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Shamus Plays: LOTRO, Part 6

Shamus Young | 24 Feb 2010 17:00
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Well, despite my best efforts and everyone else's worst, the town of Archet was burned down, most of the inhabitants were killed, Amdir was made a thrall of the Dark Lord and the villainous Eogan got away.

It's morning now and everyone is crawling out from under the heaps of ashes, debris and dead bodies, wondering what to do with themselves.

That's it for the tutorial. We're now in the full open world and have access to all of the game content.

Normally Hobbit characters are sent to the Shire at the end of the tutorial, but I think it's kind of abrupt to leave Archet without finding out how the battle turned out and doing a couple of the wrap-up quests.

Well, I'm anxious to get back to the Shire. I'm homesick and I have a score to settle with the post office for getting me into this stupid mess in the first place. But I feel like I should help out a bit before I leave. I know I've ridiculed these people quite a bit - no less than they deserve, mind you - but they've had a hard time of it and I feel like I could make a real difference here. Having your home burned to the ground is always a tragedy, even if you're a towering dunderhead.

First, let's take a look around town and see who made it through the night.

Looks like the Archet Jail survived.


Good for them. Now they'll be able to go on serving the finest cakes and pies to the cutthroats and highwaymen of Middle Earth.

Looks like the Tavern might have suffered a little smoke damage.


I don't think anyone will be stopping in for a pint anytime soon.

I'm glad to see the Greater Archet Shopping Center still going strong.


I couldn't reach this strip mall during the siege, but I wouldn't be surprised to learn that these loonies were here the whole time, selling crap while the bandits ran around butchering their customers.

So taking account of the damage, it looks like the tavern is the only building they burned down. I realize these guys are working for the disembodied spirit of pure evil, but wow: To burn down only the tavern? That is truly depraved.

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