The Vanya were the smallest of the original elven clans, all of them followed Orome to Valinor, revelling in living near the Valar at the foot of Taniquetil and no pure blooded Vanya was ever seen again in Middle Earth until the War of Wrath at the end of the First Age, in which they joined the Host of the West and no pure blooded Vanya decided to stay after.
In the War of Wrath they held white banners and it is said they preferred spears instead of swords and bows (from “The Lost Road and Other Writings”; Qunta Silmarillion), In an early version of the Legendarium, they are also called the “Spear-elves” so that’s the vibe I went for in this outfit. Their most prominent characteristic is their blond hair, which is why I decided against a helmet in favor of showing them beautiful golden locks… as to which shade of gold well, I actually picture them wearing more “delicate” shades of the color rather than blinding-bright plate armour so shire peach worked great for the look I wanted
head: Reclaimed Circlet of the Diplomat, crimson dye, Erebor quest reward
shoulders: Autumn Leafmail shoulders, burgundy dye, harvest math festival reward
chest: Defender’s chest plate of the Rising Moon, shire peach dye, crafted, heavy armor (recipe barter from Minas Morgul vendor)
hands: Brilliant Forest defender’s gloves, crimson dye, barter from the Curator npc
feet: Thick Sabayons of the Towers, barter for Motes at any Allegiance vendor
back: Hoodless Cloak of the Guiding Direction, barter for Ithilien phials at the Henneth Annun vendor
hoo boy, while the Anniversary is a bit stingy in terms of outfits, we have some good stuff in the new region! The look of armour and cosmetic outfit is a mix of rohirrim and hobbit ancestry (holbytla) and it looks nicely rugged (oxymoron I know). The pictures listed are respectively for heavy, medium and light sets, plus cloak. Barterable at friendly reputation
the Holbytla cosmetics, starting with hats
Holbytla dress, tunic and pants
Lotro is 13 years old as of today, a pretty good longevity as far as MMOs go. Happy birthday! With it comes the anniversary celebration, and a new set of rewards. I quite like the look of the outfit, even if turning of the gaudy side (except the helmet, headgear in lotro has always been ridiculous imo) I also like the creative direction the art team has taken with cloak design lately, first with the bifurcated cloak tail for seasonal festivals and now this. Variety is always good!
I had plans on making a softer, more festive outfit with the new dress from the festival (and I might stil do it) but as often happens, plans go in the opposite direction than what one had imagined. So it did with this, it turned into a traveling/light armor getup. Playing around with dyes, I found out that the tunic became this very pale shade of green with…. white. I had to find something to go with this very unique color scheme, and again unexpectedly the rest of the items took on the same color with Lorien gold. Which again looks more like a pale green than a gold in this particular case. I’m also very glad that the Elegant riding boots, which clipped with almost all the leggings in my collection on most of my characters fit the tunic nicely. Add a matching shield and my character is ready to welcome the new season… one Shield Bash at a time!
head: Mask of the Golden Forest Defender, lorien gold dye, barter from the Curator
shoulders: Mantle of the Spring Woods, spring festival reward
chest: Braided tunic and trousers of the Spring Woods, white dye, spring festival reward
hands: Gloves of Lost Memory, lorien gold dye, quest reward in evendim for loremaster
feet: Elegant Riding boots, lorien gold dye, barter for figments of splendor
back: Ice Flower cloak, lorien gold dye, yule festival reward
shield: Strong Skirmish Shield of the Rider, crafted
As tradition, with the coming of spring also comes lotro’s festival. Despite the game’s ups and downs I still enjoy collecting whatever new fluff is available to collect at festivals. In this case, the cosmetics are very nice, and we have a variation from the usual horse steed with a themed elk. New pets and house decorations