Serendipitous sickness

While the folly of dragon-sickness – the compulsive hoarding of stuff for no other purpose than possessing – is rightly denounced by Bilbo in The Hobbit (at least in the film version. Must re-read!), it is this same common malady that is partially responsible for this outfit. The cloak used is none other than the Ceremonial Woolen Cloak, a somewhat outlandish quest reward I picked up two-and-a-half years ago for no other reason than that it just miiiiiiiight turn out to be useful one day; this being the kind of mentality that has caused dragon-sickness in some people I know, and some very cluttered households. Thankfully, I have the advantage of maxed vault space on seven characters, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal, but their contents will presumably perish when the servers do. If greed is one half of the outfit, the other half must be serendipity: while working on another outfit, I chanced upon the Light Nadhin Robe floating around the auction house, bought it immediately, and absent-mindedly Ctrl-clicked on the contents of my vault, which happened to contain the abovementioned cloak. And that’s the underwhelming truth about how most of these outfits are made.

A few notes on the pictures: there is a certain amount of scandalous clipping around the wrist area because the sleeves of the robe are actually rather thin compared to robes from the older expansions. I would have used shorter gloves, but I wanted the nice undyeable white bit from the Gloves of the Hopeful Melody, and the nice shade of green on the dyeable part which references the dark green on the hood, but… Fornost lighting. Or, Fornost in general: it’s always night in Fornost, but the magic lantern of Alt-F10 doesn’t work while in it, so you can’t really tell that the back of the hood is green, not black.

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Back: Ceremonial Woollen Cloak, white (Dunland quest reward)
Shoulders: Noriel’s Folly, white (Great River quest reward)
Chest: Light Nadhin Robe, gold (I don’t know! I got it off the Auction House. Hopefully people who have gotten to Gondor can tell me.)
Hands: Gloves of the Hopeful Melody, olive (Barad Guldur Minstrel set, available from Classic skirmish vendor)
Feet: Fine Footman’s Boots, violet (crafted, tier 6 tailor)

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Purposeful waffling

Well, this is awkward. For all my previous talk of walking away from outfitting, it appears that such resolutions are no match for the combination of free time, hanging around other cosmetic blogs, the festive season, boredom. Speaking of the festive season, I found that winter (or, lots of rain and 80% humidity over here) is a timely reminder that nature in general is a succession of cyclical, transient processes: one thing arrives, is gradually succeeded by its contrary; final closure seems to be the exception rather than the rule. Purposeful waffling between extremes is the way of the universe, in the midst of which things endure, perish and are remade. Or, this may simply be tedious pseudo-intellectual hand-waving to justify my posting this in spite of promises not to.

In any case, here is a hobbit: my cosmetic mule character, the longsuffering Extrabankspace whose experience of Middle-Earth has been largely confined to a small room in the Delving Fields housing area with a vault-keeper in it, and, when things get really exciting, the area outside with the mailbox. I was halfway through designing this outfit for one of my other characters, but then decided to try something new, just because. The entire affair has turned out to be oddly-pleasing: seeing how certain articles of clothing and armour look like on a hobbit has given me some ideas of how to approach outfitting a dorf (assuming I ever do buy that extra character slot), and having to work within the constraints of being all of level 7 (in terms of finding suitable backdrops, and having to walk everywhere!) has been refreshing. Them hobbit emotes, too.

Anyhow, enjoy the festive season, resist the crass consumerist overtures, and don’t talk to snowmen.

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Shoulders: Lesser Arrow of the West Shoulder Guards, rust (Ost Dunhoth Hunter set)
Back: Cloak of Mammuti, default (Lossoth reputation rewards vendor)
Chest: Jacket of Fem, black (Angmar quest reward; some cosmetic equivalents exist as drops from scaled 3-mans)
Hands: Wildermore Survivor’s Heavy Gauntlets, black (Wildermore reputation rewards vendor)
Legs: Ceremonial Ajokoira Leggings, grey (crafted; recipe available from Lossoth crafting vendor)
Feet: Dwarf-make Campaigner’s Boots, black (crafted, tier 5 tailor)

Extra-long post, or farewell redux

It seems that I have reached the probably-inevitable point of losing interest in making outfits once again, which, come to think of it, was supposed to have been reached about 11 outfits and 8 months ago. As goodbyes go, that’s at least an 8-volume trilogy. Suffice it to say that I feel that I’m now in danger of repeating myself outfit-wise: I didn’t buy Helm’s Deep and most likely won’t buy any more expansions, so I’ll only have old cosmetic pieces to work with, of which finite good combinations exist. That, and I should be focusing on other outlets for creativity. So, consider this blog closed until some weird urge to mess with pixel clothes picks me up again, and when/if that happens, I cannot say. I am grateful to the other fashion bloggers out there both for their inspiration and perseverance; without these, I doubt I would have continued until now. Go look at their stuff!

Anyway, here are my two last outfits (probably). The first one with all the yellow was largely inspired by the folk in Wildermore, and driven by an impulse to make something yellow that wasn’t chartreuse. The result even looks shockingly non-ornate, warm and like something you’d find on an NPC, which are all things I’ve assiduously avoided in the past. I would have added some pictures of my character impersonating the Wildermore guards, but they object to frippery. That is to say, Wildermore towns are in general too crowded with stuff to take screenshots in; the background is just too noisy, I find.

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Shoulders: Shoulderpads of the Erebor Watcher, default (Erebor minstrel raid set, available from skirmish camp light armour vendor)

Back: Linen Cloak, umber (tier 2 crafted, tailor)

Chest: Jacket of the Watchtower, gold (Dunland quest reward)

Hands: Lesser Gauntlets of Dundolen, umber (Ost Dunhoth Burglar set)

Boots: Gardening Boots, umber (festival cosmetic reward)

 

This other one is another impersonation attempt, but this time of NPCs in Gondor. That I will never actually see them in-game is a minor detail, but call it an educated guess. I mean, the chest piece I bought off the auction house has an item level of 99, so it must be from Gondor! In all seriousness though, this is what I was talking about earlier; without buying future expansions, I won’t have access to all the nice Bind on Acquire stuff with cosmetic value, and so be stuck with approximations of what I want to make. I had to wait for people to put up steel blue dye for sale before I could make this outfit, and I had to ride to Edoras through a multitude of NPCs who refused to give me quests just to take these pictures. But that’s all from me for now. Thanks once again for stopping by this corner of the internet, and happy outfitting or fashion blog-stalking!

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Head: Far-Arrow’s Helm, steel blue (Barad Guldur level 65 hunter set, available from skirmish camp classic vendor)

Shoulders: Huranc, white (drop from Pits of Isengard challenge mode chest)

Back: Rongol, steel blue (drop from The Tower of Orthanc raid, shares appearance with some other crafted or reputation cloak that I can’t quite remember)

Chest: Lesser Enduring Hauberk of Parrying, steel blue (level 99 world drop)

Hands: Vibrant Calenard War Gauntlets, umber (tier 7 crafted, metalsmith)

Feet: Dreng-Gesc, steel blue (Dunland quest reward)

 

 

Serendipitous non-traffic light

Most of this post is accidental: the outfit was originally navy/brown since I had been wanting to use the Ceremonial Cloak of the Defender (and still do), but I just couldn’t get everything to match properly. I think it was one of the loading screens that changed my mind – the one advertising Helm’s Deep with the picture of  Rohirrim riding off in a long column to do heroic things like grind daily quests, manipulate ballistae and acquire best-in-slot gear.  But the important point is that they were dressed in red and green – a colour scheme that I haven’t really tried before because of all the connotations of holly bushes and Christmas, and perhaps traffic lights if gold/yellow insinuate themselves into the mix. Just try not to picture these things when viewing the screenshots below, which are also a product of chance. I happened to randomly pick Eregion as a backdrop, and ported there just as it was foredawn in-game, hence the nice warm colours of the sky and surroundings. The poses you see below are also the result of having to decide what skills, emotes and camera angles to use within a period of about five minutes, and I am glad that they turned out not horrible.

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Head: Tactical Ancient Circlet of the Horse-lords, olive (rare level 85 world drop recipe)

Shoulders: Pauldrons of Precision, olive (Hunter PvP set)

Back: Cloak of the Silver Birch, burgundy (TP Store)

Chest: Rohirric Esquire’s Light Robes, burgundy (available from skirmish camp light armour vendor)

Hands: Combative Eastemnet Battle Gauntlets, umber (tier 8 crafted, metalsmith)

Legs: Ceremonial Leggings of the Quiet Step, burgundy (available from skirmish camp cosmetic vendor)

Feet: Westernesse Leather Boots of Vigour, olive (world drop, shares appearance with the Westernesse Boots, a tier 5 tailor recipe)

The more you know

Things I learned in the course of creating this post:

1) The Elven Campaigner’s Armour dyes really funny, such that Ered Luin blue looks like indigo.

2) The Alt-F10 personal flashlight only illuminates the right side of your character, which is probably some kind of insidious conspiracy to enforce right-handed supremacy (or to greatly irritate people trying to take screenshots in poorly-lit areas).

3) Old Moria dungeons still have pretty complex and interesting mechanics, and good atmosphere, but suffused with awful lighting that thwarts fashion blogging attempts.

4) The orcs that currently reside in the Forgotten Treasury are capable of secreting massive cobwebs on the walls and ceiling, given that spiders are nowhere to be found in the vicinity.

5) A sneaksy hobbit copied the design of the banners in the Forgotten Treasury onto the Cloak of the Steadfast.

6) Serendipity is generally awesome: I didn’t realise that said banners matched the outfit until after I finished taking screenshots.

7) Wardens magically create duplicate javelins right at the moment they hurl them. It is possible to catch them red-handed with enough screenshot key spammage.

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Head: Ceremonial Hat of the Written Word, indigo (Skirmish camp cosmetic vendor)

Shoulders: Shoulders of the Hopeful Melody, indigo (Barad Guldur Minstrel set, available from skirmish camp Classic vendors)

Back: Cloak of the Mallorn, indigo (TP store)

Chest: Elven Campaigner’s Armour, Ered Luin blue (Tier 5 crafted, tailor)

Hands: Wildermore Survivor’s Heavy Gauntlets, indigo (Wildermore reputation vendor)

Legs: Leggings of the West Tower (Annuminas heavy armour set, available from skirmish camp Classic vendors)

Feet: Westemnet Battle Boots of Strength, gold (Tier 9 crafted, metalsmith)

Solutions arrive precisely when they mean to

I’ve been wanting to use the Elf-Queen’s dress in an outfit for the longest time, but never got around to doing so until now. One reason would be that I never managed to find something that adequately matched the marvellously intricate texture, or the very muted hues that any dye produces with it. Most cloaks and shoulder pieces ended up looking too bold in comparison, and trying to get around that issue by having everything except the dress in bold colours didn’t quite work (or at least I couldn’t pretend hard enough that everything fit together nicely). Thankfully, someone designed a cloak to go with this year’s spring bathrobe, which has inadvertently proved to be the missing piece of the puzzle, after a mere six years(?) or so.

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Head: Ceremonial Hat of Elder Days (available from skirmish camp cosmetic vendor)

Shoulders: Shoulder Pads of Cleansing Fire, olive (Orthanc Rune-keeper set)

Back: Trellis-Weave Cloak, white (Spring Festival reward)

Chest: Elf-Queen’s Dress, Rivendell green (TP Store)