Some five seasons had passed since Kamalia had recieved the mysterious note directing her to meet with the Black Prince at the Tavern in the Mists.
29 September 2012
1 October 2012
Kamalia knew she was not the only adventurer whom Wrathion was sponsoring, yet the dragonling had waited with great patience for her to complete his tasks and had praised her accomplishments with as much respect as if she had been swift to do his bidding.
16 January 2013
Three stages of Wrathion’s plot had been especially difficult for Kamalia.
Somewhat surprisingly, those stages had not been the missions that required her to engage in active combat against members of the Alliance. She faltered with exhaustion about halfway through the task to collect six thousand valor merits, taking about twice as long to do it as the absolute minimum time in which it could have been done.
20 April 2013
Her first attempts to assist Wrathion at the Thunder Forge demoralized her so badly that she needed a month to recover before she made any more serious attempts… and even then, she only managed to succeed by sheer luck and the skin of her teeth.
30 October 2013
After her first experience with Chi-Ji’s challenge at the Red Crane’s still-Sha-soaked temple in the Krasarang Wilds, doubt and despair overwhelmed Kamalia. Over two months passed before she felt like she could try again.
6 January 2014
At last, only one test remained: to defeat each of the August Celestials in combat at their court on the Timeless Isle.
“Champion,” said Wrathion, “you’ve done it!” He meant to say more, the same spiel about “few mortals posess such spirit, such power — believe me, I have tested many!” that he gave to all of the adventurers who had managed to complete his campaign, but the tauren shaman interrupted him.
“Finally!” she cried, her voice holding that curious note, peculiar to the mammalian races, of simultaneous laughter and weeping. She flung out her arms and caught Wrathion up in a completely unexpected embrace.
Finding his face suddenly smashed into her bosom, Wrathion let out a startled squawk and shifted into his dragon form. That form still being a mere whelpling, however, she just grinned wider and squeezed him tighter.
A chord of smothered laughter hummed out behind them: Yu’lon’s contralto and Chi-Ji’s tenor floating over the deep rumbling basses of Xuen and Niuzao.
Kamalia dropped Wrathion so quickly that he landed in an undignified heap of wings and tail before he had the presence of mind to shift back into his humanoid form. She backed up a few steps, flushing deeply.
“Hero,” Xuen purred, “You are an inspiration!”
“I knew you were destined for greatness,” Chi-Ji affirmed.
“Not bad,” Niuzao nodded.
“The pandaren will sing your praises for ages to come,” Yu’lon smiled.
“A legend is born!” Lorewalker Cho exclaimed. “Come, my dear friend, meet me in the Seat of Knowledge, and let me tell your story!”
Wrathion and Lorewalker Cho disagreed over what aspects of Kamalia’s Pandarian adventures were most important. To Kamalia, though, their desired emphases were merely two faces of a single coin.
Wrathion presented Kamalia with his final gift, and at long last, she had it: her very own Legendary item!
8 January 2014
But Wrathion wasn’t quite done with Kamalia. He charged her with one more task — one which she was eager to complete.
8 January 2014
Powers above Kamalia’s control stepped in, however, and Wrathion was not pleased with the report she brought him.
“Good-bye and good riddance!” she muttered under her breath as the Black Prince shifted into his whelpling form and flapped off in a huff. Her annoyance dissipated quickly, though, and she soon found herself wondering when she would see the young dragon again… and if his private army of empowered adventurers would indeed be adequately Prepared when his terrifying visions became Azeroth’s reality. Stroking the rich fabric of her powerful new cloak, Kamalia felt the warmth of Chi-Ji’s kindness and hope blooming in her heart and mind, and believed that they would.
Hope’s Bright Flame
Helm of Affinity, Champion’s Pauldrons, Impenetrable Breastplate, Bloodspattered Sash, Patroller’s War-Kilt, Seer’s Linked Gauntlets, War Mace of Unrequited Love, Swamplight Lantern, Jina-Kang, Kindness of Chi-Ji
The name of this outfit is inspired by the proc effect of Jina-Kang, Kindness of Chi-Ji, which reminds me of a lyric from one of my favorite hymns, Press Forward, Saints.
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