Merlinus: So, Sir Marcus... where is the front line of the battle today?
Merlinus: Sir Marcus...are you entirely satisfied with this duty...? Guarding the transporter must be rather dull...
Marcus: Not at all. This is a very important duty that has been assigned to me. As a loyal servant of our lord, I must carry out my duties faithfully.
Merlinus: Hmm... I see... Well, Sir Marcus, would you like to try one of these? They are a specialty of “Chez Merlinus,” you might say...
Marcus: Mmmm. Baked puddings... But to partake of these in the midst of battle...
Merlinus: Oh, go ahead...just have one...
Marcus: My... Mmm... I see... Why, these are quite scrumptious!
Merlinus: Aren’t they?
Marcus: Mmm. Its charm lies in the variety of textures inside and without... And the distinctive taste of these apples stewed in honey reminds me of a certain well-known pastry shop in Ostia... Although...you may be relying too much on the sweetness to carry the weight of this confection... Hmm... Yes, I think that about sums it up... Hm? What’s wrong?
Merlinus: L-Lord Marcus... I had no idea you were such a knowledgeable epicure!
Merlinus: So, Sir Marcus, what do you think of how this army is being run?
Marcus: What do you mean?
Merlinus: Well, I may not know much about military organization, but... Shouldn’t we be more involved in the decisions being made?
Marcus: Why do you say that?
Merlinus: Well, Lord Hector, Lord Eliwood, and Lady Lyndis are still so young... Is it really all right to leave all of the leadership decisions to Lord Eliwood in the coming battles? As an experienced knight, don’t you have any anxieties about this?
Marcus: None at all.
Merlinus: Not even a little?
Marcus: I trust Lord Eliwood. So long as Lord Eliwood is in command, I have no trepidations about the course of battles to come...
Merlinus: So... You really do have such faith in your liege lord! Well, this old merchant has seen the light! I say, I have been far too cynical and mistrusting for far too long! I will try to redouble my trust in our lords! Sir Marcus! Help this humble merchant protect his wares with all of your might!
Marcus: ...Merlinus. It is never a good idea to yell like that on a battlefield unless you are inviting attack...
Merlinus: So this went...here. And where did this go again?
Merlinus: Uwaaah! N-Nino, don’t shout like that!
Nino: Still sorting stuff? Let me help...
Merlinus: No! I don’t want these things scattered again!
Merlinus: Now you’re going to listen closely to old Merlinus here, because...
Nino: Hey, Merlinus, what have you got there?
Merlinus: Ulp...! This? Why, uhh...
Nino: It smells good. What are you eating?
Merlinus: Now hold on, Nino! Don’t get the wrong idea!
Nino: What idea?
Merlinus: I realize how important it is that we properly ration our supplies on the field. I certainly hope you won’t accuse me of sitting around eating our rations while you are all off fighting and such!
Merlinus: That is to say... I must... I must keep up my strength to sell my wares, you see! So, don’t tell anyone about it, especially Sir Lowen! It’ll be our little secret, eh?
Nino: Secret? Um, yeah. All right. Anyway, so can I help out?
Merlinus: Ohhhhhh... Fine then!
Nino: Yaay! I’ll do my best!
Merlinus: Now look out, don’t step on my... Ah! This child is an imp with the face of an angel!
Merlinus: Yaaawn! Ahh, another peaceful day in the life of a transporter...
Vaida: Are you Merlinus?!
Merlinus: Hya... Hyaaaa!!
Vaida: Why are you screaming, little man? I am your ally, not your foe! You do understand that, don’t you?
Merlinus: Ah, of course, Dame Vaida! A-And what business do you have with me?
Vaida: I am your guard today. And I may see you more often in the future, as well.
Vaida: Well, don’t you look excited? I’m glad to see it. I’m glad of it, myself. You make good bait to draw the enemy near... I don’t know how well it will work, but it seems like a good ploy to try...
Merlinus: Hyaa... This is terrifying! These Bern soldiers love fighting more than eating! With friends like these, who needs enemies? ...Ohohohoh!