Watcher of Roads

Two important roads intersected at the village of Bree. The East-West Road was a Dwarf-built highway of great ancientry: it had been built in the twilight of the First Age before the rising of the Sun and Moon. The other was the North-South Road, which in the Second Age had linked the kingdoms of Arnor and Gondor. At the end of the Third Age, the North-South Road had grown grassy with disuse and was referred to by the Bree-landers as the Greenway. Despite the Greenway’s long neglect, it has been seeing increased use lately, in the autumn of IIIA 3018. Ruffians and highwaymen from the south have been seen coming up along the road and passing into the Bree-land. What their business is none can say, but there are some who sense something sinister afoot…

This young woman of the Bree-land, herself a former outlaw but now repented, mistrusts the incursion of these shady southerners and has taken it upon herself to keep an eye on their suspicious traffic. She is dressed in dark, practical clothing to facilitate hiding in the brakes and copses along the roadside. A sturdy leather jack worn over her light linen shirt will help to protect her should any of the ruffians prove hostile. A comfortable but shabby woolen cap and a tattered threadbare cloak — once a long coat, as evinced by the brass buttons still sewn to it — keep her warm during the brisk autumn nights. She may have a rascally look to her, and indeed looks are not necessarily deceiving; but it takes a rascal to catch a crook, and she will not stand for the Bree-land to be threatened.

Sometimes I prefer something a bit less heroic-looking for my characters: a humbler, simpler, “back-to-basics” outfit, more appropriate for a novice adventurer — while still remaining coordinated and put-together. This outfit was an attempt to create that kind of a look, and it’s one that I return to again and again on my Burglar. I like its simplicity and I feel like the low-level pieces really help visually fit this character into Middle-earth. This is also one of those outfits where some of the inspiration comes from an in-game title; “Watcher of Roads” is, I believe, earned for the first brigand-slayer deed in the Bree-land.

  • Head: Shabby Stocking Hat (quest reward — Yule festival [10] Self-sacrifice: Support the Poor), black
  • Shoulders: Saeradan’s Shoulder Guards (quest reward — [15] Sharkey’s Plan), grey
  • Back: Dusty Seafarer’s Cloak (bartered — skirmish camp classic quartermaster/Inn of the Forsaken treasure), grey
  • Chest: Leather Armour (crafted — tailor T2; or purchased — Bree-town medium armour vendor; or looted — world drop/general), grey
  • Hands: Fingerless Gloves (quest reward — Yule festival [10] Self-sacrifice: Support the Poor), black
  • Legs: Rough Cloth Leggings (crafted — tailor T1; or purchased — Bree-land light armour vendor; or looted — world drop/general), black
  • Feet: Leather Shoes (crafted — tailor T2; or purchased — Bree-land light armour vendor; or looted — world drop/general), washed

Tips: The Shabby Stocking Hat and Fingerless Gloves are both quest rewards from the “Support the Poor” Yule festival quest. If you don’t have access to these, you could replace the hat with the Yule Stocking Cap (bartered — Yule festival barter vendor/cosmetic clothing); which dyes in much brighter, more solid shades) or with something like the Traveller’s Hood (purchased — LOTRO Store). You can get a similar effect as the Fingerless Gloves by using the Isengard Prisoner Gloves (quest reward — epic [72] Volume 3, Book 4, Chapter 25: Final Preparations).

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8 Responses to Watcher of Roads

  1. Fionnuala says:

    I love those fingerless gloves and probably use them far too much.

  2. Laenlis says:

    That’s good Shabby! And ooh, now you have me thinking about doing a series based on in-game titles. oooOOoooo.

  3. Freyjuska says:

    she looks so innocent and rascally at the same time – like a girl who’s just left beggar’s alley to find her happiness, and has been successful so far. great outfit!

  4. Lasswen says:

    Despite going through the skirmish vendors and listing all the stuff I wanted to add to my wish list, I somehow missed this cloak. I was hoping there was a hoodless version to what was in the store, so that a hat/eye patch was still visable, for a pirate look. Thanks for alerting me!

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