Time went by, and a nice routine set in. Meriell was on cloud number nine, awaiting her day to be wed with Ririan Ruruan. She continued working diligently at Club Lustre, still under Madam Vonne’s wings, and despite being engaged, the Highlander didn’t seem to relent and would always try to coerce her, wanting her to join her on her journeys over and over. Meriell thought nothing of it and went along, somehow thinking that it would all work out. She saw a maternal figure in the Highland and thus, was easily manipulated and formed. However, all that came to a stop when one day she was informed of the death of Ririan Ruruan. He had been killed on a mission which he was sent to complete as part of his Paladin program. Meriell’s entire world shattered, reduced to a sorry state of her old self. The usually happy girl was but a shell, unable to even feel anything but pain. She stopped appearing at Club Lustre, unable to function and do her duties, which cost the Club its reputation and it soon fell apart, closing its doors.
Madam Vonne, seeing her state, took her with her on her promised journeys, hoping it would also bring back her lost spirit. But it hadn’t. Meriell followed her without much of a thought, not even interacting of paying attention to her surroundings. Feeling pity for her, the Highlander decided that it was time to part, taking her back to the Bobbing Cork where her old friends were awaiting her. The two said their goodbyes and Meriell kept from her a spell book which she treasures until this day. At the Bobbing Cork, gradually, Meriell regained part of her personality, slowly re-adjusting to life and accepting that she was alone again.
Then, an old friend Shin Nelhah paid her a visit, proposing her a job. She was to accompany a group for adventurer's and assist in inspecting the Haukke Manor, and identifying the threat that lay dormant there. Ecstatic at the chance of a distraction as well as helping others, it was a much needed diversion, she went ahead with it. That was when she met for the first time the Miqo'te's partner Sini'to Shadar and another fellow Hyur, Leoden Garande. She immediately had a huge liking to the Hyur, who was not only close to her age, but she felt they had a lot in common. However, one road block was the fact that she wasn't part of the Astral Crusader's, who were the ones assisting in the quest, and to help them, she had to join their ranks. She visited them in the Goblet and had no issues at all joining their ranks as a fellow adventurer and also a waitress in their tavern section. It was something she had always enjoyed doing, no matter how simple. At the same time, the prospect of helping others while venturing out was another distraction, which helped her heal old wounds faster.
The day for the quest arrived. Together with Leoden Garande, Sini’to Shadar and Ihrih Nhoyo, they set out to the Central Shroud, towards Haukke Manor. Meriell’s teleportation spell went wrong and she ended up in Bentbranch, having to catch up to the party beside the manor’s main gates. There they could all spot two large Flying Eyes and they all prepped for battle, going in pairs against each. The Miqo’tes remained together and the Hyurs on the other enemy. Meriell struggled a bit, rusty after many years of not taking up her bow but it all came back to her as they engaged in combat, quick to defend her dear friends with her life if necessary. After they defeated the Floating Eyes an odd figure appeared before them, that of an elegant Elezen woman, although clearly voidsent or possessed. Meriell entered panic mode as she for some reason was lead to believe that the woman was Leoden Garande’s girlfriend, at least that was the assumption when she heard the Elezen speak, clearly trying to tempt the man. The entire party couldn’t believe her but they pushed on regardless. Being the only ranged person in the party, she had it easier and after some harsh words from Sini’to Shadar, she ended up dealing the killing blow. Inspecting the body which remained, itturned out to have been a possessed Elezen by voidsent. The woman was alive, but just barely, and the group rushed her to the Conjurer's Guild back in Gridania to get assistance where Meriell failed to explain the situation correctly and the entire group almost faced arrest, saved last moment by Leoden Garande who was quick to explain and strike a deal. The next day Meriell had to suffer some intense questioning by the authorities about the entire incident but after a couple long hours, she was let off the hook.
Returning to the Goblet, the Astral Crusader's headquarters, she felt down and definitely did not feel like a hero as she had hoped for. There, at the tavern section, she ran into Thorir Ryder and the two struck up a conversation, Meriell feeling amazing chemistry with the man. He was also new and it offered her comfort to know that she wasn't the only one who had issues fitting in perfectly. As he left, she definitely felt butterflies in her stomach and was looking forward to further interactions with the mysterious gentleman, as well as meeting the other members.
The next day, finally off the hook, she decided to start organizing her room within the Astral Crusaders, for personal reasons as well as to get her mind off matters. While arranging her things, she ran into Leoden Garande in the hallways; immediately asking him if he was alright after the quest. He reassured her and set her worries at ease. Talking for quite a while, she offered to show him her new room which was semi-furnished and the two sat down by the fireplace, talking some more. Among other things, they talked more about his survival skills as well as his Viera partner who apparently is on a journey and cannot even be located. Fishy and suspicious, Meriell did express her concerns but the man appeared set on his beliefs and trusts, thus, she dropped the topic. Amidst the chatter, some more intimate and odd talks spurted and the two actually seemed to notice that they were attracted to each other, but Meriell refused to even initiate anything, fully aware the man was devoted to another. But, she gladly offered to be of help when it came to women, which he gladly accepted and it made a new wave of silly questions arise. The two later on agreed to go on a trip to a fishing spot the man had discovered some time ago. Time and date yet to be set.
Continuing to clear out her old living place and moving to the Goblet, she ended up collecting an entire box of old toys from her childhood, deciding to actually give them away instead of throwing out. She carried the thing downstairs to the restaurant area where she ran into Thorir Ryder again. After some small talk, he invited her on a walk around the Goblet as she wasn’t very well acquainted with the area. Overjoyed, she instantly took him up on the offer.
The walk took them to the center of the Goblet where multiple bodies of water could be found, something which brought her great joy as it was a great spot to cool down in the intense heat. A casual invitation turned into a mischievous play as she splashed him with water, and in revenge she got thrown into the entire pool fully dressed. He teased her mercilessly, leaving her rather speechless and barely able to even react other than blush and try to move away. Among all the fooling around, she accidentally knocked off his eye-patch, revealing his cut eye. Despite the shock of the sight, she wasn’t too fazed and told him she did not mind the look. He appeared to appreciate the words and once they got out of the water, he helped her dry up with his magic. In the midst of all that, they ended up embracing and shared a very brief kiss, which got quickly interrupted by a sneeze from her. With a cold starting, they quickly returned to headquarters where they both quickly changed into dry clothes and met up in Meriell’s semi-furnished room. Thorir Ryder instantly noticed the Doman-themed furniture and she admitted that she had a fascination with said culture, even going as far as wearing Doman clothing and at times even cooking some of their traditional foods. Bluntly, the man asked her if she wanted to add a Doman boyfriend to her collection. Shock and disbelief was written all over her face but, having moved on from her past loss, there was no reason for her to reject the man. He had been always very nice with her, and the bonus of him being Doman could not go ignored. She agreed.
The cold not relenting, Meriell decided to pay a visit to Shin Nelhah who gladly gave her some medicine, informing her that for the next few days the symptoms would worsen but at the same time the illness would end much quicker. It allowed her body to expel whatever which was the cause of her cold. Obediently, she took the doses as instructed and immediately felt the kick, spending the entire night in bed with a bucket at her side. The next day she tried to do something as she was unable to just sit all day, but whatever activities she tried, her cold would get in the way. Annoyed and depressed, she made her way to the restaurant area of the house again, searching for some herbal tea to perhaps cleanse her sinuses. There, glory and behold, she ran into Thorir Ryder once more. He appeared to have been practicing his swordsmanship on stage, attacking a dummy and finally burning it to a crisp with aether. Meriell was amazed and applauded loudly at the display, instantly forgetting her need for the tea, but she kept tissues at her side at all times.
He noted that she was wearing traditional Doman attire, consisting of a red and black kimono. She was most happy to please him with that fact but apparently she had failed at tying the obi, despite the time it took her to do it. He helped her out after some teasing and pulling at the sash, much to her alarm and embarrassment. Noticing that her cold wasn’t getting any better, he proposed a bath. She agreed without putting much thought into the matter. Meriell already encountered a roadblock when she was unable to undo the obi he had adjusted for her, convinced it was done on purpose by him. He assisted her which made her entire clothing drop to the floor in an instant, leaving her absolutely traumatized. She hid immediately, collecting her clothing before her and then using him as a shield, only tensing up the atmosphere. After some drag and dawdling, they finally managed to get into the tub, where more tom-foolery ensued. Among all the talk, he had asked her about her interests and one of them was dance. He expressed interest in seeing her dance and so she promised him she would one day. She returned to her room to suffer in silence with her cold, hoping it was going to be gone the next day.
Summer was on with the intense heat accompanying it, and together with that, came the MoonFire Faire. Overjoyed at the festivities going on all over Eorzea, Meriell invited Thorir Ryder to join her in the fun, wanting to go see the stalls together with him as well as the fireworks show. He agreed and the same evening they returned to the spot where he had thrown her into the water in the Goblet, but this time the place was an explosion of colours. Lanterns adorned the archways, multiple food stalls lined the streets and many people and children alike could be found enjoying themselves. It was the perfect event for Meriell and she was overjoyed at the opportunity to go there with her partner. He took her, or better said, carried her, to a more secluded spot to have a better look at the fireworks which were planned after sunset. While observing, it triggered another talk about his homeland as well as his family, informing Meriell that he would like to introduce her to his family so they may stop presenting him with potential brides, all from noble backgrounds. She learned that he was actually from a noble house much like the potential bride candidates, which did cause the pressure and anxiety to rise but he seemed adamant on his choice of partner and it eased her worries for the time being, enjoying the rest of the evening with him. After the show, seeing as the night was still young, Meriell proposed that she was willing to offer him the dance she had promised him the other day. Intrigued, he agreed; and they returned to the house. Back in her room, she changed into her dance outfit which consisted of a red far eastern garb. Shy, but excited to get back into one of her hobbies, she presented him with an intricate fan dance she had been practicing since the day before, wanting to surprise him and make sure there was no room for mistakes. The dance lasted for a while, every now and then giggling bashfully as he watched her closely, but she was focused on showing him just what she could do, as well as keeping her promise from the other day. As she danced, he asked her what other dances she knew and she presented him with one more upon his request, quite happy to switch it up. Amidst all the dancing and growing yearning from both sides, the two ended up consummating their relationship.
The next day, planning to go out but a rainstorm cancelled all plans, the couple remained indoors at the house. Having not much to do, Meriell thought it would be a good idea to ask Thorir Ryder for sword-fighting lessons as she had been always lacking in that department, and since he was part of the establishments security and she had already the chance to see him in action. Seeing no harm in it, he agreed. He lent her a katana and the two went down to the stage area where he told her to repeat sword slashing at least fifty times over. Annoyed, she refused and did her own thing, which was sword-dancing. It triggered him and he told her off, wanting her to take it seriously. it also got her going and angered, she challenged him to a duel. Unmoved, he took up her challenge which ended rather quickly. While she kept her own, he suddenly dropped his sword in pain, and she decided to cancel the entire duel, immediately tending to him. She learned that his burned and scarred hands didn't have the strength anymore to use his katana as he did in the past. Feeling extremely guilty, she apologized, not wanting anymore to spar with him due to his condition; but she decided to take up sword-fighting on her own. it would only benefit her further when venturing out. As an apology, although it wasn't required, she made him a very big and rich supper, Doman-inspired to please him. In return he gifted her with Doman cooking books, which became her new treasure.
In the coming days the two grew even closer, even going to Costa del Sol. There, Thorir Ryder opened up much more about what his family expected of him as well as what he wanted in life. Over the talk, heartfelt words were exchanged, solidifying their strong feelings for each other. Returning to the company, they encountered Leoden Garande who appeared shocked to see them together, dating. Meriell learned that the two actually were very close, almost forming a brotherly bond. It made her quite happy and she understood immediately why the two of them got together; for the exact same reasons why she got along with both of them. The Ala Mhigan appeared completely taken aback at the knowledge of them forming a couple, but when he saw how happy it made his friend, his worries were settled. Soon after Sini'to Shadar joined in on the conversation, and they all agreed to go see the fireworks again. Thinking that Shin Nelhah would have some for them to fire into the sky, she ran to her lab to fetch her or the fireworks but instead got locked, forgetting that the doors were one sided. Grumbling and stuck, she did notice some snacks left for her together with a plush toy and a note, telling her to eat the snacks and just relax for a few hours until the Miqo'te's return. Having no choice, she settled herself in the lab for the rest of the day, awaiting her friend's return. Eating all the snacks and having nothing else to do apart from waiting for Shin Nelhah she got bored and decided to make her brilliant escape. She climbed out a tight window which was located behind a giant boiler, a fact few people knew. She made her way around the house to re-enter from the main entrance, only to find her friends standing there. Thorir Ryder, Leoden Garange and an unidentified Viera woman. Approaching them she learned that the Viera was in fact the woman whom Leoden Garande had fallen head over heels for, which sparked a multitude of questions to the woman, who was named Lynn Shiri. While the two men walked off to talk, Meriell would bombard the lady with questions about her homeland, quickly identifying her as another foreigner.
During the talk, they learned that something had been bothering Leoden Garande greatly, and Thorir Ryder seemed the one most knowledgeable about the reason, clearly trying to talk the man down. At first listening from afar and trying to make out what was going on, a second Viera woman named Rene Skathi joined in on the conversation, clearly evident that she was a close friend, or rival, of Leoden Garande. Among all the talking, she truly learned nothing at all apart from the spunky personality the Viera sported. Tired, and unable to keep up with the conversation, she excused herself, Thorir Ryder joining her for the night.
Time went by and a few days later Meriell ran into Leoden Garande at the headquarters, soaking wet after a storm. Remembering all too well her own sickness after getting wet outside, she stubbornly dragged him off to her room to dry him Once there, she had him sit on the couch while she gave him a couple towels to dry himself off, at the same time she sat herself on the floor, drying his feet for him on her lap. The two talked about many things, among others his interest in sewing and making garments as well as his leatherwork. Impressed, Meriell expressed great interest in the sewing, telling him that he could make her dresses. He appeared put under pressure with the fact that he could make things for his friends, but he didn't reject the idea.
The friendly banter took a big turn when Meriell accidentally mentioned his state from a few days prior but Leoden Garande explained the reasons behind his mood calmly to her. Seeing the full picture, she finally understood his reasons as well as his concerns. It was then that Thorir Ryder walked in on them. While Leoden Garande appeared worried, Meriell was her usual self, ecstatic to see her partner. Thorir Ryder did not seem to misunderstand anything and the three of them engaged in further conversation. She informed her partner that Leoden Garande was making clothings, so Thorir Ryder asked if he could make wedding dresses. It shocked Meriell completely, but luckily Leoden Garande immediately declined, not feeling up to par to fulfill such tall order. Meriell urged Leoden Garande to ask Lynn Shri on a date, but he was far too shy. That was when Thorir Ryder mentioned that he too had tried to go out with the Viera but he got rejected. The news hit Meriell hard for some reason. She never knew she could feel that way, a sensation she had never experienced before: jealousy. Unable to deal with the unknown emotion, she excused herself, leaving both men in her room as she went to get some much needed air outside.
She returned after a good few hours, finding Thorir Ryder awaiting for her in her room. They talked a bit, and she apologized for her immature behaviour, feeling like it was out of place and inappropriate at the time. Not bearing any ill will towards her, he saw no reason for her to apologize, and instead, he invited her out to show her a place. She gladly agreed and they changed wards in the Goblet and walked until they reached a small house. Once inside she learned from him that Ihrih Nhoyo had lent them the house during her absence, the only thing she wanted in return was to make sure no one robbed it. While the offer didn't seem very fair, Thorir Ryder reassured her that it was alright. having no choice but to accept she agreed on the condition that she could later thank the Miqo'te personally. They explored the house and came upon a tub at the upper floor where they both decided to take a bath. It was there that somehow the talk of marriage came up, and he teased her about the wedding dress talk from earlier, asking that if he had asked her back then, if she would have accepted a marriage proposal. Dumbfounded and shy, she at first denied it but after further teasing, she gave in, admitting that she would've said yes. During their intimacy, he asked her about contraception and she confirmed that she had received assistance from Shin Nelhah regarding that, not wanting to get pregnant so soon and also wanting him not to worry about it. However, a few minutes after, he asked her what she would think if he had asked her to stop taking contraception from the female Keeper. She had nothing against it but under the condition that he made her an honest woman. This sparked conversations whether to follow Doman traditions or Eorzean. The topic was dropped however for another day.
The talk came much sooner than expected, the very next day. Back at headquarters, they met in her room and the conversation came up instantly. Thorir Ryder asked her what her answer to yesterday's talk. Confused she asked if he was referring to the children or marriage, to which he replied that both. Although worried of getting rejected she said she would agree but only under the condition that they wed. The news hit the Doman hard and he collapsed in her arms. Sheer panic overcame her as she started to call for help while holding her unconscious partner in her arms on the ground, calling frantically for Leoden Garande and Shin Nelhah. Luckily, the man came to rather quickly and upon waking up, he asked her straight up if she'd marry him. Thrilled, she immediately agreed as he gave her a ring which was a family heirloom. That was when Leoden Garande walked in on them, having arrived after hearing her screams of help prior. The moment got awkward and odd as they just stared at each other, before Meriell exclaimed that Thorir Ryder had asked for her hand in marriage. It got even more awkward by the minute as the Ala Mhigan didn't seem to understand the scenario or what was going on, deciding to take his leave, noticing the air getting heavier in the room. Still quite stupefied, the couple recollected themselves, only then the reality hitting home. It was a moment of utter happiness for Meriell.
Days went by and Meriell would go about her daily duties, tending to the restaurant as well as taking care of her private matters, feeling like she was invincible and could take on the entire world. She visited Leoden Garande quite often the moment she found out he moved in to the room next door, absolutely thrilled at the news. The two, always getting along, didn’t change at all as they would talk for hours about Leoden Garande’s hobbies and interests. She was really into his new found hobby of sewing and he offered to make her something which brought her great joy.
Finally she got the opportunity to visit Ihrih Nhoyo, wanting to thank her for lending the house. She had never spoken to the woman and at first was on very official terms with her, but as the conversation went on, she would relax and be her usual friendly self. Using the opportunity, she also asked if the Miqo’te could make her a katana as she was still using the one from Thorir Ryder and he had told her to visit the woman and ask her as she was an accomplished blacksmith. She agreed but only after giving birth as the woman was pregnant for at least four months. Meriell would never pressurize and agreed, not being in any particular hurry. The two sat to some tea and talked some more, but Meriell felt extremely uncomfortable as the woman would make some vulgar comments and then poke and prod at intimate details, including asking her if she had any plans with her husband to be; Meriell assuming the woman was referring to building a family. It wasn’t a topic Meriell ever wished mentioned or discussed so she took her leave as quickly as she could, while still being cordial.
Back in the main hallways of the estate, she sat herself by the bar area with a glass of water in hand, thinking, having doubts. Was her life truly headed the right way? Setting aside the inappropriate comments from the Miqo’te, she noticed the toll that pregnancy had over the woman. It wasn’t a simple matter and doubts started to arise in her mind, wondering if things were perhaps going too quickly. She was still young, and not too certain if she wanted to immediately start building a family with Thorir Ryder. Guilt came over her, wondering if she was maybe too fast with the entire relationship, although to her it felt right. Was she going to have children immediately after they were wed? Would she live up to the standards of his noble family life? Would his family even accept her? The bar was set high and she was starting to feel the heat badly. The cheerful girl getting rather depressed as she pondered her life. It was like looking back in time to when she had been engaged to Ririan Ruruan whom she still missed dearly. It then hit her, thinking if to her Thorir Ryder was perhaps nothing more but a substitute, a much needed distraction. She couldn't make out her thoughts at all, all she knew was that she felt extremely bad and she wanted the feeling the end; a sensation she wasn't accustomed to. That was when Leoden Garande spotted her and approached her, calling her name. Startled and snapping back from her state, she fell off her stool but he was quick to help her right back up, clearly worried for her well-being. She didn’t seem her usual self and would avoid his gaze, as well as talking about her problem. Her eyes would begin to water as she kept it all bottled up inside and he decided to take her back to his room to talk in privacy, locking the door behind them. In his room, she still didn’t manage to open up to him, not wanting to put her troubles on her dearest friend and also not wanting to discuss her private matters, she did however mention Ihrih Nhoyo which set the Hyur off instantly. She wasn’t aware that he had some history with the Miqo’te but it set in motions the following events at lighting speed. Thorir Ryder knocked on the door and the man let him in. Meriell avoided any talks, forcing her usual cheerful personality but then Leoden Garande called out Thorir Ryder, calling him blind and oblivious to the facts around him. Meriell understood that the man was referring no doubt to the Miqo’te woman; and while she was the trigger for her state, she wasn’t the reason for it. The entire situation snowballed and exploded as the two man exchanged heated words, with Meriell right in the middle. She begged Leoden Garande to calm down and just let the topic die off but he did not back down, intent on resolving the matter right there and then. Thorir Ryder, unable to take any more of it, left the room, leaving the two Hyurs. Meriell had never seen the gentle man ever get so heated and aggressive, shocking her to the core, but she adored him regardless. She approached him, wanting to calm him down; offering her thanks for him trying to take her side and defend her. Wanting to ease the tensions, she reminded him of a promise he had made to her, wanting to take her to one of his favourite fishing spots. He appeared to appreciate her words but he avoided any interaction, not wanting her to get in trouble for spending time with him and said it wasn’t a good idea. With a stern voice, she proclaimed that if her husband-to-be could not accept her friends, then she would rather have no husband. Leaving the room, she commented with a small tease that she never thought of him to be someone who would break promises, expecting him to come through.
Returning to her room next door, she just felt like breaking down, but she had no time as Thorir Ryder had been awaiting her arrival. Exhausted and drained, she sat herself on the floor beside him as he was on the couch, placing her head in his lap as she just closed her eye and relaxed. He questioned the explosion form Leoden Garande and Meriell was quick to try to soften the situation, not wanting the two friends bickering or her being the reason for it. She already felt enough guilt as it was, and she didn’t want more, intent on speaking to Leoden Garande the next day to clarify things. Thorir Ryder let her do as she pleased, not wanting to interfere in her decisions. The issue was set aside completely and he decided to invite her to an outing the next day, to which she agreed.
The trip was put on hold by her fiancee, so Meriell decided to pay a visit to Leoden Garande to check up on him after the fight from the day before as well as to clarify things, hopefully softening the situation. He greeted her gladly and the two talked some more about his garment making, him confessing to making her a bandana which was inspired by her antics from a couple days ago when she had assaulted his crate of materials and had draped them all over herself. While talking, she spotted that one of the pillars on his room was damaged and recently cleaned, asking him about it. He admitted that after the fight the other day, unable to contain his anger, he let it out by punching it. Definitely not thrilled, she felt the guilt rising again and apologized for even getting him involved. The conversation took a nose dive as she confessed to him part of her worries and concerns, all of them related to the future which she couldn't escape facing. He couldn't help much as he himself was new on the topic but he supported her wholeheartedly. As they sat together, they talked some more, Meriell touching base on his relationship with Lynn Shiri. She was truly thrilled for her friend to be happy but amidst the talking, they both confessed to having feelings for on another, feelings that were already apparent early on before she had even met Thorir Ryder. Both being in relationships and committed, they agreed that it would be folly to do something brash, and they agreed to remain as close friends as they were so far; while it pained her to know that they both bore feelings to one another, the guilt didn't help either. They moved off the topic, both not wanting to dig deeper into it as it was rather unpleasant and heart-wrecking; Meriell mentioning that Thorir Ryder was planning to take her to Kugane, and she asked him if he wanted anything from the far land. He seemed a bit worried about her being taken far away but he replied stating he wanted nothing but her safe return. The mention of her husband-to-be brought up an entirely new topic, which were Leoden Garande's doubts towards the man which arose after having and discussion with him over Ihrih Nhoyo. Ideas and comments were thrown and discussed and it made Meriell question a few more things but she wasn't off-put by the Miqo'te woman, wanting to give her a chance despite the inappropriate questions which were addressed by her when she visited her. To change topic, Leoden Garande quickly went back to his workstation and finished the bandana for her, gifting it to her with his name stitched on the inside to remember it was a gift from him. Ecstatic, she immediately started to wear it, stating she'd never take it off. Somewhere in the glee, she smashed her forehead against the table, quickly forced to take off the bandana and instead press a cloth with ice to her forehead. The visit finished on the most friendliest of terms, their close bond never seeming to break as Meriell would look forward to the trip to Kugane with Thorir Ryder.
Sitting in the hallways, she ran into Thorir Ryder who took her on a small outing to Camp Bronzelake to show her the hot springs as well as wanting to spend some quality time with her. She was quite pleased as she had never been at hot springs and the two would proceed to talk about their future together. Still having doubts and worries, she mean to address her concerns to him but she found out it wasn't needed, as while talking, he set all her worries at ease. Overjoyed, she simply indulged in his company as they proceeded to plan their trip to the Far East. Apparently it was to last a good couple days, so Meriell visited Leoden Garande one last time to bid farewell. Before she left, he offered her a linkshell to keep in touch.