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3 years ago

Favourite MARDEK character? (EDIT)

◊ Posted by A β Pseudolonewolf
Categories: MARDEK
As I revise MARDEK's story and characters, I can't help but wonder constantly which of the characters people care about the most... Especially when I wonder things like "hey, what if this character was killed off here?!" Surely that wouldn't be appreciated if it was a character that people liked!!1 (And no, I'm not killing off characters casually.)

Anyway, I've started a poll about this here: ∞ LINK ∞

I used an external site rather than this site's poll feature because that allows more answers, and it allows non-members to vote too. I'm rather curious to see what the results will be!

EDIT: Due to complaints, I've replaced the poll with a different one from a different provider.

on 11 Roots



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timtoborne 19 United States MelancholicPhlegmatic ENTP 512 186C
i personally think that you outta just keep all the same characters, and add a few new characters. If Mereaedor is cut, so help me god, i will cry.

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I was really surprised by this poll, I always thought that Mereaedor was a lot more popular, but seeing him at a dismal 5% was... sad...

He's an amazing inventor (Literally building on of the other characters (Or 4, depending on how you look at it), with an amazing moveset. Just jam a mirrilixir in the potion sprayer and win the battle. But I always thought he was a really likable character who was practically Tesla.

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With 14 characters, it seems a bit rough to only be able to pick one - it would be more interesting to be able to vote for say four or something, I think. With such a big cast it's possible to like more than one character! I voted for Vehrn, but I regret not being able to vote for Emela and Gloria as well.

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I'm missing the option of whichever one kicks the bucket.
Deliverance for best Marduk.

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PixelTzar 26 United States INTP 564 37C
I enjoyed leveling Sslen'ck myself because he was strange at first talking like a lizard and that kinda stuck on me plus he is the only character with a giant battle axe to swing an he knows it.

I also enjoyed playing Legion and solar who I found the most useful of the group for powerful attacks (Legion) and decent healing/somedmg(Solar),

I am surprised Steele is on the list though because we only control Steele for a minute or so he is very aggressive and I we could control him for a time that is not limited to 1 battle I wouldn't mind trying that.

I am also surprised Mardek is on there... Mardek the main Character(as I see it or his body sharing partner Rudolf could be). Would you kill him off?

Finally I would like to ask for the return of Deugan. It was a noble deed he did when he did what he did at the end of 2. I know from what I read in that part of the Encyclopedia I think he may of survived but I didn't read 2 or 3 of the notes because I didn't find them and my 84 hour save reset last year...

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Swordoath 18 United States CholericPhlegmatic INFP 4w5 128C
Meraeador, while difficult to spell, is my personal choice.
His skills and aspirations are unique, at least in game.
He's been sort of an outcast among the townspeople.
He's a genius. He built a robot. He builds his own weapons.
He even stutters. He was Mardek and Duegan's childhood... Neighbor?
He's kindred, genuinely intelligent.
What's not to like?

I feel that he'd be one of the harder losses for Mardek, as he'd known him so long. And then there was that spark of 'more-than-friendship' between him and Gloria.

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I enjoyed Steele's over the top personality and hatred for everything. He's probably better off as that bumbling antagonistc miniboss, but I did enjoy the Mardek's version of a Monk for that brief moment in part 2.

I personally enjoy all of the characters, so i just focused on "playstyle"/class when choosing.

I'm sorry for loving everything

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I actually hoped for Steelee to kinda just slightly improve his attitude and join the protagonist team permanently. Kinda "Dark is not Evil" vibes. He could still be somewhat brutish and annoying, but for me it wasn't anywhere near the levels it achieved for others.

I kinda appreciated that at first he directed his aggression at the people it should be directed at, the people who deserved it - I mean, while he didn't have the most noble of intentions, we saw him being cruel to who? The bandits? You know, I wouldn't call it a bad thing in itself.

I suppose playing as him also got me somewhat attached, brief as it was. Chapter 3 kinda flandrelized his character though.

Although he wouldn't be the only one... I didn't exactly like how forward Elwyen was in that chapter... Otherwise she was kinda cute, but when she made that stupid face and said those stupid things... Ugh.

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Kalin 42 United States MelancholicPhlegmatic INTJ 5w6 201C
It was a tough choice among the female chars (-Sharla +Solaar).

Elwyen: most powerful
Solaar: most cute
Gloria: most mature (she and Zach were the only ones that felt like adults)

But in the end, I just plain like Emela the most.

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thecatteam 23 United States MelancholicSanguine ISTJ 592 12C
I haven't played Mardek in such a long time that I've forgotten who the characters are! But I would appreciate a shorter, episodic re-release type of thing. Mardek 3 was so huge that I was intimidated (since I don't usually play long RPG games)!

I don't think people would be *angry* if a loveable character was killed off. They'd just be really sad! And sometimes being really sad makes the player/reader get more invested!

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Here's my opinions of all the characters listed, I guess.

Mardek: A nice guy, with good skills. He's so dimwitted he's hard not to like. While generally he seemed 'overdone' in some aspects (his "Well" saying, for example) I still loved his character, and I can understand why he'd be easy to get attached to.

Deugan: My favorite character from the series, he seems life-like and relateable, but also kinda cool at the same time. In combat, he was quite useful and strong, and the way he holds his greatsword and such just adds to the likeability. I like that he 'hides under a mask' and fears things, as it makes him seem realer.

Emela: My second favorite character over all, and a potent spellcaster too! She's a lot like Deugan, in that she hides under a mask, and seems life-like. Her way of speaking is also nice, and I like how... unsure she seems. She isn't 'not there' like Vehrn is, just more conflicted betweeen duty and friendship.

Zach: I feel this guy gets too much hype, but I like him somewhat. He isn't terrible in combat, and while his personality was bland and boring to me, he just seemed kinda cool and not pushing off-character ever. Of course, that also means he'd be easy to eliminate. I wouldn't mind this, but I know others would.

Vehrn: The overconfident paladin makes me laugh all the time. He's an excellent fighter, and his over-zealous attitude seems interesting, but a little overdone. Otherwise, I like that he is devoted and cares about what he does, but he's such a "one note character" and I feel he was mainly added for laughs over anything else.

Donovan: THIS GUY DOESN'T GET ENOUGH LOVE!! I like his character a lot, and yes, while he DOES seem the weakest in combat, it's because of the low amount of air enemies you face. He seems like the natural leader he was intended to be, and I almost voted for him when I saw he had no votes... why does nobody appreciate Donovan?

Sharla: I find her bland. She isn't that interesting, and while she is nice, she doesn't give off enough of an impact in the game. Maybe she will in the remake, who knows? Otherwise, she's okay in combat, but there are better characters, and her silence doesn't add enough diversity to her to interest me enough.

Elwyen: She's kinda one-note, and I don't like her perosnality. She's that annoying clingy character I sometimes just wish jumped off the moral coil. She's great in combat, and her dodging is excellent, but otherwise, I just don't like her. Take it for what it is. My opinion on this probably won't change. She isn't my least favorite though.

Gloria: I don't mind her, but I don't hate her either. She seems a little obsessed with nature. In combat, she's essential, and she seems practical. Despite this, she has pretty much no back-story...

Mereador: His stutter is annoying, but I like his character and move-set. I never used him that much except in boss battles. Maybe with a rewrite I'd like him more than I do, but for now, he's kinda in the 'okay, but I wouldn't care if he died or not.'

Solaar: I love this guy, she's so funny, and essential in combat as well. Maybe not the most diverse character. I wouldn't want him dead though, especially since she is so interesting! Sadly, doesn't have much backstory.. I feel Solaar could get a bit of a rewrite as well.

Sslen'ck: Not at ALL fond of this guy, don't know why he has so many votes. He's just some bland warrior guy who isn't that useful in combat, and he honestly could either be removed or get a good solid rewrite. I'm surprised he has more votes than Donovan and a few others.

Legion: A hilarious useful character who is fun to use and get all the the skills for, he's likely my favorite ally, but not much can be said about his personality or his looks. If Baron von Doomkill was gone though, I"d be very happy.

Steele: Must he be on this list over honorable mentions like Bartholio and Aaila? I don't like him at all, but that makes sense. He's one note and bland.. but rather fun to use in combat. Still, like a few of the others, I wouldn't mind him gone.

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I personally find any of the characters who aren't human fascinating, an alien culture is something that i would like to see explored further, Sslen'ck prehaps doesn't do the best job to do that. A rewrite would be nice for his character however. And legion having the four conflicting personalities is amazing! I wouldn't want any of them changed or removed.