The Lord of the Rings Online Developer Diaries

Turbine’s official The Lord of the Rings Online website has been updated with three separate developer diaries covering advancement past level 50 for the Burglar, Hunter, and Lore-master professions. Some of the Lore-master’s new capabilities:

The Lore-master possesses a few tools in his arsenal that allow him or her to do direct damage to the foes of Middle-Earth.

Master of Nature enables the Lore-master to focus on the power of nature, and his knowledge of the ancient secrets of Middle-earth to enhance the potential for damage dealing with the Lore-master’s chosen element of fire.

This set includes several of the direct damage enhancements that Lore-masters had access to before, including Improved Staff Strike and Harmony of the Body. This line also includes Improved Storm Lore and Improved Sign of Power, both of which raise the effectiveness of these damaging skills.

The Master of Nature’s Fury focuses on giving enhancements to one of Nature’s most powerful elements: flame. This raises the damage potential of many of the Lore-master’s fire skills, at the cost of some of the blasting powder from Blinding Flash, causing the latter to have a shorter duration.

This skill is a direct damage attack that deals explosive fire damage to your enemy.

This enhancement enables your Sticky Gourd to become an AOE hotspot that burns enemies who linger within its radius, while doing no damage to allies.

While we’re at it, there’s also a new point of interest feature covering Hollin Gate:

Since the early days of Middle-earth, the greatest kingdom of the dwarves lay beneath the Misty Mountains in the halls called Khazad-dûm. In those days, when there was trade between the dwarves and the Elves of both Eregion and Lothlórien, a vital trade route ran through Khazad-dûm from the West-gate (also called the Hollin Gate) and the Great Gate in Dimrill Dale in the east.

The Hollin Gate was special. It was built by the smith Narvi and set with runes and symbols by Celebrimbor, the Elven jewel-smith who also forged the Elf-rings Narya, Nenya, and Vilya. He wrought the signs out of ithildin, a metal that reflects the light of the moon. When moon did not shine, the Gate remained hidden and undetectable to any who looked upon it. Celebrimbor’s runes spelled out a riddle, and the doors would only open to a friend who spoke the answer.

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