When Tahu Sagewind and Aponi Brightmane first showed up in Patch 3.2.0 on August 4, Tahu was wearing the approx level 60 Eternal Sarong and a unique chestpiece. Aponi’s gear was harder to see because she was seated.
Tahu and Aponi as they first appeared
When Patch 4.0.1 dropped on October 12, Tahu and Aponi got a makeover. Tahu’s gear changed to T9 Priest Zabra’s Regalia. Aponi’s gear didn’t seem to change, but now that she was standing up, it could be seen more clearly. She appears to be wearing something very similar to Cairne’s elite Honor Guards. Her coloration and her hairstyle, however, did change. Was she pale from being ill in her earlier appearance, or something?
Tahu and Aponi as they appeared shortly before the Shattering
Then this afternoon while I was defending Thunder Bluff from the elemental invasion, someone mentioned that Aponi was there. You Guys. Tauren Paladins are going to be SO. AWESOME!
Aponi Brightmane during the Elemental Invasion of Thunder Bluff
Invasion!Aponi is wearing the T9 Paladin Liadrin’s Plate set — speaking of which, it is incredibly awesome that the First Paladins of both Horde races — Lady Liadrin for the Blood Elves and Aponi Brightmane for the Tauren — are women.
I saw Rexxar in Orgrimmar and Baine Bloodhoof in Thunder Bluff leading the fight against the elementals, and I saw on The Arcanery that Jaina shows up to help in Stormwind. I wonder which loretastically awesome Dwarf leader shows up in Ironforge?