Given that Dalish clans have a Gathering of All Clans once a decade (which probably isn’t all clans because I can’t see all of them always being to make it, but it’ll still be most of them), it’s very likely that Embriel met Merrill at some point in his pre-Inquisition life. Not any time recently - Marethari had Clan Sabrae parked outside of Kirkwall for a stupidly long time - but back when Mahariel and Tamlen were still alive, definitely.
So, say, back when Embriel was at least old enough to have gotten his magic and know he’d be trained as the Keeper’s First someday, but still well under 10. Merrill’s at least five years older than he is, so she would have been in her teens.
I’m imagining the older Sabre kids - consisting of Merrill, Mahariel, and Tamlen - being set to watch over a bunch of tiny magelings, and one in particular with an untidy tangle of black hair and bright eyes keeps pestering Merrill with questions. What’s it like to be a clan’s First? I’m going to be a First, you know. Do you talk to spirits? I do sometimes but my Keeper made me stop. Do you have a lot of books? Do you get to read a lot? Can I see your books? Do you know a lot of stories about the gods? Did Ghila’nain really make monsters? Do you know any stories about her?
I bet he was an absolute pain in the ass but listened to her with the kind of intense seriousness only a very interested child can bring to bear, and he was too young to really care if she was awkward. He probably didn’t remember her name after a decade or so, just that she was an older kid who was kind to him while Tiny!Him peppered her with questions.
He’s most of the way through Tales of the Champion when he has a dawning realization that Merrill was the young woman who he bothered for stories until she’d talked so much she lost her voice, and he felt so guilty he traded his favorite halla toy for a bag of elfroot sweets to give her.
Sebastian Aho, Karpat (FIN); Aleksander Barkov, Florida Panthers; Joonas Donskoi, San Jose Sharks; Valtteri Filppula, Tampa Bay Lightning; Mikael Granlund, Minnesota Wild; Erik Haula, Minnesota Wild; Jussi Jokinen, Florida Panthers; Mikko Koivu, Minnesota Wild; Leo Komarov, Toronto Maple Leafs; Lauri Korpikoski, Edmonton Oilers; Patrik Laine, Tappara (FIN); Jori Lehtera, St. Louis Blues; Teuvo Teravainen, Chicago Blackhawks
Jyrki Jokipakka, Calgary Flames; Sami Lepisto, Salavat Yulaev Ufa (KHL); Esa Lindell, Dallas Stars; Olli Maatta, Pittsburgh Penguins; Ville Pokka, Chicago Blackhawks; Rasmus Ristolainen, Buffalo Sabres; Sami Vatanen, Anaheim Ducks
Mikko Koskinen, SKA St. Petersburg (KHL); Tuukka Rask, Boston Bruins; Pekka Rinne, Nashville Predators
A Ruby OC. She joined the crystal gems because she liked earth wildlife…not the humans, she thinks they’re weird, but every single other animal, she loves. She was shattered in the war, but she was kind of shaky on her reasoning behind joining the gems, it was mostly from a conservation point of view. The sabre tooth cub is called Citrine…or occasionally ‘little miss pudgy paws’
The dust has settled and my muscles are still aching from the long flight and cleaning the house. It’s barely a year since I left and everyone seems to be doing so much better than I imagined! Everyone look so good! How are you, people of LA?