Merlin's Village was a small village around the site that is now the kingdom of Camelot. It is one of the presumably many villages that the sorcerer resided in during his five hundred years of life prior to becoming a tree.
Before the Curse
The village healer is unable to see into a Nimue's future. ("Nimue")
Merlin turns the desert landscape into a luscious grassy area and gains an Apprentice as well as a position as the village healer. One day, a woman named Nimue whose future he cannot see asks him for a favor; her village was burned down by a man named Vortigan, and all she managed to escape with was a handful of middlemist seeds. Her greatest revenge would be for them to prosper in spite of him, and so Merlin uses his magic to create a healthy growth of them, then entering a relationship with Nimue. He wants to propose but is fearful because he is immortal and she isn't, and so the two of them quest to the Flame of Prometheus so that Merlin can remold the holy grail into a sword that is capable of cutting away his magic. When he does so, however, Vortigan arrives and attacks Nimue, causing her to bleed out in Merlin's arms. Vortigan then takes the sword and tries attacking Merlin with it, only for Nimue to rip his heart out. She explains that she earlier drank from the grail and gained her own magic, and proceeds to use it for proper revenge by crushing Vortigan's heart and killing him. This turns her magic dark, and thus she becomes the first Dark One. She takes the sword and breaks it against the Promethean flame's stand, with the flame itself having gone out, to avoid her magic and immortality being cut away. Merlin hides the sword - Excalibur - in a stone while fashioning its tip into a dagger and binding it to Nimue's soul so that she may remain under control. She, meanwhile, adopts Vortigan's mask and begins a reign of terror. ("Nimue")