Round Table is a secret international organization dedicated to the investigation and neutralization of supernatural threats to humanity. The organization is loosely organized, with a Head Office issuing missions to the semi-independent teams scattered throughout the world.
The final days of Camelot did not end quite the way that the legends tell it. As Arthur lay dying, he begged the knight remaining with him to toss his mighty sword Excalibur into the nearest lake. The knight at first complied with his king’s orders. However, it saddened him that such a powerful symbol for good would be lost. So, instead he hid the sword and returned to Arthur, who queried him about what happened.
“What did you see when you threw the sword into the lake?” he asked.
“Nothing but waves lapping upon the shore, my king,” answered the knight.
“False knight!” Arthur coughed blood in a fury, “You did not follow your king’s last command? Go! Return Excalibur to the water from whence it came! Then come to me and tell me what you saw.”
The knight returned to the sword’s hiding place and threw the blade as far as his strength would allow him. Before it touched the water, a woman’s hand, fair and delicate, broke through the surface of the lake and caught the hilt of it as though tossed to her.
The legends say that the hand then drew the sword into the lake, and never seen again. But that is not what truly happened.
Instead, a female figure of inhuman beauty rose from the lake and walked across the surface of it to the stunned knight. Her voice was like music as she addressed him.
“Sir Knight, why do you discard this fine blade that my people gifted to your king?
It was a few moments before he could find his tongue to speak, “Arthur bid me return it to you.”
“I fear that Arthur believes that others will attempt to claim it for themselves, in order to gain the throne as High King. He is correct in this, but Excalibur must remain in the mortal realm.”
“Why is this, my lady?”
“There is a war that started at the beginning of Creation, and the sword must be part of that war if we are all to survive.” Her luminous eyes glanced about the shoreline as though another might be listening. She then continued, satisfied that they were alone, “Mordred was naught but a puppet. The forces that wished Camelot destroyed are invisible and unknowable. Their purpose is lower than his. Hide Excalibur in a safe place on holy ground. Tell Arthur I took back the sword so that he may rest easier.”
“What should I tell my fellow knights?”
“Tell them the lie you will tell Arthur. The Knights of the Round Table will disperse and return to their families. Then, seek out those you trust implicitly. Meet in secret. Tell them the truth. Bring them to this lake one year from today. Then I will reveal the true purpose of the Round Table and entrust you with a new quest.”
Round Table Continues
The Lady of the Lake met with the remaining knights and reminded them of the purpose that Arthur had set before them. They were the Knights of their people, and had the responsibility to protect them from harm. This time, their work conducted in secret, or the forces that destroyed Camelot would take note of them and rise again to break their alliance.
The Lady had told them that the forces of hell itself had manipulated a barrage of supernatural creatures such as Morgan Le Fay and the Green Knight to distract the knights while the lust of Guinevere and Lancelot destroyed Camelot from within.
The knights agreed, and formed a secret society. They began learning the tools of their foes and how to fight them effectively. Throughout most of its history, the Round Table would often hide itself within other secret societies such as the Knights Templar and Illuminati.
Round Table Today
Round Table remains a secret society, but it has continued to evolve. These days, it is a hidden part of the British Secret Service and uses modern intelligence techniques. Twelve teams of semi-autonomous Round Table Agents operate throughout the world.
The Athena Network coordinates the teams through the internet and phone communications.
Round Table recruits its agents not just for their talents, but also a strong moral center. Most of them have had prior experience in dealing with the supernatural before their recruitment.
- Pawn — An asset from outside Round Table. Hired for a mission and considered expendable.
- Tower (Rook)- Muscle. A Tower’s great strength comes into play when dealing with physical threats.n Often a hand to hand specialist.
- Knight — Combat and Weapons Specialist. Usually put in the lead for field operations.
- Bishop — Specialist in magical, religious, or technical lore.
- Queen — All Around Expert. Second in Command to the King. The Queen is capable of filling in for a Tower, Knight, or Bishop.
- King — Team Leader and Administrator.
There is no Team 13.