Valar Guild

July 16, 2023 Sunday Meeting

5:00 P.M. Eastern Time
Valar Guild/meeting_place

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Transcript work by Varda.
[times are Central Time from Varda's Discord. Add one hour for Eastern, which is Valar time and LotRO /servertime.]

Attending (and typed): (7)

rien, Ar-Pharazon, Eonwe, Pengolodh, Sandalf, Shelob, Varda
Meeting begins
Membership news:

    Lord of the Rings Online, World of Warcraft, Overwatch 2, Diablo Immortal, Hearthstone, more LotRO
    Topic: Pippin's contributions to the Battle of Morannon (at the Black Gate).
    (non) Flashgaming Reviews (plus) by Ar-Pharazon. Includes Blizzard games afterwards.



Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 4:01 PM

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 4:02 PM

Varda — Yesterday at 4:03 PM
Aiya : )
[4:04 PM]
Ack. Pengolodh considering a Return to WoW.

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 4:04 PM
Aiya All!

Varda — Yesterday at 4:04 PM
Aiya Eonwe, Phar, and Sandalf : )
[4:05 PM]
@Bounder @Guild-friend Hurray! Time to hang out with the Valar Guild! Come say hi!


Elen sila lumenn' omentielvo!

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 4:05 PM
Paladins are in a pretty good place. It's the story I don't know about, heh.

Varda — Yesterday at 4:05 PM


[4:05 PM]
And Eonwe would know!
[4:07 PM]
Pardon my tardiness. Just had supper and ran up the stairs to the computer.
How goes it for the rest of you?

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 4:08 PM
Pretty good, replaying a flashgame

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 4:08 PM
What was for dinner?

Varda — Yesterday at 4:10 PM
Pork chops, asparagus, corn, brocolli, carrots

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 4:10 PM
Wow. Was it a bit early for dinner?

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 4:10 PM
Sounds like a good dinner.

Varda — Yesterday at 4:10 PM
Sounds as if Phar will have another (non) flash report. : )
[4:10 PM]
We started eating early dinner so Sauron could eat before work.

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 4:11 PM
I also forgot that you are one hour ahead of me...sorry.

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 4:11 PM
Sure, I'll give it later on

Varda — Yesterday at 4:11 PM
They have nothing there he can eat and little he can drink.
It is early. We used to do supper later in the day.

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 4:11 PM

Varda — Yesterday at 4:11 PM
I would normally cook during the same time we have the meeting, for instance, except on Valar day.
[4:12 PM]
We are still getting used to the new schedule, which could change at the drop of a helmet.
Anything else going on more interesting than dinner? : )
[4:13 PM]
Phar's game, of course!

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 4:13 PM
Hah, like anything could possibly be more interesting than dinner :} (edited)

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 4:13 PM
Don't worry, I can still talk, and i'm sure it'll be done soon

Varda — Yesterday at 4:14 PM
Eonwe, the joy of Hobbits.
Hi to Arien who messaged. : )



Arien  Valar — Yesterday at 4:15 PM
aiya al )

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 4:15 PM
    shota jashiashvili
    Take what you can and give nothing back

Varda — Yesterday at 4:15 PM
Nothing new, sorry. I am not going outside the Guild for stuff as much as the old days for things.
On to



Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 4:16 PM
Aiya Arien!

Varda — Yesterday at 4:16 PM
Aiya Sunshine : )

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 4:16 PM
Aiya Arien!
[4:16 PM]
Wioe geht's?

Arien  Valar — Yesterday at 4:16 PM
gut danke thanks well :)  getting tired fo course after the early start

Varda — Yesterday at 4:19 PM
the gavel shoots out of a trebuchet to avoid the long walk across the table, landing in front of Eonwe

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 4:21 PM

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 4:21 PM


Lord of the Rings Online:
Update 36.1 is out. ---
    The Lord of the Rings Online
    Update 36.1 Release Notes
    Here are the release notes for Update 36.1, released on Wednesday, July 12th, 2023.

[4:21 PM]

World of Warcraft:
This week's bonus event: Battlegrounds.

The PvP Brawl: Cooking Impossible is going through Tuesday, July 18th.
[4:21 PM]
With the Fractures in Time Update now live, the next update, Fury Incarnate, is under production. ---
    World of Warcraft
    The Fractures in Time Content Update is Now Live! - WoW
    Venture into time itself to push back the encroaching chaos from other timelines and ensure the preservation of the future in the Fractures in Time content update.
    You’ll also be able to tend whelps in the Ruby Lifeshrine, embrace the way of the Warlock as the class expands to all races, specialize as the new dracthyr Augmentation Evoker, and mo...

    World of Warcraft
    In Development: Fury Incarnate - WoW
    While stalwart defenders are pushing back against the encroaching chaos from other timelines to ensure the preservation of the future, the next content update is in the making.

[4:22 PM]
Check out This Week in WoW. ---
    World of Warcraft
    This Week in WoW: July 10, 2023 - WoW
    Each week we’ll look ahead to what’s in store for World of Warcraft, share the latest news, and keep you in the know byte by byte.
    The Fractures in Time content goes live this week starting on July 11, and we’re celebrating the occasion in style.

[4:22 PM]
Check out Blues News. ---
    World of Warcraft
    Blues News: July 14, 2023 - WoW
    Stay up to date with World of Warcraft when you join us each week as we round up some of the latest top blue posts and discussions.

[4:22 PM]
Check out this week's hotfixes. ---
    World of Warcraft
    Hotfixes: July 14, 2023 - WoW
    Here you will find a list of hotfixes that address various issues related to World of Warcraft: Dragonflight, Wrath of the Lich King Classic, Burning Crusade Classic, and WoW Classic.

[4:22 PM]

Overwatch 2:
A new blog is out: Director's Take - The Next Chapter in the Story ---
    Director’s Take – The next chapter in the story
    Overwatch 2 Creative Director Jeff Chamberlain shares what is coming up for Overwatch's story and how it is moving forward.

[4:22 PM]
The Overwatch 2 Summer Games are going through July 24th. ---
    Fun in the Sun returns with the Overwatch 2 Summer Games
    The Summer Games are back with new challenges and rewards, along with the all-new Winston’s Beach Volleyball game mode!

[4:23 PM]

Diablo Immortal:
Check out the latest bug fixes. ---
    Diablo Immortal Bug Fixes and Patch Notes for All Platforms
    We will continually update this blog with all bug fixes and patches the team implements for Diablo Immortal on all platforms.

Quests are coming back to battlegrounds. ---
Quests Return to Battlegrounds
The fan-favorite Quest mechanic is returning to Battlegrounds with a few updates!

And that's it from me.

Varda — Yesterday at 4:23 PM
Thank you, Eonwe : )

A little more to add for

[4:24 PM]
Weatherstock is next week.
But they have a new thing going, the Concert series. One is going now, started at noon.
Much shorter. : )
[4:25 PM]
For more info:
    Player Concert Weatherstock Returns To The Lord of the Rings Online...
    Weatherstock, the epic in-game, player-organized concert series in The Lord of the Rings Online is returning for its 15th year, its organizers announced today.
    The concert will take place on July 22nd, though a concert series will also happen this weekend to whet player's appetites.
    Weatherstock - Game - Community - Community Hosting - Gamer Launch
    Index for the Community website for weatherstock on the Game server of Community.

Todays'Concert is on top of The Hill above Bag End at Hobbiton in the Shire.
[4:26 PM]
Historical note: Devs were testing a server load, and a bunch of minstrels came uo with Weatherstock.
Eventually, it was moved from Weathertop because it's a pain for everyone to get to Weathertop, and not much room. This year, however, Lonely Mountain Band is providing an escort service to Weathertop. Different areas are being used for practice and rest, such as the base of Weathertop by Candaith's camp.
Folks that showed up in a kin branch this past week:
Landroval branch:

Crickhollow branch:

Treebeard branch:

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 4:27 PM
Magnificent post-Numenorean watchtower... used as a concert arena

Varda — Yesterday at 4:27 PM
That's my news.

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 4:27 PM
Arnorian kings rolling in their graves?

Varda — Yesterday at 4:27 PM
: )
[4:27 PM]
Arnorian kings - dancing!

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 4:27 PM
keeping time to the music...

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 4:28 PM
The living rock, the dead roll.

Varda — Yesterday at 4:28 PM
"Rolling, rolling..."

Arien  Valar — Yesterday at 4:28 PM
rockiing and rolling then  ?

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 4:28 PM
keep those doggies rollin'

Varda — Yesterday at 4:28 PM
: )
The usual suspects for Starcraft 2
Any other general gaming news?

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 4:29 PM
With patch preview, night elf heritage armor announced at last! Wooh!

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 4:29 PM
My LoTRO tutoral is on Tuesday at the Wright Farms Anythink Library.

Varda — Yesterday at 4:30 PM
Cool, Phar. My main was a night elf. no not going back
[4:31 PM]
Sandalf, good luck! Hope they can help. Just doing the flashgames will help
Main thing is to have fun!
So many games people keep trying to pull me into, barely able to do some LotRO! heh
[4:32 PM]
Any other news of any kind, requests, suggestions, invites?

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 4:32 PM
Take a look, it's in a book, a Reading Rainbow.

Varda — Yesterday at 4:33 PM
: )
[4:33 PM]
puts on a long goggle like Geordi's

Shelob — Yesterday at 4:33 PM
Good evening!

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 4:33 PM

Varda — Yesterday at 4:34 PM
Aiya Shelob : )

Arien  Valar — Yesterday at 4:34 PM
evening and aiya Spidy :

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 4:34 PM
Aiya Shelob!

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 4:34 PM
Oh, belated membership... parents went on vacation yesterday, so got the house to myself for 4 weeks

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 4:34 PM
Is that the Alfred Hitchcock "Good Eveninggggggg."?

Arien  Valar — Yesterday at 4:34 PM

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 4:34 PM
Time to be an adult!

Arien  Valar — Yesterday at 4:35 PM

Varda — Yesterday at 4:35 PM
Wow, four weeks! Nice house-sitting time. : )

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 4:35 PM
Don't forget to take out the trash.

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 4:35 PM
Heh, I know.. there's a schedule on the wall

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 4:35 PM
And water the flowers...

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 4:35 PM
Do the dishes, vacuum he carpet, dust...

Varda — Yesterday at 4:36 PM
Schedules. "More actual guidelines, really."

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 4:36 PM
Mow the lawn, trim the hedges of many small villages...

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 4:37 PM
Let's see.. the flowers are fake, the grass is fake, we just had rain yesterday so the real plants in the garden are ok...
[4:37 PM]
I think I'm fine for now :)

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 4:37 PM
Empty the refrigerator and remove items past their "best used by" date

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 4:38 PM
I don't think that's needed after 1 day

Varda — Yesterday at 4:38 PM
Be sure to game. ; )

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 4:38 PM
Managing my house is almost a full-time activity...but that may just be me.

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 4:38 PM
Hmm, need a smaller house!

Varda — Yesterday at 4:39 PM
Not just you, Sandy : )
[4:39 PM]
On to



[4:39 PM]
I have a topic, but would like to hear yours first, if any of you have one for tonight?

Shelob — Yesterday at 4:39 PM
Oh. Can I share a bit of personal news?

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 4:40 PM
I would love to hear it!

Varda — Yesterday at 4:40 PM
Remember that it goes on a public transcript. Sure. And do you still game?
[4:41 PM]
Shelob, go ahead.  : )

Shelob — Yesterday at 4:41 PM
Yeah, that's okay. :)
[4:42 PM]
Well, I had BA surgery 5 weeks ago and I just wanted to share that I am really really happy with the result.

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 4:42 PM

Varda — Yesterday at 4:43 PM
I'm glad you're ok.

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 4:43 PM

Shelob — Yesterday at 4:44 PM
Are pictures transferred into the transcript?

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 4:44 PM
Links, yes. Embeds, I don't think so.

Varda — Yesterday at 4:44 PM
I have to add them.
[4:44 PM]
Most are just links.
[4:45 PM]
Discord jpgs I have to add even the link.

Shelob — Yesterday at 4:45 PM
I just copy mine, but I don't really want the photo in the transcript, so that's why I ask.

Varda — Yesterday at 4:46 PM
I can leave it out. I can also leave out links if requested.

Shelob — Yesterday at 4:46 PM

Arien  Valar — Yesterday at 4:46 PM
you look good

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 4:47 PM

Shelob — Yesterday at 4:47 PM
Thank you!

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 4:47 PM
Very good! You seem tall, also.

Shelob — Yesterday at 4:48 PM
I am tall. 6'3" (1.87)

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 4:48 PM
Yep, that looks about right. Just taller than I am.

Varda — Yesterday at 4:48 PM
You seem to like red.

Shelob — Yesterday at 4:48 PM
Oh! And before I forget! (my brain is so mushy right now) I celebrated my 2nd rebirthday friday.

Arien  Valar — Yesterday at 4:48 PM
that s some height that ^^  stand a head over me or more

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 4:49 PM
And congrats on your rebirthday!

Arien  Valar — Yesterday at 4:49 PM

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 4:49 PM
Rebirth... you sure you're not a druid?

You seem to like red.
Shelob — Yesterday at 4:49 PM
I love red. Especially if it's bright. But I love all bright and flowery colours.

Varda — Yesterday at 4:50 PM
Here's a height comparison. Note the shelves in the bookcase also.
    Photos of some of the members of the Valar Guild.

Shelob — Yesterday at 4:51 PM
Oh right. We need to add this one to that page.

Varda — Yesterday at 4:51 PM
The Don't Panic shirt is on a person (me) 5 foot even.

Shelob — Yesterday at 4:51 PM
Also, yes, that's me from 15 years ago. :)

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 4:51 PM
You haven't aged at all!

Varda — Yesterday at 4:52 PM
If you like, the pic can be added. It is a public area, so will that be ok?

Shelob — Yesterday at 4:52 PM
Yeah, that's okay. :)
That is a specific space where it should be. [Note: linked image on Author's page for Shelob.]

Varda — Yesterday at 4:53 PM
Okie dokie.

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 4:53 PM
eyes Discord avatar You do like red!

Shelob — Yesterday at 4:54 PM
Oh, I have many, many more dresses.
[4:55 PM]
Anyways, that was it. I'm curious for today's Tolkien topic.

Varda — Yesterday at 4:55 PM
Are we ready for Tolkien, before Arien has to leave?
[4:56 PM]

Pippin is at the Gate of Morannon, the Black Gate, with Aragorn's armies. He is the only Hobbit. Why wasn't he left behind in Minas Tirith to tend Merry?
Frodo and Sam are in Mordor.
[4:57 PM]
(Sauron is 5'11")

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 4:57 PM
Simple: someone had to represent the Hobbits before the Black Gate, and ditto for the Dwarves and the Elves....besides, they had excellent healers back in Minas Tirith tending Merry.

Varda — Yesterday at 4:57 PM
Good answer, Sandalf.
As in most cases, there is more than one reason.

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 4:57 PM
For sure.

Varda — Yesterday at 4:57 PM
That would be the main one.
[4:58 PM]
A quote backs up what Sandalf said:

Arien  Valar — Yesterday at 4:58 PM
and Pippin probably was thinking "I have to catch up with Merry after him killing the Witchking~ "

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 4:58 PM
He also wasn't injured himself and still part of Gondor's army

Varda — Yesterday at 4:58 PM
When all was ordered, the Captains rode forth towards the Black Gate with a great guard of horsemen and the banner and heralds and trumpeters. There was Gandalf as chief herald, and Aragorn with the sons of Elrond, and Eomer of Rohan, and Imrahil; and Legolas and Gimli and Peregrin were bidden to go also, so that all the enemies of Mordor should have a witness.
[4:58 PM]
Arien, aye!

Arien  Valar — Yesterday at 4:59 PM
so it suited him as well even if he might have felt a bit out of place and small

Varda — Yesterday at 4:59 PM
Phar is also right.

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 4:59 PM
Ghan-Buri-Ghan had sent no one.

Varda — Yesterday at 4:59 PM
That slacker. : )

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 4:59 PM
And he had a new friend in the Gondorian army whom he had to protect from a big troll!

Shelob — Yesterday at 4:59 PM
Didn't Denethord dismiss Pippin from his service before his demise?

Varda — Yesterday at 4:59 PM
Maybe Men were enough?

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 4:59 PM
IT is also sort of sad to think about that fact...there were only THREE Elves present, ONE Dwarf, and ONE Hobbit...amongst several thousand Men. I think Tolkien was trying to segue into the idea that the Fourth Age would be the Age of Men (and Women)...the others would go West, or dwindle.

Varda — Yesterday at 4:59 PM
Aye, Sandalf. He did.
Note that Legolas is there for the Elves.
[5:00 PM]
At least for Mirkwood.
But Elladan and Elrohir are half-elves.

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 5:00 PM
He is one of the three....Elladan, ELrohir, and Legolas.
True,, but they had the life of the Eldar.

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 5:00 PM
The Age of Man, as in Mankind.

Varda — Yesterday at 5:00 PM
And yet, they chose to remain behind with the race of Men.

Shelob — Yesterday at 5:01 PM
Elladan and Elrohir can't really be counted as Half Men though.

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 5:01 PM
Perhaps Legolas also represents Ghan-Buri-Ghan as a woodland people!

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 5:01 PM
It was only after Elessar accepted the Gift of Iluvatar that Legolas and Gimli set sail...

Varda — Yesterday at 5:01 PM
Aye, Sandalf.
[5:02 PM]
Ok, going to try not to tangent. oof argh

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 5:02 PM

Varda — Yesterday at 5:02 PM
More on Pippin, not a quote, but a shortening:
The Mouth of Sauron, also called the Messenger, shows spoils taken from Frodo looking for reaction. Pippin gives him one.

Shelob — Yesterday at 5:02 PM
As for the age of men arriving, I'm not too sure, but wasn't that pretty much evident from the start?

Varda — Yesterday at 5:03 PM
The Age of Men didn't happen until Elrond left.

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 5:03 PM
A shortening... that a size pun?

Shelob — Yesterday at 5:03 PM
Didn't whoever it was that sheltered Frodo and Sam off the road in the Shire say that the time of the Elves was gone and that they were moving into the West?

Varda — Yesterday at 5:03 PM
Would I do that, Phar? er yes. cough

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 5:03 PM

Varda — Yesterday at 5:04 PM
It was already beginning, but not yet realized/official until Elrond left.
Pippin who stood behind Prince Imrahil sprang forward with a cry of grief.
End quote

Shelob — Yesterday at 5:04 PM
Was it the destruction of the Ring or the coronation of Aragorn that ushered in the 4th Age, the Age of Men?

Varda — Yesterday at 5:05 PM
When Pippin showed strong recognition and caring seeing Frodo's stuff in enemy hands, it was proven that they knew and cared. The others showed sorrow as well.

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 5:05 PM
The Third Age was spent with Elves (the Eldar at least) doing nothing new and mostly sailing into the West or sitting around in their remaining refuges biding their time.

Varda — Yesterday at 5:05 PM
It was Elrond's leaving.

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 5:05 PM
I thought the Fourth Age begin with the destruction of the Ring.
May 25th as I recall.

Varda — Yesterday at 5:05 PM
The Mouth says they can't deny the tokens now, and Gandalf says he knows the objects and all their history, which Mordor can't say it knows. So the Mouth says the prisoner (who has actually escaped but Mouthy doesn't mention that) will be tortured for a very long time unless the delegation gives up a lot for him.
Gandalf appears beaten and lets the Mouth ask for huge amounts that would take a lot of war to gain and refuses to show the prisoner before the concessions are made.

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 5:05 PM

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 5:06 PM
So Pippin was there to spoil Gandalf's poker face.

Varda — Yesterday at 5:06 PM
Once the Mouth has shown that there was really no treating with this lot so all assembled can be sure, Gandalf throws off his cloak and gives off a white light.
(Pippin was there to help Gandalf's appearance)
His upraised hand makes the Mouth recoil and Gandalf grabs the items "in memory of our friend", and dismisses the Mouth. The Mouth becomes fearful of the whole delegation, leaps back on his steed, and gallops with his company back inside. Once the Mouth is inside, Sauron springs the expected trap.

Shelob — Yesterday at 5:06 PM
Quick search on the intwebs: (quote)
The Fourth Age was held to have begun with the passing of the Ring-bearers over the sea from Mithlond on 29 September III 3021, though in Gondor it was reckoned as beginning on 25 March of the same year (that date being the second anniversary of the Downfall of Barad-dûr).
Arien  Valar — Yesterday at 5:07 PM
well as much as i am loth to   I have to leave

Varda — Yesterday at 5:07 PM
The passing of the Ring-bearers includes Elrond.

Shelob — Yesterday at 5:07 PM
Thus, it would be exactly as Varda said, with the passing of Elrond. :)

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 5:07 PM
Namarie, Arien!

Varda — Yesterday at 5:07 PM
Namarie, Arien!

Shelob — Yesterday at 5:07 PM
Namarie Sunshine!

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 5:07 PM
Well, at least I had a date right :)

Arien  Valar — Yesterday at 5:07 PM
Namarie all  :)

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 5:07 PM
And Galadriel, and Gandalf....all at the same time...

Varda — Yesterday at 5:07 PM
Sam went later.

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 5:07 PM
I have a story about that...

Varda — Yesterday at 5:08 PM
But the rest of the living ring-bearers went then.

Shelob — Yesterday at 5:08 PM
Not quite so. Sam went later. :)

Varda — Yesterday at 5:08 PM
Fun doing two topics at once.
[5:08 PM]
Aye, we all kind of mentioned Sam together. : )

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 5:08 PM
Btw, didn't Sam go later?

Varda — Yesterday at 5:08 PM
There you go! hehe

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 5:09 PM
Much later

Varda — Yesterday at 5:09 PM
By Elven standards, a little while. : )

Shelob — Yesterday at 5:09 PM
At least a goodsized gaggle of hobbit children later. :)

Varda — Yesterday at 5:09 PM

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 5:09 PM
By Valinor standards, he must've arrived right on Frodo's heels :)

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 5:09 PM
And a visit from King Elessar Telcontar at the Brandywine Bridge...

Varda — Yesterday at 5:09 PM
One last Pippin thing, relating to Phar's correct statement earlier.
[5:10 PM]
Pippin draws his sword and looks at it, thinking. One thought is:

Fun doing two topics at once.
Shelob — Yesterday at 5:10 PM
Tangents 'r us. I've said this since at least 1999 I reckon. :)

Varda — Yesterday at 5:10 PM
"If only I could smite that foul Messenger with it, then almost I should draw level with old Merry."
End quote
Does Pippin do a fighting deed worth having his presence in the battle?

Shelob — Yesterday at 5:10 PM
And all he got in the end was a lousy troll. :)

Varda — Yesterday at 5:10 PM

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 5:10 PM
Tangent: It seems sometime in the Fourth Age, Elvish aging sped up from a 1:100 ratio compared to normal Men, to a 1:75.

Varda — Yesterday at 5:11 PM
T-shirt now means Troll-shirt?

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 5:11 PM
Wasn't it a troll chieftain, even?  :)

Varda — Yesterday at 5:11 PM
It was


Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 5:11 PM
Absolutely. A troll is not quite as big and event as the killing of the  Witch King, but it was a good deed, worthy of praise.

Varda — Yesterday at 5:11 PM
At Pippin's side Beregond was stunned and overborne, and he fell; and the great troll-chief that smote him down bent over him, reaching out with a clutching claw; for these foul creatures would bite the throats of those that they threw down.
Then Pippin stabbed upwards, and the written blade of Westernesse pierced through the hide and went deep into the vitals of the troll, and his black blood came gushing out.
He toppled forward and came crashing down like a falling rock, burying those beneath him.
Blackness and stench and crushing pain came upon Pippin, and his mind fell away into a great darkness.
end quote
[5:12 PM]
I'll quote some more shortly : )
But how about that? That troll was enormous!

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 5:13 PM
Indeed, so can't miss him when you stab :)

Varda — Yesterday at 5:13 PM
hehe. Take that, toe!

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 5:13 PM
Heh, like Broxigar slashing Sargeras in the toe during the War of the Ancients...

Varda — Yesterday at 5:13 PM
Pippin handles the ending of the chapter with a eucatastrophe of hope.

Indeed, so can't miss him when you stab
Shelob — Yesterday at 5:13 PM
I guess we can't really give Sam credit either then. :)

Varda — Yesterday at 5:14 PM
I can give Sam lots of credit for not running away!

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 5:14 PM
True, that!

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 5:14 PM
I believe that Tolkien suggested somewhere that the true hero of the LoTR was Sam.

Varda — Yesterday at 5:14 PM
"So it ends as I guessed it would," his thoughts said, even as it fluttered away; and it laughed a little within him ere it fled, almost gay it seemed to be casting off at last all doubt and care and fear.
And then even as it winged away into forgetfulness it heard voices, and they seemed to be crying in some forgotten world far above:
"The Eagles are coming! The Eagles are coming!
For one moment more PIppin's thought hovered. "Bilbo!" it said. "But no! That came in his tale, long long ago. This is my tale, and it is ended now. Good-bye!" And his thought fled far away and his eyes saw no more.
End quote
[5:15 PM]
So it leaves us with a cliff-hanger there.

Shelob — Yesterday at 5:15 PM
Hey, you can't blame little old me for trying to diminish that little pipsqueak's exploits. Dang hobbits. Grumble

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 5:15 PM
I wouldn't mind going out like that.

Varda — Yesterday at 5:15 PM

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 5:15 PM
Just... forgotten and at peace.

Varda — Yesterday at 5:15 PM
[5:15 PM]
Then comes the tale of Frodo, Sam, Gollum, and the Ring who bring about that hope.
The tale goes right back to what Pippin heard.
[5:16 PM]
In RotK, "The Field of Cormallen"
(jumped from RotK, "The Black Gate Opens")
In RotK, "The Field of Cormallen", we find that the call about the Eagles came from Gandalf and that many repeated it.
The Eagles were many, not just the greatest ones, but also their vassals from the northern mountains.
Straight down upon the Nazgul they bore, stooping suddenly out of the high airs, and the rush of their wide wings as they passed over was like a gale.
But the Nazgul turned and fled, and vanished into Mordor's shadows, hearing a sudden terrible call out of the Dark Tower; and even at that moment all the hosts of Mordor trembled, doubt clutched their hearts, their laughter failed, their hands shook and their limbs were loosed.
The Power that drove them on and filled them with hate and fury was wavering, its will was removed from them; and now looking in the eyes of their enemies they saw a deadly light and were afraid.
End quote.
[5:18 PM]
So Pippin bridged the story for us.

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 5:18 PM
"Doubt clutched their hearts" --- Now there's a picture painted.

Varda — Yesterday at 5:18 PM

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 5:18 PM
Typical Tolkien laconic statement....
That means so much in so few words..

Varda — Yesterday at 5:19 PM
All the other bits with it give a strong feeling.
Aye. For a long tale, a lot is told in a short space.

Shelob — Yesterday at 5:20 PM
Word artistry at its very best.

Varda — Yesterday at 5:20 PM
Agreed. : )

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 5:21 PM
And now I'm off for a few minutes, putting out the green trash :)

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 5:21 PM
In that spare quote, two of the words of Germanic (clutch and heart), and only one is Latin (Doubt).  Shows Tolkien's preference for OE words.

Varda — Yesterday at 5:22 PM
Aiya Pengolodh : )

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 5:22 PM
Aiya Pengolodh!

Pengolodh — Yesterday at 5:22 PM
Sunday Gaming Update: Finally moving into the Misty Mountains. Working through the book quests. Maxed out current Virtues, which is a first for me. :) Finished an interesting run with Legolas through the vale. Started to also play an old game, star wars battlefront 2 :) The game is on its last legs population wise. :) but still very enjoyable.

Aiya Pengolodh!
Pengolodh — Yesterday at 5:22 PM

Varda — Yesterday at 5:23 PM
You've been busy!
Grats on the Virtues. That really helps up your operations.

Pengolodh — Yesterday at 5:26 PM
Not as busy i would of hoped.  Thanks. I didnt keep on top of them on my main on laurelin, and im still paying for it. Thinking of moving my main to evernight though... laurelin has become kinda dull community wise  evernight i hear is buzzing.

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 5:26 PM
Aiya Pengolodh!

Pengolodh — Yesterday at 5:27 PM
Aiya Pharazon !

Varda — Yesterday at 5:27 PM
Three of us tried to catch your attention the other night, hehe. You must have been some kind of busy!

Pengolodh — Yesterday at 5:27 PM
my goal is get my RK up to at least 120 for gundabad on landroval. Im super keen to get my house decorated.. and becoming useful for end content lol :)

Varda — Yesterday at 5:28 PM
Also, you'll want to catch up on the other Virtues. You get to use the bottom list on the Virtue at all times as if that part is equipped.

Pengolodh — Yesterday at 5:28 PM
RL is awful busy for me.. i just about slipped on here tonight! Work, Parttime University, Projects ... never ending.

Varda — Yesterday at 5:28 PM
We have need of folks at all levels. And crafter.
Sounds like RL : )
We'll be around. : )

Pengolodh — Yesterday at 5:29 PM
crafying im working on jeweler!
i want to have that capped by 120, for gundabad.

Varda — Yesterday at 5:30 PM
That's a great idea

Pengolodh — Yesterday at 5:31 PM
Do you guys run raids etc anymore :) trust me... i put no pressure on any such actions :) I just like to plan ahead :)

Varda — Yesterday at 5:31 PM
We do instances. Sometimes join into raids.
Missions too. [Note: and skirmishes that allow from solo on up to large groups]

Pengolodh — Yesterday at 5:31 PM
expectations and the like.. I like to be an effective member of a team :)
ah.. i do missions! well i have with this RK. enjoyable.

Varda — Yesterday at 5:32 PM
Crafting, chatting, helping each other at all levels are all fun.
Missions can be duoed. Some trioed.

Pengolodh — Yesterday at 5:32 PM
i never understood why folk always complained about missions. i find them refreshing

Varda — Yesterday at 5:32 PM
You're listening to World Chat. : )

Pengolodh — Yesterday at 5:32 PM
nooooooo :) lol ok.. a little bit lol

Varda — Yesterday at 5:33 PM
Many think complaining or tearing something down makes them look smart. Take complaints with a grain of salt.

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 5:33 PM
I wonder if they do instances in Sandalf's LotRO workshop.

Pengolodh — Yesterday at 5:33 PM
they are probably the most upset people in the world at times

Varda — Yesterday at 5:33 PM
I listen to World Chat too. : )  Part of my being an old recruiter. Haven't been doing much of that lately, but get to see people.

Pengolodh — Yesterday at 5:33 PM
Lotro workshop :) what is this ? :)

Varda — Yesterday at 5:34 PM
The ones having fun tend to be having fun. Lot of people turn off WC. Most of our group turns it off.

Pengolodh — Yesterday at 5:34 PM
i like talking to the regulars. I have a few little friends who like to shoot the breeze

Varda — Yesterday at 5:34 PM
Ahh, that's something Sandalf is trying so he can understand the basics like WASD etc. All new for him.
[5:35 PM]
I also like that. You can see me chat in there too. : )

Pengolodh — Yesterday at 5:35 PM
i have heard this.. you know, ive never considered it.. but i can honesty see why. I do find it a bit of a distraction

Varda — Yesterday at 5:35 PM
I see you chatting.
The simplest thing to do is set up several tabs.
One includes General and one does not. : )
Simetimes need peace. Especially when they go into politics.

Pengolodh — Yesterday at 5:36 PM
Never seen the politics.. but ive heard it happens alot.

Varda — Yesterday at 5:36 PM
gavel hops along the firepit along the center of the table
[5:36 PM]
It does happen a lot. I've seen too much of it.

Shelob — Yesterday at 5:36 PM
First thing I do when creating a new character: Set up a different tab.

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 5:36 PM
Navy Wardroom Rules....never discuss Women, Religion, or Poilitics.

Varda — Yesterday at 5:36 PM
Aye, Sheob.
That is wisdom, Sandalf. : )
[5:37 PM]
the gavel is lost, trips over the hammerpad that shot underneath it
Thwonkk! Saved from the firepit



[5:38 PM]
In the guild, we attempt to keep politics and religion to what is in Tolkien's world, leaving most of RL out of it.
We hear it enough outside.

But when it does come up, this group is pretty civil.
[5:39 PM]
We all know how to "bite the tongue".

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 5:39 PM
I need to get some dinner (it is almost 1700 here) and will return for Ar's report later. Namarie!

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 5:39 PM

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 5:39 PM
    Evpaty68's Channel
    John Hammond - I don't blame people for their mistakes

[5:40 PM]
And just for fun, John Wayne:
    Jim Rorie
    John Wayne- I Won’t Be Wronged, I Won’t Be Insulted, and I Won't Be...

Pengolodh — Yesterday at 5:40 PM
Yeah. I never understood why folk would bring RL stuff into a fantasy game. I have the same problem on my FB group. I am always try to steer folk towards the fictional history of middleearth.. but they cant let go off the outside world! comparing Sauron to someone.. etc.. and using it to springboard into silly conversations. it can be disappointing.

Varda — Yesterday at 5:41 PM
We do have our own form of RP for the Valar Guild that crosses all games, including whatever we're playing.
[5:42 PM]
We are each the fea of some character from Tolkien's works. You are Pengolodh's fea.
[5:42 PM]
Each of us has been sent into various forms to learn, prior to the building of Arda Renewed, so that we can understand and make it right.
[5:42 PM]
Takes a lot of learning.
[5:43 PM]
That's why we can telepathically talk across anywhere to the other learning fea.
[5:43 PM]
We can recognize the others that are doing the same thing and call them by that name, even in a completely different form.

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 5:43 PM
I'm not just a fea, I'm literally typing this from the Forgotten Caves. I just pretend to be a Dutch guy.

Varda — Yesterday at 5:43 PM

Pengolodh — Yesterday at 5:44 PM
That i am! with a particular interest in all things that are numenroean

Varda — Yesterday at 5:44 PM
Our fea is not bound to one time or place or body.
[5:44 PM]
We can specialize. ; )
[5:44 PM]
Phar is rebuilding his rep after being dumped in a hole in Valinor. : )

Shelob — Yesterday at 5:44 PM
Where did you find the resources to invent the interwebs?

Varda — Yesterday at 5:44 PM
We're Valar. We invented resources.

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 5:45 PM
We dug out a bit under the sea and hooked into an internet cable.

Varda — Yesterday at 5:45 PM
I'm into light especially. Try out the new fiber optic?

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 5:46 PM
Ah, Varda's making, should have known

Varda — Yesterday at 5:46 PM
Can't have you stuck in that place without a way to learn!

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 5:46 PM
[5:46 PM]
We make our own computers, too. Lots of silicon in these caves.

Pengolodh — Yesterday at 5:47 PM
Dont we know lol oh Pharazon! but honestly i never blamed Phar.  Sauron used the one ring on you. (although never mentioned but still.. he had it with him) and be fair, you held on for a long long time.! Lesser men would of fallen faster. So, from a numenorean scholar.. you have my respect and pity.

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 5:47 PM
Light passed along glass. Varda and Aulë teamup?

Shelob — Yesterday at 5:47 PM
Now I know why the Valar bent the world. Pesky humans would probably find a way to mine out the entirety of Valinor.

Pengolodh — Yesterday at 5:48 PM
hold up.. your developing computers in the caves underneath valinor.... *looks through book...."my god

Shelob — Yesterday at 5:49 PM
I think it's a bit more likely we're all figments of Pharzie's completely deranged mind from spending several thousand years completely alone.

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 5:49 PM
Gotta do something to spend the time. Do you know how boring it is down here?

Shelob — Yesterday at 5:50 PM
At least I get the occasional visit from an orc or gobbo.
[5:50 PM]
Not much for conversation those are though.

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 5:50 PM
Mostly along the "aargh not in the face" variety?

Shelob — Yesterday at 5:50 PM
and the 'please don't eat me' variety.

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 5:52 PM
By the way, what do you use in the way of cave lighting these days? I hear they're making great progress with those luminescent mushrooms, but haven't gotten around to trying them.

Shelob — Yesterday at 5:53 PM
Lighting? You know who I am right? I spin darkness along with my webs.

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 5:53 PM
Yeah, but if you're like your mom, you do like the shinies, right?

Varda — Yesterday at 5:53 PM
Eater of light, needs more to eat.

Shelob — Yesterday at 5:54 PM
I like the shinies be in my belly. I don't like shinies to be around and be... shiny. They are better off being dark.

Varda — Yesterday at 5:54 PM
How about mine shaft light, glowing crystals, bioluminscent bugs and molds?

Shelob — Yesterday at 5:54 PM

Varda — Yesterday at 5:54 PM
Just eat the light, not the source. Then don't run out as fast.

Shelob — Yesterday at 5:54 PM
And mine shafts get extra special thick webbing.
[5:55 PM]
I'm momma's kid. Who am I if I don't splurge and indulge?
[5:55 PM]
Think I'd grow so big and awesome if I didn't?

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 5:55 PM
If you can't even handle the Phial, I wonder if Ungoliant would've exploded after eating the Silmarilli.

Shelob — Yesterday at 5:56 PM
I'm not THAT greedy.

Varda — Yesterday at 5:56 PM
Carcharoth didn't handle that one Silmaril very well.

Shelob — Yesterday at 5:56 PM
Besides, the Silmarils would light up my belly like a christmas tree. Hard to stay inconspicuous that way.

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 5:57 PM

Shelob — Yesterday at 5:57 PM
Yeah, but Charcharoth was not Ungoliant.

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 5:57 PM
Stick some web-made wings on you and you can pass for a glowfly.

Shelob — Yesterday at 5:57 PM
He was made by Morgoth, in mockery of Huan if memory serves.
[5:57 PM]
Ungoliant was a match for Melkor himself.
[5:58 PM]
Which means that the Silmarils would still burn her from the inside out, but I think it would take a long, long time to kill her.

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 5:58 PM
Bred by Morgoth, with the intent of pitting him against Huan.

Varda — Yesterday at 5:59 PM
In any case, skip eating Silmarils. : )

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 5:59 PM
Terrible indigestion.

Varda — Yesterday at 6:00 PM
And oh, the belching!

Pengolodh — Yesterday at 6:04 PM
Surely they didn't put you down there without a lamp  surely someone visited.. what are you eating

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 6:05 PM
chews down some moss

Varda — Yesterday at 6:05 PM
We keep an eye and ear on everything. : )
[6:06 PM]
Light comes from above, and from crystals, moss, insects. If they're not all eaten.
[6:06 PM]
Do they really need food? Are they truly still so much in their hroar?

Pengolodh — Yesterday at 6:06 PM
By any chance you didn't bump into Amandil .. you know your old besty. I always suspected he was put in a hole too lol

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 6:06 PM
We're still human. Don't eat a lot of crystals. May grind one now and then into fine pieces and use as salt.

Varda — Yesterday at 6:07 PM
Might check those food baskets being lowered down regularly.

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 6:07 PM
Surely you wouldn't feed us Amandil?

Varda — Yesterday at 6:07 PM
Nope. : )

Pengolodh — Yesterday at 6:08 PM
And his servant too lol

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 6:08 PM
Now I know who's been trolling me online from the other end of the cave.

Varda — Yesterday at 6:08 PM
Note also the cave tunnels, perhaps hidden behind some of the crystals.
[6:08 PM]
Amandil! Who are you picking on?

Pengolodh — Yesterday at 6:10 PM
The people of middleearth demand an answer.. what did ye do with Amandil. Lol
[6:10 PM]

Varda — Yesterday at 6:10 PM

Pengolodh — Yesterday at 6:11 PM
Ahhh...a request.. (edited)
[6:11 PM]
Bowing our heads.. with upmost respect

Varda — Yesterday at 6:12 PM
Amandil came sailing towards Valinor, but he was not the one we were supposed to receive.
[6:13 PM]
However, we listen, we care. The Faithful were born on the waves to Middle-earth.
[6:13 PM]
A human cannot live long in Valinor. His hroa cannot take it.
[6:13 PM]
But humans come for a short time to Mandos, to reflect, then go on outside the circles of Arda.
[6:13 PM]
It may be they go even to Eru.
[6:14 PM]
Thus in his due time, he will be in a very wonderful place.
[6:14 PM]
They may all see each other again in Arda Renewed, perhaps.

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 6:15 PM
So what did you do to Amandil? Send him down to Mandos?

Varda — Yesterday at 6:15 PM
Even our Phar here, who has worked to redeem himself.
[6:15 PM]
Only after his hroar wore out in the glories of Valinor.

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 6:15 PM
Or maybe he is down here... initial decorator...

Pengolodh — Yesterday at 6:15 PM
Ah yes.. they come upon the straight way.. either by chance or the will of the valar... where they see the great mountain of aman.. before they die

Varda — Yesterday at 6:15 PM
Then he went in honor to see Namo, and reflect.
[6:16 PM]
It's a very nice mountain. ; )
[6:16 PM]
They live a while, and can walk in Valinor for a time. Before their bodies wear out.

Pengolodh — Yesterday at 6:16 PM
Very nice indeed

Varda — Yesterday at 6:16 PM
Then they, as they would in any case, see the Vala of Fate, the Doomsman Namo, in Mandos.
[6:17 PM]
And perhaps even Vaire, to look upon their lives.
[6:17 PM]
in the weaving.
[6:17 PM]
And see that they had purpose.

Pengolodh — Yesterday at 6:17 PM
Truly a gift if any.

Varda — Yesterday at 6:17 PM
More than they know.
[6:18 PM]
Once they are ready to see Eru, they may leave beyond the sight of the Valar.

Pengolodh — Yesterday at 6:18 PM
Time for me to sleep  (RL)

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 6:18 PM

Varda — Yesterday at 6:18 PM
Sleep well! Irmo awaits in Lorien!

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 6:18 PM
Just don't stay when you wake up!

Varda — Yesterday at 6:18 PM
It's a nice place. : )

Pengolodh — Yesterday at 6:19 PM
Namarie. It was an honor !

Varda — Yesterday at 6:19 PM
Drop by the Cottage of Play.
[6:19 PM]

Pengolodh — Yesterday at 6:19 PM
I will !

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 6:19 PM
Quick flyby over Tol Eressea?
[6:19 PM]
Where the Cottage was, I believe.

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 6:24 PM
Cottage of Lost Play, aye.

Varda — Yesterday at 6:24 PM
Aye it was
[6:24 PM]
Had to double check. : )

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 7:20 PM
Heh, just found the remains in Kehjistan of the Diablo 3 Act 2 basecamp above Caldeum. Nice reference to the old game, even if the place has collapsed a bit in 50 years

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 7:34 PM
Look who I just found!

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 7:58 PM
Are you still gaming Ar?

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 8:00 PM
Yep! Playing Diablo 4, hence the screenshot above
[8:01 PM]
Though apparently a denizen of Moria made its way in!

Varda — Yesterday at 8:31 PM
: )
[8:34 PM]
Sandalf: Varlorei

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 9:01 PM
Personal gaming report:
For (non)flashgaming, one of the badges for this week was one I already had, but I liked to play the game tonight anyway
[9:05 PM] is a puzzle/adventure game, first of a series. You're bringing a kid through the forest to the Children's Home, but several gnomes have their own plans for you and the kid. Collect items, solve puzzles and obstacles, and if you like, see if you can find all 25 tokens hidden around!
    Tales of Nebezem: Gnomish Plot
    The northern lowlands are governed by the Order. The Order states that all people are one large family and children belong to the whole society. In this story,...

[9:07 PM]
Blizzard gaming:

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 9:08 PM
Diablo 4:
Spent a bunch more time in there this week, though I didn't have as much time for it as I did last week.
[9:10 PM]
Did all of Act V, visiting the Tree of Whispers, finding Elias' secret of immortality within a sunken temple - the shipwrecks you need to cross to get there are beautifully made as terrain - and repairing and attuning the soulstone to be able to capture Lilith. We then finally managed to slay Elias, completing Act V.
[9:13 PM]
Also started Act VI, about halfway through, chasing Lilith to a gate to Hell underneath the city of Caldeum, while the angel Inarius and his army of the Cathedral of the Light does the same, seeking to fulfill the prophecy. He's now taken the stone, while my party joined the cathedral leadership in infiltrating the palace, slaying a Lesser Evil, Duriel, along the way. Now I'm almost ready to enter the gate!
[9:14 PM]
Along the way I got from level 42 to 46, getting all my currently used abilities to level 5, meaning I can spend all talent points from now on on passive skills instead.

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 9:16 PM
I also completed Renown level 1 in the region of Hawezar, and stumbled on Brigandine Barding armor for my horse from a random monster.
[9:17 PM]
Next week I intend to finish the campaign, and start season 1 as well! Though I'm not sure if I'll pick up more Renown first.
[9:19 PM]
Hearthstone: Level 126 on the reward track now, getting enough gold to buy the golden miniset: Audiopocalypse.
[9:21 PM]
Yet another quest event is going, but this one is a lot bigger, for Midsummer. 3 weeks, 3000 xp, and 2 series of quests, one for ranked mode and one for battlegrounds. The first series should soon be complete, and is almost enough to reach 3000 xp. Though I might need to do a single battleground or something to finish the track
[9:23 PM]
Brawl is Mimirons' Faceoff: Two Mimiron's Heads face off against each other with mecha-filled decks, and a passive heroic ability to summon Voltron if you have 3 mechs on the board at the start of your turn.

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 9:24 PM
Since Voltron is powerful enough to sway the board and thus prevent your opponent from getting any, the brawl basically boils down to getting Voltron first, and so it is easy to surrender if you know you've lost that early race. Makes for some short matches sometimes!
[9:24 PM]
For raiding, another kill on Echo of Neltharion, giving us 2 out of 3 quest items to unlock the shortcut on heroic.
[9:25 PM]
Went rather more easily than the first time, as well.
[9:26 PM]
Weekly is battlegrounds, which has gotten me a few more objectives for the trading post currency. Between the next line of timewalks and, if needed, catching a few dozen fish, I should easily make the cap before the end of the month.
Oh, and I got to honor level 112 as well through those battlegrounds.
[9:27 PM]
Patch is here! Had to reassign a few talent points, but druid got off rather lightly compared to some other classes. As my fire-mage found out.
[9:28 PM]
Changed my cat and bearforms for the patch, choosing some sandy colors to match the hourglass/timetravel theme
[9:29 PM]
Got 2 new toys! Or rather, with this patch, the Garrison and Dalaran hearthstones have been turned into toys. Seeing as I still spend a lot of time at the garrison, having to use an actionbar slot instead of a bagslot for the hearthstone takes a bit getting used to. But hey, inventory space!

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 9:31 PM
Went to the megadungeon with some friends. I'm not big into megadungeons when they come out, but in this case I wanted the title, maybe some dragonriding customizations, and had plenty of friends going there too. It also gives Aspects' crests and sometimes a random transmog appearance that you don't have yet from the past, so it's worth going.
[9:31 PM]
Was a pretty fun journey through time
[9:33 PM]
And indeed, I got the Infinite scale customization for one of my dragonriding mounts, which happened to be my favorite, the Velocidrake. To complete the image I also wanted to get the grey staghorn customization, so I hunted down the rare mob with the highest droprate for it, even though said mob is on a 14 hour spawntime.
[9:34 PM]
Sure enough, got the horns after my second kill! So now I have an Infinite grey/black stag-wolf-bird-drake to fly around on, and I love it
[9:35 PM]
And that's my report for the week!

Varda — Yesterday at 9:36 PM
Thank you, Phar : )

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 9:37 PM

Varda — Yesterday at 9:44 PM
Namarie : )

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 9:44 PM
Namarie, Ar! I was playing LoTRO with Varda.

Varda — Yesterday at 9:45 PM
He was : )

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 9:45 PM
I am still a dummklopf, but I am slowly picking some things up.

Varda — Yesterday at 9:45 PM
Hey now, you did really well!
[9:46 PM]
Leaps and bounds past last time.

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 9:46 PM
Maybe it is the Leinenkugel.

July 17, 2023

Yep! Playing Diablo 4, hence the screenshot above
Pengolodh — Today at 4:15 AM
Im playing Diablo 2 at the moment. When i finish, i will be hitting up 4.

Pengolodh — Today at 4:24 AM
The re-design of rivendell is just insane. Look at the reflection of the window on the ground. Such detail. Id love if this was more of a central point for the player base. (edited)

Varda — Today at 10:26 AM
In early epic (book) stories, the characters are constantly sent back to Elrond.
[10:27 AM]
The second floor is the location for LI building.
[10:28 AM]
The Silmarillion chat group used to meet there until we finished the Silmarillion. : )