Free the Rogue!  

Realm:Albion
Start Zone: Aldland
Start Location:Caer Diogel
Start NPC:Arden
Shrouded Isle expansion Required
Class:All
Type:Regular
Min Level:48
Max Level:50
Grants XP:Yes
Grants Coin:Yes
Rating:
*****
(Average from 2 ratings)
Related NPCs:
  Mercal
Last Updated:Tue Aug 16 20:54:54 2011
DISCLAIMER: Your Steps and Tasks may be different

Per Patch 1.59:
Free the Rogue! - Animists and Valewalkers should now be able to complete this quest on Co-op

Per Patch 1.62:
- Free the Rogue - we have made some significant changes to this quest to make it easier for players to lure Mercal from his hiding place. Also, players no longer need to accompany Mercal on his return to town, he will meet you there.


Talk to Arden, the instrument merchant in Caer Diogel, and he will send you to rescue Mercal who is hiding near Krondon (Ogre Citadel). You must have good Ogre faction or bring some friends to help out. You can gain Ogre faction by killing Orcs. You no longer can gain Ogre faction to make them eutral/friendly by killing Orcs.

For Mercal to appear, the Ogre in the keep must be alive. If you kill the
ogres you will have to wait for them all to respawn or else Mercal will not
appear, since upon appearing they automatically die. So if you are having
problems with getting Mercal appear, just wait a bit. According to the CSR I spoke with, Mercal is scared of the ogres, and won't pop if there are ogres around his hiding place, so you may have to kill them before trying to get him to pop.

Once you have gotten there, there are three barrels, and if Mercal is not there, speak his name and he will spawn (the three barrels you're looking for are just to your left when you exit the main Krondon entrance. When you get close to them you get a message stating "You have entered a shadowy corner." Then say "Mercal" and he should show up. The precice location of this is Aldland 26670,5172,3660).

He will thank you and then take off towards Caer Diogel, follow him. Talk to Mercal and he will give you some documents to give to Arden who will then reward you.

lvl 48 received 2,272,761,920 exp and 8 gold.

Rewards:
  Ogre Bracer
  Shadow Cap
  Ogre's Prayer Stone
  Shadow Clasp
  Ogre's Pious Belt
  Ogre's Magical Belt

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Finding Mercal
# Mar 05 2005 at 12:24 PM Rating: Excellent
Scholar
26 posts
I would like to add...the three barrels you're looking for are just to your left when you exit the main Krondon entrance. When you get close to them you get a message stating "You have entered a shadowy corner." Then say "Mercal" and he should show up. The precice location of this is Aldland 26670,5172,3660. Good luck!
Easy
# Jun 14 2004 at 5:52 AM Rating: Decent
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174 posts
Hehe, I did this with a 48 scout, 48 necro and 50 minst with SOS. Ran my butt up the stairs of the main entrance through the zone into the dungeon to get rid of aggro, came back out, met with Mercal, and burned minstrels SOS to get out. easy.
Reward
# May 12 2004 at 12:12 AM Rating: Good
8 posts
Just finished this with a Lvl 48 Necromancer. Reward was 8 gold and some copper, 2,272,761,920 XP, and the Ogre's Pious Belt.

Salveo's tactic worked like a charm.
Sprint through Aggro?!
# May 07 2004 at 12:03 AM Rating: Decent
Bah! couldnt sprint through the aggro! you fools! who wants to get killed at lvl 49 trying to solo a quest? Take a group with you! Especially if you wear paper armor!
very worth it
# Jan 27 2004 at 2:36 PM Rating: Decent
1 post
This was the easiest 2.6 billion xp ever.
Quick XP
# Dec 02 2003 at 9:36 AM Rating: Excellent
7 posts
Just finished this quest (29 Nov 03) when I dinged 48. In about 15 min I was already almost a full bubble closer to 49. You need not even kill a single mob on this one.

Get the quest from Arden in CD as indicated above. Then run to Krondon (main entrance). As you enter the valley that leads to the main entrance, stay close to the right wall and sprint in to the dungeon - zone right away, med up fully and zone back outside. When I zoned back out there were about 5-6 yellow con Ogres there that did not attack me at first. I turned left right away and about 5 "feet" away there were some barrels in the corner. I had a macro set up (/macro Mercal /say Mercal) which I used in the corner - even saw the message "you have entered a shadowy corner". Mercal appeared right away, babbled something and ran off (he does not need protection). I then sprinted through the aggro and returned to Arden in CD. He asked where Mercal was (though I had already seen him on the ramparts right above Mercal..hmm...you could probably go straight to Mercal once you get back to CD from Krondon.) I then went up the stairs to Mercal, got a note from him to bring to Arden then - voila, quest complete.

Do this quest - sprint through the aggro, zone in, zone out, say Mercal, sprint through the aggro, get .9 bubb at 48. Too easy. Soloable? Yes.

Salveo
Friar of Pellinor
Minstrel Reward
# Nov 21 2003 at 10:50 AM Rating: Good
4 posts
Ogre's Magical Belt
Dexterity 9
Instruments 2
Hits 27
Tips
# Aug 06 2003 at 11:14 AM Rating: Decent
2 posts
If you have Ogre Aggro, try so run into Krondon without killing any Ogre. After a 2-3 minutes get out again and say "Mercal" near the barrels.

If Mercal runs out and you cannot follow him, you will find him on the battlements in Diogel a few minutes later.
wtf
# Jul 05 2003 at 4:11 PM Rating: Default
L49 paladin, can't get the quest
Problem
# Jun 30 2003 at 2:58 AM Rating: Default
I can't get this Quest - we suspect it's because Ogre's Might quest is open ...

So it's probably better to start Free The Rougue first.
ack
# Jun 28 2003 at 2:18 AM Rating: Default
anyone have ideas about how to gain ogre faction? everyone on my server is japanese, and wont group with me for my quest.
FTR
# Jun 18 2003 at 12:15 PM Rating: Default
Just Zone in krondor, Zone back out and like 2 feet to your left are 3 barrels, walk next to them till u cant move further and wait for it to say you have entered the shadowy corner and say "Mercal" no ogres are required to kill or you can kill if u like doesn't make a difference
Free the rogue - CSR comments
# Apr 24 2003 at 6:06 AM Rating: Decent
2 posts
According to the CSR I spoke with, Mercal is scared of the ogres, and won't pop if there are ogres around his hiding place, so you may have to kill them before trying to get him to pop
Completed it
# Apr 09 2003 at 6:44 PM Rating: Decent
3 posts
Did the quest with a Lvl 50 Paladin. I did not care to build faction, so I got tons of aggro. It is doable without neutral/friendly faction, but be prepared to take a beating unless you can stealth away.
Wizard Reward
# Mar 07 2003 at 1:16 PM Rating: Decent
1 post
As a level 50 wizard, I did this quest solo with no problems. Had to kill some orcs, but was NOT bad at all. My reward was about 8g and an Ogre's Pious Belt -- which oddly enough has no piety. Pretty average belt imo, +7 int, 10% heat, 27 hits. Hope this helps any wizards who want to do this quest. Very good xp, and really did NOT take long. Good one to finish up that pesky lvl 49 ;)
Free the Rogue Quest
# Jan 13 2003 at 1:04 PM Rating: Decent
1 post
I could not get this quest as a 47 Paladin. I appealed it, and was told by a CSR that this quest is ONLY for lvl 48 and above. I checked again after I made 48, and was able to get the quest.

Edited, Tue Jan 14 02:22:01 2003
RE: Free the Rogue Quest
# Jan 24 2003 at 5:30 AM Rating: Decent
3 posts
I've done this twice, both times with the aid of at least one 49 paladin. Mercal can be located at the doorway to the Krondon ogre cave zone. Facing the doorway to the Krondon zone he is on the right in a dark corner (there a few shields on teh wall). "/s Mercal" and he should pop immediately. If he doesn't pop immediately i've had to spam his name for 30 minutes until he does pop. Well worth the wait for 2.6 billion exp, about .7 bub at 49

Edited, Fri Jan 24 05:03:23 2003
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