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An introduction to Crafting Part 2: Choosing a vocation

Once you’ve finished your Tutorial you’ll end up in either Little Delving (Hobbits), Archet (Man) or Celondim (Elves) and Thorin’s Gate (Dwarves). In Either of the four places you’ll find someone who wishes to refer you to a friend who is close to a crafting area.

Alf Goodcliff

Alf Goodcliff (Little Delving), Refers to Michel Delving Craft Fair

Edward Carver (Archet) Mibrethil (Falathlorn) Bogi DeepDelver (Thorin’s Gate)

You can simply visit either one of the friends to be redirected to the Master or Mistress of Apprentices in that particular location (Michel Delving, Combe, Celondim, Thorin’s Hall).

Outfitting yourself and Others
In your first mail you will receive a letter from “the Masters and Mistresses of Apprentices who represent the many Craft Guilds of Middle-Earth”, titled “Outfitting yourself and others”. Just in case you hadn’t spoken to Any of the four people above, you’d still have the referral to one of the Masters or Mistresses of Apprentices. Handy!

Blossom Proudfoot (Michel Delving Craft fair)

Combe Celondim Thorin’s Hall

Once you’re with the Master or Mistress of Apprentices you are invited to choose a vocation.

Vocations Overview

Vocations Overview

When you click either one of the options, you’ll get the description as below and the option to either “train” or “cancel”:

Armourer

Armourers can create a wide variety of Armour, but they Specialize in Heavy Armour and Shields. Capable Miners and Smelters, they can procure and prepare the metal they need. While they can craft clothes and leather, they will need to trade for the tanned hides required. This is an excellent choice of trade for one who relies on heavy armour and shields. Do you wish to learn this trade?

Explorer

An explorer can live off the land, crafting leather armour and clothing while gathering any resource they come across. Explorer is an excellent choice for anyone who wears light and medium armour, or who wants to specialize in resource gathering. Do you want to learn this trade?

Armsman

Armsmen are capable of crafting any weapon you might ever need, so it’s an excellent choice for anyone who relies on a blade. An armsman is proficient in mining and smelting, but will need to trade for wood with which to make bows, spears and the like. Do you wish to learn this trade?

Tinker

A Tinker’s greatest skill is that of jewelcraft, and a skilled Tinker can create baubles of both beauty and utility. A Tinker can harvest the precious metals and stones he needs for his work, and given the long hours this trade requires, it is good that a Tinker is a fair hand at preparing a hearty meal. Do you wish to learn this trade?

Yeoman

Yeomen are the salt of earth, tilling soil and preparing food with natural skill. They are also able to create clothes and leather armours, though they need to trade their produce for the hides required. Do you wish to learn this trade?

Woodsman

Woodsmen are the foremost bowyers in Middle-Earth, and are capable of crafting fine weapons from wood, as well as gathering and treating the raw wood they need. Their knowledge of plants and nature also makes them natural farmers. Woodsman is an excellent choice for anyone who want to create their own mighty bows. Do you wish to learn this trade?

Historian

Historians are unique in that they have access to the Scholarly arts, allowing them to research ancient lore and use their discoveries to the advantage of their fellows. In addition a Historian has the more practical talents of cultivating land, and forging the blades that are so often spoken of in the histories they study. Do you wish to learn this trade?

Once you’ve chosen your vocation, you have gained the accompanying skills and you’ll have received a vocation guide and tools of the trade. These tools are inferior tools. They can be replaced when you want to, just like the pop-up screen tells you:

Vocation ChosenYou can buy better tools from novice profession vendors. Players with the profession Methalsmith will be able to make crafting tools which giver better results.

For levelling your professions, please go to “An introduction to Crafting Part 3: Tiers explained“. Have fun Crafting!

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