Mordred – the incestuous bastard of Arthur and Morgan, the Doom of Camalot, a Bastard Bastard if ever there was one – as a foil for Demona.
“Just to establish: Arthur tried to kill me first when I was an infant on the say-so of the wizard who helped Uther Pendragon rape Igraine. Second, I was raised specifically by my mother to be a weapon against Arthur. I had all the reasons in the world to hate him with every fiber of my being, and oh how I did.
“And you know what? I GOT my revenge, for my mother and for every child Arthur killed in his hunt for me, for the sins of his father passed on, for all if it. All that Arthur Pendragon built, he lost, and off to Avalon he went. I should have died. I didn’t. The last gift Mother ever gave me. I’ll never see out of this eye again, but I’ve learned to adjust.
“Now… perhaps I could have clung to that anger… I could have let it eat me up from the inside out… but why? I did what I wanted to do, and there’s this great big world out there. Even after a thousand years the world STILL manages to surprise me. Hell, I may never like Arthur, but I’m not even mad at him anymore. Time really can heal all wounds.”
Mordred spends most of his time just bumming around the world enjoying himself. He even finds a certain amount of amusement in the thought that, in destroying the Actual Camelot, he helped to turn it into a Shining Ideal that is so much more than it ever actually was.
Considering there was supposed to be a spin-off of Gargoyles about King Arthur bumming around the World, righting wrongs, with Grif (the Griffon gargoyle from England), I could totally see this happening. I could even see Mordred basically taking one look at Demona and MacBeth duking it out over the ages and deciding THAT was a good enough reason to just… get over it.
He would basically be THAT show’s David Xanatos: a foil for characters, but not the “I need to murder my enemies” kind. He’d spend the entire show just fucking with Demona, MacBeth, and Arthur on the sheer principle of it but also keeping it pretty civil.
Hell, make him the head/patron of a huge charitable foundation: Mordred spends all of his money on making the world a better place in a real legitimate way, JUST to fuck with Arthur. “Oh, so you ended a centuries long blood feud between two families? Not bad. Bill Gates and I just helped eliminate hookworm in Africa, improving the lives of over half a billion people. But… good job with that curse thing.”
Mordred probably names the thing after his mother so Arthur has to constantly hear things like the Morgana Foundation’s inner city school lunch program is helping to bring up test scores or how the Morgana Foundation’s relief workers are helping keep Mumbai functioning after that devastating series of earthquakes rocked the region. They were caused by an angry Rakshasa that Arthur defeated, putting an end to the disaster, but only Mordred and Arthur know so…
Sometimes the best revenge you can ever have is simply doing the right thing.
Now, I don’t think he’d go around naming things after his mother – there were a LOT of issues between them thanks to that whole ‘raised to destroy Arthur’ thing. And for some reason I kinda see people putting all his charitable work down to him trying to annoy Arthur as almost a Berserk Button.
“I’ve been doing this for centuries while I thought Arthur was DEAD. Can we PLEASE stop ascribing all my motivation to a man I knew for all of twenty years?”
He probably WOULD pick names that are basically in-jokes, though. Like a foster home named for the boat Arthur sent the babies out on, or organizations named for battles Mordred won.
Also, I can just picture Mordred being very, VERY understanding about why Arthur is absolutely certain that he’s the architect of every Bad Thing Arthur runs in to.
“I’m not going to pretend that it didn’t take me a long time to come to terms with my past. I am who I am now because I’ve had centuries to change, for the memories to fade. But for Arthur, it’s been… what? A year? Maybe two? The wounds are still fresh. Shame finding a therapist who wouldn’t chuck him in the loony bin for the whole ‘King Arthur’ thing is like pulling hen’s teeth.”
Also-also, I can so see Mordred looking at Demona and seeing a LOT of his mother in her. He is quick to point out that this is NOT a point in Demona’s favor.
Let’s turn the tables a bit: Mordred doesn’t like Arthur for legitimate reasons… but is also secretly doing what he can to keep him out of the loony bin in the small, futile hope that this thing CAN be put to bed someday. Like… he’s being the adult in this situation because despite any issues between them, he’d be happier to have it be over than not. This basically involves lots of anonymous donations and calling in favors.
Worst comes to worst, Mordred is immortal and Arthur isn’t: if the bad blood doesn’t end, he just has to wait for Arthur to end. Until then… why not give Arthur the chance that Demona and MacBeth threw away ages ago? After all, time is on his side.
“He got pinched? How… he had the sword again. Of course he did. Thank you, Miss Nesbit.” Mordred clicks off his office intercom. He swivels in his chair as he takes a drink of scotch, debating internally whether he should just let him rot this time. After a few minutes, he sighs and calls his secretary to make the arrangements to keep him from getting institutionalized again. As much as he didn’t like the man, Arthur wasn’t crazy and didn’t deserve to get sent away… and Mordred wasn’t about to sink to the level of David Xanatos just to get some peace for a few months.
Yessssss, I like this.
Because he really, truly wants it to be over. He THOUGHT it was for years, and seeing Arthur again, seeing him so RAW, is painful and it makes Mordred sad. He understands WHY Arthur did what he did, and he’s… not forgiven, exactly, but he DID already get his revenge.
Also, a further amusing thought: Mordred has children. Grandchildren. Great-grandchildren. His relationship with them is a big of a mix bag; he’s never fucked up with them as hard as Morgan and Arthur, he made his own mistakes (”Such is the nature of parenthood, I’ve discovered.”). And he has a rotating pool of them “keeping an eye on ol’ Grandad, as it were.”
“Use your best discretion, but I’d suggest avoiding interacting with him too much. He’s got a gift for finding trouble, and I’d hate to have to explain to your mother why my grandson is suddenly short a limb. The expense account is all set up, and if you need anything the account cannot provide, you have Miss Nesbit’s number.”
Fun fact: Miss Nesbit is a 65 year old grandmother, working as the right hand of an immortal witch king. Mordred hired her (or rather, his “grandfather”) in 1972 and she’s been his secretary ever since. She’s probably been as big a part of his living descendant’s lives as he has and has photos of them alongside her own family. Keeps a loaded gun in her desk drawer. Has used it more than once over the years.
Arthur has seen Mordred doing modern dad/granddad stuff. He’s horribly confused and angry about the fact that Mordred gets “normal” life moments and he doesn’t… and the obvious hasn’t sunk in yet.
Nothing phases Miss Nesbit. After you’ve had to chase down your boss’s lycanthropic granddaughter across SoHo at three am, nothing CAN.
Mordred was reluctant to introduce Arthur to the family, but Arthur forced his hand… by nearly getting into the pants of one of his great-granddaughters.
And now we’re back into Arthurian Legend territory because half of the trouble he and the Knights of the Round got into involved trying to get into the wrong girl’s pants. THE SERIES WORKS!
Mordred spends a lot of time working very, very hard to keep the cycle from repeating. He KNOWS the patterns by heart… and he’d really like to avoid a flipper-baby, kplzthanx.
“Look, my side of the family tree is twisted enough. Do we REALLY wanna go Full Hapsburg here?”
The great-granddaughter in question spends the next hour screaming at Mordred from the shower about how he left out certain Need To Know information when he put her on baby-sitting duty.
“All you said was that he needed watching over! You NEVER said he was your father! Unclean, I’m still unclean, why doesn’t this water go hotter?!”
From Arthur’s perspective, this is perfectly fine: after all, cousins got married in his time all the time and she’s several more times removed. It’s little issues like this that keep getting Arthur into trouble with the law.
It doesn’t help when Grif tried to explain to him the current status of the Royal Family of England and how basically every person of royal blood in Europe is related and at least second cousins… and how this wasn’t entirely okay anymore.
And because someone requested more Miss Nesbit: She and Preston Vogel had a fling in the 80′s and the only reason Puck didn’t use her as his model for a perfect servant is because he didn’t realize she was the more dangerous one.
Arthur has so much to learn.
I like to think that Puck dodged a bullet when deciding to base himself on Vogel… literally. Miss Nesbit would have likely worked out EXACTLY what Puck’s true nature was and would have been having none of that. It would have been bullets made from blessed iron horseshoes within a week.
@norcumi this seems like entirely your jam XD