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LotRO Feature Article - Forging Legendary Items, Part 1

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  1. Orvago

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    LotRO Feature Article - Forging Legendary Items, Part 1

    The Lord of the Rings Online has released Part One of a Feature Article that details the Forging of Legendary Items in the upcoming expansion, the Mines of Moria, which set for release November the 18th!

    You can read the Feature Article on Turbine's Web Site here or continue to Read More for all the details right here at LotRO Stratics!

    Feature Article:
    Forging Legendary Items, Part 1

    Weapons of eldritch power and memorable names are sprinkled throughout the lore of The Lord of the Rings. They are legendary creations of such arcane might that tales of their greatness are spread across all the lands of Middle-earth.

    Consider these --

    The sword Narsil, the blade wielded by Isuldur that was shattered by Sauron and Men and was used to cut the One-Ring from the finger of the Dark Lord.

    Hadhafang, the weapon of the Elf princess Idril, Elrond's ancestor, wielded during the Last Alliance of Elves and Men and later given to Arwen.

    And lastly Glamdring, the defender of Gandalf that glows in the presence of an enemy and is inscribed with runes created by Elves for Turon, the King of Gondolin.

    Now players of The Lord of the Rings Online™ can forge their own fabled items by adventuring in the Mines of Moria™ expansion. Having a special "named" weapon is an important part of Tolkien lore, and you can customize your own one-of-a-kind item using the Legendary Items advancement system.

    The Legendary Items system gives you the tools to create powerful magical items, like Bilbo's short sword Sting or Thorin's sword Orcrist -- provided your character reaches 51st level. This system lets you customize special equipment your hero finds within the evil-controlled halls of Khazad-dûm, and these items garner experience alongside your hero. As your item levels it earns Legend Points that can be used to advance the weapon's Legacies, special modifiers that improve class specific skills and abilities. You can also add "relics" from other Legendary Items you find in Moria by "deconstructing" those items and applying the abilities to your own custom creation.

    There are three types of Legendary Items: rare, incomparable, and epic. Each type possesses increasing amounts of potential power and advancement. The cost to identify, re-forge, and deconstruct each item is based on its rarity. Your character can have up to six Legendary Items bound to him or her at any one time, all of them gaining experience and becoming ever-more powerful.

    Just as legendary characters such as Frodo and Bilbo started out as ordinary hobbits, so too do Legendary Items start off as rather ordinary items. The Legendary Item system gives you the ability to build them into legends through the choices you make and the stories you forge.