Dragon Quest VII: Ok, before you get into your first battle, we really need to introduce the world to you! Explore the town and be sure to talk to everyone so you get a real feel for this world and the people in it. Now go to the other town. Don’t worry, there’s no monsters to get in your way! Talk to everyone here, too. Alright, now go back to the first town. Now head over to the big shrine, then go to the little shrines, they’re technically right over there but the path goes all the way around the island (again, don’t worry about monsters). Now, there were some puzzles here, but we simplified them a little bit! Head back to the big shrine again, and figure out where to put those pieces of equipment. Now go back to the first town, then the second town, and then back to the big shrine one more time. All you have to do is solve the three piece jigsaw puzzle, and then you’re ready for your first battle!
Dragon Quest VIII: Who are you? Who are they?! Where’s the princess?!! DOESN’T MATTER, LOOK OUT, SLIMES!!! GO GOGO GO GO GO!!!!!!
So I would like to quickly point out a few things I noticed about Maribel that I find most people either don’t acknowledge or don’t notice.
Yes, she is pretty sassy and rude. I’m definitely not saying that she isn’t. But she’s mainly only rude to the main hero and a few others. If you look back on the times that she said something rude that made you roll your eyes, odds are it was directed at Auster. But to people she doesn’t know very well, she’s actually generally rather polite. She will talk negatively about others to Auster, but not to their face. This shows up in her interactions with Maeve among others.
Basically, either being rude is how she shows her affection (There are definitely those that are that way. Plus she’s still young.) or she’s just comfortable enough with Auster that she can show her true self when around him. Auster probably knows this, hence why he doesn’t seem to mind.
I also feel like Maeve’s death was probably the hardest on Maribel. If Maeve had joined the team, she could’ve very well been like a big sister to Maribel, something that Maribel probably needed more than anyone else. Instead, she had to watch her die. That couldn’t have been easy.
I for one prefer characters with a little attitude, regardless of whether it’s positive or negative, but I think that Maribel is a little more complicated than a lot of people give her credit for.