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Who Is Merrin in Star Wars Jedi: Survivor? Everything You Need to Know About the Nightsister

Everything you need to know about Merrin

Merrin is a minor side character from Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order who has a far more significant role in the sequel, Star Wars Jedi: Survivor.

While fans will undoubtedly remember her fight alongside Cal, they may not know the finer details of her character and backstory.

Fortunately, we have compiled a handy guide on everything Merrin, covering her past, her present, her relationship with Cal, and more.

This article contains spoilers for Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, Star Wars Jedi: Battle Scars, and Star Wars Jedi: Survivor.

Who Is Merrin?

Before Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

Merrin was a Dathomirian Nightsister, an ancient order of female magick-wielding warriors who resided on the planet Dathomir.

During the Clone Wars, when Merrin was young, General Grievous came to Dathomir and slaughtered the Nightsisters. Although Merrin managed to survive, Ilyana, a Nightsister Merrin was in love with, was killed.

Sometime later, after the events of Order 66, Jedi Master Taron Malicos crash-landed on Dathomir. Upon arriving, Merrin told him to leave, but realizing the potential in Dathomir, Malicos remained.

Out of impatience, the Nightbrothers, male servants of the Nightsisters, decided to kill Malicos, despite orders from Merrin to let him leave.

Comic panel of General Grievous killing the Nightsisters
General Grievous killing the Nightsisters on Dathomir
Credit – Dark Horse

However, Malicos succumbed to the Dark Side due to the dark influences of Dathomir and the rage he felt after Order 66. He managed to turn the Nightbrothers against each other and murdered their leader Brother Viscus.

Malicos then turned his attention to Merrin, whose powers of magick he wanted to steal. He manipulated her into believing the Jedi were responsible for Grievous’ attack and made her teach him her magick.

Of course, all of this is portrayed in-game by Merrin’s wonderful actor. Fortunately, she is returning for the sequel alongside several other familiar faces and veteran voice actors!

During Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

A few years after Malicos manipulated Merrin, Cal Kestis arrived on Dathomir. Malicos instructed Merrin to get rid of Kestis, but her attempts at persuading him to leave failed.

Kestis then met Malicos, who revealed he was a former Jedi. Malicos asked Kestis to join him in his quest for power, but he refused.

Merrin, confused by Malicos’ desire to welcome a Jedi, whom she still believed was responsible for the death of the Nightsisters, confronted him. However, she quickly realized he was a Jedi and raised an army of dead Nightsisters to kill him and Kestis.

However, when Kestis later returned to Dathomir, having fled after Merrin set the dead on him, he convinced her that the Jedi weren’t evil nor responsible for the death of her fellow Nightsisters.

Merrin fighting Malicos on Dathomir in Jedi Fallen Order
Merrin defeating Malicos

He then dueled Malicos, aided by Merrin and her magick. Together, they defeated him by burying him alive.

Merrin then agreed to join Kestis and help him complete his quest to locate the Holocron. Together with the crew of the Mantis, they find and destroy the Holocron.

You should check out our detailed breakdown of the Mantis crew’s journey outside of Merrin if you need a refresher before jumping into Star Wars Jedi: Survivor!

What Happened to Merrin After Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order?

Meeting Frethylrin

Spoilers for the novel Star Wars Jedi: Battle Scars which is set between Fallen Order and Survivor.

After the events of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, the crew of the Mantis continued to fight against the Empire. Merrin began to feel like she was losing her magick and struggled to help her fellow crewmates.

While exploring the galaxy, the Mantis is continually attacked by the Haxion Brood, a group of bandits they had previously fought in Fallen Order.

So, together, they decide to attack and destroy their base. However, when they get there, they are ambushed by Stormtroopers. Merrin discovers that one of the Stormtroopers wants to defect and helps her onboard the Mantis as they escape.

The defecting Stormtrooper, called Chellwinark Frethylrin, convinces the crew of the Mantis she isn’t a spy and agrees to help them. Merrin quickly falls in love with Frethylrin, who is also infatuated with her.

Cal, Merrin, Greez and BD-1 on the Mantis

Merrin realizes that her passion for Frethylrin is helping her deal with the loss of the Nightsisters and finds her powers of magick returning to her.

Frethylrin instructs them on a plan to steal the schematics of a cloaking device called the Shroud. She believes it can be used to aid the rebels.

Stealing the Shroud

Merrin and the Mantis Crew decide to steal the Shroud schematics with the help of Frethylrin. Before their adventure begins, Kestis discovers that Frethylrin had a girlfriend called Irei, who is believed dead but decides not to tell Merrin.

Merrin and Frethylrin strike up a relationship, falling increasingly in love with one another, and eventually, they kiss.

However, while infiltrating an Imperial base to steal the schematics, they find Irei, who had not been killed but instead taken prisoner.

Frethylrin abandons the Mantis crew and Merrin and takes Irei with her. Merrin feels betrayed and uses her dark magick to help the rest of the crew escape the base.

Cal looking at Merrin in Star Wars Jedi: Survivor

As they are fleeing, Frethylrin appears with a dying Irei and begs Merrin to help them. Merrin agrees, and the Mantis flies away while she heals her.

After finishing their plan to steal the Shroud schematics, Merrin and Frethylrin reconcile their differences. Frethylrin asks her to join her and Irei, but she declines and decides to stay with the Mantis.

Is Merrin in Star Wars Jedi: Survivor?

Yes, Merrin is a major side character in Star Wars Jedi: Survivor. She continues to be a core member of the Matnis’ crew and helps Kestis on his quest to fight the Empire.

While she doesn’t feature much in Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, she goes on a substantial journey with Kestis during the novel Star Wars Jedi: Battle Scars.

By the time the book concludes, Merrin leaves the Mantis to explore the galaxy in search of her true self. This then leads into the events of Star Wars Jedi: Survivor, where Merrin reunites with Cal on Jedha and continues to help him with his quest.

Merrin using Magick in Star Wars Jedi: Survivor

Is Merrin a Companion in Star Wars Jedi: Survivor?

Yes, Merrin is one of the AI companions that can fight alongside Cal Kestis in combat encounters. She uses her magick to devastate opponents and give Kestis the upper hand.

You can see her fight with Kestis to take out a Stormtrooper in the official story trailer at 1 minute 25:

Is Merrin in Love With Cal?

Yes, Merrin is in love with Cal and ends up in a relationship with him during the events of Star Wars Jedi: Survivor.

While Merrin has had other relationships across the series, her love for Cal is finally cemented during their trip to Jedha in Star Wars Jedi: Survivor.

After teasing their infatuation with one another, Merrin and Cal finally kiss on Jedha. This leads Cal to reflect on the Jedi Order’s rules on attachments and relationships, as previously, Jedi could not be in a committed relationship.

However, he ultimately decides that the Jedi Order is flawed and pursues the relationship with Merrin. You can watch their love unfold during Star Wars Jedi: Survivor in the video below:

Who Voices Merrin in Star Wars Jedi: Survivor?

Merrin is voiced by American actor Tina Ivlev in both Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and Star Wars Jedi: Survivor.

Ivlev has appeared in a number of famous TV shows and video games, including Dead Rising 3 as Lauren Staples.

Fans may also recognize her in the following projects:

  • Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes – Merrin
  • The Young and the Restless – Natalia
  • Deadtectives – Kate
  • Charming the Hearts of Men – Ruth

Of course, Ivlev isn’t the only returning cast member in Star Wars Jedi: Survivor. In fact, there are a number of well-known video game voice actors in Jedi Survivor.

Tina Ivlev in the Rookie and Nightsister Merrin from Jedi Survivor
Nightsister Merrin (left) Tina Ivlev as Ellen Dayton in The Rookie (right)
Credit – ABC

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