithian, and her maidservant.

Like the other Knights, Elyan was very concerned when Merlin was found unconscious next to the stream where they'd made camp, but continued on with Arthur when it was decided that they couldn't afford to wait for Merlin to regain consciousness. Later, when they arrived at the Tomb of Ashkanar, Elyan remained outside with Leon and the other knights while Arthur and Percival accompanied Mithian inside. They were captured by Odin's men, but were soon freed by Gwaine after he and Merlin caught up to the group (Another's Sorrow).

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The Knights at the Court of the Disir.

Elyan was one of the knights who accompanied Arthur on the search for the sorcerer Osgar. He joined the other Knights in teasing Mordred along the way, and when the group decided to split up to search the forest, Elyan went with Gwaine. They were the first to find the sorcerer, surrounding him and attempting to apprehend him on their own. Osgar fought back, using his magic to throw the knights into a tree, though not before Gwaine had managed to pierce him with his sword. The sorcerer soon died of his injuries, and the Knights returned to Camelot. Later, Elyan went with Arthur and the other Knights to the White Mountains to answer the judgement of the Disir (The Disir).

The Dark Tower Edit

You can't stop me, Arthur. She is my sister.
Elyan to Arthur about rescuing Gwen from the Dark Tower[src]
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Gwen and Elyan at Tom's grave.

Some time later, Gwen and Elyan went on a pilgrimage to visit their father's grave. They were accompanied by the other Knights of the Round Table, who were their escort. The group was attacked by snakes sent by Morgana on the return journey to Camelot, with Leon and Percival quickly falling victim to their bites. Gwaine and Elyan urged Gwen to ride on without them, but to no avail; she was kidnapped. As soon as Percival and Leon had recovered, Elyan, Arthur, and the other Knights (and Merlin) immediately set out to search for her.

They discovered Gwen's horse abandoned in the woods, as well as a trail leading east. The knights followed the trail until after dark, when Merlin managed to convince Arthur to make camp before they lost the trail. Elyan, however, was unable to sleep. He was devastated by his sister's kidnapping and blamed himself for not saving her when they were attacked. Arthur - who also couldn't sleep - tried to comfort him, pointing out that he had saved Percival and Leon and that blaming himself wouldn't do any good. It was at this point, as they were heading back to the campfire, Leon and Percival woke up having had the same nightmare of a tower beyond a forest and a plain. This led Arthur to believe that Gwen was being taken to the Dark Tower. He was resolved to journey there alone, but Elyan, Merlin, and the other knights refused to be left behind.

The next day they rode on until they reached a cliff that gave them a clear view of the Tower, as well as the first obstacle that stood between them and it: the Impenetrable Forest. The knights spent most of the day hacking their way through the forest. The forest was so dense that Percival broke a sword on it, and Gwaine soon tore his cloak. Eventually they came to the realization that they'd been going in circles. Thoroughly discouraged, they made camp for the night and set out again in the morning, intending to find their way back to the clearing they'd first seen the Tower from. Merlin, however, managed to convince them that he could find the way out, and (using his magic) successfully did so.

Free of the Forest, the knights then arrived at their second obstacle: The Dollares Plaines. Dealing with both blistering feet and a blistering sun, the group slowly journeyed across the barren landscape. Eventually, as the day was nearing its end, they arrived at the Tower itself (The Dark Tower).

DeathEdit

You cannot overcome it. It will fight to the death.
Gwen to Elyan about Morgana's enchanted sword[src]
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The death of Sir Elyan.

Arriving at the Dark Tower, Elyan, Arthur, the other Knights, and Merlin followed a staircase to a room filled with booby traps. They discovered this when the flag stones on the floor reacted to pressure, setting off arrows that wounded Percival in the leg. Elyan, who was a little way ahead of the others, made his way across the room by the room by using his sword to test the stones before stepping on them. The others were quick to follow his lead, but upon reaching the doorway Elyan decided to press on without them, determined to find Gwen.

Following another staircase, Elyan soon arrived in the room where Gwen was being held captive. A sword floated in the air in front of her. Gwen quickly explained to Elyan that Morgana had enchanted the sword to protect her, and that it would fight to the death anyone who tried to free her. Elyan fought valiantly, and though the sword pierced him at one point, injuring him badly, he ultimately managed to outwit the enchantment and send it sailing out the window. Elyan quickly shut the window, causing the returning sword to become lodged in the shutters. Elyan then collapsed to the floor, overcome by his wounds. Horrified, Gwen rushed to him and gathered him in her arms. He died just seconds before Arthur and the knights came to his aid.

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Gwen, Arthur, and the court of Camelot at Elyan's funeral.

Elyan's body was taken back to Camelot, where he was given a Viking funeral at the same lake where Merlin had laid to rest both Freya and Lancelot. The entire court of Camelot was in attendance as a boat containing Elyan's body was pushed out onto the lake. A knight then fired a flaming arrow to set it alight as the boat gently drifted away (The Dark Tower).

PersonalityEdit

He's just one of those people, never settles down, never thinks about the future. Just follows his heart wherever it leads him.
Gwen about Elyan[src]
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Elyan comforts the spirit of the Druid boy

Elyan was a courageous, compassionate, adventurous individual who followed his heart wherever it led him, though this often led to him being in the wrong place at the wrong time. He left home about a year before Merlin arrived in Camelot, traveling extensively and picking up many skills, one of which was swordsmanship. This skill, together with his bravery and loyalty, eventually led to him becoming not only a Knight of Camelot, but one of Arthur's most trusted warriors.

Elyan was often shown to be gentle, kindhearted, and caring. Though initially terrified when the spirit of the Druid boy appeared to him, he was very contrite when his yelling appeared to have frightened the boy. He did everything he could to comfort him, even giving the boy a hug (A Herald of the New Age). When he, Gaius, and Gwaine were captured during Morgana's invasion of Camelot, he spent much of his time caring for Gaius, who was suffering badly from the poor conditions and lack of food. When the group was later given bread as a reward for Gwaine defeating his challengers, Elyan insisted that Gaius take it, keeping none for himself (The Sword in the Stone). He was also one of the only knights who didn't regularly tease or bully Merlin, and was the only knight to stand up for him when John belittled his skills as a physician (Lamia).

Elyan was especially affectionate and demonstrative towards his sister, hugging her when they were reunited and agreeing to give up his life of traveling to come and live with her in Camelot (The Castle of Fyrien). When Gwen was kidnapped by Morgana and taken to the Dark Tower, Elyan was devastated. He blamed himself for not protecting her and was determined to bring her home, even if it cost him his life to do so (The Dark Tower).

Other facets of Elyan's personality include his cunning - he was the only person apart from Gaius to escape Morgause and Morgana's attack on Camelot unscathed (The Coming of Arthur) - and his loyalty. When it appeared that there was a traitor in Camelot, Arthur dismissed the idea that it could be Elyan almost immediately (A Servant of Two Masters), and when he was possessed by the spirit of a Druid boy who tried to make him kill Arthur, several people attested to the fact that they couldn't imagine Elyan harming Arthur of his own volition, no matter what he'd done (A Herald of the New Age).

RelationshipsEdit

Guinevere PendragonEdit

I don't know what I'd be if it wasn't for her.
Elyan about Gwen[src]
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Guinevere looks after an ill Elyan

Guinevere was Elyan's younger sister. The two had a very close relationship growing up, though Gwen often worried about Elyan's tendency to get into trouble (The Castle of Fyrien). She looked after him quite a bit during their early years, to the extent that Elyan once said that she had practically raised him. Elyan, in return, was very protective of his sister and couldn't bear the thought of her coming to harm (The Dark Tower).

Their relationship became somewhat strained when Elyan left Camelot to travel. He did not keep in contact with his family during the four years that he was away, leaving Gwen with no way of knowing whether he was alive or dead. He also failed to return home after the death of their father, which later proved to be a sore spot for Gwen. However, their relationship was mended during their kidnapping by King Cenred, with Elyan agreeing to return home and take over their father's forge (The Castle of Fyrien).

Elyan was supportive of Gwen's relationship with Arthur, teasing her when she referred him by his name rather than his title (The Castle of Fyrien), and was greatly disappointed in her when it appeared that she had committed adultery with Lancelot on the eve of her wedding (Lancelot du Lac). Though he said nothing in her defense, he was deeply upset by her banishment. His behavior became more irritable, and the other Knights soon noted that he hadn't been himself of late (A Herald of the New Age). The two siblings were eventually reunited after Arthur overthrew Morgana's second attempt to conquer Camelot, and Elyan stood proudly with the rest of the court as Guinevere was crowned Queen of Camelot (The Sword in the Stone).

Three years later, when Gwen was kidnapped by Morgana and taken to the Dark Tower, Elyan was devastated and blamed himself for not protecting her. He was determined to find her and bring her home, even if it cost him his life (The Dark Tower).

TomEdit

He was a good father. I'm glad we came.
Elyan about Tom[src]
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Gwen and Elyan at their father's grave.

Not much is known about Elyan's relationship with Tom. As he chose not to keep in contact with his family when he left home, Elyan was likely unaware of his father's death for some time. When he did eventually learn of it, he still chose not to return home, which later became a point of contention between him and Gwen (The Castle of Fyrien).

However, Elyan did love his father, as was demonstrated by his words at his father's grave and his desire to make him proud (The Dark Tower).

Arthur PendragonEdit

Even though I was a commoner, a nobody, you were willing to lay down your life for me, Arthur. It is now my turn to repay you.
Elyan to Arthur[src]
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Elyan and Arthur in the Impenetrable Forest

Arthur was a close friend of Elyan's, and eventually became his brother-in-law. Elyan had a great deal of respect for Arthur. He was deeply grateful to the prince for risking his life to rescue him, though he was but a commoner at the time (The Castle of Fyrien), and later repaid him by joining him in his quest to retake Camelot, becoming a Knight of the Round Table in the process (The Coming of Arthur).

Elyan quickly became one of Arthur's most trusted warriors. He was supportive of the prince's relationship with sister, and later sided with him when it appeared that Gwen had committed adultery with Lancelot on the eve of their wedding (Lancelot du Lac). Arthur greatly valued his loyalty, once dismissing the idea that Elyan could be a traitor almost immediately (A Servant of Two Masters). As such, he was shocked and dismayed when it appeared that Elyan was trying to kill him, and was deeply distressed by the idea of executing him. He later risked his life to free Elyan of the spirit that was possessing him (A Herald of the New Age).

Arthur and Elyan became brothers-in-law when Gwen married Arthur following Morgana's second attempt to conquer the kingdom. As such, Elyan stood proudly with rest of the court as Arthur crown his sister Queen of Camelot (The Sword in the Stone).

MerlinEdit

You know, Merlin, you're much braver than you look.
Elyan to Merlin[src]
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Merlin and Elyan

As Merlin often accompanied Arthur and the Knights on their adventures, he and Elyan spent quite a bit of time together over the years and soon became good friends. Elyan was one of the only knights who didn't regularly tease or bully Merlin, and was the only knight to stand up for him when John questioned his skills as a physician (Lamia).

Merlin was a member of the group that rescued Elyan after he was kidnapped by King Cenred (The Castle of Fyrien). A little over a year later, he was deeply concerned when it appeared that Agravaine was trying to pressure Arthur into ordering Elyan's execution after Elyan tried to kill him. Suspecting that Elyan had been possessed and was not acting on his own accord, Merlin risked his life to break him out of the dungeons and later accompanied Arthur when he returned to the Druid shrine to free Elyan of the spirit that was possessing him (A Herald of the New Age).

GwaineEdit

All right?"
"I've been locked up with Gwaine for a week.
Percival and Elyan[src]

Gwaine and Elyan were close friends and fellow Knights of the Round Table. They generally got along okay, though Elyan could find Gwaine's sense of humour annoying at times. When Gwaine drank all of his water during a patrol, for example, Elyan was not amused (A Herald of the New Age). However, despite their occasional squabbles Gwaine and Elyan generally liked and respected one another and made an effective team.

Gwaine and Elyan were both held prisoner along with Gaius by Morgana during her second attempt to conquer Camelot. Gwaine was very concerned when Elyan was tortured for information on Arthur's whereabouts, and Elyan displayed similar concern for Gwaine when Morgana repeatedly forced him to fight for her army's entertainment in exchange for food (The Sword in the Stone).

Gwaine was very sad when Elyan died, and later attended his funeral alongside the rest of the court (The Dark Tower).

PercivalEdit

Couldn't let you have all the glory, could I?
Elyan to Percival[src]
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Percival and Elyan

Percival was a close friend of Elyan's and a fellow Knight of the Round Table. Like Gwaine, Percival could occasionally get on Elyan's nerves when he joined in on Gwaine's pranks. Despite their occasional differences, however, the two knights got along well and faced many dangers together over the years.

When the Dorocha attacked Camelot and Percival had to leave his torch behind to carry three children to safety, Elyan risked his life to chase the ghost away from him with his own torch (The Darkest Hour). And when Percival, Arthur, and Merlin were forced to go on the run during Morgana's second attack on Camelot, Percival was delighted to discover that Elyan had also managed to escape when they ran into him in the woods. Later, after Elyan was captured and held prisoner, Percival was one of the knights who freed him from Camelot's dungeons (The Sword in the Stone).

Percival - like the other Knights - was very sad when Elyan died, and later attended his funeral alongside the rest of the court (The Dark Tower).

LeonEdit

Elyan and Leon

Elyan and Leon

There was very little interaction between Leon and Elyan, but as they were both Knight of the Round Table and shared many adventures it can be reasonably surmised that they likely became good friends over the years. It's possible that they knew one another prior to Elyan's being made a Knight, as Gwen and Elyan's mother was once a maid in Leon's household (The Coming of Arthur).

Leon - like the other Knights - was very sad when Elyan died, and later attended his funeral alongside the rest of the court (The Dark Tower).

MordredEdit

Mordred and others in The Death Song of Uther Pendragon (3)-0

Mordred and Elyan at the Round Table

Mordred and Elyan seemed to get along quite well with one another. When Mordred was confused as to why Arthur seemed upset on the anniversary of his coronation, Elyan took it upon himself to explain that it was also the anniversary of Uther's death. The two were later seen sitting next to one another at a meeting of the Round Table (The Death Song of Uther Pendragon).

Some time later, when Mordred was to join the Knights on their hunt for the sorcerer Osgar, Elyan and the other Knights took great delight in teasing him, listing things that he may have forgotten to pack and tricking him into riding his horse backwards by claiming that it was tradition for new knights to do so (The Disir).

AbilitiesEdit

Not bad."
"Well, practice makes perfect, I guess.
Arthur and Elyan[src]
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Sir Elyan, Knight of Camelot

Elyan was a skilled swordsman. He was able to easily defeat two of Cenred's knights (The Castle of Fyrien), hold his own against an army of immortal soldiers despite sustaining a wound to his arm, and went on to become not only a Knight of Camelot but one of Arthur's most trusted warriors (The Coming of Arthur). Despite his skill, however, he was unable to best Arthur in a duel. When he was possessed by the spirit of a Druid boy who forced him to try to kill the king, Arthur easily held his own against his assault and likely wasn't fighting his hardest, as he repeatedly stated during the fight that he didn't want to kill Elyan (A Herald of the New Age). 

Elyan was also skilled as a blacksmith. When he was kidnapped by Cenred's men, he said that he had been taken at his forge, implying that he used his blacksmithing skills to finance his travels. When he chose to return to Camelot and move back home with Gwen, he reopened and worked at his father's forge until he became a Knight of Camelot (The Castle of Fyrien). 

AppearancesEdit

Series 3
The Castle of Fyrien
The Coming of Arthur: Part One
The Coming of Arthur: Part Two
Series 4
The Darkest Hour: Part One
The Darkest Hour: Part Two
The Wicked Day (cameo)
Aithusa
His Father's Son
A Servant of Two Masters
Lamia
Lancelot Du Lac
A Herald of the New Age
The Hunter's Heart (cameo)
The Sword in the Stone: Part One
The Sword in the Stone: Part Two
Series 5
Arthur's Bane: Part One
Arthur's Bane: Part Two
The Death Song of Uther Pendragon
Another's Sorrow
The Disir
The Dark Tower
A Lesson in Vengeance (Mentioned only)
The Hollow Queen (Mentioned only)
With All My Heart (Mentioned only)

LegendsEdit

Sir Elyan the White (also known as Helyan le Blanc) was a Knight of the Round Table in Arthurian Legend. His father was Sir Bors, also a Knight of the Round Table, and his mother, Claire, was the daughter of King Brandegoris. Elyan was born after Claire used a magic ring to trick Bors into sleeping with her; this is sometimes said to be the only time that Bors ever broke his vow of chastity. Claire's mother was the daughter of the Eastern Roman Emperor, making Claire the half-sister of (and Elyan nephew to) Sir Sagramore. According to the Lancelot-Grail Cycle, Elyan would eventually become Emperor of Constantinople himself.

Elyan's father eventually introduced him to the Round Table, where he became known as an excellent knight. Like his father and the rest of his family, Elyan helped his cousin Lancelot rescue Guinevere after their affair was exposed, and joined him in exile.

GalleryEdit


External linksEdit

Elyan at wikipedia


Kingdom of Camelot
Queen: Guinevere Pendragon
Court Physician: Gaius
Keeper of the Royal Library: Geoffrey of Monmouth
Knights: Sir Leon • Sir Percival • Sir Brennis • Sir Cador • Sir Geraint
Other Allies: MerlinAnnisOdinRodorMithianGodwynBayardElenaAlinedThe EuchdagVivianOlaf
Former Allies: Morgana Pendragon † • Nimueh † • Cedric †? • Cornelius Sigan † • Tristan de Bois † • Lady Catrina † • Edwin Muirden † • Uther Pendragon † • Agravaine de Bois †• SefaMordred †
Series 4 Enemies
The Darkest Hour: MorganaMorgauseThe DorochaThe CailleachAgravaineWilddeorenWyvern
The Wicked Day: King OdinMorganaAgravaineThe GleemanGeldred
Aithusa: Julius BordenKing Odin
His Father's Son: MorganaAgravaineQueen AnnisKing CaerleonDerian
A Servant of Two Masters: MorganaAgravaineFomorrohMerlin (indirect)
The Secret Sharer: MorganaAgravaineAlatorOrn
Lamia: LamiaAgravaine
Lancelot du Lac: MorganaLancelot (Shade) •  AgravaineDochraid
A Herald of the New Age: Shrine BoyElyan (indirect)
The Hunter's Heart: MorganaAgravaineHelios
The Sword in the Stone: MorganaAgravaineHeliosAithusaNathair
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