|Game||Tales of Berseria|
|Age|| •130 (chronologically)|
|Japanese Voice Actor||Nobuo Tobita|
Melchior Mayvin (メルキオル・メーヴィン Merukioru Meevin?) is a major antagonist in Tales of Berseria. He is a legate elder from the Abbey who is well-versed in the ancient legends and a master in alchemy. His years of experience places him as an adviser for Artorius Collbrande, the head of the exorcists.
Melchior mostly works in the shadows on behalf of the Abbey, usually appearing in secluded places where he can use his illusionary abilities to the fullest extent. It is revealed late in the game that he was Magilou's foster father and served as her mentor before she left the Abbey, around ten years prior to the game's story. Melchior has a fondness for flowers, which Magilou ultimately uses to her advantage in the group's final confrontation with him. Velvet Crowe devours Melchior and uses his soul, along with the souls of Oscar Dragonia, Teresa Linares, and Shigure Rangetsu, to awaken the Empyreans of legend in order to overcome Innominat's power.
After his second defeat by the group, Melchior mentions that he follows the ideals of King Claudin Asgard, who was also an exorcist long ago and, according to him, stated, "Man can turn reason into disorder, but also can we surpass it. Our true power is in transcending the possible to achieve the ideal," which is why he follows "reason". However, in a skit in the game, Laphicet reads a book titled, Words and Deeds of the Hero King, in which Claudin's full statement was, "My people, you must always live with great vigor and hold hope for the world and for our future. Man can turn reason into disorder, but also can we surpass it. Our true power is in transcending the possible to achieve the ideal. My people, you must live without hesitation. Hold hope in your hearts. Hold hope for tomorrow." This seemingly infers that Melchior either misinterpreted his words or ignored the true meaning of Claudin's words, as Claudin never mentioned completely ignoring one's emotions and simply following reason.
Appearance and Personality
Melchior is an elderly man with fair skin and a gray beard. His attire is comprised of a uniform befitting of the Abbey and his status within it: a long beige coat, black pants, and a large, extravagant hat, which is beige on the bottom and teal on the top. This same teal is mirrored in a sash he keeps wrapped around the torso of his coat. Melchior recognizes the importance of the exorcists' missions and that they cannot always be accomplished through good deeds, and to that point, is willing to do unpleasant deeds. Though mostly a support to the organization with strategy and resources, he himself is a powerful arte-wielder.