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Wasteland Riddle

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A thoroughbred bastard trotting in sand,

A reluctant knight in the barren land.

Saves one brother as no other could,

Slays none other to bind the blood.

Loyal to Arthur, bound to the Book,

Serves King and Prince of a different look.

Unites the fight taken to sea,

Shuns the light, becomes the key.

Towers he’s risen, half dozen and one,

Of knowledge admired, of a rule undone.

Through the fires of wasteland the bastard did crawl,

From a Superior Steed, in good deed, did fall.

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Gawain

...or am I completely out of the ball park?

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Hmm... to me this sounds like Constantine....

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Katira and K.K.

No and no.

Keep trying.

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Mordred???

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William the Conqueror.

Right?

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Mordred???

Nope.

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Right?

William the Conqueror.

That 10 % can be a real bi+ch, eh? :P

Nice try.

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Not William, despite the bastardy, Domesday 'Book',, building of castles all over the shop, reinvention of the English administrative system (aka 'knowledge') and death on horseback while burning Mantes? Crikey.

Solomon, then?

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Roland

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Galahad? Fits some of the bits and parts rather well.

Has someone been reading Mallory?

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Percival/Parsifal

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Nope. Grayven's clearly got that one. Damn that last 1%. I'll go away now.

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Nope. Grayven's clearly got that one. Damn that last 1%. I'll go away now.

I'm not 100% sure. I'm never sure until Shakee confirms :P

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it took me a mineut its Galahad right

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Sorry, no to all.

Some here are aware of my penchant for using broad metaphor and colorful motifs that might nonetheless lead one away from the actual answer. I do it mostly for style and just a tad out of tongue-in-cheekiness. However, in all I also incorporate enough clues that if deciphered and / or considered together they would most definately lead to the answer. Such is the case with this one. Suggestion: don't sieze solely on the Arthurian slant. It's but a minor relation only understood by closely researching the individual, who is in fact a well-known historical figure.

Good luck. :)

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William the Conqueror

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William the Conqueror

Sorry, no dice.

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El Cid B))

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Philip the Bastard from the Bard's "King John"

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Not exactly a household name...

Flavius Theodosius II

I don't get the Wasteland reference though. As in Eliot?

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Nero Claudius Drusus, I suppose?

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[spoiler= :P ]Maximus Decimus Meridius?

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Hmm. Everyone's way south on this one. The "wasteland" title is for several reasons, one which might become clear when the answer is known. But mostly because I needed a title and it applies geographically (not to mention I'm huge fan fan of Eliot's work). Rather than a hint, here's a minor rewrite to bring everyone up to date:

A thoroughbred bastard trotting in sand

A reluctant knight in a barren land.

Saves one warrior as no other could,

Slays none other to bind the blood.

Fan of Arthur, bound to the Book,

Serves King and prince as foreign rook.

Unites the fight then taken to sea,

Shuns the light, sets them free.

Towers he's written (half dozen and one)

Of knowledge admired, about a rule undone.

Through hell of the wasteland the bastard did crawl,

From a Superior steed, in good deed, did fall.

Edited by Shakeepuddn
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Ah, then it must be Stephen King.

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