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 Day 21 of Winter. 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 on 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
13:00 Works at the Research Center

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:
GearGear (2)
Old PartsOld Parts (2)
SpringSpring (2)
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 Social mission

Click on the icon to go to the respective section.

Social talk ChatEdit

Social talk
Dialogue →
Chat is a basic social interaction available at any relationship level. Chatting with Merlin once a day can increase her relationship by 1 point, or 2 points with the Smooth Talk skill; subsequent chatting, on the same day, only results in the same conversation without any relationship gain.

Merlin's dialogue may change every day and every season. Merlin may also comment about certain events or missions. Higher relationship levels also change Merlin's dialogue.

Social gift GiftEdit

Ancient Computer
The information below only applies to the PC versions.
Consoles may contain different data, and may or may not 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
Mount Very HappyLove: +25
Mount Very HappyLove: +20
AI ModelAI Model
Mount Very HappyLove: +18
Mount Very HappyLove: +15
Mount Very HappyLove: +10
Strange SoupStrange Soup
Mount HappyLike: +8
Mount HappyLike: +7
Mount HappyLike: +6
Small ChairSmall Chair
Mount HappyLike: +5
Mount HappyLike: +4
Data DiscData Disc
Mount HappyLike: +3
Mount NeutralNeutral: +1
Gift iconEverything Else
Mount UnhappyDislike: -1
Mount UnhappyDislike: -2
Honeybee WaxHoneybee Wax
Tree SapTree Sap
Mount Very UnhappyHate: -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 characters per week. The player is required to be at least at Associate level with Merlin for her to be assigned a desire. More desires have a chance to appear as the player's friendship with Merlin progresses; the new desires are added to the existing ones but do not replace them. Some characters may desire an item that they do not normally like.

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. The birthday or festival day relationship bonus applies when gifting a desired item.

Desire head icon Desires
Minimum Relationship Level Possible Desires


Strange SoupStrange Soup (+15)


Silicon ChipsetSilicon Chipset (+20)

Social photo PhotoEdit

Social photo
Group Photo →
Merlin can partake in group photos with the player after reaching the Associate level.
  • More poses are unlocked by reaching higher relationship levels.
  • The "Photographer" skill can fully unlock all poses, regardless of relationship or romantic level.
  • All poses can be viewed in Merlin's Gallery page.


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
Menu icon appetizer
Mount Very HappyLike
Mount NeutralNeutral
Everything Else
Mount Very UnhappyDislike
Menu icon main course
Main Course
Mount Very HappyLike
Mount NeutralNeutral
Everything Else
Mount Very UnhappyDislike
Menu icon meat
Mount Very HappyLike
Mount NeutralNeutral
Everything Else
Mount Very UnhappyDislike
Menu icon vegetable
Mount Very HappyLike
Mount NeutralNeutral
Everything Else
Mount Very UnhappyDislike
Menu icon dessert
Mount Very HappyLike
Apple PieApple Pie
Mount NeutralNeutral
Everything Else
Mount Very UnhappyDislike
Menu icon drink
Mount Very HappyLike
Mount NeutralNeutral
Everything Else
Mount Very UnhappyDislike
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 Sphere Trophy Piece 1Sphere Trophy Piece 1 Sphere Trophy Piece 2Sphere Trophy Piece 2 Sphere Trophy Piece 3Sphere Trophy Piece 3 AI Model Piece 1AI Model Piece 1 AI Model Piece 2AI Model Piece 2 AI Model Piece 3AI Model Piece 3 AI Model Piece 4AI Model Piece 4 AI Model Piece 5AI Model Piece 5 The Thinking Can Piece 1The Thinking Can Piece 1 The Thinking Can Piece 2The Thinking Can Piece 2 The Thinking Can Piece 3The Thinking Can Piece 3 The Thinking Can Piece 4The Thinking Can Piece 4
+10 Power Lamp Piece 1Power Lamp Piece 1 Power Lamp Piece 2Power Lamp Piece 2 Power Lamp Piece 3Power Lamp Piece 3
Favorite Exhibits +???
Power Lamp
Power Lamp

Social mission MissionsEdit

Legend: Map Icon Mission NewMap Icon Side Quest New major • Map Icon Mission Place ItemMap Icon Side Quest Place Item minor • Social play friendship • Social date romance

  • Map Icon Mission New Main missions are listed in chronological order, based on the chronology list.
  • Map Icon Side Quest New 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

Map Icon Mission New An Uplifting Gift
The Civil Corps have dug out a mystery gift box in the Ruins, and it requires some specific chips to open. Help prepare what Marlin needs.
Map Icon Mission New Strange Lenses
Picked up a couple of strange lenses, go to the Research Center and see if they know what they are.
Map Icon Mission Place Item The Theft
The Locator Computer brought back to the Research Center has been stolen.

Secondary missionsEdit

Map Icon Side Quest Place Item An Interview with the Research Center
Mei would like to do an interview with the Research Center. She needs you to take pictures.
Map Icon Side Quest New Mystery Robot
Merlin said there are missing pieces of a mysterious ancient robot in the Collapsed Wasteland. Collect them and bring them to Merlin.
Map Icon Side Quest New Putting it all together
Merlin wants to put the robot back together but lacks a chip to start it. She needs your help.
Map Icon Side Quest New Not Another Calm Morning
The harvest robot is running amok, go to the Central Plaza and stop it.
Map Icon Side Quest New What Went Down
There's something not quite right about the robot situation. Go ask people related to the Research Center for their opinion.
Map Icon Side Quest New Repair the Robot
Merlin wants to repair the broken robot. Help her collect the necessary parts.
Map Icon Side Quest New News Camera
Mei wants a camera for her newspaper, talk with the Research Center and see if they can help.
Map Icon Side Quest Place Item 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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