It's that wonderful time of year again. Black cats, bubbling cauldrons, sticky cobwebs...and all sorts of little tricks among the treats. I am actually holding a kinship Halloween Costume Contest this season for Turning of the Tide. I've given them the task of creating either something scary or finding an ingenious way to dress like a character from LOTR lore. The submission deadline will be October 26, after which the players will be able to vote for the top 3 outfits until November 2. I'll be revealing the winners on November 3, each receiving a prize for their efforts. I'll be posting all the outfits submitted on my blog : ) If I knew I was going to judge a server event sooner, I might have opened this up to everybody!
In an attempt to inspire kinnies to create the best outfits they can create, I'll post some of my ideas here. I've opted to move towards the scary and away from the lore for now. I might post a few lore-based outfits in a couple of weeks. Enjoy!
Some of you may notice that this looks incredibly similar to the War-forged Defender's outfit. You'd be correct, however the coloration is different. Using black, along with the Visage of the Goat mask, definitely changed the mood of entire costume. Something that once looked warm and noble transformed into a vision of terror and senseless destruction. This will probably remain a favorite outfit of mine, which I will gladly use to disorient other players. Believe it or not, my minstrel, Nathrien, actually wears this!
Head: Visage of the Goat (Black, LOTRO Store)
Shoulders: Hyrde-Axle (Black, Dunland quest reward)
Back: Cloak of Shadow and Flame (Black, Moria epic books rare drop - New Devilry)
Chest: Flame-touched Hauberk (Black, skirm camp cosmetic vendor)
Hands: Gloves of Forbidden Love (Black, Great River quest reward)
Feet: Ceremonial Pathfinder's Boots (Black, Moria skirm camp cosmetic vendor)
Mistress of Desolation
Ah, another fun costume to piece together. I've always wanted to put those hard-earned LM robe and shoulders from Dol Guldur to use, and they served very well here. I had been thinking of witches when I made this, and black (once again) fit this outfit best. Finding the appropriate circlet had been a royal pain. None of the standard ones seemed to work here...but then I found one from the OD token vendors that worked perfectly! I was surprised how well it blended in dyed gold.
Head: Lesser Memory of the West Hat (Gold, OD Lore-master class vendor)
Shoulders: Lore-keeper's Shoulders (Black, BG Lore-master class vendor)
Chest: Lore-keeper's Robe (Black, BG Lore-master class vendor)
Boots: Boots of Fleetness (Black, world drop)
Staff: Amber Staff (Rift of Nûrz Ghâshu level 50 raid)
Believe it or not, this entire outfit started with that Firework face guard. I had this crazy idea for some bloodthirsty crafter, one that either crafted weapons or armor, who was sick of having his weapons stolen. So what does he do? Hunts down the thieves that pilfer from him and leaves nobody alive to tell the tale. I needed to find some red colored and bloodstained gear, and that's when those incredible legs and cloak make their debut. Tossing in a few rough and sharp-edged pieces helped complete this!
Head: Firework Launcher's Head Guard (Red, Anniversary Festival barter item)
Shoulders: Shoulders of the Brazen Call (Crimson, Moria heavy armor token vendor)
Back: Silky Cloak of Destruction (Crimson, Dunland quest reward)
Chest: Enduring Breastplate of Might (Crimson, world drop) <--also buyable from heavy armor vendors
Legs: Lesser Cry of the West Leggings (Crimson, OD Captain token vendor)
Hands: Ceremonial Dragon-scale Gloves (Crimson, Helegrod skirm camp cosmetic vendor)
Feet: Ceremonial Boots of the Pathfinder (Crimson, Moria skirm camp cosmetic vendor)