With my Captain in LOTRO finished with her epic story and sitting pretty for the expansion, I have no business left with her until October 15th. So I had a bout of madness yesterday going, “Ooh, I’ll roll an alt!” And I got about an hour into it when I started slapping myself across the face saying, “What are you thinking, man? This is ludicrous! This alt will never amount to anything; there’s too much content to tackle and no time to do it in. Besides, don’t you play like three other MMOs? Are you trying to become the first person who intentionally created multiple personalities through erratic gaming?”
Delete character. Whew. Thank you, mind.
Of course, that still left me with little to do and I kind of wanted a project to focus on for these final couple pre-expansion weeks. So why not, I thought, dig out my Lore-master and see if I can’t get him prepped for Rohan too?
It’s been a while, a long while, since I’ve touched my LM. He was certainly dusty, with overflowing bags and a small fortune in gold that was doing nobody any favors. I started out by clearing up his inventory and rearranging the UI to my new favorite configuration (which means that most every element is on the bottom, including the map). I also finally broke down and resized the inventory because these teeny-tiny icons on a large resolution weren’t doing my eyes any favors.
Next up: A new outfit. A good practical outfit. One of the frustrations with working with LOTRO’s males is that they have these abnormally skinny waists that make tight-fitting outfits look ridiculous. So I tend to prefer robes and heavy armor. My LM got new black duds and prepared for adventure.
While I know I have two books to go with him on the epic storyline, there was a greater issue to tackle: his squishiness. I gave up playing him in RoI because he just kept dying, even though that build had served me well up until that point. I liked my Bog-lurker, but the LM blue line is fragmented and not focused at all. So now I’m red, although I still am trying to keep my eagle pet in operation.
The issue, I found, wasn’t in my gear or build, but ultimately in my virtues. When I first rolled this character, I pursued one or two vitality (health) virtues and then concentrated on loads of fate after that. In doing some research, I found that pretty much no other LMs had my configuration of virtues, preferring ones like zeal and fidelity instead for better bonuses and resistances. This meant that I had to rethink my virtue build — and go back to get all of these new ones that I now needed.
That’s a monumental task. Out of the five virtues that I now have, only one is at 11 (out of 14) and the rest range from rank 2 to 7. That meant I had to draw up a list of where all of these virtues were at, cross off the few I had done, and start backtracking my way across Middle-earth.
Again, a bout of madness, but this time with a much more noble purpose.
Whether or not I can get my virtues up to date and my build smoothed out by Riders of Rohan is kind of irrelevant. I’ll still play on day one with my Captain, so I’m not feeling pressure to get all of this done. But it’s a substantial challenge, and I look forward to having a more solid and sturdy character at the end.