Author's Note: It's not often that I encounter someone who gets excited over a very specific cosmetic. I recently resumed using a long forgotten Twitter account, and happened to post that I snagged a particular piece of gear. It wasn't long before I received a tweet saying "For now I can only dream of getting it :D I can't wait to see your outfit :)" I was going to have this automatically published sometime in early January due to scheduling reasons, but I decided to squeeze this in early. Lorinell, this is for you!
After two arduous years of raiding and running retro content, I finally managed to get my hands on the chest piece elf-stone from the Mistress of Pestilence in Dâr Narbugud. Although the elf-stones are bound to account, this is a Rune-keeper exclusive item--the Robe of the Lady's Foresight. You'll have to drag a level 60 Rune-keeper to Caras Galadhon to barter for it. Similar to obtaining the class-specific teal armor from the Moria instance cluster, you won't be able to talk to a class vendor in the Twenty-first Hall unless you are that class. It's sad when a restriction like this exists...so many great cosmetic pieces either go unnoticed or unused.
Reviewing the past year and a half of posts, I've noticed that I use some of the most elaborate pieces when outfitting. Fancy patterns, exquisite designs...that sort of thing. The majority of them are either from post level 50 content or the higher crafting tiers. I remember I had first taken a slight interest in cosmetics when I had several characters at 65 during the Mirkwood days. However, I didn't start blogging until the early days of Isengard. Due to this, I missed out on the chance to outfit low level characters and see what I could do with pre-Moria quest rewards and crafted gear. Only handful of times have I actually used items acquired through the starter area outfitters and armor merchants. I will have to rectify that someday and begin looking at simpler and easily obtainable outfits while keeping the beginning player in mind.
For the first time, I've encountered the joys of FRAPS. I can't believe how vibrant these screenshots look in comparison to the rest of the ones I've taken! LOTRO saves screenshots in .jpg format, which somewhat reduces picture sharpness and dulls some of the colors.The free version of FRAPS saves your screenshots as .bmp files, which preserves all of the quality seen on your client in perfect detail. The program is free, so for those of you who like to take screenshots in LOTRO for whatever purpose, I'd recommend looking into it. I know that I'll be using the program as long as I'm gaming!
Head: Circlet of Men (Default, undyeable Anniversary Festival gift box version)
Shoulders: Supple Wildermore Shoulderpads of Tactics (Evendim Blue, T8 tailor Wildermore recipe)
Back: Cloak of the Silver Star (Evendim Blue, skirmish camp cosmetics vendor)
Chest: Robe of the Lady's Foresight (Evendim Blue, Lothlórien Rune-keeper class vendor - requires the Greater Elf-stone of Strength from DN)
Feet: Esquire's Light Shoes of Eruilan (Evendim Blue, skirm camp light armor vendor)
Special: Student's Rune-satchel of Dagor (Evendim Blue, Rune-keeper class vendor)