When the Land of Gift foundered beneath the waves, the Faithful Men of Númenor fled to Middle-earth in mighty ships, and with them they brought many heirlooms and treasures. Among these were the palantíri, the seven Seeing-stones given to them by the Noldor (an eighth, the Master Stone, remained on the island of Tol Eressëa in the distant West). Four of the Stones were kept in the realm of Gondor, and three in Arnor. The most frequently used of Arnor’s three stones was the one kept at Annúminas, the king’s seat in the North-kingdom. Eventually, after Annúminas was abandoned during the disintegration of Arnor, the palantír was brought to the city of Fornost Erain. From there it was taken into the frozen north by King Arvedui when the realm of Arthedain was overrun by Angmar. Arvedui attempted to escape the lands of the Lossoth on a ship sent from the Grey Havens, but its hull was crushed by the pack ice and everyone and everything on board was lost, including the Annúminas-stone.
In the days of the height of Arnor’s power, this man of Annúminas serves among the company set to guard the chamber of the palantír. His honoured status is easily told by his distinctive livery, all in silver and black with muted red accents: a short mail hauberk emblazoned with the Star of the North-kingdom, and a kilt-like garment reinforced with steel plates. Both his leg-wrap and elaborate pauldrons are trimmed with russet tufts of wisent-fur. Upon his brow is a shining circlet of burnished steel and copper, representing the lofty wisdom and farsightedness granted by the King’s use of the Annúminas-stone. The honour-guard cuts an imposing figure, enough to dissuade even the most reckless from approaching the Chamber of the Stone without leave — and who would attempt such a thing in mighty Annúminas, Tower of the West, seat of Elendil’s power?
Recently I was really inspired by an outfit by Jackson over on his very cool LOTRO outfitting blog Plate Metal Jacket. I loved his use of the Elven Tracker’s Hood to create a beautifully balanced colour scheme of crimson, grey, black, and gold, and I wanted to see if I could incorporate the same helm into a similar scheme using different pieces. Well, one thing led to another, as it so often does in LOTRO outfitting, and I ended up with something completely different than I had set out to create — I even dropped the helm which I originally meant to be the centrepiece of the outfit! Nevertheless, I wanted to draw attention to Jackson’s really inspiring outfit that provided the germ for this one. On a completely different subject, in the context paragraph for my outfit today, I referenced the wisent, the Eurasian buffalo. Everytime I see an “aurochs” in-game I get into a bit of a nerd-froth, since the models used for aurochs in-game look more like some kind of gnarly fantasy take on a wisent. Aurochs, on the other hand, should look something more like the oxen we see in Dunland. Just a little zoological pedantry on my behalf!
- Head: Circlet of Adamant (purchased — LOTRO Store), orange
- Shoulders: Ceremonial Shoulders of the Brazen Call (bartered — skirmish camp cosmetics quartermaster/Moria cosmetic clothing – heavy), black
- Chest: Hauberk of Forgotten Hope (bartered — Tinnudir Wardens of Annúminas quartermaster/Wardens of Annúminas reputation), black
- Hands: Westfold Campaign Gloves (crafted — tailor T7), black
- Legs: Ceremonial Leggings of the Brazen Call (bartered — skirmish camp cosmetics quartermaster/Moria cosmetic clothing – heavy), black
- Feet: Ceremonial Wandering Bard’s Shoes (bartered — skirmish camp cosmetics quartermaster/Rift cosmetic clothing – light), black
Tips: Many chest pieces available in-game have nice details at the cuffs of the sleeves, but these are often hidden by gauntlets that extend over the forearm. If you instead select a pair of short gloves that can be dyed to match the predominant colour of the cuff-detail of your chest piece, as I’ve done in this outfit, you can create the illusion of a unique pair of gauntlets with rarely-seen details. This works just as well with shoes and many leggings, too. The Armour of the Brazen Call is one of the Moria Captain sets; the Shield-bearer and Axe-handler sets (Moria Guardian and Champion sets, respectively) share the same skins.