Watcher at the Bounds

The Rangers of the North were called the Watchers by the Hobbits of the Shire and the Men of Bree-land, who had no idea that they were the noble remnant of the Dúnedain of Arnor. Given that they had a name for them, the simple folk must have have had some idea that the Rangers were lurking on the periphery of their lands, but they did not guess their true purpose and viewed the Watchers with suspicion and distrust. That true purpose was one of guardianship; the Rangers kept a tireless vigil over the Shire and the Bree-land in order to keep them free and peaceful; as Strider said, the Hobbits and Bree-men lived “within a day’s march of foes that would freeze [their hearts], or lay [their little towns] in ruin, if [they] were not guarded ceaselessly”.

This Ranger is stationed along the northern bounds of the Shire. Life here is generally quiet and peaceful, but in the past threats to the Shire have come from this direction: the Goblins of Mount Gram and the wolves of the Fell Winter. This Watcher at the bounds intends to see that no such foes pass into the Shire again. He wears travel-worn leathers of green and grey and earthy russet-red which help him pass unseen through the dappled light of grove, thicket, and hedgerow. Tall boots keep his feet warm and dry even in muddy weather and his hooded cloak is embroidered with the Sindarin word lemethed, meaning “journey’s end”. Though he avoids contact with his wards, the Hobbits, he has often observed them from afar and has grown quite fond of them and their simple ways.

I felt it was time for another Ranger outfit and I was trying to come up with a combination that felt a bit different while still having that classic Ranger-like look that I think is recognisable by all LOTRO players. It was also a great excuse to use Coldbane, which I’ve had burning a hole in my wardobe for a while now.

  • Head: Worn Ranger’s Hood (quest reward — epic [75] Volume 3, Book 5, Chapter 1: Separate Ways – Corunir), Ranger green
  • Shoulders: Shoulders of the Sun-lands (looted — world drop/level 45-55), burgundy
  • Back: Coldbane (looted — Urugarth/Lagmâs), default
  • Chest: Ceremonial Nenuial’s Jacket (bartered — skirmish camp cosmetics quartermaster/Annúminas cosmetic clothing), black
  • Hands: Gauntlets of the Sun-lands (looted — world drop/level 45-55), burgundy
  • Legs: Rhuvel-socas (looted — Pits of Isengard/Ironarm), grey
  • Feet: Ceremonial War-captain’s Boots (bartered — skirmish camp cosmetics quartermaster/Helegrod cosmetic clothing – heavy), burgundy

Tips: Coldbane is dropped by Lagmâs in Urugarth but also drops in the open world in level 52+ areas. You may see it at auction if you keep your eyes peeled. There is a promotional item called the Cloak of Respite that has the same skin as Coldbane except that it is longer and hooded. I can’t seem to discover which promotion granted the Cloak of Respite, but if anyone can assuage my curiosity it would be much appreciated!

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6 Responses to Watcher at the Bounds

  1. Fionnuala says:

    I think this is your first outfit in a very long time (ever?) that I have not really liked. I simply cannot imagine a Ranger being dressed so… ostentatiously. Think of the impression that Strider, the most important of all the Rangers, made on the people of Bree. Rangers, it seems to me, should be rather more shabby.

    Don’t let that discourage you though. It’s just my opinion and I’ve so rarely had anything but praise to heap on you. 🙂

    • Ah well, you can’t win them all! 😛

      Thanks for the criticism Fionnuala, I do understand what you’re saying — the background concept doesn’t match the execution. I usually strive to have those two things working together but maybe in my attempt to do something a little bit different than the Ranger looks seen out and about in game I fell short of the mark. 🙂

  2. Baranwen says:

    This Ranger goes a little further on the approach you previously tried with Arangorn, if I can recall.
    Ok, this outfit will not keep you invisible to the enemy, it is not discret but… why a Ranger can’t show his finery from time to time? 🙂

    • Yes, you’re right, this one is taking it a bit further than the Aragorn one. That was another one where I thought “Hmmm, some people aren’t going to like this!” Sometimes I have what I feel is a pretty solid and good-looking combination of pieces but due to the limitations of what we have to work with the context is a bit iffy — I think this one is a good example of that! 🙂

  3. C.T. says:

    Like Fionnuala, I don’t quite agree with this getup. Pretty, yes, and with the Annúminas set pieces I could see it as ceremonial raiment a Dúnadan would sport during some sacred rite in Tinnudir Keep, but it doesn’t work as an outdoorsman’s outfit. Unless the Ranger here profiled is actually breaking cover to go down the hill and mingle with the Hobbit-folk at one of their parties or festivals!

    But good work matching the shadings on shoulders-gloves-boots and chest-legs. I have never liked the gloves (too pudgy) and the cloak (is that a tattooed alien’s face staring back at me?!) but as usual you find a way to make me like them, at least until I navigate away from the page.

    And I only just realized you take the trouble to name each and every one of your shots. Boggling. Now I have to go back and reread everything.

    • I’m glad that it at least works for you to some extent on a purely visual, “outfit combination” level. Much as I stress lore on this blog, sometimes I’m just looking for interesting combinations of pieces too! 😉 Now that you’ve drawn my attention to the alien face, I can’t un-see it, hehehe! D:

      Yes, I do name all the shots. Sometimes I have particular phrases or quotes I want to associate with the outfit but didn’t have the space or a satisfactory way to work them into the main body of the text. Hope you enjoy as you go through some of them, CT! 🙂

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