Iranon’s Extensive Guide to Pipeweed, second edition

Well over a year ago I drew up a rather complete guide to pipeweed, embellished it with screenshots of the smoke effects, and threw it on my kinship forums. That guide moved with me to the Iranon of Arda livejournal blog, and thence to this blog here at WordPress. I was rather ridiculously proud of it, and almost everyone who read it found it to be helpful, or at least interesting.
Then, a good few months back, Turbine changed the process of growing pipeweed. They removed the complexity and made it something you don’t need to think about to master. I threw a fit. When I was through with the fit, I went and updated the Pipeweed Guide with a note saying it was obsolete, but the screenshots were still accurate. But then, with the next patch, Turbine had to go and update all the smoke effects. I went, “Whaaaaaaat!?!?!?!”, but it only took me a few moments to realise that I actually really did like the new effects themselves, and I was only bitter that the guide I had worked so hard on was now rendered completely obsolete. And so I said, “Enough with the grumbling. It’s high time I park Iranon in Lothlorien (he’s big enough now he doesn’t have to work out of the Shire), farm up any pipeweed varieties I don’t have stashed away in the vault from last time, and get all those new screenies”. This time I have also included Ronald Dwale’s pipe and the three varieties of summer festival pipeweed, making this edition of the guide completely complete. Also, all but one of the screenshots in the last version featured Iranon himself, this time I decided to add a bit of variety and get a bit of screen-time for my other characters (although Iranon has hogged most of the spotlight).
And so here I finally present Iranon’s Extensive Guide to Pipeweed, second edition.

Varieties of Pipeweed; their uses and making, Thoroughly revised and updated
By Iranon Ofaira; Supreme Master Farmer, lvl 65 Minstrel, Accomplished pipeweed smoker and grower

Introduction
Pipe-weed it utterly pointless, and, as with most other utterly pointless things in Middle Earth, is absolutely awesome and immensely enjoyable.
Farming pipeweed requires a bit of dedication and much time spent in a boring, brown field; but if the farmer dedicates enough attention and care to his farming, he is assured a lifetime of delightful smoke effects and link-fodder.
When considered from the point of view of the farmer, there are two types of pipeweed recipes; automatically granted recipes and recipies which must be purchased from a farmhand. There are also two types of seeds; purchased seeds from novice and expert farmers, and “rare” seeds which drop from pipeweed fields.
There are also three varieties of special Summer Festival pipeweed, the seeds and recipies for these are available as quest rewards or from vendors only during the Summer Festival.

Listed below are the various types of pipeweed, with illustrations of each.

~Iranon Ofaira; Lothlorien
Fourth Age, Summer, 2011

Tier 1; Apprentice

Longbottom Leaf

recipe: Automatically granted
seeds: Novice Farmhand
effects: an ordinary puff of smoke accompanied by a subtle ring around the smoker’s head

Rushlight

recipe: Novice Farmhand
seeds: Novice Farmhand
effects: a single smoke ring which spins as it moves away from the smoker

Southlinch

recipe: automatically granted
seeds: Novice Farmhand
effects: a mundane puff of smoke

Sweet Lobelia

recipe: Novice Farmhand
seeds: Novice Farmhand
effects: two rings which move angled away from the smoker

Stonecrop

recipe: Summer festival pipeweed vendor
seeds: Summer festival pipeweed vendor
effects: a sort of puff of smoke that breaks up into a creature of some sort (perhaps a boar?) for a very brief moment, and then resolves again into a puff

Tier 2; Journeyman

Hornblower

recipe: Novice Farmhand
seeds: Novice Farmhand
effects: two concentric rings

Muddy Foot

recipe: Novice Farmhand
seeds: rare drop
effects: three concentric rings

Southern Star

recipe: automatically granted
seeds: Novice Farmhand
effects: a smoke triangle

Tighfield Choice

recipe: Novice Farmhand
seeds: rare drop
effects: a smoke square

Tier 3; Expert

Dragon’s Breath

recipe: Novice Farmhand
seeds: rare drop
effects: a smoke dragon

Old Toby

recipe: Novice Farmhand
seeds: Novice Farmhand
effects: a great big heart

Roper’s Twist

recipe: Novice Farmhand
seeds: rare drop
effects: the smoke moves in a great spiral (which is a tad difficult to see in a still photograph, but rather impressive in-game)

Sweet Galenas

recipe: Novice Farmhand
seeds: Novice Farmhand
effects: a ship

Shire Sweet Leaf

recipe: Novice Farmhand
seeds: Novice Farmhand
effects: Three Butterflies
note: Loremasters need Shire Sweet Leaf for their rez skill, Back from the Brink

Lengalenas

recipe: Summer festival pipeweed vendor
seeds: Summer festival pipeweed vendor
effects: crossed swords

Tier 4; Artisan

Eagle’s Nest

recipe: Expert Farmer
seeds: rare drop
effects: an eagle which breaks into three puffs of smoke which then join and resolve into a larger eagle. The eagles only exist for a brief moment each and so are difficult to photograph.

Gamwich Braid

recipe: Expert Farmer
seeds: rare drop
effects: a fish

Tier 5; Master

Wizard’s Fire

recipe: Expert Farmer
seeds: rare drop
effects: a sparrow

Summer Green-weed

recipe: Summer festival pipeweed vendor
seeds: Summer festival pipeweed vendor
effects: a pipe

Tier 6; Supreme

Gold Fire

recipe: Expert Farmer
seeds: rare drop
effects: a target (a large ring with a dot in the centre)

Fungo’s Fuzzy Leaf
recipe: automatically granted
seeds: rare drop
effects: shoots a long and thin jet of smoke which travels remarkably far

Other

Ronald Dwale’s Pipe

Ronald Dwale’s Pipe is a quest reward from the final quest in the “Missing the Meeting” quest chain granted by the Hobbit Ronald Dwale of Dwalling. It is a reusable pipe (not a pouch of pipeweed) which according to the tooltip is filled with Old Toby, but the smoke effect is the same as Wizard’s Fire. Aside from the pipe reward, “Missing the Meeting” is worth completing because the whole chain is a great pile of references to some real life aspects of Tolkien’s work, and you even get to talk to in-game hobbit versions of C.S Lewis and Owen Barfield.

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Your Fav Hobbit
    Aug 06, 2011 @ 20:31:21

    I ran across the first edition of this article a little while ago and farmed a few out. I never even played with the system back in the more complicated days of being able to cross breed and such – but that sounds like it would have been interesting. Out of the ones I had tried so far, Old Toby was a little disappointing to me in regards to its utter lack of longevity.

    Perhaps I’ll have to farm out some of these other varieties and we can then have a Pipeweed competition. 🙂

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