Woohoo! Spring festival is finally here... right on time. Hehe. Festival time in lotro means a new horse! There are other things at festival, and I'm sure I'll get them but a new horse to show visitors to the site is first priority. :)
(Update 5/22 4PM: Lol! As a commenter points out, clearly I could use more practice spelling this horse's name... Lissuin. Lissuin. L I S S U I N. I am embarrassed, but to be fair, I had been up for 20 hours (work, family, festival, blog) when I started writing. Hehe. I was incredibly "precise", spelling it wrong the exact same way 15 times in this article. Let's play make-believe and pretend I spelled it right.)
The Spring 2013 festival horse is called the Lissuin/Lussuin Horse. He can be bartered from the festival vendors for 40 Spring Leaves. I have to practice writing that one... L U S S U I N.
Also, the Lussuin has matching Warsteed Cosmetics; there are 4 pieces.
The Lussuin Horse and the Warsteed Caparison and the Leggings are bartered at the Spring Rewards Vendor, which are in several places (I saw one near the elf dance area in Duillond, and another in the dwarf dance area in Thorin's Hall). The Horse costs 40 Spring leaves; the Caparison and the Leggings cost 20 leaves each.
The Halter and the Saddle are bartered next to "the flower guy" (at Gredlan Mugwort) in the center of Bree. He will trade one piece of Warsteed Cosmetic for 80 of each flower (80 primroses, 80 marigolds, 80 violets). The flowers are super easy to get as they are gatherable west of Bree, north of Michel Delving, and west of Celondim. You have an hour to gather flowers for the daily quest which is plenty of time to gather 80+ of each. Fortunately, I had some leftover from last year and was able to get both Warsteed pieces at the same time.
Good to know if you are a gambler... these Flower boxes contain lots of random junk, but also could contain the Steed of the Jester (like last year), or could contain a FULL set of Lussuin Warsteed Cosmetics. I loathe the random number generator (I'm sure the feeling is mutual hence my terrible /rolls, lol) so I just bartered everything straight out and am thankful for the option.
Lussuin Horse: Here is the Lussuin horse. He is a light brown horse. The outfit is shades of green and white. I was initially unsure about the look, but it is subtly gorgeous.
Lussuin Warsteed, default: Here is the Lussuin Warsteed, in its default hide and outfit colors. It looks identical to the Horse, except Warsteeds default to "Warsteed Grey".
Lussuin Warsteed, white and crimson: Here is the Warsteed, white hide and crimson cosmetic dye. It either looks very Regal or like we are going to go to a strawberry festival. You won't get that out of your head now. hehe. I do like this one though.
Lussuin Warsteed, black and black: Warsteed, black hide and black cosmetic dye. The mask gives him a mysterious look. :)
Lussuin Warsteed, charcoal and ered luin blue:Warsteed, charcoal hide and Ered Luin dye. It is still probably very elven looking.
Lussuin Warsteed, black chestnut and purple: Warsteed, black chestnut hide and Purple dye. Oohh. I could see the elven army riding in formation on this one (or enjoying a Mardi Gras parade).
Lussuin Warsteed, black chestnut and olive: If you visit this site semi-regularly, you know I don't get out of Supergirl outfit often... it seems that I still have an outfit slotted from ages ago when I bought the Isengard expansion (this outfit is called Eorlingas for you cosmetic buffs). So, I decided to try to match it to show that this Warsteed really does look great with the right cosmetics. Here is the Warsteed, Black chestnut hide and Olive dye. I can totally see this steed cutting through the forest, a Tracker on his back hunting down orc prey.
Enjoy the spring festival!