I like this Arthurian twist. I’ve been doing some reading on Arthurian legends. I have a ton more to go, but here are some of the things I have unearthed so far.
There was a battle. Mordred and Arthur fought. Arthur slew Mordred with a spear. Before passing, with is sword, Mordred strikes Arthur with a mortal wound to the head. Arthur is carried off the field of battle and at some point is taken to a waterside where is carried off on a boat with three queens headed to Avalon where is it to recover if possible. Some texts say he died, but many do not. Often they say lines like,
Layamon: From Brut
“The Britons even now believe that he is alive and living in Avalon with the fairest of the elf-folk, and the Britons are still always looking for when Arthur comes returning.”
Wace: From Roman de Brut
“the prophet Merlin rightly said once upon a time that one would not know whether or not he were dead.”
Sir Thomas Mallory:
“Yet I will not say that it shall be so, but rather I will say, here in this world he changed his life. And many men say that there is written upon his tomb this verse: Hic iacet Arthurus, rex quondam, rexque futurus.
Meaning “Here lies Arthur, who was once king and king will be again.
So from all of this it seems that Arthur might not just be Palamedes Elder, but that he might not be dead at all. That…or something else entirely.