Item Name: Hurried Traveler
Regular Price: 495
Store Location: Travel & Housing → Travel Traits
Description: Reduce the recovery time (cool-downs) on Milestone Skills by 30 minutes to use instant-travel more often! Works across all Milestone skills! This is a permanent unlock for your character.
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As a stalwart dwarf who finds himself moving around the countryside of Middle-earth at a moment’s notice; I often find myself tiring of riding horseback (or in my case ponyback) all the time. I am always in search of any form of travel or new path that might reduce my time in transit. Thankfully the Elves of Rivendell once bestowed upon me a magical map that allows for instant travel across great spaces; as long as I had visited that spot beforehand. The unfortunate side effect is that the magic is ancient and therefore takes a while to recharge itself. In fact, it takes about an hour for the map to once again gain the ability to transport me. Although I cannot complain about the handiness of such an artifact, when one becomes used to such a convenience they cannot help but see both the advantages and disadvantages of it. So once again while I do appreciate the usefulness of the item, the time it takes to recharge leaves me feeling a bit discontent at times.
Now as it happens I was travelling the world and stumbled into the wood of Lothlórien. And after several misunderstandings with the local elves were cleared up I was able to stay for a month. It was during that time that one night while tales were being told after supper that the subject of my map arose. The elves were most curious about the artifact and asked if they could study it. As it happened after several days of study the elves informed me that they had come to understand the magic and that they would be able to improve upon it. In fact, they told me that they would be able to enhance the map so that it would recharge in roughly half the time. Upon hearing this I was elated for such a feat would be a marvel and most beneficial to my travels.
Unfortunately such benefits often have a price to pay, and in this case the price was a financial one. The reagents that they needed to complete the magic were costly to them and being the benefactor of this endeavor I felt that I could not in good conscience allow them to provide their services for free. Therefore with some sadness I reimbursed them for their services. The price was indeed a bit steep, but ultimately the benefits were too great for me to worry about it in the end. So now as I write this I find myself content that my travels will go more quickly than they did before. My only wish is that some day I might happen upon some other inhabitants of Middle-Earth that might be able to reduce the time even further for a similar or lesser cost. A dwarf can dream, can’t he?
The Hurried Traveler is most definitely a luxury item for two reasons. One, all your milestone skills are on the same timer. Therefore if you use one of your milestone skills, they’re all on cool-down. Secondly, this is a per-character purchase and not account-wide. So while I purchased this skill on my main character, the rest of my characters are without it. And because at 8 characters and counting I really do not want to spend an additional 3,465 Turbine Points on something I consider a mere convenience. Also players who chose classes with travel skills (or those with more patience than myself) might find this a trivial purchase and easily something that they can pass on.