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Edwin Muirden
Also Known As:
Biographical Information
Race: Human

Warlock

Gender: Male
Family: Gregor (father) †
Jaden Muirden (mother) †
Statistics
Affiliation: Merlin (formerly)†
Gregor
Jaden Muirden
Gaius (as a child)
Enemies: Uther Pendragon
Gaius
Merlin
Morgana
Behind the Scenes
Portrayer: Julian Rhind-Tutt
List of Appearances: A Remedy to Cure All Ills
People like us, we have a gift. Do you not think it should be used to make this a better world?
Edwin to Merlin[src]
Edwin Muirden was a sorcerer and the son of Gregor and Jaden Muirden.

BiographyEdit

Early LifeEdit

As a child, he was instructed in sorcery by his parents. During the Great Purge, his mother and father were both burned at the stake for practicing magic. Edwin attempted to save them by jumping into the flames and was badly burned across his face. His wounds were tended to by Camelot's court physician Gaius, who had once been a friend of Edwin's parents.

Revenge on Uther and DeathEdit

Some twenty years later, Edwin returned to Camelot under his mother's maiden name, posing as a physician. He delivered a deadly beetle, by way of anonymous flowers, to Morgana. The insect crawled into Morgana's ear and burrowed into her brain, rendering her unconscious and feverish. When Gaius was unable to diagnose or treat her, Muirden arrived at the Court to offer his services.

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Edwin Muirden arrives in Camelot

He summarily summoned the beetle out of Morgana's ear, claiming that she had a cranial hemorrhage. Edwin's actions allowed him to gain Uther's trust and Uther offered him a place as Court physician, which Edwin accepted. However, Edwin still harboured a hatred for Uther due to his parents' deaths and tried to kill the King by paralysing him and getting another beetle to crawl into his ear. After leaving the King's bedroom, he was confronted by Gaius, who then tried to attack Muirden with magic. However, since he had not used magic for twenty years, he was unable to pronounce the spell properly. Muirden slammed him against a pillar with the same spell pronounced correctly before summoning a ring of fire around him. Merlin then burst into the room and Edwin offered him a chance to join him. After Merlin refused, he attacked Merlin by telekinetically controlling an axe - Merlin deflected this with his own magic causing the axe to fly toward Edwin and kill him (A Remedy to Cure All Ills).

PersonalityEdit

Edwin Muirden was a cunning and bitter man who was obsessed with having revenge on Uther for the death of his parents. He acted as a loyal servant to the king while gaining his trust and then revealed his true intentions while Uther was weak, paralysed and helpless. He also displayed a slightly sadistic streak by telling Uther that he longed to hear him scream just like his parents had. Despite this, Edwin appeared to be fond of Merlin to some extent, though he told Gaius that he would tell Uther about Merlin's magic if Gaius told anyone, including Merlin, that Edwin was an enemy of the king. He also didn't hesitate to try and kill Merlin when he turned against him.

Edwin clearly loved his parents, as he had tried to rescue them from the flames as a child. However, he let his grief for them turn into hate.

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AbilitiesEdit

Edwin was a powerful sorcerer, well accomplished in many of the magical arts, including spell-casting and potion making, he was also able to perform magic non-verbally, a skill that few other magic users have managed to perform. His power was still below Merlin's, as he was beaten in a magical duel by the young warlock. Edwin also possessed some knowledge of medicine, but he mainly used his healing Magic, suggesting he didn't know enough to heal someone without it.

Series 1 Enemies
The Dragon's Call: Mary Collins † • Lady Helen (indirect) †
Valiant: Valiant † • DevlinSerpent Shield
The Mark of Nimueh: Nimueh † • Afanc
The Poisoned Chalice: Nimueh † • Balorian SpidersCockatrice
Lancelot: Griffin
A Remedy to Cure All Ills: Edwin Muirden † • Elanthia Beetles
The Gates of Avalon: Sophia † • Aulfric † • Sidhe elder
The Beginning of the End: Uther Pendragon
Excalibur: Nimueh † • Tristan de Bois
The Moment of Truth: Kanen
The Labyrinth of Gedref: Arthur Pendragon (indirect) †
To Kill the King: TaurenMorgana † • Uther Pendragon
Le Morte d'Arthur: Nimueh † • Questing BeastKilgharrah
Kingdom of Camelot
Queen: Guinevere Pendragon
Court Physician: Gaius
Keeper of the Royal Library: Geoffrey of Monmouth
Knights: Sir Leon • Sir Percival • Sir Brennis • Sir Cador • Sir Geraint
Other Allies: MerlinAnnisOdinRodorMithianGodwynBayardElenaAlinedThe EuchdagVivianOlaf
Former Allies: Morgana Pendragon † • Nimueh † • Cedric †? • Cornelius Sigan † • Tristan de Bois † • Lady Catrina † • Edwin Muirden † • Uther Pendragon † • Agravaine de Bois †• SefaMordred †

EtymologyEdit

Edwin's name could be a reference to Edwin Muir, a poet on the Orkney Isles in the early to mid 20th Century. The Orkney Isles played a great role in the original Arthurian legends, being the place where Morgause and her husband King Lot ruled.

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