Chapter 10:

How Padragon and Uter his brother came with a great armada of ships, to take and possess their land which Verenguer had taken from them, and to take vengeance for the death of their brother

Very heavyhearted was Verenguer with regard to this news. And he asked Merlin, "And can this happen any other way?"

And Merlin said to him, "It cannot be that you do not die of fire at the hands of the sons of Costanes, just as you saw the white dragon burn the scarlet one."

And so Merlin told the significance of the dragons to Verenguer and that the boys came after him.

Then Verenguer had all his people come together as quickly as they could to go to the port of Usestre, where Padragon and Uter were to come into port; and when his people arrived, none of them knew why they came, save for his privy counsellors, and Merlin did not go there, since he had left Verenguer as soon as he told him his fate, since he had achieved what he was sent to do. And Merlin then went to Urberlanda, where Blaise was, and told him all this news for him to put them in his book, and through his book we know them. And Merlin was there a long time until the sons of Costanes had him sought. And when Verenguer arrived at Usestre, he saw the sails of the ships that the sons of Costanes brought on the sea, and he commanded his people to arm and defend the port. And the sons of Costanes put in at the port, and when those on land saw the king's emblems, they marveled, and the ship which held the sons of Costanes put in first, and those outside asked whose those ships were, and those on the ships said that they belonged to Padragon and Uter his brother, sons of Costanes, who returned to their land; that Verenguer, as one false and disloyal, had held it a long time, and that he had had their brother killed, and they came to do justice upon him.

And when those who were in the port saw that it was their lord Padragon and his brother Uter who brought so many people, and saw that the strength and the right were theirs, they told Verenguer that in no way would they fight against their lord. And when Verenguer saw that the people failed him and that they turned to Padragon, he commanded those who could not fail him to garrison the castle, and they garrisoned it and the ships came into port, and armed knights left them. And the people of the land, as soon as they saw their lords, went up to them and received them. Those of Verenguer's party entered the castle with him to defend themselves, and those outside fought them so that Padragon had the castle set on fire, and the fire burned so fiercely that it consumed the castle. And Verenguer and a large portion of his men were all burned there.

So the boys took their lands back and made that known throughout the kingdom. And the town, in which it was first known,was most pleased and went to them, and the people raised Padragon to their kingship, because he was the elder. And the boys took the castles of the Saxons whom Verenguer put in the land, which were very strong, where the Saxons warred very gravely, and often captured and killed many Christians. And the war lasted so long that Padragon surrounded Anguis in his castle, and the war lasted a good year, and Padragon took counsel on how he might take that castle. And in that castle were five of those men who were with Verenguer when Merlin told the significance of the dragons and of the boys and of their deaths. They told Padragon and Uter the marvels they had heard from Merlin and, certes, they believed that there was no better diviner in the kingdom. "And if you wish, he will tell us whether you will take the castle or not."

And when Padragon heard this, he said, "Where could I find this diviner?"

And they said, "We do not know, but we do know that he knows what is said of him, and if you wish, he will come, and we know that he is in this land."

"Then find him," said the king.

And he commanded ten of his men to seek him throughout the land. Merlin, who knew that the king had ordered him sought, told Blaise so, and left him and went to a villa where the messengers were, and he arrived there, just as any man who comes mounted, with his wool rope about his waist and his garlanded shoes, and a short tunic all torn, and his hair disordered, and a great beard, so that he seemed quite a strange thing. So he entered where the messengers were eating, and, when they saw him, they looked him over and marveled to see him, and they said to each other, "This one seems an evil man."

And Merlin said, "You do not perform well the command of your lord, who commanded you to seek the diviner whose name is Merlin."

And when they heard this, they said, "What devil told this to this shepherd?"

And he said, "If I were to seek him as you do, I would find him sooner."

And they rose from the table, and went to him and asked him if he knew Merlin or had ever seen him. And he said, "I saw him and I know who he is and where he is, and he knows that you seek him, but you will not find him if he does not wish it, and he sent me to tell you that you should not strive to find him, since even if you find him he will not go with you; and tell the five who told the king that the good diviner was in this land that they told him the truth. Tell the king as well that he will not take the castle until Anguis dies, and know that of the five you will find no more than three, and that if they should seek Merlin in these mountains, they will find him; but if the king does not come, he will not find a man who will go there."

And the messengers, when they heard this, started to look at each other, and as they looked, the good man was lost to view, and when they did not see him, they were amazed and said, "Certes, this is the diviner. What will we do now about what he told us?"

Then their decision was to turn back, and they would tell their lord of that marvel, and would find out if it was true that the two men were dead.

So they turned back to the host, and the king asked them if they found anything.

"Lord," they said, "we have seen a marvel which we will recount to you; send for your noblemen and those whom you commanded to seek for Merlin."

The king, when he heard this, then had it done, and took them to a place, and they recounted to him at great length what had befallen them with the shepherd, and of those whom they were to find dead, and they asked the king if they were dead.

The king said to them, "Yes, without a doubt."

And when they heard this they were quite amazed. And when those who had sought Merlin heard them speak, they were quite amazed, for they did not expect that he could take any form other than his own, although it seemed to them that no one could have said those words save him. And they said to the king, "We believe because of those words that he was Merlin, for no one could have divined the deaths of those men save he."

Then he asked them where they found him. And they said, "He came to our lodging in Urberlanda."

Then the three admitted that it had been Merlin, and because he had told the king to go seek him, the king said that he would leave his brother Uter with the host and go to Urberlanda. And he did so and brought with him those three whom he was aware had known Merlin. And when he arrived in Urberlanda, he asked for news of Merlin and found no one who could tell him any news of him. And he said that he would seek Merlin in the mountains.