“So I had this advision night before last,” Sir Launcelot says, after breakfast.
Nacien nods solemnly. “Let me lay it out for you, because I’m sure you have some questions. Lo, Sir Launcelot, there thou mightest understand the high lineage that thou art come of.”
NACIEN LAYS IT ALL OUT
1) Circa AD 70 or so, Joseph of Arimathea converted King Evelake to Christianity, as has been covered in previous Nacien lectures.
2) The seven kings who followed the wearing-stars-and-crown guy (Evelake), in Launcelot’s vision, were Evelake’s son Nappus, Nappus’s son Nacien (named after his grandfather, our Nacien, who is immortal and also a contemporary of Joseph of Aramethea by the way), Nacien’s son Big Helias, Big Helias’s son Lisais, Lisais’s son Jonas, Jonas’s son Launcelot, and Launcelot’s son Ban.
3) See, Jonas went to Wales where he married Manuel’s daughter and moved to Benwick, and they had a kid named Launcelot.
4) That Launcelot is our Launcelot’s grandfather. Just to be clear.
5) The two knights, then, are Launcelot and his son Galahad. The knight that God/Nacien berated for vanity and violence, of course, is Launcelot himself.
6) And then the lion…
“There wasn’t a lion,” protests Launcelot.
6) And then the lion, shut up, was Sir Galahad, your son. In case you’ve forgotten.
7) And Galahad has no earthly peer.
8) And you should thank God for all the gifts you’ve been given, and go ahead and tell people about how Galahad is your son. Quit hiding it!
“I haven’t been hiding it!”
8) I said shut up. Rethink this denying-Galahad thing, tell people he’s your son. That’s all.
“Okay, okay.” There’s a pause. Launcelot bites his lip. “So, should I be praying more?”
“Wouldn’t hurt. But it won’t make you as good as Galahad. Galahad is better than you are.”
Then Nacien and Launcelot break for lunch. Over lunch, the lock of hair that Launcelot got last chapter starts to really chafe him, under his shirt, but Launcelot doesn’t complain. Instead, he stays overnight and then leaves the next morning after Mass.