An Elf in Rohan

I don’t often make use of “reward” cosmetics granted for buying an expansion or as a reward for being VIP. Maybe because they seem too easy? Or because I know they aren’t accessible for a lot of players? But I finally decided to try and make an outfit based around one – specifically the Isengard Dispeller set. What can I say, I’m a sucker for blue things.

I actually ended up being quite a big fan of this outfit. It’s not my RK’s normal style at all, but I kind of put myself into roleplaying mode for a bit, and was like, “okay, my elf is in Rohan, her armor is all worn out, so she gets some stuff from the locals and makes do.” Which…normally I honestly don’t make up stories to go with outfits, but this one ended up happening organically. Maybe that’s why I’m such a big fan of the outfit now?

I also wanted to showcase one of the light caparisons that you can get just from questing in Rohan, as that also fit the narrative. So I went with the light caparison of the Norcrofts (which is a favorite of mine anyways, if I’m being honest).

If you’ve followed my warsteed outfits at all, you’ve also probably noticed that I tend to use the same bridle for EVERYTHING. Which, yes. I do. It’s the head-piece of the northern herald, and is (in my opinion) the best basic bridle in game, because it is so far the only regular looking bridle I’ve found that doesn’t change the horse’s default mane at all (if you ever play around with your warsteed’s appearance, you’ll notice that it has a differently shaped mane when it has no saddle or caparison on, versus once you put the saddle on. I’ll let this lovely wild horse model what a “naked” mane looks like:

Now compare that to the more “blocky” mane that the warsteed adopts once you put most saddles/caparisons on it:

See the difference? Anyways, that’s why I almost always use that bridle. I like the look of the first mane better, it seems much more natural. Anyways – back to my elf –

 Outfit:
Head: Rune-Maker’s Hat (navy)
Shoulders: Rare Mathom-Hunter’s Mantle (evendim blue)
Back: Woven Heavy Cloak of the Abyss (evendim blue)
Chest: Hauberk of the Isengard Dispeller
Hands: Gloves of the Isengard Dispeller
Feet: Threadbare Boots of the Dunland Healer (walnut brown)
Warsteed:
Head: Head-Piece of the Northern Herald (evendim blue)
Body: Light Caparison of the Norcrofts (evendim blue)
Saddle: Saddle of Lebennin

Ice Queen

Okay, I think this is my last winter outfit for a while. Especially since today is the last day of Yule Festival! And since I’ve done a Yule Princess and Snowflake post, I figured this time I’d go straight for Ice.

I actually have a couple color variations for this outfit, but this one is probably my favorite. I say probably because I’m really not sure. I just like all of them.

So anyways, this outfit started because I really wanted to use the snowflake gown, but didn’t think it actually went well enough with the cloak of flurries. Mainly because the cloak is extremely iridescent, whereas the dress is only slightly so. Then I remembered the bridal veil from midsummer festival, and thought to myself, “huh…”

Now, to preface some of the night photos, I’ve been having trouble with my in-game personal lantern. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn’t. It worked fine for my ice-flower light blue outfit, but for some reason it didn’t work for this one, even though I took photos at the same place in game at the same time in game.

Luckily the Northern Lights were out in Forochel, so that helped.

Okay, so that’s the first variation. The second one is an all white outfit:

I like this one a lot too. Also, this one pairs really well with a warsteed, so that’s a bonus:

Just ignore how the dress clips through the horse’s belly. Lord knows that’s what I do.

Like it’s just so elegant and beautiful.

No I don’t see any clipping issues. I have no idea what you’re talking about.

I also experimented a bit with different halters/saddles, and found that it was really flexible.

Using head-piece of the Northern Herald

And, whereas the blue version of this outfit looked really good at night with the Northern Lights, I found the golden tint to the white version makes it go really well with sunsets:

It’s so magical…

Then the last color variation is a black one, mostly because I really wanted to see how the bridal veil would look dyed black. It looks really cool by the way, though this is probably my least favorite outfit of the three:

Actually, I don’t know. This outfit is pretty cool too…

Anywhoooo…..

Outfit:
Head: Ice Flower Crown (moria silver, white, black)
Shoulders: Grimbeorn’s Shouldes (default, white, black)
Back: Bridal Veil (grey, moria silver, black)
Chest: Gala-worthy Gown (steel blue, white, black)
Warsteed:
Head: Head-Piece of the Ice Flower (white, white, black) – head-piece of the Northern Herald is also a good substitute (I used it in some pictures)
Saddle: Yule Gala Saddle, Saddle of the Northern Herald, Yule Gala Saddle
Caparison: Yule Gala Caparison (default, white, black)

Snowflake

So I have been STRUGGLING to put together an outfit around the Cloak of Flurries. Like, REALLY struggling. This is…what I have come up with?

I have mixed feelings about it, tbh. From some angles, it looks amazing. From other angles, I feel kind of…meh.

And then some things about it are simultaneously great and awful. Like the shoulders I ended up using have this star-like metallic design on them, which is amazing. And in the center there’s a gem which can be dyed blue. Again, amazing. But they also have this flap of fabric that’s an undyable yellow color. Not so amazing.

The yellowish actually does sort of match the yellow tint to the tunic when dyed white, and I think thematically it works in that snow sometimes gets stained with dirt or whatever. But personally? I wish it was pure white. But I also LOVE the tunic, because it has these iridescent(ish) blue designs that really resemble the design of the cloak.

Also, I generally don’t like outfits with a lot of harsh lines, and this outfit is chalk-full of them. BUT, snowflakes are also frozen water crystals. If you’ve ever googled a snowflake up close, you know they’re not these smooth, curved things. They’re angular and full of lines and shapes. You can even see this on the Cloak of Flurries. So again, that works, it’s just a personal thing.

The shoulder designs also do really go with the tunic.

So yeah, in some ways I LOVE the outfit, and in others it’s just not QUITE right. It really comes down to the fact that I think the shoulders and the tunic are the perfect design, they just have some issues with dye. I did try dying the tunic belegaer blue to see if that would fix it, but it didn’t look quite right in my opinion.

Although, I don’t know…maybe it definitely looks cool…just maybe less like a snowflake?

It also doesn’t fix the problem of the yellow on the shoulders…I don’t know. Which do you prefer?

blue or white?

Anyways, I ended up choosing the boots because (whether dyed blue or white) there’s a leaf design on them that kind of shines, and looks a bit like a snowflake. Also the flurry cloak has leaves on it as well as snowflakes so it seemed to work.

blue
white
Outfit:
Head: Mask of the Golden Forest Defender (white)
Shoulders: Shoulders of the Lady’s Foresight (belegaer blue)
Back: Cloak of Flurries
Chest: Heavy Hauberk of the Doomfold (white/belegaer blue)
Gloves: Shield-Master’s Gauntlets (white/belegaer blue)
Feet: Boots of the Shadow-Walker (white/belegaer)

Holly Princess

So I didn’t understand why they added yet ANOTHER white rabbit to the yule fest. And then I saw a close up picture of it. And I fell in love.

I mean, look how cute it is!!!!!

Okay, so there is an outfit here too, featuring this year’s new festival cosmetics: the shire holly set. I dyed it Rohan green to match the color of the holly leaves (instead of the lighter, mint-y color it came in).

I even did the warsteed to match!

But seriously, look at the BUNNNYYYYYY

So. Majestic. (And I’m not talking about the dancing elf)

Outfit:
Head: Shire Holly Crown (default)
Shoulders: Mantle of Shire Holly (rohan green)
Back: Cloak of Shire Holly (rohan green)
Chest: Gown of Shire Holly (rohan green)
Held item: Bunch of Holly 
Warsteed:
Head: Shire Holly Head Ornament (forest green)
Body: Shire Holly Caparison (forest green)
Saddle: Shire Holly Saddle

Cosmetic Pet: YULE PRINCESS BUNNY

Bunny wabbit…

Ice Flower

This outfit takes advantage of a couple different yule fest outfit sets, as well as the belegaer blue dye that’s only available during the festival! Belegaer blue happens to be a favorite of mine, but its hard to come by, so I decided to stock up this time around.

This outfit also served as a great opportunity to showcase last year’s yule gala warsteed set. It’s really detailed – it’s probably one of my favorites actually.

I mean it’s SOOO pretty. Anyways, this outfit has actually really grown on me. Probably cause of the color, but also just the way all the leaf and flower imagery fits together.

This write up is basically just a bunch of pictures cause I love this outfit. That’s it.

Prepare yourself for way too many dancing photos:

This post is really self-indulgent. I don’t care. Happy new year everyone!!!

Also I just love the leaf design on the back of this robe. It’s so detailed.

Outfit:
Head: Ice Flower Crown (belegaer blue)
Shoulders: Gala-Worthy Shoulders (belegaer blue)
Back: Ice Flower Cloak (belegaer blue)
Chest: Ancient Inlaid Breastplate (belegaer blue)
Hands: Shield-Master’s Gauntlets (belegaer blue)
Feet: Shield-Master’s Boots (belegaer blue)
Staff: Amarthis
Warsteed:
Head: Yule Gala Head-Piece (default)
Saddle: Saddle of the Northern Herald
Body: Yule Gala Caparison (default)

Winter Winds

Another outfit I had sitting around for a while – I actually have used it since my very first Yule Fest back in 2015.

The warsteed outfit is new – I finally used some saved up mithril coins to get the caparison of winter winds. Unfortunately, it has the same shading issues that the hunter warsteed outfit has. It’s not a huge deal; there are just a few rectangular patches that don’t reflect light properly.

Outfit:
Head: Rune-Maker’s Hat (steel blue)
Shoulders: Mathom-Hunter’s Mantle (navy)
Back: Fancy Winter Cloak (ered luin blue)
Chest: Robe of Winter Winds (white)
Gloves: Heavy Plated Dunlending Gauntlets (steel blue)
Feet: Medium Nadhin Boots (steel blue)
Warsteed:
Head: Head-Piece of the Northern Herald (default)
Body: Winter Winds Caparison (white)
Saddle: Saddle of the Harbinger

Winter Huntress

Ahh…it’s been a while since I last posted. But with Yule Festival underway, I got to revisit a bunch of old outfits I’d been working on. So I figured I’d post some of the winter-themed ones (Also I tend to reserve outfit slots for unfinished/unposted outfits, and I was beginning to run out of new slots for new outfits…).

So this is just another sort of rugged look for my hunter. I wanted one that was more brown and neutral, with a “fur and leather” look to it.

Also I finally got the spotted warsteed skin to drop from warbands in East Rohan! I think this time it dropped off of the Warg Pack south of Harding – but in the past there doesn’t seem to be any pattern to which war band drops it most frequently. So sorry to anyone who was looking for advice :/

Also, I don’t know if this is happening to anyone else, but I’ve been noticing some shadow issues with the warsteed armor. There are rectangular patches where the in-game lighting isn’t reflected/absorbed properly, so they appear either super light, or – in the case of the warsteed of the hunter – just show up as black patches. You can see this on the front legs in the picture below:

Anyways. I did send a bug report in, but it’s probably not high on the priority list of things that need to be addressed lol.

Outfit:
Shoulders: Embroidered Mantle of Bard’s Will (black)
Back: Quiver of the Waking Wood
Hands: Gauntlets of the Hidden Blade (black)
Chest: Lesser Claw of the West Breastplate (umber)
Legs: Huneric Hundred-Slayer’s Garb (umber)
Feet: Lithe Boots of Thrandruil’s Power (walnut brown)
Horse:
Body: Hunter’s Caparison (default)
Legs: Hunter’s Leggings (default)
Head: Head-piece of Lamedon
Saddle: Shimmering Breeze Saddle

Firefly

Another bug inspired outfit! This one was based on the Lothlorien Cloak of the Elder, which to me always looked like it had insect wings on it. That, coupled with the Mordor heavy armor pauldrons (which look like dragonfly wings to me) and I knew I had to make an outfit.

The rest of the armor is actually all Mordor crafted armor, with an emphasis on shimmery stuff.

Outfit:
Shoulders: Bolstered Pauldrons of the Doomfold (white)
Back: Lothlorien Hooded Cloak of the Elder (navy)
Chest: Heavy Hauberk of the Doomfold (navy)
Hands: Strong Gauntlets of the Doomfold (Ered luin blue)
Feet: Lithe Boots of the Pathfinder’s Artifice (navy)
Warsteed:
Head: Halter of Rivendell (ered luin blue)
Body: Caparison of Rivendell (ered luin blue)
Saddle: Saddle of Lebennin
Gear: Lantern of the Unearthed Kingdom

Waterbird

I finally made an outfit based around the cloak of the Ibis! I knew from the start I wanted to pair it with the robe of hopeful melody because of the similar bird like patterns on the chest piece, and from there the rest of the outfit sort of just fell together!

The rest of the outfit ended up being composed of other pieces from the Dol Guldur raid – the shoulders are from the hunter set, and the hands and feet are from the guardian set. The armors from that set seem to either be based around bird imagery or leaf imagery, so I picked the ones that were focused more on birds. The color scheme ended up being based on the shoulders, which have an undyable patch of dark brown, so I ended up dying everything else to match it.

I also got to pull out a warsteed set I’d never actually used before – the Elven Wing Set. I got it back when it was only periodically available, but never found an outfit it matched. UNTIL NOW.

It took some fiddling with the dyes to get the brown colors to match, but eventually I got it using burgundy dye for the warsteed.

Outfit:
Head: Hat of the Hopeful Melody (dark clay)
Shoulders: Far-Arrow’s Shoulders (lorien gold)
Back: Cloak of the Ibis (Dark clay)
Chest: Robe of the Hopeful Melody (dark clay)
Hands: Shield-Master’s Gauntlets (lorien gold)
Legs: Trousers of the Hopeful Melody (dark clay)
Feet: Shield-Master’s Boots (lorien gold)
Bow: Hunter’s Bow of the First Age (level 100)

Warsteed:
Head: Elven Wing Halter (burgundy)
Body: Elven Wing Caparison (burgundy)
Saddle: Saddle of the Forest Spring
Gear: Hunter’s Gear

Lady of Lakes

So normally I don’t pay much attention to dresses, but I had some extra LP so I got some black steel keys, and low and behold what should I find in my lootbox but the dress of the Twilight Caretaker? So I figured, what the heck? I tried it on. Then I tried dying it. Then I fell in love.

Like, the colors you can get with this dress are so amazing, and I loved the feather/scale imagery. This outfit kind of just fell together randomly, but I love it so much.

There’s some clipping issues with the shoulders, but I actually don’t really mind it? the clipping just makes it so that you still see the feathers on the shoulder of the dress, so it’s kind of best of both worlds.

So, when I was making this outfit, I kept thinking of the blue lady in Evendim, Gwindeth. So I decided to pop by and visit her, and funny enough, she’s wearing the EXACT SAME DRESS.

So now I know why I kept thinking about her lol. Also, I love how LOTRO is giving us more cosmetics that we’ve seen NPCs wear. They have some of the coolest outfits, and I think it’s really cool we finally get to wear them.

So anyways, I hung around to dance in a waterfall for a bit. It was fun. And felt VERY Tolkien!

Outfit:
Head: Hooded Mask of the Golden Forest Defender (sea blue)
Shoulders: The Beast-Keeper's Shoulderpads (sea blue)
Back: Cloak of the Dove (sea blue)
Body: Dress of the Twilight Caretaker (turquoise)