Dex and Marella, or Darella, is the romantic/friendship pairing of Dexter Dizznee and Marella Redek.

Dex doesn't really show any interest in Marella. Marella says that Dex is cute, but doesn't show much further interest in him. It would make a good pair because Dex doesn't want to register to the matchmakers and Marella is going to be a bad match anyway.

Other Names

  • Darella (D/ex and M/arella)
  • Mex (M/arella and D/ex)
  • Max (Ma/rella and De/x)
  • Della (D/ex and Mar/ella)
  • Marex (Mar/ella and D/ex)


Keeper of the Lost Cities Book 1

  • When Sophie tells Marella about Dex, she says that he's kind of cute.
  • Dex and Marella often sit at the same table during lunch.

Keeper of the Lost Cities Book 2

  • Marella claims that making Dex blush is one of her favorite games.

Keeper of the Lost Cities Book 3

Keeper of the Lost Cities Book 4

Similarities and Differences


  • They are both elves
  • They are both level four at Foxfire
  • They are both friends of Sophie
  • They both can hold grudges for a long time
  • They both have problems with their family that could cause other to tease them (Dex's parents are a Bad Match, Marella's mom has brain damage)
  • They both like collecting Prattles Pins
  • Each of their parents are not in the nobility.


  • Dex has periwinkle eyes, while Marella's eyes are ice blue.
  • Marella has a crush on Fitz Vacker, while Dex strongly dislikes him (for the first three books).
  • Dex is a Technopath, while Marella is a Pyrokinetic.
  • Dex has strawberry blond hair, while Marella's hair is a normal blonde
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Main Character Ships

Pairings with Sophie Elizabeth Foster

BianaLinh and BianaLinhDexFitzTamKeefe and FitzJensiKeefeMarellaWylieValin

Pairings with Fitzroy Avery Vacker (a.k.a. Fitz)

DexKeefeLinhSophieMarellaKeefe and Sophie

Pairings with Biana Vacker

SophieDexTamMarellaJensiKeefeLinhLinh and Sophie

Pairings with Dexter Alvin Dizznee (a.k.a Dex)


Pairings with Marella Redek


Pairings with Keefe Sencen

SophieTamMarellaDexBianaFitzLinhSophie and Fitz

Pairings with Tam Song


Pairings with Linh Song

SophieMarellaDexBianaFitzSophie and BianaWylieLinh

Pairings with Wylie Endal


Other Relationships

Platonic or Ability Enhancing Relationships

Sophie and Mr. ForkleKeefe and Lady BelvaKeefe and RoSophie and Fitz

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