Note: I want to make it clear that I am not your traditional role-player. In fact, if you are serious about RP in LOTRO, I won’t be offended if you are annoyed by my character. This is by no means intended as a guide on how to RP, it’s just my personal experience with an aspect of the game that sometimes amuses me.
A couple years ago, I woke up in the middle of the night with a song stuck in my head. At the same time I was l pretty seriously focused on leveling my Lore-master, Sortof, and things kind of snowballed from there. I ended up writing an in-game bio for Sortof based off this song (or rather, the version of the title that got twisted in my head). Since then, the character has grown and well, maybe you should read the bio first…
Sortof dreamed of being the first “Lore-Minstrel” of Middle-earth. Sadly, her lack of talent and odd selection of songs led to her being laughed out of nearly every tavern she performed in. She still can’t understand why nobody appreciates her unique musical style, and has taken to drinking far too much ale in an effort to dull the pain of rejection.
Sortof’s song list:
Looking for Lore (In all the Wrong Places)
Stop! In the Name of Lore
Lore is a Many Splendored Thing
Power of Lore
Lore Will Keep us Together
Lore Makes the World Go Round
Can You Feel the Lore Tonight?
Can’t Buy Me Lore
All You Need is Lore
Crazy Little Thing Called Lore
What’s Lore Got To Do With It?
Now, Sortof’s “back story” has influenced every visible aspect of the character. Since I envision her as a down-on-her-luck wanna-be singing star, she doesn’t have fancy clothes and her backpack is bulging with her most precious belongings (her greatest passions are music, ale and food). The name and title she displays changes upon her mood. She currently goes by “Sortof Offkey, Same Old Song”.
Her “drinking far too much ale in an effort to dull the pain of rejection” has led her to join the Inn League and generally chatter a way in kin chat about ale and the drinking thereof. Her bags are usually full of ale and, like any good lore-master, she also carries a good supply of pipe-weed.
Sortof’s closest friends are her pets and her horse, Guzzler. She has also been known to associate with a fellow lore-master and kinmate, Abiyo, who also appreciates the many fine qualities of ale. He does seem to have a disturbing fixation with acquiring “Fancy Hobbits” for reasons he won’t elaborate on, so Sortof isn’t always so sure what to think of him…
As I mentioned at the beginning of the post, I don’t claim to be a traditional or serious role-player. I generally keep my in character chat limited to the occasional comment in kin or fellowship chat, and more often than not, I’m talking out of character. I don’t seek out other people to role-play with, and I don’t attend RP events. RP for me is more of a spur of the moment desire to behave in a way that I normally wouldn’t. I have fun with it in my own way, and I try to avoid interfering with people who have their own, perhaps different, views of RP. Well, I guess my names and titles might interrupt someone else’s immersion, but I’m sorry, that’s one of my favorite things about LOTRO… being silly with names! Anyway, I just wanted to share my limited experience with RP. I hope you at least got a laugh out of it!