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Age of the Ring is a mod for Rise of the Witch-king.
It's set during the final years of the Third Age of Middle-earth,
and features content from both The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings film trilogies
and J.R.R. Tolkien's novels. Our primary goal is to represent the cultures,
warriors, and heroes of that era in a way that is accurate
to the source material, engaging in terms of gameplay,
and balanced around RotWK's 2.02 community patch.

Take a look at our community forums to learn more about what is planned.


Note there are no current release dates on future updates, so please don't ask.
We are currently working on the Lothlórien faction.
Do you have questions? Make sure to check the FAQ to see if it hasn't already been answered.





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In this article we'll be talking about the thoughts and concepts behind Lothlórien's spellbook powers. But prior to that, we'd like to announce that Lothlórien is content complete! We're now commencing bug and balance testing, visual finetuning, and finishing up additions to the existing factions. The release is within sight, though we can't tell you when exactly it'll be. Now on to the article.



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TIER 1

Elven Horn
A common tier 1 power, the Elven Horn buffs friendly units within its radius. It's a safe bet in most circumstances.

You Can Go No Further
A reference to Haldir's line in Fellowship of the Ring, You Can Go No Further briefly stuns enemy units within a radius. This power is useful for creating escape routes or creating safe targets for your archer units.

Leithio I Phillin
Loose the arrows! Leithio I Phillin is a lesser version of the vanilla Arrow Volley. It's area of effect is smaller and its damage is significantly reduced, but this power is still a great way of countering enemy rush tactics. Not a bad choice when facing Misty Mountains or Mordor.

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That is no Orc horn!



TIER 2

Amroth's Knights
Lothlórien is not a cavalry based faction. They have their Riders of Nimrodel - ranged with an unlockable toggle to spears - but creating an effective cavalry force from those is very difficult. To allow for cavalry strategies, we decided to give Lothlórien a spellbook path to heavy cavalry: the Knights of Amroth Amdírion. This is not a summon - once you buy the power, the Knights can be recruited from the Golden Wood Pasture. For more information on these units, check out one of our previous articles.

Silvan Allies
Though there was little love lost between the Sindarin King Thranduil and the Noldorin Lady and Lord of the Golden Wood, they would put their alliance into effect in times of need. Both realms were largely populated by Wood-elves, and so have many cultural similarities. Lothlórien may summon three battalions of Mirkwood Rangers to come to their aid.

Glade of Mellyrn
More trees! This is Lothlórien's version of the vanilla Elven Wood power. It's the same as 2.02's Elven Wood, but with entirely new visuals.

A Very Great Wizard
Though Radagast the Brown lived in the southern borders of Mirkwood, this really wasn't so far from the woods of Lórien. We were looking for an interesting hero summon, so who better than the quirky, kind Brown Wizard? He comes with a full arsenal of magical powers, such as the ability to summon spying birds and siphoning dark magic from his allies, healing and fortifying them.

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Silvan Allies with summon visual - a Mirkwood tree


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Mellyrn Glade



TIER 3

Eagles of the Mountains
When Gandalf the Grey was sent back after his battle with Dúrin's Bane, Gwaihir the Windlord bore him to Lothlórien, where Gandalf was clad in white and set out to complete his task. This indicates that the Galadhrim had some connection to the noble Great Eagles, and an indication is all we needed to bring them in as a powerful late game summon.

Blessing of Manwë
Manwë, the King of the Vala and ruler of the Winds of Middle-earth, gives the Elves of Lothlórien his blessing by parting clouds and letting the light of the last fruit of Laurelin shine upon their lands. It's Cloudbreak, in case you hadn't caught on.

Cast Down Its Walls
When the White Council assaulted the Necromancer's old fortress in Dol Guldur, Galadriel used her magic to cast a spell that laid bare its pits and cast down its walls, utterly ruining the dark stronghold. Cast Down Its Walls is a lesser version of vanilla's Earthquake and can take down one or two structures in its radius.


TIER 4

Mists of Lothlórien
When Eorl's host passed Lórien on his way to help Cirion of Gondor in his war against the Balchoth, Galadriel sent out a great mist to cloak the riders from unfriendly eyes in southern Mirkwood. The Mists of Lothlórien power cloaks friendly units, slows enemy units caught inside it, and deals heavy damage over time.

The Ring of Adamant
Galadriel, Bearer of Nenya, the Ring of Adamant, used her Ring's magic to stave off the inevitable fading of her people and suspend the Golden Wood in a state of perpetuity, preserving and protecting it against the encroaching Shadow. When cast, the Ring of Adamant power strengthens everything within its radius: units gain armor and healing, and structures are repaired.

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The Ring of Adamant has a unique visual effect



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The AotR Team

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noTenshiNei
noTenshiNei

will aragorn be able to mount his horse in the future?

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Guest
Guest

Since we don't get Shagrat and Gorbag as heroes, maybe use them fighting each other over the mithril coat as part of Gorgoroth Armory idle animation? Just like you plan to use old Bilbo in Rivendell's library

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DúnedainRanger Creator
DúnedainRanger

I made plans for implementing them originally but we scrapped them for now. We may look into adding them in the future however.

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Disciiples
Disciiples

I think you rework classic witch king's skills..

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Chrisseas
Chrisseas

I love it! I think it all really keeps within Loriens lore and location as well as still keeping it fun and interesting! Great work guys! I'm dying to play the new update!

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tolgayurdal
tolgayurdal

I liked this faction until spellbook. It could be more specific. Especially last tier. Ring of Adamant fits for Galadriel herself, not for all faction. One of last spells could be Summon White Council.

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MathijsRevora Creator
MathijsRevora

That's fine, we can't please everyone. We like the Ring of Adamant because, though it was indeed Galadriel's personal possession, it had a lasting and definitive effect on the whole of Lothlórien (as is described in the article). Galadriel uses Nenya in a smaller way as a hero power, by the way.

As for your suggestion: we specifically didn't want Lórien to have a lot of summons. It was a pretty small and isolated place, so we wanted to emphasize that by drawing mostly on things contained within that space.

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tolgayurdal
tolgayurdal

It is very kind of you to respect different ideas. Nowadays we can not find that kind of personality. Your opinions about Nenya can acceptable from your point. I can admit it, also summon powers though. I hope you will do the best.

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hectorvm97
hectorvm97

This is not about your mod but, what do u think guys about Fingolfin vs Melkor's fight? I think it was the most epic fight in tolkiens books

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sgtryan88
sgtryan88

Team. You did Lothlórien faction in a really too low time. Did you have a lot of assets when you started working on faction or you created everything in this short period of time ?

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MathijsRevora Creator
MathijsRevora

A bit of both. Lothlórien had some of its foundation finished when we released the first version, but we ended up redoing most of the art and doing a lot more. Erebor has more art done now than Lothlórien did two months ago, by the way. The art is generally ahead of the code.

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sgtryan88
sgtryan88

Very good. When Lothlórien is release, take some time to your social life. As you said Erebor has more content and you can take a rest.

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MathijsRevora Creator
MathijsRevora

What's a social life?

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sgtryan88
sgtryan88

Lol, So don't try it or we will never got another release. :P

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