Name: Mercedes Marten (メルセデス・マーティン),
Role: Daughter in the House of Marten, Captain of the Enlistment Corps.
Likes: Knights and Knighthood. To be recognized as a knight by her father.
Dislikes: Traitors. Those who question her ability to lead.
Body Type: Average height with average bust, waist and hip.
Personality: Friendly but firm, straight-laced, principled tomboy with an inferiority complex; idealizes knights and knighthood.
Relationship: Possible Romance.
"A female knight who was dispatched from a neighbouring country to Gransys.
She is the captain of the Enlistment Corps, charged with repelling the dragon."
Grende Hearthstone used to lead a company of knights. Of his two sons and his daughter, Mercedes; the brothers also led their own companies of knights. But Grende’s hopes for his daughter ran more towards wedding her to an influential noble or a royal from a neighboring demesne to firm up the power base of the House of Marten. But once she reached marrying age, Mercedes instead asked for her own company of knights. Aware of her own inexperience and that lack of skills required to lead others, she trained until she was reasonably able as a knight. It was around this time that the dragon appeared in Gransys. If someone from Grende’s nation defeated the dragon, it would greatly increase the power of Hearthstone. Grende was not reckless enough to send either of his brave and strong sons. However, he had to send someone of suitable position — someone as closely related to him as possible — or Gransys might take offense. For the first time in years, Grende called Mercedes forth to speak with her.
He hardly wanted his sons to head to the front lines of the battle with the dragon, for to face a dragon was certain death. Mercedes, however, was of suitable position to be Hearthstone’s representative. In addition, the people of Gransys would surely never allow a woman to stand on the front lines. Unaware of this, Mercedes was happy to receive the orders from her father and set off for Gransys thinking that he had finally given her his approval, not understanding his true reasons... (Mercedes' Tale).
Mercedes, for the most part, must be romanced before the start of the quest Pride Before a Fall, otherwise she will disappear from the game until New Game Plus. However, after the duel with Julien , if you are still in the upper room of the Stone of the North with her while she stands there with her head down waiting to leave, it is possible to raise her affinity with gifts and an Arisen's Bond until you leave the area, provided you are prepared in advance.
- Her favorite gift is Cloudwine.
- Her armor, the Captain's Armor Set, is available as Downloadable Content, or from the Black Cat in Dark Arisen.
- Her unique sword, the Silver Rapier, can only be obtained by not interfering with her duel with Julien.
- Her shield, the Lustrous Targe, can only be obtained by taking her Scouting Mission escort quest.
- As the Beloved, during the final cutscene, she believes that it was the feats of the Arisen that have changed things around them rather than the main pawn taking the very form of the Arisen. She then doubts her initial thoughts of something being amiss.
Mercedes speaks with a French accent.
During Come to Court
- "Arisen... Hail, ser. It seems you truly stand apart from the rest of us. Some sneered when I presented the hydra's head. Said it was your feat alone that won it. It truth, I cannot deny it. I had no hand in it... 'Tis plain fact. But what of the Enlistment Corps, then? What meaning does our fealty hold? I have no answer to give my men... To give myself."
- "Pray, leave me. I fear I will be well drunk by eve's end."
During Griffin's Bane
- "They're touted as elites, but the fact it it is that they're mere sellswords. The harshest tasks are often left to such types, or to the men of the Enlistment Corps."
- "'Twas but a short while we shared, but they were men under my command just the same. I would gladly fight alongside them now, were it possible... Alas, the duke has other use of me."
- "Arisen...I ask you in my stead. If you choose to join Georg and his men in this fight... Pray, see them back alive. They are competent warriors, to a man, and not apt to die so easily... But I would rest easier here knowing they march with the slayer of the hydra. ...Please, ser."
- "All of the men are safe? Truly, they owe you a debt, ser. As do I. I regret I have nothing to give you, but swear upon my name I shall repay you, Arisen. I mean it true, ser. I am greatly joyed to know a warrior such as you. One willing to fight for the sake of others."
As the Beloved
- "Pray, let me apologize... I was as like to die of shame as dragon's fire. To have been the beast's captive so easily, and to have caused you peril for it... I am sorry. 'Twas a duel to the death you fought with the wyrm. Sincere as any I've seen. And yet, there was a sense of... familiarity between you. An air of kinship, almost. I harbor no delusion that I might have been of any help, had I a blade in hand. But what's more, there was an aura there, fit to bar any intercessors. 'Twas enough to make me envious, the bond you shared with the beast as equals. Pray, do not take offense, but I saw a likeness in you and the dragon. Where that resemblance lies, exactly, I could not say... but you and it both are things apart from the world. Unique. I well know that no effort I might spend could e'er make me fit to aid you, Arisen. I am fit to believe in you, and wait. And so I shall. Pray, come back to me alive, ser."
Listed below are the settings used to create Mercedes.
Please note that a rough estimate is used when creating NPCs, as official character creation numbers have not been announced.
Slider Scale = [ 2L - 1L - M - 1R - 2R ] NOTE The colour scale represents all available selections in the editor. '00' would be the top left most selection, if you were to highlight that in the editor and press right once, you would hit 1R. Colour Scale = [ 00 ] [ 1R ] [ 2R ] [ 3R ] [ 4R ] [ 5R ] [ 6R ] [ 1D ] [ 1D ] [ 1D ] [ 1D ] [ 1D ] [ 1D ] [ 1D ] [ 2D ] [ 2D ] [ 2D ] [ 2D ] [ 2D ] [ 2D ] [ 2D ]
Height 171 | Weight 57 | Voice - Face Type 44 Colour 3L 3D Hair Type 41 Colour 4R Eye Type 5 Colour 5R 3D Brow Type 39 Colour 4R Nose Type 10 Mouth Type 17 Ear Type 6 Musculature 2L Bust Size 1R Preset Body 4 Torso 2 Arms 5 Legs 9 Posture M Stance 2L Weight M Skin Color 5R 1D Scars 1 Wrinkles 2L Makeup 7 Colour 2L Skin Color 3R 1D
- Mercedes shares similarities with the character Casca from the action/fantasy manga Berserk .
- Both share physical attributes such as dark skin and short dark hair, and both are considered tomboys.
- For most of the manga, Casca is the only female commander of an army, like Mercedes; though both have no-nonsense attitudes, they are protective of their men and reveal a much friendlier side to their personalities.
- As a result of her status as a female commander, Mercedes has been the receiver of sexual threats from antagonists, much like Casca.
- Mercedes' attire is embellished with griffins, an image of her house's supposed heraldry . The manga character serves under a man named Griffith, who is famously known as "The White Hawk" and is the leader of the Band of the Hawk (and so their insignia are hawk wings on a sword). Both aspire to appease their superiors, but suffer from an inferiority complex as a result.