Born Aloft

Attachment. Cost: 0.


Attach to an ally.

Action: Discard Born Aloft from play to return attached ally to its owner's hand.

"Very well," said Gandalf. "Take us where and as far as you will!" The Hobbit
Salvador Trakal

Conflict at the Carrock #29. Tactics.

Born Aloft

This card has many interesting uses.

First, it is great when combined with Erestor and Galadhrim Weaver. Since both cards are inexpensive, you can play Galadhrim Weaver and Born Aloft as soon as you get them, even if they come up in your starting hand. Once you draw an event that you wish to play on the Planning Phase, you can discard Born Aloft to return Galadhrim Weaver to your hand, play the event and then play Galadhrim Weaver to shuffle the event back in the deck. I recently played a solo deck using this combo against the Conflict at the Carrock scenario and, after revealing both Hill Trolls very early, I managed to play Elrond's Counsel so many times that my threat level went from about 40 after the first few rounds to 19 by the time I won the scenario.

For scenarios that throw many condition attachments at the players, like The Dread Realm, it can be paired up with Miner of the Iron Hills to help players discard conditions more frequently.

It can also be used in Silvan decks if you do not want to go double or triple sphere.

Last, but not least, it can be used with Wandering Took to help another player get to 40 threat (Valour) early in the game without having to resort to Doomed events. In a 2-player fellowship, for instance, one of the players could play a Valour deck and the other one could play 2 heroes and 1 hero with a support deck full of questing allies and a few cheap ranged or sentinel allies, like Gondorian Spearman and Galadhon Archer.

Aside from recent controversy over this card's lack of "e" and Quickbeam's non-uniqueness, most players probably forget this card exists. It's no small wonder when you consider how useless this thing is. Yeah, I hear you, Gandalf works well with Born(e) Aloft and so does descendant of thorondor, but in all seriousness, this is just not good.

I always thought this was a cool way to keep your allies in your hand that would otherwise be discarded for their actions. Like discarding Beorning Guardian to add progress, use Born Aloft to keep the BG rather than discard him. Seems pretty good, no? — Mad Morderan 135
I recently used it in conjunction with Meneldor and Hirgon to spam progress around. Very good card in my opinion — Thorsen 45
In combination with Meneldor's flight (and adding Gwaihir's ability to pull Meneldor back *again* these cards can do some serious damage to locations in the staging area. — Mad Morderan 135