- Sun Dec 12, 2021 3:50 pm
Having now seen the new CG trailer, definitely seems to be implied that Melina here may be some spirit messenger or catalyst being used by the character seen in said trailer. Having said that, I'm going to speculate a bit and say that the new character seen in the trailer is Queen Marika, especially when considering the fact that she along with everyone else in her bloodline has multiple limbs and white hair. In turn I feel the reason Melina wishes us to take her to the Erdtree is due to it either containing the Elden Ring or Queen Marika herself who has either been in hiding or locked away. As it seems that fighting the Queen's various offspring is a common occurrence, I'm going to agree with what others have said and that, while not fighting Melina in the form we see her here, we could be fighting Queen Marika once the catalyst that is Melina is reunited with her. Something else of note, while Melina's etymology is a bit in the air, having done some digging perhaps the name is even hinting at deception given something I found in a forum when doing some research while trying to find a meaning behind Melina "The only etymological dictionary that quotes the word (melina) is the one by Bańkowski, who doesn't really know the origin, and writes "maybe from "mylina" (mylić = to deceive")."