Saturday, January 16, 2016

Bundled Expeditionary



Thankfully, having drafted several blog entries is a blessing in disguise. LOTRO's move to the new data center on Monday, January 11th, has made it near impossible for me to play the game. I've experienced, along with friends, long stretches of lag, with latency as high as 1200 ms and loss reaching an upwards of 15% nearly every night this week. Until something gets done, particularly the hotfix Frelorn casually mentioned on the forums late Monday night, I won't be able to play. I'll stop in and try again sometime next week, when I have my next chance to play. If anything good came of this week, it was being able to snag the new Yule Festival cosmetics before my client crashed.


While we're on the topic of the Yule Festival, can you believe this is the sixth one I've experienced? It was the first of the seasonal events I attended after I picked up LOTRO in 2010. I remember acquiring the entire "Snow-dusted" set and thinking how awesome it looked. I wore those cosmetics briefly, then they vanished into the abyssal depths of my wardrobe for nearly five years. Seldom have I brought old skins (pre-2011) back to the spotlight, but with the Yule Festival ending this week and the encroaching cold weather beginning, I thought it was appropriate to give the Snow-dusted Travelling Robe some love. If anyone has found a need to dress their character warmly, please, feel free to give this a try.


Before I wrap up this week's post, I was contacted by a fellow blogger wishing to exchange links. If you have a chance, stop by LOTRO Dresser and say hello to Artphilia. Her cosmetic blog has been around for a little while. There may not be much there yet, but she does have a love for hobbits!


Shoulders: Fated Westfold Campaign Shoulders (Turquoise, T7 Tailor recipe)
Chest: Snow-dusted Travelling Robe (Sienna, Yule Festival)
Hands: Snow-dusted Travelling Gloves (White, Yule Festival)
Feet: Ceremonial Thrill-seeker's Boots (Black, skirm camp cosmetics vendor - Rift medium armour)

Weapon: Siveleth (Staff, pre-50 world drop)**
Off-hand: Exceptional Sword of the Swift and Strong (Sword, lootbox reward)***

**Skin also available as a Moria quest reward, Hamall's Walking Stick, from Remembering the Old Songs at Jazârgund.
***Any variation of the Sword of Swift and Strong from the lootboxes will do.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

December Update

Good afternoon everybody!

With the holidays being so frantic, and they usually are for me, I have had little time for outfitting, let alone any gaming. The last time I had a chance to get online for more than five minutes, other than dropping by friend's TS servers to say hello, was before Thanksgiving. Odds are I won't be back until New Year's has come and gone. That being said, I'd like to take this moment and wish everyone, no matter what you celebrate...

~Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!~
May you be surrounded by family and friends this season! 


With love,

Nathrien

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.

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.

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