there’s a lot, A LOT of new cosmetics coming with the War of the Three Peaks, all dwarven themed, though some of them, like the ensemble here look definitely more evil than dwarfish (I hope it’s not just me who thinks that XD). There’s plenty of controversy with the decision of making this quest region a “mini expansion” and I have my own criticism about it, but this post is not the place to talk about it. The gear I used comes from the new 12 man raid “Amdân Dammul, the Bloody Threshold”. This is the heavy set and wow does it look menacing. The head piece especially makes me think of the Iron Crown, everything else just fits the color scheme of Dor Amarth so well, even the warsteed. I imagine this to be one of the Black Numenoreans that we see patrolling Barad Dur, heavily armed and armoured to launch an attack against the rangers posted in the ruins of Dingarth. As we portray the good guys in lotro, Harvestmath (Halloween) is the perfect time to dress up like the enemy!
head: Helm of the Threshold, tier 3 raid gear, heavy set
shoulders: Pauldrons of the Threshold, tier 3 raid gear, heavy set
chest: Chestplate of the Threshold, tier 3 raid gear, heavy set
hands: Burglar’s Silk-hide gloves of Deceptive Fortune, black dye, Remmorchant medium gear
legs: Greaves of the Threshold, tier 3 raid gear, heavy set
feet: Sabatons of the Threshold, tier 3 raid gear, heavy set
back: Heavy cloak of the Threshold, tier 3 raid gear, heavy set
warsteed: Steed of the Marauder, lotro store (dark grey coat, black mane and tail; orange tack)
The Swan Ships are gone, taken by force against the will of the Falmari by Feanaro and his Noldor. The First Kinslaying ended in bloodshed on top of the loss of the ships and all that was left in Alqualonde was sadness and mourning. Ages later, the wound inflicted by such betrayal still lingers in some Eldar, such as this maiden whom looking to the horizon can’t help shedding tears for the kin she has lost and their craft destroyed. A blazing sun reflects in the sea almost as a constant reminder of the fire. Her garb, of many shades of blue and intricate in detail as the foam that forms on waves contrasts with the sea instead of complementing it. She came upon the shore riding a steed with matching barding, sure in its canter whereas the rider wavered in her thoughts
Andúnë Alqualondesse means sunset of Alqualonde. It is my headcanon that the survivors of the first Kinslaying are still mourning what happened that day, even if later on they forgave the actions of their kin. While scouting for locations to take screenshots I initially wanted it to be morning to have an all blue theme, but man do sunsets in Belfalas are breathtaking, and the whole thing clicked. The horse is intended as a reward for one of the Gondor factions (steed of the Ship-Kings) but by the looks of it, I’d rather associate it with elven mariners than Numenor/Gondorians. The Falmari were the first lto build ships after all! I always have a hard time taking screens of the steeds while moving… but matching horse and rider outfit is really fun and makes up for the frustration XD
head: Rune-maker’s hat, barter at the skirmish camp, classic vendor
chest: Morgul explorer’s chestplate, barter in Echad Uial
hands: Supple Fangorn gloves of Spirit, belegaer blue dye, crafted tailor recipe (westemnet)
feet: Morgul explorer’s Sabatons,, barter in Echad Uial
back: Cloak of the Ibis, belegaer blue, lotro store
horse: Steed of the Ship-Kings, kindred reputation with Pelargir
The Haven of Pelargir (Garth of Royal Ships) is by far the oldest permanent settlement in Gondor. Like its sister city, Umbar, it was founded by men of Westernesse in the mists of Second Age. Under the command of the Heirs of Castamir and their leader, Balakhôr the Scourge, the Corsairs have sailed north with the full might of their fleet, smashing through the gondorian defences and seizing Pelargir. But even as the city burns, a mysterious host is approaching from the West: Aragorn, son of Arathorn, has rallied the Oathbreakers of the Paths of the Dead alongside the Grey Company and the brave soldiers of central and western Gondor led by Angbor to storm Pelargir and drive the Corsairs back into the Anduin. The Sons of Elrond lead a small party of brave warriors through a hidden entrance in the sewers of the city in order to open the main gate for the Grey Host to advance into the city (lotro wiki).
After the pillaging left the haven in wrecks, whomever is left in the harbor is taking steps to rebuild. This soldier has taken up watch at the wharf, where the vessels used by the corsairs are moored. There might still be some wayward corsair on board, if so he is ready to signal them to the guardsI quite like the new farmer’s faire tunic, dyed in more muted colors it’s great for rugged, outdoorsy outfits, but I wanted to add a touch of color and make my ensemble a bit more “city like”. Pelargir is the most prestigious harbor of Gondor so I figure the uniforms should be a touch on the fancy side. I’m pleasantly surprised at how well it combines with the cloak from Minas Morgul vendors, even better than the cloak that goes with the tunic imo.
chest: Shimmering breeze tunic, sea blue dye, farmer’s faire (summerfest) reward
hands: Iron gauntlets of the Rider, sea blue dye, epic quest reward (lvl 95)
feet: Steel boots of the Dragon Clan, epic quest reward (lvl 92)
back: Morgul’s Vanguard’s hardened heavy cloak, sea blue dye, barter for embers of enchantment (quartermaster at Estolad Lan)
As we know, the summer and farmer’s faire have been merged, we knew that there would have been no new rewards specifically for farmer’s faire, so the new things we will get this time count for both festivals with the theme Shimmering Breeze
Yavanna was one of the Aratar and was next to Varda in reverence. She was the elder “sister” of Vána and the consort of Aulë. She was responsible for all things that grew in the earth, from the towering trees to the moss on the rocks. Most notably, she is the “mother” and creator of the Two Trees in Valinor, Laurelin and Telperion, and of the Shepherds of the Trees aka Ents. Her husband is Aule, the Smith of the Valar. Yavanna means “Giver of Fruits” in Quenya. The name is a compound of yávë (“fuit”) and anna (“gift”). Her epithet Kementári means “Queen of the Earth”.
Her usual form was that of a tall woman robed in green. She has also been seen in the form of a tall tree growing from the waters of Ulmo to the winds of Manwe spilling golden dew from her branches, which made the barren earth green with corn (from Tolkien Gateway) It’s been a minute since I felt inspired to make an outfit with rewards from a festival right off the bat. I do collect new rewards every festival, but the magic waned with the years when it came to make outfits out of them. But boy oh boy are the dresses from the midsummer festival beautiful. Sooo many people were already wearing them all around Minas Tirith. This one especially it is almost fairy-like. I love the gradient when the purple is paired with a contrasting color; I’d like to use the male outfit as well, but I don’t really like it in black and hope it gets fixed so we can change its color soon
head: Symbelmyne circlet, spring festival rewards
shoulders: Supple Wildermore shoulderpads of Insight, dark purple dye, crafted tailor recipe
chest: Arwen’s dinner dress, bullroarer green dye, Midsummer festival reward
back: Bridal veil, bullroarer green dye, Midsummer festival reward