The expansion will only be covering the eastern half of Rohan. It will be divided into two small zones (Amon Hen and the Eves of Fangorn) and one large one (East Plains). Looking at the map, we see the expansion drives a wedge right into the middle of Rohan with room to move east (to the marshes), west (the western plains and Helm's Deep), and south (Gondor).
- * Mounted combat - east plains only
- War Steed
- War Band
Players will be able to customize their War-steed’s armor and level the skills over time. The East Plains will be the only place in the game (for now) where mounted combat will be allowed, and the devs emphasized that it would not be wise to travel the zone on foot due to the size and danger.
Introducing Mounted Combat – Ride into Combat atop your loyal War-steed as you defend the people of Rohan from the forces of Isengard and Mordor. Customize your War-steed’s armor and level its skills over time to aid you in mounted defense of King Theoden’s lands. Mount your steed and gather your fellows to fight against Warbands, contingents of roving warg riders that have been scouted all over the Plains of Rohan! It falls to you to head off and defeat this new threat before they over take the land.
Join with the Rohirrim and ride across the sprawling Plains of Rohan; witness the breaking of the Fellowship at Amon Hen; forge alliances with the Ents of Fangorn; and aid Éomer, adopted son of Théoden, as he seeks to protect his homeland from the growing Shadow.
Update 6 pages
|Settlements, Areas and Landmarks of The Great River|
|Settlements:||Aculf's Camp • Etheburg • Haldirith • Parth Celebrant • Stangard • The Cuthstan|
|Areas:||Brown Lands • Eorlsmead • Limlight Gorge • Parth Celebrant • Rushgore • Thinglad • Wailing Hills|
|Landmarks:|| Thinglad: Foul-maw's Den • Hîs-urdan • The Old Burrows • Ûngund|
Eorlsmead: Abandoned Farm • The Fetid Caves • Eorlsmead Tower • The Teeming Nest
- Update 6 (Spring 2012) -- Shores of the Great River
- * Region: The Great River - Great River Anduin -- Free for VIP
Travel along the shores of the mighty Anduin in the expansive new region coming in Update 6! The signs of war are all around you as Isengard and Barad-dûr put their dark plans into motion. Push back the Easterlings, dangerous brigands and an ancient enemy of Rohan, as they gather for an attack on Rohan and Lórien. Explore seven new areas along the upper Anduin including the green plains of Parth Celebrant where treacherous shades roam, unable to rest.
In terms of the game map, it will serve as a gateway between Lothlorien to the southern country of Rohan (and more on that later!), much the same way that Enedwaith led in to Dunland. It begins at the mouth of the Anduin Valley and travels down to the area right before Fangorn.
- * second iteration of the instance finder - instance finder will completely replace the world join and reflecting pool interfaces, as it will have rendered those redundant
You spoke, we listened, and now we’re making Instance Finder better than ever! Instance Finder will soon allow you to queue for the specific instances and skirmishes that you want to do. You can also choose to change loot rules and remove players with a fellowship vote. The rewards are being enhanced, too, granting additional XP for skirmish completion and scaling currency bonuses for when you queue for a larger range of instances.
- Soldiers on landscape
Get the helping hand you need with LOTRO’s new Soldier on Landscape! This new feature allows you to summon your faithful skirmish companion in the field. Customize your skirmish solider to help you tackle even the toughest challenges!
Feb 29 Blurb...
Lots of interesting new music ... same old mobs (more or less) Nasty bugs...
- Thinglad (Utube flythrough)
- Parth Celebrant (Utube flythrough)
- Eorlsmead (Utube flythrough)
- Wailing HIlls (Utube flythrough)
- Limlight Gorge (Utube flythrough)
- The Brownlands (Utube flythrough)
- The Rushgore (Utube flythrough)
Explore the Great River Region
- Seven diverse, new areas
- Protect the Northern Border of Rohan through over 200 Quests
- Face off against Brutal Orcs, Invading Brigands, and the Traitorous Dead
Assist the sentinels of Lothlórien in patrolling their southern border and mediate relations between the Galadhrim and the Rohirrim of Stangard who have recently been clashing during patrols. At the same time, heroes are needed to scatted Orcs and Wargs that have moved into the area before they become a larger threat to the region.
Thinglad is defined by its tall, grey trees with twisted, roots that drink deeply from the Great River. The forest is misty and shadowed while the skies are pale and as cheerless as the land itself.
Once part of the Golden Wood, Thinglad has become a no man’s land between Lothlórien and Rohan in the last 200 years.
Confront troubles both living and undead upon the fields of Parth Celebrant where a great treason once befell Gondor. Bring redemption to the traitorous shades so they may rest or destroy them if they are beyond aid.
The ruins of an ancient Gondorian keep, where brave soldiers once kept watch, stand at the southern edge of Parth Celebrant, overlooking the green plains.
The site of the fiercest fighting during the Battle of the Fields of Celebrant, Parth Celebrant is also the site of a terrible betrayal. Gondorian soldiers allowed their fortress to fall to the enemy in exchange for safety and Eastern riches, condemning their countrymen to death.
Though the soldiers of Stangard are strong and fiercely loyal to their king, the village has fallen on hard times and hope is in short supply. Lift spirits by helping with shortages of food and supplies and thinning the numbers of hostile beasts in the area. Root out the source of mistrust and discontent amongst the council.
Established on the highest rise in the rolling plains of Eorlsmead, the Rohirrim village of Stangard keeps its watch over the region.
Though many men who serve at Stangard have been sent as punishment for recent, petty crimes, the village remains fiercely loyal to Rohan and Théoden, their king.
Many years have passed since the height of Rohan’s strength along the Great River and Orcs and spiders have returned to the Wailing Hills. Drive out the Orcs and prevent them from allying themselves with the White Hand.
The Wailing Hills are defined by the steep, rocky outcroppings, called tors, which stretch out from the Misty Mountains like long fingers. Statues of Cirion of Gondor and Eorl the Young rise from the earth as ancient symbols of friendship but Orcs, growing bolder, have begun to defile them.
Hundreds of years ago, the forefathers of Rohan destroyed a great Easterling army in the deep valleys of the Wailing Hills to save the forces of Cirion, Steward of Gondor. The name of the land itself comes from the Rohirric word wael meaning “slaughter.”
Descend into the Limlight Gorge, where an unnatural storm has cast the land into deep shadow. Hunt fearsome trolls from the Misty Mountains who wander freely, no longer fearing the sun, and investigate the mysterious grove spreading at the base of the cliff beneath Fangorn Forest.
Caught between the rugged Misty Mountains and the northern reaches of Fangorn Forest, Limlight Gorge is a dangerous and untamed wilderness. Here, the Limlight River gushes forth over falls and rapids as it flows eastward to join the Anduin.
The appearance of the unnatural storms from the North and the encroachment of Fangorn from the South gives the area an uneasy feeling as unseen forces seem to fight for dominance over the canyon
Contend with an invading host within the desolate Brown Lands. Here the Rohirrim struggle to keep an old foe at bay while fortifying against their enemies’ mysterious new allies.
Ravaged thousands of years ago during a terrible war, the Brown Lands are nearly inhospitable and are filled with withered scrub and stones as far as the eye can see.
It is believed that the Brown Lands were devastated by the power of Sauron himself nearly 3,000 years ago during the War of the Last Alliance. Before that, many beautiful gardens were tended here though little evidence of them now remains.
Within the murky marshland of the Rushgore, ruthless brigands, once only a nuisance, have become a threat to the region. Pursue these brigands to reclaim priceless relics of Rohan and Gondor and extend aid to woodsmen who have found themselves overwhelmed while travelling north and now cannot leave.
A treacherous marshland, the Rushgore serves as the buffer between the fields of Parth Celebrant and the bleak Brown Lands. The eastern end of the Rushgore is one of the few places at which the Anduin can be crossed without the aid of boats.
Little is now known of the Rushgore and was known has been lost to time.
- Update 6: Developer Diary: The Great River
- Update 6: Developer Diary: Warg Revisions
- Update 6: Developer Diary: Weaver Revision
- Update 6: Developer Diary: PvMP - Audacity
- Update 6: Commendations Developer Diary
- Wardens: Update 6 Blog #1 January 27th, 2012
- Warden Update 6: Blog #2 January 30th, 2012
- Warden Update 6: Blog #3 February 1st, 2012
- * Region: Fangorn
- * Region: Amon Hen
These pages are laid out according to the sequence of quest availability.
- * User:Magill/Projects-Thinglad Quest gating - Reference
- * User:Magill/Projects-Wailing Hills Quest gating- Reference
- * User:Magill/Projects-Erolsmead Quest gating - Reference
- * User:Magill/Projects-Stangard gating- Reference
- * User:Magill/Projects-Limlight Gorge gating- Reference
- * User:Magill/Projects-Parth Celebrant gating- Reference
- * User:Magill/Projects-Rushgore gating- Reference
- User:RingTailCat/Sandbox-8 - Reference (compare to my lists)