My name is Myfanwy, and I’m an Immortal.
What? Crickets? No chorus of “Hi, Myfanwy”? Ha! I wish I could see your faces. Just kidding. If we can’t have a little joke, I say, what’s the point? Relax. I’m no threat to you. I’ve been within arm’s length of a few of you over the centuries, and if you check, your heads are still there.
Let’s start over. I have rather a long story to tell, and it’s important. Are you sitting comfortably?
Here’s a song about me:
My name is Myfanwy ferch Owain, and I was born in 467 AD in the village of Llwddwll, Principality of Gwynedd, just three days before Other Pendragon, making me the senior. Call me Myf (Miv, for you English).
My relationship with Other was, let’s call it “difficult” from the start. As infants we would pull hair and throw dirt at each other, and if Grandad hadn’t hidden the sickles, I swear Other wouldn’t have kept his head past his fifth birthday. It was Merlin who first figured it out. He was just the local healer at the time, but well versed in science. Merlin picked up on the fact that no matter how many rocks I hurled at Other’s stupid head—and I’m a good shot—Other always made a full recovery (well, sometimes I wonder…).
Two Immortals in the same village isn’t going to end well, as Merlin knew, and so he began to study and experiment with ways to keep us both alive. It wasn’t until we had just turned fifteen that he came up with the spell he called “The Mirror”. Never mind the details, it’s a complicated hybrid charm involving a little brown pill and many Words of Power that you’d better not recite in the wrong order, if you’re happy with the number of arms and legs you have now. (Actually the Words of Power are just for dramatic effect. Merlin was a product of the medical knowledge of his time.) The effect was to eliminate the involuntary reaction of blind hatred that drives us to want to kill other Immortals on sight.
Merlin prepared two doses and ordered us to swallow them. I did as I was told, then doubled over in pain and nausea as Other did the same. We both fainted briefly, and when we came to we were looking at each other.
I’ve never had the experience that you call a Quickening, thank the Far-Seeing Maidens, but I imagine it to be something like what I felt at that moment. We both immediately understood what Merlin had deduced, that hate is not the opposite of love, but its mirror image. One look, and teenage hormones did the rest. From then on, let’s just say our relationship was still the talk of the village, just in a different way.
But Merlin wasn’t finished. His development of The Mirror had pointed him toward another spell he called “The Cloak”. This actually suppresses the vibe we Immortals give off that alerts others to our presence. Merlin prepared a batch but only gave the pill to me. I suspect his notion was to use Other as a control. Now I could travel unnoticed among other Immortals
We grew up, and Other went off to wave swords and bash people. I decided to divide my time between researching the origins of our awful compulsion to kill each other and finding new Immortals as children and giving them The Mirror before their lives were ruined. (In the centuries since, Other and I have been apart more than we have been together—the secret to a happy relationship, don’t you think?)
To reemphasize: this is important! There is a pill that can quickly and permanently prevent the berserk rage that is our curse. Immortals can live in harmony.
The side effects are minor: for women, we start to menstruate like mortals. The good news is that this only happens every sixty years or so. For men, your dick falls off.
Haha! Kidding! You just have a slightly increased risk of male pattern baldness and nose hair.
But here’s the thing: I have used the last of the treatment, always thinking I could get more. But Other is currently traveling among the shamans of the Arctic, and I haven’t been able to contact him. Merlin has not been seen in over a thousand years. I know the recipe for the treatment Is in the fifth- or sixth-century volume of his journals (the unexpurgated version, not that sensationalized trash put out by TrilloCom LLC). However, after Mr. Collins’ hamfisted attempt to get his hands on the journals, the monks of [redacted] won’t consider letting anyone but Other have access.
But as flies to wanton boys are we to the being known as @messana . And now he has issued a siren call to bring all remaining Immortals together to duel for his sadistic amusement. So I am breaking my silence to urge you all: Resist! Stay away from New York City! I know Other will find his way there—his precious honour won’t let him do otherwise. I will find him there and we will go to Wales and make more of the treatment. Hold on, and we will all have a better future than we thought possible. (And don’t reread the post at the top of this thread. I believe its hypnotic, droning tones are part of what compels us.)
Are you with me? HELL, NO. WE WON’T GO! HELL, NO. WE WON’T GO!