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Princess of Power

It’s October! That means Halloween is mere weeks away, and it’s time I reveal one of my greatest LotRO cosmetic triumphs. That’s right. SHE-RA.

Like just about every other player who grew up watching that iconic, fabulous, action-heroine, I wanted to make a She-ra outfit from the first day I saw this perfect winged headpiece. Eventually I succeeded and today I get to share my creation with you!

For the honor of Greyskull!

For the honor of Greyskull!



I am especially proud of finding a sleeveless top that has gold detailing on the neckline and sternum, and finding bottoms that approximate a white miniskirt without looking ridiculous. Even the v-shape of the belt is right! There are simpler boots & bracers in the game that more closely resemble her original cartoon outfit, but I thought these better fit the idea of her as both an actual warrior and as the protector of the Whispering Wood.

Where would She-ra be without Spirit/Swiftwind?

Where would She-ra be without Spirit/Swiftwind?

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This sword is my favorite for her Sword of Power. You can barter for it in Stangard. The level 100 1st age swords also have a nice blue stone in them, but a much simpler overall design.

This sword is my favorite for her Sword of Power. You can barter for it in Stangard. The level 100 1st age swords also have a nice blue stone in them, but with a much simpler overall design.


Happy Halloween!

Love, VotR.

Autumnal Simbelmynë


Simblemyne Lothlorien back


I love the Simbelmynë clothes from last spring, but wanted to see them in warmer, richer colors than they are typically represented in.

Simblemyne Lothlorian Head


I especially liked how the muted orange-dyed tunic went with my Guardian’s darker, half-Dale, half-Easterling complexion.

Simblemyne Lothlorien back top


Lothlorien’s otherwordly glow captures an impossible blend of fresh spring and bright autumn, and this outfit fits the mood of that magical place perfectly.

Simblemyne in Enedwaith


It turned out to be quite handy when she ran into this hobbit enclave, so far from the peaceful Shire! She had this gentler outfit at the ready, so as not to alarm the hobbits with her imposing heavy armour.  (I may also have wanted to show off the [undyable] deep purple of the leggings )

Back: n/a
Head: Wide-Brimmed Spring Hat – orange (spring barter)
Shoulders: Gwir-palvais- burgundy, (drop, light armour)
Gloves: n/a
Chest: Simbelmynë Tunic & Trousers – orange (spring barter)
Legs: n/a
Boots: n/a

Polished White Yule

Guess what’s almost here? Yule! Wheee! I’ve decked the kinhall with holly, enlisted some friends in making stocking (okay, mailbox) stuffers, and signed up for our 1st annual Secret Santa. Next stop, Winterholme!

White Yule checking money for presents

Counting how much gold she has for presents.

This is an amalgam of the outfits I submitted to last year’s yule cosmetics contest. I came up with this one an hour after the deadline, and have been waiting to post it since.

White Yule back to back

Checking for snow | I think I found the perfect present for this tiny burglar I know…

White Yule full back

Back: N/A
Head: Traveler’s Hood- red (Yule festival)
Shoulders: Westfold Shoulders- white [undyeable], (Isengard Expansion)
Gloves: Fingerless Gloves- red (Yule festival)
Chest: Elven Cloth Jacket- red (Rivendell vendor)
Legs: Tavol-Socas- white (drop)
Boots: Shadowhyrst’s Shoes- red (quest reward)

Bons temps: Mardi Gras

It may not be a lotro festival, but it should be! And so, in honor of this most dramatic of holidays, I decided to create my own Mardi Gras costume; complete with party dress, grotesque masque and a bag of dubloons to throw to strangers and friends.

The traditional Mardi Gras colors of purple, green and gold are said to represent Justice, Faith, and Power, respectively, at least in New Orleans. Now all I need is a Krewe! (Krewe’s are the clubs that make all your favorite floats and costumes, hand out special beads and trinkets, and pretty much own the week of Mardi Gras in the Big Easy.)

Be careful, imbibing too much can lead to the Elaine dance.

Laissez les bons temps rouler!

Back: Treasure Hunter’s Rucksack- turquoise (treasure hunting event)
Head: Golden Cave-claw Mask- purple (treasure hunting event)
Shoulders: Elven Leather Shoulder Pads of Might- (not so) dark green, (drop)
Gloves: N/A
Chest: Exquisite Short-sleeved Dress- purple (Yule festival gift box)
Legs: N/A
Boots: N/A

Elegant Yule

This was my first entry into the Yule outfit contest sponsored by Lotro Fashion, Cosmetic Lotro, Lotro Stylist and Turbine, and it placed in the top 9 out of over 150 entries! Needless to say, I was thrilled. 🙂

I chose to make the boots yellow to bring out all of those wonderful gold accents, and because well, there needed to be something to lighten up the expanse of subued forest green and crimson!

I had planned on using the Yule cap, but then had a eureka! moment when I realized the extravagant festival cap not only had gold filigree on it that matched the piping on the gloves and chest piece, but also had a perfect white feather to go with the white on the chest! I didn’t notice until I put it all together, but the point of the brim also echoes the shape of the gold piping on the shoulders, and the brown hat-band is perfect with the brown buttons on the scarf and the brown on the shirt and skirt. Amazing.

This is one of those funny outfits that I actually like better from the back. I absolutely love how the crimson scarf and the crimson banding at the bottom of tavol-socas look together, and as a bonus from the back you can’t see the horrible clipping on the boots and scarf.

Back: N/A
Head: Extravagant Festival Cap- forest green (Yule festival)
Shoulders: Yule Scarf- crimson (Yule Festival)
Gloves: Extravagant Festival Gloves- red (Yule festival)
Chest: Rock-climber’s Armour- forest green (tailor recipe)
Legs: Tavol-Socas- forest green (drop)
Boots: Boots of the Ruin Hold- yellow (quest reward)

This marks the first time I went crazy on the AH for an outfit. That skirt, Tavol-Socas, is a level 75 light armour piece. I am a Guardian and was somewhere nearing 40 when this was made. I still feel it was gold well spent. A kin-mate was kind enough to make the Rock-climber’s Armour for me, so that at least was free, though still the wrong type of armour, and still above my level.

Cheerful Yule

The wonderful folks at Lotro Fashion, Lotro Stylist and Cosmetic Lotro put together a Yule/Winter outfit contest, and it was so much fun to participate!  I was on a lotro hiatus when it was announced, but luckily I found out about it just a couple of days before the deadline and rushed to create something I could be proud of for it. This was my second attempt, and the last I could get in before the deadline.

If I had dyed the pants olive instead of forest green I think they would match the shirt a little closer, but I really wanted to have a playful, christmasy look with bright, cheerful colors, and the olive would have dulled the look down too much. As it was I toned the pants down from the (not so) dark green I originally dyed them. I probably had points deducted for the imperfect match, but I think I accomplished my goal!

I was pleased with how the fingerless gloves worked with the bracer part of the shirt to make it look like gauntlets, and that the brown accents on the bracers, belt, and boots all go together so perfectly.

I decided to dye the scarf crimson instead of red so it would integrate the part of the Traveller’s Hood that always dyes darker, and I love that it looks like one giant scarf wrapped around her head 🙂

Back: N/A
Head: Traveller’s Hood – red (store)
Shoulders: Yule Scarf- crimson (Yule Festival)
Gloves: Fingerless Gloves- red (Yule festival)
Chest: Elven Cloth Jacket- red (Rivendell vendor)
Legs: Linen Leggings – forest green (journeyman tailor recipe)
Boots: Shadowhyrst’s Shoes- red (quest reward) I believe these boots share a skin with the Soft Leather Boots you can buy at various outfitters.

I’ll be posting my other entry next, and later I hope to get to the two I couldn’t make because I couldn’t find the right pieces, and the one I designed almost by accident right after it was all over.

Hooray Yule festival!