10 year Lotroversary

Happy 10 year Lotro! The anniversary event just launched, and with it many novelties, from cosmetics to a new series of Scavenger hunt quests, set up as episodic conten in a similar fashion to the Bingo Boffin weekly quests. These quests gift both housing cosmetics and cosmetic pets, in this post though I will list the “classic” rewards. This year, the theme is the dragon, I supposed based on the great celebration for Bilbo’s Birthday at the Party Tree, in which Merry and Pippin lit Gandalf’s Majestic dragon fireworks

starting with clothes, dragon style
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a dragon style horse, plus warsteed cosmetics
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kites and gift versions of the cosmetics
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Midnight Sky

“O stars that in the Sunless Year
With shining hand by her were sown,
In Windy fields now bright and clear
We see your silver blossom blown!”

– Hymn to Elbereth

403927585149 It is well known that the Eles love Above all the light of the Stars, and when the Sun and Moon first were sent to their course in the sky, they revered Moon the most. Both the Stars and the Moon are represented in the garb of this warden, on her hauberk and shield, gold studs against midnight blue background, and on her cloak a crescent moon. Perhaps she is waiting to see it rise from behind the mountains, perhaps she is admiring the light of Menelmacar, the Swordsman of the Sky524002192349I really like this shield, and it’s golden counterpart. These are part of the cosmetic rewards that came out with U20. The shields in particular can be obtained with friend status with the Master-armourer faction. Now… while I am glad the cosmetics specifically are at friend status, this new set of dailies and grind I do not like. Not only people who want to barter from different factions have to go through the rigmarole of maxing them all, but if you have only one character who is a crafter, it will take you a heck of a long time. Also, the barter items share the same items needed for advancing reputation, so you have to choose one or the other. The shield here costed 40 teal and 10 gold tokens for the Armourer faction. That is a lot. I am also starting to get burned out by dailies, in fact I do them when the whim strikes me. The horse reward for maxing out all rep factions might be a good enough motivation to do dailies (I liked the Steed of the Moth a lot and got it for most of my characters) I’d like to see a picture of it. That said, I do love this shield, and I may do another outfit for it’s golden counterpart 🙂

head: High Warden’s helm, ered luin blue dye, barter in Ost Galadh (same look of the warden’s helm from the Dar Narbugud raid set)

shoulders: Songmaster’s shoulders, ered luin blue dye, barter in Ost Galadh (same look of the minstrel’s shoulders from the Dar Narbugud raid set)

chest: Hauberk of the Mirrormere, ered luin blue dye, lotro store

gloves: Gloves of the Lady’s power, ered luin blue dye, Dar Narbugud champion set, barter in Caras Galadhon

feet: Berseker’s boots, ered luin blue dye, barter in Ost Galadh (same look of the champion’s boots from the Dar Narbugud raid set)

back: Hoh-Dreng, ered luin blue dye, Dunland quest reward, barter with dunland rep faction

shield: Shield of the Midnight Sky, barter in Haerondir, Master Armourer faction

Spring festival 2017 preview

It’s here! Ethuilwereth, the spring festival once again in Lotro (plus the new update so much to do and so much to grind!). I am very very pleased with this year cosmetics, it seems the art team was given some funds and they put them to good use. Let’s go in order:

Not one, but 3 dresses! The dresses follow the classic lotro style of years ago, long sleeved, short sleeved, sleeveless. I showed one only since that is the only difference. And the cloak, it is beautifully colored, and you can’t see it from the screens, but like the Draigoch cloak, it is iridescent. The wings change from purple to bluish hues

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the horse. The caparison is stunning! And it comes with separate warsteed cosmetics

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then we have gift versions of the dress and cloak. The normal barter ones are account bound

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new kites!

not new dyes, but they rotated. Last year Bullroarer green and Shire plum were token barter, this time Lavender and Dark purple are token barter, the other 2 mithril coin

Hunter of the Ashen Wastes

26-183641Angmar is a sickly region, barren and inhabited by fell creatures. While the Southern parts still present somewhat normal landscape and vegetation, the more one travels north, the more corrupted the land becomes. The North and the east are terrible to behold, with rifts filled with spiders, wargs, orcs and undead creatures. It is also the land where is the headquarter of the Witchking: Carn Dum, and its smaller liutenant’s Towers. But in this dread-filled land, there are still a few bastions of hope to be found. This hunter aids the refuge of Gath Forthnir, a Ranger outpost situated east f Carn Dum. Her clothing befits the path she is patrolling, Grey leather to blend with the jagged hills, light enough to move with speed, and sturdy enough to resist spider bites. Her eagle-shaped mask both serves as camouflage and protection against harder blows.
10201796The mask is definitely the main piece in this outfit. The shape is unique and it is a barter item from the hunter trader in Moria, for a Platinum Coin of Spirit. The coin is a drop from the raid Vile Maw. Once upon a time the same mask could be bartered in the Ettenmoors and it dyed differently than this one, but since the change in moors gear, it is no longer obtainable. You can see it in this outfit from Cosmetic Lotro
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head: Helm of the Great Bow, grey dye, barter with Platinum Coin of Spirit (drop from Vile Maw raid in Moria)

chest: Jacket of the Winding Road, grey dye, Great River quest reward

hands: Gauntlets of the Hidden Paths, grey dye, Great River quest reward

legs: Earthen Leggings, grey dye, Great River quest reward

feet: Reclaimed Nobleman’s Shoes, grey dye, Great River quest reward, light armour

back: Cloak of the Unwelcomed guest, grey dye, Great River quest reward

bow: Legendary Third Age bow lvl 54, drop from any mob at that level in Moria

Randirchol

14655122Randirchol is a beautiful cloak, it has a chance to drop from the loot of the Mistress of Pestilence in Dar Narbugud. It has just one problem… it is undyeable (edit: a viewer informed me there is a hoodless version of this cloak in Ettenmoors, thanks Earnuil!)
((edit 2: the cloak is available hoodless at Lalia’s!)). Because of the White Tree symbol on it, I paired with the full Nadhin armour. I wanted to dye it belegaer blue, but it was too light and the blue just not the right hue for it. And navy didn’t match the blue hue of the cloak. So white it was. I know, I used the Belfalas homestead in my last outfit setting too, but the place is too pretty! And it just fits perfectly this outfit for a man of Gondor. If I’m not mistaken, this cloak can be bought at Lalia too. Randirchol means cloak of the wanderer in sindarin (randir-wanderer/traveller, and coll-cloak)461625431006
chest: Heavy Nadhin Armour, white dye, barter in Dol Amroth

shoulders: Heavy Nadhin Shoulders, white dye, barter in Dol Amroth

hands: Heavy Nadhin Gauntlets, white dye, barter in Dol Amroth

feet: Heavy Nadhin Boots, white dye, barter in Dol Amroth

back: Randirchol, drop from the Mistress of Pestilence in Dar Narbugud, or barter in Ettenmoors, hoodless version in Lalia’s market

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