Saturday, February 8, 2014

Midnight Rune-scriber - Lanael of Gladden

The extinct "Their Weapons Shall Not Harm Us" skill animation. It was removed with Helm's Deep.

Black has been a dye color I often avoid for three reasons; it's not easy to make, it's expensive to purchase via the auction house, and it's a very common color. But, when it works, it works! I was in the mood to make something Elvish-looking, especially after using the Exquisite Elven Dress in a recent outfit. Plus, anything primarily white has always looked wonderful at night. Black enhances the soft and somewhat glowing effects of the moonlight. (This was also an outfit designed for the Halloween season, but its publication was delayed!)

Long gone are the days of Moria and Dâr Narbugud as well as the days of the more unique Moria cosmetics. I've known many players who don't bother to pick up the Moria/Lothlorien instance cluster gear at level 60. It's generally felt to be a waste of time when quest gear will take you to level 66, when the entire game changes in terms of gear stats. Take the Word-smith's Robe for example. It's the level 60 Moria chest piece for Rune-keepers. When Mirkwood was the current endgame, this was an insanely popular piece of gear. Another place to obtain this would be from the Rune-keeper class vendor in Ost Galadh. If you don't have that class, you'll have to get lucky and win the Robe of the Uncorrupted Soul from a very buggy T2 Draigoch, which shares the same skin.

Actually, as I've been writing this post, I've been working on the Moria instance cluster for virtue deeds. My Rune-keeper wore this robe wherever she went and it was eventually thrown away, only to be replaced by the Barad Guldur set. This was before I ever invested in outfitting or purchased the wardrobe. I don't know why I ever tossed it. Maybe it's one of those pieces you have to forget in order to fall in love with it again. Ever feel like you've had one of those moments? Either way, with this steady supply of Moria Medallions, I repurchased it!

Head: Hat of the Ancient Tongue (Washed, Ost Galadh Rune-keeper class vendor)
Shoulders: Shoulders of the Ancient Tongue (Black, Ost Galadh Rune-keeper class vendor)
Back: Elf-lord’s Cloak (Black, LOTRO Store)
Chest: Word-smith's Robe (Black, Moria Rune-keeper class vendor)
Hands: Gloves of Erebraw (Default, Ox-clan Camp Rune-keeper vendor)
Feet: Word-smith's Shoes (Black, Moria Rune-keeper class vendor)
Special: Student's Rune-satchel of Dagor (Black, any Rune-keeper class vendor)


  1. this ensemble is so elegant! The black and white contrast never gets old ( and speaking of old... Namarie, elaborate runkeeper animations XD ) my own rk would love to wear this combination :)

    1. Thanks Gloredh! This is the only black and while outfit I've ever had and it certainly looks elegant. I didn't notice it before, but there's a fun contrast between the pieces themselves and not just the colors. While the robe and shoes are primarily white with black accents, all the other pieces are the exact opposite! : )

      Outfitting has been made somewhat difficult, at least the picture-taking aspect. With the disappearance of old skills and the addition of new ones, I've found it difficult to move away from the comfort of reliable and beautiful animations. Their Weapons Will Not Harm Us will be sorely missed.

  2. Lovely! I'm a sucker for black and white outfits.

    I'm missing a lot of old skills for their screenshotting uses as well. :( It seems like a lot of targetless skills have been removed for some classes. Definitely makes things a bit trickier to get dynamic poses.

    1. Thanks Starry! Between you, Gloredh, and the other positive responses I've gotten via game mail, I might have to make another black and white outfit in the future. It seems the near even balance between black and white is what makes this so appealing. Time to get out there and farm those chunks of lime and iron oxides!

      I've found RK poses to be easier with the trait trees. Versus having to build attunement, I can use those old top-tier attunement skills at any time! I wish anything needing skill pips were as easy for screenies. : )


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