Years later, her spouse joins the failed rebellions against Arthur that follow in the wake of King Uther's death and the subsequent coronation of his heir. She was a skilled warrior, a powerful sorceress, a High Priestess of the Old Religion and after the death of Nimueh, she replaced her as Camelot's most dangerous enemy. In some versions of the legend, including the seminal text Le Morte d'Arthur, she is the mother of Gawain and Mordred, both key players in the story of King Arthur and his downfall. Slight Morgana/Morgause. She spared him when she defeated him in a duel and she also displayed sympathy towards him about his mother's death (The Sins of the Father).  Matronyms were sometimes used in Wales, as in the case of Math fab Mathonwy and Gwydion fab Dôn, and were also fairly common in early Ireland. Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. In addition to being extremely powerful in magic, Morgause was also an expert Swordswomen, being able to kill five Camelot guards with ease, and was the only known person besides Lancelot, Helios, and Albin who has managed to defeat Arthur in combat. You showed yourself to be a man of honour. Later on when she found out Morgana had been poisoned she interrupted Arthur from saving her and teleported out of Camelot. Morgause manipulated Guinevere and Sir Leon into leading them to Arthur who had escaped Camelot along with Merlin, Elyan, Gwaine, and Gaius. Morgause later awoke the Knights of Medhir to kill Uther. She helped Morgana with her plan to kill Arthur by getting Cenred to kidnap Gwen's brother Elyan and giving her a magical ring to guide Cenred's warriors to Arthur, she nearly killed Arthur with a fire spell before Merlin exploded the fire before it could harm Arthur (The Castle of Fyrien). Despite her ruthless nature, Morgause did have a softer side. Arthur goes to Morgause to see his mother. "She thinks that she would do anything, be anyone or anything for Morgause, for the woman who has given her a purpose and a destiny and emotions." The spell caused Uther to see hallucinations of people whom he had caused to suffer either during the Great Purge or afterwards. She also had some level of telepathy as she was the only person other than Merlin able to hear Mordred speaking mentally The Beginning of the End. In Malory's telling, however, Lancelot calls the slaying of Morgause "shameful" but Gawain seems to be angry at Gaheris only for leaving Lamorak alive at the spot. Morgana was a seer and thus was able to see visions of the future in her dreams. She gave Morgana the Phoenix Eye to give to Arthur for his quest to claim The Fisher King's trident so it would kill him (The Eye of the Phoenix). They are usually cast in the role of Lot's wife and Gawain's mother. When Morgana returned to Camelot she remained in contact with Morgause and met with her many times. She also gave her a bracelet with magical healing powers to relieve her of her nightmares, saying it belonged to her mother, thus implying that it was also Morgana's mother. Morgana and Morgause deleted scenes 4x01 (Merlin - The Darkest Hour) - Duration: 1:12. His daughter Alexandra gets chased out from the kingdom by her own father and he puts a bounty on her head. Cenred appeared to think she was only bluffing and did not seem intimidated by her threats. The next day, Morgause defeated Arthur in their duel, but left him alive so that he would accept her next challenge. As a result of Uther's ban on all things magical, Morgause lost all contact with her family when she was a young child. She easily overpowered Merlin when he attempted to spill blood out of the Cup of Life, slamming him against the wall with a non-verbal spell, and it was only because of the intervention of Gaius that Merlin managed to defeat her. It is possible that Ygraine knew Morgause's mother, and as it is known that Vivienne spent time in Camelot, this would lend credence to the theory that Vivienne is Morgause's mother. She often suffered from prophetic nightmares as a result of this ability, initially largely revolving around Arthur Pendragon's death. However it should be noted that Morgause merely caught Merlin off-guard rather than defeating him in direct conflict, making it unclear how the two would compare if they had to fight each other directly using their magic. Morgana was also a very powerful sorceress and High Priestess of the Old Religion as well as a highly trained swords woman. Human Morgause claimed to have known Queen Ygraine of Camelot very well, saying she was a woman of honour. Her husband, who has unsuspectingly raised Mordred as his own son, is later slain in battle by King Pellinore. Despite her ruthless nature, Morgause did have a softer side. Morgause is Morgana's maternal half-sister and a major antagonist in the BBC series Merlin. I think that Morgana and Morgause mother has magic and was killed by Uther. Morgause displayed how much she cared for Morgana by abandoning her attempt on Uther's life to save her after she was poisoned by Merlin. She also had some level of telepathy as she was the only person other than Merlin able to hear Mordred speaking mentally (The Beginning of the End). The earliest known form of Morgause's name is Orcades, given in the First Continuation of Chrétien de Troyes' Perceval (the former of which was once attributed to Wauchier de Denain and dated c. 1200), where she is the mother of her sons Gawain, Agravain, Gaheris, Gareth and Mordred, and her daughters Clarissant and Soredamor. Morgana appeared to be the only other person for whom Morgause had any real affection. In his first attempt to pass her a note she was suspicious and threatened to kill him (The Sins of the Father). Morgause was the half-sister of Arthur who married Lot. However, King Arthur was not the only one Morgause shamed. They secretly met at night in the castle where Morgause told her about different types of possible futures and told her to make sure this one would never happen. Cenred's men succeeded in collecting the Cup and Morgause made Cenred's army immortal. Morgause, upon hearing her sister's telepathic screams, confronted Merlin and demanded he tell her what he used to poison her sister so she could heal her. female When Morgause captured Merlin, she used a powerful enchantment on his chains to the point that he was unable to break free by using his magic. Morgause was largely callous and cold towards others, viewing most of them as tools to be used to gain power and disposed of when they served no further use. Morgause seemed to be the one driving many of their joint schemes, while Morgana became utterly devoted to her and participated wholeheartedly. In later Welsh Arthurian literature, Gawain is considered synonymous with the native champion Gwalchmei; Gwyar (meaning "gore" or "spilled blood/bloodshed") is likely the name of Gwalchmei's mother, rather than his father as is the standard in the Welsh Triads. She later attempted to kill Merlin for poisoning Morgana and also acted as a confidante to her sister. Morgause was highly intelligent, astute, powerful, arrogant, vengeful, and Machiavellian. Morgause had apparently been previously unaware that Uther was Morgana's father (The Crystal Cave). Morgana (half-sister) † Vivienne (mother, disappeared) Gorlois (step-father) † Morgause was the eldest daughter of Vivienne - who was also the mother of Morgana, thus making Morgause and Morgana maternal half-sisters. Eventually, her son Gaheris discovers them in flagrante and swiftly beheads Morgause but spares her unarmed lover (who is left naked in bed covered in her blood, and is killed later by four Orkney brothers in an unequal fight). They could have helped Arthur become a great king and taught other users that magic could be for good. She also used Morgana's hatred of Uther and her vulnerability to persuade her to join her evil plots. She said that there was nothing left for her in the living world and she wanted to make her passing her final gift to Morgana (The Darkest Hour).  Gwyar is named as a female, a daughter of Amlawdd Wledig, in one version of the hagiographical genealogy Bonedd y Saint, while the 14th-century Birth of Arthur substitutes Gwyar for Geoffrey's Anna as Gwalchmei/Gawain's mother. Nevertheless Cenred was willing to stand up to Morgause if he thought it was necessary and told her that he had given up on the siege of Camelot after Morgana's skeleton army was destroyed. In the second-season episode, "The Nightmare Begins", he, with the assistance of Mordred, rescued Morgana from a group of serkets, and later healed the injury she sustained from one of the creatures. In Wolfram von Eschenbach's Parzival, Anna is replaced by Sangive, whom the poet Der Pleier calls Seife. It is, however, possible that Morgause only made this up as part of her schemes, particularly since she could not have known Ygraine for very long as she was still a child when she died, and also because Morgause was smuggled out of Camelot as an infant. Morgause never aimed to harm Arthur if his fall wasn't necessary for her plans to succeed. Morgause looked back to Morgana as she paced up and down before the table, fury clearly visible in her eyes and posture. Morgause chose her sister over her chance to kill Uther, and used her magic to kill the knights. Morgana † Cenred (betrays) † Gaius (pre-series)Old ReligionHigh PriestessesAgravaine de Bois † (possibly) Her magic will be powerful. Her manipulative and carefully scheming ways were shown by her use of Arthur's curiosity about his mother to try to turn him against Uther. She wore a red velvet dress and her gaze appeared fixated on her sister. There is an abusive sexual relationship between Uther and Morgana. It is possible that her magic extends to a form of mind reading, as she was quick to guess at Merlin's hidden reasons for sacrificing everything for Arthur. The ritual for the cup of life is completed. This is Morgana-centric and full of femslash, Morgana/ Morgause is the main pairing. A powerful sorceress and the maternal half-sister of Morgana Pendragon, Morgause makes a brief appearance in the Non-Disney Villains Tournament. According to Malory (following the French prose cycles), her mother is widowed and then remarried to Uther Pendragon, after which she and her sisters, Elaine and Morgan ("le Fay", later the mother of Yvain), are married off to allies or vassals of their stepfather. She also introduced herself to her half-sister, Morgana, though she kept their relationship a secret. Gender:  Other sources do not follow this substitution, however, indicating that Gwyar and Anna/Morgause originated independently.. https://merlin.fandom.com/wiki/Morgause?oldid=219508. Both Morgana and Morgause’s roots often traced to the ancient Welsh great mother-goddess Modron- taken from the powerful Celtic “Dea Matrona.” Parallels can be seen in this origin concerning Morgause as her main role of “mother” to many Knights. Despite the fact that his father tried to prevent him from leaving, Arthur went to meet her, accompanied by Merlin. Morgause later attacked Merlin when he attempted to retrieve the Cup of Life. In an unreleased deleted scene from The Secret Sharer, Morgana, who is lying on the brink of death following her encounter with the old Emrys, sees her sister in the Spirit world and is given a magical coin that revives her. Morgana appeared to be the only other person for whom Morgause had any real affection. Morgause later visited Morgana, who had just discovered that she was Uther's illegitimate daughter. There she befriends Merlin, the knights, Gwen and Morgana. According to E. R. Huber, "What becomes clear on reading Le Morte d'Arthur and its medieval predecessors is that Morgause was not a villain until the modern period. The mother of Gawain's Welsh forerunner, Gwalchmei ap Gwyar, is thought to be Gwyar. Also known as: He did so, and Morgause told him the whole thing had been a test of his character. She often suffered from prophetic nightmares as a result of this ability, initially largely revolving around Arthur Pendragon's death. For some unknown reason, Gaius was asked to smuggle the infant Morgause out of Camelot and give her to the High Priestesses of the Old Religion. They sometimes displayed affection for each other by hugging and Morgause kissed Morgana on the cheek at one point. Morgause also arrogantly informed Merlin that she wouldn't see him again as she prepared to kill him and was caught off guard by the arrival of Gaius which resulted in her defeat. Read Morgause from the story Betrayal A Mergana story by sherlockscompanion with 1,526 reads. 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