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Once again landing on Avalon, Goliath, Angela, Bronx, and Elisa find out that Lord Oberon and Lady Titania, King and Queen of the Third Race, have returned after deserting the island for 1000 years.
Lord Oberon intends to have the Gathering soon, and he is furious to discover that mortals (Princess Katherine, Tom, and the Eggs) have taken shelter on the magical island and he demands they leave or be vanquished.
The triceratops-like gargoyle is named Ophelia. Ophelia is a character from Shakespeare's Hamlet
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Avalon World Tour: Avalon. The World Travelers returned the mystical island for the final time on July 4, 1996.
Greg Weisman stated that Ophelia is Gabriel's mate.
According to Princess Katherine, the Children of Oberon are vulnerable to iron. This explains why Demona bound Puck in iron chains (cf. "The Mirror
") and Magus conjured iron chains to bind the Weird Sisters (cf. "Avalon, Part Three
Greg Weisman has revealed that after leaving Arizona, the World Travelers arrived in Tibet on June 18, 1996. After the unseen episode in Tibet, the World Travelers landed on Avalon.
Oberon: We are Oberon, lord of the third race, ruler of Avalon. This lady is Titania, our once and future queen. We have returned to reclaim our own. And if intruders will not leave our realm, then they may stay, as part of it.
Titania: My lord, you commanded once that the children of Oberon and I should dwell amidst mortals. That was a thousand years ago, as they reckon time.
Oberon: A thousand and one.
Titania: So very long. Time enough for even Puck to mend his manners. I have done as you bid, my lord. I have walked among them, lived among them, and I have come to know them well.
Oberon: Do you now profess concern for mortals, Titania? Was not your disdain for them the reason I divorced you and decreed that you and the children should live among them, to learn humility?
Titania: True enough. But perhaps you have not learned your own lesson.
Angela: Why? You heard the queen. Oberon's no stronger than a child now.
Goliath: As strong as any of Oberon's children, Angela. That's more than enough to give us trouble.
Ophelia: But what gives us the right to use it?
Princess Katharine: Ophelia, we are protectin' our family, our home. Oberon is no more than...
Ophelia: The proper lord of Avalon. A-and he's not an outside aggressor like the Archmage. To him we're the invaders.
Elisa: Maybe, but he did abandon Avalon a thousand years ago. I think he gave up his rights to this place.
Angela: You're still not fighting fair. This isn't your true form.
Oberon: Now you're just quibbling.
Goliath: Lady, are we wise to trust him?
Titania: You've nothing to fear from him now, Goliath. In Avalon, Oberon's word is law.
Princess Katharine: Does that mean he is always right?
Titania: Not while he's married.
Title: Ill Met By Moonlight
This like is uttered by Oberon to Titania in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. He says this because he's not happy to see her, in the same way he is not happy to see the gargoyles and humans on Avalon when he arrives.
Ophelia, we are protectin' our family, our home.
, Ophelia is daughter the of Polonius and Hamlet's girlfriend for a time, until he rejects her and kills her father. She goes mad and drowns in a river.
Goliath: All's well that ends well, then.
This proverb means that even though problems occur along the way, they don't matter if the outcome is happy. This proverb is also the title of one of William Shakespeare's comedies/"problem" plays.