|“||I feel like we're getting distracted. Zhong is under attack. People are dying. Who knows how many cities have fallen by now? I've come a long way in good faith, but i'm starting to wonder how my presence in Amaya is helping the war in Zhong. When will we learn what you Greencloaks want from us? I didn't cross Erdas to run races and kick sacks of sand.||”|
–Meilin, Wild Born
Meilin is stunningly beautiful. Being the daughter of a very high-ranked Zhongese general, she wears expensive clothing. She has brown eyes, long dark hair, and is shorter than both Conor and Rollan. It was stated that she likes or prefers to do her own makeup on special occasions. Jhi's tattoo is on one of her hands, and she also wears a green cloak once she joins the Greencloaks.
|“||That girl's heart is a battlefield.||”|
–Abeke about Meilin, Hunted page 61
Meilin is the only child born to a family of great warriors in Zhong. Her father, General Teng, is one of the esteemed five High Commanders of the Zhongese military. Coming from a proud lineage, Meilin took private lessons in battling technique similar to karate under an expert known as Master Chu. She eventually was able to best him without a scratch, showing a natural talent just as predicted by her family line. Due to her family's high status and wealth, she has employed many servants, including a kind, gentle handmaiden named Kusha.
Not only does Meilin possess natural fighting talent, but she is also notably beautiful and composed. It has been said about her that, "she had never needed paint on her face to earn compliments . . . she possessed an allure beyond . . . natural beauty." She is well practiced in acting as well, and has the ability to make many different expressions ranging from a shy smile, to a confident dazzling smile, to a stormy scowl. It's later implied that Meilin had not actually liked the strict environment of aristocrat Zhong; she wanted to be a warrior rather than a public figure, and disapproved of the rule that women cannot join the Zhongese military. She was sympathetic with Princess Song because of this.
Meilin frequently worries about Zhong after the invasion of Jano Rion, which she witnessed firsthand. To begin with, she often does not feel like the Greencloaks' decisions are relevant if they are not helping to expel the invaders from Zhong. At the end of Hunted and throughout Blood Ties, Meilin leaves the group to return to Zhong for a short while, before she comes to understand that the Greencloaks need her and Jhi. While still passionate about saving her homeland, Meilin more eager to help the cause, even if not to free Zhong. She becomes very loyal to the Greencloaks, and although she clashes with them at first, she trusts the other Heroes. She cares and worries deeply for Abeke and Conor, and she also is shown to have romantic feelings for Rollan, which he returns. Tarik's death also deeply affected Meilin, as it did the other Heroes.
In Against the Tide, it is revealed that General Teng had given Meilin the Bile instead of the Nectar at her Nectar Ceremony. Meilin becomes extremely guilty, because the Bile made her and Jhi's bond very one-sided from the start. She's also forced by Gerathon the Serpent to betray the Heroes, and even injures Abeke unconsciously, which horrifies her. Despite being in danger and susceptible to Gerathon's control, she still sides wholeheartedly with the Greencloaks, showing how loyal she is to her companions.
In the Books
Meilin is first seen in Wild Born in the chapter Jhi, where she summoned Jhi. The chapter opened up showing Meilin getting ready for her Nectar Ceremony. Her father is revealed to be General Teng, a high commander in the military. She was late for the Ceremony and wanted to be a little late on purpose so all eyes would be on her.
General Chin then came in and informed her that they were at war, and the city of Shar Liwao had fallen and the Zhongese invasion had begun. Meilin tried not to panic and attended her Ceremony, where she was able to summon Jhi. It was noted she had hoped for something else other than a panda.
Even though Meilin was nice and caring, she often got disappointed about Jhi. It was stated in one chapter "It was easy for Rollan and Conor to have faith in their animals, they had swift ones . . ." It may not be exact, but the idea revolves around the main thing- stating that Meilin underestimated what Jhi was capable of. As usual Jhi was a little lazy and prefers passive state.
In the beginning of the book, Meilin is told that Zhong is taken by the Conquerors, and her father is missing. Initially, Meilin decides that she is going to go back to Zhong to find her father, and see if she can save what little is left of Zhong. But another Greencloak helps her to realize that if she left for Zhong, there would be no way Zhong would ever be saved. Also, she develops a stronger bond with Jhi, finding that Jhi can help her think clearly.
The book starts off with Meilin trying to find her way through the Great Bamboo Maze. She meets Xue, a former Greencloak, who helps her and gives her advice. Her father is killed fighting the Conquerors.
Meilin is distraught over her fathers death. She and Rollan hold hands.
Throughout the book, she suspects everyone else of being the mole, especially Abeke. It is later revealed that she was unknowingly the mole. Gerathon could see through her eyes and take over her body ("sleepwalking") because she was tricked by her father into drinking the Bile. It is revealed that Jhi knew that she was summoned because of a forced bond.
Meilin tries to fight the bile, but can only do it for a short time. She manages to help Abeke escape before the bile takes over her again.
Meilin is forced to fight her friends on the battlefield. Rollan manages to snap her out of it for a long time. When the group runs into Tellun, he cures her of the biles infulence, In his joy, Rollan kissed Meilin for the first time.
- In Fire and Ice, it's revealed that Meilin's mother died giving birth to her.
- Meilin is a Chinese name that means "plum jade".