I took a sneak peek into U19 during Beta 1 (everything below is from beta 1
, so keep that in mind)New region - North Ithilien
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Since I'm a big fan of strolling around in LOTRO, and is really fond of green woody areas with nice ruins. The new area is kinda built for me. It is beutiful with variations in trees as you go north with loads of impressive waterfalls (one bit more famous than the others, can recommend having ambient sound for that part)
Whole region slopes down from the Mountains east to the river west
The region acctually starts in Minas Tirith and from there, the Pelennor fields, Osgilliath and the Crossroad are now under new management.
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I tried to move down to South Ithilien and north to Far Anorien but it was closed off.
Map shows the full area that is accesible in the After-Battle
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New region - Not quite to the main gate, but close
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Zoomed out and found this strange picture
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I accidentaly took a swim in the river, and it wasn't deadly anymore. Filth of Sauron is washing away I guess.
I found 2 warbands so far, 1 fellowship (big spider with spider babies) and 1 small fellowship (evil easterling with lots of wolves)
90 some quests according to the notes. Haven't been questing as I'm saving that for later.
Wasn't too impressed with the music. It's the the same as in Minas Tirith, but while working there and making it feel very majestic. It doesn't have the same feel in a forest. Hopefully that will change later.
There's a new reputation for the region, and barter coins to go with it.
Lots of housing items, essence boxes, pets and such.Flower picking
Cross North Ithilien there are flowers to be picked. Sort of a cross-dressing between the Sound of Music and LOTRO. Dancing round on the mountain slopes picking flowers, while being ambushed by Mordor Orcs.
The flowers work in a similar way as normal ore and wood gathering. You get between 1 and 5 (boaund to char) barter items per flower. And then you can use those items to trade for things like cosmetics (hat, shoulders and cloak), new gold rings, 4-slot essence armour..Cosmetics
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Phial, Umber and Verdant you get from flowers. You can then upgrade those to Amber and Saphire.
It takes 125 for 1 Amber and 250 for one Saphire. Given it costs 5 Amber and Saphire to get a ring, and you get 1-5 of the lower ones from each flower you are looking at some serious flower picking.
But then, it is Beta 1 so it might change. According to the Beta notes the ring is bit wrong as it should be incomparable. To my knowledge that means you can only have 1 ring slotted at the time.
Rings are the same, just change will for might or agility.Armour
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The epic continues as we now head north. With a fresh baked King leading the charge. Feeling all pumped up after the last scrapple, pulling a huge guillotine and screaming "Off with his head!".
We'll see how well that goes.
But atleast he opted for the king-size bed whilst travelling. "Bring forth Arwen, this new found lineage must carry on". Romantic candelights and everything, what a smoocher.
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And this has to be the fastest monument ever built. The corpse haven't even gone cold yet.
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Found a few other strange things aswell. Flower pots, lanterns and benches suddenly stood on the Pelennor fields.
So in Pelargir Aragorn went
- Men, we will take these Umbar ships and sneak into battle.
- Take only the essentials with you, spears, swords, flower pots and benches
The loot from epic quite good. Essences boxes, new 2-slot armour and jewelry plus assorted goodies.
New essences but couldn't find the recipes anywhere.
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