While the Rangers of the North were the remnants of the Dúnedain of Arnor as a people, the southern Rangers, the Rangers of Ithilien, were a force of warriors and scouts of Gondor tasked to harry the servants of the Enemy on the eastern shores of the Anduin, lands lost to Gondor as Sauron’s strength began to grow apace in the Third Age.
This woman is one of the southern Rangers, but she has traveled far from Ithilien, up the west bank of Anduin and into another land held in the past by Gondor. She has come to the shores of Nen Hithoel, once a part of the South Kingdom but now long abandoned. Strewn about the landscape, the ruins of fortresses built in bygone days stand as silent reminders of the region’s past as the northernmost territory of Gondor. She has come to scout the ruins in the hope that one may be found to serve as a hidden refuge for the Rangers of Ithilien should the kingdom of Rohan, lying to the west, be overrun by the forces of the traitor Saruman. If it should come to that, the Rangers’ policy of assailment may need to be extended from Ithilien into this land, so that the fist of the White Hand might not fully close on the region and menace Gondor from the north. She is clad in the colours of the woods and the fields, and masked so that a flash of fair skin will not betray her to enemy eyes, but if she should be discovered, she is armed with a throwing hatchet, keen hunting knives, and a slender dagger sheathed at her ankle.
I hope everyone is having a lovely new year so far! It’s great to be back with a new outfit, and I thought I’d kick off the year with a well-loved outfit staple, the Ranger-inspired look. There can never be too many Ranger outfits! In this outfit, I wanted to highlight the mossy green colour of the undyeable portion of the chest-piece. It’s a somewhat unusual colour in the LOTRO outfit palette but there are other pieces where something similar can be found, including the shoulders and gloves I chose for the outfit and on the small bit of trim on the boots. In blog-related news, since I no longer post to a regular schedule, I’d like to remind everyone that the best way to keep up with The Starry Mantle is to sign up for email alerts; or, if you’re a WordPress user, to the follow the blog; or finally, to add the blog to your RSS feed (since the termination of Google Reader, I’ve been using Bloglines). You can also follow me on Twitter or Pinterest, but I find those platforms make it easier to miss an update, especially if you happen to follow a lot of people. But whichever way you choose to follow and enjoy the blog, I’d like to thank you for your continued readership!
- Head: Helm of the Shadow-walker (bartered — skirmish camp classic quartermaster/Barad Guldur – level 65 medium), grey
- Shoulders: Ceremonial Beast-master Shoulders (bartered — skirmish camp cosmetics quartermaster/Helegrod cosmetic clothing – light), Ranger green
- Back: Campaign Backpack (purchased — LOTRO Store), Ranger green
- Chest: Battle Armour of the Mark (crafted — armourer T8), Ranger green
- Hands: Eastemnet Battle Gauntlets (crafted — armourer T8), Ranger green
- Feet: Woodland Ranger’s Boots (deed reward — Volume III Interludes, Part Two), ranger green
Tips: If you don’t have access to the equipment version of the helm used in this outfit, a ceremonial version is available for purchase at Lalia’s Market at the time of this writing. The Campaign Backpack originally became available during a special in-game event in which a GM-controlled Amarthiel attacked various locations in the Ettenmoors. Barter tokens dropped during this event which could be exchanged at Esteldín; one of them (the Broken Signet) was for the Campaign Backpack. If you don’t have access to the Woodland Ranger’s Boots, an alternative that incorporates the same mossy green hue used in the rest of the outfit is the Ceremonial Town-saver’s Boots (bartered — skirmish camp cosmetics quartermaster/Rift cosmetic clothing – medium) in their default colour. If you use this alternative I’d suggest changing the dye colour of the gloves to sienna to better match the brown leather portion of the boots.
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