What Not to Wear in Middle-earth #dontwearyellow

A while back I jokingly promised @cableknitdragon on twitter that if she kept tweeting at me with ridiculous outfits of characters dressed in yellow, that I would do a blog post about it. This is that post. I’m not going to identify any of the pieces used in the following outfits, because I don’t recommend that anyone dress their characters like this, ever.

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Friends don’t let friends run around Middle-earth as fashion disasters. Do better. Don’t wear yellow.

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Burgling in Moria

Recently, I rolled a new burglar on the Arkenstone server. After spending the points to Veteran Status him out of the intro and then spending some time playing paper dolls to find just the right outfit, I took him to the Shire, where I decided to filter off a bunch of things in the map and radar as a challenge to see how far he could get without getting into combat.

Burg Challenge Radar

Burg Challenge Map

He wound up making it to level twelve, at which point I spent more LOTRO Points on Gift of the Valar, and promptly took him to Moria… with map and radar things still filtered off. Needless to say, the dwarves have been somewhat less than impressed:

Challenge Burg Quest

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For those interested in watching this madness, I’m also streaming it over on my Twitch channel. So far, I’ve managed to not get into too much trouble, but that’s not likely to last, as I get deeper into Moria.

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Head: Mariner’s Eyepatch (Tale of the Shipwrecked Mariner)
Shoulders: Noble’s Woolen Mantle, forest green dye (Dunland quest reward)
Back: Treasure Hunter’s Satchel, umber dye (Treasure Hunt event)
Chest: Enduring Waistcoat of Healing, forest green dye (World drop)
Hands: Fingerless Gloves, umber dye (Yule festival)
Legs: Dolen-saviad, umber dye (Dunland quest reward)
Feet: Nightshade Boots, walnut brown dye (Lalia’s market, similar appearance can be found in Dunland)
Daggers: Tarnished Dagger (Intro quest reward)

Champion of the Deeps

This week’s Anniversary Scavenger Hunt has a quest that requires lots of orc-slaying. While I kind of think that’s more appropriate to Boromir, making dead orcs has never been a problem for Teriadwyn, because killing all of the things is pretty much the champion’s job anyway. As we ventured into Moria to track down the Globsnaga orcs (among others), I realized I’d never done a proper Moria outfit for her, so some emergency paper dolls was definitely in order.

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This cloak has been in Teri’s vault since Moria, waiting for its opportunity to be showcased in an outfit. I loved the red and orange hues, but since I’m not really a fan of orange, I opted to stick with red and crimson dyes on pieces with gold accents.

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So then, of course, I needed to head to the Flaming Deeps for screenshots!

Shoulders: Ceremonial Shoulder-guards of the Eastern Wind, red dye (Lalia’s Market)
Back: Cloak of Shadow and Flame, red dye (Volume 2 epic quest instance rare drop)
Chest: Fortified Jacket of the Flowered Vale, crimson dye (Central Gondor quest reward)
Gloves: Westemnet War Gauntlets of Strength, red dye (T9 Crafted heavy armor)
Boots: Westemnet War Boots of Power, red dye (T9 Crafted heavy armor)

Champion of the White City

A while back, I finally got back to playing my main Teriadwyn, and shortly afterward decided that the lifting of the dawnless day merited a new outfit. It’s fairly rare that I do an outfit that’s made entirely of quest reward pieces, but it just sort of came together that way, mostly due to the magnificent cloak that is the reward for finishing Book Four of the Volume Four Epic Story.

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I wasn’t quite able to grab a decent full-outfit screenshot, but I’ve included the boots I used for the outfit for the sake of reference, in case anyone’s curious to recreate the look. It’s worth noting that the chest piece is actually light armor, but the white dye gives it a scale-mail sort of look that works for the heavy armor classes, too.

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For a champion from Dol Amroth, Teri fits in quite well in Minas Tirith!

Shoulders: Shoulder Guards of the Reclaimed City, white dye (North Ithilien quest reward)
Back: Forceful Cloak of theCitadel Guard Captain (Volume 4 quest reward)
Chest: Ithilien Weave Coat of the Ambusher, white dye (Volume 4 quest reward)
Gloves: Gloves of the White Mountains, white dye (Western Gondor quest reward)
Boots: Rugged Work Boots, walnut brown dye (Beorning starter instance)

Soldier of Gondor

As mentioned in a recent LOTRO Academy episode, I haven’t really connected with the Captain class, but it turns out I really love dressing them up. Cathanriel, my Arkenstone cappy, recently got a makeover, so now she looks properly Gondorian. Since she’s only level 16, I had to spend a mithril coin to get her to the right spot for a photo shoot, as she’s originally from Minas Tirith.

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Sometimes spamming emotes and the capture screenshot key can result in some pretty funny captures. For example, in this one it looks as though she’s asking this swan-knight, “Excuse me?” in a highly offended tone.

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“You would not believe what that guy said to me!”

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“Perhaps you’re right. Punching him in the face may have been going too far.”

Head: Mariner’s Eyepatch, black dye (Tale of the Shipwrecked Mariner)
Shoulders: Heavy Nadhin Shoulder Guards, black dye (Dol Amroth heavy armour)
Back: Cloak of the Citadel Guard (LOTRO Store purchase)
Chest: Forged-iron Dunlending Hauberk, black dye (Dunland quest reward)
Hands: Gloves of Dorthonion, black dye (Not sure where these drop, snagged on the AH)
Feet: Heavy Nadhin Boots, black dye (Dol Amroth heavy armour)
Location: The Splintered Shield, Minas Tirith, Soldier’s Tier

Catch of the Day

A while back, I happened to catch a glimpse of an item that was linked in World Chat (something I rarely pay attention to on most days), and did the preview thing to see what it looked like. Said item was Long-bite, a halberd that drops from the Urugarth instance in Angmar, and the trident-like appearance inspired me to not only drag the Grrlz of Middle-earth along for a romp through the instance, but to find some more sea-themed pieces to make my captain his very own Poseidon/Aquaman outfit.

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As it turned out, assembling the pieces was the easy part, because most emotes in-game make your weapons vanish during their animation, which made the screenshot process something of a pain. The whole point of getting the outfit together, after all, was to go with the trident weapon, so I really needed some shots that showed the weapon while still having some action. And then there was the issue of location, location, location, another challenge when your showcase character is only level 33.

I think Cuthluin is probably happier being a manly man of Rohan, which is his usual attire on the rare occasion he gets to run around Middle-earth, but he doesn’t do too badly as a Poseidon/Aquaman stand-in.

Head: Dwarf-make Circlet (Anniversary Event Cosmetic Gift Boxes)
Shoulders: Heavy Nadhin Shoulders, Sea Blue dye (Dol Amroth heavy armour barter, also world drop)
Back: Cloak of the Summer Sea, Sea Blue dye (Summer Festival)
Chest: Westernesse Cloth Waistcoat of Determination, Sea Blue dye (World drop, shares appearance with other armour pieces)
Hands: Simple Bracers (OP Furball starter gear)
Legs: Potent Enduring Leggings of Parrying, Sea Blue dye (World drop, shares appearance with other armour pieces)
Feet: Westemnet War Boots of Power, Sea Blue dye (T9 Crafted heavy armour)
Weapon: Long-bite (Urugarth)

Walk Softly and Carry a Big Stick

I’ve been wanting to play with this chest piece for a while now, and I’ve finally gotten around to doing it. Part of the reason it’s taken so long is it’s required the creation of a Beorning character, and because the chest piece is one of the starter cosmetics that the furballs get. Once that obstacle was finally overcome, I had to decide which character to use it on… and ended up making a new one. The goal here was to make her look as rustic as possible, and I’m pretty sure I succeeded.

Head: Harvest-brew Circlet, default (Fall Festival)
Chest: Langhar’s Tunic and Waistcoat, Rivendell green dye (Beorning starter equipment)
Hands: Leather Bracers of the Learned Stag, grey dye (Dunland quest reward)
Staff: Polished Staff (Intro Area quest reward)

Helsur Gets a Makeover

While choppering around Middle-earth as a shirtless bad-boy on a goat can be fun, there are occasionally times when a dwarf mini needs to cover those chest hairs. Having them get tangled in one’s lute strings is rather less than fun, after all.

Head: Mariner’s Eyepatch (Barter cosmetic or random drop during the Tale of the Shipwrecked Mariner event)
Shoulders: Noble’s Woolen Mantle, navy dye (Dunland quest reward)
Chest: Scholar’s Vestments, crimson dye (most outfitters)
Hands: Fingerless Gloves, sienna dye (Yule Festival)
Feet: Clanweave Boots, umber dye (Dunland quest reward)
Instrument: Basic Lute (any bard)

From Big to Small: Robes

Outfitting can be fun, but it can also occasionally be frustrating. Different cosmetics shape differently to various body types, and while some things can be covered with the right accessories, sometimes a concept just doesn’t come together at all and has to be scrapped. Here’s an example of how the same robe can change based on what race is wearing it:

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Notice how much shorter the hem falls on the dwarf compared to the woman captain in the featured image.

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There’s another subtle change when the character is a male elf.

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And again on a female hobbit. This robe happens to look great on everyone, but beware that not all things do!

Robe: AnĂ³rien Campaign Robe; Evendim blue dye (woman), gold dye (dwarf), Rivendell green dye (elf), purple dye (hobbit) (T10 crafted)

Woman Accessories:
Shoulders: Lesser Steadfast Shoulders of Fate, Evendim blue dye
Back: Ceremonial Cloak of the West-tower, Evendim blue dye
Hands: Leather Bracers of the Learned Stag, umber dye
Feet: Clanweave Boots, umber dye

Dwarf Accessories:
Back: Plain Hooded Cloak, crimson dye
Hands: Fingerless Gloves, crimson dye
Feet: Stout Cloth Shoes, umber dye

Elf Accessories:
Shoulders: Noble’s Woolen Mantle, dark green dye
Back: Plain Hooded Cloak, dark green dye
Hands: Fingerless Gloves, umber dye
Feet: Clanweave Boots, umber dye

Hobbit Accessories:
Head: Light Nadhin Hood, purple dye
Shoulders: Light Nadhin Shoulders, purple dye
Hands: Light Nadhin Gauntlets, violet dye
Held: Giant Flower

 

Dwarves Must Fight for Dwarves

My Sunday stream this week featured some makeover time with a handful of alts, starting with Axli Shingshing, my dwarven champion. It’s a real challenge to get everything to look just right on the dwarf body type, because the proportions are so much different than on taller characters. When I first spotted this robe, however, it was being worn by a dwarf that I happened to pass by, and I knew I had to add it to my collection of cosmetics.

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I love the details on the sleeves and along the front of this chest piece, it’s very reminiscent of Celtic knotwork, and also very dwarven. There are similar details in most places in the game that are or have been home to dwarves.

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Of course, the outfit wouldn’t be complete without a matching pair of axes, and there are even axes on his cloak!

Shoulders: Hardened Dwarf-make Iron Shoulder Guards, gold dye (Crafted T2, similar appearances can be found on landscape)
Back: Enduring Cloak of Fleetness, white dye (Scaled Instance drop)
Chest: Insightful Assault Robe of the Deep, white dye (Crafted T9, Helmingas barter or guild recipe)
Hands: Fingerless Gloves, purple dye (Yule Festival)
Feet: Polished Boots of the Dunland Shieldman, gold dye (Dunland quest reward)
Axes: Crafted Axe of the Stalwart (Level 20 lootbox reward)