“There are those that believe this creature, this griffin, is a creature of magic, that only magic can destroy it.”

“Do you believe this?”

“It doesn’t matter what I believe. The use of magic is not permitted. The knights must prevail with steel and sinew alone.”

“Sire… ”

“There’s a horse waiting outside.”

“Thank you. Thank you, sire.”

“Lancelot… take it and never return to this place”

“No… No, please, it’s not my freedom I seek. I only wish to serve with honour.”

“I know.”

“Then let me ride with you.”

“I cannot. My father knows nothing of this. I release you myself, but can do no more. Now go, before I change my mind.”