Midsummer Reveler

Midsummer is upon Middle Earth and with it comes the Great Wedding!  Finally, Aragorn and Arwen are able to tie the knot 🙂  And with this wedding comes a whole new festival complete with lots of goodies.  Anmorata is no stranger to celebration when the time is right, and the time is definitely right now!

While this festival comes with it’s own FIVE separate horses, I chose to mount match some new cosmetics with an older one – the Lasgalen Spring Steed.

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There is also a wine-tasting emote, which was one I HAD to have!

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A bit later on, Anmorata could be found in a shady corner making tipsy toasts to the newlyweds…  very very tipsy…

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And of course Absinthe had to be dressed for the occasion too.  She was mostly kept in the stable though and spoiled with fresh hay, grains, and apples, as the crowds filling Minas Tirith were no place for a war steed who likes to gallop.

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Anmorata is wearing:
Head: Circlet of Fresh-picked Flowers in Dark Mossy Green
Shoulders: Dunland Caretakers’s Patched Mantle in Dark Mossy Green
Back: Bridal Veil, undyed
Chest: Arwen’s Dinner Dress in Dark Mossy Green

Absinthe is wearing:
Head-piece of the Hunting Steed
Caparison of the Hunting Steed in Ranger Green
Tail of Lasgalen Spring
Lamp of the Northern Herald
War-steed’s Leggings of Winter’s Light

I hope you are all enjoying the new festival!  There is plenty to do, and to collect depending on if you like cosmetics, steeds, emotes, housing, or all of the above 😛  It’s certainly brought me back to Middle Earth for the moment 🙂

Colorful Autumn Nights

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The Trollshaws is an area that abounds with both beauty and danger.  The dramatic cliffs, colorful leaves, and babbling brooks all are quite striking.  However this land abuts the Ettenmoors, home of trolls and other fell monsters.  And sometimes these dire creatures venture into the Trollshaws, making travel hazardous for the unwary.  The elves of nearby Rivendell are often on patrol and have several outposts, but they always welcome a trusted friend to help out.

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Anmorata is wearing:

Chest – Lesser Claw of the West Breastplate in Imladris Fallen Leaf
Legs – Ceremonial Wandering Bard’s Leggings in Imladris Fallen Leaf
Gloves – Gauntlets of the Grey Mountain Elite in Imladris Fallen Leaf
Feet – Dwarf-smith’s Boots in Imladris Fallen Leaf
Shoulders – Expeditionary’s Embossed Mantle in Imladris Fallen Leaf
Back – Cloak of the Autumn Wood (hoodless) in Imladris Fallen Leaf
Weapons – Soaring Bow of the Depths and Lethal Edge

Absinthe is wearing:

Caparison of the Eldar Autumn in Rust
Sunflower Headpiece in Rust
Sunflower Tailpiece in Black
War-steed’s Leggings of Winter’s Light

Unsurprisingly, Absinthe was displeased that our shots of her rearing at night turned out so badly (dark horse head against a dark background just does NOT work).  The lantern effect only is useful for humans/elves/dwarves/hobbits/beorns, not mares, it seems…  So we compromised and selected a shot of her rearing at dawn, with all the lovely colors that dawn brings.  And those colors are light enough to show off her beautiful black coat to it’s best advantage 🙂

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Rusted Warrioress

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Many long years of hard battle have turned this former maiden into something far more harsh and hard.  Her formerly shiny steel armor shows its age and the stains of many fights.   She keeps her face covered, as her past beauty has faded and she now shows the signs of dire battle, sleepless nights, and friends lost.  She finds that anger often rules her now, even though she was not always this way.   Riding her faithful war-steed across the lands is one of the few enjoyments she finds in this world now.  Perhaps some day she will return home, but for now she must wander alone with her past.

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The Warrioress Wears:

Chest – Forge-crafted Armour in Umber

Legs – Temper-Crafted Leggings in Umber

Head – Balanthol in Rust

Shoulders – Reforged Rift-Defender’s Shoulders in Rust

Feet – Reforged Rift-Defender’s Boots in Rust

Hands – Reforged Rift-Runner’s Gloves in Rust

Cloak – Cloak of the Boar in Rust

Swords – Mirrored Ancient Steel Sword of Combat

 

War-steed Outfit:

Harness of the Harbinger in Rust

Head-piece of the Northern Herald in Umber

Sunflower Tail-Piece

War-steed Leggings of Winter’s Light

 

I thought about setting this somewhere more foreboding, as the tale of the rusted warrioress is not a happy one.   However the faded colors of the Iron Hills coupled with the iron-rich waterways made me settle on there for my location.  The inspiration for this was Karazgar, I find his story a rather fascinating one (and those little piles of rust that are the only signs of him when you first start tracking him).  I hope you enjoyed the screenies, next one up should be a happy hobbit!

An Ethuin Evening in Ered Luin

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I didn’t follow my normal routine on this one.  Usually I create an outfit for the character, then if interested I create a war-steed outfit.  This time I decided I wanted to mount-match an older Spring Festival steed, one which didn’t even have war-steed cosmetics!  I feel I did pretty well, mixing and matching a bit, trying not to use the same pieces used by other bloggers for spring ensembles (and trust me, that was hard as some of the other long-term bloggers have so much awesome stuff!).

Please enjoy as Anmorata and her friends enjoy the warm Ethuin evening breezes in Ered Luin 🙂

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Anmorata is wearing:

Sleeveless Dress of the Moth in Lavender

Circlet of Fresh Picked Flowers in Lavender

Mantle of the North Ithilien Woods in White

Lasgalen Spring Pack

Carrying Foxglove and Iris

Playing Gleowine’s Harp

 

She is riding the Steed of Ethuil

 

Absinthe was a bit jealous that another steed was featured, so she demanded her own custom spring outfit 😉  She also insisted that her photos be taken at dawn, just to be different.  She really liked this caparison, even though it’s greens didn’t match the dress very well.  Oh well, hard to argue with a mare when she’s being marish 😀

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Absinthe is wearing:

Trellis-weave Caparison

Sunflower Headpiece

Tail of Lasgalen Spring

War-steed Legging’s of Winter’s Night

 

White Knight of Gondor

White is a tricky color in LotRO, as so many items will dye more of a grey when you try to apply a white dye to them.  But I was on a mission, and I wanted a white knight theme!  So with time, some work in the Ettenmoors, and updates releasing relevant pieces – the White Knight of Gondor was born 🙂

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I chose a location outside of Osgiliath at night, partially in the Anduin, to show off my creation.  I had to remind myself what brought up the personal lantern, as it had been a while since my last night time photo shoot 🙂  My only unhappiness is with the greenish mottled cloud look in the sky.  As the screenies were taken over a couple of different night time cycles and at various times in the night cycle, I am not sure I can explain it other than location?  I even double checked my other night time shots that were in different locations in ME (Bree, Moors, Frostbluff, etc) and they did not have that.  I decided it was due to the pollution smog-effect from the orcs and other evil beings inhabiting Osgiliath for so long!

Her outfit is:

Chest – Jacket of the Causeway in White

Shoulders – Shoulder of the Armoury in Black

Hands – Gauntlets of the Causeway in Black

Feet – Boots of the Steely Dawn

Back – Durable Cloak of the Citadel Guard Captain

 

Steed Absinthe is wearing:

The Citadel Guard Set (Caparison, Halter, Legs all in White – plus the Accessory)

 

Purple and Gold Warrior

I’ve been wearing this outfit for a while, and decided it was time for a new fashion shoot!  Dale is a lovely town that I have spent a lot of time in lately, so I decided that the areas just outside of town would be it my preferred location.  I’ve not tried taking in-combat screenies before, so this was a lot of trial and error regarding settings – but I like the end result.  I hope you do to!

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Her outfit is:

Chest – Cuirass of Moonlight in Purple

Legs – Leggings of the Learned Stag in Purple

Shoulders – Potent Wildermore Pauldrons of Valour in Purple

Hands – Gauntlets of the White Mountains in Violet

Feet – Steel Boots of the Valleys in Violet

Head – Ceremonial Hat of the Written Word in Purple

Back – Cloak of the Boar Clan Warrior in Purple

Sword(s) – Defender of Gwingris

Bow – Ornate Lebethron Bow of Precision

 

Warsteed Absinthe is equipped with:

Caparison of West Rohan in Purple

Halter of West Rohan in Purple

Victory Accessory

Tail of the Ithilien Wilds

Her fluffy feet are courtesy of the War-Steed’s Leggings of Winter’s Light

 

I also wanted to take this opportunity to let you know I can now be found on both Facebook and Twitter – if you use either of these platforms you are welcome to follow me there too!  The Facebook in particular will cover more than just my LotRO fashion adventures; it is also covering my previous gaming adventures, gaming-related stuff, and CATS!

Foxy Lady

With the release of North Ithilien came a few odd cosmetic pieces – a half face mask that resembles a fox, a cloak that features a fox (and sadly is undyable), and a set of shoulders.  Also, if you do enough daily herbalist quests you can get a new steed with matching war steed cosmetics.  I admit I was not impressed by any of these at first.  But then my little cosmetic brain started thinking of these new pieces…

There are some dresses that I also liked, but I decided to stay with this light armor look for my official interpretation of the North Ithilien foxy lady 🙂

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Her outfit is:
Chest – Jacket of Vigor in Bullroarer’s Green
Legs – Leg-Guards of the Flowered Vale in Sienna
Shoulders – Mantle of the Noth Ithilien Wilds undyed
Head – Mask of the North Ithilien Fox undyed
Feet – Barrow-Scout’s Boots in Dark Green
Gloves – Astaldo in Bullroarer’s Green
Back – Wreath of the North Ithilien Wilds

Steed Absinthe is wearing:
Halter, Legs, Caparison, and Tail of the Ithilien Wilds – all dyed White

 

Thank you for reading!  If you want to explore other options that go with these North Ithilien pieces, I found that the Bullroarer’s Green and Lorien Gold dyes worked well.  There was at least one other chestpiece that I liked, and several dresses – and that was just what appealed to me!

Winterhome for the Holidays

Tis the holiday season!  Anmorata is heading to Winterhome to celebrate with friends and family.

As the evening falls and the light starts to change, she sees the town of Winterhome through the trees.

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She has grown chilled during her travel here, so first she warms up by the fire.  It appears she is the first to arrive, as the town is calm and quiet.

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She strolls through town, checking old familiar sights and just simply playing around.

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And last but not least, she visits an old friend just outside of town before heading to the inn for the night!

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Her outfit is:
Chest – Wintery Yule Robe in Red
Shoulders – Grimbeorn’s Shoulders in Red
Feet – Ajokoira Shoes in Red
Gloves – Extravagant Festival Gloves in Red
Back – Fancy Snow-cloak in Red

Thank you for reading as always!  For anyone very curious, these screenies were actually taken last year after the winter festival ended.  I just left my poor champ there and hoped that there would be no other lingering folks touring the now quiet and empty Winterhome 😀

Edit:  I was looking at steed cosmetics and this is what I came up with to match / compliment this outfit.

 

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Steed Absinthe is wearing:
Snow-beast Caparison in Red
Snow-beast Halter in Red
Hunter’s Leggings in Red
Dagorlad Accessory

 

Summer Days

It’s festival time in Middle Earth, and while all the races have fun and entertainments available – nothing beats the hobbit celebration! This year the hobbits have really organized a bash too: fishing, kite flying, sweet cream stand, dances, etc. All in all a very good year to enjoy the festivities.
Anmorata takes some time to enjoy the season, and Absinthe joins in!

Riding through the Shire

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Whipping up some desert – sweet cream with fresh berries and honey – YUM!

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Cooling off my fellow festival attendees

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Fishing!

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Caught one 😀

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A beautiful day to fly a kite

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Ending the day with some dancing to some lovely hobbit tunes drifting on the wind from below

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Her outfit is:
Chest – Sleeveless Elven Tunic in Crimson
Shoulders – Medium Nadhin Shoulders in Crimson
Head – Ketill Mapmakers Hat in Crimson
Back – Fancy Elven Quiver in Crimson
Bow – Death-puller

Steed Absinthe is wearing:
Caparison of the Summer Sun in Crimson
Halter of Rivendell in Crimson
Leggings of Rivendell in Crimson

 

I do love this tunic, and I use it on quite a few alts.  I’m looking forward to when the Belegaer Blue dye is released as it will give even more options for this tunic and a few other hard-to-match items.  Here is another variant I’ve made with a little huntress I play on the Laurelin server.  The shoulders have that similar blueish band in the front and the hat just looks so dapper – this is her standard festival outfit.  She has far more practical clothes for serious action in both regular temperatures and in the icy cold places!

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Farewell Withywindle!

The Withywindle server will be closing forever soon, and has opened for transfer to other worlds. Anmorata and company have spent many happy hours on Withywindle – questing, battling, meeting friends, and enjoying quiet times. Thankfully many of my friends have or will be transferring to the Evernight server, where we will make new homes, friends, and stories for ourselves. For those who are just a memory from Withywindle, you are missed.

Farewell Withy!

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There were many good times near your namesakes shores:
Walking along the paths near your waters

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Walking in your waters

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Swimming in your waters

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And simply contemplating your waters

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Thank you all for the good times!

Her outfit is:
Chest – Elf Queen Dress in Evendim Blue
Back – Hooded Cloak of Many Worlds in Evendim Blue
Shoulders – Ceremonial Noriel’s Folly in Evendim Blue

I will not be changing the name of this blog – it will always honor the server I started LotRO on and the dear friends I last saw there.  As mentioned, my new home is on Evernight and the adventures will continue 🙂