Great Battle for Camelot
Place: Camelot
Outcome: Camelot is victorious, Cenred retreats with heavy losses
Kingdom of Camelot Kingdom of Essetir
* King Uther Pendragon * King Cenred
* 10,000 knights and soldiers * 20,000 soldiers and mercenaries
* Moderate * Very Heavy
  • All Skeletons returned to death
The Great Battle for Camelot has begun.
Kilgharrah to Merlin
The Great Battle for Camelot was what Kilgharrah called the invasion of Camelot by Cenred.
Merlin bbc season 3 camelot citadel burning siege

Prelude Edit

It was almost a year after Morgause's Invasion of Camelot in which she took Morgana after Merlin poisoned her and demanded Morgause stop the invasion for an antidote. During that year she corrupted Morgana, turning her completely against Camelot and everybody inside it, and trained her in magic, building her up to become a High Priestess of the Old Religion. She sent Morgana to be rescued by Merlin and Arthur who were searching for her. They found her in a camp of bandits and defeated them in battle and took her home safely. After she rested, she talked privately with Merlin, forgiving him and claiming she understood why he tried to poison her. That night, Morgana met up with Morgause and gave her a handkerchief which had the tears of Uther on it. Morgause threw it into a cauldron along with a mandrake root, which emits a piercing scream; Morgause explains that the scream emitted when the root is thrown in could only be heard by those with magic. For those without magic, it could pierce someone's soul and bring their worst fears to life. Morgana planted it under his bed and while celebrating her return, Uther went outside and experienced a hallucination of his deceased wife, Ygraine. He was found screaming in terror by a group of guards, and was taken to rest. Morgause's plan was going as planned as Morgana successfully planted seeds of doubt in the court of Camelot with suspicions that Uther had gone mad.

Morgause went to her old friend Cenred and informed him that Uther was weakened and therefore Camelot was vulnerable. Cenred was unsure stating that even with Uther incapacitated, an assault on Camelot was not to be taken lightly. Morgause reminded him of their ally in the court; when Cenred expressed his doubt about the loyalty of traitors, Morgause assured him Morgana could be counted on until the end, convincing Cenred to take the fight to Camelot . He started raising an army with mercenaries flooding into his kingdom. Arthur and Leon caught wind of this and alerted Uther that they feared he was planning an invasion. After this he saw a dripping wet Ghost of one of the many child sorcerers he had drowned in the Great Purge. He shouted at him to go away while the court saw him shouting at nothing, and Uther was removed from the court. Merlin soon discovered that Morgana was twisting Uther and followed her to her meeting with Morgause hiding behind a rock. She told Morgause
that Merlin was suspicious and revealed she knew he was hiding. He tried to escape but was captured by Morgause's henchmen. Morgause had Merlin chained up with enchanted unbreakable chains and left him to die at the hands of Serkets. Merlin initially tried to break the chains with magic, but when that failed, he resorted to blasting the Serkets back with magic, though not before one managed to wound him with its tail sting. As the Serket's venom began to affect him, he used his power as a Dragonlord and called out to Kilgharrah, using the ancient dragon language. As the Serkets moved in for the kill, the dragon drove the Serkets back by breathing fire and then carried Merlin to safety.

Invasion Edit

Cenred began his invasion of Camelot and entered the kingdom with his 20,000 strong army as Morgause
watched events unfold with satisfaction. Gaius desperately urged Arthur to take control, but the prince refused to give up hope that Uther would recover. Kilgharrah helped Merlin heal and took him to Camelot but not to the castle, where he warned Merlin to be careful, as "the great battle for Camelot is about to begin". Merlin revealed to Gaius that Morgana was a traitor, and when they saw to Uther his condition worsened as he was tormented by ghosts of Ygraine and several children he had drowned in the Great Purge. Merlin broke the enchantment by throwing the mandrake root into a fire, while Gaius then gave Uther medicine and left him to recover from his ordeal. The next day, Morgana, having discovered Merlin's survival and the mandrake's disappearance, pulled Merlin aside and threatened to tell Uther that he previously tried to poison her if he told Uther of her and Morgause's plan.

Morgana informed Morgause that Merlin was still alive and had broken the mandrake's hold over Uther. Morgause, however, assured her that the mandrake had already done its work and Cenred's army was less than a day from Camelot. She also gave Morgana a staff carved from a hawthorn tree from the Isle of the Blessed that was necessary for the final part of their plan. The following day, a patrol of Camelot's knights, led by Sir Leon discovered Cenred's army and raced back to alert Arthur, who finally took charge from the recovering Uther. Leon reported that Cenred's army numbered at least 20,000, outnumbering Camelot's forces two to one. Gaius suggested they negotiate with Cenred, if only to buy them time to prepare, but Arthur, knowing Cenred would not be easily satisfied, ordered Camelot to prepare for a siege, insisting that the castle had never been taken, thereby giving them the advantage. He also ordered that the people of Camelot's outlying villages took shelter within the city. When Leon argued they'd be leaving behind their homes and livestock which Cenred would certainly destroy, Arthur said they'd still have their lives. With Cenred's army only hours away, preparations began in full; weapons and armour were distributed, barricades and defences were erected and the knights of Camelot prepared for battle. As night fell, Cenred's army surrounded the city.

Urged by Morgause, Cenred began the attack; as catapults bombarded Camelot, Cenred's army broke through the city gates and battle erupted in the streets. Arthur and his men defended the walls and barricades, holding Cenred's men from advancing, and Uther, ignoring the advice of Gaius, Leon and Arthur, donned armour and joined the battle, fighting against the invaders. Arthur pulled him back but he refused to let his kingdom fall, but a crossbow bolt then hit him in the leg. With their king injured and Cenred's men overrunning the barricades, Arthur ordered a retreat back to the castle. As Cenred's men advanced on them, Merlin used magic to block the path with fire, leaving the lower town to the attackers. Cenred stated that taking the castle would be much more difficult, but Morgause assured her ally Morgana would come through and fulfill her side of their bargain. Meanwhile, in the castle, Gaius and Merlin tended to the wounded in a makeshift hospital, where Morgana was also present. They tried to keep an eye on her, but Morgana evaded them and heads down to the crypts with the hawthorn staff where she drove the staff into the stone floor. This awakened the dead as dozens of skeletal hands burst from the floor of the crypt.

As the Knights of Camelot fought a desperate battle to keep Cenred's men from breaking into the castle, they were shocked to find skeleton warriors beginning to emerge from the castle and attack them from behind.


Morgana fights Merlin

As Arthur and his men fought a battle on two fronts to hold off Cenred's army and the undead Skeletons, Merlin headed down to the crypts to confront Morgana. He begged her to stop, but she refused, saying that she had no intention of showing mercy to Uther, as he hunted down all those with magic, like her. Merlin, not revealing he has magic, empathised with her, insisting that there could be another way and that a gift like magic should be used for good, but Morgana refused to listen. She and Merlin drew swords and duelled, until Merlin used his magic to cause part of the ceiling to collapse, knocking her out. With Morgana incapacitated, Merlin used his magic and his sword to shatter the staff. When the necromantic enchantment animating them was broken, the skeleton warriors collapsed into inert piles of bones. With the undead threat defeated, the knights of Camelot returned to the battle against Cenred's men, fighting with renewed vigour. Seeing the battle turning against him, Cenred ordered his army to retreat, ignoring a furious Morgause's warning that she had failed him.


Merlin tried to reveal to Arthur that Morgana was the traitor, but she had gotten there ahead of him. She told Uther and Arthur that she had destroyed the staff and stopped the skeletons. She was wrongly praised as

Morgana takes credit for 'turning the battle'

a hero who almost single-handedly turned the tide of the battle. After Kilgharrah's riddles to Merlin in the past about what was to come, Merlin recognised Arthur preparing to face the invaders as a sign of his destiny to be Camelot's greatest king and believed Camelot's victory here would be remembered forever to the End of Time. After hearing this from Merlin, Arthur noted to him that he sometimes shows wisdom (The Tears of Uther Pendragon).