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4th Dec '17 12:03:14 AM bfunc
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*** Gun Ain may be a ''really'' unknown rival, since it's eminently possible to skip not just the Rite of Clucath quest but the entire Forochel region. Forochel is a non-free area that is not on the shortest path from the Blue Mountains to Minas Tirith/Mordor, so the Free to Play group is probably more likely to skip it than to play through it. (Forochel does cover an awkward level gap between the Trollshaws and Eregion, but the Misty Mountains and Angmar, which are ''also'' "off the beaten path" but considerably more important in the lore, cover roughly the same levels.) Players who "re"-encounter Gun Ain may be utterly mystified as to who this person is, where she knows them from, and why she bears them such hatred.
3rd Dec '17 11:08:32 PM bfunc
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** Actually averted in Moria; there are several places where you will die long before you hit the ground below (two notable ones are jumping into the well in the Chamber of the Crossroads, where you respawn in the Water-Works, and jumping off the bridge Gandalf fell from, which ''should'' respawn you in Foundations of Stone, but actually respawns you in the area with the bridge). Presumably you have a weak heart.

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** Actually averted in Moria; there are several places where you will die ("be incapacitated") long before you hit the ground below (two notable ones are jumping into the well in the Chamber of the Crossroads, where you respawn in the Water-Works, and jumping off the bridge Gandalf fell from, which ''should'' respawn you in Foundations of Stone, but actually respawns you in the area with the bridge). Presumably you have a weak heart. Or, since resurrection magic is ''extremely'' rare in Middle-Earth, perhaps the fall just causes you to pass out from fear and you're saved by unseen rescuers.
3rd Dec '17 8:53:54 PM bfunc
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* FollowTheLeader[=/=]InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons: In [[WorldOfWarcraft Cataclysm]] and [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]], dragons play a big part. Though full-blown dragons have been rare in ''LotRO'', a 24-player raid released in-between Cataclysm and Skyrim have the players challenging a dragon. Coincidence?

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* FollowTheLeader[=/=]InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons: In [[WorldOfWarcraft Cataclysm]] and [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]], dragons play a big part. Though full-blown dragons have been rare in ''LotRO'', ''[=LotRO=]'', a 24-player raid released in-between Cataclysm and Skyrim have the players challenging a dragon. Coincidence?
3rd Dec '17 8:45:48 PM bfunc
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** They ''do'' kvetch about it continuously though. Celeborn and Galadriel themselves treat NPC dwarves decently, but do occasionally allow for a slight undercurrent of blame to creep into their dialog. Lesser elves meanwhile don't even bother to be that nice, [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech growsing]] openly to anyone within ear-reach.

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** They ''do'' kvetch about it continuously though. Celeborn and Galadriel themselves treat NPC dwarves decently, but do occasionally allow for a slight undercurrent of blame to creep into their dialog. Lesser elves meanwhile don't even bother to be that nice, [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech growsing]] grousing]] openly to anyone within ear-reach.
3rd Dec '17 8:44:58 PM bfunc
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*** They don't like non-dwarves much better. ''Some'' elves in Lorien are reasonably friendly or at least neutral towards PCs, but there's one quest that requires you to go to a special spot and meditate, and when you do, one of the elves already there makes a snide comment showing he's outraged about outsiders "sampling [his] customs".

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*** They don't like non-dwarves or even elves from other regions much better. ''Some'' elves in Lorien Lórien are reasonably friendly or at least neutral towards PCs, [=PCs=], but there's one quest that requires you to go to a special spot and meditate, and when you do, one of the elves already there makes a snide comment showing he's outraged about outsiders "sampling [his] customs".customs". In fairness, he does this even if your character is an elf, so he's not really a racist, he's just a jerk.
3rd Dec '17 8:39:18 PM bfunc
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** In Carn Dum, it's a little more complicated. Beating the boss at the end of one side route (that you're at first required to take) gets you a key you can use to open a gate near the start of the instance that leads to the final boss. Now, it is true that only one person in your party needs to have run the instance to open the gate. In order to get the key yourself you have to find a party of people who have '''not''' done the quest before, or who are willing to take the long way. Since several new expansions have come out and the level cap has been raised repeatedly, you can also try going back when you're ridiculously over-leveled and soloing the instance.



* DwindlingParty: ''Siege of Mirkwood'' storyline. You are send on a dangerous errand with Five Elves which compose "The Hidden Guard". [[spoiler: Their number starts to dwindle pretty fast. But when you barely knew the first one to die and couldn't really relay to his death, the passing of the last victim is truly heartbreaking.]]

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* DwindlingParty: ''Siege of Mirkwood'' storyline. You are send on a dangerous errand with Five Elves which compose "The Hidden Guard". [[spoiler: Their number starts to dwindle pretty fast. But when you barely knew the first one to die and couldn't really relay relate to his death, the passing of the last victim is truly heartbreaking.]]
3rd Dec '17 3:32:45 PM bfunc
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** One house-decoration keg apparently contains booze that is so potent that sipping it will cause you to pass out and wake up ... elsewhere. One potential location is the jail in Bree.
29th Oct '17 10:55:20 AM nombretomado
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** One of the musical instruments available to Minstrels is the ''moor cowbell'', a nod to ChristopherWalken's Saturday Night Live sketch with Blue Oyster Cult.

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** One of the musical instruments available to Minstrels is the ''moor cowbell'', a nod to ChristopherWalken's Creator/ChristopherWalken's Saturday Night Live sketch with Blue Oyster Cult.
24th Oct '17 11:52:53 AM TheIronToa
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** Orc Defiler (AlwaysMale) to the Ministrel (since the second expansion);

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** Orc Defiler (AlwaysMale) to the Ministrel (since the second expansion);Ministrel;



*** The Dourhand Storm-keepers are also evil NPC Rune-keepers.

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*** The Outside of Monster Play, one type of Skirmish Lieutenant is the Dourhand Storm-keepers are also Storm-keeper, an evil NPC Rune-keepers.Rune-keeper.



* FiveRaces: Hobbits, elves, men, dwarves and (as of one of the later expansions) "beornings" (shapeshifters). Each race is further divided based on background (Men can come from Rohan, Gondor, the Dale, or Bree, for instance), but this is entirely cosmetic. All the races except Dwarves come in both male and female varieties (Dwarves are exclusively male), but again this is entirely cosmetic (though more apparent than origin, which only shows up as an optional title).

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* FiveRaces: Originally four races: Hobbits, elves, men, dwarves and (as of one of the Elves, Men, Dwarves. A later expansions) "beornings" (shapeshifters). update added Beornings, a lineage of Men with the ability to turn into bears. The Mordor expansion pack added High Elves, Elves who have seen the Light of Valinor and their descendants. Each race is further divided based on background (Men can come from Rohan, Gondor, the Dale, or Bree, Bree-land, for instance), but this is entirely cosmetic. All the races except Dwarves come in both male and female varieties (Dwarves are exclusively male), but again this is entirely cosmetic (though more apparent than origin, which only shows up as an optional title).
24th Oct '17 10:21:05 AM TheIronToa
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** In ''Shadows of Angmar'', the introductory quests and the first five books involve the player rushing around Eriador, having adventures whose only ties to each other are that the Nazgul and Angmar are involved [[TheManBehindTheMan behind the scenes]]. It isn't until Book 6 that the real story begins.

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** In ''Shadows of Angmar'', the introductory quests and the first five books involve the player rushing around Eriador, having adventures whose only ties to each other are that the Nazgul Nazgûl and Angmar are involved [[TheManBehindTheMan behind the scenes]]. It isn't until Book 6 that the real story begins.



** In ''Allies of the King'', this happens a lot. The first four books involve the Grey Company on their journey south. Then in Book 5, you fight the Battle of the Fords of Isen. Then Book 6 has you journey to the shores of Anduin, where you [[spoiler: fight a Nazgul]]. Book 7 has you begin your adventure in Rohan, which takes up the remainder of the storyline.

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** In ''Allies of the King'', this happens a lot. The first four books involve the Grey Company on their journey south. Then in Book 5, you fight the Battle of the Fords of Isen. Then Book 6 has you journey to the shores of Anduin, where you [[spoiler: fight a Nazgul]].Nazgûl]]. Book 7 has you begin your adventure in Rohan, which takes up the remainder of the storyline.
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