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Shamus Plays: LOTRO, Part 13

Shamus Young | 14 Apr 2010 09:00
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It's a great evening in the Shire. I'm out enjoying the night air, making money and killing God's creatures. What more could a Hobbit ask for?

Adelard wants three bear pelts. Since not all bears have pelts, this means I've got to kill a goodly number of them in order to find the pelt-having bears. I wish there was some way to tell if a bear had a pelt just by looking at it. And I wish it was possible to be more sarcastic than I am now.

By the time I'm done, my patience has run out, along with the heady ale in my veins and the local bear population. Sobering up is not a good thing to do right now, but staying drunk would cost money.

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Total bear kill tally: 16.

Although to be fair, I actually got the third pelt from #13, but I had to kill a few more to get back out of the den.

I return to Adelard with his bear skins, and he puts them in the library in order to appease the angry library-haunting spirit.

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It doesn't work. (Duh.)

His next plan is to appease the ghost with a meal. He sends me to see his niece Edilina and have her make us some boar ribs. The ribs were a favorite of the Old Took, and so if we... get some? And then put them in the library? And leave them there? Then... what? The ghost will eat them? Smell them? Order some breadsticks and leave a tip? What exactly is the goal here?

Pop quiz:

What ingredient for boar ribs will Edlinia be lacking:

1) Spices, which can be purchased anywhere.
2) Salt, which can be purchased anywhere.
3) Water, which I have in my pockets.
4) Boar meat, which can only be obtained by running into the woodlands and killing dangerous wild animals because nobody has thought to just raise pigs.

If you answered 1, 2, or 3, then congratulations! Your brain has not been warped from playing too many MMO games. You're wrong, but healthy. I envy you.

Oh, how I envy you.

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