Travelling Scholar

So if you’ve followed my blog at all (which let’s be honest you probably haven’t 🙂 ) you’ve probably figured out that each of my toons tends to have a color scheme they wear. What you probably didn’t know, is that my Lore Master’s original outfit color was purple. That’s right – you heard it – PURPLE.

However, while I wouldn’t call myself a “role-player” per say, I like to have my characters wearing outfits that are appropriate for the area and quest. And a lot of LOTRO is travelling. And in true medieval fashion, most travelling clothes are a bit more drab and…camouflagey.

So, basically, my Lore-Master ended up wearing a lot of black (and she still does). BUT! I never once forgot that I intended her to favor the color purple! So I decided to finally make her a bright, richly colored outfit befitting of a high-level sorceress! (And yes I know LMs technically don’t use magic and yada yada yada I don’t care lol)

This outfit actually fell together really quickly. I decided I wanted to use the Lore-Keeper’s Robe from the Barad Guldur raid, and after that everything just fell into place. The shoulder piece is actually one I’ve been wanting to use for the longest time but never found the right outfit. I was, of course, planning to make an accompanying warsteed outfit, but it was going to be something plain and derivative until I realized that the caparison of summer’s night went perfectly with the oufit as well, and now I’m a little obsessed.

so pretty….

Anyways, so this outfit was quick, fun, and painless. It even gave me a reason to revisit Elrond’s library for the first time in a while.

so many books…

Unfortunately not everyone seemed to share my excitement.

Why are you ignoring me?? You’re literally staring at these books every time I come by.
Stop staring at the books!!
You need a life bro.
Sad.
Outift:
Shoulders: Fortified Shoulders of the Five Rivers (purple)
Chest: Lore-Keeper's Robe (purple)
Feet: Lesser Boots of Dunlammad (sienna) ---- honestly I don't care about the shoes in this one. These were inconspicuous and out of the way.
Staff: Gleaming Staff of Fate
Warsteed:
Head: Head-Piece of the Northern Herald (purple)
Body: Caparison of Summer's Night (purple)
Saddle: Saddle of Gondor
Legs: Light Leggings of the Norcrofts (purple)
Tail: Tail of the Gloaming Autumn (my default tail for my LM's warsteed)

An Elf in Bree

This is a very simple outfit – one that I almost didn’t post because it’s so mundane, but it’s basically my huntress’s default travel outfit, particularly around human settlements.

I like it because it combines more ordinary, dull, medieval stylistic elements with an elvish pair of leggings and intricate designs. It’s not made to stand out, but to blend in while still hinting at the elvish background of the wearer.

The pieces are all pretty easy to come by as well, although admittedly my dye choice is a little harder to obtain.

Outfit:
Chest: Rune-stitched Denlenduing Robe (walnut Brown)
Legs: Trousers of the Hopeful Melody (walnut brown)
Feet: Lesser Memory of the West Shoes (Sienna)
Hands: Leather Gauntlets of the Leaping Stag (walnut brown)

Short post this time 🙂 Hope everyone is staying safe!

Scout from Rivendell

This is another outfit I’ve had for awhile, just never got around to taking photos of. I was hoping to take pictures in daylight, but it turns out twilight and evening suited the outfit well.

I’ve really enjoyed my high elf huntress. She’s been so fun to play and make outfits for, and I’ve really embraced the nature vibes when it comes to her style 🙂

This outfit was really centered around the shoulders and the cloak. It’s a pretty fun outfit in my opinion – although it probably works best for the autumn. I’ll probably wear it come harvestfest and fall festival.

Outfit: 
Back: Cloak of the Gloaming Autumn (Rivendell Green)
Shoulders: Mantle of the Gloaming Autumn (default/washed)
Chest: Jacket of the Wall-Warden (default)
Legs: Leggings of the Wall-Warden (default)
Feet: Boots of the Wall-Warden (default)
Hands: Bow-Master's Gloves (rivendell green)
Bow: Exquisite Black Ash Bow
War Steed:
Head: Head-Piece of the Northern Herald (Forest Green)
Body: Citadel Caparison (Forest Green)
Saddle: Citadel Saddle
Gear: Hunter's Gear

Master of Dragons

I’m still here! Officially survived my fist year of college and my first (and hopefully last) summer of Covid! Anyways, I really hope that the few figments of my imagination that actually read this blog are staying safe and healthy.

Anyways, it’s been suuuper hot this summer so I decided to go all out and make a “fiery” outfit (Get it? Get it??). I actually designed this outfit for the new RK I rolled who traits red line for fire. And yes, I know that they always say use yellow line (lightning) for leveling RKs and red line (fire) for endgame, but I like the idea of having two magic users each excelling in a specific element.

My new RK – She’s super fun. I love her.

Anywho, my new rune-keeper is only level 34, so there was no way she was gonna survive the trek to Mordor to take some photos.

You’d think for having such a cool name the Lone-lands would have cooler monsters to fight…
Still pretty I guess…

Therefore, my LM was chosen to be today’s model.

Admittedly I edited the brightness on the Mordor photos a bit – just cause Mordor is soooo dark to take pictures in, even if it does have drakes and flames.

I don’t normally use helmets either, but I decided this outfit warranted one to complete the dragon like appearance.

This was also a great opportunity to pull out the unflagging dragon war-steed appearance.

Outfit:
- Head: Helm of the Dead City (red)
- Shoulders: Shoulder's of the Lady's Wisdom (sunset orange)
-Back: Wyrmscale Wizard's Cloak (black) ---- there is also a ceremonial version available in Lalia's Market
- Chest: Breastplate of the Slayer's Raimant (sunset orange)
- Hands: Strong Gauntlets of Thorin's Strength (black)
- Feet: Wildermore Boots of Combat (black)
War Steed:
- Head: Head-Piece of the Unflagging Dragon (red)
- Body: Caparison of the Unflagging Dragon (red)
- Tail: Tail of the Unflagging Dragon
- Saddle: Saddle of the Unflagging Dragon
Who’s the mother of Dragons now Dany?

Battle Sage

So this outfit was sort of an offshoot of my previous outfit – while I was trying to figure everything out, I happened to pair the Shoulders of the Lady’s Defense with the Isengard Lore Master’s robe. It didn’t give me the look I wanted for a winter outfit, but I immediately knew I wanted to make something from it.

I decided that it was both an elegant and intimidating look, one perfect for a powerful mage who only rarely has to enter the fray herself. And I know LMs aren’t technically magic-wielders according to the game lore, but I’ve already expressed my opinion on the matter and you can fight me on this.

I also decided to change up my LM’s normal hairstyle for this look, opting for a pulled back appearance rather than her long flowing locks. It seemed more appropriate for battle, it looked a bit more regal, and I liked the idea of her wearing some gold on her head to match the outfit and this hair style had just that.

So yeah that’s about it. Trying to mentally prepare myself for going back to school next week. I am excited about my classes, although my schedule won’t be finalized until drop/add has come and gone. I’m planning on taking a computer programming class which has me very excited, particularly since I really want to eventually understand how games work.

Outfit:
Shoulders: Shoulders of the Lady's Defense (ceremonial version available at Lalia's Market) (black)
Chest: The Beast-Keeper's Robe (default)
Hands: The Beast-Keeper's Gloves (Default)
Feet: Potent Battle Boots of the Mark (black)
Staff: Lore Master's Staff of the Third Age (min. level 53)
Warsteed:
Head: Head-Piece of the Unflagging Dragon (black)
Body: Caparison of the Unflagging Dragon (black)
Saddle: Plain Black Saddle
Feet: Light Leggings of the Entwash (black)
Tail: Tail of the Unflagging Dragon (black)
Body/Mane: solid black

Empress of Midnight Chill

I’m gonna be honest, I have no idea why I picked this particular title. All I know is that this is basically a counter-outfit to the Yule Queen one, similar to how I made the two complimentary sage outfits.

I don’t actually have a lot to say about the outfit. It’s basically just black and gold, whereas the other one was white and gold.

In more exciting news I finally got a new computer! I originally got a mac, but I wasn’t thrilled with it, and I couldn’t justify spending that much money on something I wasn’t crazy about so I returned it. Instead I got a PC – it’s actually a gaming PC technically, and it’s the most amazing piece of technology I’ve ever seen. I’m in love. I’m obsessed. Which is good, cause I still over a week left before I go back to school and I am bored out of my mind!!

Um….what else…I watched the new Witcher series! And honestly I really liked it. Don’t get me wrong, it has plenty of issues and some of the choices the show runners made seem excessive at best, gratuitous and unnecessary at worst. BUT, that being said, I think the core casting of Geralt, Yennefer, Ciri, and Dandelion (Jaskier) was extremely well done, and for me that’s what’s most important. I thought the chemistry between the characters was also really well established, except for that between Geralt and Ciri (due to lack of screen time). All in all, it made me want to reread the books, and I think it has a ton of potential for season 2.

I also watched some of HBO’s adaptation of His Dark Materials, so I think I might want to read those books now too. What else…watched the new Star Wars movie, still on the fence about whether I consider the new trilogy to be cannon…um…

I don’t know…I’m bored. But LOTRO looks really good with my new computer’s graphics card. I didn’t realize how much detail LOTRO had…I also didn’t realize how different colors look on modern screens. It’s interesting. Purple is a lot less blue now…

I’m still getting used to the lack of buttons on the laptop’s mouse. But all in all I’m glad I stuck with windows instead of switching to Apple. I love Apple for my phone and iPad and stuff, but I like the feeling of control Windows gives me when it comes to my computer. Also I just hate change and I’ve always used PCs.

So yeah. That’s about it. I’m in stream of consciousness mode right now.

OUTFIT:
Head: Ice Flower Crown (black)
Shoulders: The Beast-Keeper's Shoulder Pads (default)
Chest: Robe of Cleansing Fire (default)
Hands: The Beast Keeper's Gloves (default)
Feet: Threadbare Boots of the Dunland Healer (black)
Warsteed: 
Head: Head-Piece of the Ice Flower (black)
Body: Caparison of the Ice Flower (black)
Saddle: Plain Black Saddle
Coat/Mane/Tail: solid black

Into Wildermore

This was actually the first vales outfit I made, but in retrospect I’m glad I held off on taking screenshots until my my huntress got her warsteed.

This is one of those outfits that came together almost immediately. Um…I don’t have much to say…I’m almost done with exams and my brain is fried. All I have left is calculus…that doesn’t require much brain power…right?

I’m also still trying to figure out the graphics on my computer…I swear I always turn the graphics all the way up, and it’ll look great in game, and then I’ll take screenshots and it’ll be way less awesome…who knows. I’m actually getting a new computer soon – the one I currently have still runs windows 2007 and is over 10 years old. And the screen is being held together with paper clips…and the battery is dying…and it doesn’t recognize a lot of newer wifi systems…but it’s fine. Right?

I hate change. I mean, I know most people hate change, but for me change is VERY bothersome. Routine is my jam. I don’t even know what I’m writing anymore.

I’m really anxious to get home. There’s just so much drama in college. Like seriously, I thought these things only happened on TV. But no, apparently some teenage dramas are based in fact. Which still boggles my mind.

Enh. College is cool. I mean you do grow a lot as a person. Like for instance I’ve realized I’m the sane one in my friend group. And that some eighteen year olds are VERY young while others are VERY mature. Or, perhaps most shockingly, that the same individual can be so childlike in one aspect and have their entire life figured out in another. And that the work load is actually very manageable when you went to a high school that had you start practicing the college application process the first day of freshman year. And that walking around in the cold is miserable.

So yeah, it’s been an interesting semester. I’m really glad I took a gap year though – I think it really helped me figure out what I wanted. A year ago I was working in a coffee shop, and now I get to live in a dorm where basically all my needs are attended to. Also – for any college kids who MIGHT be reading this (lol) please consider that you don’t understand how miserable it is to clean a bathroom until you’ve actually had to do it for a job.

Honestly though, the kids in my dorm are super nice for the most part – there’s a lot of cool people at my school. It’s kind of fun to be surrounded by people my age. And I have no idea when this post became a blurb about college, but no one reads it anyways so I guess I can write whatever I want!

Outfit:
Shoulders: Fated Westfold Assault Shoulder Pads (olive)
Chest: Doublet of the Trickster 
Legs: Trousers of the Woodsmen
Hands: Leather Gauntlets of the Leaping Stag (grey)
Feet: Reworked Boots (grey)
Back: Cloak of the Skin-Changers (umber)
Warsteed
Head: Hunter's Halter (default)
Caparison: Hunter's Caparison (default)
Saddle: Hunter's Saddle 
Mane/tail: white
Body: brindled white

Forest Warrior

So this is an outfit I’ve had in the works for some time, and in my gut I always knew how I wanted it to look, but I took awhile to post it because I kept making variations.

It’s probably one of my favorites that I’ve ever made – it’s just so sleek and deadly looking. So elegant yet functional.

It was actually pretty hard to find a scenery that would do the outfit justice. Eventually I actually decided on the Gravenwood in Dunland – it had the most greenery with the most wild growth that I could think of.

Before that I actually tried both the Trollshaws and Northern Mirkwood, but the former had too much red in the trees and the latter was just too dark.

It was also really fun to match it with the steed of they withywindle gear – it just fit so perfectly.

So yeah. I’m kind of worded out. But I love this outfit.

Outfit:
Head: Time-Worn Headpiece (dark green)
Shoulders: Light Shoulders of the Grey Mountain Stalwart (dark green)
Chest: Lesser Claw of the West Breastplate (dark green)
Legs: Trousers of the Autumn Traveler (dark green)
Hands: Leather Gauntlets of the Leaping Stag (ashenslades green)
Feet: Lesser Memory of the West Shoes (lorien gold)
Bow: Exquisite Black Ash Bow
Sword: Defender of Gwingris
Warsteed:
Head: Withywindle Halter (Forest Green)
Caparison: Withywindle Caparison (Forest Green)
Saddle: Withywindle Saddle
Legs: Withywindle Leggings (forest green)
Body: Black Chestnut Brindle
Mane/Tale: Black Chestnut

Yule Queen

I’m in finals hell. Officially. I spent 6 hours today studying philosophy, and I had a three hour physics exam last night that killed me. I’m dead now. I’m a ghost typing at a computer. That still needs to study for more tests…

That’s why in all honesty it was probably good that LOTRO was down today, because I really needed to study. On the other hand, I got so absorbed in making note cards for my next exam that I didn’t realize the gym closed at 7 until about 5:30. I hauled ass and got to the gym, which is probably good cause otherwise I would have started to vegetize right where I sat, but it was a rush.

Admittedly I’m a lot more confident in the material than I was a few hours ago, but I also feel ready to crawl into a hole and die. Again. Because in case you forgot, I’m already dead.

Also are we gonna get an extra day of Yule Fest? Because we basically lost an entire day today. Just saying.

I mean, for some of us this is literally all we’ve got going for us right now.

So anyways, the outfit. When I saw the new cosmetics for Yule Fest, I knew I wanted to do something with the crown.

Yeah, I’m too dead to write about creative stuff. I will say this though: the autumn leafmail dress is NOT flattering on most body shapes in game. High Elf worked, but seriously. Grrr…

Yeah. I don’t have much to say. As I’ve already told you, I’m dead.

Outfit:
Head: Ice flower crown (Default/white)
Body: Autumn Leafmail dress (default/white)
Shoulders: The Beast-Keeper's Shoulder Pads (white)
Feet: doesn't matter cause apparently the dress comes with shoes. 

Oh yeah and here’s a horse:

And another:

Warsteed:
Head: Head-Piece of the Ice Flower (white/default)
Caparison: Caparison of Eldar Autumn (white)
Saddle: Saddle of Rivendell
Body/Mane: whatevs. 

The Nights Watch

This is another outfit I’ve had in the works for a while, heavily influenced by Jon Snow from Game of Thrones (Look, I’m not a huge fan, but even I know the last season SUCKED).

Anyways, with Yule Fest in full swing, we have a new cosmetic pet! The white wolf dog. So I figured the time to post this outfit was right considering I now had both Ser You-Know-Nothing and his companion Ghost.

I actually came up with this outfit a couple years ago, and it’s basically been my Champ’s staple winter-wear.

I went with the medium Nadhin jacket, which in my opinion just looks like a padded winter gambeson (if you don’t know what that word means, look it up and you’ll see where I’m coming from – I promise you it’s safe for work – it’s just a medieval garment of clothing).

I also went with a heavy fur mantle because A) it looked cool and felt right, and B) Jon wears a lot of dark fur around his shoulders.

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Exhibit A.

I also gave him the cloak of the Raven – I debated using Cloak of the woodsmen or cloak of the autumn wanderer since it looked closer to fur, but ultimately I decided this cloak was a nice nod to the fact that members of the Night’s Watch are often referred to as “crows.” And I know what you’re thinking: But ravens aren’t crows, to which I respond: close enough!

It’s been a favorite outfit of mine for a while, and it was also fun to play around with giving my warsteed a cold-weather, but also functional look.

Admittedly this isn’t really inspired by anything from the books or show, just from my love of horses and my own creative spirit 🙂

Outfit:
Shoulders: Fur Mantle (black)
Chest: Medium Nadhin Jacket (grey)
Hands: Medium Nadhin Gauntlets (black)
Feet: Threadbare Boots of the Dunland Healer (grey)
Back: Cloak of the Raven (grey)
Warsteed: 
Head: Guardian's Halter (white)
Caparison: Caparison of the Yield (black)
Saddle: Light Saddle of the Sutcrofts
Legs: Hunter's Leggings (black)
Mane/tail/body: solid white

So?

How’d I do?