"Listen well, Merlin
for the evil approaches and you must be armed against it.
"Two duties have you - one to bring the full power back into the Great Beacon ...
"Your second order is to provide such a leader for this land as to bring all its present quarrels to naught, and establish a time of peace in which we can come again, meeting with man and working together.
"There are what you must do, and Nimue will prevent you if she can. Be warned, Merlin, for you are our hope and the time grows short wherein this may be accomplished. Fail and the Dark shall encompass utterly your world and man shall be left to brutish life without the sun of knowledge!"