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Sword in the Stone
That seems like an awful lot of hassle when all I wanted was a cool sword.
Title text: That seems like an awful lot of hassle when all I wanted was a cool sword.

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This comic references the fables of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. In Arthurian legend, whoever can remove the Sword in the Stone is the lawful king of England. Arthur is an orphan being raised in secret; he notices the sword, removes it, and is proclaimed king. The sword is sometimes identified as Excalibur, although in other versions Excalibur was acquired by King Arthur from the Lady of the Lake. The most familiar version of this story is The Sword in the Stone by T. H. White which is based on Le Morte d'Arthur by Sir Thomas Malory. Traditional Arthurian Legend states the sword can only be retreived by "the true king", so a woman retreiving it is unexpected. But Randall likes to debunk sexist stereotypes.

Megan pulls out The Sword in the Stone. A flash of light comes down and music plays, and a heavenly voice tells her she is heir to the throne of England. Megan then pulls out her phone, which is very much unlike the Medieval King Arthur and searches on Wikipedia for England and begins to replace the sword into the rock. The title text furthers this plot, having Megan comment on the hassle when the only thing she was interested in was the sword. Apparently Megan is not enthusiastic about power, and her choice is made when she sees how awful England is as a country to reign over.

It should be noted that in Arthurian Legend, it is stated that Arthur would return when England most needed him. It is possible that Megan is the reincarnation of Arthur.

Transcript

[Megan walks up to The Sword in the Stone]
[Megan tries to pull out The Sword in the Stone]
[A flash of light and music plays as she removes The Sword in the Stone]
Heavenly voice: The Throne of England is yours
Megan: Wikipedia. England.
[Megan starts to place The Sword of the Stone back into the stone]


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