Sir, may I say that I like your style? You have a very handsome face.
So I had to make a hard decision this week to let my Lore-master in LOTRO go — at least for the time being — and return to my Captain. As much as I love the LM lifestyle (point pet at bad guy, go get a cookie from the kitchen, come back to loot and XP), it’s going to take me just shy of forever to get through the entirety of Rohan. And I really, really need to get through the new Gondor content and be poised to experience Osgiliath and beyond.
Besides, I do like my Cappy, just in a different way than my LM. To make myself feel a little better about the change, I found and bought a level 100 second age halberd from the auction hall. With the upcoming LI changes, I could have this for a while to come, which is cool. As a bonus, it actually looks kind of neat. Also, I worked up a fun heal-while-I-attack build that’s strangely satisfying to play.
When I last left my Captain, I had finished up the epic book in western Gondor and was puttering around. Now, there’s a new book and a new zone. It begins with a sea siege of Dol Amroth by Mr. Personality up there and his merry gang of corsairs. I find it more than a little strange that after all of my adventures so far that I’m supposed to take sea pirates threatening. Seriously, I’ve killed zombie dragonlings, giant orcs, trolls, shrews, and great evils from beyond the realm of this world. But corsairs! Well, I should turn tail and run.
Actually, I did face something that put fear in my step:
WHAT THE UNHOLY SALAD DRESSING OF DENETHOR IS THAT.
I guess it’s a woman in a mourning veil, but that has to be the scariest thing I’ve seen in LOTRO to date. And that’s including the Sam Gamgee shower scene.
Anyway, I’m sent to treat with the corsair captain, who is high on his awesomeness and isn’t threatened by my 100 levels in the least. After our chat, he tells me to swim to shore, but I stayed on the boat because I run from no one. Also, I wanted to see what happened when he counted to five. What happened is that he got to two, got frustrated, and killed me almost instantly, and then I had to repeat the entire quest. I guess that’ll teach me to go for a swim in heavy armor when a pirate tells me to.
That’s all the prologue for heading into central Gondor to warn the Gondorian fleet that the British… er, corsairs are coming. That’s when I found that the region has been smothered in a perpetual twilight, and not the sparkly vampires and mouth-breathing love interest kind of twilight. It’s part of the books called the Darkest Day, when Sauron tries to freak Gondor out by blotting out the sun. I guess it works, because practically every NPC I clicked on exclaimed the same phrase: “We woke to no sun! No light of day!”
“Hey, so where is the–” “We woke to no sun! No light of day!”
“I have those six orc heads you wa–” “We woke to no sun! No light of day!”
“Get a flashlight and SHUT UP.”
As I was doing my good deeds of the day for a town, I came across the above monstrosity roaming near some spider nests. I saw a fellow player attacking it solo and decided to jump in to help, only later realizing that this was one of the new roving threats that came with a recent patch.
Since the other player got on her war-steed for some mounted combat, I had to do the same. And thus began a 10-minute fight as we continually circled and attacked and I generally freaked out that my horse was going to plunge off one of the nearby cliffs. But we did get it down, hooray, and I got some token that will go in the giant bag of tokens that I carry around. Some day I’ll make a scrapbook with all of them.