|Dragon Quest series character|
|Dragon Quest VII|
Maeve (マチルダ, Machiruda, formerly Matilda in the PSX version) is a character in Dragon Quest VII.
Maeve is a tall, physically fit woman with long, curly blonde hair and blue eyes. Her outfit is remarkably similar to the female Warriors from Dragon Quest III. She wears a metal bikini top, a fauld, a horned helmet, pauldrons, gloves, boots, and carries a round shield, all in pink. Around her waist, she wears a blue belt with purple cloth attached like a skirt, and she also wears black sleeves and socks. She carries a sword in a scabbard at the left side of her waist.
In her monstrous form, Maeve is a large skeleton and keeps her horned helmet, shield, boots, gloves, and waistguard. She now wears a blue breastplate with pauldrons and a long, tattered pink cape with purple lining attached to the shoulders. Her sword becomes larger and more deadly.
Maeve is the sister of Molloy (Rex in the original English localization), for whom the town of Ballymolloy (Rexwood in the original English localization) is named. When she was young, monsters attacked the town. As an able warrior, Molloy decided to fight back against the monsters. He gave his sister a wooden doll that he had carved. The plan was that Molloy would be the first in a wave of attacks from the village. However, when the time came to fight, none of the villagers could summon their courage to help Molloy. Because of this, Molloy continued fighting the monsters, waiting for reinforcements that never came. When the monsters were defeated, Molloy returned bloodied and died soon after. Maeve, fueled by grief and driven by a mysterious evil voice, grew bitter at the villagers' cowardice. She began to resent them and was turned into a monster resembling a fright knight.
Sometime before the party arrives in Ballymolloy, Maeve steals all the women and orders the villagers to destroy their town or they would never see the women again. Hanlon tries to bring the women back but is gravely injured. Maeve, seeing Patrick, Hanlon's son, elects to bring the fallen warrior back to Ballymolloy.
Maeve first meets the party in the Oddwoods outside of Ballymolloy. She offers weeds to some nearby graves because she had no flowers to offer. Maribel gives her some flower seeds and, moved by her kindness, Maeve escorts them to the town, but slips away quietly just as they arrive.
She meets them again at the entrance to Rainbow Mines. The party tells her why they have come to the mine and asks her to help them find a green gem. She declines to help them. However, as soon as the party finds a green gem, Maeve returns and helps the party obtain a piece of it. At the same time, gives them a wooden doll. She says that it is a memento of her brother, but she doesn't need it anymore.
She is last seen in the Tower where she reveals her true form after defeating the Crabble-rouser. After defeating the crab, the party is shocked to find out that Maeve is actually the leader of the monsters. Maeve lands the finishing blow on the monster and confirms Hanlon's suspicions. She tells them that only her death will bring back the women of Ballymolloy. The party defeats her. The party will have two choices: they can let Hanlon slay her or protect her from Hanlon. Either way, she will inform the party on how to return to their own time. After conveying that information, she uses the last of her strength to lift the darkness from Ballymolloy.
As A Temporary Party Member
Maeve joins the party temporarily. Her regular attack does 30 HP. Her Dragon Slash does the same amount of damage due to the lack of Dragon type monsters in Ballymolloy. She can also use Lightning Slash which does 40 HP. Finally, she can use Heal which can heal one party member 30 HP.
As A Boss
The party fights Maeve in the Tower. She has about 250 HP. However, she does not attack at all. Maeve will either defend, use Defending Champion which causes all attacks to do 1-2 HP damage, or simply watch. The party should attack without fear of reprisal. After several turns, Maeve will be defeated. The battle can also come to an end early if a character uses the wooden doll on her.
Maeve is the Anglicized form of the Celtic name "Medb", which means 'intoxicating' or 'she who intoxicates'. In Irish legends, Medb is the name of a warrior queen of Connacht, the western province of Ireland. She is best known for her role in the famous Ulster Cycle. In the original Japanese game and the PSX version, her name is Matilda, which comes from the Germanic name Mahthildis which means strength in battle. Both names are indicative of her status as a female warrior and her role in the story of Ballymolloy.
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