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- When is The Tale of the Shipwrecked Mariners?
- Find the Wreck, Pick Up Cargo
- Tips for Lowbies
- Barter Rewards
- Tale of the Shipwrecked Mariners Missions
The Tale of the Shipwrecked Mariners is an unusual event in LOTRO – in a good way! In previous years it only referred to Mariner (Singular). But now there are two tales as SSG has introduced a brand-new storyline in the form of Missions, alongside the previous swimming event. I’ve also written this guide from the ground up, rather than remoulding the old one, so hopefully it’s more streamlined. River pun intended!
When is The Tale of the Shipwrecked Mariners?
- From: 14th September at 10am /servertime
- To: 20th September at 3am /servertime
Why Can’t I Speak With Mindambeth?Mindambeth, the lady next to Argirion, is the barterer for the Tale of the Shipwrecked Mariners. However, unlike other events, you must do the story quest to unlock her wares. Or rather, that character has to do it. If other characters of yours have, then they can barter with her. But, since 2023, there is also another way to acquire what she offers. More on that in a bit.
Find the Wreck, Pick Up Cargo
Where is the Shipwreck?You can find it – along with some crew members – along the Barandalf in Evendim. The coordinates are roughly 14.6S, 61.7W and the most direct route is to swim there. Although your quest does not define this yet, you will need:
Kegs of Cram, Waterlogged Crates and Lockboxes
Swimming down the Brandywine, along the shores are three types of items:
Kegs of CramReally obvious barrels that somehow have not got waterlogged. Probably best, who wants soggy cram? Oh, and this the Keg of Cram you need for the quest as well as for bartering later.
Waterlogged LockersThe last type of washed-up container Tale of the Shipwrecked Mariners. Despite the fact that you’re on a search and recovery mission, apparently it’s fine to take the contents of these boxes. Loot them as a normal lockbox.
What’s in a Waterlogged Lockbox?
Hats as Gear
You can find the full list of possible items from Waterlogged Lockers, over on LOTRO-Wiki.
Tips for LowbiesIf you are of a lower level (say, under Level 35) then:
- Make sure you pick up crates and kegs in Bree-land.
Or, at least, take them from parts of Evendim where there are no enemies. Some creatures and tomb-robbers stray pretty close to the river’s edge. So, be careful.
- Keep Floaty Names On:
enemies with red or purple names will see you from much further away.
- Consider taking a friend, or a higher character.
Cosmetics are account-bound so can be shared across character and put into your Wardrobe. Unless you want the XP for levelling, if you have higher-level characters, then run it on those instead.
Barter RewardsEven with the new event additions for 2023, the Tale of the Shipwrecked Mariners event did not gain any new barter rewards. But if you have not run the event before, then maybe this is your year.Assuming you did not manage to pick up any Waterlogged Lockers, then you can barter for Mariner (or pirate)-style hats with Mindambeth.Each item costs the same: 10× Kegs of Cram and 25× Bottles of Ale.
Mariner’s Hat and Eyepatch
Do They Dye?
Tale of the Shipwrecked Mariners Missions
Stowaway: The Old Man on the SeaVery much new to 2023 is a new storyline played out in the form of eleven Missions. But there’s no quest, vector or map to direct you to the quest-giver. The missions are a combination of storytelling and combat, with a couple of them requiring no fighting at all. The series of missions are Stowaway 01 to Stowaway 11. The quests and mission names are different though, so I’ve put both in the overview below.
Are They Worth Doing?This tale is very well-written. You should totally experience it at least once.
Where is the Missions-giver?
Mariner Missions Overview
I don’t want to spoil the story for you but here is a quick look at what each chapter entails. If you want to go in “blind” (which, to be honest, is recommended!) then click/tap here and you’ll skip the overview.
I have purposefully kept most of these images small so they’re teasers. Maybe next year I’ll go into my impressions of the story myself. Maybe.
01 Ignoble BeginningsMission: A Life at Sea
02 The First Tour
03 The Turning TideMission: The Tolfalas Shore
04 KinshipMission: My Bosom Friend No combat required.
05 The IncidentMission: The Nenglor Tips:
- The people you need to rescue have quest rings in the Mini-map.
- The Corsairs here do respawn during the Mission.
- Put floaty names on to find places to put posters up.
- Use your “select nearest item” shortcut.
07 Too Far AfieldMission: The Sermon No combat required
08 No Longer in ServiceMission: To Plot Revenge
09 To Vengeance BoundMission: Marked Tips: I found the end fight tricky, so:
- Keep potions to hand.
- Know where your “cleanse” ability is.
10 On Strange ShoresMission: The Beast
11 I, MarinerMission: A Final Vengeance
Mission Reward: Cosmetic Outfit