Saturday, December 2, 2017
Now here's an old outfit. This was the very first for my Beorning, Vanydis. Just like the last post featuring this character, I wasn't quite sure at the time what her clothing style would be. I just wanted to get her out of her intro clothing as soon as possible. It's been some time since taking these pictures and I believe that I've already cycled out this outfit. I think it looked lovely...but it just wasn't her style. However, almost any character could wear this somewhat decorative, yet casual traveler's attire.
Out of the 45 dyes (29 craftable, 16 festival barter) in LOTRO, but I had to pick purple. It's a color I've seldom used. Purple quite often takes on a bold, bright, saturated tone. If I'm looking for something in the vicinity of that color, I tend to fall back on indigo or violet. They have a more subdued, more natural look. But, every now and then, you'll find I've used some of the brightest colors in the game because they were perfect for a particular outfit! Perhaps I should do something with shire plum in the future? There's no color more obnoxiously bright in LOTRO!
With the passing of Thanksgiving in the US, it means the major holiday season is in full swing. I don't know what's store or how little time I have to play. I'm hoping I can squeeze in some holiday-themed (or a least some winter-themed) outfits, as I have in the past. Last year for December, I didn't have a functioning PC. I can't make promises, but I will certainly try to make up for it this year!
Head: Worn Hood (Purple, Beorning intro)**
Shoulders: Shoulders of the Mighty Verse (Umber, Twenty-first Hall Minstrel class vendor)***
Chest: Ceremonial Jacket of the Unseen (Purple, Lalia's Market)****
Hands: Nenuial's Gauntlets (Default, classic skirmish camp vendor, teal version)
Feet: Nenuial's Boots (Default, classic skirmish camp vendor, teal version)
**For male characters, Radagast's Hood from the Beorning intro shares this skin.
***Also available at Lalia's Market.
****Also avaialble from the Burglar class vendor in the Ettenmoors.
Saturday, November 4, 2017
Seldom do I attempt to name anything in Sindarin. Why? Depending on what you're trying to say, the rules are quite complicated. You have to account for word origins, how each vowel changes when going from singular to plural, and special grammatical mutations. Of course, the name I had my heart set on involved quite a few special rules. "Idh Ryss en Belegaer" means "The Whispers of the Belegaer" (Idh Ryss (pl. the whispers--singular form being I Rhoss) + en (conj. of the) + Belegaer). Just in case you're wondering, Belegaer means great/mighty (beleg) sea (aear) and refers to the expansive sea west of Arda. Of course, I may have gotten my translation into Sindarin wrong. By no means do I declare myself an expert. My only guide, currently, is a small notebook that contains the Sindarin crash course my college Tolkien professor attempted to give ten years ago. If anyone can confirm or correct my attempt, please let me know!
Grammar lesson over! *wipes sweat from brow*
Saturday, October 21, 2017
If you've been following my Twitter account in recent weeks, you may have seen the first image entered in one of the many screenshot contests held by LOTRO Family. For those on Twitter, it was a sneak peek of this combat-oriented outfit. Now I've been able to publish it here for everybody to see. I actually had this outfit tucked away for a while. Until Vol. 4, Book 8 and The Wastes had been released, I couldn't find a location that felt appropriate. By appropriate, I mean perfect. Any of the Pelennor instances could have done, but the Battle of the Morannon space was exactly what I needed.
Saturday, October 7, 2017
My Beorning has certainly come to wear the most atypical of outfits since I made her. At first, I wasn't sure what her particular style would be. Whatever new combination of clothing I liked I had her wear. Long before I stuck to leathery wildnerness-themed gear, I tried hauberks, robes, heavy armor, and dresses. This particular ensemble was one of the earliest she'd worn...and one I hadn't replaced yet. Considering this used a combination of pieces scattered across Eriador, I wasn't exactly sure what image this would portray.
Saturday, September 16, 2017
Sometimes, I feel like I'm always playing catch up in the LOTRO cosmetics blogosphere. Taking that extended break from game content from the release of U14 (Western Gondor) until U18 (The Battle of Pelennor Fields) due to feeling burned out, I missed out on the opportunity to tinker with the newest cosmetic skins as they were released. I missed out on the Osgilliath sets while that content was relevant (I rarely see the cluster run anymore), the Morgul-crest bartered Faramir sets, and, by the time I caught up story-wise, the Pelennor and Throne sets. I had logged in for that long stretch of time only to make outfits. It's only now, after a significant amount of effort, that I've gotten around to showcasing some of the spectacularly designed U19 gear from the North Ithilien/post-Pelennor quests.