Nimueh views Merlin in her scrying fount.

What is it you see?"
"Images. Flashes.
Taliesin and Merlin[src]

Scrying is a magical skill that allows Seers to see visions in reflective surfaces such as water or crystal. It can be used to view events in the past, present, or future.

Types of Scrying[edit | edit source]

Hydromancy[edit | edit source]

Nimueh watches Arthur leave Camelot.

Hydromancy was a form of scrying that used water as its medium. The High Priestess Nimueh was known to use this method; she was often shown using a scrying fount to spy on her enemies (The Mark of Nimueh, The Poisoned Chalice).

To use this method, Nimueh would allow a few drops of her blood to drip into the water. She would then chant a spell and wave her hand over the water's surface, after which an image would appear (The Poisoned Chalice).

Though Nimueh claimed to have powers of prediction, she was never shown using her scrying fount to view anything but the present (Le Morte d'Arthur).

Merlin attempted to scry the Avalon Vial while he was trying to figure out its secrets (The Coming of Arthur).

After speaking with the Druid Seer Lochru, Merlin saw a vision of Arthur's death in a pool of water (Arthur's Bane).

The Disir were said to use an ancient pool to divine the will of the Triple Goddess. The pool was fed from a sacred stream at Caerlanrigh, the source of which was the Grove of Brineved (The Disir).

Crystal-Gazing[edit | edit source]

Morgause with her enchanted crystal.

Crystal-gazing is a form of scrying that uses crystal as its medium. The High Priestess Morgause was known to use this method; like Nimueh, she often used scrying to spy on her enemies (The Sins of the Father, The Tears of Uther Pendragon).

Merlin has also been known to use this method. He saw a vision of Kilgharrah attacking Camelot in the Crystal of Neathid, and a vision of Morgana murdering Uther in the crystals of Crystal Cave (The Witch's Quickening, The Crystal Cave).

Unlike Morgause, who used spells for scrying, Merlin was able to see visions instinctively and had no control over what he saw. However, this changed after Morgana stripped him of his magic and trapped him in the Crystal Cave. Once his magic had been restored, Merlin was able to command the crystals to show him whatever he wanted to see. He was also able to speak to Arthur through the crystals and warn him about Morgana's plan (The Diamond of the Day).

The renowned Seer Taliesin was also said to have scried prophecies in the crystals of Crystal Cave (The Crystal Cave).

Scrying Spells[edit | edit source]

Known Scryers[edit | edit source]

Scryer Status Method Photo
  • Crystal-gazing
  • Crystal of unknown origin.
Merlin Alive
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The Disir Alive
  • Hydromancy
  • Ancient pool at Caerlanrigh
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Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • It is unknown whether scrying is an ability that only Seers possess or a skill that any gifted sorcerer can learn.
  • It is also unknown whether it is an ability that all Seers are capable of or an innate ability similar to the gift of prophecy.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

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