The Noldor are indeed elves, but do not possess magic. Their equipment, however, still bears enchantments and is thus some of the most powerful in the game. Your alliance with them will ensure access to their extremely powerful troops (in exchange for Qualis Gems).
Humans have very little understanding of the Noldor culture and hierarchy. There are currently four known lords, namely Aeldarian, Ithilrandir, Faergwethanir and Caelvanir, however only Aeldarian and Ithilrandir spawn on the map with their Noldor armies. Aeldarian has a speech (when he is friendly to the player) in which he mentions Faergwethanir: "Good to see you (player name). Lord Faergwethanir spoke highly of you just yesterday."
Noldor troops are insanely powerful, this is due to their high stats, their Noldor Composite bows that have the highest range with huge damage, accuracy, range and shot speed, the Noldor Arrows which are the best arrows, adding 10 to damage, their good quality armors and swords, their tough shields and to conclude, the fastest horses. Surprisingly they don't have any polearm such as spears even though their main enemy is said to be the Jatu. All of their troops are always equipped with bow, arrows and a 1 handed sword with shield or a 2 handed sword.
|1st tier (150)||Noldor Hunter|
|2nd tier (300)||Noldor Warrior|
|3rd tier (400)||Noldor Ranger|
|4th tier (500)||Noldor Noble||Noldor Maiden Ranger|
|5th tier (600)||Noldor Twilight Knight|
Note: Only nobles are mounted troops. The bow is the same within all the noldor units, so are the arrows. The armor, helmet, gloves and boots does improve when raising up in tiers.
Aeldarian and Ithilrandir are unique Noldor lords that can spawn in the game. Defeating them is no longer required since you must gain favorable relations with the Noldor. Therefore, it is possible to win while they are still on the map. In fact, you can often use them to engage the Jatu armies and aid them in battle.
Befriending the NoldorEdit
Your relations with the Noldor start out at -20. Quigfen's shop will become available when your relations have reached 10. To unlock the quest needed to seal the deal, you will need to get Noldor relations to 15. The three ways to increase relations are:
- Help the Noldor in fights. This is the easier way, since you will fight alongside the strong Noldor. Kiting them into enemies and lords can help curb a faction's power. However, once your relations with the Noldor reach 0, you will not be able to kite them, and instead will have to lure other war parties into their woods.
- Defeat the Noldor and take them prisoner, then release them through dialogue. You will gain 1 point of relation, honor, and renown for every Noldor you release. This can be done in one of two ways: using auto-resolve, or by giving your troops blunt weapons. This is harder than helping the Noldor, but can yield Noldor equipment and trade goods. You cannot directly attack the Noldor if your relation with them is positive. You can still join against them if they are fighting another force. Doing so yields a -1 to -4 (depending on your influence in the battle) penalty to relations with the Noldor, so you'll need at least 4 captives to break even.
- Reading certain books that increase Noldor relations
Once relations with Noldor are 15 or higher, talk to Quigfen again to start Quigfen's quest. Upon completing it and having 30 or higher relationship with the Noldor, Elacrai can be seen when the player gets close to it.
Hire Noldor from either Quigfen, the Noldor merchant at Laria, or Arandur, the Noldor at Elacrai. Arandur is harder to reach but provides more Noldor troops. Each time you hire a group of Noldor, it will cost you 1 Qualis gem, these are the options given by both, you are given from 3 to 5 options, these being random. If the desired group isn't any of the options, just click over the portrait of Quigfen/Arandur and then Back to randomise it again, this is suggested as you're given the options after paying the Qualis Gem.
- Quigfen options: 12 Warriors, 10 Rangers, 8 Maiden Rangers, 5 Nobles, 3 Twilight Knights.
- Arandur options: 15 Warriors, 12 Rangers, 10 Maiden Rangers, 6 Nobles, 4 Twilight Knights.
Alternatively, you can also acquire Noldor troops through the gamble with a Guildmaster in any town. The player can obtain 2 Twilight Knights and 6 Rangers per gamble. Still, the player can obtain early 6 Twilight Knights and 18 Rangers losing a single Qualis Gem, with some save-scum.
Therefore, you will find this option to be the most advantageous way to hire Noldor troops, although its the most time-wasting too.