Osgiliath was of old the chief city of Gondor and the residence of its kings. Athwart the mighty Anduin, the city controlled the river crossing from Ithilien in the east to the town-lands of the Pelennor and Minas Tirith in the west. Because of its strategic location, the city’s history was fraught with strife. The hosts of Mordor took Osgiliath during the Second Age, and the city was only reclaimed when Sauron was defeated by the Last Alliance of Elves and Men. Later, during the Third Age, the forces of Castamir the Usurper laid siege to the city during Gondor’s civil war, the Kin-strife. The Usurper’s forces sacked and burned the city, forcing King Eldacar to flee to his kin in Rhovanion. The city was again reclaimed in the name of the right king when Eldacar returned and the rebellion was put down, but its population was later decimated by the Great Plague of III 1636. The city began to fall into ruin, and the king relocated to Minas Tirith, making it the chief city of Gondor. When Minas Ithil was captured by Mordor in III 2002, Osgiliath became extremely vulnerably to attack, and many of its people fled west to safer parts of the realm. In III 2475, the forces of Mordor took the city again and the city was finally deserted of all its inhabitants. Nevertheless, the Steward of Gondor would not suffer it to be held by the Enemy, and his forces wrested back control from the occupying Uruk-hai. Osgiliath then became a disputed ruin, the western shore defended by Gondor’s forces and the eastern repeatedly attacked by Mordor’s. Finally, in the summer of III 3018, in the opening offensive of the War of the Ring, Sauron’s forces, led by the Ringwraiths, came forth and took the city. The last bridge across Anduin was thrown down. The Rangers of Ithilien continued to defend the city’s western shore from the Causeway Forts, but the eastern shore was now firmly under the control of Sauron’s forces.
This man is a warrior of Gondor under the command of the Lord Faramir, son of the Steward Denethor. He is arrayed in strong mail and proudly bears the winged helm and shield of Gondor. They have served him well already, for the fighting has been fierce, as evidenced by his tattered cloak. He has come here to Osgiliath’s western shore with his company for, as the seige of Gondor draws near, the Steward has commanded his son to take what forces he may and make the Enemy pay dearly when at last he comes to cross the river. When this defense fails, as it must, Faramir’s forces will fall back to Causeway Forts, there to try against all hope to hold out. But the skies are now permanently darkened by the fumes of Mordor and the shrieks of the Ringwraiths can be heard among the crumbling buildings and shattered monuments of the east shore. Have the Men of Gondor any hope against the Shadow that rises in the East?
I always keep an eye out for cosmetics with a wing motif to use in Gondor-themed outfits, so when I came across the shield recently I was excited to put it to use. Even more so because of the upcoming addition of cosmetic weapons and shields to the game. I’m looking forward to setting up my shield-using characters with coordinating pieces. Are there are shields you’re especially looking forward to equipping cosmetically?
- Head: Westernesse Winged Helm of Vigour (looted — world drop), black
- Shoulders: The Huntsman’s Shoulder Guards (bartered — Ox-clan Merchant Camp Hunter Trainer), default
- Back: Recovered Cloak of the Nobleman (quest reward —  Ashes and Stars, Chapter 7), steel blue
- Chest: Chainmail Chestpiece of Fate (looted — world drop), black
- Hands: Lesser Secret of the West Gauntlets (bartered — Harndirion Novice’s Quartermaster/tier 1 difficulty Burglar armour), steel blue
- Legs: Lesser Ward of the West Leggings (bartered — Harndirion Novice’s Quartermaster/tier 1 difficulty Guardian armour), steel blue
- Feet: Boots of the Hammerhand (pre-order — Helm’s Deep), default
- Shield: Shield of Endurance (looted — world drop/heavy shield)
- Weapon: Polished Gondorian Sword (crafted — weaponsmith T3/one-handed sword)
Tips: The shield that I used in this outfit has an equip level of 59 if you trying to find a place to keep an eye out for it to drop. Lothlórien or Mirkwood might be good places to grind mobs looking for it. As mentioned by my fine fellow outfitter Gloredh, below in the comments, there is another shield with the same skin: the Light Shield of the Golden Host (crafted — metalsmith T6/Malledhrim reputation/light shield). You can get the recipe for this shield by bartering 25 Malledrim Bronze Feathers with the Friend of the Malledhrim Crafting Vendor in Ost Galadh, Southern Mirkwood.
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