burglar

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

Burgling Moria 02

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.

Burgling Moria 03

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)

Leaf-Walker’s Shadow

Sometimes, putting together a look isn’t nearly as easy as the end result would imply. This is especially true when outfitting hobbits and dwarves, who have different body types entirely. A piece that looks good on one character might look terrible on another, and accessories may clip strangely on different races. This outfit took several hours to put together… and then I changed the upperbody piece at the last minute.

On a related subject, I really wish weapons didn’t disappear during emotes, because it would be really awesome for Stabbatha Inyourback to be able to do the /rude animation while brandishing her daggers! Also, the shoulders in this outfit were crafted for me by Eldalleth, who is awesome.

Head: Agile Eastemnet Skirmish Helm, umber dye (T8 crafted, light armour)
Shoulders: Enduring Great River Pauldrons of Deflection, gold dye (T7 crafted, medium armour)
Back: Treasure Hunter’s Satchel, umber dye (Treasure Hunt event)
Chest: Scout’s Armour, grey dye (T6 crafted medium armour)
Hands: Fingerless Gloves, gold dye (Yule festival)
Legs: Dolen-saviad, umber dye (Dunland quest reward, similar appearances found at Lalia’s Market)
Feet: Reinforced Leather Dunlending Boots, umber dye (Dunland quest reward)

The Masked “Minstrel” (Burglar)

When I decided to switch to a new character in Tales of the Free Folk, it seemed a fairly obvious choice to pick Saryssa, the burglar I’ve been playing on Tuesdays for a while now. This character is the only LOTRO character whose biography field is filled in, and her backstory is generally explained as “nobody actually knows what her backstory is, because it changes every time she tells it”. It seemed like a fun concept to role-play, and has proven entertaining in the show, though in practice it means I have to not only keep track of what stories she’s told, I also have to make sure I have new ones ready to go.

When GreyMaster added the burglar’s mask to the TFF logo, I thought it was great, but there was a tiny snag: Saryssa in-game had never worn a mask! I went looking for one that would fit, and ended up designing the outfit around it. Sometimes that happens, when I want to use a particular piece and have to play with the paper dolls until it comes out looking the way I want it to. Of course, Saryssa in TFF doesn’t wear a mask, because she’s totally a “minstrel”.

Head: Potent Skirmish Helm of the Mark, steel blue dye (Crafted T8 Medium Armor)
Chest: Jacket of the Watchtower, steel blue dye (Dunland quest reward)
Hands: Lesser Gauntlets of Dundolen, walnut brown dye (Harndirion Barter, Burglar Set)
Feet: Nightshade Boots, walnut brown dye (Dunland quest reward, similar appearance can be found in Lalia’s Market)