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Merlin

Merlin

Alias

Boar's Sin of Gluttony
Crimson Boar
Lady Merlin
Britannia's Greatest Sorcerer
Daughter of Belialuin

Biological Description

Age

3,000+ (chronologically)
30 (appearance)

status

Occupation

Member of the Seven Deadly Sins
Mage
Holy Knight (former)

Symbol of Beast

Boar

Media

Merlin「マ ー リ ン」 is the Boar's Sin of Gluttony of the Seven Deadly Sins. She is regarded as the greatest mage in Britannia. Her Sacred Treasure is the Morning StarAldan, a floating orb she can summon at will and often uses in conjunction with her spells and her inherent power Infinity. The name "Merlin" is actually an alias as her true name is unpronounceable to humans.[1]

Appearance

Ten years ago, Merlin wore a full set of armor with a unique helm that resembled a beetle, like the rest of her fellow Seven Deadly Sins. This armor set had a long dress, and she wore high-heeled boots. Merlin's wanted poster depicts her as a young woman with long dark-colored hair. Her Seven Deadly Sins tattoo is located on the left side of her neck and is colored red, hence her nickname as the "Crimson Pig".

Ten years afterwards, Merlin was first seen wearing a long violet cloak that covered her whole body and her face, making her sex ambiguous. When the cloak was ripped apart, Merlin was shown to look very similar to her appearance on her wanted poster. She is seen as a slim, attractive, tall woman with three beauty marks below her right eye (though after her reappearance after Hendrickson's defeat, she appears to only have a single, lower-placed, larger beauty mark). Her outfit consists of a highly revealing and open fur collared long coat, with heart shaped buttons, short shorts that resemble panties with a heart on it, and thigh high boots. Merlin's hair is at shoulder length and black.

After having her magic seal spell reflected back by Chandler's full counter, it is revealed that her true form is that of a child. In this form, she is described as an adorable child by Chandler with long black hair reaching her mid-back.

At the end of the Demon King arc, Merlin was left with burns around her chin and mouth. She herself decides to keep the burns as a symbol of Escanor's existence after he died.

Personality

Prior to the Seven Deadly Sins' supposed betrayal, Merlin demonstrates a playful nature telling her teammates that their meeting with the Great Holy Knight might turn out to be a scolding from their superior for destroying the Great Druid Altar. Merlin is also apologetic in asking for her captain's forgiveness for knocking him out. She enjoys mocking and challenging others, teasing her apprentice Vivian for losing herself in rage again. Merlin tends to use anyone as a magical guinea pig to test out new techniques she learned so long as the results are good (as Meliodas had noted).

Merlin is a very calm and passive woman almost never losing her cool regardless of the situation. Even as she and everyone were being overwhelmed by Galand, Merlin remained calm and was able to think of a strategy to counter him. The only time she loses her calmness is when the situation is beyond her ability to cope such as Meliodas reverting to his previous self or when Arthur was impaled by his own sword.

Merlin is described as a very mysterious woman as many who know her have a difficult time telling what she is after. She expressed excitement when the Ten Commandments were free, primarily knowing she could gain a large amount of information from their appearance and taking an interest in Escanor's powers due to the many mysteries surrounding him. According to Meliodas, Merlin tends to take an interest in anything that is considered "rare" such as Escanor's powers and various Demons she can use for her experiments. Even Demons have a hard time understanding what she's after.

Despite her mysterious nature, according to Escanor, Merlin is a very kind and cheerful woman. She is normally kind and polite to everyone around her, even those she does not know. Merlin is also the only person who treats Escanor as a person rather than a monster as everyone else does prior to him joining the Sins. She also has a motherly side, treating Arthur as a mother would a son and was deeply saddened over his death.

Despite her usually kind and calm behavior, Merlin knows when to be serious. As when regarding the revival of the Commandments, she scolded Hawk for taking the situation lightly. She also took command after Arthur was killed refusing to let anyone else she cares for to die.

Merlin loves knowledge above all else. Because of her desire to learn everything, she suspended her own age to have all the time in the world to study and learn everything. For that reason she regularly takes excitement whenever she has the potential to learn anything she does not know about. She was interested in Escanor primarily due to his unique powers as well as how it fluctuates during the day and studies a captured Grayroad to learn more about how his commandment works. Because of her desire for knowledge, Merlin is a very shrewd and intelligent woman being able to calmly assess the situation at hand no matter how dire it is as well as explaining the mechanics over any form of creature or magic by heart. However, Merlin is not above acknowledging when she does not know something or when a situation is beyond her capability to understand.

Despite Merlin being usually calm and serious, she is capable of being shocked or embarrassed. As when Elizabeth regained her memories she asked Merlin if she could call her "Big Sis-Sis" like she used to which left Merlin deeply embarrassed. She even was embarrassed when the others Sins (mainly Escanor) asked if Elizabeth could talk about it more.

She appears to have very little modesty, as Merlin has no problems wearing very little in public or even allowing Escanor to give her a massage while she was taking a bath.

History

3,000 years ago

Merlin was born in Belialuin, the capital of the wizards, which remained neutral in the conflict between the Goddess Clan and the Demon Clan. She was taken on the path of wizardy by her father and the magician Gowther. Merlin was born with the strongest and most unique magic, besides being a prodigy with a talent and wit such that she surpassed the wisemen of the capital. Together with other children with aptitude for magic, Merlin was experimented on by the people of Belialiun as a test subject under the pretext of researching the ultimate magic, but in reality they sought to turn the children into weapons against the higher ranking goddesses and demons.

Deep down, Merlin was a child hungry for the love of a parent. However, her father, the chief sage of Belialuin, never gave anything to her other than study material and tests to carry out. One day, sick of that life that she felt like prison, Merlin fled Belialuin. The people of the capital went after her, but Merlin managed to evade them until they eventually reached her. However, Merlin was saved by a member of the Demon Clan, Meliodas. When Meliodas put his hand out gently, Merlin's heart was filled with a love she had never received from anyone else. Over time, that feeling deepened until it became something special. However, no matter how much time he spent, Meliodas never showed romantic feelings for Merlin. Merlin then decided to abandon her form as a little girl and recreated herself in the image of an adult woman and stopped the time that coursed through her, hoping to win Meliodas's heart forever. Unfortunately, this hope was never realized because Meliodas fell in love with a goddess named Elizabeth. At first, Merlin was filled with anger, sadness and jealousy. Nevertheless, Merlin could never hate either of them. She even became very close to Elizabeth and considered her like a sister.

Merlin decided to return to Belialuin by her own foot and tried to fill the void that had remained in her heart, applying to the magical training, reading all the writings she could and greedily devouring all the knowledge of the world. However, none of this filled her and she spent her days tormented, until one day she listened to the wisemen gossiping and learned about a being called Chaos, the will of power born in the distant stars and believed to have created the world, as well as the Demon King, the Supreme Deity and the Sacred Tree, along with the Giant Clan and finally the humans; until it was sealed away by the two gods it had created out of fear of their creator's power and desire to rule over the world. After discovering this, Merlin dedicated her life to resuscitating Chaos in the hope that this being who give rise to an unlimited unknown could finally satiate her starving heart.

When the news about a miraculous child born with infinite magic soon spread in the realms of the goddesses and the demons, both parties tried to put the girl on their side to tip the balance of the war in their favor. The people of Belialuin opposed this, claiming that both the girl and her power were their property. However, against the wishes of her people, Merlin decided to negotiate with the gods of both clans, the Supreme Deity and the Demon King, and said she would follow the one who gave her the best blessing. The Demon King gave her all the knowledge of the dark secret arts of Demon Realm and made her immune to the brainwashing and possession abilities of the goddesses. The Supreme Deity gave her protection against dark curses and commandments. Merlin somehow managed to deceive both gods to renege on them by accepting both blessings. Furious, the two gods unleashed their anger against Belialuin, cursing it with fog and death for a thousand days and destroying it with fire and lightning. Merlin was able to escape unharmed, becoming the only survivor of Belialuin.

Near the end of the Holy War, Merlin asked the giant craftsman Dubs to create the Coffin of Eternal Darkness in order to seal away the Demon King and the Supreme Deity, as part of her plan to break the seal on Chaos, but later realized the flaw in her plan as one of the two had to be annihilated to disrupt the balance of light and darkness they upheld.

27 years ago

When Meliodas was serving as a Holy Knight in Danafor, he had an encounter with Merlin hoping that she could give him a way to break the curse that had been put on Elizabeth. Merlin suggests that if he recreates the Coffin of Eternal Darkness and releases the Ten Commandments, he could use the power that Zeldris borrowed from the Demon King to break the curse. Meliodas refuses to do so because of the danger he would represent and knowing that Zeldris would never help him, so Merlin agrees to look for another way.

Merlin would reunite with Meliodas when he was already serving the kingdom of Liones, as the founding members of the Seven Deadly Sins, and it was she who guided by the vision of King Bartra, identified the other five members, while Meliodas himself recruited them. While Meliodas recruited most of the Sins personally, it has been implied that Merlin helped somewhat with the recruitment of Gowther as Meliodas was friends with the original Gowther 3,000 years ago and both were aware of his past. At some point, Merlin gave Gowther an enchanted armor to keep him in check.

26 years ago

When Merlin and Meliodas met Escanor, they invited him to join the Seven Deadly Sins. However, the two were forced to restrain him by order of the King to stop the havoc that Escanor was causing in the villages, leading him to become a member of the Sins after Meliodas got the kingdom to exonerate him. The sorceress took interest in the man, and he fell in love with her at first sight. She was never afraid of his monstrous strength. Merlin witnessed the fight that Escanor and Meliodas had to decide whether Escanor would join them or not. After Escanor falls unconscious, Merlin fulfilled his request to reunite him with Rosa, sending him briefly to the Capital of the Dead.

It is known that Merlin participated in missions that the Seven Deadly Sins were assigned to. At some point in time, Merlin and her fellow Sins met with King Liones (who was accompanied by a young Elizabeth) according to Gowther.

23 years ago

Merlin and her fellow Deadly Sins were summoned by the Great Holy Knight Zaratras to discuss the recent loss of the Kingdom of Edinburgh to a clan of Vampires. Merlin did not fight much during the mission, simply teleporting the group to the location and keeping an eye on Escanor to ensure he did not lose control of his powers. After picking up Orlondi's eye ball, because Ban was tired from doing a hundred thousand push-ups, Merlin and Gowther were left to knock Escanor out and take him home after he killed the Vampire King Izraf. They then witnessed Meliodas' hidden power when he created a hole 30,000 feet deep. Later, she entered Escanor's room asking him to read a poem he wrote for her.

21 years ago

Merlin once took in Vivian as her apprentice in the arts of magic but had to constantly remind her to end the habit of losing herself in rage.

After defeating a troll queen and accidentally destroying the Great Druid Altar, Merlin was summoned along with the rest of the Seven Deadly Sins to a castle to meet the Great Holy Knight Zaratras. After they found him dead, all the Sins were ambushed by the LionesHoly Knights.[2] After Meliodas ordered the group to disperse, a little girl helped the Deadly Sins to escape. In the chaos, the girl was heavily injured, and Meliodas lost control of his anger. Merlin apologized to him and knocked him unconscious, stealing his strength and taking it to Istar to seal it away until the time came.

At some point, Merlin joined the Kingdom of Camelot and became a mentor to the new king, Arthur Pendragon, who she realized was the perfect canidate to become the human host for Chaos and was the key to her ultimate plans. Over the years, she would help him grow until he eventually pulled the sword, Excalibur, from the stone and then traveled with him back to Liones to free Bartra Liones from the Holy Knights.

Abilities and Equipment

As a member of the Seven Deadly Sins, Merlin is very powerful. She is said to be the greatest magician in all of Britannia, and upon her introduction, she was capable of easily defeating some of the greatest Holy Knights in Liones and overpowers her former student Vivian, the most prominent mage of Liones. After freeing herself from Galand's petrification, she defeated Grayroad, one of the Ten Commandments.[3] During the battle of Camelot, she singlehandedly defeats the two highest-ranked demons, Chandler and Cusack,[4] who praise her as the "genius child" who deceived the Demon King and Supreme Deity.[5] Ludociel, leader of the Four Archangels, states that he never wants to make an enemy of Merlin.[6]

Merlin was born with a prodigious talent and wit that even during her childhood, she was able to overcome the wisemen of Belialuin.[7] The simple mention of her birthplace and her true name is enough to frighten two members of the Ten Commandments and sends one of them fleeing for their life. Later Zeldris praises her for being able to escape from his attack[8] and noted it was no surprise that Grayroad would lose to her. Meliodas later claimed that she only fell victim to the attack due to being "caught off guard" in a trance state.

Through her vast knowledge of magic and spells, Merlin has demonstrated the ability to levitate and is able to cast illusions, having produced a large powerful mirage army that tricked even the Great Holy Knights. Though Merlin is unable to use true healing magic like the Druids from the eastern forest, she is able to cure illnesses using her magic item Cure Angel. In the aftermath of the battle with the Ten Commandments at Liones, Merlin restored the battle-ravaged kingdom to its former state within a single night.

In battle, Merlin often opts to teleport her opponents into a multitude of harsh environments as she attempted against Vivian and Galand. She is also capable of creating magical portals into different spaces, as she did during the Seven Deadly Sins' invasion of Edinburgh. She can switch into multiple offensive spells which she channels through the sacred treasure Aldan. When battling against Grayroad, and Melascula's resurrected skeletons, she employed spells such as Exterminate Ray and potent magical blasts to incinerate her opponents. She also has access to an array of elemental spells such as Endless whirl other Icicle Castle to overwhelm opponents, the former having enough power to destroy the castle of Liones.

In conjunction with her magic Infinity, Merlin utilizes an array of spells to serve supplementary purposes such as inhibiting the growth of Grayroad's demon eggs by freezing them for eternity and freezing her own time to create a form of immortality. She is also capable of using Infinity to vastly increase the potency of her attack magic, allowing her to overpower Chandler's enormous Exterminate Ray in his true form.

After receiving the blessings of both the Demon King and the Supreme Deity, Merlin gained immunity to the brainwashing and possession abilities of the Goddess Clan, as well as a strengthening of her spirit, rendering attacks such as Cusack's Resonant useless and resistance against magic attacks and dark curses, including the Commandments, as she was capable of freeing herself from the "Truth" commandment and remained unaffected by Grayroad's "Pacifism." Through the blessing of the Demon King and studies under the Ten Commandments' Gowther, Merlin has also gained knowledge of the secret techniques originating from the Demon Realm such as Perfect Cube other Absolute order.

Merlin's greatest asset in battle lies in her knowledge and intelligence, using strategies to render her opponents helpless without engaging them directly, illustrated through her regular strategy of knocking Escanor unconscious through a combination of Power Amplify and Gowther's Blackout arrow; her use of Perfect Cube to quarantine Meliodas, and her attempt to use Magic Seal against Chandler. The greatest example of this lies in her battle against Chandler and Cusack, where she utilized a thorough strategy to simultaneously weaken the masters and prevent any counterattack through an innovative combination of elemental magic augmented by invisibility, homing and resistance weakening spells facilitated indefinitely through Infinity. This approach was fearsome enough to defeat both high ranking demons in their true forms.

Abilities