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Introducing new Ered Luin designs, the wandering Folk of Durin!

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Dwarves of the Ered Luin



Greetings, Companions of Edain!


The last weekend of Mod of the Year voting is upon us, and so is the last of our three great Dwarven realms: Ered Luin, domain of the exiled Dwarven prince Thorin Oakenshield.

There [Thorin] laboured long, and gained such wealth as he could; and his people were increased by many of the wandering Folk of Durin that heard of his dwelling and came to him.

- The Return of the King, Appendix A: Durin's Folk -

Of all the Dwarven realms, Ered Luin has probably changed the most. This all started with implementing the movie design for the Iron Hills, probably the most frequently requested change in the history of Edain. While doing that it became clear to us that the Iron Hills could no longer be the fast and aggressive faction - the movie Dwarves were just too heavily armored to fit that role and carried heavy shields on top of that. We therefore decided to re-envision the Dwarves of Ered Luin as more lightly armored wanderers.

Dwarves of the Ered LuinDwarves of the Ered Luin

This change might seem sudden and even extreme, but we had actually been unhappy with Ered Luin's heavily armored Dwarves for a while now. While they looked extremely cool, they actually didn't fit with the history of that realm at all. Ered Luin was not a large and powerful kingdom like Erebor, it was a sanctuary for those Dwarves who had been exiled from their homeland by the dragon Smaug. Thorin built a new existence for his people there after long wanderings, but he never lost sight of his true home and would later launch an expedition to reclaim Erebor. We therefore felt it very appropriate to design the Dwarves of Ered Luin quite differently from the other two realms: These are Dwarven wanderers, banished from their home, carving out a new existence in exile, taking work where they can find it as Bilbo said in the movie.

Dwarves of the Ered Luin

Fierce and determined, hardened from their lot in life, they are still proud and powerful warriors, but they don't field heavily armored armies. Their warriors are equipped for life on the road, wearing light but sturdy leather armor and cloaks to protect them from the weather. With heavy armor, they don scalemail and helmets. We took Thorin and his company from the movies as an inspiration: Note how they too travelled lightly armored and only donned heavy armor once they had reached Erebor. Taking cues from both our previous design and Thorin himself, the Dwarves of Ered Luin wear blue cloaks and shining silver scales.

Dwarves of the Ered Luin

In terms of Gameplay, Ered Luin focuses on speed and unorthodox tactics. Their Guardians move faster than those of Erebor and the Iron Hills due to their light equipment and their long journeys, and they use longer-ranged archers instead of short-ranged axe-throwers and crossbowmen. This is meant to represent their distance from their ancestral Dwarven homelands and their desire to reclaim it.

While this represents a significant departure from our previous design, we feel it captures the history of the realm much more accurately and fits in better with the heroes of Thorin's company, so we hope you enjoy it!

And if you liked this update, as always we'd be honored if you would consider giving us your vote for Mod of the Year 2015! Keep in mind that votes by registered accounts count a lot more.

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DúnedainRanger
DúnedainRanger - - 954 comments

I really like your approach to Ered Luin. Very nicely done!

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saruman_the_wise
saruman_the_wise - - 1,883 comments

Agreed!

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Adamin Author
Adamin - - 253 comments

Thank you. :)

I accidentally, gave you -1 Karma, sorry. Usually there is no Button for that here, so I misclicked... :/
Please consider your Counter with +2! ^^'

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makiszamp
makiszamp - - 80 comments

well done edain team...you made an excellent job with the models

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Guest
Guest - - 695,387 comments

good

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hoho96
hoho96 - - 3,797 comments

I do remember some people suggesting Dwarven adventurers as new units/models.
Well, you got them now ;)

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Guest
Guest - - 695,387 comments

Hoho since you're a god among us, I need your knowledge. Do you know why when I try to launch bfme2 or rotwk it keeps saying fatal error: exception in exception handler? I bought a new pc for Christmas, the old one was running windows 7 and the game worked smoothly, now this one is w8 and I'm starting to believe I won't the able to play Edain never again :( so if you could help me, or any one who has the time to do so, I'll be gratefull. Thanks for taking to time to see this.

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TJZ23
TJZ23 - - 42 comments

This is just an idea, but windows 10 seems to run it perfectly fine and if you have windows purchased you should get a free upgrade. Its also wayyyy better than windows 8.1 or 8.

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Valarauko_IV
Valarauko_IV - - 101 comments

Yeah! Really cool looking units. And as you said they are far mor fitting for the dwarves in exile than the old Tanks. Now i am very intersted in the new Elite Unit :D

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LordDainOfIronHills
LordDainOfIronHills - - 1,855 comments

Awesome!Really great new Change!

As I ahve always said on MU and EIC Ered Luin was not such a great and military strong Kingdom bur more liek Colony in Exile and now they look perfect!Realyl great Combination of Movie,Lore and Edain!Congratulations! :)

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SamwiseJenkins
SamwiseJenkins - - 322 comments

If you guys don't get number 1 it will be the biggest injustice since Smaug claimed Erebor! I love the idea that the dwarves of the blue mountains are wanderers, I get this wonderful image of a once proud race brought low, desperate to reclaim their homeland.

Khazad Ai Menu!

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admiral_trenchx
admiral_trenchx - - 34 comments

I absolutely agree with this direction, the heavily armoured Ered Luin style did not fit my idea of this faction. This art style on the other hand is perfect

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andytwo
andytwo - - 59 comments

Wonderful change and very lore friendly as well.

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Adrigabbro
Adrigabbro - - 230 comments

Great concept and great designs, as always. :)

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kazija93
kazija93 - - 32 comments

I was not very happy when Team said there will be changes for Ered Luin dwarves since I very much liked them, but this is so AMAZING !!!!! Again guys, you fail to dissapoint! Keep it up and again, great, great work.

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RuudDevil
RuudDevil - - 28 comments

Oh yes thank you!

I felt they needed a change.

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Odysseus95
Odysseus95 - - 1,162 comments

Well, if it isn't the devil himself :P. Welcome to the party, mate.

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Haradandrhuin
Haradandrhuin - - 54 comments

Hey Ross

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gamer_333
gamer_333 - - 65 comments

Can't wait! This is not just an Angmar update, this is a Dwarf update as well! :D

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daniric
daniric - - 9 comments

oh my, damn this is nice, now i feel like the roles of the dwarfs are perfect. iron hills are the hevily armored and best on defending, erabor focusing on attack and now ered luin finaly a light, agile, fast, gang that i feel they are. only thing i feel missing is a few mounts her and ther to the heroes, maby even a wagon for Balin and the model of thorin III that you alredy have. anyways cant wait to try it ^^

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treefoz
treefoz - - 411 comments

I just have one request, if it's even possible with all the changes you've made. Could you please make it possible to decommission units at the fortress again?

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Potysvk
Potysvk - - 173 comments

If i remmember correctly, it can't be possible due to saruman and his entering the fortress thing.

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Guest
Guest - - 695,387 comments

Hi Edain Team,
I noticed many things about the AI ennemy :
- Elven do not do anything
- Gondor almost use the same buildings in the fortress : archeries and forges
- All factions do not build defenses at their base and they do not use their powers
- I tried some 1v1 between 2 brutal AI and it seems Gondor always fastly wins against others factions

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Gnomi
Gnomi - - 4,488 comments

1.) This only happens on some maps. Please tell us which maps you played and we'll fix it for the next version. Until then just play on other maps.
2.) Already fixd for the next version.
3.) Was disabled because of bugs, therefore fully intended. But it'll be reactivated in the next version.
4.) Yeah, the AI is a really difficult area. Gondor is one of the stronger AIs, we're trying to make the other ones also stronger. But as said it's really difficult.^^

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Bombur
Bombur - - 33 comments

Great :) !

I was also wondering if Thorin's Company could get their regal armors from the movies at level 10. Thos armors are wonderful, it's a real shame they abandoned them!

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thelightofearendil
thelightofearendil - - 11 comments

Greetings Edain Team and congratulations! I'm not surprised :) by the way i have a question.I'm using 4.2.1, How i can update for 4.3? I'm have trying for a week but my update launcher can't find any available update (ered luin, path of the edain, erebor & others)

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Raku03
Raku03 - - 13 comments

That's because the 4.3 update hasn't gone live, yet. The Ered Luin, Erebor, Iron Hills, and Path of the Edain updates that have been posted are just to let us know what's in store for the 4.3 update and future updates.

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thelightofearendil
thelightofearendil - - 11 comments

Thanks a lot :)

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Guest
Guest - - 695,387 comments

there is no gollum in some maps?

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Gnomi
Gnomi - - 4,488 comments

Which maps have you played? Gollum should be on every map.

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FluffyOrc
FluffyOrc - - 6 comments

Map Celebdil. Im playing with dwarves and have controlled full map, but gollum doesnt appear.

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FluffyOrc
FluffyOrc - - 6 comments

also is some maps there is the bug... For example in the map "Black Gates" easy mordor doesnt build nothing.

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Gnomi
Gnomi - - 4,488 comments

The last time I played Celebdil I found Gollum.
Sometimes he is really sneaky and difficult to find, but he should be on that map.

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FluffyOrc
FluffyOrc - - 6 comments

Does it appear in this map?

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vencatoro
vencatoro - - 9 comments

HOW CAN I HAVE SAME VERSION LIKE MY FRIEND??? PLS HELP.

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Gnomi
Gnomi - - 4,488 comments

Update the mod.

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SeBioL
SeBioL - - 322 comments

Version 4.3 will be amazing!

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gripcocuk
gripcocuk - - 102 comments

Hİ.I know it's not reliveant with vers 4.3 but can you say me how I enter düsterland campaign pass password in edain 3.8.1?

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Proekje
Proekje - - 11 comments

when can we play this? cuz the latest download is in march 2015

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Glemli
Glemli - - 78 comments

If I remember correctly, heroes were never able to be decomissioned. :P

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Guest
Guest - - 695,387 comments

when i play elves , there is a probleme , sometime it's in pink and sometimes i can't see my bulding , can someone help me ?

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Haradandrhuin
Haradandrhuin - - 54 comments

It's been a long time without info we've been in the dark for awhile so says happening are u close to finishing this update?

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Glemli
Glemli - - 78 comments

New update, please! I'm dying out here!

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thelightofearendil
thelightofearendil - - 11 comments

ahahaha Glemli lol (Dwalin's words to Thorin - The Hobbit The Battle of the Five Armies)

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Guest
Guest - - 695,387 comments

Please man, just say when the next update is, don't need exact date, but estimate it. 1week or 1month left?

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Haradandrhuin
Haradandrhuin - - 54 comments

I think they have abandoned the mod

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Gnomi
Gnomi - - 4,488 comments

Just because we haven't uploaded an update for 8 (!) days?^^

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Haradandrhuin
Haradandrhuin - - 54 comments

Actually 28 days

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Gnomi
Gnomi - - 4,488 comments

Moddb.com

Uploaded Jan 9th, 2016

Therefore we had an update, even though those were just some pics.^^

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