Spring Anniversary!

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So, four years ago today I made my first post on this blog.  And my how the time as flown!  I have grown and learned – looking back at some of my earlier screenshots makes me cringe a bit, but they were the best I knew how to do at the time.  I like to think I’ve learned and grown over the years 😉

Also approaching is the anniversary of LotRO.  I’m looking forward to not only the new adventures in this years anniversary festival, but the new adventures that await us in the Vales of Anduin and beyond!

And last but not least, this time of year is also important to many religions, especially here in the northern hemisphere as winter has finally released us and the season of spring is really starting to get going.  So I decided just to do a couple themed spring/easter screenies to celebrate my own blogiversary, the LotRO anniversary,  and the season – thank you all for being along for the ride 🙂

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Delphinia is wearing:

Exquisite Short-Sleeved Dress in Sea Blue

Circlet of Fresh-Picked Flowers in Sea Blue

Carrying the Basket of Colourful Eggs

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

 

The True Wealth of Caras Galadhon

All cultures have a different view on what wealth is.  The elves of Lothlorien know what theirs is, the pale golden splendor of the city of Caras Galadhon.  Set high in the mallorn trees, the city glows with an inner light.  This is a place of peace, rest, and restoration.

Magieriel takes some time to visit the city of her birth and bath in the radiance that the true wealth of the Lothlorien elves.

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Her outfit is:
Chest – Dress of the Anorien Autumn in Lorien Gold
Shoulders – Lesser Arrow of the West Shoulder Guards in Walnut Brown
Head – Circlet of Fresh-Picked Flowers in Walnut Brown
Back- Cloak of the Many Worlds in Walnut Brown

Winter is finally starting to turn to spring, so it was time for something full of light and radiance.  The soft, golden glow of Lothlorien is just what was needed!

 

Harvest Time Hearth-side Fun!

I came up with this one after last year’s Harvestmath Festival, so I decided to wait until this year to release it.  All shots were taken at one of my homes, the one with a fall/harvest/beer/rohan theme – they all seemed to go with each other!  Delphinia kindly volunteered to be my model 🙂

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Her outfit is:

Chest – Dress of the Anorien Autumn in Sunset Orange

Shoulders – Mantle of the Gloaming Autumn

Back – Cloak of the Golden Oak in Sunset Orange

Held – Basket of Apples

The home is located on Evernight server, in the Breelands Neighborhood, Naping, 1 Fountain Street.  All are welcome to visit, and many of the other homes in that neighborhood also belong to me and are open to visits (especially in that Fountain Street / Garden Street corner)!  For this year’s Harvestmath Festival I have all eight of the treat mats out to for folks 🙂

Avorrim Dream

Arianya was invited to visit the Avorrim while she was in West Gondor assisting the men of Gondor with the corsairs.  The Avorrim elves are kin of Cirdan, who she trained under many years ago.   Cirdan sent them to watch over the old port of Edhellond on the Belfalas coast, and there they have remained.  They keep to their caverns mostly, and maintain a polite but distant relationship with the men of Gondor.

The Avorrim fully welcomed Arianya as kin during her visit, giving her the opportunity to shed her armor and fully relax, even if for a short time.  Their caverns are full of light and elvish splendor, making them a wonderful place for rest!

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Her outfit is:

Chest – Exquisite Elven Dress in Grey

Head – Woodland Crown

Shoulders – Lore-keeper’s Shoulders in Grey

This is an outfit I’ve had on Arianya for a while, although rarely as the active outfit.  I like the blend of brown and grey tones, with almost a hint of green to them.  It was not until the release of the Woodland Crown that I really felt it was complete.  I hope you enjoy this relatively simple, yet elegant, outfit too!

Green & Gold

The days are getting cooler, and the bright green of the trees is now being kissed with gold, red, and orange.  Stonedeans near Brockbridge is a lovely example of the colors that come with autumn.  Wild horses, goats, and bears can readily be found here too!

To celebrate the change of seasons Magieriel shows off a nice combination of deep and light greens mixed with rich gold tones.

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Her outfit is:
Chest – Summerdays Dress in Gold
Shoulders – Shoulders of the Mighty Verse in Dark Green
Back – Golden Tree Summer Cloak in Dark Green
Head – Dwarf-Make Circlet

WarSteed Biblioteq is equipped with:
Caparison of Naire in Forest Green
Halter of Thorin’s Hall in Forest Green
Light Leggings of the Wold in Forest Green

For the purists, yes I know the dwarf-make circlet is technically blueish in color, but I like the overall look of it and from a bit of a distance it looks greenish when added in with all the other greenish tones.  There is a circlet I looked at (ceremonial circlet of the seven stars) that is a bit bigger and properly dyable that also works very well here, I was just too lazy to get it 🙂

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 🙂

Warm Beorn Evening

As summer starts to come to a close, Helditha travels home to visit with her family. Her father welcomes her with a party, but at one point in the evening she feels compelled to take a walk. The evening is still yet warm, although soon the chill nights of fall and winter will be upon us. For now however, she can take an evening stroll comfortably.

As she leaves the house, she spots a friend and waves a cheery hello.

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After a few words with her friend, she sets off through the fields of flowers that surround the lovely home of the House of Beorn.

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She takes a moment to pause, and kneel, as she remembers the sacrifices of others.

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A bit further on, she sees the Carrock through a break in the trees. Once she dreamed of travelling beyond the Carrock, now she has gone farther than she ever expected.

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Her outfit is:
Chest – Elegant Elven Dress in Burgundy
Shoulders – Elegant Silk mantle in Burgundy
Head – White Rodse Circlet in Burgundy
Back – Simbelmyne Cloak in Burgundy

While Helditha is often dressed in sturdy travelling clothes, and Beornings do have a more muscular build – they certainly look great in formal clothes too!  I almost think of her as my Serena Williams of my LotRO world – strong, confident, muscular, but all woman.  These are slightly older screenies, so I hope you can forgive me for not redoing them on maxed graphics!  I liked the mix of the white with the strong burgundy color, with a hint of brown thrown in too.

Elementals – Earth

The rich colors of the earth abound in this area.  That together with rich crops and earthy creatures made Dunland the perfect area for these screenshots 🙂

Sorting the seeds

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Planting for future crops

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Taking a stroll with bunny

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Relaxing next to friend boar

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Her outfit is:
Chest – Long-Sleeve Summer Dress in Umber
Shoulders – Elegant Silk Mantle in Burgandy
Head – Harverst Brew Circlet in Burgandy

Elementals – Air

I wish sound could be conveyed in picture form, as the location of these shots is rather windy.  The sound of the breeze through the trees and the motion of them made this a lovely place to take these shots, as well as the lovely scenery 🙂  Perhaps one day I shall take a few videos here to try to capture that feeling!

Learning to take flight and leave the ground

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Learning by observing – time to release the spirit guide!

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Feeling light and free

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Time to spread our wings and fly!

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Her outfit is:
Chest – Exquisite Elven Dress in Ered Luin Blue
Shoulders – Lesser Memory of the West Shoulder Guards in Ered Luin Blue
Head – Winged Circlet in Ered Luin Blue
Back – Swan Cloak in Ered Luin Blue