The Bearded Minstrel is a blog dedicated to preserving the storylines present in the Lord of the Rings Online. I have been playing this game for 10 years, and while I am something of an expert in Tolkien lore, I know very little about the stories Turbine and Standing Stone Games have written within this world.
As such, I have begun a new journey to tell these tales. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.
The following story can be experienced during the Dwarf character new-player tutorial
Music Accompaniment:Lord of the Rings Online - Oakenshield
575 years after the fall of Edhelion, Thorin Oakenshield and his kin, driven from the Lonely Mountain by the dragon Smaug, made a home in the Blue Mountains on the ruins of an ancient dwarf city. Thorin, however, longed for his people to return to Erebor and that day had finally come.
As he was about to begin his long day of work at the Silver Deep, a dwarf miner met Gandalf the Gray, an adviser to his lord Thorin, who bid his company.
Gandalf spoke of Thorin’s quest to reclaim the Lonely Mountain and of his intention of bringing along a hobbit by the name of Bilbo Baggins as their burglar. As they approached the mine entrance. the unlikely pair happened upon Thorin, Gloin, Gimli, and Gormr Doursmith as they completed their final preparations. Before departing for Frerin’s Court to join the rest of his company, Thorin appointed Gormr steward of Thorin’s Hall in his absence.
The mine shook and crumbled furiously as the miner approached. Fearing danger of collapse, Gimli, who had come to see his father Gloin off, bid the aid of the dwarf to evacuate the miners inside.
Inside the mine, the dwarves convinced the remaining miners to evacuate. However, Tvistur, an older dwarf with poor hearing, did not hear Gimli’s plea in time and opened a tunnel that let loose a cave troll which promptly killed him. Gimli, stout and brave, drew the attention the troll's ire and led him deeper through the mine.
The miner, fearing for Gimli's safety, followed close behind. On his way, he stumbled upon elven ruins and the well-preserved, lifeless body of an evil-looking dwarf, surrounded by odious red flowers...
making note of his discovery, the miner finally reached Gimli, who was fighting the troll head-on. Right when it looked as if Gimli would fall, Gandalf arrived alongside Gormr, who had sought his aid, and exposed the cave to sunlight which turned the troll to stone.
Gormr's eyes caught the attention of a curious trinket on the ground. Gandalf mused that it was likely elven in origin as they stood on the ruins of the library of Edhelion. The miner told Gandalf of the corpse he had found. Gandalf believed it was Skorgrim Dourhand, who fell alongside Talagan Silvertongue five centuries earlier. Gormr, curious of the fate of his ancestor, went to investigate the body while Gandalf departed with Thorin's company on their quest...
Disclaimer: This guide is my personal opinion on how to optimize and run Guardian's in U21. This by no means is indicative of the best possible methods and I am certain people will have better suggestions than I. Feel free to post in comments and I will review and update accordingly.
This is my Guardian, Batcher:
My Physical and Tactical Mitigation is capped, I have 100k+ health, 77k Crit Defence and 55k, 35k Block and Parry Rating Respectively. Let's talk about how to accomplish that.
1) Class Traits
If you are going to be endgame tanking, you want to mix blue and yellow with 5 points into red's skills damage + rating. I am missing 2 trait points, this will go into completing 3/3 Follow Through and then 1 extra point into anything.
If you are soloing or leveling, however, you are going to want to instead focus on combining blue and red to form a really sturdy and durable solo build:
Why do you spec into blue instead of red for soloing?
There is only 1 quest that vectors in Nargroth. Under the fires of Orodruin is a zone-wide quest in Talath Urui that takes you to every major area of the zone. The very last objective will be to enter Nargroth so do not start this zone without this objective.
Immediately upon zoning it, a watcher-stone will be in the middle of the room. Click on it to gain various quests available to this dungeon:
The stone will offer just 1 quest:
Head further in and defeat some orcs until an offering drops. Go back to the stone to progress the quest. This will open up 3 auto-bestowed quests:
Here is a map of all the objectives:
When all the quests are completed, go back to the stone and finish the quest "Playing with Fire"
3 more quests will become available:
Here is another map of the objectives for the next phase:
With all quests completed, go back to the stone and turn them in. This will unlock the final quest, "The Ancient Ward":