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Location The beginning of the Tarnished's journey.
Role Maiden
Voiced by Martha Mackintosh

Melina is an NPC in Elden Ring who acts as a guide to the player throughout the game's narrative. She is a mysterious young lady seen in an opening cutscene with Torrent, the Spirit Steed, and first met at the beginning of the Tarnished's journeyMelina wears a black robe and approaches players while they are resting at different Sites of Grace. She offers guidance throughout the game, grants the ability to level up and teleports you to certain key areas. She also later becomes available as an NPC Summon.


I can play the role of maiden. Turning rune fragments into strength. To aid you in your search for the Elden Ring. You need only take me with you.


Melina Location in Elden Ring

  • Melina will reveal herself at different Sites of Grace along the game's storyline. The player is also able to converse with her via a "Talk to Melina" option when sitting at other Sites of Grace even when she does not automatically appear.
  • Melina is first met after resting at Gatefront Site of Grace, by Gatefront Ruins or another overland Limgrave Site of Grace, after activating a certain number of them. Other potential Sites of Grace: Church of EllehSeaside Ruins, and Agheel Lake South.
  • When activating a Site of Grace on the overland that is located outside of Limgrave and Weeping Peninsula, resting upon one will trigger dialogue after which Melina will transport the player to the Roundtable Hold. The common Sites of Grace that trigger this are the Lake-Facing Cliffs in Liurnia of the Lakes, and Sellia Under-Stair or Smoldering Church in Caelid. These locations can be accessed relatively early if the player knows how to reach them. (Sellia Under-Stair can be reached the earliest, through a transporter trap chest in a basement cellar in Dragon-Burnt Ruins that brings the player to Sellia Crystal Tunnel, from which they can exit to find the Sellia Under-Stair Site of Grace).
  • NPC Summon: Morgott, the Omen King. Progress in the Melina questline until she leaves. Her summon sign is at the top of the stairs on the right, in front of the fog gate. She wields the Blade of Calling and uses Erdtree/healing incantations.


Melina Questline: How to complete Melina's Quest

(Melina does not have a traditional completable "NPC Quest", since she's so strongly tied with the "Main Quest" of the game, but the following lists the opportunities for interaction)

  • After resting at a Site of Grace (outside of the Church of Elleh) on the overland, Melina will manifest herself and reflect on the absence of a guidance during your journey so far, appearing out of the air with a blueish aura around her. Melina proposes an accord: to act as your "maiden", that is, as a guide throughout your journey, for you are "maidenless". In exchange, she requests you take her with you to the Erdtree. She volunteers to "turn your Runes into strength", enabling you to level up your character. She will also bequeath a ring, the Spectral Steed Whistle, allowing you to summon the spectral steed Torrent who has "chosen you".
  • At the next Site of Grace you rest at before entering Stormveil Castle, selecting the "Talk to Melina" option will trigger a conversation about the Sites of Grace. During this, Melina conveys the golden auras at the different Sites of Grace are in fact the grace of the Erdtree, and by following them, the grace will guide you through your burden. She informs you that a Shardbearer resides in Stormveil Castle, and that if the rays signal the castle, the Elden Ring is beckoning you.
  • At the next Site of Grace you rest at before entering Stormveil Castle, selecting the "Talk to Melina" option will trigger a conversation with Melina about her purpose, where she describes her search for her purpose and also apologizes for acting as a Finger Maiden while being unable to offer guidance, as she is "no maiden" and without purpose.
  • At the Third Church of Marika, when resting at the grace and selecting the "Talk to Melina" option, Melina will appear and declare that spoken echoes of Queen Marika the Eternal are present, and if you wish she will convey them to you. Select the "I'm interested" dialogue option and she will continue to describe the echoes.
  • At the Church of Pilgrimage, in the north of the Weeping Peninsula, when resting at the grace and selecting the "Talk to Melina" option, Melina will again appear and give the option to elucidate on the echoes.
  • Upon reaching the East Capital Rampart Site of Grace (or any grace in Leyndell), Melina will appear and say that she will be leaving, but that she will let you keep Torrent and the ability to turn runes into power. She reasserts her confidence that you will become the Elden Lord.
  • Melina may be summoned for the fight against Morgott, the Omen King via a sign directly outside the boss arena.
  • After defeating Morgott, trying and failing to enter the Erdtree and resting at the Elden Throne Site of Grace, Melina appears. She offers a new accord: to bring her "to the flame of ruin, far above the clouds, upon snowy mountaintops of the giants", so she can set the Erdtree aflame, and help you become Elden Lord.
  • Melina will then have additional dialogue when resting at certain Sites of Grace, the Godrick the Grafted Site of Grace for example. She will remind the player of the new goal in the land of the giants. She can then be spoken to a second time, and she will say that although her purpose was giving to her by her mother, she is now acting on her own volition and has "set [her] heart upon the world that [she] would have. Regardless of [her] mother's designs."
  • Melina must be talked to in the Forge of the Giants Grace, and her quest will be fulfilled.
    • If the player has inherited the Frenzied Flame despite Melina pleading them not to do it, Melina will not appear in this grace. Instead, she will appear after the ending of the game if the player continues with the Frenzied Flame path, and will threaten the Lord of Frenzied Flame with Destined Death.


Melina Dialogue in Elden Ring


  • Greetings. Traveller from beyond the fog. I Am Melina. I offer you an accord.
  • Have you heard of the finger maidens? They serve the Two Fingers, offering guidance, and aid, to the Tarnished. But you, I am afraid, are maidenless. I can play the role of maiden. Turning rune fragments into strength. To aid you in your search for the Elden Ring. You need only take me with you. To the foot of the Erdtree.

If Accepting

  • Then its settled. Summon me by grace to turn runes into strength. Ahh, another matter. I bequeath to you this ring.
    [Hands over Spectral Steed Whistle]
    Use it to traverse great distances. It will summon a spectral steed named Torrent. Torrent has chosen you. Treat him with respect.

If Refusing

  • I understand. I'm asking you to put faith in but a stranger. Yet I'm certain that we can reach an understanding.
    Summon me by grace if you should reconsider.
  • Have you reconsidered my offer? (if talked to at a Site of Grace after your refusal)

More on Melina

  • This tiny golden aura is the grace of the Erdtree. This light once shone in the eyes of your Tarnished brethren.
    But now it is all that guides you. Or so I hear. The rays of grace, that guide you through your burden.
    Upon the cliff, in Castle Stormveil, is a shardbearer. A demigod who inherited a fragment of the shattered Elden Ring.
    If the rays of grace signal the castle, then the Elden Ring beckons you.
    As an ally by pact,...I pray that you are fit... To face the challenge presented by the Ring.

When Leveling Up

  • Shall I turn your runes to strength? Let my hand rest upon you, for but a moment.
    Share them with me, your thoughts, your ambitions, the principles you would follow.
  • Phew. It is done.


  • Me, I'm searching for my purpose given to me by my mother inside the Erdtree long ago, for the reason that I yet live, burned and bodyless.
    There is something for which I must apologize. I've acted the finger maiden yet I can offer no guidance, I am no maiden.
    My purpose was long ago lost...

When resting at Third Church of Marika

  • Spoken echoes of Queen Marika linger here, as well. Shall I share them with you?
  • Very well. In Marika's own words. My Lord, and thy warriors. I divest each of thee of thy grace.
    With thine eyes dimmed, ye will be driven from the Lands Between. Ye will wage war in a land afar, where ye will live, and die.
    Well? Perhaps that might serve you in lieu of a maiden's guidance.

When resting at Church of Pilgrimage

  • Spoken echoes linger here. Words of Queen Makira, who vanished long ago. If you wish, I will share them with you.
  • In Marika's own words.
    Then, after thy death, I will give back what I once claimed.
    Return to the Lands Between, wage war, and brandish the Elden Ring.
    Grow strong in the face of death. Warriors of my lord. Lord Godfrey.

When resting at the Grand Lift of Dectus Site of Grace

  • Spoken echoes of Queen Marika linger here as well. Shall I share them with you?
  • In Marika's own words. The Erdtree governs all. The choice is thine. Become one with the Order. Or divest thyself of it. To wallow at the fringes; a powerless upstart.

When resting at Altus Plateau

  • The close. Only a little further till the foot of the Erdtree, and the accord is fulfilled. It takes me back. I was born at the foot of the Erdtree. Where mother gave me my purpose. Though now, everything is lost to me. I...have to ascertain for myself. The reason for which I live, burned and bodiless.

About Boc

  • Your seamster, Boc... I see him crying, from time to time. I think he misses his mother. He wants someone to tell him he's beautiful. Does being born of a mother... Mean one behaves in such a manner?

When resting at the Capital Outskirts

  • Spoken echoes of Queen Marika linger here as well. Shall I share them with you?
  • In Marika's own words. Hear me, Demigods. My children beloved. Make of thyselves that which ye desire. Be it a Lord. Be it a God. But should ye fail to become aught at all, ye will be forsaken. Amounting only to sacrifices...

When resting at the Queen's Bedchamber after defeating Morgott, the Omen King

  • Spoken echoes of Queen Marika linger here as well. Shall I share them with you?
    In Marika's own words. O Radagon, leal hound of the Golden Order. Thou'rt yet to become me. Thou'rt yet to become a god. Let us be shattered, both. Mine other self.

When resting at Minor Erdtree Church

  • Spoken echoes of Queen Marika linger here as well. Shall I share them with you?
  • In Marika's own words. I declare mine intent, to search the depths of the Golden Order. Through understanding of the proper way, our faith, our grace, is increased. Those blissful early days of blind belief are long past. My comrades; why must ye falter?

Upon encountering Margit, The Fell Omen, or when first resting at a non-dungeon Site of Grace outside of Limgrave (most likely trigger would be Caelid's Sellia Under-Stair, found outside of Sellia Crystal Tunnel, which is reachable through being ensnared by Dragon-Burnt Ruins' transporter trap chest)

  • Forgive me. I've been...testing you. To see whether or not grace truly does guide you.
    And...whether you are fit to face the challenge that entails. It seems my worries were unfounded.
    Torrent had your measure from the very start. Whereas I merely pretended.
    There is but one other thing I can do to offer you guidance.
    I can take you to the Roundtable Hold... Gathering place of Tarnished champions, guided by Grace...
  • Very well. Let my hand rest upon you, for but a moment.

When reaching Leyndell, she can appear once you reach the East Rampart site of grace.

  • My utmost thanks. For bringing me to the base of the Erdtree. Here, I can govern my own movement. And thus, the accord is fullfiled. I shall depart to ascertain the purpose I was given. Farewell. I shall leave Torrent, and the power to turn runes into strength, here with you. I wish you luck, in realising your ambition. You have fought long and hard. I have no doubt you will become Elden Lord. May you take the throne.

When being unable to enter the Erdtree, she appears at the near site of grace.

  • Hello again, old friend. Allow me a moment to converse with you. You were unable to enter the Erdtree, no? Prevented by the mantle of barbs. The thorns are impenetrable. A husk of the Erdtree's being; that spurns all that exists without. The only way to stand before the Elden Ring...and become the Elden to pass the thorns. My purpose serves to aid in that very act. So I'd like you to undertake a new journey, with me. To the flame of ruin, far above the clouds, upon the snow mountaintops of the giants. The I can set the Erdtree aflame. And guide you. Down the path to becoming Elden Lord. (She gives the player a Rold Medallion and makes a red mark on the map.)

Upon resting at the Frenzied Flame Proscription Site of Grace in the Cathedral of the Forsaken in Leyndell, Capitol of Ash

  • If you intend to claim the Frenzied Flame, I ask that you cease. It is not to be meddled with. It is chaos, devouring life and thought unending. However ruined this world has become, however mired in torment and despair, life endures. Births continue. There is beauty in that, is there not? If you would become Lord, do not deny this notion. Please, leave the Frenzied Flame alone.
  • I ask you, one more time. Please, seek not the Frenzied Flame. As one who strives to become a Lord, deny not the lives, the new births of this world. Those who would are not fit to be called Lord. When the land they preside over is lifeless.
  • Please put a stop to this madness. The Lord of Frenzied Flame is no lord at all. When the land they preside over is lifeless.

After speaking to Enia about burning the thorns

  • "Think not, of the kindling. I shall see to that.
    All I ask of you is to make the journey.
    To the snowy mountaintops of the giants, far above the clouds.
    I know... I'm asking you to commit a cardinal sin.
    But it must be done to reach the path beyond.
    And that is the path I wish to travel.
    What is your mind?"

Upon resting at the Snow Valley Ruins Overlook Site of Grace

  • There is something I'd like to say. My purpose was given to me by my mother. But now, I act of my own volition.
    I have set my heart upon the world that I would have. Regardless of my mother's designs.
    I won't allow anyone to speak ill of that. Not even you.

When resting at First Church of Marika Site of Grace

  • Spoken echoes of Queen Marika linger here as well. Shall I share them with you?
    In Marika's own words. Hark, brave warriors. Hark, my lord Godfrey. We commend your deeds. Guidance has delivered ye through ordeal to the place ye stand. Put the giants to the sword and confine the flame atop the mount. Let a new epoch begin. An epoch glistening with life. Brandish the Elden Ring, for the Age of the Erdtree!
  • We are almost there. The flame of ruin lies just ahead. I'm glad it was you I traveled with. I must tender my thanks to Torrent, too. Thank you, Torrent. Please continue to lend your aid. Till the end.

Upon resting at the Giants' Gravepost Site of Grace and selecting "Talk to Melina". Flame Peak, Mountaintops of the Giants.

  • We're almost there. The flame of ruin lies just ahead. I'm glad it was you I travelled with. I must tender my thanks to Torrent, too. Thank you, Torrent. Please continue to lend your aid. Till the end.

Upon resting at the Forge of the Giants Site of Grace in Mountaintops of the Giants.

  • I have long observed the Lands Between.
    This world is in dire need ofrepair...
    and Death...indiscriminate...
    Are you prepared...
    To commit a cardinal sin?
  • (Answering "I'd like you to wait")
    Very well.
    Tell me, when you are fully prepared.
  • (Answering "I'm Ready")
    Very well.
    Let my hand rest upon you, for but a moment.
    (A cinematic of Melina igniting the forge)
    O Erdtree, you shall burn.
    Burn, for the sake of the new Lord.
    (Turns back at you)
    Thank you. For guiding me here.
    (Lifts hand and ignites more intensly)
    The one who walks alongside flame, 
    Shall one day meet the road of Destined Death.

Upon resting at any Site of Grace after having inherited the Frenzied Flame

  • You... have inherited the Frenzied Flame. A pity. You are no longer fit. Our journey together ends here. And remember... Should you rise as the Lord of Chaos, I will kill you, as sure as night follows day. Such is my duty, for allowing you the strength of runes. Goodbye, my companion. Goodbye, Torrent...

"Lord of Frenzied Flame" ending cutscene

  • Lord of Frenzied Flame... I will seek you, as far as you may travel... To deliver you what is yours. Destined Death.


Elden Ring Notes & Trivia for Melina

  • Her dagger, Blade of Calling, can be found by jumping off the elevator from Leyndell to the Forbidden Lands into an opening in the wall.
  • The description of her dagger refers to her as the "kindling maiden"
  • Melinas internal name in the game files is "MaricaOfDaughter". Her dialogue in the game already heavily hints at Marika being her mother.

 Melina Image Gallery

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    • Anonymous

      She is daughter of Radagon-Marika and Gloam-Eyed Queen (Velka?). Her right eye, inherited from Marika is connected to Erdtree and goes blurry when the tree is burned.

      • Anonymous

        I think people are fundamentally misunderstanding Melina's character and her role in the game's narrative. She is not your Finger Maiden. In fact, she isn't a Finger Maiden at all. Melina is a traveling companion, not your friend. She needs you to get to the Erdtree and later she needs you to burn it down. When she reaches out to you in her last cutscene, it's not meant to be sad because your friend is gone. It's meant to surprise you that Melina even cared about you at all. To me, this evoked a melanchonlic feeling of a connection lost to circumstance, which fits with the theme of leaving behind the old order and the world it created. As soon as Melina is gone, you're truly moving on to an uncertain future. Similarly, this is also why so many other NPCs die at the end of their quests.

        • Anonymous

          I think Melina is really a Ranni ghost version of Miquella. I mean, it all adds up, lore wise. She's not a girl, but a young boy.

          • Anonymous

            i kid you not this lady revived herself a hundred hours after she died in my playthrough just so she could tell me about how Boc cries at night

            • Anonymous

              Melina, I like her as a character, but she, out of all of the characters shoulda been WAY more. She's your maiden & because Melina & Hyetta are the only two maidens in the game (like legit playing the role as Maiden, not say Ranni who isnt seen as a Maiden) its hard to know what a true role of a Maiden is (as in Hyetta doesnt fight, but Melina can fight [the fight with Morgot]).

              I see Melina coulda been used as a summon, kinda like the Mimic Tear wear you could get to optimize her & using her would be more of a choice. It would have been great if she could give yiu insight on bosses around the area. Like Gideon somewhat does this when you talk to him, but Melina could be at the closest Grace location & just talk about things.

              Its also a shame how even though shes technically your closest friend in the game, you know little about her, & I get it being speculated, but like when you get to the Fire to burn the Erdtree, you dont know if she dies or not (she has been burnt before). If you do the Frenzy Flame (lets say you cure yourself later), you obviously survive the burning when you burn the Erdtree, so technically she could as well, otherwise you would die, and technically she's alive & if you cure yourself she should come back with something, whether she tries to kill you, whether you just know shed alive or she joins you again.

              Its funny, in my second playthrough, I kept her alive & cured the flame, but when I fought Godfrey, Nephali helped me out & it was cool, but really Melina shoulda been in there somewhere. I get other people not getting to be in the same spotlight, but as someone who is supposed to play the role of your Maiden, she does very little based on the overall story, & I would get it more if she couldnt fight, but during Morgot she clearly can & it just disappoints me how much FromSoftware let down Melina because I like her, but for the role that she is given, she does very little.

              • Anonymous

                Had a cracked showerthought about her: her, Malenia and Miquella are all siblings. Consider: all of Marika's and Radagon's children are born in threes(Godwyn, morgott, mohg; rykard, ranni, radhan) but malenia and miquella are the only two between marika and radagon? Plus her hair color is a perfect blend of theirs.

                • Anonymous

                  ok so lattena gets to whisper to you when you get to the mountains but our literal companion and guide doesnt get as much as a "cmon you can do it" when we are out of flasks and the boss is low on his health. bull ****ing **** FS.

                  • What a shame that she's so enigmatic and forgettable—didn't even show up at the Sites of Grace I used and forgot all about her until I saw this wiki page for her.

                    She had the potential to be similar to Nintendo's Fi or Ciela/Navi/Tatl, but oh well.

                    • Anonymous

                      Honestly, I take the frenzied flame over this girl. I do that ending just to spite her. I really don't care for this character, she just feels kind of condescending and needlessly cryptic. Maybe I could have cared if she actually had dialogue about herself or other characters in the world. Let us know what she thinks of the Ranni or Patches. Boc is the only one she mentions, and I already love Boc.

                      • Anonymous

                        ppl be getting possessed by a demon light like they know what best for her, after she taught them literally everything they needed to know to actually succeed. No, the infant tarnished knows whats best, while she does not and is crazy but we love her.

                        • Anonymous

                          Honestly From Soft missed a great chance to 1 up nintendo with MELINA. She would have been great for got for knocking Navi out of the best guide spot. Yea navi was annoying but she kept you going in the write direction.

                          Imagen if MELINA gave advice after you get recked or explained things about the game world. Like the stories of the shattering war or more about the history of each location you can visit.

                          Honestly I forget MELINA even exists. It would be cool if she Just showed up to take your hand every 5 levels. To remind use we have a fake finger madian.

                          • Anonymous

                            WTF, I purposefully accepted the Frenzied Flame so I could spare her from burning herself, then used Miquella's needle so I could mend the elden ring and not become Lord of Frenzied Flame like she had wanted. I was expecting her to show up at the end smiling and saying she couldn't believe the lengths I went to to save her and the world, and we would hold hands together at the elden throne. Instead, NOTHING! What a joke!

                            • Her scar on her left eye is the same as Ranni, sisters? Well..guess they're half sisters as Radagon is both their father. But different mother's

                              • Anonymous

                                Definitely the most forgettable level up character in Soulsborne. Even Bloodborne's lifeless Doll and DS1's mute Firekeeper feel like they had more of a personality.

                                • Anonymous

                                  Radagon: i have 2 ID...

                                  Melina: Oh REALLY i have shitloads of it also i can enter CIA, Area 51, MI6 and even in North Korea.

                                  Radagon: Oh fk!!!!

                                  • Anonymous

                                    Elden Ring: A game that presumes to be intelligent despite scripting completely rhetorical game options within a plot structure designed around consequence of choice. Bravo.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      I don't remeber in which circumstances, but I'm sure that Melina has a dialogue when resting at the Great Waterfall Crest site of grace. In this dialogue, she seems pretty anoyed or angry. As I said i dont remember what i have done to trigger it (i made ranni's ending), but i hope someone else saw it.

                                      • Anonymous

                                        I really like her aesthetic. The voice acting is pretty great especially with the frenzied flame stuff. But man, outside of that, she certainly exists.

                                        Melina is for sure a character in elden ring. I might just be biased, i'm not sure. For how long the game is, I feel like even the DS1 firekeeper left more of an impact on me as a character despite how few lines that character had.

                                        The first few times I saw the "talk to melina" option at a site of grace, I was actually very excited. But "Spoken echoes linger here" has now become something I actively avoid hearing. I'm gonna be frank, all of those are boring and confusing to me no matter how much I read or listen to them or watch lore videos

                                        Now, when she mentions boc, and hearing her thoughts about the current situation surrounding the frenzied flame (the dialogue near shabriri especially and when she leaves/begs you not to inherit it), were really fun and interesting to me.

                                        But I just care so little about becoming elden lord that she's kind of forgettable while going through the standard ending

                                        Feel like there's more they could have done with this character. I don't hate her, she's just not as interesting overall as she could have been

                                        • Anonymous

                                          As if Elden Ring didn't have enough parallels to DS2, we now have our own version of the Emerald Herald: Melina. Much like the Emerald Herald, Melina isn't a traditional Fire Keeper, the "maiden archetype" if you will, that we had in Demon's Souls, DS1, Bloodborne and DS3.

                                          Unlike the maiden archetypes from other games, both Shanalotte and Melina are characters in their own right. They don't exist just to provide a convenient service. Instead, they are more involved in the story, with their own goals and wants, and a more interesting personality, compared to the DS3 Fire Keeper for example, who just exists to serve.

                                          • Anonymous

                                            When we choose the frenzied flame ending, I like to imagine that she goes from "Im gonna be tinder for the fire" to "Im gonna end you", and then after we unfrenzy ourselves she just stands there like, "Well, great. both my fates were a lie." has a mental breakdown then lives happily ever after on some farm. Thats my head canon at least.

                                            • Anonymous

                                              In inuit mythology there is a goddess of the sun named Malina I don't think thats a coincidence. - Some guy named Dirt Imp

                                              • Anonymous

                                                So I'm kinda feeling like that the flame at the mountain of the giants real purpose is to create Marika has the first church up there, she's said to have defeated the giants fell God there, if the divine towers are connected due to their similar architecture to it those are where you empower the great perhaps that is why even if you use yourself as kindling and then use Miquella's needle to cure yourself, she doesn't return cause you robbed her of her chance to ascend to godhood.

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  after I've seen the frenzied flame ending I knew that melina is the gloamed-eyed queen and she has a strong relationship with the destined death as she mentions it a lot

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    A wise Woman once said "A hoonter should hoont beasts not hoonters." She was wrong. Instead we must hoont the simps.

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      Love how in the frenzy ending how this ***** comes and tells you how she’s going to kill you.
                                                      Dude you couldn’t even tickle Margott. How the **** do you plan on killing a powered up version of the dude that actually killed him.

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        So I suddenly came to a realization, as miquela and Malenia both have butterflies to represent them which could potentially mean they are empyrians, then there is the Melina who is connected to fire, who could have the fire butterflies to represent her...which could state her statue as an emperyan, though it could also mean that Ranni is not one herself but has somehow assumed that title. Perhaps through trickery, perhaps something to do with discarded runes perhaps Melina is a fragment of Ranni's divine soul that was sundered when she died in body.

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          So... She's definitely Radagon and Marika's child, right?

                                                          A sibling of Miquella and Malenia?
                                                          The butterfly items reflect this (Nascent - Miquella | Aeonian - Malenia | Smouldering - Melina)
                                                          The hair colour can be explained as a blend between Marika and Radagon
                                                          I don't get the eye though

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            She wears BOOTS. And she doesn't even demonstrate the loveable submissive lack of personality the firekeeper did. 0/10

                                                            • Anonymous

                                                              She talks a lot of **** and does a lot of bossing around for someone that needs me far more than i need her

                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                Guys I have a theory that will blow your mind. Melina is in fact …………….Melina. Everyone thought she was the gloam eyed queen or one of those annoying assassins but she is Melina. What are my sources you must be wondering? Well her name is Melina.

                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                  "Heavily hints" as if it isn't the most obvious thing in the universe that Melina is a demigod in-game. When she talks about "her mother in the Erdtree" what did people think she was talking about? Some other woman who happened to live closeby to the Erdtree or something?

                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                    I’m glad she is dumb enough to burn herself so I could travel with Ranni through the stars . As if I would try to fix that broken world.

                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                      Funnily enough I used cheat engine to visit the three fingers before ever meeting her. The first meeting goes as normal except after she gives you torrent she just leaves without a word, the next time you rest at a bonfire she dies her breakup speech

                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                        The description where Melina will manifest herself 1st time (not counting the cutscene in the Stranded Graveyard) it is not quite correct on this page stating that she would do so after resting at the site of grace outside Church of Ella. In fact, she could manifest herself there if certain conditions are met. Here is the full description of the game mechanics on prompting all conversations with Melina before meeting her again at the Stormwell Castle.

                                                                        Melina will first manifest herself upon resting at:
                                                                        (1) First Steps or any enclosed sites of grace – never (unless the player initially refused her offer to have her as maiden. Then, she becomes available to reconsider at any sites of grace, including First Steps and enclosed ones.)
                                                                        (2) Church of Ella or Seaside Ruins if two additional sites of grace have been discovered in the open.
                                                                        (3) Akhil Lake South if an additional site of grace has been discovered in the open, but the First Step site of grace will not count.
                                                                        (4) any other site grace in the open without need to discover any additional sites of grace.

                                                                        Second conversation with Melina about the guidance of grace becomes available at:
                                                                        (1) First Step - always
                                                                        (2) Church of Ella but only if did not initially meet her there
                                                                        (3) Gatefront but only if did not initially meet her there

                                                                        Third conversation with Melina about her purposes becomes available only after meting Renna at the Church of Ella. The conversation will become available at any site of grace (including enclosed), except the one where the player had the second conversation with her.

                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                          Does nobody else have the dialogue that she has in NG+ regarding Torrent? For me, when I got NG+ and rested as the gatefront grace to get her Accord, instead of offering the whistle (which in NG+ you spawn with), she goes “... and I see that Torrent has made himself known to you already. Treat him well.” Am I going insane, or is this piece of dialogue just something that everyone forgets about it?

                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                            I think its adorable that she will “kill us” if we inherit the frenzied flame. Like woman I killed all the Demi gods and the manifestation of the greater will. How are you going to kill us? With the power of your crappy dagger?

                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                              There's a clear connection between Ranni and Melina, we all know this. It's heavily implied Melina is a child of Marika, we also all are aware of this.
                                                                              However, besides her statement of 'Born at the foot of the Erdtree' - she mentions that she is 'burned and bodyless.' There is a charred corpse atop the divine tower in Raya Lucaria. This is the corpse of Ranni. A body tossed away, to signify Ranni's separation of herself from her Father's blood. Radagon is Marika.
                                                                              Just as Ranni is fully following the will she found with her mother Renalla, Melina follows the will of her Mother, both hoping to find their true calling. Honestly, the shattering and all events thence all revolve around the actions of these two, even our actions as the player.

                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                I don't imagine it's possible to get that heal spell she uses, that summons the little erdtree sapling....?

                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                  Another way to get to Roundtable is to lose to Margit (or beat him first try). After fighting him, rest at the grace before his boss fight and she'll take you to Roundtable Hold.

                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                    It's possible, not only that Melina is the Gloam-Eyed Queen, but that the Gloam-Eyed Queen was originally from the Eternal City. Particularly the Nameless Eternal City.
                                                                                    The Eternal Darkness sorcery. "Originally a lost sorcery of the Eternal City; the despair that
                                                                                    brought about its ruin made manifest." and one of the forbidden sorceries of Sellia, which is directly above an Eternal City. Night Maiden's Mist "Below Sellia, the Eternal City of Nokron sleeps. This sorcery originates from the maiden of that place." Melina, during Boc's questline states that "Does being born of a mother... Mean one behaves in such a manner?" And this might mean that Melina wasn't born from a mother in the traditional sense. She states, "I was born at the foot of the Erdtree..." and this is directly where Deeproot Depths is, you could consider it at the foot of the tree, or naturally, below the foot of the Erdtree. Deeproot Depths is also considered the location of the destroyed Eternal City, where Astel crashed and took away their sky, the stars, forever.
                                                                                    As stated in the game, Astel/the meteor that fell upon the Eternal City was "sent down" by the Greater Will. This would be a good enough reason as any for the Gloam-Eyed Queen to turn against the Greater Will and the gods in order to exact her vengeance for her people and her city. The Godskin Nobles are the most ancient of the apostles, and possess inhuman physiology not unlike the characteristics of the Crucible, which was the Erdtree in its primordial form, and would also make sense given the location of the Eternal City is at the roots of the Erdtree. She would recruit those touched by the Crucible
                                                                                    The Gloam-Eyed Queen was also an Empyrean chosen by "the Fingers" and it should be noted that while the Two Fingers have been referred to as the Fingers, which Hyetta also possibly uses to reference the Three Fingers when stating "May the blessing of the Fingers be upon you." which would line up with Melina, in her previous life/career as the Gloam-Eyed Queen, was chosen by the Three Fingers as their Empyrean, as the chamber to the Three Fingers connects directly to Deeproot Depths, and this is the reason Melina harbors a hatred for the Flame of Frenzy, especially as we know from Ranni, that someone with the flesh of an Empyrean is bound to the will of their Fingers.
                                                                                    The Gloam/Dusk-Eyed Queen is already a given nod towards the association with twilight, which is also associated with the Eternal Cities. And her eyes are likely this nod, as a combination of her yellow, grace-given eye, with her blue "eternal darkness" night eye, effectively combining light and night, thus the reference to "twilight" (gloam, dusk). The Eternal Cities, their use of ghostflame, and the fact that the Black Knives were Numen associated with Marika AND scions of the Eternal City (sharing a moveset with Melina, as well), and that these assassins utilized the cursemark, which is used in ghostflame/Deathbird sorceries, brings together the association with Deathbirds, and signals to the possibility that the Gloam-Eyed Queen/Melina was the Empyrean associated with the god of the Twinbirds.

                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                      melina and ranni both have sewn shut eyes; melina the left, ranni the right.
                                                                                      i believe they are two sides of the same person.

                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                        I absolutely love melina but jesus i wish she got more screentime. The godskin apostles had more appearances

                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                          I know it is easy just to level up at a site of grace but I think we should have to go to a roundtable to level up. It just feels right

                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                            So a lesbian just teleported to me, offered a honda, and disappears. Four months later she shows up outta nowhere and asks to be BURNED TO DEATH. I love elden ring, but WHAT THE HECK!?!?!?

                                                                                            • i think melatonin (melina) is THE destined death - think she made it quite clear in the flame of frenzy ending.
                                                                                              smurfette (ranni) is her 'conjoined twin sister' - they both spectres, they both have one funky eye, ranni even has her spirit floating near the doll and the doll having 4 arms - just to hammer that point in harder.
                                                                                              so we got mr corpseface (godrick) who in essence was the force of life getting shamked by 'cold dark night + destined death' - his 'soul' is destroyed - as such u could say that the nature of 'life' was subverted and he became the prince of death as he 'retained the powers of life' even in death. corpse 'lives' as it spreads throught the lands (can see his postules/eyes everywhere man). ranni+melina are two halves of the same 'coin'. this to me makes sense in the context that now getting yeeted to roundtable hold and azula makes sense as you said - we get yeeted 'into ourselves' - by melatonin. it is said melina wanders trying to find her purpose aight? she lost it when her body died - when ranni's body died. they got separated. as such i think both of them are a bit 'lost' without the other.
                                                                                              the whole lands between theme seems to be literally the whole painter story all over again.
                                                                                              we're locked in stasis of time and death, we're stuck, not moving, just rotting away slowly each day with the only thing being able to heal this whole situation is a flame of destined death. we're not meant to be like that, nothing is that's why its 'destined' death. that's why godrick body is an abomination springing forth more abominations of false 'life' in the form of undead/hollows (ya noticed how when u come near those poor sobs they just cover themselves in anticipation of u smacking them and most aren't hostile till you start whaling on them?). this 'painting' (as if you lock a scene in one spot in time you essentially create a painting) called the lands between needs to go bye bye so that a new canvas can be set and painted upon.
                                                                                              and finally - the flame color thing - i am pretty darn sure that initially flame was designed as being linked with 3 fingers (as u acutely pointed out 2+3 fingers = hand = grace of god that has now turned away btw from the lands between) they done too much messing about with flames etc during patches for it not to be the case. as such i think that 2 fingers is not the will of the 'god' and this makes u be able to extrapolate that neither whatever the fook is 3 fingers up to is. if we look at em like yin/yang - it can't be that the original idea behind frenzied flame would be to go michael bay on everything in existence - its not the same as fire - its FRENZY, its madness - it is not 'chaos' vs 'order' its oblivion. chaos is a force of creation and destruction - while order is the glue that ties all of the **** that chaos spews out into 'reality'. the fact we got multiple 'dead' 2 fingers all around lands between signifies imo that the forces of 'order' and 'chaos' are imbalanced, people threw the single 3 finger down the rabbit hole as far as they could and collectively tried to forget it exist - they tried to eliminate chaos in its entire nature both of creation and destruction - it went mental obvs due to that and became a corrupted tormented version of that force. as such there's no 'saving' the lands between, the current status quo needs to be literally burned down to the ground and the 'holy spirit' (aka the elden beast) of the 'god' must be yeeted out of the world. artist needs now to paint us a new painting and use new brushes cuz em old ones are no good and rotten at this point.
                                                                                              and i sure hope the artist paints us a fooken bloodborne 2.
                                                                                              its amazing how the same ****ing premise (Demon Souls, Dark Souls 123, Bloodborne, Elden Ring) can be retold so many times by the same group of people and each time be both intriguing and thought provoking.

                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                It hurt losing her after accepting the frenzied flame. I at least thought well Hyetta is good company too, she then dies. Now I’m thinking that’s it Shabriri better answer for all this. I teleport back to the mountain and he’s conveniently dead as well, what a scam.

                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                  Anyone else curious about the image on the right in the melina gallery on this page, she is depicted as having one eye closed just like Ranni does, if you have a close look at her when she speaks to you at Ranni's rise she has one eye closed and one open, its the same when she falls asleep, is there any significance to both melina and ranni depicted as having one eye closed and the other open?

                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                    every day i am so sad that i can't "Talk to Melina" at every site of grace if for no reason other than to hear her say the leveling up dialogue and hold her hand every time!!!!!!!!

                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                      i got frenzied flame ending and she didn't even show up to make good on her promise. pathetic weakling knows when she's outmatched, i guess.

                                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                                        At least we got to see Fire Keeper every time we leveled up. We barely see this woman, much less get attached to her. I didn’t want to hate her, but she just seems like wasted potential for a good character.

                                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                                          I wish the game notified you when Melina had dialogue at a Site of Grace. Thsre are a ton of graces where I skipped her because I didn't rest. A small [Melina has something to say to you] at the bottom of the screen, like the [A new Draconic Power has been unlocked] notifications, would've created an entire world of difference

                                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                                            not simp worthy, but millicent? she can help you fight 5 bosses, now thats waifu material.


                                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                                              In all the works of the excellent George R. R. Martin, whenever a woman proclaims that she is no maid, it means she is not a virgin. Therefore, I submit that Melina has taken a lover at some point. Perhaps several but for some reason I believe it only to be one. Her chastity is something of a gift in her perspective. I base this on how she behaves and speaks in game.

                                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                                Absolutely wasted character, barely see her a few times and then she just vanishes at the end...she could've been a really cool character if they added her in parts of the game as you progressed and she helped explain where you were, who lived there, what to expect etc, kinda like a guide of sorts, but instead she rambles in the classic style of From Software where half the sentences make no sense, and then she's gone! and the best part, you don't even get to say goodbye to her..

                                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                                  The fact she is underutilized is obvious to everyone, but I find it fascinating that the most she talks in quick succesion on different Graces is when you go to the Frenzied Flame. That's the most you can see Melina. It's essentially 4-5 times. 3 times she tells you not to do it. 1 time she tells you and Torrent bye bye. And technically you can add when you first reach Mountaintops of Giants when she tells you that she want to do it out of her own will, which I think is deliberate as there is Shabriri watching it all.

                                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                                    i only talked to her.. like maybe 2 or 3 times?(when you first meet her, and she gives you torrent, and at the capital.... huh i guess only twice i guess) i honestly forgot that she even existed till when i got to the capital and rested, and she just went "k bye".

                                                                                                                    • Wow she only appears in limgrave for leveling up cutscene. In NG+2 I killed the ''spoiler start'' draconic tree sentinel leading to the capital but had to stop and teleport back to gatefront ruins to get her to spawn because you have to visit the two fingers to open the seal to the capital ''spoiler end'' I was resting at every overworld site of grace on the way starting from liurnia and it just didn't happen. Really thought the devs would at least force spawn her after the boss I talked about previously.

                                                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                                                        :Spoliers: I talked to Shabriri before going to the Cathedral of the Foresaken on my NG+ run because I’ve been trying to play the quest in a way that makes sense chronologically. Since Shabriri points you towards the flame of frenzy proscription, I thought heading there after talking to him would garner different results. When I rested after killing mogh I got a prompt to speak with melina where she did most of speech up until the please leave the flame alone. Instead of talking about how life would cease to exist she says she’ll be kindling and you don’t need to inherit the frenzied flame. Shabriri tells you to inherit the flame to save her and she knows what you’re trying to do when you get there it seems. She continued her speech at the proscription on why you shouldn’t inherit the flame, saying the same stuff she would about the land being lifeless if you talked to her without talking to Shabriri. Now I’m not sure if you have to do Yuras quest line, or if it’s just an option of dialogue at the cathedral I misssd. It’s also not the same as Enias kindling dialogue. I haven’t seen it posted here or anywhere I’ve looked, if anyone has a link please share it.

                                                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                                                          how does Melina know the exact words of Marika? She knows about plots with Radagon and the shattering, with speaking to godfreys warriors, telling her children to fight each other and become some Lord or God, which seems like a green light for the war...etc, it seems like Melina is Marikas righthand or somthing. I wonder if she travels in the same manner as with the player. She is invisible and only appears sometimes, but is aware of what is going on, like when she confronts you about the frenzied flame. I wonder if Marika has been keeping her secret, since she is a kindling maiden with the power to destroy the erd tree.

                                                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                                                            I had an awesome moment when I summoned her for Morgott's fight. When we were entering the second phase of the fight, I casted elden stars and got on the ground whilst she simultanteously casted one of her spells and the two Ancient Erdtree symbols appeared at the same time.

                                                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                                                              Vaati's observation that the 3 butterflies- Aeonian, Nascent, and Smoldering- represent Malenia, Miquella, and Melina respectively, and that Melina is a third child of Marika and Radagon, got me thinking about a couple theories.

                                                                                                                              1. An Empyrean is an individual particularly receptive to the wills of Outer Gods. All Empyreans we know of, except Miquella and Dusk-Eyed Queen, are associated with one. Malenia with Rot, Ranni with the Dark Moon, and of course Marika and the Greater Will. The Two Fingers likely claim these people as Empyreans to try to "reserve" them for the Greater Will only.

                                                                                                                              2. Assuming Melina is an Empyrean then, she could be associated with the Outer God of the Death Rite/Twin birds. She's obviously related to Death, and her tattoo is shaped like a four toed bird foot.

                                                                                                                              3. Melina's curse, similar to the twins rot and eternal childhood, could be existing only in spirit, "burned and bodiless".

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