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Merrill's dialogue contains a list of conversations she shares with her companions, as well as personal comments.

Dragon Age: Origins Edit

Combat comments Edit

  • Defend yourselves!
  • Die, damn you!
  • For the Dales!
  • To battle!
  • I will make this quick!
  • It's some kind of... tainted beast! (when encountering darkspawn)
  • I'm hurt (when health is low)

Merrill's remarks Edit

  • Let's get moving, and quickly!
  • The keeper awaits us.
  • I'm ready to go.
  • Be cautious.
  • Yes. (when given a command)
  • I shall. (when given a command)
  • It shall be as you say. (when given a command)
  • What would you like? (when given a command)
  • I cannot do as you ask. (when given a command)
  • Alas, it is no good. (when given a command)

Dragon Age II Edit

Combat comments Edit

Before a fight:

  • For the people!
  • May the Creators have mercy on you! I certainly won't!
  • Hello! I'm Merrill! And I'll be your distraction!
  • Oh dear, get ready for more trouble!
  • Things are about to get exciting!
  • Ah, dear. Why doesn't anyone ever want to be nice to us?
  • Everyone! We're about to be attacked!
  • Maker's breath! More!
  • I think- we'd better get ready to fight!
  • Nobody seems to like you... Do you get used to that?
  • Lethallan/Lethallin, more are coming!

During a fight:

  • Creators, that's a big one!
  • I'm a little overwhelmed here!
  • Could somebody help me with this, please?!
  • It's no good! I can barely even see it!
  • Oh, I can't hit that! It's much too far!
  • I'd have to fly to reach -of course, I've always wanted to learn to fly!
  • I've got an idea! Get over here!
  • Just fall already, Blighter!
  • You'll get more than you bargain for!
  • Over here, you- you vile, mean thing!
  • Are you afraid to fight a little girl?!
  • They'll strike from cover!

Kills an enemy:

  • Oh, that's gonna hurt!
  • And stay down!
  • May the Dread Wolf take you!
  • You brought this one yourself, you know!
  • Oh, I got one!

After a fight:

  • My goodness, that was exciting!
  • You know, I think they were really trying to kill us!
  • Is everyone alright?
  • I think it's over. Do you think it's over?

No effect:

  • This is no good!
  • That should've worked! Why didn't that work?!
  • Blast it all! New plan!
  • Does anyone know why nothing seems to be happening?

Recovering from KO:

  • In the future, someone remind me that I don't like being pummeled.
  • Could we, perhaps, do battle with a pack of pretty flowers or soft bunnies next time? I'd do much better.
  • That didn't go quite like I thought it would.
  • I've got so many bruises now, they've got names and families.
  • Ma serannas! Oh, that was close!
  • You're very kind! Thank you!
  • I had a strangest dream... Uh, maybe it wasn't a dream? Never mind!

About to KO:

  • Even the parts of me that weren't black and blue are starting to turn!
  • This is going very badly!
  • The Keeper told me that there would be days like this!
  • Keeper Marethari, is that you? I don't feel so good!
  • I know Dalish are meant to be close to the earth. But we don't mean literally!
  • Can I just lie down for a moment? I- I can't stop this bleeding!
  • I do need a hand here!

Low on stamina:

  • Do you think they're tiring? I'm tiring!
  • I'm sorry, I can't do anymore!

Someone else KO'd:

  • (If Hawke falls) Hawke! If you see any paths in the Fade, don't take them, stay put!
  • (If Hawke falls, and has romanced Merrill) Ma vehnan! Hold on!
  • (If Hawke falls) Someone help Hawke!
  • (If Aveline falls) By the Creators! Aveline has fallen!
  • (If Bethany falls) Oh, dear, we have to help Bethany!
  • (If Carver falls) Carver! Do not worry, we'll help you!
  • (If Fenris falls) Oh! Could someone pick up Fenris, please?
  • (If Isabela falls) Isabela can you hear me? Don't move, we're coming!
  • (If Varric falls) Someone help Varric!
  • (If Varric falls) Varric, if you are faking, I will strangle you!

Taking a potion:

  • Ugh! This tastes terrible! What's in this, nightshade?!
  • Bottoms up!
  • I think this'll help a little!


  • I can't move!
  • Go on, I'll catch up!
  • Oh, for the love of-! I'm stuck!


  • Someone's laying traps.
  • Nobody make a sudden move!
  • Oh, let me.

Location comments Edit

(During a quest, including the Gallows)

  • "Everything here is cold, hard stone. I wish I'd worn shoes with soles, now."
  • "Have I mentioned that I don't really like it here?"
  • "I think I stepped in something."
  • "This place is so dismal."
  • (Various places, referring to Hawke) "(S)He's not very helpful, is (s)he?."

(During Mirror Image)

  • "I'm not looking forward to seeing the Keeper again."
  • "Everyone is staring at me. Let's get this over with."
  • "I've tried everything, but I can't get the mirror to do anything. It doesn't even reflect. That's probably bad."
  • "If I get the eluvian to work, I wonder where it will show me..."

(In Merrill's Home)

  • "By the Dread Wolf! Why is my house always a mess when people are here? It's clean sometimes, I swear."
  • "Elgar'nan, six years in this place, and I still can't fix the holes in the roof." (Act 3)

Act 1

  • (At the Docks) "Look at the ships! I wonder where they're headed." (Day)
  • (At the Docks) "Does anyone else think it smells funny here? Like really old, dead fish?" (Night)
  • (At the Docks, near Qunari compound gate) "They're so big and grim. What do you suppose would happen if I tickled one of them?." (referring to the Qunari) (Night)
  • (At Darktown) "Why would people want to live underneath the city? Apart from the dwarves, I mean."
  • (At Lowtown) "I keep getting lost here. The last time I went to the market by myself, it took me four hours to find my way home." (Day)
  • (At Lowtown) "I don't know why, but I always feel very nervous being out here at night." (Night)
  • (At The Hanged Man) "It's awfully noisy in here."
  • (At Hightown) "Everything here is cold, hard stone. I wish I'd worn shoes with soles, now." (Day)
  • (At Hightown) "It's so quiet here after dark." (Night)
  • (At the Kirkwall Chantry) "Is that statue-lady supposed to be someone important? She looks a bit cross."
  • (At the Viscount's Keep) "My whole clan could camp in here and you'd never even find them!"
  • (At the Bone Pit) "You know, I think this might not be the nicest part of Kirkwall."
  • (At The Wounded Coast) "Is the coast really wounded? How did that happen? Can't it be healed?"
  • (At Sundermount) "It occurs to me: I don't know how Sundermount got its name. Certainly isn't elven, is it?"
  • (Triggered when approaching Gamlen's House) "Is that your house? Oh, it's not so far from mine! We're neighbours! Except for the different neighbourhoods thing."
  • (In The Blooming Rose) "Why do they call this a brothel? Does it have something to do with broth?"

Act 2

  • (At the Docks) "I fell off the pier once. The harbor is really deep!" (Day)
  • (At the Docks) "I like it better here at night. You can't see the large scary men as clearly." (Night)
  • (At Darktown) "Have I mentioned that I don't really like it here?"
  • (At Lowtown) "So many Qunari lately. Do you think they like it here?" (Day)
  • (At Lowtown) "Did you hear something?" (Night)
  • (At The Hanged Man) "Isabela said the next time we came here she would teach me to do something called 'body shots'."
  • (At Hightown) "Hightown is so much cleaner than the alienage." (Day)
  • (At Hightown) "I think I stepped in something." (Night)
  • (At the Kirkwall Chantry) "The music here is so pretty, but I can never figure out the lyrics."
  • (At the Viscount's Keep) "I think I saw sparrows in the rafters!"
  • (At the Bone Pit) "This place is so dismal."
  • (At The Wounded Coast) "Do you think we could go swimming later?"
  • (At Sundermount) "I think the mountain has actually gotten sadder since I've been away."
  • (In the Blooming Rose) "Someone spilled ale in here. Weeks ago, by the smell."

Act 3

  • (At the Docks) "Oh! I think I saw a fish jumping!" (Day)
  • (At the Docks) "Why does it always smell like cabbage here?" (Night)
  • (At Darktown) "This place would be nicer if they opened it up to get some sunlight. Of course, I guess Kirkwall would collapse, then."
  • (At Lowtown) "You know, I sort of miss the Qunari. They didn't talk much, but they were easy on the eyes." (Day)
  • (At Lowtown) "It's a pretty evening, don't you agree?" (Night)
  • (At The Hanged Man) "Do you think there's time for Varric to tell us a story while we're here?"
  • (At Hightown) "Everyone seems so worried, lately." (Day)
  • (At Hightown) "I think I heard someone. Did you?" (Night)
  • (At the Kirkwall Chantry) "Poor Andraste... she looks so sad. I suppose it's because of mages or Tevinter or something."
  • (At the Viscount's Keep) "This place is so sad now. The stones remember what happened to the viscount."
  • (At the Bone Pit) "Someone really ought to plant some flowers out here. Spruce things up."
  • (At The Wounded Coast) "I bet people would come here more often if they called it the Happy Coast."
  • (At Sundermount) "I hate to say it, but my ancestors were not thinking clearly when they decided to bury people on top of a mountain."
  • (In the Blooming Rose) "I'm not exactly sure why we keep coming here."

Merrill and Hawke Edit

Act 1

(During Welcome Home)

  • Merrill: "I'll find something relatively clean for you to sit on."
    Merrill: "Can I get you something to eat or drink? I have... water."

  • Merrill: "I haven't exactly had many friends. Not even among my own clan. This is... tricky."
    Hawke: "What made you unpopular with the Dalish?"
    Merrill: "Being First to the Keeper. I was always... a bit secluded. I studied magic and history while the others were learning the Vir Tanadhal. It's good that I left. I'd have made a terrible keeper. I was never that good with people."
Act 2

(While Hawke is exploring/looking at things in the estate...)

  • "I think Merrill named this falcon sculpture Finnegan. No, wait... that's wrong. Finnegan's on the north face. This one's Messerre Pointy-Face."
  • "I came in and watered your plants! Your friend, Merrill." "Well, that was nice of her."

(If in a romance with Merrill)

  • "The only thing Merrill's moved in. Maybe she doesn't feel this is her home yet."
  • (If Orana serves at the estate) "Orana's a patient music teacher, but Merrill should really just stick to magic."
  • (If not romancing Merrill, Hawke refers to Sandal) "Handprints? Has someone been swinging on the chandelier? Merrill..."
  • "I came in and watered your plants! Lots of love, Merrill." "That girl's way too nice."

Merrill and Anders Edit

Act 1

  • Anders: So, when you first did blood magic, it was... just an accident, right?
  • Anders: You cut yourself and realized the power? You didn't actually deal with a demon?
  • Merrill: Oh, no. I did.
  • Anders: Why would you do that?
  • Merrill: I needed his help. He was really very nice about it.
  • Anders: Of course he was! He's using you to get a foothold in a mortal brain!
  • Merrill: He's a spirit. He offered me his aid. I hardly think you're one to criticize.
  • Merrill: I heard Varric saying you were a Grey Warden.
  • Anders: I was.
  • Merrill: I met a warden once. Back in Ferelden. Duncan, I think his name was. Very odd man.
  • Merrill: He had a marvelous beard, though. I'd never seen one before. I thought a squirrel had grabbed him by the chin.

(If the Hero of Ferelden was Dalish)

  • Merrill: I heard Varric saying you were a Grey Warden.
  • Anders: I was.
  • Merrill: Did you... did you ever meet a Dalish Warden? Mahariel?
  • Anders: As a matter of fact, I did.
  • Anders: Do you know her/him?
  • Merrill: We grew up together. S/He was one of my clan.
  • Merrill: I keep hoping to hear some news...
  • Anders: I wouldn't get your hopes up. The Hero of Ferelden values privacy rather highly.

(If the Hero of Ferelden was Dalish, but died killing the Archdemon)

  • Merrill: I heard Varric saying you were a Grey Warden.
  • Anders: I was.
  • Merrill: Did you... did you ever meet a Dalish Warden? Mahariel?
  • Anders: No. I had a friend who did, though. Told the most impossible stories.
  • Merrill: I'd like to hear them, sometime. If you don't mind.

In all likelihood, the friend Anders is referring to is Oghren

  • Merrill: Ser Pounce-a-lot... who knighted him?
  • Anders: Is that a serious question?
  • Merrill: Did he have a little sword, or just his claws? I bet he had a dashing cap with a feather in it!
  • Anders: Would you stop making fun of my cat?
  • Merrill: Oh... no hat, then?
  • Anders: Maybe you don't really understand the difference between spirits and demons.
  • Merrill: Did I ask you?
  • Anders: Spirits were the first children of the Maker, but He turned his back on them to dote on His mortal creations.
  • Anders: The ones who resented this became demons, driven to take everything mortals had and gain back the Maker's favor.
  • Merrill: Your "Maker" is a story you humans use to explain the world.
  • Merrill: We have our own stories. I don't need to borrow yours.

Act 2

  • Merrill: You could get another cat, you know. There's one in the Lowtown market with a litter of kittens ready to wean.
  • Anders: You don't pay attention to templars, Qunari or politics, but you notice kittens?
  • Merrill: Templars, Qunari, and politics don't meow and attack your feet when you're buying food.
  • Anders: Are there any tabbies? I'd like a tabby.
  • Anders: Do Dalish honestly not recognize the difference between demons and beneficial spirits?
  • Merrill: We've never thought of the Fade as the home of our gods.
  • Merrill: It is another realm, another people's home. No different or more foreign than, say, Orzammar.

(If Varric is in the party)

  • Varric: You can say that again.
  • Anders: But have you never studied the types of demons? They break down very clearly into different sins—
  • Merrill: Spirits differ from each other, just as you and Hawke and Isabela are all human.
  • Merrill: More or less...

(If on a friendship path with Merrill once you complete Dissent)

  • Merrill: Are you all right?
  • Anders: I nearly killed an innocent girl. How could I be all right?
  • Merrill: I'm sorry.
  • Anders: You're sorry? For me? This could be you! You could be the next monster threatening helpless girls!
  • Merrill: Anders... There's no such thing as a good spirit. There never was.
  • Merrill: All spirits are dangerous. I understood that. I'm sorry that you didn't.

(If on a rivalry path with Merril once you complete Dissent)

  • Anders: It's not a good feeling, you know.
  • Merrill: What?
  • Anders: Being an abomination. I just got a taste of your future.
  • Merrill: I'm not that foolish. Our relationship is, um, strictly platonic.
  • Anders: It's like you're trapped in your own body, seeing out your eyes, while someone else moves you like a puppet.
  • Anders: And you're trying to scream, to move a single muscle, but there's no escape. Until you look down at the blood on your hands...
  • Merrill: Stop it. You're scaring me.
  • Anders: That's the point.

Act 3

  • Anders: You must join us. Do you see that now? You must stand with Kirkwall's mages.
  • Merrill: It's not my fight.
  • Anders: You can't hide in Sundermount.

(If the Dalish were killed during A New Path)

  • Anders: Your clan is dead.


  • Anders: There is no place for you among the Dalish.
  • Merrill: No! My clan is all I ever cared about! Everything I did, I did for them!
  • Anders: On second thought, maybe don't try to help us.
  • Merrill: Have I ever mentioned I like your coat?
  • Anders: You do?
  • Merrill: It's very lively! Like a crow in the middle of anting!
  • Anders: That's.... that's great. Thanks, Merrill.

(If Varric is in the party)

  • Varric: I tried to warn you, Blondie.
  • Anders: You're not helping.

(If Isabela is in the party)

  • Isabela: I wouldn't have called them "lively." Bedraggled, maybe. Or just... fluffy.
  • Anders: You're not helping.
  • Merrill: You really believe don't you?
  • Anders: What are we talking about?
  • Merrill: Believing. You do I can tell, in freedom, in mages, in good spirits and bad templars. With more fire than the sun.
  • Anders: And your point is?
  • Merrill: I miss it sometimes, things being certain.
  • Anders: Some things are certain.
  • Merrill: Not anymore.

(During A New Path)

  • Anders: I don't know why I'm bothering with this, but you do realize it is crazy, right?
  • Merrill: Believe me I noticed, if I had any other choices, I'd take them.
  • Anders: You have choices! You always had choices! Stop using blood magic. Get rid of that damned mirror.
  • Merrill: Oh in that case, I will head back to Kirkwall and throw it away, right after you abandon the plight of the circle of mages.

(If you complete A New Path)

  • Anders: Your Keeper did not deserve that death.
  • Merrill: It was my risk to take! I never asked her to do this for me.
  • Anders: She knew you didn't have the strength to resist the demon. That's why it picked you.
  • Merrill: Why are you doing this? What can I do about it now?
  • Anders: Make up for your mistakes. Most blood mages never get a second chance.

(If Hawke romanced Merrill but also slept with Isabela)

  • Anders: Hawke was a fool to let you move in. You'll only betray him/her. That's all your kind can do.
  • Merrill: Why do you only do this to me? Are you jealous? You don't get upset about Hawke and Isabela.
  • Anders: You can't really get jealous of someone for sleeping with Isabela. It's just...understood.
  • Anders: She's like a side dish. She comes with the meal.

(If Isabela is in the party)

  • Isabela: Only if it's a good meal.

(If Hawke romanced Anders)

  • Merrill: Are you happy?
  • Anders: Beg your pardon?
  • Merrill: S/He seems happy. Hawke, I mean. Are you?
  • Anders: Yes, I suppose I am.
  • Merrill: Good! You've spent much too much time being grumpy. It's a nice change.

(During Justice (Quest) if Hawke has romanced Merrill)

  • Anders: I know it isn't my place to criticize, but... are you sure about Merrill? She acts sweet, but she'll never choose you over her demon.
  • Hawke: Merrill loves me.

(If Merrill is in the party)

  • Merrill: What right to you have to question us? Is your Justice any different?
  • Anders: Yes. Keep your illusions then. Maker knows I won't be the one to change them.


  • Hawke: You're right. It isn't your place.

Merrill and Aveline Edit

Act 1

  • Merrill: You must really like the Hawke family.
  • Aveline: Why do you say that?
  • Merrill: You came all the way from Lothering with them, didn't you? And they're not even your clan.
  • Aveline: Humans don't have clans, Merrill.
  • Merrill: Exactly! You came so far together, and you didn't even have a Keeper to make you get along.
  • Aveline: So your Keeper tells you to stop kicking each other, or she'll turn the aravel around?
  • Merrill: Sometimes she also warns us to stop pulling hair.
  • Merrill: I would like to know more about being a guard, Aveline.
  • Aveline: I don't think that's the job for you.
  • Merrill: I know, but it might help me not get caught.
  • Aveline: You probably shouldn't have said that part.
  • Merrill: Why?
  • Aveline: Just... never mind.
  • Merrill: Did Lothering have an alienage?
  • Aveline: It wasn't a big enough village to have a wall around it, let alone a place for elves.
  • Merrill: Where did the elves live, then?
  • Aveline: Stables and outbuildings, mostly.
  • Merrill: I think I like alienages better.
  • Merrill: Why don't you arrest us, Aveline?
  • Aveline: What?
  • Merrill: We break the law. I'm pretty sure. There are laws for almost everything. You're not a bad guard, are you?
  • Aveline: No!

(If on a friendship path with Merrill)

  • Merrill: That's good. Is it because you're fond of Hawke? I kind of am.
  • Aveline: How very nice for you. Keep it to yourself.
  • Merrill: I'd rather keep it with her/him.

(If on a rivalry path with Merrill)

  • Merrill: That's good. You look uncomfortable. Did I say something wrong again?
  • Aveline: No, Merrill, that's fine.
  • Merrill: Ah, maybe it's your shoes.

Act 2

  • Aveline: You're incredibly talented, Merrill. I can see you are meant for great things.
  • Merrill: Thank you!
  • Aveline: But... You're stupid.
  • Merrill: I'm sorry, what?
  • Aveline: Don't you think it would be better to work on where you are now, instead of recreating old glory?
  • Merrill: No. No, that's kind of the opposite of what I've been saying. I'm the stupid one? Whatever.
  • Merrill: The Qunari must like it here, to stay so long.
  • Aveline: From what I've seen, the Qunari don't like anything.
  • Merrill: That can't be true. They must like some things... Sunshine? Butterflies? Rainbows?
  • Aveline: If I spot a Qunari admiring butterflies, Merrill, you'll be the first person I tell.

(After completing The Long Road)

  • Merrill: (Giggles)
  • Aveline: Yes?
  • Merrill: Is it like you thought? It's nice, isn't it? He seems nice.
  • Aveline: Yes, he's very nice.
  • Merrill: I know! And you're so cute when you're with him! Not like normal-you at all!
  • Aveline: Haven't you got something unholy to do?
  • Merrill: No, we're following Hawke. That's important, too.

(If you complete Mirror Image)

  • Aveline: This mirror of yours — what does it do?
  • Merrill: Mostly it stands in my house, looking a bit spooky.
  • Aveline: But its magic, right? So it can do... Magic things? Is it dangerous?
  • Merrill: It could fall on someone, but you'd have to push it really hard. It's quite heavy.
  • Aveline: Merrill, is it a danger to the people of Kirkwall or not?
  • Merrill: Oh! Only to anyone sitting right under it.

Act 3

  • Merrill: Aveline, you'll look after Hawke, won't you?
  • Aveline: Of course I will. What kind of a question is that?
  • Merrill: And sometimes Isabela gets into awful trouble. You'll watch out for her, too?
  • Aveline: Merrill... what brought this on?
  • Merrill: Anything could happen. You'll protect them, though. It's what you do.
  • Aveline: There's nothing to worry about, Merrill.
  • Merrill: Aveline, what's in your mirror?
  • Aveline: What do you mean?
  • Merrill: In your mirror. What do you see?
  • Aveline: A warrior. A wife. All the mistakes I made to get here and make it right.
  • Aveline: Why? What have you decided to see?

(If after A New Path and Merrill decided to break the Eluvian)

  • Merrill: My mirror is broken. But I think... I think I see good things.
  • Merrill: Maybe a headband...

(If after A New Path and Merrill did not break the Eluvian)

  • Merrill: Demons. And... cracks.


  • Merrill: Sometimes it's hard to tell. Cracks, mostly.
  • Merrill: Maybe I'll borrow yours sometime. If that's all right?
  • Aveline: It's all right.
  • Aveline: I didn't expect you to stick around for this mess Merrill. This has nothing to do with your elves.

(If Hawke is romancing Merrill)

  • Merrill: I love Hawke, I wouldn't go anywhere.
  • Aveline: But it's not your fight.
  • Merrill: I love Hawke.
  • Aveline: You said that.
  • Merrill: I say it a lot. It makes things clearer, takes away doubt when everything is crazy and people are dying.
  • Aveline: I understand.
  • Merrill: Oh, good. Someone should.

(If not romanced)

  • Merrill: Everything affects everything. We were born, a bunch of things happened, and now we're in a mess with our friends.
  • Aveline: That seems too simple.
  • Merrill: Simple is good. It sneaks up on you, makes you smile.
  • Merrill: Maybe that should be enough once in a while.
  • Aveline: Simple it is.

(If after A New Path)

  • Aveline: That seems too simple.
  • Merrill: Simple is good. It sneaks up on you, makes you smile.
  • Merrill: Or it says "Hey over there!" And kills with a pin.
  • Aveline: Merrill?
  • Merrill: Simple Aveline. Not stupid.
  • Merrill: Aveline... do you think we'll win?
  • Aveline: Win what?
  • Merrill: In the end. It feels like something is ending, doesn't it? Do you think we'll win?
  • Aveline: Nothing is ending, Merrill. Things are a little tense, but it will pass.
  • Merrill: I hope we win. Varric will make it a good story, I'm sure.

(During Champions and Captains, if Isabela is not present, and you choose "How was the honeymoon?")

  • Hawke: You never said how your three weeks in Orlais went.
  • Aveline: You're right. I didn't.
  • Merrill: So, how was it?

(Pause, silence)

  • Merrill: Oh! (Laughs)

(During A New Path)

  • Aveline: What should we be prepared for if something goes wrong?
  • Merrill: I'm not entirely sure. I've never seen an abomination myself. The keeper said they... warp and change before your eyes.
  • Aveline: So you want us to come along and watch for something, but you don't know what?
  • Merrill: It's just a precaution, Aveline. Nothing will go wrong.
  • Aveline: Oh. That's reassuring.

Merrill and Bethany Edit

  • Bethany: So, there's no Circle among the Dalish?
  • Merrill: Any child with the gift of magic is apprenticed to a Keeper... in another clan if there's no need in her own.
  • Bethany: That sounds nice.
  • Merrill: Magic is a gift of the Creators. Why wouldn't we use it?
  • Merrill: It just seems... wasteful for humans to lock their mages away where they can't do any good.

(If Fenris is in the party)

  • Fenris: Of course, you're a blood mage.
  • Bethany: Oh. Right.


  • Bethany: But... you are a blood mage.
  • Bethany: So, is the Keeper... your mother?
  • Merrill: I left my clan when I was a child to become Marethari's First.
  • Merrill: I haven't seen my parents in more than ten years.
  • Bethany: I'm so sorry! My father died in the Blight. You must really miss them.
  • Merrill: I remember my mother singing to me, when I was a little girl and I'd get sick. I think that's what I miss the most.
  • Merrill: The Keeper has a terrible singing voice.
  • Merrill: You're so lucky.
  • Bethany: How do you figure?
  • Merrill: I wish I had a brother/sister and a mother and an uncle.
  • Merrill: It must be wonderful. You'd never be alone!
  • Bethany: It is wonderful. Although it might be better without Uncle Gamlen.
  • Merrill: If you could do anything - just anything at all - what would you do?
  • Bethany: That's easy. Be normal. No magic, just... normal.
  • Merrill: Really? You wouldn't fly across Thedas or eat a cake the size of Kirkwall? Keep a baby griffon for a pet?
  • Bethany: Well, now that you say it, the griffon might not be so bad.
  • Merrill: I'd name mine "Feathers."

Merrill and Carver Edit

  • Carver: So, you're not like a lot of other girls.
  • Merrill: No, I'm an elf.
  • Carver: Right, alright then.
  • Merrill: Oh, did I miss something dirty?
  • Carver: What? No! It wasn't dirty. It wasn't anything.
  • Merrill: Oh? Right, because I miss a lot of dirty things and sometimes I wouldn't mind hearing them.
  • Carver: Would you now?
  • Carver: Your people came a long way Merrill, but I like to think that we have Ferelden in common.
  • Merrill: I never saw Lothering. Did you walk as much as we did? Probably more, you didn't start with halla. Our ship stunk.
  • Carver: Your ship?
  • Merrill: There was something foul in the hold. I can still smell it.
  • Carver: Oh, well, that must have been unpleasant.
  • Merrill: It was. Did I miss something dirty again?
  • Carver: No.
  • Merrill: Do you miss it? Ferelden I mean.
  • Carver: Sometimes.
  • Merrill: Blackberries. They don't seem to grow here. And there were little song birds with black caps on their heads.
  • Carver: I sort of miss the dogs barking.
  • Merrill: Yes... It's been mostly humans barking at me here. Not nearly as cute.
  • Merrill: How did you learn swording?
  • Carver: "Swording"?
  • Merrill: Those things you do with the sword. It looks tricky. Was it hard to learn?
  • Carver: It takes a lot of practice.
  • Merrill: Well, you seem good at it! I bet one day you'll be best sworder in Kirkwall.
  • Carver: Merrill...
  • Merrill: I said something wrong again, didn't I? Maybe I'll just stop talking.

Merrill and Fenris Edit

Act 1

  • Merrill: You've probably never met a Dalish before, have you?
  • Fenris: I wouldn't know.
  • Merrill: I'm sure you'd be able to tell. Dalish aren't much like the elves in the cities.
  • Fenris: The smug sense of superiority does give you away.
  • Merrill: Certainly your people have stories about the Dalish. No?
  • Fenris: My people?
  • Merrill: The elves in Tevinter. They must have heard of us.
  • Fenris: They've heard. They just don't care.
  • Merrill: But if they ran away, the Dalish would help them.
  • Fenris: You might as well say, "If they flew into the sky, they could live in the clouds."
  • Merrill: What would they eat in the clouds? There's nothing there but fluff and the occasional bird.
  • Fenris: This is why nobody takes the Dalish seriously.

(After you bring Fenris to the Gallows for the first time)

  • Fenris: Why are you watching me like that?
  • Merrill: You have vallaslin. The same markings that the Dalish have.
  • Fenris: Yours are not made of lyrium.
  • Merrill: No, they're made of blood. Our blood. That's what vallaslin means: blood writing. It's a mark of adulthood.
  • Fenris: Mine were carved into my flesh against my will, in a ritual I remember only for the agony it caused me.
  • Merrill: I'm... so sorry.
  • Fenris: I don't want your pity.
  • Merrill: Are you talking to me?
  • Fenris: You said you were sorry about the ritual I endured. Keep your sorrow.
  • Merrill: I only meant—
  • Fenris: You have all the freedom none of our kind enjoy, and you throw it away. On what?
  • Merrill: Our people need to reclaim their heritage.
  • Fenris: A heritage of defeat? To what end?
  • Merrill: Would you truly turn your back on your own history? There's so much we don't know...
  • Fenris: It's not my history. It's simply history.
  • Fenris: Tampering around in mud all day, how do the dalish do it?
  • Merrill: Do you like the crowded cities better?
  • Fenris: It's a smell I'm more familiar with, yes.

Act 2

  • Merrill: You never come to the alienage, Fenris.
  • Fenris: I don't live in the alienage.
  • Merrill: Don't you care about the plight of our people? Not even a little bit?
  • Fenris: I don't need to visit the alienage to know what they suffer. I know it better than you.
  • Merrill: I've lived there for years! I see it firsthand!
  • Fenris: And I lived it.
  • Merrill: Did you step on something sharp, Fenris?
  • Fenris: No.
  • Merrill: Slam your fingers in a door?
  • Fenris: No.
  • Merrill: Smack your head on a low beam?
  • Fenris: Is there a point to this line of questioning?
  • Merrill: Just wondering why you're so cross all the time.

(If Varric is in the party)

  • Varric: I think he jabs himself with those spikes, personally.
  • Fenris: Perhaps it's the inane prodding.

(During A Bitter Pill, in the Abandoned Slaver Den, when the Blood Sacrifice is examined)

  • Fenris: See for yourself. The legacy of the magisters.
  • Merrill: They sacrifice the unwilling?
  • Fenris: Is that so hard to believe? You are only a step away from it yourself.
  • Merrill: That's not true.
  • Fenris: Believe what you like. In my experience, mages always find a way to justify their need for power.

(After you complete A Bitter Pill)

  • Fenris: Avert your eyes, witch.
  • Merrill: You said I was dwelling on "useless" history, but what are you doing?
  • Merrill: The past is important, to you and to all of us. We must know it to move forward.
  • Fenris: Yet I have made no deal with a demon to learn of my past.
  • Fenris: You had a life. You had a family. And you abandoned them to chase after ghosts.
  • Fenris: We are nothing alike. Don't even begin to think that we are.

(If you complete Mirror Image)

  • Fenris: You are more naive than I thought.
  • Merrill: What have I done to you now?
  • Fenris: To me? Nothing. Not yet.
  • Fenris: To yourself—you can't even begin to imagine the number of mages that have walked down the path you're now on.
  • Merrill: My clan didn't believe in me. If you don't believe in me either, I won't mind.

(During Mirror Image)

  • Merrill: Pol... What was he thinking? ... He acted like I was a monster...
  • Fenris: You are a monster.

(If Isabela is in the party)

  • Isabela: You aren't helping.
  • Fenris: Good.

Act 3

  • Merrill: Poor Anders.
  • Fenris: You pity him? He's dangerous to himself and everyone around him.
  • Merrill: I think he's broken the thing he wanted to save.
  • Fenris: You pity him because he's you.
  • Merrill: Breaking the things you love most isn't restricted to mages, Fenris.
  • Fenris: Sadly true.
  • Merrill: Your master must have been a terrible man, to make you hate mages so.

(If Alone has been completed)

  • Fenris: He was, now he's dead.


  • Fenris: He is a terrible man. He's not dead.
  • Merrill: We're not all like him.
  • Fenris: How often I hear that, and yet, how often I find it's not true.
  • Merrill: The Keepers are different. They exist to preserve the old ways, and to protect our people.
  • Fenris: And none of them would ever fall prey to a demon. Or perform blood magic.
  • Merrill: It's impossible to talk to you.

(If Hawke is romancing Fenris)

  • Merrill: (Giggles)
  • Fenris: What? Why are you looking at me like that?
  • Merrill: You're in love!
  • Fenris: I am not.
  • Merrill: You keep looking at Hawke with sad puppy eyes every time his back is turned. (male Hawke)
  • Merrill: Everytime she looks away, you stare at Hawke with those sad puppy eyes. (female Hawke)
  • Fenris: There are no puppy eyes.
  • Merrill: It's all right, you know. Even you can be happy once in a while. It won't kill you. But your face might crack if you smile, so be careful.

(If Alone & Questioning Beliefs has been completed)

  • Merrill: Do you regret it? What happened with your sister, I mean.
  • Fenris: No.

(If Fenris killed Varania)

  • Merrill: You don't feel bad about killing her? Not even a little?
  • Fenris: It was necessary.


  • Merrill: You don't wish... that maybe you hadn't found her again?
  • Fenris: Whatever I wish, it is already done.
  • Merrill: You're lucky, then. There are so many things I wish I could undo.

(If A New Path has been completed)

  • Fenris: This... Keeper of yours, she was a friend?
  • Merrill: She was like a mother to me. To all of us.
  • Fenris: Then I'm sorry.
  • Merrill: No you're not. She's just one more mage to you. Why would you be sorry she's dead?
  • Fenris: I'm not sorry she's dead. I'm only sorry she died for you.
  • Merrill: What?
  • Fenris: Let's hope the sacrifice of someone who cared for you that much isn't wasted.

Merrill and Isabela Edit

Act 1

  • Merrill: How do you do that?
  • Isabela: Do what, Kitten?
  • Merrill: You sort of... swagger when you walk. I've been trying, but I trip over my own feet when I do it.
  • Isabela: You just strut. It's not something you practice.
  • Merrill: How do I learn it, then?
  • Isabela: It comes to you. Usually at night. It's like a lover... or maybe a burglar.
  • Isabela: Either it ravishes you or runs off with all your jewelry. And you have to run it down and stab it in the heart.
  • Isabela: And... that metaphor got a bit away from me, didn't it?
  • Merrill: I think it did, but it was certainly exciting!
  • Merrill: Do you really like sailing?
  • Isabela: Like it? I love it! The salt spray on my face, the wind whipping by my ears, the gulls screaming overhead—I love it all.
  • Merrill: Don't you get sick? I was so sick on our trip across the sea.
  • Isabela: Were you in the hold?
  • Merrill: Everyone was in the hold.
  • Isabela: There's your problem. You need to be up on deck, under the sky, with nothing between you and the horizon.
  • Isabela: Sailing is like sex. Do it wrong, and it'll make you sick.
  • Isabela: But do it right, and there's no feeling in the world like it.
  • Merrill: Do you have a parrot, Isabela?
  • Isabela: What would I want a parrot for?
  • Merrill: What about a peg leg? Do you have one of those?
  • Isabela: You can see that I don't, dear.
  • Merrill: Eye patch?
  • Isabela: I'm disappointing you terribly, aren't I? And no hook for a hand, either.
  • Merrill: Seems that Varric's pirate stories are awfully inaccurate.
  • Isabela: He knows, Kitten. He likes them better that way.
  • Isabela: It's not always fun and games on the sea, though. There are storms and hostile pirates.
  • Isabela: And it's trying being cooped up with men who haven't seen a woman in months.
  • Merrill: You're a woman.
  • Isabela: Exactly. And I don't usually let them touch me, so they get... frustrated.
  • Isabela: I insist all of them get alone time. Helps with the crankiness.
  • Merrill: But they're already lonely! Why would you insist that they be alone some more?
  • Isabela: Merrill.
  • Merrill: What? Did I miss something?
  • Isabela: Go think about it. Maybe it'll come to you.

(While speaking to Jethann in The Blooming Rose during the quest The First Sacrifice)

  • Isabela: Ooh, I like him. He reminds me of someone.
  • Merrill: He does? Who is it?

(If Varric is in the party)

  • Varric: I'll tell you when you're older, Daisy.
  • Isabela: Think about it, Kitten.
  • Merrill: Well, you couldn't have meant Varric, because he's not even an elf—oh... Ohh! You were referring to yourself. Sorry!
  • Isabela: See? I knew it'd come to you.

Act 2

  • Merrill: (Sighs) Why do you even like me? I must seem so dull.
  • Isabela: What brought this on?
  • Merrill: Your life has been... so exciting. The adventures, the duels, the passionate love affairs.
  • Merrill: Compared to that, my life is a stale, dry biscuit. (Sighs) I wish I had your life.
  • Isabela: No. You don't want my life.
  • Merrill: Why?
  • Isabela: Because you have a good heart, and you deserve better.
  • Merrill: What was Llomerryn like? I've never heard of a Dalish who's been there.
  • Isabela: I don't imagine your people travel between islands much.
  • Merrill: Not really, no.
  • Isabela: I wouldn't start waterproofing your wagons, then. I don't think Llomerryn is ready for the Dalish.
  • Merrill: What do you mean? Would we upset the people there?
  • Isabela: It's not really the kind of place where one turns down a tumble. Even refuse a fortune teller, and they'd run your lot out of town.
  • Merrill: How do you suppose the Qunari scratch their heads with those horns in the way?
  • Isabela: Why do you think I would know?
  • Merrill: Because you know lots of things! I wonder if they rub their heads against tree trunks like halla do.
  • Isabela: I'd pay a sovereign to see that.
  • Merrill: No wonder they seem so cranky all the time.
  • Merrill: You've had many lovers, haven't you?
  • Isabela: Fewer than some think.
  • Merrill: But you never stay with them.
  • Isabela: No, why should I?
  • Merrill: But the act of lovemaking is so... intimate.
  • Isabela: I don't "make love." What I do is only skin-deep, Kitten.
  • Isabela: Don't worry your pretty little head about it.

(If Hawke is romancing Merrill)

  • Isabela: You and Hawke... something's there, isn't there?
  • Merrill: He's clever, strong, and wonderful. How can anyone not love him?
  • Merrill: She's so amazing and beautiful. How could anyone not love her? (if Hawke is female)

(If Hawke also romanced Isabela:)

  • Isabela: How could anyone not?
  • Merrill: You're very quiet today. Is something wrong?
  • Merrill: (Gasps) It's me. I said something wrong, didn't I?
  • Isabela: No, of course not. You could never say anything wrong.
  • Isabela: I'm happy for you, Kitten. You've been alone long enough.


  • Isabela: Oh, I could give you a list, but that might just bore you.
  • Isabela: So... did you get naked?
  • Merrill: Isabela!
  • Isabela: Ooh, look at that blush. That good, huh?

Act 3

(If Hawke has accepted Isabela's love)

  • Merrill: I think Hawke likes you, Isabela
  • Isabela: I certainly hope so!
  • Merrill: Of course, it's not surprising at all that anybody would love you, but it's nice to see you two happy.
  • Isabela: Merrill, sometimes you're so sweet I could eat you for dessert.

(If Hawke hasn't accepted her love yet)

  • Merrill: I think Hawke likes you, Isabela.
  • Isabela: You think so, do you?
  • Merrill: S/he looks at you all the time, and then s/he looks embarrassed and pretends s/he's busy with something else.
  • Hawke: I can hear you, you know.
  • Merrill: (Giggles) See?
  • Isabela: Hmm. I'll have to think about that...
  • Merrill: Do you think you'll leave Kirkwall someday?

(If Hawke has romanced Isabela)

  • Isabela: I might if I can persuade the right person to come away with me.

(If not)

  • Isabela: Of course I will! As soon as I get myself a ship, I'm sailing wherever the sea takes me.
  • Merrill: I'll miss you. You'll write to me, won't you? Do pirates write letters?
  • Isabela: Badly. Hook hands make for awful pennmanship, Kitten.

(If No Rest for the Wicked & Questioning Beliefs have been completed and Hawke accepted Isabela's love)

  • Merrill: Why are you smiling?
  • Isabela: No reason.
  • Merrill: Ooh, ooh! It's something dirty, isn't it? Tell me, tell me!
  • Isabela: It... it isn't anything dirty. I'm just... happy.
  • Merrill: Oh. That's good, too, but I was hoping for something dirty.
  • Isabela: Come by the tavern later. I've got stories that will make your toes curl.

Merrill and Sebastian Edit

Act 2

  • Sebastian: Have you heard the Chant of Light?
  • Merrill: That's the song they sing at the Chantry, right? It's pretty... but a little repetitive.
  • Sebastian: Then you know the story? How Andraste became the Maker's divine bride and convinced Him to offer us a second chance?
  • Merrill: Right. But I never understood why she had to die.
  • Sebastian: Her mortal husband betrayed her out of jealousy.
  • Merrill: But if He wanted her to spread her faith, couldn't she do that better alive?
  • Sebastian: The Maker gave us free will. By his betrayal, Maferath showed us that men were not yet worth saving.
  • Merrill: I don't know. It's a nice story, but I think it's got some holes.
  • Merrill: Your armor is very shiny, Sebastian. Doesn't that make you an easier target?
  • Sebastian: The Light of the Maker is my armor, Merrill. I am not afraid.
  • Merrill: Maybe you could ask Him to make His Light less shiny? Then you wouldn't need as much armor.
  • Merrill: If your city was stolen, why didn't you just call the guards?
  • Sebastian: I'm afraid the matter can't be handled by guards, Merrill.
  • Merrill: Aveline could help you! She's very good at making thieves give things back. I think it's because she's so tall.
  • Sebastian: This is beyond even Aveline's power, I'm sorry to say.
  • Merrill: Are you sure? Have you seen her hit people?

(If Aveline is in the party)

  • Aveline: I can hear every word you're saying.
  • Sebastian: So what do you believe, Merrill?
  • Merrill: Our gods abandoned us long ago. They haven't answered our prayers since the fall of Arlathan.
  • Merrill: When we've proven that we're elves again, that we didn't lose everything, they'll come back to us.
  • Sebastian: We say the same of the Maker.
  • Sebastian: Perhaps they're only different names for the same divine force that created the world.
  • Merrill: The Maker wants you to be elves?

Act 3

  • Merrill: I've always wondered: how do your Divines choose their names?
  • Sebastian: They write all the best sacred names on slips of paper and stuff them in a miter.
  • Sebastian: Then the newly elected Divine picks a name out of the hat.
  • Merrill: What if she picks a name she doesn't like? Does she have to keep it?
  • Sebastian: Of course she does. How do you think we got four Divines named Hortensia?
  • Merrill: Does your bow have a name? Varric's bow has a name.
  • Sebastian: I'm afraid I can't compete with our dear dwarf's... relationship to his weapon.
  • Merrill: You could call it Philomela!
  • Sebastian: Why would I do that?
  • Merrill: Because it reminds me of a woman in the alienage. Skinny, pointed, and always throwing things at people.
  • Merrill: What does your Chantry do?
  • Merrill: I mean, you keep saying how great it is. Anders and Isabela tell me to stay away from it. But what does it do?
  • Merrill: Among the Dalish, the Keepers teach the children, preserve our history, perform magic. The priestesses here just... sing.
  • Sebastian: The Chantry does many charitable works. It cares for widows and orphans—
  • Merrill: Who in the Dalish would just be part of the clan, like everyone else.
  • Merrill: I just don't get it.

(After completing A New Path)

  • Sebastian: You need to seek atonement.
  • Merrill: I know I should've died there, not Marethari. Don't you think I feel guilty enough?
  • Sebastian: Guilt isn't a punishment. It's a reminder of the things you haven't set right.
  • Sebastian: The only way to shed its burden is to repent with a sincere heart and to rectify your failings.
  • Merrill: But how?
  • Merrill: The Keeper is dead, my clan lost everything because of me.
  • Merrill: There's not enough I can do in this lifetime to make up for that.
  • Sebastian: It was your pride that led you to the demon. Admitting what you can't do is a good first step.

Merrill and Varric Edit

Act 1

  • Merrill: I've never met a dwarf before.
  • Varric: That's because you spend too much time frolicking in the woods, Daisy. Dwarves don't frolic.
  • Merrill: Dalish don't really frolic, either. Not in the woods anyway.
  • Varric: You have sanctioned frolicking areas?
  • Merrill: No, just not in the woods. The trees get jealous.
  • Varric: But you do frolic?
  • Merrill: Of course we do! We wouldn't be elves, otherwise.
  • Merrill: You remind me of Hahren Paivel, Varric. Only younger. And shorter. And not as serious.
  • Varric: So it's a close resemblance, then.
  • Merrill: Well, he tells stories. And you tell stories. Although none of his begin, "No shit, there I was."
  • Varric: I'll have to give him some better stories, then.

(After you speak to Merrill in her home for the first time)

  • Merrill: Thank you very much for the help earlier, Varric!
  • Varric: You made it back to the Alienage in one piece, then?
  • Merrill: I don't know how I wound up in Darktown. There are just too many corners in Kirkwall.
  • Varric: Still got that ball of twine?
  • Merrill: I left it at my house. Don't worry! I won't get lost while we're following Hawke.
  • Varric: Bring it next time, Daisy. Just in case.
  • Varric: Daisy, for my sake, please quit cutting through the alleys in Lowtown alone at night.
  • Merrill: Nothing ever happens. I'm perfectly safe, Varric.
  • Varric: Yes, I know. And that nothing is costing me a fortune.

Act 2

  • Varric: So, I hear you've been visiting the viscount's garden, Daisy.
  • Merrill: They're enormous! And they're always empty. Why don't more people go to see them?
  • Varric: Probably because they're private and surrounded by guards.
  • Merrill: I thought all those men looked a bit cross.
  • Merrill: Bianca is a very pretty name.
  • Varric: I'll tell her you said so, Daisy.
  • Merrill: She can't actually hear you, can she?
  • Varric: Of course she can. What kind of a question is that?
  • Merrill: Wait, are we talking about your crossbow or something else now?

(If you complete Family Matter)

  • Merrill: I'm sorry about your brother, Varric. Have you any other family?
  • Varric: (Snorts) I have family like a rat has fleas, Daisy.
  • Merrill: Does that mean you have a lot of family, or that they make you itch a lot?
  • Varric: Both.


  • Varric: I'm sure any priest who would pray for Bartrand would burst into flames.
  • Merrill: Oh, I didn't know priesthood was so dangerous.
  • Varric: Don't worry Daisy, the chantry keeps a lot of water on hand.

(If you complete Mirror Image)

  • Varric: Why a mirror?
  • Merrill: I don't understand the question.
  • Varric: If your people were going to make a magical whatever for talking to each other, why choose a mirror?
  • Varric: Do elves spend a lot of time talking to their own reflections?
  • Merrill: I suppose the ancient elves would have felt silly talking to a wardrobe or an urn.

Act 3

  • Merrill: You should have this back.
  • Varric: Twine? When did I loan you a ball of twine?
  • Merrill: You gave it to me when I first moved here when I kept getting lost in Lowtown.
  • Merrill: It drove the merchants in the market completely batty, but it did help me find my way.
  • Varric: Keep it, Daisy.
  • Merrill: I don't think I'll be getting lost again anytime soon.
  • Varric: You never know. You might need to tie a package up, hang a lantern, dress a roast chicken. It's multipurpose.
  • Merrill: Is there a story behind Bianca?
  • Varric: There's a story behind everything, Daisy.
  • Merrill: So tell me!
  • Varric: I can't.
  • Merrill: Why not?
  • Varric: There was a girl, and I made a promise. Bianca is the only story I can never tell.
  • Merrill: You can't say that! Now I want to know even more!
  • Varric: That was the idea, Daisy.

(During A New Path)

  • Varric: Does anybody else get the feeling that this is going to end badly? Just me huh?
  • Merrill: It's not all bad Varric, think of the stories you'll be able to tell later.
  • Varric: No offense Daisy, but I could live without telling anyone that we murdered you on some mountain side, it's little hard to made that one sound good.

(During A New Path)

  • Varric: Who thought putting a demon in a cave on Sundermount was a good idea in the first place?
  • Merrill: Where would you have put him?
  • Varric: Tevinter maybe? Or in the Anderfels? Further away from Kirkwall that's for sure.

  • Merrill: How do you do it, living in the city without picking a side? Doesn't it matter to you?
  • Varric: Of course it does. That's why I don't take sides.
  • Merrill: That doesn't make any sense.
  • Varric: I've got you and Aveline, Fenris and Anders. Hawke. Isabela.
  • Varric: I've got friends in the Circle and drinking buddies in the templars. All of them matter.
  • Merrill: But you're going to fight. If it comes to that, I mean.
  • Varric: I fought my own brother, Daisy. Nobody said this was going to be happy story.

(During The Last Straw)

  • Merrill: Varric, how does the story end?
  • Varric: Which story, Daisy?
  • Merrill: The big one. With us and Hawke, the mages and templars. Everything.
  • Varric: You want to know before it happens? You're not worried about spoiling the surprise?
  • Merrill: I might not see it end.
  • Varric: You have to stick with us if you want to find out how it turns out, Daisy.

Legacy Edit

Merrill's remarks Edit

(If in Act 1)

  • Merrill: Is this the thing? The expedition you've been going on about? I thought that was going to involve Varric's family somehow.


  • Merrill: Is this going to be a new tradition for you, Hawke? Every three years, a little excursion into the Deep Roads?
  • "I've never heard of a dwarf doing blood magic. Do you suppose this Corypheus taught them? But why would they want you in particular?"
  • "I'm sure the Wardens have a good reason for letting terrible, ancient darkspawn out. They do, don't they?"

(Upon seeing Deepstalkers)

  • Merrill: Oh, look at the sweethearts! I want one as a pet!
  • Aveline: You would.
  • Isabela: Doesn't anything cute live down here?

Merrill and Hawke Edit

  • Merrill: How come you never get lost?
  • Hawke: I do. Sometimes.
  • Merrill: I've never seen it! And everybody follows you, and you always seem to know where you're going.
  • Hawke: Just act like you know where you're going, that's usually enough.
  • Merrill: I try that sometimes! But there's no amount of confidence that makes up for walking into the Grand Cleric's airing cupboard.
  • Hawke: What about that time I led us in circles around the Wounded Coast for 3 hours?
  • Merrill: Oh! I thought you were just admiring the view! Eh, it was a lovely day at least.
  • Merrill: I am so sorry about the wardrobe. Was it very badly smashed?

(If Hawke has a diplomatic/helpful personality)

  • Hawke: It's fine, Merrill. How did it break anyway?

(If Hawke has a humorous/charming personality)

  • Hawke: I had to put it out of its misery. What happened?

(If Hawke has an aggressive/direct personality)

  • Hawke: What did you do to it exactly?
  • Merrill: I didn't expect it to fall over the railing like that. I thought it'd be more stable.
  • Hawke: Fell over the railing? What?
  • Merrill: I mean it held up just fine for me! Poor Sandal, it took hours for Bodahn to coax him down from the chandelier.
  • Hawke: On second thought, I don't want to know.
  • Merrill: Why do you suppose the Carta want to live in a big hole in the ground?

(If Hawke has a diplomatic/helpful personality)

  • Hawke: I don't think they want to be here.
  • Merrill: Do you think they fell down here and got stuck? Maybe a good rope ladder would solve this whole Carta problem.

(If Hawke has a humorous/charming personality)

  • Hawke: Oh, it's an up-and-coming neighborhood. In a few years, all the fashionable families will be down here.
  • Merrill: I don't think they'd make good neighbors, what with being crazy. The Carta, I mean, not the - I'll stop talking now.

(If Hawke has an aggressive/direct personality)

  • Hawke: Vermin always flock to dark places.
  • Merrill: Oh! Just like rats. I wonder if a lot of bread crumbs fall down here.
  • Merrill: I have to say, this is a nice break from the templars giving me the hairy eyeball all the time.
  • Hawke: Carver...

(If Hawke is in a romance with Merrill and Carver is a templar)

  • Carver: Don't you worry, it wasn't and won't be me. Have your fun.


  • Carver: Don't look at me. I haven't given her a hairy anything. Not that it's your business.

Merrill and Anders Edit

  • Anders: Were you trying to look at my grimoire the other day?
  • Merrill: Me? What? No! When?
  • Anders: At my clinic. While I was talking to Hawke. I saw you looking in one of my books. You know, those are private.
  • Merrill: I know, that's why I—Oh, fine. I admit it. I was hoping you'd have, um, dirty spells.
  • Anders: Dirty spells?
  • Merrill: You know! To, um, make things more exciting. Oh, I shouldn't have said anything.

(If Isabela is in the party)

  • Isabela: That's my girl.

(If Hawke is in a romance with Merrill)

  • Anders: More exciting? For you and Hawke?
  • Hawke: Stop. Just... stop right there.


  • Anders: I don't think I want to know.
  • Merrill: Do you really hate the Deep Roads?
  • Anders: Anybody with some sense would hate them. They're a darkspawn filled pit that goes on forever.
  • Merrill: The dwarves still live in the Deep Roads, don't they? It can't be all bad.
  • Anders: The dwarves are crazy.
  • Varric: He's got a point there, Daisy.

Merrill and Aveline Edit

  • Merrill: You must be having so much fun Aveline! There are more criminals here than I've seen in my life!
  • Aveline: Not "fun" exactly. But it is like a candy shop full of villains.
  • Aveline: Are you all right, Merrill?
  • Merrill: I'm perfectly fine. Why?
  • Aveline: We're quite deep. I'm told dwarves don't do well when they first come to the surface. I wondered if elves felt similar underground.
  • Merrill: It's a ceiling. We have ceilings.
  • Aveline: Right, right.

(If Hawke has a diplomatic/helpful personality)

  • Hawke: Really, Aveline?
  • Aveline: Never you mind.

(If Hawke has a humorous/charming personality)

  • Hawke: Nice. Now ask if she's afraid of shoes.
  • Aveline: You shut it.

(If Hawke has an aggressive/direct personality)

  • Hawke: Minds on the job, ladies.
  • Aveline: I'll "lady" you.

Merrill and Bethany Edit

(During Act 1)

  • Bethany: Which would you rather have? A baby griffon, or a pet dragon?
  • Merrill: Oh, definitely a griffon. You can't really pet a dragon can you? They're all scaly.
  • Bethany: You've thought about this before.

(If Hawke and Merrill are in a romance in Act 2)

  • Bethany: You're a cute couple. Do you have pet names?

(If Hawke has a diplomatic personality)

  • Hawke: That's a little awkward.
  • Bethany: Only if it's true, and I think I have my answer.
  • Merrill: I missed something again, didn't I?

(If Hawke has a humorous/charming personality)

  • Hawke: What, like Little Griffin and Baby Dragon?
  • Merrill: Oh, definitely a Griffin! You can't really pet a dragon, can you? They're all scaly.
  • Bethany: I'm kind of sorry for asking.

(If Hawke has an aggressive personality)

  • Hawke: No.
  • Bethany: You do!
  • Hawke: Not your business.
  • Merrill: I missed something again, didn't I?

Merrill and Carver Edit

(During 1)

  • Carver: So... what are you doing later?
  • Merrill: Probably casting spells at whatever's trying to gnaw through your brother's shins. Strange how many creatures go for the shins.
  • Carver: Shocking, that. No, I meant after we return to Kirkwall.
  • Merrill: You know, a lot of the creatures down here aren't very nice. Don't they teach manners underground?
  • Hawke: Merrill...
  • Merrill: I missed something again, didn't I?
  • Carver: So, Merrill. Do you have any plans I could interrupt?

(If Carver is a templar)

  • Merrill: Oh, probably trying to stop creepy things from eating your sister. That happens a lot, come to think of it.

(If Carver is a Grey Warden)

  • Merrill: Probably casting spells at whatever's trying to gnaw through your brother's shins. Strange how many creatures go for the shins.
  • Carver: I was thinking more along the lines of the Hanged Man? Although I suppose the same warning could apply there. What I mean is, or meant to say is... wow, how do you still muddle me?

(If Isabela is in the party)

  • Isabela: Interesting.
  • Merrill: I missed something again didn't I?

(If Hawke is in a romance with Merrill)

  • Carver: So, you and Merrill, huh?

(If Hawke has an aggressive/direct personality or has a rivalry with Carver)

  • Hawke: Merrill and I. Yes.
  • Carver: Wonderful. Happy for you.
  • Merrill: I missed something again didn't I?

Merrill and Fenris Edit

  • Merrill: Cheer up, Fenris! This isn't so bad!
  • Fenris: We're in a black pit full of evil. How can you imagine this "isn't so bad?"
  • Merrill: It's not going to rain. And there's almost no chance of being attacked by bears!
  • Fenris: And we put our lives in your hands. Astonishing.
  • Merrill: Oh, I know. It surprises me, too.
  • Fenris: Still not an abomination, I see.
  • Merrill: Well, let's take a look. Not insane. Not deformed. Not attacking everyone.
  • Merrill: No, I think I'm still good!
  • Fenris: Such a relief.

Merrill and Isabela Edit

  • Merrill: Ugh. I think I stepped in something again.
  • Isabela: I keep telling you Kitten, get a pair of proper boots. Like mine!
  • Merrill: I can't. I just can't. Your boots go on forever. I'd get so lost in them. I've dropped marbles in. They take an eternity to reach the bottom.
  • Isabela: That's the reason I've been finding marbles in my boots?
  • Merrill: Um. No. I'm just rambling. Look, a rock!
  • Merrill: (Giggles) You're not going to say anything?
  • Isabela: No! And don't you say anything either! I want to see how long it takes her/him to notice...
  • Hawke: I'm right here, you know. What are you going on about?
  • Merrill: You have a bit of... something... on your nose there.
  • Hawke: What? How long has it been there?
  • Isabela: Oh, now you've gone and ruined it.
  • Merrill: What a dreadful place. If I were a darkspawn, I'd plant flowers. Brighten it up.
  • Isabela: Kitten, any flowers would turn into a man-eating petal monsters within the hour.
  • Merrill: Maybe just a nice still-life, then.

Merrill and Sebastian Edit

  • Sebastian: What do the Dalish teach about the creation of the darkspawn? I mean the Chant of Light says it was the hubris of magisters trying to compete with the Maker. But you don't believe in the Chant of Light...or the Maker. What do you believe?
  • Merrill: Well, we don't get into many details but we're pretty sure it's the humans' fault.
  • Merrill: It's a good thing you're here, Sebastian.
  • Sebastian: Oh? Why do you say that?
  • Merrill: You're so shiny! Much better than a torch.
  • Sebastian: I did swear an oath to carry the Light of the Maker wherever I go. Grand Cleric Elthina will be so proud.

Merrill and Varric Edit

  • Merrill: Do your stories ever have griffons in them?
  • Varric: Kind of tricky because they're extinct. You can work a griffon attack into a town but it takes skill.
  • Merrill: I was thinking more like... heroic griffons. The sort that swoop in and save the day.
  • Varric: Daisy, haven't you heard? Swooping is bad.
  • Merrill: Oh.
  • Varric: I could do heroic charging, though. You want me to call him "Feathers"?
  • Merrill: Yes! And make him extra fluffy!
  • Merrill: Am I in your stories Varric?
  • Varric: Daisy, everyone is fair game for my stories.
  • Merrill: I never hear any stories with me in them! What sorts of things do I do?
  • Varric: Well, you get lost a lot. You wind up in the middle of a dog racing track in Darktown. Or in the viscount's bathing room.
  • Merrill: So they're true stories?
  • Varric: Daisy, I could never make that stuff up. Nobody would believe it.

Mark of the Assassin Edit

Merrill's remarks Edit

  • (After meeting Tallis) "She seems very nice."
  • (When clicked, if romanced) "Yes, ma vhenan? Oh! Did I miss something important?"
  • (When clicked on a friendship path) "This is so much fun! I'm glad you asked me!"
  • (When clicked on a rivalry path) "Are you sure it was a good idea bringing me along? I'll probably mess everything up."
  • (When reaching Hawke and Tallis in the prison cells and in a romance) "Ma vhenan! Thank the Creators! How did you escape? Was it exciting? Did you shank someone?"

Merrill and Hawke Edit

(If Hawke romances Merrill)

  • Merrill: Ma vhenan, I was thinking... maybe your house needs a garden.
  • Hawke: I suppose it wouldn't hurt.


  • Merrill: Hawke... have you ever thought about planting a garden?
  • Hawke:
    • (During Act 1): At Gamlen's house? You don't think that would be cruel to the plants?
    • (Otherwise): I hadn't really. Why?
  • Merrill: Things seem so grim all the time. You could use a few flowers.
  • Merrill: It's so exciting to be out of Kirkwall! It seems we haven't left there in ages!
  • Hawke:
    • (If Hawke has a diplomatic/helpful personality) We go to lots of places.
    • (If Hawke has a humorous/charming personality) We do seem to spend a ridiculous amount of time in the city.
    • (If Hawke has an aggressive/direct personality) I suppose.
  • Merrill: I needed this break. I was starting to think every part of Kirkwall looked alike.

(In the dungeons)

  • Merrill: Oh, caves! I like caves!
  • Hawke: No, you don't, Merrill.
  • Merrill: Oh, right! Giant creepy spiders and things live in caves! What is it I'm thinking of, then? Ruins?

Merrill and Aveline Edit

  • Merrill: Is it a lot of fun being a guard?
  • Aveline: I don't think the city guard is right for you, Merrill.
  • Merrill: I've read all about it in Varric's guard serial! I could be your partner! We could fight crime together!
  • Aveline: Guards don't have partners. Not like he says, anyway.
  • Merrill: That's why you need me! Oh! We could get matching outfits!
  • Aveline: All guards have matching outfits.
  • Merrill: But ours would be the matching-est!

(While looking for Hawke and Tallis)

  • Merrill: Aveline? Remember how you told me to tell you if I noticed anything peculiar?
  • Merrill: Well, we've passed the same cracked floor tile nine times now.
  • Aveline: We've been walking in circles and you only tell me now?
  • Merrill: I wasn't sure. Maybe there are a lot of tiles broken in exactly the same way!

Merrill and Anders Edit

  • Merrill: This is very exciting, isn't it?
  • Anders: What, crashing a fancy Orlesian party?
  • Merrill: Usually, we'd just go on in hitting people! We've never done anything like this before!
  • Anders: ... You might be on to something there.
  • Anders: Do the Dalish ever have fancy parties?
  • Anders: I always imagined they celebrated most big occasions by eating mushrooms and acorns. And maybe dancing naked around a campfire.
  • Merrill: You know, I was wondering when the naked dancing was going to start. And the human sacrifice.
  • Merrill: I mean, you just can't throw a decent party without kidnapping a human child and offering her entrails to the sky gods.
  • Anders: Really?
  • Merrill: No.

(While trying to find Hawke and Tallis)

  • Anders: What is wrong with Orlesians? Why build a prison with this many identical cells?
  • Merrill: Maybe we should ask for directions.
  • Anders: Of course, we'll say, "We're staging a daring prison break. Could you tell us where our friend is and then tie yourself up? Thanks!"
  • Merrill: It's not possible to tie yourself up, is it? You'd never get the knots right.

Merrill and Bethany Edit

  • Bethany: Lost your spool of twine?
  • Merrill: Yes, I was going to drop breadcrumbs, but we don't have any bread.
  • Bethany: We'll find them. If they're still here to be found.
  • Merrill: Don't worry! If we keep going, eventually we'll get somewhere! Probably an airing cupboard. I seem to wind up in those a lot.

Merrill and Carver Edit

(While trying to find Hawke and Tallis. If Hawke is in a romance with Merrill)

  • Carver: A shame we didn't have time like this back in Kirkwall. Back then.
  • Merrill: If we have to be lost somewhere, at least it's a nice hallway! Very well built, not at all likely to collapse.
  • Carver: Right, well, let's get to it. My brother/sister will be missing you.
  • Merrill: I'm glad you think so.

(While trying to find Hawke and Tallis. If Hawke is not in a romance with Merrill)

  • Carver: Okay, we're lost together. Both of us, not that we're "together" together.
  • Merrill: If we have to be lost somewhere, at least it's a nice hallway! Very well built, not at all likely to collapse.
  • Carver: Right, well, back to rescuing... wait. You're doing that on purpose!
  • Merrill: (Giggles)

(If Hawke is romancing Merrill)

  • Merrill: Do you think wyverns are hard to take care of?
  • Carver: I'm sure my brother/sister could manage it, if you got him/her one.
  • Hawke: I could not!
  • Merrill: Well of course you could.
  • Merrill: Where would you take it for walks? What if it got hungry and ate the neighbors?
  • Carver: (Chuckles) Enjoy your new pet.
  • Hawke: She'll find one, too. Thanks for that.

(If Hawke is not romancing Merrill)

  • Merrill: Do you think wyverns are hard to take care of?
  • Carver: You could tame it. Tame its wild heart.
  • Hawke: (Snickers) I'm sorry. I really am.
  • Carver: Quiet, you!
  • Merrill: Where would you take it for walks? What if it got hungry and ate the neighbors?
  • Carver: And there goes the moment.
  • Tallis: That was adorable.

Merrill and Fenris Edit

  • Fenris: I hear there is going to be an Arlathvhen soon in Halamshiral. A large one.
  • Merrill: A gathering of the clans? How do I not know about that?
  • Fenris: Possibly because some elves are still willing to talk to me.
  • Merrill: You've been waiting to say that, haven't you?
  • Fenris: Maybe a little.
  • Merrill: You know, Fenris, you should get a pet!
  • Fenris: I'm afraid to ask what brought this on.
  • Merrill: On the way here, I saw a noblewomen in a gown made completely out of fur! I thought she was a bear at first!
  • Fenris: So I should keep an Orlesian noblewoman as a pet?
  • Merrill: Orlesians would make terrible pets! They'd complain all the time! No, I was thinking of a griffon.
  • Fenris: Somehow, I should have expected that.

(While trying to find Hawke and Tallis)

  • Fenris: I don't want to hear another word out of you.
  • Merrill: But I was just -
  • Fenris: Not. One. Word.
  • Merrill: Is it alright if I hum? Or maybe whistle?

Merrill and Isabela Edit

  • Merrill: If you weren't a pirate, what do you think you would've been?
  • Isabela: I haven't given it much thought. Maybe a poet? (Laughs)
  • Merrill: You would've made a great griffon-wrangler.
  • Isabela: I'm sorry... what?
  • Merrill: You're so quick and clever. You'd be perfect. And you'd get a baby griffon for me, wouldn't you?
  • Isabela: Kitten, if griffons existed, and if I was a... griffon-wrangler and not a pirate, yes. I would find you a baby griffon.
  • Merrill: Thanks. I've always wanted a baby griffon called Feathers.
  • Merrill: Do you think I should change my hair, Isabela?
  • Isabela: Change it how, Kitten?
  • Merrill: I don't know. I've always had it like this. Tallis has pretty hair.
  • Isabela: I think yours is darling the way it is.
  • Merrill: But would it be better if it were red?
  • Isabela: Then you'd look like a lollypop. Stick with your natural color.
  • Merrill: I suppoose that's best. I wouldn't want strangers to try to lick my hair.

(While trying to find Hawke and Tallis)

  • Merrill: Isabela? Um... I think we've been here before. We've passed that same cracked tile six times now.
  • Isabela: Andraste's granny-panties! I knew things were going too smoothly!
  • Merrill: Does Andraste really wear granny-panties? How do you know all these things?
  • Isabela: (Sighs) Come on, Kitten. Let's see if we can find the entrance and start again.

Merrill and Sebastian Edit

  • Sebastian: You know, people generally wear shoes to this sort of affair.
  • Merrill: Really? What a strange custom.
  • Merrill: Among the Dalish, it is a mortal insult to cover your toenails in the presence of a superior.
  • Sebastian: You're kidding.
  • Merrill: (Hums)
  • Sebastian: She's kidding, right?
  • Merrill: I'm so nervous! What if I do something wrong and embarrass us? I always do something wrong.
  • Sebastian: You'll be fine, Merrill.
  • Merrill: But I don't know anything about human manners! What if I use the wrong fork? And then accidentally stab someone with it.
  • Merrill: That sounds like the sort of thing that would happen to me.
  • Sebastian: Just act annoyed that they bled on your dress. Nobody will even notice.

(While looking for Hawke and Tallis)

  • Merrill: I... think we've been through here before.
  • Sebastian: Now that you mention it, we have seen that chipped cornice a few times, haven't we?
  • Merrill: All right, don't panic! Every other time I've gotten very lost, Hawke has found me.
  • Sebastian: Uh, Merrill? I don't think she can rescue us before we rescue her.

Merrill and Varric Edit

  • Merrill: I know you're in the Merchants Guild, Varric, but I've never seen your shop.
  • Varric: We're not that kind of merchant, Daisy.
  • Merrill: What kind are you, then?
  • Varric: House Tethas invests in... you're not going to understand a word of this financial stuff, are you?
  • Merrill: Not a word, no. But I promise to pay close attention anyway!
  • Varric: Right. In that case, we have lots of shops. But they're invisible. Only dwarves and accountants can see them.
  • Merrill: Tell me a story, Varric.
  • Varric: Right now? I don't think we have time, Daisy.
  • Merrill: Maybe a very short story, then? Please?
  • Varric: Fine. "When the cards turned, he lost."
  • Merrill: Oh. Did it have to be so sad?

Merrill and Tallis Edit

  • Merrill: How did you learn to do that thing with the knives, Tallis?
  • Tallis: Throwing them?
  • Merrill: Yes. Isabela does that sometimes, too. How do you keep it from hitting someone hilt-first and just bonking them on the nose?
  • Tallis: Oh, that happens all the time, actually. You just act like you meant to do that. Which is really hard sometimes and ruins the moment.

(After Tallis' identity is revealed)

  • Merrill: Do the Qunari treat elves well, then?
  • Tallis: They treat elves like anyone else.
  • Merrill: But they do such terrible things. I thought...
  • Tallis: Elves are not exempt. We all pay a price for freedom. Ask yourself if the price an elf pays here is better or worse.
  • Merrill: I don't want to think about it.
  • Tallis: Eventually all of us will have to.

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