Merlin is the director of the Portia Research Center. She spends most of her time researching and recovering relics. She mentors Petra as a pupil in the Research Center, taking her time out of researching to teach Petra.


Once the most promising apprentice at Vega 5, Merlin was kicked out of the city-state for doing forbidden tests. Never one to brood over her mistakes, she made a new start in Portia, becoming the director of the Research Center. Although Minister Lee often tries to engage Merlin in debates about the ethics of using dangerous relics, she doesn't really care.


Merlin was born on Winter of Day 21. She was once the most promising, intelligent apprentice at Vega 5 until performing a forbidden test resulted in her getting kicked out. She moved to Portia, where she became the director of the Research Center and took Petra under her wing. Merlin has been published in some magazines, although she would not be satisfied until her work is featured in Vega 5's Annual Documented.

Merlin and Minister Lee often get into debates about the ethics of using dangerous relics, although Merlin does not really care for his opinions.

Merlin used to always eat rice, but eventually grew out of it; now, she wants to try different types of foods, such as pasta and salty foods.

Physical appearanceEdit

Merlin wears oversized spiral goggles, with one side having multiple flip-down lenses.


Interactions: Social talk Social gift Social play

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Social talk
If you find anything of value from the old world, please donate it to us. You have no idea how much a discovery can change the world. Don't listen to what the Church has to say, we just want progress towards a better world!



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Send gifts through the mail sometimes

Gifting Edit

Data taken from game assets, game version 7.0100427. Listed values are without The Giver skill, which gives an extra 1-2 points.

Social gift Gifting
Prompt happy
Love +20
Silicon ChipsetSilicon Chipset
Strange SoupStrange Soup
Like +8
Small ChairSmall Chair
Milk TeaMilk Tea
Asteria (Bouquet)Asteria (Bouquet)
Power StonePower Stone
Prompt sad
Dislike -2
Honeybee WaxHoneybee Wax
Tree SapTree Sap
Hate -5
Copper OreCopper Ore
Tin OreTin Ore
Animal FecesAnimal Feces

All other items will default to Neutral (+1).

Desires Edit

The following items are desires, which are randomly assigned to one or two NPCs per week. In the event that this NPC has a desire, gifting the wanted item will provide the higher tier points; otherwise, on non-desired events, the item gives the base point value.

Desire head icon Desires
Desire icon
Silicon ChipsetSilicon Chipset
Desire icon
Strange SoupStrange Soup

Food preferencesEdit

  • Likes pasta
  • Likes stewed/salty
  • Dislikes rice
Play date eat Dining
Prompt happy
Prompt sad
Menu icon appetizer
Menu icon main course
Main Course
Spaghetti with Hot SauceSpaghetti with Hot Sauce
Supremely Spicy SpaghettiSupremely Spicy Spaghetti
Classic Spaghetti with Meat SauceClassic Spaghetti with Meat Sauce
Seafood NoodlesCreamy Noodles with Bacon
Bamboo Papaya and Seafood with RiceBamboo Papaya and Seafood with Rice
Pumpkin Steamed RicePumpkin Steamed Rice
Baked Rice with Coconut ChickenBaked Rice with Coconut Chicken
Baked Rice with Chicken CurryBaked Rice with Chicken Curry
Highwind Fried RiceHighwind Fried Rice
Stewed Rice Meat SupremeStewed Rice Meat Supreme
Menu icon meat
Menu icon vegetable
Mushrooms in Oyster SauceMushrooms in Oyster Sauce
Vegetable with Minced GarlicVegetable with Minced Garlic
Menu icon dessert
Menu icon drink
This table only lists food from The Round Table dinner menu.


Social play


Talk about favorite foods Play date action point
  • "I'm not sure why but I never liked eating fried rice."
  • "I'm always eating rice, so I want to try other food types."
Ask about work Play date action point
  • (What is it like directing the Research Center?)
    • "Petra is a very smart student, worthy of my time to teach her. We're discovering and analyzing new relics all the time."
  • (What do you think of the Portia Research Center?)
    • "Vega 5 have better research equipment, but I'm more free here to pursue my research."

Sitting on the benchEdit

Casual talk Play date action point
  • "That's a waste of time, I'd rather spend it researching."
Compliment Play date action point
  • (I saw your research in a magazine, that's impressive!)
    • "I won't be satisfied until my research is published in Vega 5's Annual Documented."
  • (You seem very smart!)
    • "Right, now tell me something I don't know."
What type of gifts do you like? Play date action point

Schedule Edit

On her birthday, you'll find her going to the research center around 3:30 pm.

Dialogue Edit

You're new, aren't you...are you lost or something?
— Upon first meeting
I would say this is a waste of time, but since everyone's taking the day off, it just didn't feel right if I continued working.
— On Winter Solstice


  • Prior to Alpha 3.0, her name was "Meilin".
  • As of Alpha 4.0, when asking for the type of gifts she prefers, there is a bug that causes her to use one of Paulie's dialogue. This line of dialogue reads, "As manly as I am, don't give me any clocks, the sound of the clock ticking drives me insane!"
    • Furthermore, giving Merlin Small Clocks gives a neutral reaction, unlike Paulie's negative reaction.