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Morgana wakes from a terrible nightmare in which Arthur dies at the hands of a beautiful girl, and wonders what it could mean. Out hunting, Merlin and Arthur meet Sophia, and her father, Aulfric, who are under attack from bandits. After Arthur and Merlin manage to rescue them, Arthur offers them refuge in Camelot.

Arthur is clearly smitten with the beautiful Sophia, but Morgana is disturbed to see it’s the girl from her nightmare. When Morgana tells Gaius of her dream, he sneaks into the guest chambers and finds Aulfric’s staff, which has ancient scripture carved into it. When Aulfric returns, Gaius makes his excuses and notices a red flicker in the stranger’s eyes…

Certain the guests are up to no good, Gaius confides in Merlin, who follows Aulfric to a lake, where his powers allow him to see a gathering of magical people hovering over the water. Aulfric is begging passage back to Avalon but he’s been banished – and Sophia’s return can only be bought with the life of a mortal prince – so Aulfric promises to bring Arthur as payment.

A stunned Merlin rushes back to Camelot to tell Gaius what he’s seen, and the pair work out that Sophia and Aulfric must be Sidhe, magical people with the gift of enchantment. Merlin knows he must warn Arthur – but it might be too late…