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I began this project last summer, as a follow-up to my rather crudely-assembled racial height and build comparison.

At the time, however, the sexism-in-WoW discussion was going around again, and I felt that it would be rather gauche to post what is undeniably an objectified image: I have reduced my models to shapes to be studied.

I’d been meaning to complete it anyway, but somehow BTH always seemed to already be using the tablet to work on his comic whenever I wanted to work on it :P

With all the wonderful new model previews being released, I figured I’d better finish this up quick, even though some of the subtleties of the stances and the shapes will soon be out-of-date.

I had been thinking I’d do a further follow-up of close-up studies of the front and profile shapes of the faces, because I feel like I still don’t have a really good grasp on how to make some of the races different from my standard way of drawing human people. I’d like to do a companion set of “beach bums of Azeroth”, too, because I feel that I understand the male shapes even less than the female shapes. Maybe I should wait on that until all the new models come out in 6.0, though.

Speaking of the new models, I’ve liked all the ones we’ve seen glimpses of so far, and I look forward to seeing the Night Elf, the Troll, and especially the Tauren. The new female Orc makes me wish I hadn’t deleted my level 35 Orc Enhancement Shaman. I do hope the shaved head texturing makes it into the final model.

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Kamalia’s Guide to the Barbershop (bonus edition)

Okay, so, height and build aren’t exactly things that you can change at all, let alone at the barbershop. They are, however, appearance-related. I put together this scale comparison of the various World of Warcraft player-character races for my own reference. Although it’s kind of rough around the edges, I thought others might find it useful, too.
Click on the small picture to see a larger version.

The Alliance races were all compared to a normal-sized NPC human. The Horde races were all compared to a normal-sized NPC blood elf. I used a comparison between a tauren and a normal-sized, neutral night elf (a Moonglade NPC) to make sure that the two factions were correctly scaled relative to each other.

Also, I finally managed to update the rest of the Azeroth Beautician’s Manual of Feminine Style to include pandaren color and style information.

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After October ended, my Death Knight, Rogue, and Warlock were most anxious to get out of the pink outfits I’d put them in. A few other characters had gotten bored of their outfits, too, so I thought I’d show off all the new outfits I’ve created recently here as well as updating the appropriate “things my characters wear” posts.

Huojin Champion

Exquisite Sunderseer Mantle, Ritual Tunic, Apothecary’s Waistband, Red Silk Trousers, Rotting Handwraps + Cuffs of Black Elements, Apprentice Boots, Renzithen’s Dusty Cloak, Huojin Tabard, Heartboiler Staff
Many of the items in this set are obtained by questing in the Ghostlands. I’ve been wanting to make a set featuring the Red Silk Trousers for some time now. The gold trim on the tabard and cloak help harmonize the fancy filigree of the heirloom shoulders with the rest of the outfit.

Hidden Serpent (Windwalker)

Reporter’s Shoulderguards, Spore-Covered Tunic, Green Belt of Hushed Wisdom, Blazerunner Leggings, Craggy Handgrips, Colossal Treads
If you’re not an Herbalist, the Gypsy Tunic, a green version of this chestpiece style, also works very well, though the overall effect is brighter. For other leather wearers, I recommend the Excavator’s Quarry Belt.

Mist-Stitched (Mistweaver)

Righteous shoulders, Imperial Leather chestpiece, Green Belt of Hushed Wisdom, Nature-Stitched Kilt, Righteous gloves, Aspirant’s Staff of Harmony
I’d been looking forward to getting to Hellfire Peninsula with Kate so that she could acquire this lovely kilt. I like how nicely the Imperial Leather chestpiece complements the kilt, and I think that the Righteous gloves also work well, but the Righteous shoulders… not so much. So this set is still something of a work-in-progress. The Imperial Leather Belt might be a good choice for other leather wearers.

Blood and Ashes

Cutthroat’s Mantle, Burnt Leather Vest, Ruffian Belt*, Nightscape Pants, Bard’s gloves & boots, Black Swashbuckler’s Shirt, Balanced Heartseeker, Stung
After having spent all that gold to acquire these shoulders for Kelisanna, I definitely wanted to use them in another outfit.
The Bandit Cinch is a suitable replacement for the Ruffian Belt.

Bride of Arugal

Ghostly Mantle*, Robes of Arugal, Belt of Arugal*/Sash of Whispered Secrets, Black Mageweave Gloves, Apprentice Boots, Light-Imbued Lantern
Another classic set for a Forsaken.
The Shadow Council Mantle works very well with this robe.

Classic Embersilk

Embersilk set with Corpulent Shoulderpads and Dark Silk Shirt
This style of cloth armor comes in several color schemes, and I like them all.
Until the Geomancer’s Spaulders show up on my AH, these shoulders are the best readily available option.

Swirling Elements


Replica/Mystical Elements set with Zulian Swirling Shield
Somehow, this set just seems to want a Trollish sort of shield. Luckily, I found a Zulian Swirling Shield on the AH for relatively cheap shortly before Patch 5.0.

Shadow Revenant

Acherus Knight’s Hood, Pauldrons of the High Requiem, Chromite chest & pants, Bogslayer belt, Revenant gloves & boots
This outfit fell together while I was playing mix-and-match to make Hallow’s End themed outfits — all I needed to do to make it an “everyday” set was find a suitable replacement for the Horseman’s Helm.
For a Dark Paladin look, use the Mask of Penance. Horde Warriors might like the Faceplate of Thunderous Rampage. Alliance Warriors might like the Vrykul look of the Arcane-Shielded Helm.

Imperial Steamsmith

Steamsmith Helm, Pauldrons of the Thorium Brotherhood, Imperial Plate chestpiece & pants, Saltstone belt & gloves, Heavy Mithril Boots, Conk Hammer
Keija crafted the entire Imperial Plate set, but when she put it on, she thought she looked very silly. Plus, the crafted set doesn’t come with gloves — what’s up with that? The chestpiece and pants from the Imperial Plate set, however, make a very solid foundation for any number of silver-toned plate sets.
I think I like this even better than my Mogolympics Hammer Throw entry using the Conk Hammer.

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I was delighted to see the other day that the Kirina’s Closet Hallow’s End Costume Contest is back for its fourth year! It was Kirina’s costume contest last year that first brought Navimie to my attention; she submitted a fun “werewolf” disguise.

Draynee is also running a Fly Draenei Hallow’s End Transmogrification Contest, with special requirements that the model must be Draenei and the outfit must be fully Transmogrification-friendly.

I have had no new inspiration for Hallow’s End costumes this year. Well, actually, I guess I have had inspiration for one non-Transmogrifiable costume — but nothing else. So I won’t be entering either of these contests myself, but I look forward to seeing all the clever, creative costumes from the people who do participate!

Anyhow, Transmogrification wasn’t around quite yet at Hallow’s End last year, so I thought I’d take a look at updating a few of my previous Hallow’s End outfits to be Transmogrification-friendly.

Evil Pumpkin King (Theme)

Horseman’s Helm, Kraken shoulders, Embossed chest pants gloves & boots, Fel Iron Plate Belt, Green Workman’s Shirt, 2x Gurubashi Punisher
I watched the AH for the Embossed items all year so that I could make this set when Hallow’s End rolled around again.

Evil Pumpkin King (Variations)



Horseman’s Helm, Crystalvein Pauldrons, mix ‘n’ match with Embossed set (orange), Fel Iron Plate set (light green), Emerald set (dark green), Chromite set (light purple), Revenant set (dark purple), and Bogslayer Belt & Pauldrons of the High Requiem (black)
I think I like the Fel Iron Plate accessories better than the Emerald accessories with the Chromite chest & pants, and the Emerald accessories better than the Fel Iron Plate accessories with the Embossed chest & pants. I tried the Revenant accessories with the Embossed chest & pants and it didn’t quite work — though perhaps it could work with purple, rather than green, toned shoulders and helm.
I’m rather pleased by how nicely the Bogslayer Belt and Pauldrons of the High Requiem coordinate. I’ll have to make a “proper” DK outfit with them sometime in the future.

Balrog Stalker

Cured Orcascale Spaulders/Replica Beastmaster’s Mantle, Dark Iron Mail/Ebonhold chest, Warmonger’s Belt, Bloodmail Legguards*/Ebonhold pants, Engraved Gauntlets, Ravager’s Sandals/Engraved boots
The first set is what I might actually make for Ketura, because the items in it overlap with a couple of other sets I have planned for her. The second set is what I’d recommend for everyone else.

Warchief’s Wiseman

Puncture-Binding Spaulder, Prospector’s Chestpiece, Serene Yellow Belt, Warchief Kilt*, Fuzzy Gloves + Princess Poobah’s Bracelets, Aspirant’s Staff of Harmony
The Warchief Kilt dropped in old Scarlet Monastery. I’ve had this one in the bank for several months now, while I was trying to decide which character to bind it to. The Flamestrider Robes from BRD are a full-length version of this style that would make a very similar outfit with the same accessories.
For other leather wearers, I recommend the Prospector’s belt. For races who wear shoes, the Prospector’s boots or any other dark brown-black boots would be appropriate.

Classic Wicked Witch

Skywitch Hat, Regal Mantle, Black Mageweave Robe gloves & boots, Runecloth belt
This look will never go out of style for Hallow’s End. Try the Durable Belt, Conjurer’s Cinch, or Ivycloth Sash for a touch of different, but coordinating color (orange, yellow-green, or green, respectively).

Fancy Wicked Witch

Regal Mantle, Imbued Netherweave Tunic/Barbaric Cloth Vest/Black Mageweave Vest, Bloodthirsty Fireweave Belt, Leggings of the Icy Heart, Hands of the Exalted Herald, Saltarello Shoes
This set would also look great with a Wicked Witch’s Hat, of course.

Burning Watch

Balespider’s Mantle/Mantle of Closed Doors/Mantle of Roaring Flames (heroic)/Shoulders of Mercy Killing (heroic), Watcher’s Tunic, Invoker’s Belt of Final Winter, Legwraps of the Master Conjurer, Zaetar’s Gloves, Saltarello Shoes, no shirt/Bright Yellow Shirt/Orange Mageweave Shirt/Stylish Black Shirt
The orange, yellow, and black colors of the Watcher’s Tunic are perfect for Hallow’s End.
The last few tiers have produced lots of great firey shoulders!

Hallows Herald

Death Speaker Mantle, Consortium Combatant’s Robes, Clutch of Andros*/Black Belt of Knowledge/Embersilk Belt, Hands of the Exalted Herald/Embersilk gloves, Saltarello Shoes/Embersilk boots
This full-length robe version of the Orange Martial Shirt is not often seen anymore because most people don’t get far enough into Netherstorm to do the quest that awards it.

Bad Juju

no hat/The Hexxer’s Mask, Shoulders of Mercy Killing (heroic)/Replica Magister’s Mantle, Silksand Robes, Embersilk Belt/Replica Dreadmist Belt, Legwraps of the Master Conjurer (optional), Embersilk Gloves/Jumanza Grips, Orange/Purple Martial Shirt
This cloth robe is identical to the leather Flamestrider Robes from BRD.
Races that wear shoes can use the Saltarello Shoes or other dark-colored boots.

Embersilk

Embersilk set with Geomancer’s shoulders
This set is great for Hallow’s End — or just for autumn in general.

Speaker for the Dead

Black Mageweave Headband/Don Rigoberto’s Lost Hat, Death Speaker Mantle, Death Speaker Robes, Clutch of Andros*/Embersilk Belt, Enumerated Gloves & Sandals
Another classic Hallow’s End look.

Dancing with the Dead

Haliscan Brimmed Hat (not Transmogrification-friendly), Death Speaker Mantle, Death Speaker Robes, Conjurer’s Cinch, Enumerated Gloves & Sandals, Staff of the Great Reptile
Despite what Celestine of the Harvest said, no matter how many branches Kinevra threw into the Wickerman, she could not feel the burden of her grief and anger over what the Horde had done to her home in Theramore getting any lighter.
The Haliscan Brimmed Hat and Death Speaker Robes closely mimic the appearance of Catrina. Alas, the even the blue-quality Don Carlos’ Famous Hat is not Transmogrification-friendly, so I ought to take Kinevra to AQ sometime in search of Don Rigoberto’s Lost Hat.

Dressing up for the holiday in this way still counts, right?

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A collection of Transmogrification Kits actually worn in-game by my Gnome, Goblin, and Forsaken Mages. I will update it whenever I change my in-game outfit. Items that are no longer obtainable are marked with an asterisk (*).

Ain’t Easy Bein’ Green

Greenweave Mantle Leggings & Gloves, Green Woolen Vest, Willow Belt, S.B.R.B. Prototype 1, Green Linen Shirt
“Kermione”, a portmanteau of “Kermit” and “Hermione”, is a perfect name for a Goblin Mage.
This simple kit is deliberately similar to the “Greensleeves” outfit I previously made for my Kaldorei Mage. I have plans for fancier green outfits for Kermione in the future!

Vanellope

Conjurer’s Hood, Greenweave Mantle, Willow Vest Gloves & Belt, Cleaning Britches, Sorcerer Slippers, Green Holiday Shirt
For Hallow’s End 2013, I created a Mog-costume of Vanellope from Wreck-It Ralph.

reference image from disney.wikia.com
Vanellope’s signature mint-green hoodie is almost more blue than green (to my eye), and there aren’t any good color matches for it in the game. The softest green is the Crown of the Sun from Tempest Keep. The Vital Raiment robe coordinates reasonably well with that cowl, but there aren’t really any good tunic + pants options. Plus, getting Kelilla to a high enough level to solo TK was a little more work than I really wanted to do for this outfit. So I went with a brighter shade of green.
The goblin trikes would be a somewhat better mount to represent the Sugar Rush karts. Sometimes I really wish that mounts weren’t quite so faction-restricted!

Emerald Enchantress

Watcher’s cap & shoulders, Hinott’s Outer Robe, Keyton’s Sash, Brewer’s Gloves*, Slippers of Unturned Loyalties, Judkins’ Staff
The irony of using vibrant, uncontrolled life as the backdrop for an ensemble worn by an undead did not escape me. Nevertheless, I preferred the Emerald Nightmare to plague slime or other green goo locations.

Keeper of the Fens

Enumerated Shoulderpads, Fen Keeper’s Robe*, Shimmering Sash, Heavy Linen Gloves + Jessera’s Fungus Lined Cuffs, Bright Boots, Arcane Staff*, Gilnean Adventurer’s Shirt
This lovely recolor of the Night Elf Druid starter robe was awarded from the pre-Cataclysm version of Rethiel the Greenwarden’s quest chain in the Wetlands. The Spellbinder Robe could be used for a similar look.

Kezanne of Goblin Gables

Greenweave shoulders & gloves, Pressed Felt Robe, Willow Belt, S.B.R.B. Prototype 1, Shimmering cloak
This striped robe style comes in several color combinations. This lovely soft green and purple version is one of my favorites — I’ve liked these colors together ever since one of my sisters used them for her wedding a few years before I began playing WoW.

Elder Lesser Wizard

Elder’s shoulders belt gloves & boots, Lesser Wizard’s Robe, Long Silken Cloak
The helpful chatting streetcorner wizards in Dalaran (e.g. Emeline Fizzlefry) are wearing this robe, but I was feeling too lazy to hunt up a summons, so Kelilla had to take her pictures at the old Dalaran site, instead.

Holly and Ivy

Swoop-Tail Shoulders, Ivycloth Tunic, Silver-Thread Sash, Crimson Silk Pantaloons, Buccaneer’s gloves & boots, Silver-Thread Cuffs, Shimmering Cloak
If I can ever manage to get Kermione leveled up enough to wear a pirate hat, then this outfit would become the Smokywood Pastures Smuggler.

Nether-Lace Garland


Corpulent Shoulderpads, Nether-Lace Robe*, Keyton’s Sash (green)/Ghamoo-Ra’s Bind (red), Pigskin Gloves + Ritual bracers, Slippers of Unturned Loyalties (green)/Footfalls of Memories (dark), Stylish Green Shirt/Ebon Filigreed Shirt
After I let Kelilla use her no-longer-obtainable Mage class quest chestpiece for her Winter Veil outfit, Kivrinne insisted upon using her Horde-side equivalent item for her Winter Veil outfit.
“But Kivrinne,” I said, “that’s not really very festive. You look like a dying tree.”
“So?” she said, “I’m undead. It’s festive enough for me.”
And I had to concede the point.
After the holidays were over, a few simple changes converted the outfit into an even more not-festive look.
For a similar look using a chestpiece that is still available, try the Pagan/Resilient robe.

Astral Knot Bauble

Whitemane’s Chapeau*, Greenweave shoulders, Astral Knot Blouse*, Captain Sanders’ Sash, Crimson Silk Pantaloons, Shimmering gloves & boots, Aurora bracers
The Astral Knot Blouse, which was awarded from the Alliance version of a now-obsolete Mage class quest, originally looked like the Aurora chestpiece with the skirt of the Astral Knot Robe, the other choice of reward from the same quest. I’m not quite sure when the graphics changed so that this chestpiece now causes the pants-slot item and the cuffs of the boot-slot item to appear as a wierd sort of skirt. Fortunately, it does take the Transmogrified appearance of the pants and boots, and not the appearance of the items that are actually equipped. At any rate, if you don’t have the Astral Knot Blouse, just use the Aurora chestpiece with the Crimson Silk Pantaloons, and you’ll probably look better!
The Red Pointy Hat or any green cowl might be good alternative hats.

Darkmoon Magician



Elder’s hat vest belt & pants, Silk Mantle of Gamn*, Shimmering gloves & boots, Aurora bracers, Cloak of the Darkmoon Faire, Green Holiday Shirt, Greater Magic Wand, Spellbinder Orb
Use the Gossamer shoulderpads to retain the white look of the Silk Mantle of Gamn, or use the Elder’s or Hibernal shoulders or the Slavehandler Amice to match the greens and purples.

Whitemane’s Power

Whitemane’s Chapeau*/Ata’mal Crown, Silk Mantle of Gamn*, Robe of Power, Captain Sanders’ Sash/Apothecary’s Waistband, Heavy Linen Gloves, Shimmering/Ivycloth Boots
The Red Pointy Hat or Crimson Felt Hat would also work well with this set.
The Gossamer shoulders are a suitable alternate for the Silk Mantle of Gamn.

Bride of Arugal

Ghostly Mantle*, Robes of Arugal, Belt of Arugal*/Sash of Whispered Secrets, Black Mageweave Gloves, Apprentice Boots, Light-Imbued Lantern
Another classic set for a Forsaken.
The Shadow Council Mantle works very well with this robe.

Fancy Buccaneer

Green Silken Shoulders, Buccaneer’s vest pantaloons gloves & boots, Silver-Thread Cuffs & Sash, Cloak of Courage
I will be adding the First Mate Hat and Revilgaz’s Cutlass to this outfit eventually. I got the pirate hat for an absolute steal of only 35 or 50 gold shortly after Cataclysm came out — otherwise, I wouldn’t have one at all!

S.A.F.E. Operative

Swoop-Tail Shoulders, Shimmering set, Jessera’s Fungus-Lined Cuffs, Green Linen Shirt
Some Green-Tinted Goggles would complete the look, but I am too attached to both of Kelilla’s current professions to want exchange one of them for Engineering.

Royal Apothecary

Nightsky Cowl, Darkcloth Shoulders, Black Velvet Robes, Belt of Arugal*/Sash of Whispered Secrets, Black Mageweave Gloves, Apprentice Boots, Undercity doublet & cape, Nightglow Concoction*/Tears of Heaven
This was Kivrinne’s banking outfit long before Transmogrification came along and allowed her to use it for her questing outfit as well.
The NPC Royal Apothecary Society members are wearing the mail Infantry Belt, so I could only match the colour, not the style.

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for Akabeko

Iharu tapped her chin thoughtfully while Akabeko pecked at her side with a useless clang. “That new guy Had could probably help us set her up with some proper druid pursuits. Maybe she could mentor him?”

Katza created a portal to Orgrimmar, and together they stuffed their protesting friend back into respectable society.

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Mixing things up a little, I’m going to present my “also-ran” ideas for this round of Mog Madness first and reveal my actual entry for the contest later. The Mog Build criteria for round 4 were pretty challenging. I made multiple Transmogrification Template Kits for each armor type, then picked my favorite out of them all for my contest entry. It was a tough choice, and I’m still not quite sure I chose the one with the best chance of getting me into round five.

Shadow of Affliction
cloth, modeled by Kivrinne

Mag’hari Ritualist’s Horns, Bloodstained Surgeon’s Shoulderguards (normal), Cat Lover’s Vest, Cord of the Patronizing Practitioner (normal), Darkweave Breeches, Bracers of Dark Blessings (normal), Delaris’ Gloves, Boots of Duress, Thalassian Wildercloak, Trophy Tabard of the Illidari, Heartshiver, Telestra’s Journal

Karabor Voodoo
cloth, modeled by Kikimaia

Venomshroud Mask, Pads of the Venom Spider, Cat Lover’s Vest, Feralfen Sash, Darkweave Breeches, Greenweave Gloves, Vinerot Sandals, Trophy Tabard of the Illidari, Webbed Death, Forsaken Ball

Decontamination Specialist
cloth, modeled by Kelilla

Green Tinted Goggles, Mantle of the Tribunal, Chillwind Tunic, Ivycloth Sash, Darkweave Breeches, Delaris’ Gloves, Boots of Duress, Trophy Tabard of the Illidari, Vengeance Staff

Darkmoon Wanderer
cloth, modeled by Khrissalys

Shadowbrim Travel Hat, Mantle of the Tribunal, Chillwind Vest, Ivycloth Sash, Darkweave Breeches, Delaris’ Gloves, Boots of Duress, Syrannis’ Mystic Sheen, Trophy Tabard of the Illidari, Staff of the Four Golden Coins

Lament for the Ata’mal
cloth, modeled by Kandrista

Crown of Burning Waters (heroic), Mantle of Nefarius (heroic), Cat Lover’s Vest, Belt of Arcane Storms (normal), Darkweave Breeches, Supplicant’s Discarded Bracer, Delaris’ Gloves, Boots of Duress, Periwinkle Cloak, Trophy Tabard of the Illidari, Terokk’s Shadowstaff

Deadly Messenger
leather, modeled by Kelisanna

Other-Eye Patch, Dark Leather Shoulders, Wild Leather Vest, Crystallized Girdle, Gypsy Trousers, Madwolf Bracers, Ranger Gloves, Mud Stained Boots, Trophy Tabard of the Illidari, Shard of Azzinoth, Heartshiver or Webbed Death for off-hand

Jumblebeary Pie
leather, modeled by Kilannas

Emblazoned Hat, Dark Leather Shoulders, Dark Leather Tunic, Crystallized Girdle, Huntsman’s Leggings, Clefthoof Gloves, Clefthoof Wanderboots, Hibernal Cloak, Trophy Tabard of the Illidari, Wildfury Greatstaff

Dreamstalker
mail, modeled by Kerithian

Unyielding Helm, Spaulders of the Protectorate, Green Dragonscale Breastplate, Lifecycle Waistguard (normal), Green Dragonscale Leggings, Green Dragonscale Gauntlets, Auchenai Boots, Green Workman’s Shirt, Trophy Tabard of the Illidari, Tracking Bow

Shadowmoon Shocktrooper
mail, modeled by Keshona

Malefactor’s Eyepatch, Krom’gar Champion’s Mesh Pauldrons, Thick Netherscale Breastplate, Lifecycle Waistguard (normal), Bloodmail Legguards, Formidable Gauntlets, Formidable Sabatons, Green Workman’s Shirt, Trophy Tabard of the Illidari, Blood Fury, Maimgor’s Bite

Dark Retribution
plate, modeled by Khitka

Warleader’s Crown, Talonguard Epaulets, Chromite Chestplate, Symbolic Belt, Chromite Legplates, Symbolic Gauntlets, Symbolic Boots, Thalassian Wildercloak, Trophy Tabard of the Illidari, Sword of Nefarian’s Hand

Spectre of the Black Temple
plate, modeled by Karaveline

Horseman’s Horrific Helmet, Dreadmaul Pauldrons, Chromite Chestplate, Symbolic Belt, Chromite Legplates, Emerald Gauntlets, Emerald Sabatons, Recovered Cloak of Frostheim, Green Workman’s Shirt, Trophy Tabard of the Illidari, Lava Spine, Netherwing Defender’s Shield

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