Yule Frost

Another Yule festival has come and gone (and will come again apparently Feb 15th) Seems like the Free People’s just can’t get enough of this festival! And who can blame them? One of the merriest times of the year for more of us than just the U.S. players.

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This year Humpadink took the role of villain in the Yearly meta quest for the festival. In assisting the mayor and his interests he has attained a high point of authority, and ensured that the power remains at the top of the bureaucracy.

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His new station also comes with a fancy new outfit! With the new dyes trade-able for festival tokens I decided to revamp last years Yule-Fest outfit.

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With Moria Silver and Belegaer Blue being the colors to trade I thought it gave the outfit a frosty look and fit the occasion perfectly!

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Head: Extravagant Festival Cap : Festival Item : Belegaer Blue

Shoulders: Yule Scarf : Moria Silver

Back: Cloak of the Inn League : Festival Item : Moria Silver

Chest: From-bréost : Quest drop from Dunland : Belegaer Blue

Feet: NONE! this is a hobbit’s outfit of course!

Region Spotlight: Eregion

It’s Sindarin name meaning “Land of the Holly” and better known to men as simply “Hollin” this land has seen times of peace and great prosperity, as well as a great war and discourse. Eregion was ruled by Celeborn and Geladriel in the second age after the War Of Wrath had destroyed nearly half of Middle Earth. This  there were many great elven forges that crafted the finest jewelry. The resources for which came from the nearby mines of Moria.

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The peace with the dwarves meant a very prosperous relationship for both. The dwarves sold and bought from the Elves and the Elves did the same with the dwarves.

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This peace lasted until the Second Age 1350 where the War of the Elves of Eregion and Sauron. Who had crafted the nine rings for the race of men, and the dwarves and deceived the Elves until his discovery. The ensuing war destroyed the land and the ties with the dwarves of Khazad-Dûm.

Lady Geladrial and Celeborn crossed the Misty mountains and founded Lorien. Other refugees went to Lindon, on the shores of the Sea. The Remaining group followed Lord Elrond and founded Imladris, to the north.

The land has been left alone to it’s own devices and the elven ruins are still visible in some places. Even though the land has grown more wild there still is a great beauty that remains.

Region Spotlight: The Barrow Downs

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There are many stories and folktales of the Borrow Downs of Breeland. The men of the nearby town tell stories of princes and kings and monsters that hunt at night. These are tales to to keep children close and at home. But these hills and mounds are more than that and hold a greater mystery and legend than merely bedtime stories.

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The Barrow Downs were first inhabited by the race of men, tied to the first men in Arda, the Edain. They lived there for a time until the Easterlings moved through the area. After the War of Wrath that destroyed much of middle earth, forming it into it’s most recognized from where the Blue Mountains line the coast of the Great Sea, the Edain returned to the area and re-settled.

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During the second age Elendil claimed lordship over Arnor and the Barrow Downs were incorporated into the kingdom. This place stood as a honored and well-revered burial place of the Kingdom of Cardolan. Great tombs and crypts were their kings and high officials were buried with multitudes of treasure and belongings.

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After the fall of Arnor the People of Cardolan took refuge in the barrow downs and stayed there for some time. Out of Angmar there came a plague that killed many in Arthedain and Cardolan but Cardolan suffered the worst. The Dunedain retreated to the north were they resided for some time and through the second to third ages.

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The Witch King of Angmar sent Spirits to haunt the barrow downs, preventing any recovery attempts by the remaining Dunedain over the years. Attempts until the Third Age were unsuccessful and they remain abandoned to today.

Rune Satchel Notes: Misty Mountain Saga Pt. 2

November 17, TA 3017

After resting and conversing with other scholars in Imladris, I set out to return to the mountain camp of Lord Gloin. This would be our base of operations, a small camp with but a few dwarves who watched the mouth of the caves and would send reports to the valley.

Lord Elrond remained in the valley to oversee our progress. Messengers would be sent to the Last Homely House and reports would return. I had spent the past few weeks collecting notes and reports of the tunnels within the mountains.

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We had the opportunity to meet with an old Hobbit scholar by the name of Baggins who had seen much and wandered in the caves of the goblins for some days. He gave me some direction to other of his party who had passed through the caves some years ago. Lord Gloin was one, and Lord Dwalin, of Thorin’s hall was another. I traveled and discussed their experiences so that I may find some way through the holes and tunnels.

Their recollections did supply some important notes. There were 3 main rooms or halls that I was warned of. Their names of Thundergrot, Deep Fires and I was sent to see what remained of Gollum’s cave.

I ventured up to the passes in the mountains, Lord Gloin sent me into asses the strength of the forces in the caves. After searching and finding some orders I returned them to him for translation in The Valley.After the translation was complete the orders revealed a cooperative agreement between the goblins and orcs from Angmar. I also discovered a whole new warg breeding program. These became my objectives to disrupt and destroy.

The rabble had calmed down from the escape of the prisoners. Though it was not dissipated completely, and tensions were high in the tunnels. There were signs of ‘disagreements’ strewn all over the floor. most rooms, or halls were connected by tunnels and in both of these types of locations piles of flesh,both goblin and orc were left to rot. The stench of the rot reached everywhere and made the goblins all the more restless.

As I progressed in towards the heart of goblin town I noted a few major warg trainers and pit of which I destroyed. Hoping to lessen their numbers, and lessen the threat of trained wargs working in cooperation with the Goblins of the mountain.

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The orders spoke of a cooperation between the goblins and the orcs of Angmar. This meant ill news for the misty mountains. The orcs had free roam in the tunnels and halls of the mountain but they had a central base of operations that both goblins and orcs shared. Tensions were still high after the fake orc killing I planted caused quite a riot. There became need for a representative of goblin town to watch over the orc encampment to both ensure there was no foul play on either side.

This observer controlled a great force of militarized and some what trained goblins of these tunnels and holds them in order at the same time keeping the forces of Angmar in check. Lord Gloin had ordered his death as well as that of the orc in charge of Angmar’s forces. Their removal would cause both armies to be once again, in disorder and given a few days, at war with each other.

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In the same hole lived the champion of Angmar and the orcs who he had been deployed with. Their number was substantial and unlike their goblin cooperatives, they were organized and were, to some extent trained more formally. They were dispatched and the champion was challenged. He fell as he made a movement towards destroying his orders.

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At the request of Lord Elrond I did not turn back there, but I continued on with the intention of exploring and mapping most of the caverns there as I could. Thankfully the goblins and orcs were distracted with the recent death of their captains and were, once again, fighting among themselves.

I found that beyond their cave trolls and their orc war-steadings they had a great many slaves digging, the weaker and smaller goblins did this simply because they lacked the strength or the cunning to do otherwise.

After a while, time is hard to tell down there, I came upon a passage. It was vacant unlike any I had passed through before. There were no messengers passing through, nor were there any wargs or great beasts that were housed here.

 

Something noticeable were the walls, they had paintings on them. There were no such walls that I had noticed earlier. It appeared that they depicted events in the timeline of the Goblins there. The passage was cold and silent with nothing but a few drips that made noise. As i followed the cool air down the passage there came a point where there was an eerie total silence. The light here was dim at best and one could barely see their own hand in front of their face. After feeling around for hours i came to an opening at the end of the rock wall. I slowly crept forward and stepped into an underground pool.

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There was a cavern that was deep and wide with a singular island in the middle. There were remnants of fish bones and waste on the shore and what looked to be a primitive hut out of a stick and some rough-spun cloth with a great many holes and stains. Whatever lived here was gone but had made this a home for some time.

I wrote these notes down and finished my map notes of the tunnels Then made my way back to the surface. Master Bilbo was quite interested in reading my notes, but also slightly worried when i mentioned that the creature Gollum, as he informed me, had left his home. This I also reported to Lord Elrond who showed some concern but little surprise at this news. I have been able to rest here and refocus on my studies.

 

Emissary Log: The Northern Trade Pt. 3

November 20th, T.A. 2017

Much has taken place since my last letter. The damage done by Angmar is somewhat lessened of late. Weather it is our involvement in the area or not I cannot say, but there seems to be much less of a presence in the north here. This bodes well for trade and the locals have come to trust us more for our deeds in restoring the roads, though we are still working to trade well. In order to do so we must begin excavations soon in and around Zigilgund. But these rocks are frozen and hard with time. The Dourhands have been scattered after heroic involvement by Lord Thordri of Othrinkar and myself.

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The Dourhands stood no chance as the Icecreave Mines shook with the pounding of his great hammer.  We rushed through the caves and didn’t stop until we had found the chambers of records. Lord Thordri The mighty dwarf was unstoppable as he had a score to settle with the dwarves there.We defeated their leader and reclaimed he mines for the dwarves once more. His forces stood no chane and Lord Thordri’s hammer crushed his helm at last.

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Though we searched for more information won why they were digging there we could not find anything, though a large portion of the old texts of that hall were missing, destroyed by the Dourhands or from the passing of years we did not know.

This will take some time to clean and prepare for regular excavations. We reconnected the distant hunting camps with the main trade routes taking into account the dangers of the road, and capitalizing on their absence. Things are beginning to look up in the north. A time of rest is near, though not here yet. Still we are keeping guard on the road and major dangers have been dealt with, we look now to the challenge of reviving the other mines and ruins of old. There are pieces of dwarven history up here, that poke out of the drifts and glaciers. What secrets they hold, I cannot say, but It would be a loss for us not to study them.

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I call for young dwarves and scholars, there is a future to dwarven involvement in this frozen land. It would be a great advantage to grow a greater relationship with these people here. If the trade from the north wishes to survive this is a necessity. We cannot give up the head-start that we have now, a great friendship is growing and there will be rough patches as with any business venture But I urge the dwarves to take losses in trade for the benefit of our friends. Trade profits for friendship and the profits will follow!

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When you Need to Ride: To Camelot! yes, this post is a long time coming. Something I’ve wanted to share for a while. I’ve finally sat down and done it!

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Today’s outfit is inspired by of course Monty Python and the Holy Grail. For some reason I’ve always pictured The captain class as Arthur every time I gain the companion skill I instantly name them Patsy. It’s OOC for sure but still has that same medieval look to it. Call it a king of Arthedain or Cardolan, since very little but ruins are left of those kingdoms.

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I thought of something like this with the crown mail that was so classically medieval! And very much like the headpiece that Arthur wears in the movie. But really though it looks classic and the headpiece and armor is easily dyed. and i think this has one of the most realistic chain-mail into

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Head: Ceremonial Polished Helmet of the Dunland Sheildman : Gold : Dunland Quests

Chest: Forged-Iron Dunlending Hauberk : Default/White/Washed : Dunland Quests

Hands: Battered Dunlending Gauntlets : Default/White/Washed : Dunland Quests

Boots: Dreng-Gesc : Default/White/Washed : Dunland Quests

A Great feat in Cartography!

I wanted to share this project completed by , who’s blog you should check out for anything LOTRO. Ever wondered what the maps of middle earth would look like in their corresponding places? wonder no longer.

Click image to enlarge – Click here to download the high resolution map (10,4MB) When we travel, we need maps. In LotRO there are many. I combined them all to one big map. They are ordered in the way you travel, when maps are against each other it means you can travel from one to the […]

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