Saturday, July 1, 2017

Indomitable Spirit



This year's 10th Anniversary Festival and subsequent Scavenger Hunt has produced some amazing rewards this year. My biggest concern this year was the distinct lack of quests that reward Anniversary tokens, especially if you didn't devote approximately ten hours to spamming the intermediate option for the Thorin's Hall Beer Brawl. And the lack of the Inn League and Ale Association token vendors made everything feel ten time more expensive than it needed to be. The anniversary festival had some amazing rewards, but, if you're like me, you don't have a ton of time to grind for rewards. Of everything offered, I set my sights upon the Unflagging Dragon cosmetic set, which is the focus of this outfit.


For about a month after the festival itself ended, many of the Jane and John Does of Middle-earth wore that cosmetic set. I wanted to make mine stand out...and accessible to all other players. Luckily, no raiding is required and the only currency that may give a lower level player trouble is medallions. I opted for a mix of sharper pieces from the skirmish camps and Draigoch gear from Galtrev to stick with a dragon theme. It took mixing and matching, as well a few days of trying different looks and colors, but I settled on this one. White brought out all of the delightful shades of gold and brown as well as a hard to see pattern on the breastplate/robe.


If you missed the Anniversary Festival and subsequent events, you'll be unable to collect the Unflagging Dragon set. Also, the Scavenger Hunt event, which runs until I believe July 14, 2017, rewards tokens in addition to the alternative blue/silver set, the Armor of the Reminiscing Dragon. Personally, I like the blue one better! All you have to do is complete one card from each year at the Party Tree in the Shire and the deed will reward you with it and the complementing steed. Make sure that you move it from your pending loot if auto-loot isn't toggled!

And if you're just returning, there is a wonderful guide at the Department of Strategery (I've linked the Scavenger Hunt tag here) that will help you speed up the process to get the Reminiscing Dragon set. And, if you're strapped on time or don't have a large pool of friends to help, I suggest doing all of the Tales quests. It's recommended that you have a level 100+ character that can access North Ithilien and the Dead Marshes.


Head: Ceremonial Hat of the Written Word (White, skirm camp cosmetics vendor - Moria light armor)
Shoulders: Epaulets of the Relentless Fighter (Sienna, Adventurer's Quartermaster in Galtrev)**
Back: Cloak of the Unflagging Dragon (Sienna, Anniversary Festival barter reward)
Chest: Breastplate of the Unflagging Dragon (White, Anniversary Festival barter reward)
Hands: Spellweaver's Bracers (Umber, Adventurer's Quartermaster in Galtrev)***
Feet: Boots of the Impossible Shot (Umber, Adventurer's Quartermaster in Galtrev)****

Main-hand: Golden Host Staff of Warding (T6 Woodworker recipe -- Malledhrim rep)
Off-hand: Blade of Unity (Volume 2 Book 7 Chapter 3 reward)

**Any of the heavy class armor from the Adventurer's Quartermaster shares this shoulder skin.
***Any of the light class armor from the Adventurer's Quartermaster shares this bracer skin.
****Any of the medium class armor from the Adventurer's Quartermaster shares this boot skin.

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And because I have no male characters scheduled in outfits anytime soon (the ones I'm currently leveling/outfitting are female), I've included a little extra today. Here's a quick image of how a male character could fill out this outfit in comparison to a female. They may not both be elves, but this is to provide a general idea!


Saturday, June 3, 2017

Uch-lûth Skirmisher



I've been wanting to take pictures of my Beorning's outfits for a very long time. Before I could do that, I made myself a promise first. That promise was to get her to Dunland. This outfit, even though it was assembled mid-2016, I had a particular place in mind to model it. That would be Barnavon in Carreglyn, however she was thirty levels too low at the time. I've put in a significant amount of work with my Beorning since my return and it's been wonderful experiencing landscape content and exploring locations I seldom have reason to visit.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Shimmering Song



A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to join a T2 Tower of Orthanc raid as a healer. It was with an experienced group that knew most of the challenges inside and out. Wing by wing, we defeated each of the bosses and climbed our way to Saruman. For the first time since Rise of Isengard, I was able to complete this raid on T2. Also, for the first time, I saw a broken cloak clasp drop...and I was lucky to win the roll. Having been a serious raider back at level 75, I had a full collection of Draigoch cloaks tucked away. Not knowing if or when I'd see another cloak, I chose to upgrade my favorite Wyrmscale Blademaster's Cloak to the Shimmering Blademaster's cloak.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Of Anniversaries and the Ithilien Spring



Seldom do I get overly excited about my character's attire. I've been in cosmetic overdrive since I returned to LOTRO. In such overdrive that, in fact, I've had dreams about what my characters could wear. Moments I've been at my job mentally piecing various skins together and dyeing them. I guess that having worked with the cosmetics from LOTRO for so long that I don't even need to be logged in anymore to do this. Once I envisioned this, I wrote each of the pieces down, and sat down at my PC the first chance I had. I've been waiting for an opportunity to use those North Ithilien cosmetics!

When was the last time I devoted an entire entry to a dress? And when was the last time I jumped into a Spring theme? I wanted greens, whites, yellows, pinks, flowers...anything that captured the heart and soul of the warming, sunny weather and the flowers beginning to bloom.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Anórien Herald



It felt so surreal writing this outfit entry. My last set of them was posted in November. Before then, July. I'll admit that outfitting in LOTRO isn't what it used to be. Material Middle-earth has been around since 2012 and it's become progressively more difficult to find original combinations of attire and color. However, it's certainly not been an impossible task. I've spent some time pouring through other cosmetic blogs for LOTRO, looking at what others have used (or not used) that way I could create something unique. And this, at least to me, qualified as such. I've never seen anyone use a particular reward from the Volume 4 epic line, the Robe of Anórien Mercy. Thus, it became my central piece.

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