The Mariner's Hauberk--only obtainable during the Yule Festival from a Bree-land giftbox--has been my most sought after hauberk. I still have 400+ "universal" tokens on several of my characters from 2012 when we had to grind three tiers of deeds for war-steed cosmetics. I broke down and spent some this festival on the boxes to grab this particular piece. If you weren't lucky enough to get this piece in previous years, keep in mind that you'll have to wait for next year's Yule Festival! Oh yes, keep an eye on the auction houses too!
|Being near the water, Emeridir has an idea. He wants to try fishing, but can't seem to find the best spot for it.|
You see, the Mariner's Hauberk made me think of the White Ships that carried the Elves to the Undying Lands (also known as Aman or Valinor). The word "mariner" brought boats to mind and the intricate designs that vertically run down the center of the hauberk felt Elvish in nature. The trick was to find other pieces that looked Elvish without using heavy armor. Most pieces designed for Elves are generally pointy, very detailed, display a leafy emblem, or some combination of the three. It didn't take long to figure out that boots meeting those qualifications did not look appealing with this outfit! I had intended this to be more of a racial outfit, but this was one of those times when the pieces you've acquired send you in the opposite direction.
|Now that he's settled and focused, will Emeridir ever be able to successfully catch a fish?|
Originally this was going to be a story-based post, which I haven't done in a very long time. I've had character-specific background stories in mind while designing several outfits. I've asked myself if my character (if I role-played on LOTRO) would wear this walking around Middle-earth? Was there a reason why this character has worn a particular piece? It's certainly a different approach to outfitting. I might have to spend more time on Landroval than I've done in the past. There have always been plenty of RPers on that server! All the same, I've added some captions to some of the pictures for a bit of random narrative.
Here's a bit of a LOTRO easter egg for the lore fanatics out there--did you know that if you swim as far south from Celondim as possible, you can see what is believed to be one of the White Ships from the Grey Havens? If you look at the picture above, you can see part of the mast rising between the hill in the middle ground and the treeline in the distance. It should point you in the general direction to the place featured below.
Shoulders: Ceremonial Shoulders of the Learned (Red, Helegrod cosmetic skirm camp vendor)
Back: Fancy Quiver (Sienna, Trestlebridge outfitter) (Optional piece for this outfit)
Chest: Mariner's Hauberk (Red, Yule Festival Bree-land gift box)
Hands: Leather Gauntlets of Vigour (White, world drop)
Feet: Brushed Leather Boots (Sienna, LOTRO Store or cosmetic skirm camp vendor)