Okay, LOTRO fashion blogosphere, help me out a little here. The bright and happy pattern on Golodir’s Mantle was once also found on the Bree-land reputation rewards vendor, as a reward for Kindred. Wasn’t it? (EDIT: Thanks, Cosmetic Lotro, for updating me — Tad Leafcutter can also give you this cloak, just outside the Bree-town Hunting Lodge).
(Outdated paragraph, go!) In any event, it isn’t now — so forgive me, readers, for picking another cloak that is slightly difficult to acquire. I only say “slightly” because Volume I, while easily solo-able, is also an endless slog of inspiration buffs and horse travel. And great LOTRO-lore, don’t get me wrong, but I still think “slog” is accurate.
That said, some of the armour offered as quest rewards in Vol. I is just gorgeous, and often appears nowhere else in game. Golodir’s Mantle is a reward from Vol. I, Book 14, Chapter 1. You’re up in Angmar for this. The sky looks bloody and torn. The landscape is a jagged nightmare, and as you travel to claim the breastplate of Laerdan, you pass through raging beasts and foul, stinking waters.
And then you get a cloak with a bunny on it.
It doesn’t even dye, which totally contradicts a comment I left this morning on Cosmetic Lotro about the new Rohan armour. But this cloak is just so lovely, so cheery and Hobbity and Bree-ish, so not epic…I can’t help but love it.