Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Savage Strikes

As his final battle, his last stand, Eadhan charges into the goblin-overrun desolation of Minas Eriol to serve his fellow free peoples one last time.

A sorry sight to see a once great land taken by vile creatures. Eadhan dresses in a savage's garb adorned by one sturdy and intimidating helm before charging against the White Hand's pawns.

Without mercy, he cuts them down one by one with the blades of the east, pinning evil against evil in a sadistic irony. After each kill he taunts the rest of the horde by shaking his fist at them, growling for a challenge to feed his bloodlust.

"Come at me!" he beckons at the White Hand Lobbers as they sneer and hiss at him, lighting their flames to consume him with. But Eadhan knows no fear in the eyes of fire, as goblin fire is nothing compared to the dragon breath he has faced in yesteryears.

After finally defeating much of the horde, they call for reinforcements from Weathertop. Eadhan knows he cannot alone defy them, and he lays down his swords, knowing he has done much to hinder them and thin their numbers - he has served Middle-earth well, and it is now time for him to take his final breaths and meet his fallen brothers in the afterlife. He takes one more look to the sky, then...

Head: Heroic Noble's Vibrant Helm (indigo);
Back: Supple Eastement Cloak of Will (turquoise);
Chest: Langhár’s Tunic and Waistcoat (turqoise);
Feet: (indigo).

P.s. I deleted this toon before I rememebr I needed to get the components listed down, so I'll update it whenever I find out what the pieces are, but if you have any idea do feel free to comment them down. Also, I am quite (80%) certain that either the cloak or the chestpiece is of dark green dye instead of turquoise, so feel free to try that out.

Do check out Warlock of Erech by The Starrymantle, as that's where most of the inspiration for this outfit came from!

Friday, 16 December 2016

Interior Imp

You'd think that Brina had all the treasure any Tookish Hobbit could dream of, but then you'd be wrong as she was last spotted robbing the kinship house belonging to the Elves of the Wood!

Not expecting much from a humble home in the Bree-lands, Brina knocks nonchalantly on the door and makes sure no one is home to catch her on her little raid, before using that little dagger on her arm to pick the locked door open. To her surprise, the floor is literally littered in gold that clinks and clanks whenever she takes a step. What a gold mine!

Of course, this find calls for a celebration which she has on her own at the expense of the Elves of the Wood. She never has to worry too much about being caught however, for her dark-toned outfit allows her to blend much easier into the dark walls and crevasses - as though her skills as a burglar weren't enough.

Inside the home, this impish thief is in awe by the many trophies from past battles with legendary foes on display. She wonders how much she could vendor those shiny blades for, as she is certain they're way too big for her to lug around into battle if ever she needed to.

Thankfully, the Elves of the Wood are vigilant enough to place the armour of General Talug in the centre of the living room for any unsuspecting Brinas to stumble upon and discourage to continue their raids any further. Now, what more could a Hobbit burglar do against such an evil presence? Nothing! - so she races away blindly and ends up exhausting herself on the bed. I hope, for her sake, nobody comes home and catches her...

Head: Makeshift Ranger's Mask (white);
Shoulders: The Huntsman's Shoulder Guards (ranger green);
Back: Tattered Cloak (gold);
Chest: Lesser Secret of the West Breastplate (olive);
Hands: Ceremonial Secret of the West Gauntlets (walnut brown);
Legs: Shabby Leggings (navy);
Feet: Ceremonial Boots of the Gloom-bane (ranger green).

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

The Master over Lore and Life

I made this outfit a very long time ago, as Celebindil was of one my first characters made. Some of the pieces are different from before to make the overall look more brutal. 

With Celedindil, I wanted a rather different approach to the term "Lore-master." I was looking through the Auction House and found an amazing breath-taking head piece which really interested me. Needless to say I bought it on the spot. Then I started picking out outfit pieces from all over the Auction House. To me, this really looked like a Lore-master gone berserk. Back then, I was desperate to finish the outfit and bought almost any piece that fit the colours well enough, as you can see from the boots especially. But I still liked it enough to keep it until this day. It's almost like a relic from my past in LOTRO. 

When I had characters like Eadyth and Isenbran up at the upper quarter of levels (75-100), I was thinking of deleting Celebindil and making a new Lore-master, but thinking back on the many hours I've spent repeating Attack At Dawn for weeks just to level him up to level 50 to begin Moria (as that was the only other expansion/quest pack I bought). I told myself that if I could survive that long on him, then he couldn't be bad enough to delete. So I let him stay.

Of course, I got him through Moria, and Enedwaith and Dunland after that. He didn't seem too bad a character to play, but I started dying a lot quicker and more frequently than before. I was so put off by this that I thought of deleting him once again, but then I tried switching to yellow line, pushing my pets to do all my dirty work for me. It worked out for some time, until I missed being able to destroy a whole crowd of enemies at once with Ring of Fire.

Back to red line I switched, and it was then that I realised how poetically perfect this outfit was. This light armoured character has been through a lot of change and potential defeat, but after a lot of change he comes out stronger than ever, and all this is reflected in the new armour he wears today. Much more metal and plate compared to before, and definitely some stronger boots, as well as much more powerful weapons.

After all this, I thought it was only appropriate to call him the Master over Lore and Life, as he ultimately defied me, his creator, when I wanted to kill him off. After all, would you not think him to be Death himself if you saw this demonic being riding toward you casting spells of inferno and storms left and right?

Head: High Officer's Helm (grey);
Shoulders: Vibrant Campaign Pauldrons of the Rider (walnut brown);
Back: Supple Scholary Cloak of the Wold (umber);
Chest: Combative Eastement War Armour (sienna);
Hands: Superb Campaigners Gloves (black);
Feet: Vibrant Westfold War Boots (black).

Friday, 18 November 2016

Sindar in Sunshine

Even the magical elves need to unwind and indulge in Hobbit hobbies from time to time, and what better time to do so than the Summer Festival. Of course, a new summer-themed outfit is in order. I know this is late, but I already had a scheduled order of outfits up to Halloween, so I hope this outfit isn't too irrelevant. 

Erinil, guardian of Eriador, looks out at the home of the Hobbits not to defend them, but rather to find the 5 missing items (especially that damn teapot which, though unknown to her, is behind her somewhere). Also, she scouts for the numerous crashed kites she has to collect as well as for the groups of overheated patrons she has to cool off by spitting water at, a deed she feels is unhygienic and would be considered rude by her kin, but she does it anyway. 

But all that fishing is tiring, leaving Erinil in a state of hunger and thirst. Unfortunately, the Eating Contest is only open to Hobbits, making her decide she has to run around when nobody is looking and sneak a sip of the ale and a bite of the bread. Her defense: elves already behave themselves throughout the year, so let her have some fun for a few weeks. 

I made this outfit based around the design of both the cloak as well as the cosmetic shield she uses (I'm sorry I forgot to take the pictures of her weapons). I had the shield kept in a vault of an alt for a long time, waiting to be used in an outfit, but when I made Erinil out of boredom and was throwing together an outfit, I noticed that the Summer Festival had a perfect cloak to match the shield. One piece came after another and this was the end result.

Usually, I don't like how narrow cloaks are on tall female characters, which is why I don't play many tall females - Eadyth usually carries a quiver, and cloaks seem okay on Brina. But for some strange reason, I really like the look of cloak on Erinil. I think it has to do with her battle stance (another thing I forgot to take a picture of. Sorry!). But it's amazing how the slightly blue tint of the dyeable part matches so perfectly with the helm as well as the shield. I think it's close to Belegaer Blue.

Head: Ceremonial Helm of the West-tower (orange);
Shoulders: Shining Shoulder Guards (orange);
Back: Cloak of the Summer Sun (white);
Chest: Westement Battle Armour of the Vigilance (sienna);
Hands: Ceremonial Gauntlets of the Quiet Step (orange);
Feet: Lesser Cry of the West Boots (rust).