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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!

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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.

North Downs green and red

Although she usually stays in Esteldin practicing her woodcrafting, sometimes an elf’s gotta get out and see the sky. 1 Silbern green and red (front) - Copy1 Silbern green and red (back)1 Silbern green and red (side)1 Silbern green and red (boots)

One of my very favorite outfits I ever cobbled together, and none of it is high level gear. It’s never left her cosmetic panel!

After many, many attempts and many, many green beers...

After many, many attempts and many, many green beers…

Dammit, Ada! Hurry up, the pee dance is not what I had in mind!

Sobering up for her dance lesson, but all that beer is causing different problems now! 

Buzzing around Eregion

In order to reach kindred status with the Lossoth without any serious grinding, I was relentless with my task turn-ins. The happy result of those turn-ins was two-fold; the desired effect of Lossoth reputation gain, and the unexpectedly wonderful reward of “Busy Bee” and its respective cloak.

I had no idea how appropriate it would be for Eregion until I got there! Not only are the colors perfect for that zone, but if the Fine Clover Honey littering the landscape is any indication, this former elven stronghold must have the happiest bees in all of Middle Earth.

When I reached this zone, I immediately ran down to the Walls of Moria so I could get my first Legendary Items. Good thing too, as this golden scale chest piece was given to me there and I think it matches the cloak well, both in texture and tone. I’ve been holding onto the gloves and boots for a while now, as golden accents seem a bit harder to find than silver. Now I finally had a reason to wear them!

Gazing at the heights of Baranzinbar.

I can’t believe how well the shoulders and chest piece go together- they even have the same delicate swirled shapes, and in the same soft beige color. I had forgotten about the helm, but as I was searching through my inventory, and losing hope that I would find  a helm that worked (again, the gold thing), I re-discovered this one! It fancies the outfit up nicely, I think.

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- ered luin blue, (T2 light tailor)
Boots: Rochwen’s Boots- ered luin blue, (Trollshaws quest reward)

*Starry Mantle recently posted an outfit with gauntlets that look like this, so I found out they are also available as a skirmish barter or from the lotro store.

Pausing a moment before passing though the Doors of Durin.

*Takes a deep breath* Now into Moria I go! My hope is that by the time I leave its passages behind me, it is the Delving of the Dwarves once again.

 

Update: Sometime after this post I found these leggings (Orlogfot, drop, also ered luin blue) that I preferred with the outfit.

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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

Yellow for the Blue Lake

I turned 38 and was finally able to equip all my beautiful 38 critted gear, the armor made by me and jewelry from a kinmate. Unfortunately it was only beautiful in terms of raised stats and a thrill of accomplishment, not in an aesthetic sense. Time to design a new outfit for my darling bulldozer! After all my wandering around Evendim, I was craving a little yellow to offset all the lush greens and blues of that gorgeous zone.

When I’m designing outfits for my guardian, I always want her to look like a guardian. All that lovely leather armor is great, but doesn’t make sense for her to quest in. The other thing I try and take into consideration is her level. I want her to look nice, yes, but also to look level appropriate so that it stays visually fun to reach a new level range.

Back: Cloak of the Raven – gold (harvestmath barter)
Head: Traveller’s Hood – gold (store)
Shoulders: Elven Soldier’s Shoulder Guards – white (master metal recipe)
Gloves: Elven Soldier’s Gloves – black (master metal recipe)
Chest: Chainmail Breastplate – yellow (vendor, level 32)
Legs: Linen Leggings – gold (journeyman tailor recipe)
Boots: Leather Boots – black (vendor, level 11)

I knew I wanted to use that chest piece, and luckily it’s one of the few items that dyes a decent yellow instead of bright chartreuse. I liked the crafted shoulders and gloves, but couldn’t get them to match as dyeing the shoulders results in very murky colors, and it’s naturally much darker than the undyeable metal on the gloves (on the gloves it’s the leather part that you can dye, but they turn out very dark compared to everything else). And then, eureka! If I dyed the shoulders white, the metal became the same color as the gloves! Perfect. All I needed were pants that could match the yellow of the chest piece, and these ones dyed gold came the closest. I’ve always thought these shoulders looked a little like wings, so pairing them with the cloak of the raven was a natural choice. I couldn’t get a helm to go with everything else and was tired of using the circlet of men, so the traveller’s hood officially became my first store purchased cosmetic item. I think it finishes the look nicely.

I am still looking for better pants, I would like to find a pair that dyes a little closer to the rest of the outfit, and where the belt is black not brown, and I’m still searching for better boots for this outfit. Again, I don’t think the brown goes, but all-black boots didn’t work either. Ideally I’d like to find a pair that has metal shin-guards that echo the design of the shoulders and gloves. Black and gold boots may work as well.