Raven Master

So, I had no intention of making this outfit. Basically, I saw the Raven Mask while randomly browsing the Auction House out of boredom, and uh…approximately 30 seconds after seeing it, I knew exactly what I wanted to do for an outfit.

Honestly, I’m a little surprised I never made this outfit before. It would not be shocking either to find out if someone else has done this exact combination cause it just makes so much sense. Also, I apologize if the pictures are a little weird – my in game personal lantern has completely stopped working, and I wanted to take these pictures at night, so I’ve had to do some brightness correction after the fact :/

Also, turns out Raven LM pets are not super great to take pictures with. Considering they like to stand INSIDE OF YOU.

Exhibit A. What are you doing sweetie? WHAT are you doing??

That being said, I remember when I first started playing my LM and I got my first Raven pet, I was ecstatic. I didn’t have any cosmetic pets yet, so LM pets were all I knew about, and I LOVE birds. My Frost Raven went with me EVERYWHERE.

Also funny anecdote – I spent about 30 minutes going through all my toons trying to figure out who had the Cloak of the Raven – because I know I’ve had multiple copies of it over the years. Couldn’t find it anywhere, so apparently I’ve deleted them all or sold them, but after all that time looking, turns out I DID have it saved in my wardrobe. So…that was a lot of wasted time.

I also did not realize that summoning your Raven LM pet causes blue/purple mist and feathers to materialize everywhere. It might be because I haven’t used my Raven for a while, like since before I got a computer that could run the game at high res.

Head: Raven Festival Mask (white)
Shoulders: Light Nadhin Shoulders (black)
Back: Cloak of the Raven (grey)
Chest: Light Nadhin Robe (black)
Gloves: Light Nadhin Gauntlets (black)
Feet: Medium Nadhin Boots (default) – don’t really matter as you can’t really see them
Staff: Lainis

Swan Knight

Been a while since I posted! This outfit was actually sitting in my wips folder – I think one day I’d been trying random combinations and found that the level 85 far-arrow jacket looked really good paired with the lesser defender of the west leggings. Anyways, apparently I took a screenshot, and after finding it I decided I had to complete the outfit.

Partner that up with some Nadhim cosmetics, and the rest kind of just fell into place (If you’re into LOTRO cosmetics you probably know that there’s a whole host of “bird/wing” related pieces out there that you can sort of fall back to when needed).

The warsteed outfit was also something that I was sort of working on. My only grudge against it is that the turquoise dye is slightly lighter for warsteed cosmetics than for character cosmetics, and given the nature of the two pieces this outfit was built around, I couldn’t really get away with using any other color.

So yeah, that’s about it. I wasn’t sure whether to feature this on my high elf champ or my high elf hunter, but ultimately my champ had the better warsteed cosmetics. Kind of sealed the deal. And since I can use my hunter’s Legendary bow as a cosmetic via the wardrobe, it was an easy decision.

Head: Heavy Nadhim Mask (white)
Shoulders: Shoulders of the Armoury (white)
Back: Swan Cloak (Turquoise)
Chest: Far-Arrow’s Jacket (Default/white)
Hands: Heavy Nadhin Gauntlets (white)
Legs: Lesser Defender of the West Leggings (Turquoise)
Feet: Hero’s Boots (Turquoise)

Head: Sea-ward Head-piece (Turquoise)
Body: Sea-ward caparison (turquoise)
Legs: Sea-ward legs
Accessory: Accessory of regal revalry
Saddle: Saddle of remembrance

Black Swan

My Swan outfit!! I kind of felt bad using the light nadhin robe AGAIN, but honestly there’s no better piece in the game to capture “Swanliness” in my opinion.

Once again the problem came down to the shoulders. I wanted them to be dark, but not too dark or else they wouldn’t fit with the lighter hues of the robe. I also wanted them to be somewhat prominent to add a darker flare to the outfit, but I also wanted to make sure they did’t cover the swan emblem on the chest.

I ended up going with the Embroidered Mantle of the Pathfinder’s Artifice – a doomfold crafted light armor piece. I wasn’t actually sold on it until nighttime came around in game and then I decided it was the one.

The cloak was a pretty automatic decision. I’ve been wanting to use the Cloak of the Autumn Wanderer for a while now and this gave me the perfect opportunity.

I don’t really have a lot to say about the outfit…I decided to take screenshots in the Rushgore since I knew there were black swans there. I figure there have got to be some others in game, but I wasn’t certain.

That white swan is actually my cosmetic pet since I couldn’t find any in the Rushgore and wanted the contrast.
Head: Lesser Memory of the West Hat (black)
Shoulders: Embroidered Mantle of the Pathfinder's Artifice (white)
Chest: Light Nadhin Robe (black)
Hands: Shield-Master's Gauntlets (black) - honestly these were just left over from the previous outfit and I decided they looked fine.
Feet: Medium Nadhin Boots (black)
Back: Cloak of the Autumn Wanderer (default/white)
Staff: Lainis

Swan Warrior

So here’s my follow-up to the previous post, completing my tour of Nadhin armor sets. This time I decided to feature the heavy armor, although I decided to stick with my LM for the model.

I’ve held off on featuring the chest-piece for a long time – I haven’t even had any toons wear it for long in game. The truth is, I just think it looks a bit clunky and unflattering, but I’ve decided to try my best anyways as a fun(ish) challenge.

Don’t get me wrong, the chest-piece isn’t without its virtues – the details are quite nice, and the swan motif is really cool. The heavy Nadhin gauntlets and shoulders are also very unique pieces. The boots aren’t anything we haven’t seen before – they’re basically a reskinned version of the medium Wildermore boots – so I decided not to feature them.

Also I apologize if my writing is kind of clunky in this post – to be honest I’m not really feeling it. It’s posts like these where I wonder why I have to write at all – why can’t I just post pictures and the list of items I used? I suppose there’s no reason why I have to…it just seems like the precedent.

The warsteed outfit I used is also the same one I featured in the last post, just dyed white instead of indigo. Maybe I’m getting sloppy…maybe I just liked the look too much.

I also used another bird cloak – this time the cloak of the swan, available in the LOTRO store. It was on sale when I got it, but it’s normally available for 295 LPs I believe – which isn’t actually all that hard to amass if you go deeding for a bit.

I actually used the light Nadhin hood here – I almost used it for the first outfit but decided to save it for the second.

I still think head pieces are optional though.

Head: Light Nadhin Hood (white/default)
Shoulders: Heavy Nadhin Shoulders (default)
Body: Heavy Nadhin Armour (white)
Hands: Heavy Nadhin Gauntlets (default)
Feet: Threadbare Boots of the Dunland Healer (white/default)
Back: Swan-Cloak (default)

Head: Halter of Bree (white)
Body: Sea-ward Caparison (white)
Saddle: Saddle of Bree

Ugh. Writing is hard.

Swan Sorceress

So despite having access to all the Dol Amroth cosmetics for a VERY LONG TIME, I’ve somehow never seemed to use any of them except for the medium set.

So here’s the light robe. It’s actually quite flattering, but it does have a very distinctive appearance. It’s definitely not one of those casual looks, but I decided my LM could rock it anyways.

And yes – that is my Lore Master. I decided to change up her hair style for the look, opting for a shorter pulled back cut compared to her normal long locks. She’s actually wearing my RK’s hair-style, which is why I decided to clarify WHO exactly was modeling the outfit.

I honestly don’t have much to say about the outfit, other than it did FINALLY give me the perfect opportunity to use the light shoulder pads of Faramir’s Faithful. But in all honesty I haven’t had a lot of time or motivation for the game lately. I’ve been super preoccupied with real life at the moment, and Spring Fest has done little to keep me engaged. I always forget that it’s my least favorite festival in LOTRO…I normally love them, but Spring Fest is always just so boring IMO.

Anyways, I plan on doing another outfit based on the heavy Nadhin armor, and I also have a spring outfit in the works (although that one has been giving me some problems – I just can’t seem to get everything to fit cohesively).

The war-steed caparison is from the Sea-Ward set, barterable during the Anniversary Fest. It’s not explicitly stated anywhere, but it’s obviously a nod toward the Dol Amroth faction given the wings and the boat – not to mention that the default color of the caparison is that sea-blue color you see so often on the banners there.

Shoulders: Shoulder Pads of Faramir's Faithful (black)
Chest: Light Nadhin Robe (default)
Hands: Gloves of Solitary Thunder (grey)
Feet: Threadbare Boots of the Dunland Healer (default/white)
Back: Cloak of the Raven (default/white)

Head: Halter of Bree (Indigo)
Chest: Sea-Ward Caparison (Indigo)