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This morning, Matthew Rossi over at WoW Inisder wonders,

…would you, if you could, make a copy of one of your characters on the other faction to play with friends of said faction?

I have often, frequently, wished that I could just make an Alliance duplicate of Kamalia, exactly as she was right at the moment, to play with my blue team friends. Now that I have a choice of races, she’d be a Dwarf. How much would I be willing to pay for it? Probably $50 – $75.

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The next time Kamalia came to the Seat of Knowledge, after having assisted in the defeat of Garrosh Hellscream, Lorewalker Cho trotted down from the dais to meet her, saying, “My friend, please meet me near the Big Blossom Mine in the center of the Vale. There is something I wish to show you there.”

This is a story about the lore event that unlocks following one’s first victory over Garrosh Hellscream. If you have not yet defeated Garrosh yourself, you may not want to continue reading it. Otherwise, (more…)

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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.

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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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Laeleiweyn of World of Lae has kicked off a series of Alt Appreciation weeks to “celebrate all the classes!”

This week, it’s the Shamans‘ turn in the spotlight.

Once upon a time, in early Cataclysm, I thought to myself that if I love Shamans so much, I should do the same thing with Shamans as I have done with Mages, and have a Shaman of each race that can take up that class.

And so to Kamalia the Tauren Shaman, my beloved first and main character, and Keshona the Orc Shaman, rolled in mid-to-late Wrath to re-play the totem quests before they changed, I added Kilauea the Troll Shaman, Kryztalya the Draenei Shaman, Kermione the Goblin Shaman, and Kjerstin the Dwarf Shaman.

I had so very many alts and new alts at that time, though, that I soon started to feel severe alt fatigue. I just didn’t even want to think about leveling so many characters, so I deleted the Troll and the Draenei and the Goblin, along with a number of other characters who I didn’t have any interest in playing anymore. The Orc lasted several months longer, for sentimental reasons — I’d made a story connection between her and my Orc Mage as daughter and mother — but really, her purpose for creation had long been fulfilled. I eventually re-rolled the Troll, as I am rather fond of the concept of a lava-slinging Troll Elemental Shaman named after the great Hawai’ian volcano, but she hasn’t even gotten off the Echo Isles yet. Goblin and Shaman, however, didn’t really gel for me. The Draenei was not my first attempt at a Draenei Shaman; somehow the combination of Draenei and Shaman never quite felt comfortable to me (no offense to my friends who love their Draenei Shaman). I was really excited, though, to play a Dwarf Shaman. That combination of race and class seemed to make a lot of sense to me, especially when the origin of Dwarf Shamans from the Wildhammer clan was explained. So Kjerstin got to stick around.

As I’ve mentioned before, I’d really like to complete the Double Agent achievement someday — and I’d like to do it “the right way”, leveling an Alliance character from the beginning. I’ve decided that I want my max-level Alliance character to be a class & role I’m thoroughly comfortable playing in max-level group content — that is to say, a Resto Shaman. I’m also more interested in Dwarf-related lore than in some of the other Alliance races. Thus, Kjerstin is now outfitted in heirlooms and waiting patiently for me to bring the Double Agent project off the back burner.


I hoped this week to play her at least enough to get from 27 to 30 and pick up dual-spec. Between my internet being disconnected for half the week, leveling with another character for my next Dress Up! post that I haven’t quite finished, and our out-of-the-house plans for tomorrow afternoon & evening, however, it’s not likely to happen. *sigh*

Kamalia remembers dinging 50 in the middle of a Sunken Temple run very vividly because it meant that she finally had enough talent points to get all the way to the bottom of the Resto tree and learn Earth Shield. She was already running dungeons as a healer, though I think BTH might still have been in his short-lived moonkin phase. She’d been running with this wierd self-concocted build with talent points scattered somewhat willy-nilly across all three trees. Once she could get Earth Shield, she went Resto and never looked back — though she was very, very glad when dual-spec arrived and she could now do questing as Elemental. Being a caster comes more naturally to me than being melee does, so for a long time, I wasn’t particularly interested in playing an Enhancement Shaman. In the past year, I’ve decided that I would like to try it, so I switched mini-Kam’s questing spec from Elemental to Enhancement. Now if I could only convince her to get on the boat to Pandaria, then I could actually learn how to use it!

Meanwhile, Kamalia is still collecting Titan Runestones. Her progress has been slow because I’ve only felt like running Pinnacle of Storms in Throne of Thunder and Vale of Eternal Sorrows in Siege of Orgrimmar — and I haven’t been doing them every week, either. Even though each week that passes will make finding a group to do the battling the Celestials part more difficult, I’m struggling to muster up the motivation to LFR. I didn’t run any Throne of Thunder LFR at all until all four wings were open, so perhaps next week, when the last wing of Siege of Orgrimmar opens to LFR, I will start feeling like LFRing again. Part of my lack of motivation to run Siege of Orgrimmar LFR is that I haven’t felt like spending enough time on the Timeless Isle with Kamalia to grind out the 50 Epoch Stones just to get the first Vision in Time quest… and yet I don’t want to go into the Orgrimmar part of Siege without it.

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As I contemplated the fifth Batinna’s Dress Up theme, it seemed to me that the single geekiest item of clothing in all the fashion catalogs of both Azeroth and Draenor would have to be the Loremaster’s Colors.

Kamalia is justly proud well-pleased with herself for having completed the Loremaster achievement pre-Cataclysm — but seriously, what am I supposed to wear with that?

At the time that I first obtained this tabard, I put together a few RP-oriented outfits. They were mostly cloth, and some of them could be worked up into proper Transmogrification kits for a cloth-wearing character without too much difficulty. But Kamalia is not a cloth-wearing character, so making a proper Transmogrification kit for her to wear with this tabard took a little more thought.

Loregeek


Steamworker’s Goggles, Replica Pauldrons of Elements, Nexus-Strider chestpiece leggings & gloves, Imbued Infantry Belt, Tsunami Boots, Knight’s War Hammer, Dungeoneering Guide, Loremaster’s Colors
The base elements of this outfit are meant to suggest the stereotypical college history professor in tweed jacket or navy blazer, jeans, and loafers. Part of being a loregeek is enthusiasm for the lore of one’s favorite class, thus the iconic Shaman shoulders. Xarantaur‘s Lorehammer is identical to the 2H Commanding Mallet; the Knight’s War Hammer is a sufficiently similar 1H mace. Finally, the style, colors, and name of the Dungeoneering Guide recall the design of the source manuals for that famously geeky pasttime, Dungeons & Dragons.

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rolling will saves

Since last Wednesday, when Garrosh was defeated on Normal and the Siege of Orgrimmar ending cinematics were revealed, I must mentally roll a Will Save against the temptation to look at the spoilers every time I visit WoW Insider or check my blogroll. So far, I have been successful, but will I be able to hold out until the final wing of Siege of Orgrimmar opens for LFR on 22 October, over a month away? Perhaps BTH’s guild will defeat Garrosh before then, and I can watch the cinematic over his shoulder…?

I finally got around to taking Kamalia to the Proving Grounds on Saturday evening. I quickly discovered that I am not as 1337 a healer as I thought I was. I knew I had gotten sloppy raiding only in LFR, but even Bronze mode was more challenging than I’d expected — I was under 20% mana by the time it ended. I passed Silver mode by the skin of my teeth, drained dry of mana and desperately weaving Telluric Currents-enhanced Lightning Bolts with Healing Waves. By the fourth or fifth wave of Gold mode, I was already ooming, and as desperately as I tried, I could not keep both the tank and the standing-in-fire hunter alive. I am going to have to study up on How To Resto Shaman and keep an eye on Vixsin and Lodur to see if they write Resto-Shaman-specific guides to the Proving Grounds. To give myself something to work toward between when I decided Kam is finished with Siege of Orgrimmar and the next expansion, I had been contemplating setting a goal of getting the Gold certificate at the Proving grounds with all of my healers; after seeing just how difficult Gold mode is, perhaps it would be less frustrating to collect Silvers on all of them before I go for Golds on any of them.

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This is a story about the patch 5.4 trailer. If you haven’t watched it yet, you probably shouldn’t click through the cut until you have.

A sudden loud peal of the chimes hanging in the Tillers Shrine in the front garden awoke Kamalia in the wee hours of the morning. As she sat up, the chimes continued to jangle and clamor, more loudly and cacophonously than any thunderstorm winds had ever moved them — and she did not hear thunder, nor rain pounding on the roof. She grabbed the nearest weapon before opening the door.

“Miz Kamalia!” Tak-Tak rushed up the stairs and began pulling her out the door, “Oh, Miz Kamalia, we must hurry! Something very bad going down, very bad!”

“Just a moment!” she said, “Let me get my armor first.” She shut the door in his face, dressed quickly, and grabbed the bag containing her other gearset, as she didn’t know which of her two specializations would be more needed.

Tak-Tak was already hovering on his kite when she re-emerged, and he took off steeply as soon as she was settled.
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Since my first unsuccessful attempt at the Thunder Forge scenario about a month ago, Kamalia has been doing very little while I have focused on my alts. It turns out that I can really only handle doing LFR with one character at a time; with Kamalia stalled on her Legendary questline progress and time running out for T15 to be current content, I have been doing Throne of Thunder LFR with my Warrior, Keija.

Keija’s done decently well for herself. Her DPS is bottom of the barrel, around 55K on most boss fights, but she hasn’t been booted for it yet. She won both the head and shoulder tokens from her very first run through Pinnacle of Storms. These are actually the two T15 pieces I was least interested in, and I have been spending my coins futiley on the remaining tier token bosses. Keija has also picked up Lei Shen’s 2H axe, Malakk’s 2H sword, and Lei Shen’s awesome hat.

Meanwhile, Kamalia went to the Isle of Thunder to do the dailies once a week, mostly to find a golden treasure box and do the loot run. After she killed Metal Lord Mono-Han, there whelpling!Wrathion would be, loitering by the stairs up to the Thunder Forge, so she would stop and switch specs and make one attempt at the Thunder Forge scenario.

Today, I ate some Mogu Fish Stew and drank a Flask of the Warm Sun before starting the scenario. I dropped my Fire Elemental totem and popped Bloodlust as soon as the Sha Amalgamation spawned. I also kept Flame Shock rolling on the boss and kept Searing Totem down after the fire elemental’s time was up. I remembered to use Spiritwalker’s Grace during at least one of the kiting phases. This time, I got the boss down to 67% before the anvil clock ran out and I died. After I rezzed, I ate buff food again, and I was glad that my CDs had reset. On the second try, I kept my two meager DPS dots up more consistently and got the boss down to 32% before I ran out of anvils. Now, with my heart pounding, I tried one more time. I used Ascension on the pull this time to get the Celestial Defender healed up to full as fast as I could. The boss was down to just above 20% when I had to use the last anvil, but Fire Elemental Totem and Bloodlust were back off CD, so I popped both of those again and then the Lightning Lance spawned. I frantically looked around for it, grabbed it, hurled it — and then it was over. I won!!!

What a relief! I was starting to feel a bit depressed about being stuck at this stage of the Legendary questline, starting to feel bad about myself as a player for giving up on it. I do want my Legendary cloak, I do!

Now I have to do the Nalak part. As much as I’ve appreciated being invited to Nalak raids by Rades, I lag so horribly when I do Nalak with TTGF that I’d probably be a lot better off going with BTH’s guild the next time they decide to kill Nalak.

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Last week’s LFR was really quite successful: I picked up Kamalia’s last four Secrets of the First Empire in just two wings of Throne of Thunder, and Keija went to Mogu’shan Vaults and nobody called her out for having horrible DPS (I still haven’t gotten around to reinstalling a meter) and Starshatter dropped!

Kamalia dutifully trotted over to the Tavern in the Mists to meet with Wrathion, then went to the Isle of Thunder. The first stages of the Thunder Forge scenario were pretty easy. I was delighted that the Shado-Pan NPCs showed up on my Grid as soon as they appeared, so that I could heal them just as if they were players. Then that final boss appeared and I just couldn’t do it. I could keep the Celestial Defender alive, but it barely tickled the boss. If I tried to damage and heal, I ran myself OOM very quickly. After three or four deaths in Resto — with the Spirit Healer resurrecting me while the Celestial Defender was still fighting the boss — I tried switching to Elemental as soon as I rezzed. Now I could do more damage, but it was harder to stay alive (especially during that accursed Meteor Swarm phase) and I wasn’t doing enough damage to keep ahead of the anvil clock. I don’t think I got that boss down to even 50%, on my best attempt. I only use my Elemental spec for doing dailies, so I haven’t at all mastered its CD usage nuances. I died and I died and I died and I died. Finally I gave up and started the scenario over from the beginning, this time in Elemental from the start. That was even worse — the first stages were more difficult, and I failed in the penultimate stage because I let the Celestial Blacksmith die.

I guess I should go see if I can find some Shaman-specific strategies for the Thunder Forge scenario. Ideally, one for Resto, because my Resto gear and skills are always in better condition than my Elemental gear and skills.

For awhile, I thought perhaps the 6K valor points would be the stage of the Legendary questline that stalled me. Then, for a little bit, I was having such terrible luck with Secrets of the Empire drops in LFR that I thought that might be the stage that stopped me. This Thunder Forge scenario, though… it just might be the thing that really washes me out of the program…

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As she handed the last of the re-stolen vegetables to Farmer Yoon, Kamalia felt a sudden burning sensation on her forehead. It flared intensely for a second or two, then faded away.

Puzzled, she rubbed at the spot.
“Are you okay?” Farmer Yoon asked. “Your eyes turned red there for a moment. Come, sit down.”
He prodded her up the stairs, into the house, and onto a chair, then bustled around making up some ginseng tea while Kamalia tried to figure out what had just happened.
As he handed her the steaming mug, Farmer Yoon’s gaze fell on Kamalia’s mace. He frowned at the deep black gem glimmering on the pommel, and, shuddering slightly, hurried back outside.
Then Kamalia remembered. Only a few days after the Black Prince had given her that gem, she had visited him again with the news of the arrival of the Horde and Alliance warfleets on the shores of the Krasarang Wilds. He had received it with a rather childish degree of glee — but then again, she supposed, he was still very much a child, especially as dragons age — and challenged her to prove to him that the Horde was worthy to be the ultimate victor in the ongoing strife with the Alliance. Then he had done something entirely unexpected


Without warning, Wrathion sliced his thumb and pressed it against her forehead. His blood burned to the touch, but rapidly disappeared into her skin.

“There!”, he said, “My eye is upon you, shaman. I am watching.

The Pandaren, like the Horde, value the concept of “Valor.” There are many ways to prove yourself valorous on this continent, from daily tasks to the defeat of heroic enemies within their lair. I will let you choose your own course.

Prove your bravery to me!”

That had been nearly three months ago. Much had happened in the interim. Blood and oil soaked the sands of once-pristine beaches in Krasarang Wilds. Pressured by Warchief Hellscream, the Sin’dorei had helped him obtain a dangerous ancient mogu artifact — costing the Sunreavers their neutrality — and the Horde’s foothold in Dalaran — in the process. The young Prince of the Alliance, at once wise and brave and very foolish, had destroyed the Divine Bell. It had collapsed on top of him. Kamalia did not know his fate, but she hoped that he had survived, somehow. At this worst of all possible times, the Shado-Pan reported that the ancient mogu hero, the legendary Thunder King, who had been stolen away and resurrected by the Zandalari trolls at about the same time as the Horde and Alliance first arrived on Pandaria, would soon return to his full, terrible strength. While the Warchief continued to press the battle with the Alliance in Krasarang, the displaced and utterly outraged Sunreavers took this matter into their own hands, hoping to show the Shado-Pan that at least some of the Horde were interested in honorably helping. Kamalia had helped them secure an outpost on the island where the Thunder King’s stronghold was located. She’d spent most of the last month there, fighting trolls and mogu and mogu and trolls and occasionally some saurok and more trolls and more mogu, until finally the way to the gates of the palace itself was cleared. She had carefully stayed out of the sniping between the Sunreavers and the Kirin Tor, who were leading the Alliance’s effort to aid the Shado-Pan. She had a handful of keys to the palace treasure room that she hadn’t yet mustered up the… greed to use. And yet.. and yet… after all of that, it was completing a simple task of service, one that Kamalia had done many times before and would probably do many times again, that had apparently been the final “proof of bravery” that Wrathion wanted.

Kamalia carefully placed the empty mug with the rest of Farmer Yoon’s dirty crockery, and, smiling, went out into the garden to tell him that everything was just fine.

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