ESO Disguises

posted this on April 13th, 2014.
Categorized as disguises, elder scrolls, elder scrolls online, games, MMO, outfits, rpg.

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ESO uses a disguise system which allows you to infiltrate an enemy camp and gain information.  Whilst on the quest you cannot sneak as that would seem suspicious.  After the quest has been completed however, you can use the disguises as a form of outfit (and you can sneak once again).  I’ve found the following so far:

Frostedge Bandit disguise - Bleakrock quest Servant's Robes - Betnikh quest Bloodthorn Disguise - Glenumbra quest Vulkhel Guard Marine Disguise - Auridon quest Phaar Mercenary Disguise - Auridon quest (minor variations on the Vulkhel Guard disguise) Quendeluun Veiled Heritance Disguise - Auridon quest

Southern Ruffian

posted this on February 24th, 2014.
Categorized as Arrow of the West, backpack, Black, brown, Burglar, Corsair's Clothing, Dunland Burglar's Armour, Dunland Minstrel's Armour, His and Hers, Hunter, leather, Man, mask, Minstrel, outfits, rascal, satchel, Shabby Clothing, skirt, Spring Festival, tailor T9, tailor-T5, Tale of the Shipwrecked Mariner, treasure hunt, Woman, Yule Festival.

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She warned the halflings against crossing her

Coarse and uncouth

Late in the year in IIIA 3018, Men from the South began to appear in the Shire. Apparently they had been hired to assist Lotho Sackville-Baggins, who had become rather too rich for his own good selling pipeweed to Big Folk away south. He had bought up a lot of property in the Shire and become very influential. At first the ruffians seemed content to follow Lotho’s orders, but their regime became more and more oppressive and in the end even Lotho was powerless against them. It was then that the true master of the ruffians, Sharkey, came to the Shire, and things went from bad to worse.

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Southern Ranger

posted this on February 7th, 2014.
Categorized as Armour of the Shadow-walker, backpack, Beast-master Armour, Burglar, cloth, Green, hood, Lore-Master, Man, mask, metalsmith T8, outfits, ranger, scout, tunic, Woodland Ranger's Clothing.

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Masked Ranger

While the Rangers of the North were the remnants of the Dúnedain of Arnor as a people, the southern Rangers, the Rangers of Ithilien, were a force of warriors and scouts of Gondor tasked to harry the servants of the Enemy on the eastern shores of the Anduin, lands lost to Gondor as Sauron’s strength began to grow apace in the Third Age.

Sudden defense

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The Holly King

posted this on December 25th, 2013.
Categorized as backpack, cloth, cold weather, fur, Green, guise, hat, Hobbit-lad, Lore-Master, Memory of the West, Messages, outfits, Raiment of the Seven Stars, red, Robe, Spirit of Ajokoira, tailor-T5, traveller, Yule Festival.

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Festive fun

The Holly King is a Primary World mythological figure whose existence as an archetype has been argued by authors such as poet Robert Graves in The White Goddess and anthropologist Sir James George Frazer in The Golden Bough. Both writers thought that there is evidence in the Celtic, Scandinavian, and other bodies of folklore to suggest a mythical eternal struggle between two figures, each representing one half of the year: the Holly King and the Oak King. The Oak King represented summer, while the Holly King, dressed in red and with sprigs of holly twisted into his long white beard, represented winter. Though probably primarily a Celtic figure, because the Holly King was at the height of his power during the Germanic Yule festival he became strongly associated with that festive season in places where Celtic and Germanic peoples came into contact (such as the British Isles). The Holly King may even have been a pagan precursor to Father Christmas (a figure which was later blended with wonderworker and gift-giver St Nicholas of Myra to become Sinterklaas). Graves identified a number of paired mythological figures that he felt represented the Oak King and the Holly King, including, respectively, the Arthurian figures Sir Gawain and the Green Knight — whose story Tolkien translated from Middle English to Modern English. The Holly King isn’t referenced anywhere in Tolkien’s works, and there is no evidence that the Hobbits of the Shire had a folkloric figure like the Holly King, but it’s something that wouldn’t feel out of place, especially for Hobbits with Stoor ancestry, given their historical closeness with the Men of Dunland and the Celtic translations Tolkien gave their names. Most of all, the idea makes for a fun Yuletide outfit!

Here he comes a-wassailing

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Harvestmath Guises: Fauxhirrim

posted this on October 31st, 2013.
Categorized as Armour of the Aurochs, Armour of the Axe-handler, Armour of the Brazen Call, Armour of the Hammerhand, blue, captain, champion, cloak, Collections, guardian, guise, Hall-captain's Armour, Hall-general's Armour, Harvestmath Guises, helm, Hobbit-lass, Hunter, mail, outfits, rohan, Shield-bearer's Armour, warrior.

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Always accessorize with horses

Valiant riders vault into the saddles of stamping steeds. Bright sunlight blazes on burnished mail and gleams on golden hair. Spears clash against shields in a clamour and the high note of a horn is heard. The Rohirrim ride in wrath to war! As the din dwindles into the distance and the dust settles, a lone figure is left behind, longing for battle.

Thunderous hoofbeats

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Harvestmath Guises: Playdwarf Bunny

posted this on October 29th, 2013.
Categorized as Armour of Restoration, Armour of the Charge, Armour of the Deadly Storm, Armour of the Healing Hands, Armour of the Keen Blade, Armour of the Martial Champion, Armour of the Shadow-fighter, Berserker's Armour (level 75), blue, captain, champion, cloth, Collections, Dunland Lore-master's Armour, dwarf, Free-defender's Armour, guardian, guise, Harvestmath festival, Harvestmath Guises, Leader's Armour, Lore-Master, mask, outfits, Rune-keeper.

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PDB1

It was said by Gimli that there are few dwarf-women, probably no more than a third of the whole people. They seldom walk abroad except at great need. They are in voice and appearance, and in garb if they must go on a journey, so like to the dwarf-men that the eyes and ears of other peoples cannot tell them apart.

– “Durin’s Folk”, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A

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Harvestmath Guises: Iron Crown Cultist

posted this on October 24th, 2013.
Categorized as Burglar, Collections, cosmetic, culture, guise, Harvestmath Guises, light armour, Man, medallion, medium armour, Minstrel, onesie, outfits, quest, red, sage, shield, Warden.

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False prophet

In the ancient days of the First Age, when the Sun arose for the first time, the Race of Men awakened and a Voice spoke in their hearts, telling of their making and their purpose in Arda. Men began to explore the world and make words, and they often asked the Voice for help, but the Voice did not answer, so that Men should discover Arda for themselves and become wise. But then a great and beautiful being came among Men and spoke to them of the Darkness, and Men listened to him for he was more forthcoming than the Voice. But they were deceived, for their guest was Morgoth in a fair guise. He filled the dark with fear and caused Men to turn away from the Voice, claiming that it wished to devour them. Morgoth commanded a fane be built in his honour that Men might worship him, and this was done. It is said that all Men then alive bowed at that dark shrine, and though in time most Men came to recognize and reject Morgoth, the Shadow therefore was upon them and all Men who came after them.

Making war on the Enemies of the Eye

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Harvestmath Guises: Mad Baggins

posted this on October 22nd, 2013.
Categorized as backpack, citizen, Collections, cosmetic, crafted, event, festival, Green, guise, Harvestmath Guises, Hobbit-lad, light armour, onesie, orange, outfits, Portraits, quest, reputation, token.

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The enduring figure of Mad Baggins

Bilbo Baggins was a very peculiar hobbit. He had been considered quite respectable, in spite of his Tookish ancestry on his mother’s side, until one spring morning he up and wandered off into the Blue in the company of Gandalf the Grey and a band of Dwarvish vagabonds! He was gone for the better part of a year and presumed dead (the inevitable result for folk who indulge in such reckless eccentricities) and his estate was duly passed to his relations and heirs, the Sackville-Bagginses. The unwanted items of the estate were set to be auctioned when Bilbo had the gall to show up quite alive, completely disrupting the whole affair and forcing everyone to give everything back. He also had in his possession chests full of treasure — gold and jewels — and he claimed that he had won this on an “Adventure” (preposterous!). He was even wearing a sword instead of a walking-stick, of all the outlandish things!

He disappeared with a flash and a bang

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Coalbiter

posted this on October 9th, 2013.
Categorized as champion, cloak, cosmetic, crafted, dwarf, festival, heavy armour, instance drop, light armour, medallion, Minstrel, onesie, orange, outfits, pre-order, quest, sage, seasonal, world drop.

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Layabout or unexpected hero

When the scent of wood-smoke lingers in the mountain air, the leaves of the trees on the foothills turn to flaming gold, and the days grow crisp and the nights cold, autumn has come once again. It is time for the Dwarves to retreat into the warm, dry sanctuary of their hollow halls beneath the fells, there to enjoy roaring fires and the deep-voiced singing of the minstrels, and to begin the craft-work that will take them through the deeps of winter.

A pipe and a fire on a brisk night

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Were-worm of the Last Desert

posted this on September 18th, 2013.
Categorized as brown, captain, cloak, commendation, cosmetic, crafted, culture, Gold, guardian, heavy armour, Lalia's Market, Man, medallion, outfits, warrior.

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Cruel light of the east-dawn

“Tell me what you want done, and I will try it, if I have to walk from here to the East of East and fight the wild Were-worms in the Last Desert.”

– Bilbo, “An Unexpected Party”, The Hobbit

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