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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!

front

I AM SHE-RA

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

Warsteed: Dark Palomino

Rosegold wetlands head rightside

I finally found a warsteed combination I really like, she’s now my favorite mount by a mile. I really wanted a palomino, and had already purchased color pack #6, on release day as my RoR impulse buy. Now I’m glad I did! I like the darker  golden apricot color of her hide more than I could ever have anticipated.

Rosegold wetlands body leftside

I was lucky enough to already have the Steed of the Hunter, it was first released not long after I started playing, and I snatched it up immediately both because I loved (and still love) the look, and because it was the first 68% speed mount I could get my hands on. I bought the Steed of the Guardian after I found out about war steed cosmetics, and that I’d be able to ditch my least favorite parts of it (the unsheathed swords whacking the horse’s flank, the picnic blanket on its rear).

Rosegold wetlands rear rightside
Outfit: Éomer’s Grasslands
Warsteed: Rouncey
Head: Guardian’s Halter, default color
Body: Guardian’s Caparison, default color
Legs: Guardian’s Leggings, default color
Saddle: Hunter’s Saddle
Gear: Hunter’s Gear
Hide: Dark Chestnut
Tail: White

Buzzing around Eregion rework

This isn’t a new outfit, but an update for a previous one. Sometime after creating it, I found this lovely brass chain mail skirt over leggings and I loved how it brightened and streamlined the outfit.

Gold skirt

 

I apologize for the inconsistent quality of the screenshots. The older ones in particular were taken without a decent graphics card. Something I didn’t think about until my first turtle run in Filikul when my animation said I was still fighting, and our fellowship chat told me the fight was long over.

I quickly updated my equipment. 🙂

Back: Cloak of the Busy Bee- evendim blue (task deed reward)
Head: Himhar- ered luin blue (vol 1, book 4 quest reward)
Shoulders: Elven Leather Shoulder Pads of Might- ered luin blue, (drop)
Gloves: Westernesse Steel Gauntlets of Fleetness*- ered luin blue (drop)
Chest: Survivor’s Armour- ered luin blue (vol II, book 1 quest reward)
Legs: Quilted Leggings Orlogfot- ered luin blue, (drop)
Boots: Rochwen’s Boots- ered luin blue, (Trollshaws quest reward)

Buzzing around Eregion

East Wall Wrangler

creeping to the overlook

I’ve been excited to share this outfit since I first saw what Cosmetic Lotro posted for her Anticipation outfit. Very similar concepts, and I like the contrast between the two.

Argonath face fist

This is the first outfit I made without a clear plan or concept, I was just messing around and created this comfortable, well worn set for what would become one of my very favorite outfits.

At the feet of the Argonath.

At the feet of the Argonath.

These nicely functional clothes also ended up perfectly complementing the piny greens, intense sky and fertile landscape of Eastern Rohan. I wish I could say it was on purpose, but this time luck was on my side. This outfit also fulfills my childhood Man from Snowy River fantasies. The horse wrangler look is perfect for the Hytbold dailies Wild Horses and The Race. The Race, in particular is really fun. I put this on, switch to my Ridge-Racer title and tear from Cliving to the Wold and back again in no time at all.

One of my favorite things about Rohan is magnificent sky. I grew up in a part of the US where the sky feels indescribably huge and open, and is colored an intense high altitude blue. Parts of Rohan capture that feeling very well, and I never tire of just looking up.

The view is clear, and breathtaking.

The view is clear, and breathtaking.

Back: None shown, but when I do have one equipped I use the Cloak of the Grey Company- ranger green (quest reward), and when I first got into Rohan and was mining furiously I equipped the Elven Prospector’s Pack- ranger green
Head: Snow-Dusted Traveling Hat- red (Yule festival barter)
Shoulders: Embroidered Mantle of the Dunland Healer- ranger green, (quest reward)
Gloves: Fine Grey Company Gauntlets- umber (quest reward)
Chest: Shabby Tunic- evendim blue (Yule quest reward)
Legs: Dreng-fultum- ranger green (quest reward)
Boots: Vibrant Westfold Battle Boots- evendim blue (t7 heavy crafted- many versions share this look)