Name: Gawain of Orkney (also answers to Gwalchmei, Gawan, Gavan, Gauvain, Walewein.)

Gender: Male

Age: Late twenties to early thirties, yay for vague canon?

Fandom: Arthurian Legend.

Journal: firstbornoflot

Typist: Wil

Quick Biography

That…. is a long story. But the firstborn to King Lot of Orkney and his wife Lady Morgause, Gawain is effectively royal blood by both his parents. Sent to court early to be made a knight by King Arthur on his wedding day, his actions participated in the creation of the Pentecostal oath. After he killed a lady during the quest of the White Hart, Guinevere demanded that he swear onto the Evangiles that he should never be against lady nor gentlewoman, but if he fought for a lady and his adversary fought for another.

Shortly after his arrival at court, Bertilak, the fabled knight of the Green Chapel taught him a good lesson about keeping his word, which he has been putting into practice. Very dedicated to his uncle King Arthur, Gawain agreed to wed Dame Ragnelle, the Loathly Lady, who became much more pleasing to the eye after he was a gentleman to her on their honeymoon and let her make her own choices. She gave him a son, Gingalain, whom he loves very much and will be missing direly. Ragnelle dies five years later, much to Gawain's distress. Thankfully, he has their son Gingalain to raise, probably with a lot of help, considering all the Knightly Things the good knight keeps getting involved with. (Gingalain he will become The Fair Unknown.)

He was unfortunately involved in Sir Lamorak's ambush, in which Medraut very literally backstabbed the knight. Then again, when a guy your age shags your mother, it will do strange things to yourself, will it not? Gawain doesn't like to think about that particular event. >.>

Gawain's conflicting values (courtesy vs. family) and his respect for Lancelot later led to some problems with his brothers in that adultery-related incident. Most importantly, Gawain spoke against Agravaine and Medraut's scheme to uncover Guinevere's adultery, refused to stand guard on Guinevere's execution pyre and was woefully absent when Lancelot broke in to save Guinevere and killed all his brothers. That day, Lancelot lost a friend and gained a mortal enemy. Gawain then urged King Arthur into taking war to France, fueled by his own desire for revenge (and possibly his guilt for not being there to save his brothers), which incidentally allowed Medraut to start his rebellion. He is slain during the war and on his death bed, he begs King Arthur to return to Britain and end the rebellion, and to writes to Lancelot to apologize.

Physical Abilities

He's a strong man, deemed one of the best knights of the Round Table, along with Lancelot and Tristan (though Lancelot defeats him, which makes him, second best, we suppose? His might has yet to be tested against Tristan's.) Gawain is however not superhuman, perhaps stronger than the average fighter and gifted with a sword, but not superhuman.

Superhuman Abilities

In some versions, his strength is said to follow the trajectory of the son, with the height of his might being at noon. We're not sure whether we want to include that or not.

Unusual or Magical Possessions

A very embarrassing green girdle, which he doesn't quite like to discuss with strangers.


Not that tall for a man of modern days, but tall for a medieval man, make of that what you will. Dark hair and green eyes, and rather pleasant to look at - of a stout constitution, toned for hardship, travel and extensive exercise. His PB is Hans Matheson, because the typist appreciates the irony.


Gawain is known for being extremely courteous to women - and ever their defender (a lesson he learned the hard way). Yet he can be brash in his decisions, and somewhat temperamental, though his very strict code of honor give him sufficient pause not to explode publicly, particularly after his first brash mistakes (he doesn't like to talk about them). He can be impulsive in manly matters, however. His other strongest trait is his loyalty to his brothers, though he has been highly critical of Mordred's actions in the past. This came as a result of his two greatest values coming into conflict (family and courtesy to the ladies). He can quite well think for himself (albeit sometimes a bit too late), and perhaps listening to what he has to say isn't a complete waste of time.

Gawain swore two oaths which are tantamount to his behavior:

Gawain's Oath: Then the king and the queen were greatly displeased with Sir Gawaine for the slaying of the lady. And there by ordinance of the queen there was set a quest of ladies on Sir Gawaine, and they judged him for ever while he lived to be with all ladies, and to fight for their quarrels; and that ever he should be courteous, and never to refuse mercy to him that asketh mercy. Thus was Gawaine sworn upon the Four Evangelists that he should never be against lady nor gentlewoman, but if he fought for a lady and his adversary fought for another. And thus endeth the adventure of Sir Gawaine that he did at the marriage of King Arthur. Amen.

The Pentecost Oath: The king established all his knights, and them that were of lands not rich he gave them lands, and charged them never to do outrageousity nor murder, and always to flee treason; also, by no means to be cruel, but to give mercy unto him that asketh mercy, upon pain of forfeiture of their worship and lordship of King Arthur for evermore; and always to do ladies, damosels, and gentlewomen succour, upon pain of death. Also, that no man take no battles in a wrongful quarrel for no law, nor for no world’s goods. Unto this were all the knights sworn of the Table Round, both old and young. And every year were they sworn at the high feast of Pentecost.


  • Family: Medraut (half-brother), Gaheris, Gareth, Agravain (brothers), Ragnelle (wife), Gingalain, Lovel and Florence (sons), Morgause (mother), Lot (father), Arthur Pendragon (uncle), Melou (nephew).
  • Lovers: None so far, but Gawain's ways are very earthly >.>
  • Score card (People they snogged without dating): As we said. Earthly. Not much modesty or self-control. Ooops. So far, he's kissed Enide and Fuchsia, and on the same night, no less. Also unfortunately got seduced by Melisande Shahrizai. We hope someone more healthy will save him from her. >.<
  • Friends: Sir Parsifal, Icarus, Zillah Katz, Celegorm.
  • Enemies: Tristan.
  • Allies: Icarus, Parsifal, Jaenelle Angelline.
  • Affiliations (to a particular group, of origin, or not): The Arthurians.

RP Canon

2013 update:

Gawain - still stuck in Arthurian drama. His son Gigalain showed up, to much glee. There was the thing in which he helped Maledisant escape murder by Aramat. And he's supposed to be getting Lystra out of trouble in the carpocalypse.

In 2011

So far, Gawain has greeted Meru. He is also meeting Melisande Shahrizai, which will very likely not end well for anyone involved, particularly now that Gawain is on the way to having a Conversation with Celegorm.

In 2010

Gawain will show up after all these wonderful events. We predict much angst-bunnying and awkward conversations. He'll still be happy to see a half-brother and probably will facepalm at him a lot.

His encounters so far include:

  • Being reunited with Agravain, with whom it seems he has a pretty good relationship as long as they stick to banter;
  • Meeting Celegorm and his babies and getting a bit light-headed when he realized how old his host was;
  • Getting a good serving of Daeron-snark, which did nothing for his already terrible opinion of minstrels;
  • Greeting Enide and fanboying her secretly - he of course had to swear himself in her service;
  • Having quite a bit of a confrontation with Sebastian about Guinevere;
  • Being charming to Fuchsia Groan and introducing her to Parsifal;
  • Befriending Icarus without knowing how horrible his relationship with Melou is;
  • Greeting Lystra, and of course offering her his protection, because seriously, lone mother with a baby, wtf;
  • Admitting his writing to Lancelot to Medraut, and therefore incurring is eternal wrath;
  • Making similar admissions to Melou, only to get almost dead in defending him, to later be patched together by Jaenelle;
  • Angsting a lot at Zillah and calling her a squire.
  • Making snake sushi with Parsifal the night of Halloween;

The night of Halloween, Gawain got injured while trying to save Melou from a giant snake. This led to further angsting with Medraut. Thankfully, he and Agravain still enjoy bantering at each other, and he did score some points with the ladies. (See relationships above.) He also got kiddified with brothers and nephew at the beginning of the winter, hung out under the mistletoe for Christmas, causing much hilarity where Aggy was concerned, and some kissing where Fuchsia and Enide were concerned.

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