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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)

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Into Rohan

Rohan is one of those areas I never get tired of questing in… or making outfits for. Admittedly, my elven huntress Alistriel was nearly finished with it before I got around to making something more appropriate to all the time she was spending among the horse-lords, but better late than not at all, I suppose.

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Strictly speaking, this bridge is on the border between the Great River region and the Wold, looking back into the Great River. The epic storyline skips around a bit here, but it’s fairly close to Langhold, which begins the quests for attaining a war-steed.

Head: Scout’s Weathered Leather Helmet, walnut brown dye (Dunland quest reward)
Chest: Boar Clansmen Sentry’s Jacket, rivendell green dye (Dunland quest reward)
Hands: Leather Bracers of the Learned Stag, umber dye (Dunland quest reward)
Feet: Nightshade Boots, walnut brown dye (Dunland quest reward, similar appearance can be found in Lalia’s market)
Bow: Reshaped Hunter’s Bow of the First Age (crafted by Chromite)

Overpowered Furball is Overpowered

A few weeks ago, I stunned everyone in the LOTRO Players News live chat with the news that I, Miss #downwithbears, had rolled my very own baby Beorning. However, it should come as no surprise to anyone that I took the opportunity to play dress-up with the bear! The Beorning body type presents some additional challenges in making sure everything goes together without strange clipping issues, and it wasn’t easy coming up with just the right outfit on a server that isn’t home to my primary cosmetics stash.

I opted for shades of brown, mostly because it lent a more “natural” feel to the overall look, something that would easily blend in with the trees until suddenly there’s a bear! Rawr! Kind of loving the squishy but overpowered furball, though I refuse to equip a bow on her and maintain that the class has plenty of ways to pull stuff without needing to use ranged weapons.

Head: Traveller’s Hood, umber dye (LOTRO Store)
Shoulders: Tactical Westfold Campaign Shoulder Pads, sienna dye (Crafted T7 Light Armour)
Chest: Robe of Anorien Mercy, sienna dye (Epic Story Volume 4 quest reward)
Hands: Leather Bracers of the Learned Stag, umber dye (Dunland quest reward)
Feet: Clanweave Boots, umber dye (Dunland quest reward)
Axe: Tempered Steel Headsman’s Axe of Might (Crafted T2 Weaponsmithing)