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Meet Lachwen, the Lore-Breaker

So LotRO has left me a bit bored lately, so I decided to do something new, that I would normally never do. In other words, I made a Runekeeper. Meet Lachwen Shimmerlight. :)

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If you're not familiar with LotRO, what makes a Runekeeper notable is that, well, they totally don't belong in the game. They are a classic D&D-style blasting wizard, something that has no business at all being a playable class in a game that's at least theoretically based on Lord of the Rings. (See also, "Gandalf: Why He Never Cast Any Spells" and "There Are Only Five Wizards in Middle-Earth and They're All Kinda Weaksauce By Wizardly Standards?")

When the Runekeeper class was first introduced, the lore-monkeys all howled to heaven, and I was one of them. And I stand by my assertion that the Runekeeper should not have been added to the game. However, as the class is not gonna go away, and as I say, I've been wanting to do something very different, I decided, "What the heck?" Besides, I had a character and a personality in mind from the start, and of the LotRO classes, the Runekeeper is the only one who comes close. Lachwen is flashy, explosive, and wants to get in there and tear shit up. Her name, in Elvish, means "fire maiden," and yes, it is also a play on the MST3K episode, because I'm that big of a nerd. Shut up.

But, lore-breaker or not, I'm having a lot of fun with her, and I splurged on a lot of cosmetic items such to get her just right. I was sorely tempted by the Steed of Bright Days, as the only in-game mount garish enough to really suit her, but honestly, I can't bring myself to spend $20 on a fictional horse for my digital elf wizard to ride around on. I just can't do it. She'll just have to grind out the elf rep horse the hard way.

And also, lore-breaker or not, she's got me interested in playing again, which was really the point of the whole thing. Lachwen is a thrill-seeking, kickass girl (no "Undying" title for her -- she barely got past 7th level before biting off way more than she could chew in Dol Ringwest), and she's certainly a lot cooler than my previous attempt at a new alt, a Captain who got into his 30s and just sorta stuck there. How much cooler is she, you ask?

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Eh ... I'd say about 20% cooler.

-The Gneech


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Jul. 11th, 2011 04:35 am (UTC)
Nice get up :)

I was wondering about poor old Leofelix. Most classes need to be played to about 30 just to see if you really like them. If you find yourself planning their futures by then, you gotta stick to them :)

I was kinda surprised to find myself doing just that with Fae. I guess I really do like guard after all.
Jul. 11th, 2011 04:47 am (UTC)
Well, runekeeper is fun enough to play, although they take a beating in group pulls. As you can probably guess, Lachwen likes the blasty part of being a RK. The healy part, she's willing to do but doesn't get excited about. I'm just starting to get to some of the utility skills with her now.

As for Leofelix, he has his moments, but he's really hard to get into a groove with solo -- captains are pure support class, and while it's an interesting tactical challenge, sometimes I just wanna blow up orcs. ;P

If I was playing group stuff more, I'd probably get more into Leofelix -- but that means getting him up to 65 before much is likely to happen.

Jul. 11th, 2011 02:43 pm (UTC)
From what I hear, RK's are masters of kiting and supposedly really good solo, but since I've never played one, I can't say much more.
Jul. 11th, 2011 02:49 pm (UTC)
I can see that. Drop your rock, let it tank for you, and while the mobs are beating up on that you take 'em out one at a time. You just have to be sure to drop another rock before the first one breaks.

They also daze their opponents fairly often -- I can see I'm going to want to pour resources into my tactical crit chance.

Jul. 11th, 2011 11:07 am (UTC)
But you're a cute nerd!

It looks like she's doing the "Lord of the Dance" pose in that picture. Score another MST3K reference!
Jul. 11th, 2011 01:24 pm (UTC)
I didn't spot that, but you're right! :D

Lachwen is actually a referenceriffic character -- I wish LotRO would let you create your own titles, as I'd totally make hers "Twenty Percent Cooler." [1]


[1] Actually a My Little Pony reference, not an MST reference. But it still applies. She's totally modeled on Rainbow Dash.
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