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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…

Meta Deed Complete

Posted in Deeds, Instances, lotro, Mounts with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on March 28, 2011 by Corleth

So Update 2 has been live here on the EU server for about four days. My first impressions of the Legendary Item changes are positive; I quite like the whole new melding gig, and being able to make the relic that you want, albeit with the use of shards, is convenient. I spend all of Thursday night playing with my LIs across my main toons. I now have most of them equipped with a reasonable set of tier 6 relics – some of which are ‘old’ tier 8 & 9 relics in disguise. All in all I think the system is more flexible, and less random – which was always the point, wasn’t it?

Over the past few months I’ve been gradually working my way through the Saviour of Lothlorien Meta-deed. The last part of this deed hanging over me was the Morroval Slayer deed from Lumul-Nar. Despite repeated pleas, my kinnies have given me the cold shoulder in recent weeks – nobody wanting to go back to Lumul-Nar for the umpteenth time.

Broin in 'The Peaceful Path'

Broin in 'The Peaceful Path'

Now, with update 2 here, there is a new solo version of Lumul-Nar available from Broin the the Peaceful Path. This solo quest ‘Replay: A Relic in Lumul Nar (solo)‘ is available to anyone who has previously completed the small fellowship version of 2.8.3, plus those coming to 2.8.3 for the first time.

So, on Friday night, I ran this new solo instance twice, equipped both times with deed accelerators, and finally completed the Morroval Slayer deed, and in so doing also the Lothlorien Meta deed. Thank ~@&*. I’m chuffed to bits with my new Wild Mountain Goat, mind you. 🙂

Lothlorien Meta Deed Mount

Lothlorien Meta Deed Mount

(Edit: There is also a  solo version of Nala Dum (2.8.4) – also available from Broin – ‘Replay: A Relic in Nala Dum (solo)‘).

In a fit of mount-a-holic-ism, I’ve also splurged on the second Mirkwood steed (that I hadn’t previously picked up) too – the Malledhrim steed.

Mirkwood Mount

Mirkwood Mount

In my next post I’m going to vent a little (or maybe a lot) about the new Volume 3 Book 3 epic quests. But I’ll save that for later in the week…

November (*ahem*) Patch

Posted in lotro with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 8, 2010 by Corleth

The November patch arrived here in Codemasters land yesterday – on the 7th December. Still, better late than never, and I have to say that my game client patched just fine, inside an hour. The first thing I then did was to load each of my toons in turn and sort out their vault space. I have to say that I really love the new vault – it’s flexible and easy to use; a vast improvement. The new barter wallet has promise, but is far too limited at present; it’s a start. I’ll be happier when medallions (Moria, Lothlorien, and Mirkwood), and festival tokens, are added. The new recipes are nice – I particularly like the new rune-keepeer chisels and the new cooking recipes for crafting LM pet foods – very useful for my toons.

The new mounts are nice too. My LM picked up the new Emissary of the Elves meta-deed mount immediately, and I then went and picked up the new Mathom Society (Shire) horse with her too. On my guardian I had enough rep to pick up the Rangers of Esteldin (North Downs) horse.

Emmisary of the Elves horse

Emmisary of the Elves horse

The only problem I do have with all of the new mounts is with the new Angmar Free Folk horse….it looks identical to the Dunedain War Steed (Eriador meta-deed) horse and if I’d previously ground-out the Eriador-Meta deed, I’d be pretty p*ssed off! Ok, the stats are meant to better on the meta-deed variant, but for me, the cosmetic look is most of what a steed is about…

Snowcrest Eagle

Snowcrest Eagle

I also had my jeweller make my LM as many of the new cosmetic pet tokens as I had the recipes for, including:

  • Onyx Lynx
  • Polar Bear
  • Black Bear
  • Ashen Eagle
  • Snowcrest Eagle
  • Blood Raven

Elsewhere in game, I’ve finally stared playing my Warden again (at level 44, currently), and am currently working on completing her expert scholar tier by running around Evendim. My intention is then to head back to the Misty Mountains and then onto Forochel for questing up to and beyond level 46.

I also had a run through Lumul-Nar this week, with my rune-keeper, to complete 2.8.3. I’m hoping to get 2.8.4 in Nala-Dum done before the end of the week.

Finally, I’ve now managed to complete both ‘the School’ and ‘the Library’ in challenge mode (HM) this week, once you get the hang of them, they’re not too tricky!

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