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.|
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.|
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.
- During the First Age, this area was Bordirion Plain. Mirthlvain Swamp covered the area at some point before the Third Age began.
- © Janny Wurts, Ships of Merior, p. 91 (US-Hardback)