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The T.V. show Merlin (2008-2012 on BBC America) featured many legendary characters and creatures, but also created some of its own mythos as well. In the background of this saga is the Great Purge, carried out by King Uther of Albion. Uther's wife, Queen Ygraine, was unable to have children, so Uther made a hasty bargain with Nimueh, leader of the Old Religion. Similar to Arthur's experience with the Questing Beast, Nimueh would only create a life if another was taken. When Arthur was born but Ygraine died, Uther was enraged and embarked on a year-long campaign to destroy or drive out all sorcery from Albion.
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