Merlin de Villebrume
Merlin was one of the mages
clearly in favour of The Mages' Accord
, even if such support pit him against most of his contemporaries. He believed ardently that magic should be regulated if their people could ever claim to be moral and compassionate.
He's had many relationships with women, including a previous one with the Lady of the Lake and Morgan le Fay herself. Ultimately Nimue, Lady of the Lake, causes his mysterious disappearance in a cave system and ends up taking his role as Arthur's
adviser and sorceress. She put out the public story that it was in this cave that Merlin ultimately perished.
He advised the first King of Camelot
, Derek Blakeley
, when they worked together to fight against the mages
of Poraile. Merlin's motives behind this alliance are still brought into question to this day.
He has a sister called Genieda. They have a rocky relationship at the best of times, since she blames him for the deaths of her children and husband thanks to his meddling.
He has a sense for when two people are going to get along and regularly advises Arthur Pendragon
on who to associate with. Though he has good points, no one likes listening to him since he doesn't care to sugar-coat his opinions. In short, people have him around because of his skills and prophecies, but regret it when they misstep.
Though he's quite serious about his duties to king and country, he isn't shy when it comes to well-earned relaxation or talking about his current research topics. He's diplomatic and affable whenever he needs to be (especially when Arthur's gotten himself into a rage) and quite a good dinner host. That is, if you like talking about the semantics of magic and philosophy.
There's soothing cadence to his voice that can disarm most people, even if they'd rather keep fighting. Though he's soft-spoken, his voice becomes surprisingly clear and loud when he intends to be heard.
He speaks with a formal dialect and is insistent on pronouncing a word how it's spelt rather than how it's commonly said. His tone is jovial and on a slightly higher pitch than those in the modern world, but that's part of the reason why hearing him speak is so fascinating.
Merlin was charged with taking care of Arthur on behalf of his father, since the castle he was born was being raided by dangerous opposition. He put him into the care of Sir Kay and Sir Ector, who served as adoptive family until their reunion upon Arthur's coronation. Since then, they've been inseparable and vital allies for one another, with Merlin carefully advising him on how to rule effectively as king.