The Nentir Vale
Mergul, The Moist, and the Nine Pixies
The story of Mergul and his pixies is one of the only goblin legends from the pre-binding era to survive. Mergul, it is said, discovered an enchanted tree, somewhere in the Harken Forest, that was home to nine pixies: Lif, Lof, Laf, Luf, Lef, Lurf, Leef, Louf, and Harold. Mergul showed kindness to the pixies when he helped to ward off a giant badger, so the pixies invited him to live with them and benefit from their magic. The legends say that in exchange for the ability of supernatural sight and hearing, Mergul allowed the pixies to grow and harvest mushrooms on his skin. For this reason—and the unpleasant smell that came with the mushrooms—the other Keepers tended to avoid contact with Mergul unless absolutely necessary.