In this series, I talk about various aspects of The Lord of the Rings Online. This series is meant for newcomers, but may also help veteran players find more to love about the game.
Welcome to a new sub-series of Learning LOTRO: Creatures! I have wanted to write this entry for a VERY long time because it's about one of my favorite creatures that can ONLY be found in The Lord of the Rings Online... merrevail! If you aren't familiar with that word, it's possible your characters aren't yet level 40, you haven't survived The Delving of Frór, or you haven't visited Angmar. If so, let's explore the species together!
In LOTRO, there are in-game snippets of story and lore which lead players to believe that merrevail are not fallen Maiar, but creatures which come into being the way other mortal races do and may have some long past kinship with Men which they resemble. They have a strong bond with bats and use them as spies and protectors.
The merrevail can be found in Angmar, Mirkwood, Moria, Mordor, and the Ettenmoors. If you aren't jumping into PvMP at a low level, your first encounter with merrevail is most likely going to be in Angmar. From that point on, you'll find them in every area with a large and powerful presence of the Enemy.
Here are some notable named merrevail you will encounter in LOTRO: Agonakur Dusktooth, Balchiar the Bloodwitch, Bogrian, Bolgrukh, Captain Hethulos, Carchrien, Ergoth, Fodhroval, Iarvael, Lhaereth the Stained, and Ugurzhik.