On his helm a host of stars

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.

Defying the Shadow in the East

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?

Torn and tattered gear of war

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?

Last defense of the causeway

  • 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 — [100] 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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18 Responses to Osgiliath-defender

  1. gloredh says:

    holy smokes! The second screenie is E P I C. that shield is among my favorites, there are also many warden shields that I hoarded awaiting for the patch. They are intricate and big, pretty visible XD One though that I really really like is an elven shield called Cam-en-Elbereth, also a drop. And to not forget the shields and weapons from Turtle raid! XD Awaiting with impatience U12.2!

    • Thanks Gloredh, I was really happy with that shot. 🙂

      I’m looking forward to finding some use for the Garth Agarwen light shield — the red one. Love that. Also some of the Rohan-flavoured shields are quite nice. I really like the new black and white “tree of Gondor” shield that drops in Osgiliath T2 but I’m unlikely to get it that way. Maybe they’ll reuse the skin. It’ll be fun to play around!

  2. Harrison Dansie says:

    A great blend of majestic blue and gold! A last hurrah against the incoming forces of Mordor and Morgul. The shield is a nice addition to the outfit.

    • Thanks Harrison, glad you like it! It was nice to use the Osgiliath instance cloak in the context of Osgiliath too. Originally the whole thing was going to be black/grey, but that cloak dyes much, much more strongly than the other pieces, so I swapped in the bluish shoulders ended up going with the dark blue colour scheme. I thought the blue and sort of distressed gold looked pretty sharp together in the end.

  3. Uno says:

    Great post. Stunning outfits!

  4. monty says:

    Hey awesome outfit! I can’t find anything on where to obtain that shield though, no record of it seems to exist online!! I desperately wish to know where exactly you got it as it would make my current heavy armor outfit complete! Please let me know asap with as much detail as possible!

    • Hi there Monty, welcome to the blog and glad you like the outfit!

      This shield was a random purple drop. It’s a little bit rare, I’ve only seen this particular skin a few times over the years. The particular version I have a level 59 one, which must mean it dropped in Moria, Lothlórien, or in some level 59 instance. The scaling instances would be a good bet, just set to level 59 and cross your fingers. That said, because it’s a random skin you might see it drop in any zone at any time (but I would expect no earlier than Angmar/Misties). It’s always a good idea to keep an eye on the auction house too.

      Sorry I can’t tell you any sure-fire way to get this shield. If anyone else knows somewhere it can be bartered, or a quest that rewards the same skin, please let us know. Good luck!

  5. gloredh says:

    I think the skin is like the Light Shield of the Golden Host (crafted recipe with malledhrim rep)

  6. That is a very nice outfit, the color theme fits Osgiliath I think. It’s very interesting that there will be cosmetic weapons, I need to start checking out the looks on shields now too when I loot them, something I haven’t done at all before. And then find somewhere to store all the interesting ones…oh dear 😛

    • Haha, my storage situation is pretty grim at the moment too. I’ve been stashing shields and interesting weapons for years now hoping that this day will come, so I’m looking forward to finally getting to use them cosmetically.

      I did hear that additional wardrobe space might be added for sale with the new update. Hopefully vault space and shared vault space as well. Fingers crossed!

  7. Great pics! I am now wondering what did I get from that quest reward instead of the cloak hmm!

    Meanwhile, where in the Rift did you get the helm? Been after it for a while and would like to narrow it down to a few boss/mobs if I can.

    • Hi Anton, welcome to the blog and thanks very much for your kind comment!

      I think the best places to look for that helm are probably going to be in the late 40s to late 50s level range, so Forochel, Angmar, Eregion, and Moria. I know that doesn’t narrow it down very much, but I hope it helps a little. Keep an eye on the auction house as well, you never know when one will turn up there. Good luck!

  8. Hello Starry Mantle,
    Thanks for the welcome.
    That is the first I have heard of being in Forochel, Angmar and Eregion? I was led to believe it only drops in Rift of Nurz Ghazu Raid?

    • Dropping in the Rift sounds very plausible. I’ve had it in my inventory as both a green and purple item, not sure if green loot would drop in the Rift? This makes me think it’s also just one of those random appearances that can show up in any level-appropriate zone.

      I wish I could give you more definitive info! I’ve had it sitting in my vault for years and I don’t recall where I got it.

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