Mirthlvain Swamp

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Mirthlvain Swamp is located in Midhalla, Melhalla, between the Tiriac Mountains and Methlas Lake. It is home to the remnant host animals of the methuri, such as meth-snakes and karth-eels. Some of these drake spawn are kept under Fellowship wards deep beneath the mire.

Mirthlvain's landscape of steaming mires loomed in the distance, an imprinted silhouette of marsh maple and cypress cobwebbed with trailing, tattered moss.[1]

Although the hate-wraiths were exterminated long ago, Mirthlvain Swamp continues to brew up leftover crossbreeds. It is for this reason that the Swamp is never left unwatched. Since the rebellion, the Swamp has been watched by the Fellowship spellbinder, Verrain, who monitors the area from Meth Isle Keep.

Role in the Story

Spoiler warning: Contains plot elements from multiple books in the series.

The Gallant

Third Age 4995: With the centaur guardian of Methisle Fortress assisting with the invasion of the Mistwraith, a methspawn crossbreed with cierl-ankeshed venom escapes from the swamp and threatens the town of Ganish. The resulting chain of events leads to Verrain becoming the Guardian of Mirthlvain.

Curse of the Mistwraith

Third Age 5637: A routine check of meth-snakes by Verrain reveals a snake with cierl-ankeshed venom. The threat of a mass migration of these snakes spurs Asandir to rush his party (Dakar and the half-brothers) to Althain Tower. Once there, Arithon assists the other Fellowship Sorcerers in exterminating the snakes.

Grand Conspiracy

Third Age 5654: Mirthlvain brews up a new strain of predator, forcing Asandir to travel there before he is fully recovered from an ordeal in a grimward.

Third Age 5669: After Morriel's attack on Athera, an unnatural winter prevents the meth-snakes from migrating.

Peril's Gate

Third Age 5670: Arithon's success at binding the Lanes of Rathain together in harmony ends the unnatural winter early, preventing Verrain from assisting at Rockfell Pit.

Traitor's Knot

Third Age 5671: Ellaine and Ianfar assist Verrain with the yearly inventory of methspawn.

Destiny's Conflict

Third Age 5924: Kharadmon assists Verrain in Mirthlvain Swamp during the True Sect campaign in Rathain.



  1. © Janny Wurts, Ships of Merior, p. 91 (US-Hardback)