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I Can Haz Horsie!

Over the course of playing LOTRO, I've had two major goals: first, to get to Rivendell. Second, to get to 35th level so I could buy a horse. Thanks to a particularly good fellowshipped foray into an orc/troll compound in the North Downs, I managed to achieve the second goal last night.

There's only one horse dealer in the game so far (that I know of), a displaced Rohirrim with a ranch north of Bree. To "qualify" as a horse owner, you have to deliver horses for him to Bree itself, then to the far end of the Shire, then to a dwarf mine in the North Downs. (Do they mine dwarves there? Nevermind.) Finally, once all that's done, you have to make a timed run around the ranch on a preset course.

All very well and good, except the course isn't marked very well. :-` In fact, at one point, if you actually follow the course as marked, you'll pull a Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and run your horse right off a cliff. 0.o When I discovered that little wrinkle, I punted on the race the first time, then went and ran it in person, just to work out where I needed to go to avoid all the hazards.

I gotta say, I'm jazzed about having a horse. Beautiful as Middle-earth is, after a while even the most romantic elf lord gets a little sick of running back and forth from one end of Arnor to the other. I'm told that horses are only so useful in areas with a high monster population, as one little nick from a passing aggro will knock you right off. But when I'm going back and forth from Esteldin to Ost Goruth by way of Bree (as you sorta have to do for a while), you can stick to the road and get there in half the time -- without having to spend 50 silver on rental horses.

While I'm on the subject of LOTRO, you remember all those power-levellers in The Ghost Regiment? Well, while I was away from LOTRO, as far as I can tell, they all levelled up to 50 and wandered off. ¬.¬ In short, the Ghost Regiment was really living up to its name -- and there's not much point in being in a kinship by yourself. :P So after a little hunting around, I connected with The Valar Guild, a sort of Tolkien-based meta-kinship that was founded for Diablo of all things and has a population in just about every MM* in existence from what I gather. Their two requirements for membership were that a) you be courteous, and b) you have read Lord of the Rings -- both of which I can manage without too much difficulty. 0;)

Fainan, who escorted me to Rivendell before, is one of the officers, so she signed me up. :) So far, it's a much more lively kinship, and I'm hoping to get involved in some of the group activities in the not-too-distant future.

-The Gneech



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Oct. 22nd, 2007 12:44 pm (UTC)
I like being part of MAC because even when I'm not with them doing quests or whatnot, they're quite chatty on the guild chat and sometimes it's amusing just to sit there and read what they're all saying to each other.

Missed out on what I was really waiting for last night because I had to work :P (fooey on work) They established a raid night and of course, start right when I have to go to work. ah well. one day... one day....

Oct. 22nd, 2007 04:57 pm (UTC)
Odd factoid on horses
While lots of people seem to talk about how horses love apples, they really go nuts over carrots. I had to stop giving out carrots as treats to my land lady's ponies because they'd mob me!

Okay, I like horsies.
Oct. 23rd, 2007 04:19 am (UTC)
Re: Odd factoid on horses
And we like you too. n_n
Oct. 23rd, 2007 11:39 am (UTC)
Re: Odd factoid on horses
Especially when I have carrots. ;)
Oct. 24th, 2007 01:40 am (UTC)
Re: Odd factoid on horses
Heck, I'll settle for apples.
Oct. 23rd, 2007 04:19 am (UTC)
Um, I'm not your ride, Gneech. So, please get off my back.
Oct. 23rd, 2007 12:30 pm (UTC)
Grats on the horse!
I missed the run the first time too.
As for the horse, I find mine quite handy, whether or not in an area with lots of monsters. Personally, if I don't have to go afk whilst travelling, I don't bother with the pay horses. lol
The various critters that hit you, a single hit CAN knock you off, but it's mostly hard hits and interrupts...stay out of water you swim in...horse goes away.
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