Marney, from Ultima VI
Always having been a sickly child, Marney lost her mother at a young age when pirates abducted her believing her to be a noblewoman. When they discovered she was merely the wife of a simple fisherman, the rogues raped her and attempted to sell her into slavery. She died soon after this. Her father Quenton was murdered by Michael over an unsettled monetary debt with the villain. Marney was broken up over the death, believing her father had merely been unlucky to get attack by Gargoyles. With her father's death, she was raised by Yorl, the closest friend of her father, helping him at the docks.
When the Avatar met her, she told the hero that her father had been the keeper of the Rune of Spirituality, but she knew not where it was with his death. The young fisher revealed to the hero that marney was from a poem her mother wrote for Quenton when they first met. This poem contained a hint to the rune's location, and with Marney's permission, the hero could search the young woman's basket to find the item.
Marney was pleased to have Gideon and Marta looking after her, feeling they were both wonderful people. She believed the mayor Trenton was a good man who had done all he could to solve her father's murder, and that Stivius was a sweet little man. She was attracted to the villainous Michael, but realized Yorl would never allow them to be together. She was currently learning poetry from Horance, and believed him to be wiser than most gave him credit for.
In the end her sickness caught up with her, and she died even before the destruction of Skara Brae. Yorl built a tomb for her that the Avatar visited during a subsequent visit to Britannia.
Runes of Virtue
In Runes of Virtue II, the young Marney could be found gleefully playing in Skara Brae. She was disturbed when her father disappeared, and no longer felt safe playing outside in his absence. The young child was greatly reassured when her father was returned from the depths of the Cavern of Pride.
The Ultima 6 Project
In The Ultima 6 Project, the rune in her hope chest could only be found while she was in her house, as she had to unlock it. Once the Avatar no longer had need of the rune, they could return it to Marney, with her being the new rune-keeper. It was possible to borrow it later, if the need would arise.
Marney felt her father could not have been killed by a mere beast, for there were no marks on the body. She was certain Quenton had been murdered, and admonished the hero to find the true culprit by speaking to everyone in Skara Brae. After securing all evidence and leads with all of the townspeople, Michael, the dead Quenton and from the Gate Guard, the brother of the mayor, the Avatar reported that they had a suspect, namely Michael. Marney couldn't believe it, but everything spoke for it, so she told the Avatar to give the case to the druids in Yew. After doing so, Marney told the Avatar that Michael got arrested and she was relieved that this was finally over.
- Quenton was unwilling to sacrifice himself in the Well of Souls, fearing it would harm Marney.
- In early drafts of Ultima VII, Marney is included among the spectral inhabitants of Skara Brae.