Victory is a far-flung shore. Mark the skies, abide the tide, trust your crew - and she will be yours.
Admiral Merlwyb Bloefhiswyn is a non-player character in Final Fantasy XIV. She is a Roegadyn pirate who became leader of one of the three Grand Companies, Limsa Lominsa's Maelstrom. Ironically, she proceeded to impose strict regulations on piracy within Limsa Lominsa.
- 1 Profile
- 2 Story
- 3 Gameplay
- 4 Other appearances
- 5 Behind the scenes
- 6 Gallery
- 7 Etymology
Profile[edit | edit source]
Appearance[edit | edit source]
Merlwyb has pale bluish skin and short white hair swept backward. She wears a long, low-cut black coat and boots, and white cuffs and gloves. On each shoulder are red decorations resembling Limsa Lominsa's flag.
Personality[edit | edit source]
Impossible is a word coined by the weak
Merlwyb is a female Roegadyn of the Sea Wolf branch. She bears her race's physique and proud demeanor, honest and steadfast in her own way, while also stubborn and uncompromising, said to have a will of steel.
Unlike most of her fellow pirates in Limsa Lominsa, Merlwyb strongly believes that her nation can no longer sustain itself through piracy and in the wake of the Garlean Empire's efforts to conquer Eorzea, they can't afford to antagonize Limsa's allies because of her nation's piracy. As such, when she became Lord Admiral, she outlawed piracy in Eorzea, which quickly made her unpopular, though she allowed Garlean ships to be preyed upon. However, her foresight in preparing her nation to handle various primal threats, her people warmed up to her views and plans. Merlwyb firmly believes that once the Empire is no more and peace in the world is restored, trade would be allowed to flourish in all the lands the empire once ruled over, thereby creating a new future for her people and nation.
Story[edit | edit source]
An adventurer starting in Limsa Lominsa meets Merlwyb when she arrives to personally commend them for thwarting a massive Sahagin and Serpent Reaver raid in Lower La Noscea. She invites the adventurer to a banquet in their honor and asks them to become her personal envoy to the other city-states, granting an airship pass. An adventurer that start in Gridania or Ul'dah meets Merlwyb when delivering a letter from their respective city-state's leader. She later attends the memorial service for the five-year anniversary of the Battle of Carteneau.
When the Kobolds summon Titan, Merlwyb meets the adventurer and Y'shtola at Maelstrom Command. She admits the crisis was her fault for violating Limsa Lominsa's treaty with the kobolds in the wake of the Calamity. She later gathers with the other leaders when they receive Gaius van Baelsar's ultimatum to surrender. They discuss whether to capitulate or resist in the face of Gaius's ultimate weapon, until Minfilia convinces them to band against the Garlean threat. In the aftermath of the Praetorium's fall, Merlwyb and the other leaders celebrate in Lake Silvertear while renewing the Eorzean Alliance.
The Scions of the Seventh Dawn approach Merlwyb when the Sahagin have come dangerously close to summoning their primal, Leviathan. Merlwyb mobilizes the Maelstrom for preemptive strike at the Sapsa Spawning Grounds. They discover a Sahagin Priest praying before an Aetheryte crystal, attempting to summon Leviathan and claiming that he will soon achieve immortality. Merlwyb shoots him only for the priest's soul to transfer into another Sahagin, altering them into his appearance. Though she kills the remaining Sahagin, Merlwyb and her group are forced to fall back as Leviathan emerges and consumes the priest's soul. Merlwyb, following a tactic once employed by the pirate Mistbeard, has her men jury-rig a barge loaded with corrupted crystals to neutralize Leviathan's defenses so the adventurer can defeat it. During a private conversation with Y'shtola soon after, Merlwyb admits that the beast-tribes summoned their primals out of desperation for survival due to the Limsa Lominsans encroaching their territory. Merlwyb adds that her people in turn claim territory and resources for survival. She grimly notes that in the end, with such mutually exclusive conditions, only the strongest will prevail.
Following the Garlean forces falling back and the death of emperor Varis zos Galvus, the Eorzean Alliance refocuses its effort in bettering relations with the Beastmen and to end the primal threat. Merlwyb initiated the process, inspired by the Scions' exploits to establish true peace with the Kobolds and the Sahagin. She has a few setbacks in the Bloody Executioners refusing to embrace peace since it would hinder them, though she resolves the issue and proceeds to meet with the Kobold patriarch, Za Da. After Alisaie Leveilleur cures Za Ba of her tempering, Merlwyb apologizes for Limsa Lominsa violating of the treaty, while offering to renew it along with an added condition to represent the Kobolds in the affairs of trading with other nations. Za Da accepts after seeing Merlwyb's resolve when she offers her life in exchange for the new arrangement.
Gameplay[edit | edit source]
Minion[edit | edit source]
|Merlwyb Bloefhiswyn Card|
|Obtain||Won from R'ashaht Rhiki, Limsa Lominsa Upper Decks (13,12).|
Other appearances[edit | edit source]
Merlwyb appears in Final Fantasy Trading Card Game as Water-elemental Backup cards.
Merlwyb appears on Triple Triad cards in the version available via Final Fantasy Portal App.
Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]
Merlwyb was developed for the Seventh Umbral Era storyline, being the first female Roegadyn to be introduced into the game. The fan community often mistook Merlwyb for an Elezen for her height, build, and proud demeanor. Female Roegadyns had not been widely known to exist until they were announced as a playable Roegadyn gender in Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn.
In 1.0, a quest sparked a rumor that Merlwyb and the pirate Rycharde Mistbeard were lovers. Merlwyb's father, Bloefhis, led the League of Lost Bastards in a war against Mistbeard (a battle that gave Bloodshore its name), which may be the reason she declined leadership of the Lost Bastards. Quests added in patches 2.2 & 2.3 strongly imply that her second-in-command, Eynzahr Slafyrsyn, is none other than Mistbeard himself. This was confirmed with the release of Patch 3.3.
Merlwyb's two muskets, Death Penalty and Annihilator, were rumored to have previously been owned by the pirate king, Mistbeard. They are maintained using a rare lubricant from an aggressive plant called Night Shade, which is also used by Limsa Lominsa's cannons. Annihilator and Death Penalty are named for the Relic and Mythic guns from Final Fantasy XI. A replica of Merlwyb's Death Penalty, called Death Sentence, appears in a sidequest.
According to Tales from the Calamity, Merlwyb had a destrier named Vicky that perished during the retreat from Carteneau. She named the new flagship being built at Moraby Drydocks Victory after her fallen chocobo.
Voice[edit | edit source]
Merlwyb is voiced by Atsuko Tanaka in the Japanese version.
Gallery[edit | edit source]
Etymology[edit | edit source]
In the Roegadyn language, her name translates to "Sea Woman, daughter of Blue Fish". Her last name comes from her father, the pirate Bloefhis (Blue Fish), who led the League of Lost Bastards.