Sunday, August 12, 2012

Apprentice of the lore

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Ladriell, Cenlieg's apprentice, has been riding through Forochel for two days already. Her master sent poor gal to search for their fellowship to the west, where Cenlieg's raven has headed before he got stuck in wargs' den. Luckily, Ladriell found them just before the sun set, as they settled in Pynti-peldot for the night. The fellowship has entered heavy snow storm the day before, so their advance has been slow and painful.


Her friends welcomed her, but she knew there's more danger that she must face alone - master Cenlieg is a wise, but old lore-master. Hence he stayed in Kauppa-kohta, waiting for his apprentice, whom he considered dear as own daughter. She ate fine deer with their fellows and set off for a journey back, to accompany Cenlieg. No night is dark enough for Ladriell to ride through, if her dear teacher's life is endangered!

It's really hard to compete with Hymne's matching outfit for the Steed of the Lore-master - her color match is unbeatable! I also bought the mount last week when it came out (it will be available in store until August 16th) and started building an outfit around it - but damn, the blanket color is really hard to achieve with dyes. However, I love the other details - maps and scrolls are just perfect for my Eriador Cartographile :)

After a while I surrendered trying to get a perfect match and started composing something which I simply liked both matched to the horse and alone. In the end I settled for this robe, as its small details match other small details of the horse - the sleeves, the sienna patches... and thanks to metallic details, it adds a little fierceness to the whole composition (as the steed itself is very feminine and gentle).  Although some people call this robe a bath gown :), I really like it and the patterns on it.


I've always considered Forochel one of the most beautiful areas in LOTRO, but I don't think I've ever appreciated the sunset and dusk there. Today, while taking screenshots of the outfit, I managed to catch a glimpse of the wonderful lilac shadows on the land, and I felt like in paradise. I hope that it helped to underline the outfit's color scheme and derive attention away from the not-so-matching color of the robe and the horse :)

Please let me know what do you think about the outfit in comments, or simply rate below the post's title :)

Chest: Ceremonial Wandering Bard's Robe, navy dye (Skirmish cosmetics vendor - Rift light)
Head: Hat of the Learned Master, sienna dye (Ettenmoors Lore-master trader; shares similar appearance with Stone-reader's Hat)
Shoulders: Ceremonial Shoulders of the North Star, Evendim blue dye (Skirmish cosmetics vendor - Rift heavy)
Hands: Traveller's Road-worn Bracers, sienna dye (Dunland quest)
Feet: Embroidered Shoes of the Dunland Healer, sienna dye (Dunland quest)
Back: Map-maker's Travel Pack, umber dye (Skirmish vendor; also available from Store)

Mount: Steed of the Lore-master (Store)

10 comments:

  1. This outfit is wonderful in it's own right, and I think the "bathrobe" is a great choice for this outfit as well. I think you could even dye it sienna or rust and still make a good match with the horse. The shoulders are more exotic and together with the hat for another great eclectic Lotro Fashion Loremaster outfit! I think it's very well done and your screenshots are as usual superb.

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    1. thank you for such kind words Hymne! I'm glad you like the outfit - I was personally really worried about people's reactions to the bathrobe (chuckle) but it seems it's not that disturbing :)

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  2. Oh, I love that robe. I wear it in crimson on my main. I'd never heard it called a bath robe before.

    I feel like she really need gloves if she's roaming around Forochel though. Her hands much be so cold!

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    1. you're right about the gloves - the thing is that this robe clips awfully with most of longer gauntlets. as for short gloves, I didn't like them, because combination of wide sleeves & wide gloves made the arms of the character look very skinny (unhealthy skinny :). so I settled for an idea that a lore-master throws fireballs all the time anyway, so she won't be cold 0:)

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  3. Another great outfit to complement the Lore-master's steed! I love seeing everyone's different takes on outfit possibilities for the steeds. :)

    Awesome shot where she's using (I think) Frost-lore! And I love the reference to Cenlieg and his raven. :D

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    1. thanks Starry ^^ I like the casting shot too and it was a lucky one - I was basically just smashing all the buttons while fighting the frost grim, I love the animations of this mob :)

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  4. Wow, that Frost-lore shot is really awesome! Also the last picture is great too

    Which staff is that? I like it.

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    1. gotta log ingame and check - according to Darzil, this design is Smooth Lebethron Staff level 38, but I think I may have some quest reward staff - my LM is level 49 and I don't think she still carries this one :) let me check it for you :)

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  5. Awesome job Frey - really like the colors in the robe...

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    1. thanks for compliment, I know you have eye for details so I appreciate it very much! :)

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