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Directorate is a seven year old Rank 10 kinship, formerly from Imladris, now on the Crickhollow server. We have about 25 active players. There are 219 toons on our roster, of which 130 are active, with an equal balance of male and female kin members. Many of us are older players but our defining characteristic is that we are friendly, courteous, and respectful to all within the kin, and as we travel throughout Middle-earth. We maintain a kin forum with the latest news regarding Lotro, an extensive library and discussion forum, and a gallery section to post our screenshots. Many of us work during the day but at night and on weekends we are in Middle-earth. We have an active day presence as well. Directorate is an end game kin but newcomers to Lotro are welcome; we will assist you while you level. Most of us are from the United States however, we have members in Canada, Israel and Europe. We seek focused individuals who are committed to the game. We use Team Speak 3 voice communication. Directorate has an ongoing relationship with players from other kins who join us on our team speak to run raid content. To join Directorate ~ you must send in game mail to Paladiran.
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Updated Release 21.3 Release Notes 12/11

by Paladiran, 4 days ago

Update 21.3 Release Notes

Here are the Release Notes for Update 21.3, released on Monday, December 11th, 2017.

Of Special Note

Abyss of Mordath Raid

UPDATE NOTE 12/10/17: As we took a look at the Abyss of Mordath over the weekend on Bullroarer and read your feedback, we uncovered a couple of issues that we do not want present when the raid opens to the public. We have decided to temporarily make the Abyss of Mordath raid inaccessible when Update 21.3 goes live on Monday, to give us time to correct these issues. This also allows players to compete for the Original Challenge title when the raid is first opened to the public. We will have more information about the raid’s opening soon. Additionally, the new raid Barter Vendors will not provide their services until the new raid opens to the public. 

In the thrilling conclusion to the story introduced in Dor Amarth, descend into the Black Pits of Mordor in pursuit of King Váskmun Greytooth and the Firehorn Dwarves. The time has come to put an end to King Greytooth's misguided quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf-ring Manthríf and avenge the threats he levied against the Dwarves of Durin's Folk. The followers of the Order of the Eye are also searching the Abyss, and neither group knows the true terrors that lurk in the deepest shadows there. Find the entrance to the Abyss of Mordath in the Chamber of the Watchers in the lower levels of Barad-dur.

News and Notes:


  • The Lore-master Class items Book of Beasts at level 20, 30, and 40 now give minor bonuses to pet stats.
  • The Lore-master Skill Inner Flame has had its duration halved from ten seconds to five seconds. Inner Flame's Fire Damage buff now increases at an accelerated pace to compensate. Inner Flame's healing benefit has been increased.
  • Players who have logged out in the Vales of Anduin may be sent to Archet upon logging in because the location of the Beorning starter area has been moved. Other than this teleport, there is no difference in the Vales of Anduin.
  • Camp site fires in Taur Druadan, Lossarnach, and The Wastes now allow Burglars to Contact Pedlar.
  • The Power cost has been lowered for the Captain skills Motivating Speech and Improved Motivating Speech.
  • The aggro radius for Lore-master pets and Captain soldiers has been halved to address an issue where they were collecting mobs from a greater area of landscapes than intended.
  • The Beorning Skill - Expose - is now usable in bear form, but only increases mitigation reduction by 15% instead of the 40% benefit in man form.


  • Universal Ingredient Packs can now be used on select Westemnet Guild Recipes.
  • Westemnet and Doomfold Captain Armaments now provide significantly more armour to heralds.
  • Jeweller recipes that did not previously allow you to inscribe critical outputs now allow it.
  • North Ithilien Essences are now Bound to Account.
  • Missing farming ingredients have been added to some Crafting Suppliers.
  • Tier 10 Captain Armaments can now be bartered for exchange receipts.


  • Chests in the Abyss of Mordath, Court of Seregost, and Dungeons of Naerband can now drop Fellowship-tradeable items. These items can be freely traded amongst Fellowship and Raid Group members that were present in the instance when the chest was created, until the Fellowship Tradeable timer expires. These items cannot be mailed or auctioned.
  • Ash of Gorgoroth now has a currency cap of 10,000, and now automatically goes into the Barter Wallet. Players who currently have more Ash than the cap will be unable to Disenchant items until they lower their Ash of Gorgoroth below the cap.
  • Gorgoroth Steel-bound Lootboxes now carry new housing items, including Statues of Sauron, Watcher Statues, and a way to play "The Floor is Lava".
  • The Gorgoroth Daily Expedition quests now award 2 Slivers of Black Steel each so players can earn Black Steel Keys equally from any Daily expedition.
  • The Quartermaster Conquest of Gorgoroth Rewards now carry a slate of new housing items, including statues, stained glass, and decorative flower garlands.
  • Gorgoroth leg armour pieces now have their correct light or medium armour values for their weight.
  • Item levels in pending loot now reflect the actual level of the item when it is obtained.
  • Took in the Hole Hobnanigans recipes now properly provide +5% incoming healing.
  • Some texture adjustments have been made to the Autumn Leafmail Dress.
  • The icon for Mordor's Bane and Expedition's Vanguard leg armour has been corrected.
  • Sightseer's Trousers no longer change color based on the dye applied to your chest piece.
  • Kites now settle at a lower height when you are indoors.
  • Some gloves and helmets available at the Skirmish camps, as well as cosmetic Rune-keeper satchels, are no longer invisible on High-elf characters.
  • The Featured Instance cap level rewards boxes will now drop either an Enchanted Gorgoroth Adamant or 2 Slivers of Black Steel.


  • Kinship leaders are no longer required to abandon a premium Kinship House to receive Housing Writs prior to disbanding a Kinship.

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