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A Relic in Lumul Nar (solo) Guide/Walkthough

Posted in Epic Quests, Instance Guides, Instances, lotro with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 13, 2011 by Corleth

A good number of searches that hit this blog are in relation to the Lumul Nar (solo) instance. It seems a lot of folks are looking for hints & tips with regard to this, so I thought I’d oblige and provide some!

The ‘original’ Lumul Nar is a 3-man instance in Zirakzigil in Moria. Volume 2, book 8, chapter 3, of the epic quest line (2.8.3), also requires you to complete a quest inside this instance. Up until Update 2, in late 2010, this meant getting a 3-man team together in order to complete 2.8.3. However, Update 2 saw a solo version of 2.8.3 introduced. This solo version can now be done once only (there used to be a bug that allowed you to complete it multiple times) on each toon, and is started by visiting Broin who is in the Peaceful Path.

The following write up describes how to complete the one-shot-only ‘solo’ version of the instance – which is a little different from the repeatable 3-man version (which can be accessed via the ‘Instance Join Panel’).

Note: You can pick up quests that can be worked on during the solo version of this instance, from Frar in the Chamber of the Crossroads.

Broin in the Peaceful Path

Broin in the Peaceful Path

Once the instance is started, just jump down the cliff trying your best to land on the various outcrops on the way down. If you jump all the way, you’ll die and end up back at the top :P. Once at the bottom, you’re on level one. Kill  the two wargs, and pull the lever to the right of the first mirror, just  once. Pulling this lever will open the way to the second room.  [The idea is to direct the stream of light against the webbing blocking the tunnels – the light then ‘burns’ though the blockage to open the way].

The first mirror

The first mirror

In the second room, kill the two warg adds and then kill Frost Tail, the first boss. Frost Tail will only activate once his (her?) two warg-matron adds have been killed.

Second room - first boss.

Second room - first boss.

Now pull the lever on the mirror that’s nearest to the door that you’ve just come through, three times. There is another mirror to the left of this one – pull the lever on this once – and you’ll have the way onwards clear. So, moving on, you’ll get to the top of a shaft – run down the ramp inside this shaft, all the way to the bottom. At the bottom, run along the short tunnel, and out into a very large cavern.  Here you’ll first meet a Task Mistress – kill her within 45 secs or get your ass handed to you [after 45 secs of combat, Task Mistresses self-buff to do +1000% damage!).

Task Mistress plus add, start of level three

Task Mistress plus add, start of level three

Once this first task mistress (and her add) are dead, take the tunnel to the left (i.e. head north) – it also climbs up and turns east. Just up this tunnel, kill the ‘Swarming – Bat’ that you meet concentrate on killing the main bat first, not  its summoned add(s). Next the tunnel turns due south and you’ll arrive at a ramp – on your right. At the top of this ramp, you’ll see a Morvul Warrior and a Lesser Dark Claw, together. Kill ’em.

Pull the lever on the far mirror three times, once the mobs are dead.

Pull the lever on the far mirror three times, once the mobs are dead.

There are two mirrors here with levers. Pull the lever on both of these mirrors once each. Head back down the ramp. Continue along the tunnel, heading south. At the top, you’ll find another ramp. There’s a mirror at the top of this ramp – pull this lever (hanging from the ceiling) three times, then head back down the ramp and stand on the outcrop – you should be looking at the following view:

Pull lever (middle top of the image) three times.

Pull lever (middle top of the image) three times.

Now head back down the tunnel to here you killed the first Task Mistress. Head across the cavern, heading east. follow the ledge around to the south and then turn onto the ramp heading down (and west). Here you’ll see another Task Mistress (the second). Kill her fast!

Second Task Mistress

Second Task Mistress

Follow the path down to the next level where  you’ll find three more mirrors with levers and your third Task Mistress. Again, dispatch her fast!

Third Task Mistress plus three more mirrors with levers

Third Task Mistress plus three more mirrors with levers

Now the three mirrors. The mirror nearest the ramp you’ve just come down – pull its lever three times. Pull the lever on each of the other two mirrors here, once only each. There will now be a beam of light going straight down though the middle of the cavern.

Beam straight down - that's what you're after!

Beam straight down - that's what you're after!

You can jump down if you like – but you’ll die 😉 Instead, head to the north-west corner of the level where you are, and follow the tunnel that you find there, down. Keep following the tunnel all the way down to the big cavern at the bottom – you’ll pass through two small caverns on the way (note the second of these small caverns – if you die later on, you’ll have to jump from here to get access to the final area in order to finish the instance).

Once at the bottom of the tunnel, as I’ve said, you’ll be in a fairly large cavern. Here you’ll see a single mirror with a lever, and your fourth Task Mistress. Kill her first, then pull the lever on the mirror twice.

Fourth Task Mistress

Fourth Task Mistress

A tunnel to the east now open up. Follow it and jump down where you need. You’ll then hit the start of a ramp – follow it down. It circles down in a clockwise direction. At the bottom, you’ll see this:

Gorothul's relic

Gorothul's relic

Note Gorothul’s Gift in the middle of the screen. Go over to it and click on it to destroy it. Watch out for Task Mistresses – if you run into one, kill it! Once the Gift of Gorothul is destroyed, all you have to do is kill Ergoth, the second (and last) boss. However, you can’t get access to Ergoth (by dropping though the hole in the centre of the cavern), without solving the final mirror puzzle. This is the solution (copied from this French guide here, as I’m too lazy to do my own):

Lumul Nar - final solution

Lumul Nar - final solution

The only fly in the ointment, as far as aligning the mirrors as above goes, is that Task Mistresses and other Morvul Defilers keep spawning, and the Defilers have the nasty habit of dirtying the mirrors. So while a mirror might be correctly aligned, if you can’t see a  beam of light where it should be, you might have to go kill a Morvul Defiler, and then clean the mirror that it’s mucked up! There is no easy way of doing this puzzle – just be as quick as you can and kill the Morvuls when you see them. When the mirrors are all clean, and aligned as above, the web floor in the centre of the cavern will dissolve, and you can jump down to kill Ergoth.

The way down to Ergoth is open - now jump!

The way down to Ergoth is open - now jump!

Job done.

Note: If you die trying to solve the final mirror puzzle OR die fighting Ergoth, you’ll have to jump from the small cavern, as noted above, in order to re-gain access to the bottom level…

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Yes, We Do Learn…

Posted in Diary, Instances, lotro with tags , , , , on May 6, 2011 by Corleth

I brought my RK on a kin run through Sammath Gul last night. As per ‘usual’, it went very smoothly, and we finished the instance, keeping challenge mode, in a little under 90 minutes. Not only did my RK complete all the SG deeds and quests, but she also picked up Ril Mir from Demafaer too. Happy Days.

However, this success was not always ‘usual’. When I think back, SG used to be very challenging for us. When I say ‘very challenging’, I mean it was so hard that we’d spend whole evenings at it and come out at the end with huge repair bills, Gorothul laughing at us.

SG hasn’t been nerfed, and it’s still a current level-cap (level 65) instance. However, we’ve learnt how to be competent at it. I use this to remind myself that we can, and do, learn how do do these instances. The learning is usually painful (see my last post ‘Ost Death’!) and time consuming – but still enjoyable….in a masochistic sort of way, obviously 😉

Roll on my next trip to Ost Death…

Keeping Busy

Posted in Diary, Epic Quests, Instances, lotro, Traits, Virtues with tags , , , , , , , on March 22, 2011 by Corleth

The last week has seen LoTRO in limbo – as least as far as life on the Gilrain server and within the Twilight Gathering kin, has been concerned. As I said in my last post, most folks seem to be doing other ‘things’ (i.e. non-LoTRO stuff) while they wait for Update 2.

As it happens, Update 2 has also just been delayed on this side of the Atlantic. Codemasters have decided to call off today’s planned go-live, due to the ‘relic bug’ that was found after the go-live on the Turbine servers, yesterday. I’m quite happy about the delay – I’d rather get the bug fix sorted before I get to play. Added to that, I’ve been keeping myself more than busy in-game, too.

Over the last week, I’ve….

  • Taken my minstrel on a kin run though Sammath Gul. This was without doubt the smoothest run though SG that I’ve ever been involved with. We had it done in a little under an hour, with no deaths what-so-ever, and Gorothul killed in challenge-mode to boot. The only down side was that I failed to win any nice shinies *sigh*.

    Out and about in Sammath Gul

    Out and about in Sammath Gul

  • Taken my guardian through Halls of Crafting. Again, a really quick run though, completed challenge-mode, with no deaths involved. Again, no shinies though 😦
  • Attempted and completed the 3-man Dungeons of Dol Guldur instance, on my guardian. We managed to get 7 our of the 9 elves out of their cells and into the main hall; and then one died in the boss fight, so we failed challenge-mode by one (saving 6 out of the 9 elves in total). A really fun instance. Again, no shinies worth a damn, but I’ll be going back to try for challenge-mode.
  • Completed all outstanding Volume 2 epilogue quests with my rune-keeper.

While I’m waiting for Update 2, I’m now off deeding with my RK, trying to get her Wisdom, Innocence, Loyalty and Fidelity all up to 10 – and maybe a few other virtues as well. Once that’s all done, it’ll be onto the volume 3 quests line – but Update 2 might interfere with that…

Spider Wing trouble

Posted in lotro with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 7, 2011 by Corleth

Last week, we again completed the Barad Guldur raid, again on easy-mode with each of the three bosses. Next time out, it will definitely be time to start having a go at the challenge-mode – at least on Durchest and the Twins. Until radiance is removed, there’s no realistic way that we’ll get a shot at the LT in challenge-mode.

Elsewhere in game, I’ve being trying to finish Enedwaith on my Lore-master. All the non-repeatable quests are now done, and I’m just trying to grind out Kindred reputation with the Grey Company. The number of repeatable quests for Grey Company reputation (only four) makes this annoying. I’ll probably do it one more time – on my guardian – but that will be it. My rune-keeper, who I am currently completing the Volume 2 epilogue quests in Mirkwood with, will definitely NOT be doing anything in Enedwaith, apart from the Volume 3 quests.

Talking of my rune-keeper, I joined the back-end of a kinnie Sammath Gul run last night, and promptly ticked both Gorothul and Demafaer off my ‘to kill’ list. I didn’t win any nice loot, but hey, I didn’t have to grind through either of the first two bosses, either.

We followed SG up with a run though the Helegrod Spider wing (at level 65). Is it me, or is the last fight in this instance insanely difficult? After two hours of trying to kill Zaudru, we gave up – and there seems to be little or no help out there on the forums. Is there a big secret, and does everyone have a problem with the last fight in the Spider Wing?

Oh yes – I gave Rift a try. After three or so hours of play, I’ve decided it’s not for me. The lore leaves me cold, as does the game play. It looks nice, but that’s about all. But that’s just me – I’m sure many, many folks will love it. My only gripe is that I spent my ill gotten euros on a game I almost certainly won’t play again.

A Glass Flask of my own

Posted in lotro with tags , , , , , , , , on September 28, 2010 by Corleth

I fulfilled a long-standing ambition last Thursday night, when I finally went on a Watcher raid. Not only that, but I even ended up main tanking the Watcher himself. I went in with my kin and, in fairness, having lost a good few of our more experienced raiders recently, we were a fairly raw group. We ran the instance a total of six times…and failed six times.

For the first two runs, we had only rune-keepers for healing, and I was using my guard for off-tanking. It didn’t work out. The third and fourth runs saw me main tanking, and we wiped on both occasions because I got thoroughly disoriented with all the tentacles flying about, and failed to pick up the watcher quickly enough in the final stage of the fight.

The fourth and firth runs went much the better, I got my tanking positioning right, and we had the big squid down to 100k before power issues (I think) caused us to wipe.

We’re heading back into the ‘Maw for another crack off it, next week – I have high hopes of being victorious… 

On Friday night I latched onto to a PUG running Sammath Gul, bringing along my loremaster. I had spent most of last week working on the volume 2 epilogue quests, and by Friday only had the ‘kill Gorothul’ and complete ‘Sword Hall, Warg Pens, or Dungeons’ quests left. Now, Gorothul is a hard enough chap to bring down even with a good balanced kin group (in my opinion, anyway) so I didn’t really expect to succeed with a PUG. Sure enough, we wiped twice on Gorothul, but amazingly enough, we killed him on our third attempt – and in hard-mode too. To cap off my evening, the Glass Flask dropped on Demafaer, and I won the roll – I went to bed smiling!

Sammath Gul - 2nd boss

Sammath Gul - 2nd boss

I also hit Kindred reputation with the Malledhrim on my lore-master over the weekend, and am now very close to completing all the non-repeatable quests in Mirkwood. My intention is to run Sword Hall just once* in order to complete the epilogue quest series, and then start on volume 3 book 1.

* – If I have to grind, I’d rather grind Virtues (I’m currently working on Empathy rank 10, by killing wargs in Mirkwood, for my guardian), and legendary item runes (got my first tier 8 rune over the weekend) – both of which will be in the game until the day they switch off the servers. Seeing as how radiance is going to be a thing of the past in the not-so-distant future, I’m really not going to kill myself grinding radiance anymore. Gone is my will to run sword hall twenty odd times in order to obtain the three 25 radiance Mirkwood armour pieces. If I happen to feel like running SG, or a kinnie wants me to help them in SH, on the odd occasion – that’s fine.

Sword & Staff

Posted in lotro with tags , , , , , , on August 27, 2010 by Corleth

After about five hours of grinding though Forochel and then Angmar, my lore master finally has her ‘Sword and Staff’ legendary trait – and mightily good it is too. I can’t believe I never missed it! Not only do you get the bonuses that the trait itself provides, but also the bonuses from whatever sword you equip – not to mind the additional attacks and subsequent DPS.

My LM also acquired the 10 radiance boots [from the Watcher set] on Tuesday night, after running both the Turtle raid, and Grand Stairs (HM), with my kin. She now has 40 radiance, and is back in Mirkwood trying to finish volume two, and gain Kindred with the Malledhrim. Finally, I even tagged along on my kin’s Sammath Gul run last night, and picked up her first two Dol Guldur medallions in the process…we didn’t manage to kill Gorothul, but it was fun getting there – and I learnt a load, including the importance of mezzing what and when I’m told, and the importance of stun protection on your tank…!

That’s it – nothing else to report – no other toons have been given an outing since my last post!

Ups and Downs

Posted in lotro with tags , , , , , , , on August 16, 2010 by Corleth

Last week was hectic, LOTRO wise, and had significant highs and lows for me.

Following on from last Monday’s successful all-guard Helegrod run, came a near perfect Turtle raid on Tuesday – it went like a dream and it was all over within fifteen minutes.

Last Wednesday I had signed up for a Dar Narbugud raid, but the kin didn’t have enough sign-ups for DN, so we decided to try Sammath Gul instead. This was my first bash at SG since leaving ‘the Hard Biscuits’ so I didn’t know what to expect. I needn’t have worried. We had a very balanced group, with my guard, a cappy, a mini, a champ, a burglar, and a hunter, and we fairly ripped through the instance up to Gorothul. We then wiped on Gorothul at the first time of asking, before bringing him down on the second attempt – my first ever time bringing Gorothul down, and very satisfying it was. Now, I’m quite sure this is old hat to most raiders out there, but to me as a very casual raider, it felt like I’d cracked a really hard nut – a good feeling! To top it, as Gorothul went down hard-mode (HM), we then went on to the last boss Demafaer, brought him down as well, and then I won the roll for Rochben – which in turn means I now have enough radiance gear to run Barad Guldur on my guard (now 125 radiance)!

Rochben - Heavy Gloves

Rochben - Heavy Gloves

But then Thursday came around. We went back into SG with almost the same team as on Wednesday, but substituting the cappy for a rune-keeper – and the run was just a nightmare. We were missing fellowship manoeuvres, stepping on bone piles, and just not working together. Was some of it my fault? Almost certainly. Was everyone making mistakes? Yes again. We wiped about five times before we even got to Gorothul, then wiped twice more on the big fella, before giving up. From feeling like I was playing well in a good team and mastering an instance on Wednesday, to feeling like a poor and inadequate tank on Thursday. Tough to take. Several of the group members were clearly angry/upset at the end of the night – and that I can understand. Highs and lows. I think I need a break from grouping for a few days to get my enthusiasm back – my raiding ‘balloon’ has been well and truly deflated for a while.

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