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This is a list of characters from the Arland branch of the Atelier series who made their first appearance in Atelier Meruru.

For Meruru, Totori, Rorona, Sterk, Astrid, Gio, Mimi, Pamela, and Hagel, see the main Arland character page.
For other characters who made their debut in Rorona, Totori, and Lulua, see their respective character pages.

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Playable Characters

    Keina Swaya 

Keina Swaya

Voiced by: Kaori Satou (JP, Meruru), Yuki Iwabuchi (JP, Lulua), Christine Marie Cabanos (EN)

Appears in: Meruru (playable), Lulua (NPC)

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Keina in Meruru
Click to see Keina in Lulua

A maid in charge of keeping the Arls castle clean, and a close friend of Meruru.


  • Born Lucky: She has seemingly supernatural levels of good luck to the point good things always seem to happen around her. She herself has no idea how this keeps happening.
  • Childhood Friends: With Meruru and Lias.
  • Crutch Character: She's useful in the early game where having a healer is helpful and Meruru doesn't have many party member options, but since items will outclass Keina's abilities very quickly, she's usually the first party member to get benched.
  • Grew a Spine: While she wasn't necessarily a Shrinking Violet in Meruru, she was still relatively deferential and a little timid in others' presence. In Lulua, perhaps because she's not a servant anymore, she becomes much more assertive and willing to put her foot down. This is a very good thing in regards to her relationship with Meruru, because it means she's capable of actually keeping Meruru in check instead of letting her get a little too far ahead of herself.
  • The Medic: In Meruru, she carries medicine and first-aid supplies in her basket.
  • Hyperspace Arsenal: In her super move, she reaches into her basket and pulls out either a huge pill bottle or a massive squeaky hammer, both of which are much bigger than the basket.
  • Improbable Weapon User: She wields a basket stuffed with sleeping drugs.
  • The Medic: In Meruru, Keina always makes sure to pack lots of medical equipment when heading out, and all of her skills are healing or buffs.
  • Meido: Averted; despite the series' reputation for fanservice as an Eastern RPG, Keina is portrayed quite closely to how you would expect a European-style royal attendant to be.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In the "Strongest Princess" ending of Meruru and in Lulua, it turns out she'd done a hell of a ton of Level Grinding entirely offscreen and now wields an axe, a far cry from the Crutch Character White Mage she was in Meruru. Sadly, she isn't a recruitable party member in Lulua, so we don't get to see how far she can go in battle, but we do at least get to see a glimpse of her being pretty terrifying.
  • White Mage: All of her abilities in Meruru are healing or buffs.

    Lias Falken 

Lias Falken

Voiced by: Mitsuhiro Ichiki (Japanese), Bryce Papenbrook (English)

Appears in: Meruru (playable)

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The castle's gatekeeper and one of Meruru's Childhood Friends. A diligent and hard worker, he looks up to his older brother, Rufus, and wants to earn his approval.


  • Always Second Best: He has a complex regarding Rufus, because he feels he'll never be able to match up to or compare to him.
  • Childhood Friends: With Meruru and Keina.
  • Cosmic Plaything: In contrast to Keina's supernaturally good luck, Lias has supernaturally bad luck, even getting himself caught in a bear trap by accident at one point.
  • Crutch Character: In the early parts of the game, Lias will be your strongest character thanks to his high damage. Other characters will quickly catch up once you become able to craft stronger items for them.
  • Does Not Like Spam: He hates mushrooms, largely because Meruru kept accidentally feeding him poisonous ones when they were kids.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Gets jealous of Meruru for always getting his brother's attention.
  • Pile Bunker: Wields a special gauntlet that fires large metal spikes.
  • Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: Some of his moves involve punching an enemy rapidly, including his super.
  • Shrinking Violet: When he was younger, something Meruru remembers more than he'd like her to.
  • The Stoic: It's easy to mistake him for being cold, but he's actually just not very expressive. Otherwise, he's a Nice Guy.
  • "Well Done, Son" Guy: He really wants Rufus's approval, which isn't helped that he also has an inferiority complex about never being as good as him.

    Rufus Falken 

Rufus Falken

Voiced by: Takehito Koyasu (Japanese), Sam Riegel (English)

Appears in: Meruru (DLC)

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The king's advisor and butler, and Lias' older brother. He is strict and frequently lectures Meruru.


  • The Ace: He's hyper-intelligent and runs most of the kingdom as an administrator, and Lias hasn't been able to surpass him in combat yet. He also, somehow, knows how to always appear exactly when needed to the point Meruru comments on it.
  • Aloof Big Brother: To Lias. In truth, he actually respects Lias's abilities quite a lot, and it's because he has high expectations of him that he can come off as a little cold to him.
  • Birds of a Feather: He's actually quite a lot like Sterk in the sense that he respects the concept of knighthood and even uses a messenger pigeon. The problem is that he's practical enough to know there isn't much use for a knighthood right now, and he and Sterk end up getting in a petty argument over whether white or black pigeons are better.
  • Battle Butler: He's quite capable of fighting to the point he can join your party via DLC.
  • Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: For his Limit Break, he discards his riding crop in favor of pummeling the enemy with his bare hands, ending with an uppercut that makes them into A Twinkle in the Sky.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: He's the one who came up with the compromise so that Meruru could continue practicing alchemy while fulfilling her royal duties, and he's quite open towards facility construction proposals such as Astrid's alchemy facilities and Rorona's pie shop.
  • Stern Teacher: Towards Meruru and, in a sense, Lias.
  • Super-Speed: Rufus is so fast that he can do two actions per turn.
  • A Taste of the Lash: His weapon is a riding crop, which he'd apparently previously used to discipline Meruru.
  • Unmanly Secret: He loves sweets, including pies. It's enough of an Open Secret that Meruru's known about it for a long time, but that doesn't stop him from trying to hide it anyway.
  • Whip of Dominance: He is a Battle Butler that fights with a riding crop, fitting his status as a cold, callous, and duty-driven man who acts like a Stern Teacher to Princess Meruru. His weapons are even called "Teacher's Whip" and "Punishment Lash".

    Hanna Olses 

Hanna Olses

Voiced by: Sanae Kobayashi (Japanese), Julie Ann Taylor (English)

Appears in: Meruru (DLC)

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A shopkeeper who runs an outdoor shop and is relatively close friends with Meruru.


  • Cuteness Proximity: Towards the Homs and Chims.
  • Genki Girl: She's quite friendly and active in going around to get materials for her shop, and it's easy to see why she gets along with Meruru.
  • I'm Taking Her Home with Me!: Upon seeing the Homs, she asks Meruru if she can take them home with her because they're just so darned cute.
  • Intrepid Reporter: She publishes newspapers about what's going on in Arls throughout the month, which will usually contain the most interesting things of note the player had done recently. Some of the stories she publishes make you wonder what exactly she had to do to get that information.
  • Kissing Under the Influence: Since Tiffani's not in Meruru, you might expect that nobody's going to become the victim of a drunk shopkeeper this time, right? Think again: according to Hanna, she's had feelings for Meruru for a long time, and she really wants to act on them.
  • Precision-Guided Boomerang: Her weapon of choice.
  • The Dragonslayer: If she reaches Level 50, she becomes confident enough to start slaying dragons, and her shop will start stocking dragon scales and tusks.

Other Characters

    Dessier Hahlsner Arls 

Dessier Hahlsner Arls

Voiced by: Masaki Terasoma (Japanese), Kirk Thornton (English)

Appears in: Meruru

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Meruru's father and the king of Arls.


  • The Lost Lenore: A familial one instead of a romantic one, but the loss of his younger sister Sofra is still weighing on his heart, and it's a big reason he reacts towards Meruru the way he does.
  • Parents as People: He could have probably smoothed things over a little easier with Meruru if he'd been willing to be open about the fact he was worried about her going down a dangerous path instead of simply acting like a Fantasy-Forbidding Father about her alchemy for the sake of it. Nevertheless, it's understandable why it'd be a painful topic for him, as well as why he'd have this kind of concern for his daughter. He even admits himself that he was being a little selfish in withholding the information.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: The only thing that's really Fantasy-Forbidding Father about him is that (without the context of his concerns about Meruru becoming too much like Sofra) he seems strangely cold about the idea of her getting into alchemy in itself when it's a perfectly reasonable thing for anyone to take an interest in. Other than that, he's very right about the fact Meruru has royal duties she needs to be fulfilling instead of slacking off, and he's willing to make a compromise with her despite his own misgivings.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: The plot of Meruru is centered around the fact he and Gio agreed it would be better for the country if it merged with Arland, so he wants to develop the country as much as possible while he's still its king.
  • So Proud of You: He tells Meruru this if she manages to complete the tasks she's given with alchemy.

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