The late watches in a cold graveyard; tendrils of mist curl about the headstones and shreds of clouds scud past the full moon like a tattered shroud. In the distance, a wolf howls. This is a terrible night to be out for a stroll!
A woman of Bree-town has made a terrible mistake in coming here tonight. Things go from bad to worse when a crazed, ravening murderer bursts from concealment and is upon her in the blink of an eye! Who can tell what disfigured monstrosity is hidden behind his mask-like helm? Perforated as it is with breathing-holes, she can hear his laboured, enraged breathing as he bears down on her — but he speaks no word or curse. His banal, plain garb of trousers, shirt, and fur-trimmed waistcoat serves only to highlight the meaningless, gratuitous horror of the scene as he raises a rusty (yet deadly-keen) cleaver-like blade and prepares to end his victim’s torment for ever! And whither then? Perhaps he shall return to nearby Starmere Lake for a watery sleep…
Today’s very simple Harvestmath guise is inspired by everyone’s favourite hockey-mask-wearing mass murderer and is, of course, completely and utterly unrelated to Tolkien’s works in any way. “On The Starry Mantle?!” you howl. Don’t worry! This one’s just for a bit of fun in the Hallowe’en spirit. Next week I’ll be back with a more lore-appropriate couples guise, but until then strap on your hockey masks and sharpen your machetes!
- Head: Mask of Fleetness (looted — world drop/general), washed
- Shoulders: Leather Shoulder Guards of Vigour (looted — world drop general; or purchased — Esteldín medium armour vendor), Evendim blue
- Chest: Forester’s Garments (purchased — any outfit vendor), Evendim blue
- Weapon: Broadsword (purchased — Forsaken Inn one-handed weapon vendor)
Tips: The mask that I used is a world drop that comes in both medium and heavy armour versions. You can occasionally find it at the auction house, because people know that it sells due to its relative rarity. There is a very similar crafted heavy helm available, the Officer’s Helm (crafted — metalsmith T6), as well as Balanthol (quest reward — Angmar  Claws of the Earth), but unfortunately these both have antlers attached. Nevertheless, they retain the disctinctive “hockey-mask airholes” that are desireable for this outfit. Another perfect alternative is the Firework Launcher’s Face Guard (bartered — anniversary event games-master/cosmetics). The machete-like sword that I used is the rusty, weathered version available from the Forsaken Inn vendor, but there is also a more pristine world drop version that can be found in lower-level areas, if you prefer your implements of murder and mayhem to be shiny!
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