|“||‘I am afraid we must go back to the Road here for a while,’ said Strider. ‘We have now come to the River Hoarwell, that the Elves call Mitheithel. It flows down out of the Ettenmoors, the troll-fells north of Rivendell, and joins the Loudwater away in the South.||”|
–The Fellowship of the Ring, Flight to the Ford
The Angle is a wild land that lies between the rivers Hoarwell and Loudwater. However, it is in this very land that the last settlements of the Dúnedain of the North lie, hidden and well guarded by the skilful rangers and outriders of the Dúnedain.
The biome itself is quite similar to neighbouring Lone-lands, featuring vast grassland plains, rolling hills and occasional scattered forests. However, Rangers are far more common here, and a variety of Dúnedain settlements exist as well, both towns and camps. Due to this land being full of Rangers and Dúnedain civilians, it is usually peaceful during the day. However, at night many of the foul Orcs and Wargs of Gundabad spawn throughout the land, turning it into a constant war-zone between them and the Rangers until morning. Yet, the strength of the Rangers is still strong enough to resist the onslaughts, and the Orcs are not able to overcome them here.
The Angle is a relatively safe place for good players to settle, aside from the risk of Bandits and invasions. Evil players, on the other hand, will have difficulty entering this land. They will do well to come here at night when Gundabad forces spawn, but the Rangers still provide a significant threat to even the well-prepared evil player at any time.
Upon entering this guarded land one receives the achievement "A Fastness in the Wild".
The Angle are home to the following biome variants:
- Standard - The normal Angle biome.
- Flowers - Similar to the normal biome but with a greater coverage of flowers.
- Forest - A more tree-covered variant, with the same types of trees as the standard variant.
- Light forest - A variant with more trees than normal, but less than the forests.
- Steppe - A flatter, slightly elevated variant with less trees and more grass.
- Barren steppe - Similar to the steppe, but with even less vegetation.
- Hills - Slightly more elevated areas of land.
- Forested hills - Regions of both increased elevation and tree coverage.
- Dense oak forest - Dense forests with many large oak trees, including huge oaks, which measure three meters in diameter and can reach up to thirty meters. Patches of podzol cover the forest floor.
- Dead oak forest - Lands covered in forests whose glory is passing away. The forest density is comparable to the light forest variant, but many of the trees here are dead and leafless. This variant is very helpful for acquiring large quantities of wood, as the dead trees provide a lot of easily accessible lumber.
- Scrubland - Scrublands are typically areas with very poor, sandy and/or rocky soil. This results in very little tree growth, and the vegetation is instead dominated by low growing scrubs (stunted trees/shrubs) and bushes.
- Scrubland hills - The scrubland hills are a hillier type of scrubland.
- Aspen forest - A forest dominated with aspen trees.
- Birch forest - A forest dominated with birch trees.
- Beech forest - A forest dominated with beech trees.
- Maple forest - A forest dominated with maple trees.
- Larch forest - A forest dominated with larch trees.
- Pine forest - A forest dominated with pine trees.
There are four structures that can currently be found in the Angle:
- Dúnedain Village: A settlement of the last Dúnedain consisting of several buildings which comes in two variants. The first is smaller and more common, with a well, lights, a central plaza, hay piles, and a few structures, while the other is larger, with more structures, and is enclosed by a stockade of wooden logs. The structures that spawn here include the Dúnedain House, which has a fireplace, a furnace, a loot chest, a barrel, beds, food and drink, an exterior farm, and normal and Ranger crafting tables; the Dúnedain Lodge, which has a fireplace, furnace, beds, thatch, barrels, food and drink, four loot chests, crafting tables, armour stands, and a basement; a stable with two pens for horses, a hay loft with a bed and chest, a bed, food and drink, a barrel, and a loot chest; and a smithy, with a small hut that contains a fireplace, furnace, bed, crafting table, food and drink, a barrel, and a chest, as well as an exterior smithy hut, with a furnace, alloy forge, crafting tables, anvils, a loot chest, some lava, and a Dúnedain Blacksmith.
- Ranger Watchtower: Wooden structures built so as to keep watch over the lands of the Dúnedain. Watchtowers have three floors and two rangers that spawn as guards. They also contain Ranger Banners, a loot chest, and a Ranger Crafting Table.
- Ranger Camp: Camps of the Rangers of the North. Ranger Camps are fairly common in the Angle, and contain 2-4 tents with one loot chest each, as well as a small wheat farm, a ranger crafting table, and a Ranger Captain of the North. The tents can have dark green, dark grey, or brown wool.
- Ruined Dúnedain Tower - Ruined stone brick towers that contain one chest with very valuable loot at the top.
- Dúnedain: The men and women that make up the last remnant of the northern Dúnedain.
- Ranger of the North: Rangers that protect Eriador and the surrounding lands. Rangers can carry bows, iron daggers, and at need can vanish from sight. When mounted upon horses, they are known as Ranger Outriders.
- Dúnedain Blacksmith: A trader found in the Dúnedain smithy that will happily sell their goods to any worthy player.
- Ranger of the North Captain - NPCs from which Rangers of the North can be hired. They spawn in Ranger camps.
- Gundabad Orc: Orcs from Mount Gundabad in the Misty Mountains, the leaderless tribes of the North.
- Gundabad Orc Archer - Gundabad Orcs with bows and arrows.
Similarly to the Lone-lands, the Angle is covered in dry, scrubby yellow-green grass and the woods here are dominated by oak, spruce and beech trees. Small patches of Athelas can also rarely be found here, and the grass and flower growth is average.
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