Well, the hunt for vintage cosmetic items is really on now! Today my little minstrel on Ithil made it to level 20 which means… Rivendell! Rivendell has a number of Armour Smiths and a Cosmetics vendor that sell pretty items that I have always adored. So as soon as my character made it to 20 I visited Gandalf in the Prancing Pony who gave me a quest and teleported me to Rivendell. I cancelled the quest so I can continue to use that shortcut until my character actually makes it to Rivendell herself; but for now the quest + milestone to get back home will do fine.
I splurged on some items (because believe me, when you barely have one gold to your name, buying a cosmetic item for 12 silver feels like a splurge) and used them to complement the starter instance outfit for my high elf huntress.
I see many players on Ithil using their pre-order cosmetic sets or simply wearing their armour (which never even matches in colour, much less in style), but so much more is possible. By simply replacing a few items in a pre-order set, one can already create a unique look.
My series of Starter Outfits aims to showcase items that are accessible to everyone on the Legendary servers. This includes the Lotro Store, however I will try to limit usage of the store to a minimum and create outfits with items and colours that are available in game. Some favorite old-timers from the store will be inevitable and I will gradually purchase those on the Legendary server as well. Even though I personally have access to all my pre-order items, I am not including those in this series, because they are no longer obtainable for everyone.
For this Starter Outfit you will need:
– wardrobe slots
– access to the High Elf race, and create a light armour character and a medium armour character (you can leave their starter armour in the wardrobe and delete the characters later if you want)
– be level 20 or have a friend with access to Rivendell to do the purchase for you
– rust & sienna dye
Chest: Time-worn Reinforced Coat, rust dye (high elf intro-instance, medium armour)
Shoulders: Time-worn Shoulders, sienna dye (high elf intro-instance, light armour)
Hands: Time-worn Bracers, no dye (high-elf intro-instance, medium armour)
Feet: Elven Steel Boots, sienna dye (heavy armour smith, Rivendell)
Back: Fine Elven Quiver, sienna dye (outfitter, Rivendell)