Rune-keeper Details Revealed as LOTRO Gears Up for Bonus XP Weekend

Turbine is giving Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar players a chance to prepare their favorite characters to explore the Mines of Moria. This weekend, you can earn 25% bonus experience starting Thursday October 2nd through October 6th.

As added incentive to look forward to the new expansion, Turbine developer Brian “Zombie Columbus” Aloisio has revealed more of the theory behind the new Rune-keeper class for Moria in the latest dev diary entry.

“The Minstrel sings words of Power and the Lore-master finds Power from ancient secrets, but there are more paths than these. Middle-earth is a land where language has Power, and such words are comprised of rune-letters. Put them together in the right order and the world can be changed in subtle and sometimes grand ways.”

The Rune-keeper rounds out the magic using classes of LOTRO quite nicely with the use of Battle and Healing Attunements. This class uses lightning for quick attacks and chill attacks to hit multiple targets or debuff enemies. Rune-keepers inflict fire damage over time which builds becoming more deadly the longer its maintained. Their healing is also over time supplementing healing skills of other classes without duplicating them.

The Rune-keeper class isn’t modeled after any specific character in Tolkien’s Middle-earth. However moon letters and runes are both part of the mythos so the class fits into the spirit of the world. For more on these linguistic mystics, check out Aloisio’s Rune-keeper dev diary on the LOTRO website.

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