Muiriol, Lossoth-Friend

Remember when Bilbo spoke with Smaug in The Hobbit? How the dragon asked his name, and Bilbo replied with riddles instead? (He who drowns his friends and draws them alive again from the water; who came from the end of the bag though no bag went over him; Barrel-rider, Luck-wearer, Ring-winner; and so forth.)

LotRO took this idea and ran with it. I’m sure titles are a dime a dozen in MMOs, but I wouldn’t be surprised if LotRO is a little more inventive with them. I like “The Unwise” — you get it by eating a quite possibly deadly cheese from the Barrow Downs, which is plastered with warnings to not eat it.

Anyway, there’s that. I’m actually posting to add a series of my champion-class character’s outfits. Champion is the class that runs headlong into groups of enemies, swords a-swinging. Others run in and try to draw attention while blocking attacks with their ridiculous shields, or mitigate enemy stats, or… (Arestelle is a hunter. She stays back and destroys enemies with arrows like cannons, before they can even get to her.)

Here’s Muiriol over time.

muiriol1 muiriol1b
[ not-quite-starter gear ]

muiriol2b muiriol4c
[ a modification in the 30ish levels, because I liked the shirt & helm ]

muiriol5a muiriol5b
[ a few less common pieces put together ]

muiriol6a muiriol6b
[ some different uncommon pieces with some orange stuff I made. love orange. ]

The Lossoth, by the way, are the people of the far north region called Forochel. It and they are mentioned in Lord of the Rings, but do not feature nearly so prominently as places like the Shire, Lothlorien, or Gondor. It’s more like Hollin in memorability (remember Hollin? a former elf-land that the company travels through between Rivendell and Moria; they hide for a long time under brush when a flock of crebain fly overhead).

Arestelle in Middle Earth

I’ve had fun playing with the appearance of my characters in LotRO, so here are a few of my namesake’s outfits over time.

arestelle-lotro-sq[ starter gear ]

arestelle-kinship-sq[ an outfit of odds & ends in the 20-something levels ]

arestelle3a arestelle3b
[ ‘final’ version of a burgundy outfit based on the shirt, started ~level 30 ]

arestelle4a arestelle4b
[ some dark digs for sneaking about Moria ]

If we could equip weapons cosmetically, I’d swap the visual of this in for each of the swords in the last outfit above. It’d be perfect for it.

knife

…so there’s a history of Arestelle’s wardrobe. 😛

Arestelle playing an MMO? That can’t be right…

I’ve been kind of anti-MMO since I first heard about them (via FFXI), and I didn’t like the sound of them. I’ve never been a big fan of multiplayer games, probably because they tend to be more action based, faster paced, and that plus either worrying about being the weak link or actually fighting other players is stressful to me. I don’t play video games in order to have more stress, so, I generally avoid such games.

But as I understand it, FFXII is basically a single-player MMO in its playstyle, and I really liked that game. And not just because it’s so damn pretty. So when I saw a Coursera class on “remediation”* of literature to other media, including MMOs, which focused mostly on Lord of the Rings and the corresponding MMO, LotRO, I figured I’d give it a shot. I wouldn’t say the class was particularly rigorous or intellectually stimulating, compared to others I’ve taken (like Ronen Plesser’s intro astronomy class, also on Coursera and starting again in a few days–go check it out!). But it was enjoyable and set up a group of people who were totally new to the game, along with a handful of veterans, to help each other out and muddle around together for awhile.

I do like interaction with other players insofar as you can trade with each other (can save some time if they’ve gathered a resource you need, say), be silly (several times I’ve run into a particular character who runs around playing pranks on random players), or randomly help each other out (like a time I was running through the Trollshaws on the way somewhere else and came across a wizard who accidentally got into a fight with a higher-level, tough troll; I jumped in and together we managed to beat it, where the wizard alone would’ve gotten killed). I have done very little actual group content, though–maybe it’d be fun, if the players are good enough (did an impromptu group one time with a player who kept drawing too many too difficult enemies and got me [and himself] killed three times before I just gave up on him).

I’m still in the game, a few weeks after the Coursera class ended. Still enjoying it, but I want to back off from it and get back to reading some of the many books on my To-Read list.