Sagrog the Bitter Warden

‘During what is now called The War of the Last Alliance, our friend was taken by the Enemy and borne into Mordor on the back of one of his winged fell-beasts. Our efforts to rescue Thelaron before he was taken beyond the Morannon failed, and in so doing, we nearly lost another of Gil-galad’s favoured warriors to the corruption of Morgul-steel.’

‘Even after Sauron fell at the end of the Second Age, we could not find Thelaron in Mordor. He was hidden somewhere beyond our sight, and the Enemy’s forces still remained to harry us – as few as they were after the War. Thus, our search begins anew. If Thelaron lives still, we shall find him!’ Megoril, “The Fates of the Damned” quest in Dor Amarth

1636‘Seven years…a mere seven years, and I heard the truth in Sauron’s words. Gil-galad had left me to die, and Sauron in His kindness wrought for me a new form and granted me a place among His greatest servants. Seven years, and He was defeated…but He will return.’ Lost Lore of the Abyss of Mordath
2014 0047 2715Sagrog, the Bitter Warden, has stood guard in the Abyss of Mordath for almost an Age to the deepest recesses of Sauron’s dungeon. Oblivious to his true self, all he knew was to stand watch, in the dark, waiting at time went by for any possible intruder who could have trespassed… but truly, who could ever think of doing so? Well, a dwarven king blinded by greed for his lost heirloom, a ring, one of the Seven. He minded him not. But whom he minded, was the Group of adventurers that came after. A band of righteous Free People determined to stop the dwarven king. They had no idea what awaited them past him, and he had no intention of letting them know. The Bitter Warden and the adventurers fought a fierce battle… and the Bitter Warden lost. How? Sauron gave him strenght, gave him a new life, new power he never knew before… before when he was Thelaron. Thelaron of the Silver Lances, sworn to Gil-Galad, captured by Sauron during the Last Alliance and tortured until he remodeled him Sagrog. The defeat by the hands of the adventurers made him remember. His old spirit awakened, and despite his body being defiled, his mind and spirit are now free. Thelaron let the adventurers go. Maybe they can truly stop the mad king. As for him, his fea free, but his hroa still chained to Mordor, there was no White Ship that could have brought him to Valinor
1156 0103The story is what actually happens when you run the Abyss of Mordath. This story in particular struck me as it is not a subject we encountered before in lotro stories. If you rolled a High Elf, you know Thelaron from the intro. We know from lore that it all started way before the First Age, with Morgoth and the world under the stars, he used to capture elves and defile them until they were remodeled as Orcs. The same here happened to Thelaron, though not as an Orc, Sauron reshaped him in one of his servants. As strong in body and spirit as they are, the Firstborn of Iluvatar are in fact not immune to corruption. I found his story a great nugget for a part of the lore that is quite sad to think about. Moving right along to the outfit itself, well this heavy armour looks so grim, I love it! It is an entirely new design from what we had so far, a “onsie” plated piece that is perfect for a villanous outfit. Combined with helmet, Sagrog is what came in my mind right away 5828 0287
head: Hardened Helm of the Expeditioner Vanguard, barter with ashes of creation in Mordor or one of the Allegiance Halls

shoulders: Bolstered pauldrons of the Expeditioner Vanguard, barter with ashes of creation in Mordor or one of the Allegiance Halls

chest: Buttressed chestplate of Thorin’s Vanguard, Black Book of Mordor reward

hands: Articulated Gauntlets of the Expeditioner Vanguard, barter with ashes of creation in Mordor or one of the Allegiance Halls

feet: Thic Sabatons of Thorin’s strenght, barter in Erebor

shield: Shield of the Swift River, barter in Great River

sword: Master Guardsman sword of the Nadlan, weapon barter at the skirmish camp

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2 thoughts on “Sagrog the Bitter Warden

  1. Wow…that is amazing! Both lore and the outfit! I’ve yet to venture far enough into the Abyss to collect pages or to face Sagrog himself. I can only hope that he looks just as phenomenal in the Abyss as he does in your interpretation.

    • thank you! I couldn’t find pieces that quite come close to his appearance in game (none that I really liked anyway) so I approximated. Let’s say that’s how I imagine him if I had to design him XD

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