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.
***Also shares the same skin as the Steadfast Warden's Shield of Fate and several skirmish camp shields.