Saturday, November 21, 2015

Talons of the Windlord

It seems that every year, around this time, I'm inspired to create bird, feather, or harvest themed outfits. It's probably because Thanksgiving comes next week in the United States. Last year was a month of Swan outfits. The year before I squeezed in a harvest outfit. This year, I decided on an eagle. If it weren't for the eagle-crested Shield of the Company I received from a quest on my Beorning, I would have forgone making this. Pair it with the Hauberk of the Eagle's Crest, which never dyes well outside of blue, gold, white, and grey, and it makes a phenomenal starting combination. I already knew what sharp and feathered skins to add to this, but it was a matter on deciding on what colors to use and where for balance.

This is one of those rare instances when a non-clothing item moves me to create an outfit outside of role-playing. Before the inclusion of cosmetic weapons, which has expanded the realm of creative fashion, I would try and find some that suited a character's outfit. After a time, I stopped caring about weapons skins for two reasons. More often than not, I would forget to exchange that low-leveled sword for my on-level one and and sit there, dumbfounded, wondering why I'm doing no damage. Also, stockpiling those skins I loved consumed much of my inventory. Now I don't have to worry as much. I can simply slot what I want, discard crafted weapon skins, save space,and enter combat like normal.

Of course, the shield and weapons are entirely optional, but they do make this more "complete."

Outside of outfitting, I'm excited to see that Minas Tirith has finally been added to the game. However, I don't think I'll be getting there for some time. I'm still working on my Moria-delving Beorning and slowly progressing through Central Gondor on my Minstrel, Lore-master, and Rune-keeper. I've seen pictures on the forums and multiple blogs, and I've even watched people take the obligatory leap from the highest tiers of the city to the ground level. I used to be able to keep up with the current content, but I've realized in recent days there's no need to rush. Hopefully, I'll be able to experience the wonders of the White City after the holiday season subsides. And that reminds me--

To my friends and followers that celebrate,

Have a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

Head: Winged Circlet (White, skirm camp cosmetics vendor)
Shoulders: Heavy Nadhin Shoulders (Gold, post-50 world drop or Dol Amroth heavy armour token vendor)**
Back: Swan-cloak (Steel blue, LOTRO Store or lootbox reward)
Chest: Hauberk of the Eagle's Crest (White, LOTRO Store or lootbox reward)
Hands: Heavy Nadhin Gauntlets (Gold, post-50 world drop or Dol Amroth heavy armour token vendor)**
Feet: Heavy Nadhin Boots (Gold, post-50 world drop or Dol Amroth heavy armour token vendor)**

Weapon: Reforged Warden's Spear of the Second Age (level 60)
Ranged weapon: Carved Black Ash Javelin (T5 Woodworker)
Shield: Shield of the Company (Moria quest reward)

**You could use the rust dye on these pieces too, though gold is more in tune with the shield.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Ward of the Neldoreth

With very few chances to play LOTRO between January and September, I missed out entirely on two festivals. Luckily, I was able to procure the new Nárië cosmetics from this year's Summer Festival from the auction house. I've yet to get my hands on the New Bloom cosmetics from the Spring Festival. I've been keeping an eye out for those, hoping I can grab them without having to wait for the next one. It pleased me greatly to see more surcoats and tunics making their appearance in the game. Even the Fall Festival had a new dress! I've even wondered what the Yule Festival has in store this year!

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Beacon of Calmindon

The name of this outfit is borrowed from Calmindon, the great First Age lighthouse sitting in the Númenórean Bay of Rómenna. I may not be the best at recalling the lore from the Unfinished Tales or The Silmarillion, but I believe it was erected as a warning not to defy the Ban of the Valar. For the Númenóreans, it meant they could never sail so far west that their own lands would disappear from view, for attempting to see or visit the Undying Lands. This lighthouse, along with Númenór, was sunk into the sea towards the end of the Second Age by Eru Ilúvatar, when the Númenóreans corrupted by Sauron and Melkor challenged the ban and tried to forcibly reclaim the immortality they felt they were denied. Only the Faithful, a very small group of Númenóreans loyal to the Valar, were allowed to escape destruction and found the kingdoms of Arnor and Gondor some years later.

I think that's enough of a history lesson for now. Hopefully, I interpreted the lore correctly.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Dorthonion Scout

Meet my Beorning, Vanydis. This is the only character I've been playing since January, when I cut LOTRO down to a minimum. I hadn't bothered with making outfits until I felt I had distanced myself from this blog. For months, I was content to simply play and enjoy adventuring in Middle-earth without attachments or distractions. When I made it to the Trollshaws (the much needed revamp was amazing, by the way), I felt the need to make an outfit. Not quite knowing what to make, I mentally explored several concepts, finally settling on one while questing in the North Trollshaws. The abundance of evergreen trees reminded me of Dorthonion, the pine-covered highlands north of Beleriand. I've always imagined it to be similar to the other great forests of Middle-earth before Morgoth corrupted it. Thus, greens and browns became my central colors.

Saturday, September 26, 2015


Posting here again is an incredibly surreal experience for me. A part of me feels like it never left. The rest feels like it's forgotten how to do everything. The last time I wrote a post was back in January of this year. Can you believe it's been eight months? Originally, it was my intent to leave LOTRO entirely, as I had been fed up with the development of the game, the mass exodus of players I knew, the rampant negativity of the official forums, and cosmetic blogging had become a chore. You'd think I'd have been over this MMO entirely by now, but I discovered that I could never truly bid farewell to Middle-earth. Casually leveling my baby Beorning without any attachments to other players allowed me to experience and appreciate the early areas of LOTRO for the first time in years. I fell in love again, having a second romance. It also doesn't help that Tolkien's lore has been a part of me since I read the Hobbit nearly 20 years ago. And then there are the other reasons included in the last post I made.

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