By thegreywizard at 2008-03-02
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Welcome to Middle-earth Role Playing (MERP), a total conversion for Oblivion Based on J.R.R. Tolkien's Literary works; The Lord of the Rings
For the latest news keep an eye on the Elder Scrolls Thread
Need to know how to install the mod? Also see Bethsoft.com for info on installing Oblivion mods in general.
`The MERP team is making an addition to Oblivion that is the world of Middle-earth. It will add all of Middle-earth in it's entirity, obvioulsy including but listed for your enjoyment; Eriador (realm of The Shire, Rivendell, Bree, Grey Havens, Weathertop, Ruins of Agmar, Ruins of Hollin, Ruins of Fornost, Moria, etc...) Rohan (Including Isengard, Edoras, Helms Deep, etc...) Rhovanion (Lothlorien, Mirkwood, Dale, Rhun, Anduin, etc...) Gondor (Need I elaborate?) Mordor (Barad-Dur, Minas Morgul, Cirith Ungol, etc...) and Harad (Umbar, Region of Khand, Southern Jungles, Desert Harad, etc...)
It has not been decided weather we will delete Tamriel or not yet, but we may if we cannot get our ingame maps worked out :P
`Our goal as a team is to realize the world of J.R.R. Tolkien as closely as we can to his vision. We hold the lore to a very high standard and will not compromise the lore at all if we can. We do use the visual appearance of the films, but if there is a conflict then we always take the book over the movie. An few exsamples; there will not be any full plate armor, the outter wall of Minas Tirith will be black, and Minas Morgul will have white stone like Minas Tirith. We work very hard to bring a quality product that matches the same level, if not surpasses the original Oblivion game. We want to make our work look like professional game developers made it.
We ask that you do not discuss legal infomation in this thread, as our policy is quite clear, as it says on our official site.
"This site is for the team to save, load, and share files with other team members, and cannot be used for public download. If you are not a member of the team of artists and programmers on the Middle-earth Roleplaying Project you may not enter this site with our permission and will be breaking our agreement. We are artists with a common goal to recreate the world of J.R.R Tolkien in the Oblivion engine and DO NOT have to release any files to the public should it be found a violation of copyright laws. That however cannot stop the production. We take an Artist's Interpretation standpoint, and we do not differentiate ourselves from fan fiction authors, as well as digital, sketch, paint, acoustic, and/or any other artists inspired by Tolkien's awesome world. We desire to make paintings such as those of John Howe, Alan Lee, and Ted Nasmith, but in 3d, and if that is a violation of copyright laws, and we cannot share these files, we are terribly sorry. Maybe our art will be available for public display and use one day, but until that day comes, you will have to settle for Screenshots, save only that those also break any copyright laws. Again, we are 3d artists."
The Dúnedain are decedance of the ancient Numenorians. They are a forgotten people and close kindred of the Gondorians. Playing as a Dúnedain, you will start in Bree and fulfill the role of Aragorn in the epic Lord of the Rings.
The Gondorians are the Southern kindred of the Dúnedain. They still have an astablished kingdom, but it is under siege and constant war from the devices of Sauron. Playing as a Gondorian, you will start in Minas Tirith, as a soldier, and you will run through a whole new storyline in a much more open ended fashion. The story line for the Gondorian is a surprise! wink.gif
The Rohirrim were once northmen from the northern realms around Mirkwood, but after Gondor was assailed beyond hope, they sent north to Eorl, leader of the Northmen for aid, and he came south in force to rout the enemies of the South-kingdom. As reward, Steward Cirion granted him and his people the land of Calenardhon(Rohan) to dwell in. Playing as a Rohirrim, you start in Edoras, and play through an all new story as a soldier defending his land, and finding revenge for his slain father.
The Noldor have an ancient history that stretches beyond the first age. They came from the sacred land of Aman, the Undying Land. Playing as a Noldorian High Elf, you start in Rivendell, and you play the role of Glorfindale in an open ended adventure.
Not much has been developed on the Sindar yet, but they may start in Lothlórien, or they may start in Mirkwood, or it may depend on Gender.
The Moriquendi are the Dark Elves, for they never saw the lands of Aman, or it's light from it's wondrous two trees. Playing as a Moriquendi, you will start in Lothlórien as a soldier. The land has seen many orc patrols coming from the north, back and forth from the black chasm Moria. The lady of Light has decided that forest of Lorien can no longer tolerate it's boundaries being decimated by the orc invasion, and it's up to you to preserve Lórien's life, and unravel a great new quest that invokes mystery, and deceit.
The Dwarves are made of stone, molded by the hands of their maker Aulë. The dwarves have not been fully developed yet, but we are almost certain they will start in Ered Luin.
Hobbits are the folk of pure imagination from Tolkien. They possess a great deal of spirit for their small size, and are great at sneaking! Playing as the hobbit, you will go through Frodo's journey as the ring bearer.
As a Uruk, you will start in Isengard, we will give more information later.
As a Ringwriath, you will start in Minas Morgul, as it being your domain, as well as starting with a very nasty mount with wings. You will be very powerfull for a starting character, and that is why the game will be tremendously hard for the wraith race. You will start on horse, with a semi-linear, semi-open-ended gameplay. You will begin by hunting down the so called "hobbit" with you're master's ring.
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