Map Merlin

Map of home

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


Personal summaryEdit

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

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

Physical appearanceEdit

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

Related charactersEdit

Merlin's closest connection in Portia is Petra, her Friend and fellow researcher at the Research Center. Merlin Dislikes Lee, the leader of the local Church of the Light, because his religious beliefs move him to oppose everything she and the Research Center work toward.


When befriending Merlin, her relationship network with other NPCs will also be affected, resulting in the player receiving or losing favor points with those NPCs as well.

Merlin can be found at Abandoned Ruins #2 at Sunday From 8:00 to 12:00


Merlin can be usually found working in the Research Center or the Museum. She spends some time at Martha's Bakery after work, then heads home for the night. She spends every Sunday morning mining inside the Abandoned Ruins #2.

Time Location

Time Location
18:30Leaves Research Center to arrive at Martha's Bakery by 19:15.
19:15 Shops at Martha's Bakery.
20:00 Leaves Martha's Bakery to arrive at

Time Location

Time Location
7:00Exits home to go to Abandoned Ruins #2.
8:30Mining inside Abandoned Ruins #2
12:00Exits ruins to go to the Research Center
14:00Passes Central Plaza
15:00Working inside the Research Center
18:00Leaves the Research Center to go to Martha's Bakery
19:00Shops at Martha's Bakery.
19:30Leaves Martha's Bakery and starts walking home.
21:00At home for the night.


WARNING: Despite her relationship gauge being denoted with hearts, the player cannot romance Merlin. The sole reason her relationship levels use hearts is because News Camera is possible.


Buddy StarStarStar 2Star 2Star 2Star 2Star 2Star 2Star 2Star 2
Send gifts through the mail sometimes
Possible gifts are:
Friend StarStarStarStarStar 2Star 2Star 2Star 2Star 2Star 2
Allows the player to move exhibits in the Portia Museum

Social interactionsEdit

Interactions: Social talk Social gift Desire head icon Social date Social Dine Social photo Social Ride Social Relic Trade

Click on the icon to go to the respective section.

Social talk ChatEdit

First meeting
  • Merlin ED 001
    You're new, aren't you...are you lost or something?
  • Social talk The people in church are so stubborn! Why shouldn't we use technology from the old world? They obviously can make our lives more convenient. It really doesn't make any sense...
  • Social talk If you find anything of value from the old world, please donate it to us. You have no idea how much a discovery can change the world. Don't listen to what the Church has to say; we just want to progress towards a better world!

  • Social talk
  • Social talk
  • Social talk

Talk about favorite foods
  • Social talk I'm not sure why but I never liked eating fried rice.
  • Social talk I'm always eating rice, so I want to try other food types.
Ask about work
  • (What is it like directing the Research Center?)
    • Social talk Petra is a very smart student, worthy of my time to teach her. We're discovering and analyzing new relics all the time.
  • (What do you think of the Portia Research Center?)
    • Social talk Vega 5 have better research equipment, but I'm more free here to pursue my research.
Casual talk
  • Social talk That's a waste of time, I'd rather spend it researching.
  • (I saw your research in a magazine, that's impressive!)
    • Social talk I won't be satisfied until my research is published in Vega 5's Annual Documented.
  • (You seem very smart!)
    • Social talk Right, now tell me something I don't know.

Winter Solstice
  • Social talk I would say this is a waste of time, but since everyone's taking the day off, it just didn't feel right if I continued working.

Social gift GiftEdit

Console Note
The information below pertains to the PC version of My Time at Portia, and may differ from the console versions. Additionally, console-specific information may change in future updates.
Comments: Gifting values on non-universal gifts may currently be different on consoles.

Giving gifts to Merlin affects the player's relationship with Merlin. Every character has unique gift preferences.


  • Every giftable item, except for the items below, will have a Neutral (+1) effect when given to Merlin.
  • Gifts given on festival days and on Merlin's birthday will earn the player 2x and 3x relationship points, respectively, and will show a unique dialogue.
  • Values listed below are without The Giver skill, which gives an extra point.
Social gift Gifting Items
Love      +25
Love      +20
Love      +18
Love      +15
Love        +10
Like        +8
Ruby Ruby
Like        +7
Like        +6
Like        +5
Like        +4
Like        +3
Dislike        -1
Dislike        -2
Hate        -5
Listed values are without The Giver skill, which gives an extra point.

Gift values displayed on this chart are for the PC release of My Time at Portia and may not apply to the console releases.

Desire head icon DesiresEdit

The following items are desires, or wishes, which are randomly assigned to one or two NPCs per week. In the event that Merlin has a desire, gifting the wanted item will provide the higher tier points; otherwise, on non-desired events, the item gives the base point value. Some NPCs may desire an item that they do not normally like.

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


Merlin cannot be taken to dates or play dates except one time during News Camera mission.

Social date DateEdit

If the player chooses to dine at The Round Table with Merlin during a play date or date, it is recommended to order dishes Merlin will like. If asked before ordering, Merlin will sometimes tell the player exactly which dishes to order; other times, Merlin will just give little hints. In the event that Merlin does not specify the exact foods desired, the player should order between three and six dishes, depending on what hint Merlin gives. It is recommended to order each of those dishes from different courses, ex. ordering one Appetizer, Meat, Vegetable, Dessert, and Drink course each, rather than five Desserts.

Merlin's food preferences are:

Play date eat Dining
Prompt happy
Prompt sad
Menu icon appetizer
Menu icon main course
Main Course
Menu icon meat
Menu icon vegetable
Menu icon dessert
Menu icon drink
Exceptions: Merlin feels neutral about Stewed Rice Meat Supreme (Restaurant) because it is both Salty Food and Bowl of Rice.

Social Relic Trade Relic tradeEdit

Merlin occasionally uses the Relic Pieces Exchange board at the Museum to trade for relic pieces. Merlin likes to look at particular completed relics, so after the player has donated such relics to the Museum or displayed them in their yard, Merlin may come visit the Museum or the player's yard to view these relics. Such visits will earn the player relationship points each time, with the amount dependent upon the relic.

Social Relic Trade
Relic Trade
Points Relics
Requested Pieces +30
Favorite Exhibits +???
Power Lamp
Power Lamp

Social mission MissionsEdit

Legend: MAPICON main2MAPICON branch2 major • MAPICON main1MAPICON branch1 minor • Social play friendship • Social date romance

  • MAPICON main2 Main missions are listed in chronological order, based on the chronology list.
  • MAPICON branch2 Secondary missions are listed in alphabetical order.
  • Indented missions indicate succession of the previously listed mission. Further missions in its timeline are in chronological order.

Main missionsEdit

MAPICON main2 Strange Lenses
Picked up a couple of strange lenses, go to the Research Center and see if they know what they are.
MAPICON main1 The Theft
The Locator Computer brought back to the Research Center has been stolen.

Secondary missionsEdit

MAPICON branch1 An Interview with the Research Center
Mei would like to do an interview with the Research Center. She needs you to take pictures.
MAPICON branch2 News Camera
Mei wants a camera for her newspaper, talk with the Research Center and see if they can help.
MAPICON branch1 Stories of Togetherness
Petra left some hints with other people for a message to you. You'll need to talk to a them to figure out what the message is.
This is Petra's romance mission.


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


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