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Merle Hourvitz is a minor villain in the Gerosha universe of Dozerfleet Comics. He is a loyalist of Duke Arfaas, and an enemy of both Ciem and Emeraldon.

Character bioEdit

Gerosha PrimeEdit

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Merle in the Gerosha Prime version of Ciem 2.

Merle's first ever appearance is in the 2005 version of Ciem 2, working with internal affairs. His role is quite limited here, alleging that Donte is a corrupt police chief and insinuating that he and Candi are sleeping together. He later becomes police chief after Donte resigns. He tries to give Arfaas an edge in conquering Dirbine by Ciem 3, but ultimately fails and dies.

Classic GeroshaEdit

See also: Ciem (webcomic)

So far, this is the most-developed version of Merle in existence. Merle is the police chief of Dirbine, and is secretly an Arfaas sympathizer. He and a small number of police use office politics to bring about the resignation or firing of all police not in league with Arfaas somehow, then use their new disposition to turn the town into a police state with Arfaas as supreme dictator. A handful of freedom fighters remain and resist; but live in fear. Merle grows increasingly unhinged in his efforts to help Arfaas out, especially as rumors about Ciem become more numerous. He is also portrayed as being monstrously cruel, even whipping a defenseless Donte in prison to get information out of him.

He is last seen raving like a lunatic in the streets with other Arfaas loyalists, fighting in vain to keep Ploribus Philippine and company out of Dirbine. His body is quickly set on fire amidst all the murder and mayhem, with nobody missing him once he's reduced to ash.

Comprehensive GeroshaEdit

See also: Ciem: Vigilante Centipede

Merle remains a police chief in this version, though he is slightly younger than previous incarnations. He meets Arfaas in different locations and will die differently than last time. However, his profile has yet to be fully fleshed out.

PersonalityEdit

Merle has always been assertive, aggressive, and fairly mean-spirited. As for his fanaticism in favor of Arfaas, that developed over time. He has had very little development over time as the story has progressed from one version to the next, other than to become increasingly an insider in Arfaas' plans and increasingly active in pushing for taking over Evansville. His role is vital, even though he has become flatter as a character overall.

DevelopmentEdit

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Merle Hourvitz in Classic Gerosha Ciem.

Merle's first appearance portrayed him as being mean to Candi, but not particularly evil. He was there merely to show that Donte was not entirely above reproach when it came to how he treated others under him. However, this limited role only made sense in the greater context of Gerosha Prime and how that universe functioned. By Classic Gerosha, the world no longer operated on those principles. He was changed in Ciem to a fanatical follower of Arfaas' who practically worships the ground Arfaas walks on. Even in Vigilante Centipede, he remains crucial towards being an inside man to helping Arfaas achieve his goals. However, his role has become more active.

Merle was first generated in The Sims 2 using the Tombstone of Life and Death. While he was not originally known as Merle, he was given that name so that he could be named after Merle Haggard. He was an elder officer who could question Donte's judgment and credentials in letting Candi rise in ranks so quickly. Subsequent uses of the character have been pre-defined and deliberate, however. His overall persona is inspired by a similar officer, who was defeated in a shootout with Mitch Brandel during The Battle for Gerosha.

See alsoEdit

External linksEdit

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Characters
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Database

SCALLOP: Insila MurtilloDarius PhilippineLex PhilippineMallorie WadeMitch BrandelFred ThernipTobey FlippoNancy PhilippineSilo WadeKyle MedsorJake AsawaMarion WevenilJim OisdaatShaniqua TameryChad OrvainThevia LogindilBrian MizgelFadimo Woziga
Gerosha founders: Marissa HoodAlison LigashStan FlippoShalia FlippoReily FlippoLionel SanchezTrina SanchezAshlee FlippoKirby Flippo
Phaemer Village Peacekeepers: Keet KaboTime CapsuleBolte ChipotleJackal SemicolonThe SocraticPillcenaryStrawcenarySlip-Sadie
Phexo Quartet: Centipede CharlieAnarteqArrowfrogBecky Ryba
Swappernetters: Tabitha PangTobias RenoSarah Ruben
Ming-Cho notables: Rob MarringtonHannah MarringtonBetty HarminCharlie RaymondBelle RaymondAnn KimMin LinZhoo Lin
Other notables: Aaron StefflinMonica ShellyMark StefflinAshley PhillipsMeredith CelestineWanda CelestineVance LingolinBob LusitalGeneral Feng ShooCaptain Henry LohtzLacey AkawaLord ZerasCatalina CarpathiusShortimoDephinolKicked DeerSadasheeva CheruparaHadley MintMaria SanmarcosAlexis HoodChancellor Avori
Villains
Hebbleskin Gang: MolaritySteve McNolanSgt. LuddinFantisk HebbleskinDuke ArfaasGunner SoorfeltSkellig SoorfeltMusaranMilpLobeCaptain AardwulfDon the PsychoWayne the VampireGarret WhalingCupricRockpapsciMerle HourvitzWishpon
Sleet Mountain: Clyde SpendelworthGeorge LawenceKyle Tugrass
Icy Finger: Samuel FortinEric SylvesterChillingworth IIScrewwormLionfishSalmonflyMarblefaunRappaccini
Miscellaneous: Markus MortikusBlazarikSam WrikonDwayne LloydJudge Terry BeliahGeorge VantinJawkneeNematodeEqquibusClarence FelickVictor NanaleStagtarMicrowave MouthSpoliatBlackveilBosom-SerpentRichard SartorHalal AffadidahShrouded EntityMajor Gosmerid
Non-canon exclusives
Ciem media: Poison Dart EddieKhumar HamiltonLindsay HamiltonDenny LevensEric LevensPatti LevensJessie LevensNolle BarretPete the ShouterAndrew TinselAngie LevensVienna DocklerMike and JeffTom FlippoLloyd KolumnJason and TanyaBetsy StansonCharlie McArthurJeff the InvisibleKelsea LinneySandy TinselGeneral XiangJustin HoganDominick and Tracy McAuleyHarga HebbleskinHenry MalestromOthers
Kozerlen: Jessie MorcinCorvin the CallerFuzzy MaloneJohnny OvaltMindy Liptash
Meshalutian Trilogy: Alison RintelCassie ManningDebbie RintelEarl RintelJared RintelTrisha MontoyaMeshalutaSanction HarlemTim LorganYenti RoyCarla RintelDewey ReynoldsLenny HiddsRick RintelEva RintelMandy RintelTom RintelHurricane Nekoda
Cataclysmic Gerosha canon
Origins and Fallout The Tragedy of Lord ZerasFirst MeethlitesRise of the PhaelitesWhat is Nin-Chyo?Experiments and OffspringA So-Called HereticWealth of a SeashellWhen Tobey Met AlisonThe Battle for GeroshaOf Emeralds and SapphiresPath of the Ming-Cho
Gerosha Legends The Gray Champion: Modern Legends: The Gray Champion: Freedom's ApparitionThe Gray Champion: Chillingworth's Revenge
Pilltar Adventures: PilltarPilltar 2Pilltar 3
Tales of Extirpon: ExtirponExtirpon 2
Exploits of a Navy Rope: NavyropeNavyrope 2
Standalones Blood Over WaterSodali†y (InstigationAdaptationDeterminationAugmentationVindication) • SorbetPhaemer Village Peacekeepers
Video games Sodality: Battle for MetheelThe Gerosha Chronicles: Centipede + 49
Miscellaneous / Non-canon PercolationPercolation: Legends
Comprehensive Gerosha canon
Legacies of the Marlquaan The Tragedy of Lord ZerasFirst MeethlitesRise of the PhaelitesWhat is Nin-Chyo?Experiments and OffspringA So-Called HereticVile Magenta CloakWealth of a SeashellA Miner Named Sam
Flippo Clan Origins When Tobey Met AlisonThe Battle for Gerosha
Gerosha Legends Of Emeralds and SapphiresPath of the Ming-ChoThe Gray Champion: Freedom's ApparitionThe Gray Champion: Chillingworth's RevengeExtirponNavyropePilltarPilltar 2KozerlenSorbetJawkneeAbolitionCiem Tomorrow
Ciem Trilogy Ciem: Vigilante CentipedeCiem: Nuclear CrisisCiem: Condemnation
Meshalutian Trilogy 90 Has No SecantCursed is the GroundThe Natural Logarithm
Other Blood Over Water
Classic Gerosha canon
Ciem Webcomic Trilogy: CiemCiem 2Ciem 3 Related webcomics: The Battle for GeroshaPath of the Ming-Cho Volkonir imports: The Blue Face Film StripsVolkonirVolkonir JournalsVolkonir Journals: Attempt #43 Other: Grillitan DinerGrillitan Diner 2
Despair Gerosha canon
CiemPath of the Ming-Cho
Gerosha Prime canon
The Battle for GeroshaCiemCiem 2Ciem 3: Curse of the Millipede
Mythology
Multiverse G0G1G2G3 / G3.1G4G5G6G7G7.2G7.2.1Other
Notable locations CratervilleBoonvilleGeroshaDirbine / EvansvilleVironViron UniversityFarrenvillePhaelonMetheelGerosha CemeteryHazy Eighties Bowling AlleyLatin TownTriangulum
Rules, events, and phlebotina Zeran hole tech: Zeran wardrobesZeran teleportersOther: BezeetolRemotach pillsDecolarent eam, eviscerate eumAI backvisorCentilegPhaelon-Metheel WarDandelion effectMarlquaanCurse of Honeybee SamuelCentuitionMeredith's songKirby ActS'Poling
Items / vehicles Hester's locketGerosha StoneQueen Illaka RubyMing-YoMing-ChoThe Chen
Creatures MarlquaaniteMeethlitePhaelitePhexoMeethexoCenthuenCenthuen PrototypeMilthuenMilthuen PrototypeEmwault
Organizations Sodality of GeroshaSodality of FlorenceSCALLOPPhexo QuartetHebbleskin GangCrooked RainbowKerpher GangMik-NonFPBSociety of the Icy FingerSleet MountainScrewworm Network
Tie-in works
Ciem 3: Curse of the Millipede bonus features Corando's "Don't Lose Hope" Music VideoStar Flops: Curse of the Medium SideLo-Mun's Cooking AdventureViron Counselors Network Ad
Music albums Music For and Inspirational to CiemMusic For and Inspirational to Ciem 2Music For and Inspirational to Ciem 3Ciem: Vigilante Centipede: The Album

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