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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The Road to Lake-town

Andrys needed to take a journey down to Lake-town from Dale.  The road is not always safe, but the views are to die for (sometimes very literally)!

Featuring the Soaring Halberd of the Depths

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Andrys is wearing:

Chest: Invader’s Reinforced Chestplate in Crimson

Feet: Boots of the Anorien Field in Crimson

Gloves: Isterons Steel Gloves of the First Age in Red

Shoulders: Shoulder Guard of the Reclaimed City in Crimson

Back: Recovered Cloak of the Crossroads in Crimson

Head: Reclaimed Circlet of the Healers in Crimson

Soaring Halberd of the Depths

 

War Steed Glawar is wearing:

Red Guard Elite Caparison (undyable)

Burglar’s Halter in Crimson

Warden’s Leggings in Crimson

Guardian’s Gear (undyable)

 

While I rarely use full helms, I found that this helm does go with the outfit quite well.

Head Alternative: (full helm) Dornhador’s Helm in Crimson

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Thank you for reading!  Poor Andrys died several times during this photo shoot, as his level is a bit lower than ideal for the location.  But the muse of fashion must be served, even if it is with blood occasionally 😛

Fallohide Warrior of the Eorlingas

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What?!?  None of the above title makes sense you may say, how can a hobbit be a warrior of the Eorlingas?  But wait, what about the famous (or infamous) Meriadoc Brandybuck, the one who was Esquire to King Theoden?  Ah-ha!  Now things make a bit more sense.  The Eorlingas knew that a short stature sometimes hosted a brave warrior heart.  And that is the case here with Delphinia.  Trained since her youth in the ways of the warden by the elves, she is a fierce warrior in her own right.  Add in her war steed Calyx and she is well-nigh unstoppable, a true Rider of the Eorlingas!

Delphinia and Calyx often ride the wide open plains of The Mark, and one of her preferred times is as the sun is setting.  The colors of the fading sun dye the skies with many shades of red, orange, and yellow – slowly fading to darker purples and blues as the sun fades completely for the night.  Clear skies or rain however, nothing will prevent this small warrior from protecting the crofters from evil.

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Delphinia is Wearing:
Head – Ceremonial Hat of the Written Word in Black
Shoulders – Ornate Pauldrons of the Dunland Swordsman in Black
Chest – Malak-Zudur in Evendim Blue
Hands – Gloves of Resolve in Evendim Blue
Pants – Leggings of the Learned Stag in Black
Spear – Warden’s Piercer
Javelin – Strike Against the Darkness
Shield – Wildermore Combat Shield of the Soldier

Steed Calyx is wearing:
Warden’s Halter in Evendim Blue
Warden’s Caparison in Evendim Blue
Minstrel’s Leggings in Evendim Blue

This outfit has been around for a long time!  This is what Delphinia was wearing in her introduction post, and the only real change was the color of Calyx’s steed armor (I had it in Ered Luin blue at that time, since then I did buy the color pack that included Evendim Blue).   I was also able to use weapon and shield skins that fit the outfit, but neither of those were present in the original screenies.  Enjoy!

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

 

A Captain of Dale

Andrys is home on leave, and he takes the opportunity to walk around Dale.  The town is rebuilding fast from the last enemy incursion, but you can still see signs of damage in some places.  However the spirits of the people are high, and trade is already flowing quite well.

There are still dangers present outside of the town walls though, so when exercising his steed Glawar he makes sure he is armed!

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His outfit is:
Chest – Uruk-Catchers Jacket in Rivendell Green
Legs – Leggings of the Learned Stag in Umber
Shoulders – Fine Grey Company Wrap in Olive
Gloves – Lesser Secret of the West Gauntlets in Rivendell Green
Boots – Barrow-Scout’s Boots in Rivendell Green
Head – Circlet of Adamant in Olive
Back- Cloak of the Grey Company in Rivendell Green
Weapon – Mirrored Ancient Steel Halberd of Combat

Warsteed Glawar is wearing:
Halter of Bree in Forest Green
Kingstead Caparison in Forest Green
Guardian’s Leggings in Forest Green

Thank you for reading!

By the Deep Blue Sea

Isilmearon was the first High Elf character I made, and she was named for her connections to the sea and moon (two connections I have always loved).  Even her War-steed’s name – Gwingil – reflects this love of the sea. She has always been drawn to the sea, even before the call to come home started to strengthen.  While she hears it, she continues to resist.  However she cannot resist the call of the gulls, the splash of the waves, the endless blue skies, the sparkle of sunlight on the constantly moving waters…

There are some dangers though along the coast, so she does not go unarmed and unaware.

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Her outfit is:
Chest – Armor of the Forest in White
Legs – Leggings of the Learned Stag in Belegaer Blue
Shoulders – Ceremonial Shoulders of the Lady’s Secrecy in Belegaer Blue
Gloves – Lesser Secret of the West Gauntlets in Belegaer Blue
Boots – Ceremonial Boots of the Gambler in White
Back- Fine Elven Quiver in Moria Silver
Weapon – Peerless Thain’s Dagger of Combat
Bow – Ornate Lebethron Bow of Precision

War-Steed Gwingil is wearing:
Rivendell Set in Grey

As a reminder to folks looking for the pieces, Ceremonial means I bought it from Lalia’s market.  These items are also found as barter or quest pieces, so if you are searching the Wiki for them leave off the Ceremonial part 🙂

Violet Winter

My offering to you for the season is a warm and cozy violet colored winter outfit.  The beautiful land and night time sky of Forochel is my setting of choice.  Arianya kindly agreed to be the model, as she has many times in the past.

Happy Holidays and may the New Year bring you happiness and health!

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Her outfit is:
Chest – Wildemore Survivor’s Heavy Breastplate in Violet
Shoulders – Lesser Arrow of the West Shoulder Guards in Violet
Gloves – Wildemore Survivor’s Medium Gloves in Violet
Boots – Steel Boots of the Valleys in Violet
Back – Cloak of the Mammutti in Violet
Weapon – Defender of Gwingris
Shield – Simbi’s Shield

WarSteed Duvainil is wearing:
Halter of Thorin’s Hall in Violet
Hunter’s Caparison in Violet
Hunter’s Leggings in Violet
Burglar’s Gear

I am a bit sad that the tunic, while all one piece, shows a seam between the torso and legs part in many of the shots.  Perhaps some day this will be fixed, as it happens to other tunic pieces too.

One last thing (if you are still reading this far down in the post!) – there is a Yule Outfit Contest being hosted by three other cosmetic blogs.  Check out this link to find out more information.  May be best outfit win!

Introducing – Andrys

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Andrys is a young man of Dale, with quite an influential personality. However the one person he wants to influence the most, a female archer of great skill, he is unable to even speak around. He hones his skills as a leader and motivator, hoping to one day catch the attention of the one woman he loves above all others. He started training when just a boy with the Dale Guards, seeking to achieve a high position within the guard. Andrys was born and raised in Dale by his loving parents along with a younger sister.

Emissaries of Mordor appeared at the gates of Dale making inquiries about hobbits and missing rings simultaneously with word of strange and warlike people gathering on the eastern edges of the Dale lands. The troop Andrys was in was sent to the border to provide protection to the farmers and other Dale-folk living there. For the next two years they lived and fought on the eastern border, as the Easterlings were vicious and many. One day, the Easterlings started to mass in great numbers. It was apparent something was going to happen, and very soon it did. Many of Andrys’ companions and shield mates were killed in the battle, those who did survive barely did so. Andrys suffered a head wound which knocked him unconscious and bled copiously – probably saving his life. The Easterlings had their orders to attack Dale, and did not stay to ensure that all of the Dale border troops were dead.

Andrys returned to consciousness surrounded by death. Horrified by what he saw he did his best to hurry back to Dale, as he was profoundly worried about the city he loved. Sadly by the time he made it back Dale had been sacked, and none of the Dale folk were to be found. Andrys scrounged some supplies while sneaking into Dale to gather some intelligence on what had happened. He was relieved to hear the Easterlings bitterly complaining about the Dale-folk sheltering inside Erebor, and saddened to hear of his king’s death. He made a small camp in one of the ruins near Dale and proceeded the harass the Easterlings every chance he could get.

One day there was a great commotion among the Easterlings, it seems their great leader had been killed. The Easterling commanders within Dale argued amongst themselves about what to do next, giving Andrys time to ride hard for Erebor. Once there he informed the new kings Bard II and Thorin III of the Easterlings disarray. The combined might of Dale and Erebor, along with Andrys now leading his own men, were enough to break the siege of Dale! With the Easterlings routed, the rebuilding of Dale could finally begin, again. Andrys was reunited with his family, who thankfully had been sheltering in Erebor. His mysterious lady-love however was nowhere to be found, as she had been out on a mission of her own.

In recognition of his prowess in battle and efforts during the Easterling invasion, Andrys was officially awarded his own command. He was further honored to provide the guard for the emissary of Dale being sent to King Elessar’s coronation. It was here in Gondor at this happy occasion, that he finds his lady archer, yet he finds himself still unable to speak to her…

He rides the war steed Glawar, a mighty stallion who has been trained to battle by the Rohirrim. His golden coat gleams brightly, hence his name which means “golden color of sunshine” in Sindarin.

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For those of you interested in the pieces of this set – both character and steed – don’t worry!  I am working on that for a future post with more screenies and all those juicy details 🙂

Looking for Gold

Reznora is quite the intrepid hobbit adventuress, and one of her newest discoveries is a love of treasure hunting!   She was recently taught by the dwarves of the Blue Mountain how to pan for gold, so off she went to find a possible stream to pan.  She decide on the shallow waterways in Western Gondor, near the town of Calembel.  To be honest probably not the best choice, as the Gondorian folk have been living in the area for a long time, but its where she wanted to go!  (I would have thought the river flowing down through Enedwaith from Draigoch’s lair would be a better choice, but hobbits do what hobbits want to do…).  She did have some success, but I secretly believe some Gondorian nobleman’s purse had torn and lost some coins in the shallow river crossing upstream.

This outfit was inspired by my desire to have a sturdy travelers outfit for this hobbit adventuress.  With the cured leather pants and gloves, rolled up shirtsleeves, and snazzy padded red vest – Reznora certainly fits the bill of an adventurous hobbit lass.  Add in the backpack full of important supplies and a steed laden with the remainer of the supples (and her own snazzy red gear) – this team is ready to head off into the wilderness for adventure!

 

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Her outfit is:

Chest – Arth-Crus in White

Gloves – Gloves of Resolve in Umber

Pants – Ceremonial Wandering Bard’s Leggings in Umber

Back- Treasure Hunter’s Pack in Crimson

 

 

WarSteed Trentina is wearing:

Rune Keeper’s Caparison in Red

Light Halter of the Sutcrofts in Red

Light Leggings of the Entwash in Red

Burglar’s Gear