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Herod / Arthur juxtaposition. Just as Herod tried to kill all the children born when Jesus was, so does Arthur in an effort to get rid of Mordred. However, Mordred survives and is raised in secret. This also has the effect of pissing off a good number of parents in the realm whose children were murdered.

The cracks in the realm’s foundation grow a little larger.