Laeleiweyn of World of Lae has kicked off a series of Alt Appreciation weeks to “celebrate all the classes!”
Going through the list of classes alphabetically, naturally we begin with Death Knights.
And that makes this as good a time as any to do something that I’ve been ruminating over for weeks.
I’ve written before about how my secondary Death Knight, Kaumalea, exists primarily because I wanted a blue-and-white Tauren. That she had to be a Death Knight to have that coloration was a lamentable necessity. In an effort to justify having two Tauren Death Knights, when I’d initially struggled to understand why a Tauren would be a DK in the first place, I decided that she should also be my attempt at doing the Ironman Challenge thing. Even then, before the advent of the no-death Ironman, the conditions of the challenge were more than I really wanted to do, so I modified them somewhat. One of my modified conditions, in an effort to undercut the OPness of a fresh DK even more, was that she could only wear items that a character level 10 or under could use for her chestpiece and pants. I collected a nice array of blue, white, and red starting gear and off she went.
Ever since, Kaumalea has been continually battering away at those pseudo-Ironman restrictions.
In theory, the only allowed profession for an Ironman is First Aid. But Kaumalea convinced me to let her become an Archaeologist, arguing that the XP from that profession wasn’t so very different from getting XP from a treasure chest. This past Winter Veil, she took up Cooking to be able to make treats for Great-Father Winter. She learned Fishing at that time, too, because it amused me for her to have all the secondary professions and no primary professions. At the beginning of summer, she decided it was time to level Cooking and Fishing enough to do the Darkmoon Faire monthlies for those professions.
Qualitatively, if not quantitatively, I feel like Kaumalea has gained more XP from holiday quests and Archaeology than from regular questing. Rather than being a “true” Ironman, facing the world with little more than her chutzpah, I’ve felt like she’s more of an Alternative Leveler. Except she’s not exclusively that, either.
Throughout all of this, as pleased as I was by how Kaumalea looks in her low-level wardrobe, I’ve fretted against the restraint of not being able to Transmogrify her gear. After much agonizing and dithering over how much I wanted her to look pretty versus how much I wanted her to continue to be my (steadily failing) attempt at being an Ironman (sort-of), I compromised. I collected the lowest-level crafted Plate gear — the Heavy Mithril set + Thorium Belt — and a cheap, low-level Uncommon quality cloak and 2H weapon from the AH. Because the Heavy Mithril Helm hasn’t shown up on the AH and the pattern is a bit of a rare drop, I decided to allow her to use her Circle’s Stalwart Helmet as her default hat. These will be her base clothes for the rest of her leveling adventures, in whatever form they take.
For her first Transmogrification, I chose the outfit I’ve wanted her to wear for the longest time, a set that just screams “Frost Rune Knight”.
Symbolic set with Talonguard Epaulets, Circle’s Stalwart Helmet, Dark Phantom Cape, and The Oathkeeper
I had been contemplating purchasing the Crown of Eternal Winter for Kaumalea. After Draynee told me how to view it in MogIt, I watched the animation for several cycles and decided that I didn’t like the skull effect on Tauren, either.
As a consolation prize, of sorts, I took her out to get the blue cannister backpack.
Kaumalea will continue to run without a talent specialization, glyphs, enchantments, gems, buffs from food or potions, or other forms of enhancement. But now she can at least look fabulous while she does it.
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