Saturday, April 8, 2017

Anórien Herald

It felt so surreal writing this outfit entry. My last set of them was posted in November. Before then, July. I'll admit that outfitting in LOTRO isn't what it used to be. Material Middle-earth has been around since 2012 and it's become progressively more difficult to find original combinations of attire and color. However, it's certainly not been an impossible task. I've spent some time pouring through other cosmetic blogs for LOTRO, looking at what others have used (or not used) that way I could create something unique. And this, at least to me, qualified as such. I've never seen anyone use a particular reward from the Volume 4 epic line, the Robe of Anórien Mercy. Thus, it became my central piece.

I wasn't quite sure what to do with it at first. Other than in name, this robe didn't feel quite Gondorian. However, it looked as if it were something worn by a person of some importance. Not quite nobility, but definitely not common. While cycling through my vast collection, I tried pairing one of the Harvestmath Festival rewards, the Pack of the Anórien Autumn, and entertained the idea of a herald. A herald swiftly traveling the dangerous roads of Gondor, delivering messages of great importance between various settlements and encampments. However, someone assigned with such as task would need additional protection. Finding simple guards for the arms and legs would help this messenger ensure delivery and/or arrival in a timely fashion. It may not have been the greatest concept, but I loved the resulting outfit.

I can't recall if I've said it, and I may very well have, but once progressing past Western Gondor, I've had access to some distinctive skins. Most of them have come from capstone quests in each zone, from the epic quests, or from zone currency vendors. They've required a fair bit of work to acquire, being gated behind quest chains and extensive currency collecting. If all goes as planned, I'll be posting outfits containing some late game pieces. Hopefully the grind for essences doesn't do me in first!

I should be returning to the monthly post routine, adding a new creation every first Saturday morning Eastern time. If I have extra time, I may submit more!

Shoulders: Shoulders of the Mighty Verse (Violet, Minstrel class vendor in the Twenty-first Hall)
Back: Pack of the Anórien Autumn (Violet, Harvestmath Festival barter reward)
Chest: Robe of Anórien Mercy (Crimson, Vol. 4 Book 4 - A Long Siege)
Hands: Steel Gauntlets of the Norcrofts (Violet, Eastemnet Armor Quartermaster token barter)
Feet: Steel Boots of the Norcrofts (Violet, Eastemnet Armor Quartermaster token barter)

Weapon: Arnorian Commander's Halberd


  1. welcome back! :D

  2. What a gorgeous ensemble! It's been such a joy to have you back in game, and now back on the blog!

    1. It's wonderful to be back! I think the next outfit is going to be a real treat :)

  3. It really is a nice chest piece. As you say, it's not distinctively Gondorian. I like how it goes with the hands and feet, I might go with something like it for my Rohirric captain! I'll fiddle around with the colours: not crazy about the purple - red combination for her. She mostly wears green.

    1. Thank you! I'm obsessed with red-purple combinations on my Captain. Those have always seemed to be her colors. However, I did experiment with some alternative to the purple, like shire peach or lorien gold. Those colors bring out the belt very well, but this outfit might need different shoulders.

  4. I love the way you made red and purple work, but the one thing I love more is that you're back! You've definitely sparked the put-out match in me to start actually taking pictures and posting again. Hope you stick around longer this time round, haha!

    1. Thank you! Now that everything is back up and in working order, I'll be around for the long haul. Going back to my monthly posting schedule, and if I have time, an occasional outfit on the odd weekend. I have plenty of ideas for outfits, thankfully!

      And I look forward to seeing what else appears on your blog :)


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