The Wicked Day Setting & Symbolism

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Orkney Islands

Orkney is the island where Mordred grew up, and where Morgause is banished when she is caught trying to kill Merlin. Orkney is at the very northern edge of the British Isles, a wild and primitive place with few people of education or royalty, and a land where ships other than fishing vessels seldom arrive. It is a brutal land, with treacherous cliffs, and occupied with people who are barely able to survive on its rough shores.

Orkney symbolizes the distance between Morgause, her princes by King Lot, and Mordred himself begin from Camelot. When Mordred feels he has fallen out of Arthur's favor, it is Orkney that he goes to. Mordred, whose name means "boy from the sea", is symbolically brought from a faraway land to the center of the British kingdom.

Camelot

Camelot is the home of King Arthur and his legendary knights. At...

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