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Last autumn, Laeleiweyn of World of Lae hosted a series of Alt Appreciation weeks to “celebrate all the classes!” For Monk Week, I designed a set of Transmogrification outfits intended to display a Monk’s devotion to the Way of a particular August Celestial. Because my first Monk’s inventory was already overflowing, I set the Pet-Battling Monk the goal of collecting the necessary items to actually create all of those Transmogrification kits in-game.

Xuen’s Strength


Red Crane Crown (LFR), Mantle of the White Tiger, Polar Vest, Brown Belt of Humbling Gravity, Righteous Leggings, Ghostwalker Gloves, Replica Darkmantle Boots, Inscribed Tiger Staff
Of course I had to use the Mantle of the White Tiger in a set for Xuen. Then the Polar Vest was the only really good choice for the chestpiece — nothing else looks quite right with those shoulders. From there, the outfit could very easily have become all blue. I chose these pants and gloves to keep the overall appearance lighter and more evocative of Xuen’s coloration.

Chi-Ji’s Hope


Moonkin Headdress, Barbaric Shoulders, Plainshawk Vest, Red Belt of Gentle Persuasion, Cabalist Leggings, Fingers of the Loneliest Monk, Mosshide Boots/Griftah’s Authentic Troll Shoes, Inscribed Crane Staff
Cranes are celebrated for the elegance of their long legs, whether standing or in flight. This outfit celebrates the elegance of a Monk’s legs during a Spinning Crane Kick by leaving them beautifully bare. If you don’t have invisiboots, the tall black Prospector’s Boots are the next best option.

Yu’lon’s Wisdom


Serpentskin Helm, Contender’s Leather Shoulders, Jinxed Hoodoo Skin, Green Belt of Hushed Wisdom, Ferine Leggings, Jangdor’s Handcrafted Gloves, Swampwalker Boots, Liuyang’s Lovely Longstaff
These brilliantly-colored leather leggings are a common sight on low-level Rogues, Druids, and Monks because they drop from a dungeon and have great stats. Making a decent Transmogrification kit with them, however, requires much higher character levels. The matching boots can be worn at low levels, but are a rare drop. There are no matching gloves. The reddish tones in these crafted shoulders harmonize perfectly with the reddish tones of the leather straps on the pants.
The Inscribed Serpent Staff would also be a good weapon to use with this set.

Niuzao’s Fortitude


Netherstorm Eyepatch, Riplash Pauldrons, Wicked Leather Armor & Gauntlets, Supreme Sash, Bandit Pants, Coal Miner Boots, Beakless Polearm
I wanted to use only Pandarian staves and each of the four Monk class quest reward belts in this Transmogrification project, but the Niuzao outfit didn’t cooperate very well. None of the staves from Pandaria seemed quite right for the Black Ox, whereas Abracadaver from ICC was perfect. I ended up using the Beakless Polearm instead, though, because I didn’t feel like farming ICC and this polearm not only looks awesomely badass, it also matches the one carried by my favorite Shado-Pan companion, Chao the Voice. Once I’d chosen a weapon, none of the Monk class quest belts looked as good with the overall design of the kit as this old-world green belt.
This would be a great Biker kit to use with a choppa!

I’ve known for a long time now that getting a second Legendary Cloak was just not in the cards for me. I’ve had too many things I wanted to do with too many alts to spend enough time focusing on just one to get another Cloak. With the news that the Legendary Cloak questline is vanishing entirely come Warlords, I find myself wondering if it would be worth spending any of my meager gold supply to pick up one or more of the pre-Legendary Cloaks…

…those are Transmogrification-friendly, aren’t they?

considering the calendar

Hmm, hmm, let’s see here now…

Warlords of Draenor releases on November 13th.

The WoW 10th Anniversary event begins on November 21st.

Fall Semester classes end on December 8th.

Final Grades are due on December 15th.

Spring Semester classes begin on January 5th.

The WoW 10th Anniversary event ends on January 6th.

Hopefully I’ll be able to get Kamalia up to level 100 and into the “Maximum Molten Core” LFR during those last two weeks of December. It helps that we won’t have to do any traveling involving airplanes and extended stays at houses that are not our own dwelling place this year. Maybe I can even manage to take Kam to L100 MC LFR to get a fire hat from Ragnaros 3.0 as a birthday present to myself on December 28th…

I first posted this in June, while we were in Paris. It didn’t get a lot of response, and I wondered if people had just missed it due to time-of-day issues — it was about 3 am for North American time zones when I published the post. So now that the Darkmoon Faire is here again, I’m re-posting it.

Since After I finished my little dragons, I’ve been working I worked on this when I go went to my [Halifax] ward Relief Society’s Tuesday morning sewing group. It’s been It was quite a fun little project. The finished banner is about six inches wide and ten inches long. The white crescent is two layers — otherwise, it wouldn’t have been opaque enough. The star and the pupil of the eye are embroidered on the felt. I’d like to do another little banner like this, though I probably won’t start the project until after my move later this summer I’m not quite sure where I’ll find the time. Of the city banners, the Ironforge banner seems like it would most easily translate into a felt-and-embroidery design.

Recently, I’ve seen a number of comments on various sites (WoW Insider, comments on blogs I read) saying that there haven’t been any new hairstyles since the Barbershop debuted with Wrath of the Lich King.

Now, I would love it if there were more new hairstyles, and I’m still hoping for some to show up sometime during Warlords of Draenor. But it is wrong, wrong, WRONG! to say that there haven’t been any new hairstyles since 3.0.

Everyone seems to have forgotten that Patch 4.2, mid-Cataclysm, brought with it one or two new hairstyles for almost every race. Perculia first saw them on the Patch 4.2 PTR and reported about them for Wowhead, and I documented them after Patch 4.2 went live.

A few Transmogrification kits I put together in the last few weeks of summer, before my school responsibilities really started eating up all my spare time. I finally had some time this long weekend to take pictures and post them.

Thunder King, Lightning QUEEN

Skyshatter Shoulderpads, An’telas Scale Shirt, Doc’s Belt, Tranquillien Scale Leggings, Edgemaster’s Handguards, Tsunami Boots, Wu-Lai, Bladed Fan of the Consorts (LFR)
Insisting that she must have this supremely elegant fist weapon, mini-Kam butted into the LFR queue, signing up in Resto spec but with her loot spec set to Enhancement, before either Kerisa or Koralyra managed to get herself ready. Fortunately, she won both copies of the Bladed Fan on the same trip to Pinnacle of Storms — one from the regular loot roll, and one from the bonus roll.

Tainted Forest

Mushan Hide Helm, Mantle of the Eternal Sentinel, Robes of Treacherous Ground (LFR), Firescar Sash, Gilt-Edged Leather Gauntlets, Druidic Channeler’s Mace, Telestra’s Journal
A “Dark Druid” outfit that would probably look better on a Worgen than on any of the other Druidic races.
The T12 Obsidian Arborweave set was not at all to my taste, but I thought the belt looked kind of cool, so I hung onto it for possible use in some other sort of “Dark Druid” kit. I’m glad I did, because it works perfectly with the T15-LFR robe.
The T15 shoulders, however, are entirely too creepy for me. If that nest on the right shoulder housed a mouse or a weasel or a little bitty owl or a crow or even a snake, I’d be okay with it, but a spider?

*shudder*

Windchill


Chilled Shoulderplates, Nether Protector’s Chest, Ango’rosh Belt, Lofty Legguards, Talonguard Gloves, Icebane Treads, Shroud of the North Wind, Greataxe of the Ebon Blade
The Underpowered Death Knight insisted that after having gone to all the trouble of getting a metal bikini, she needed to use it in more than one outfit. This was my effort to make another relatively tasteful platekini set; I think it turned out rather well.

Duskwoven Visions


Duskwoven Turban, Lightning Infused Mantle, Coldtouch Phantom Wraps, Contender’s Satin Belt, Bolt-Burster Grips, Liuyang’s Lovely Longstaff
The soft, misty greys and aqua-greens of the Duskwoven robe & turban have always seemed to me to be particularly appropriate for a Priest, somehow. A Mage could try the same accessories with the soft violet Robe of the Magi.

The Warlock and the Rogue have both reached Exalted with the Shado-Pan, thus completing my one-of-each-class set of Shado-Pan Helmet Transmogrification kits.

Shado-Pan Summoner

Replica Shado-Pan Helmet, Mantle of the Corruptor, Simple Blouse, Fire-Cord of the Magus, Coven Britches, Black Mageweave Gloves + Wraps of the San’layn, Oilfoot Slippers, Shadow Prowler’s Cloak, Matsuba’s Breadmaker
More decadent Warlocks may prefer to use the Cournith Waterstrider’s Silken Finery.

Shado-Pan Assassin

Replica Shado-Pan Helment, Shoulderpads of the Silvermoon Retainer, Scouting Tunic, Ruffian Belt*, Nightslayer Pants, Bandit Gloves, Defiler’s Lizardhide Boots, Black Swashbuckler’s Shirt, Amber Slicer of Klaxxi’ves, Wind Reaver’s Dagger of Quick Strikes
The shirt is an essential component of this outfit because it fills in a gap between the sleeves and the gloves.
The Bandit Belt would be a suitable replacement for the Ruffian Belt.
Why, yes, I did do Klaxxi rep with my Rogue just so that I could have both styles of Mantid trophy dagger to use in this kit.

I have a couple more Shado-Pan kits planned for other characters. One of them is intended to complement Alani, so I probably won’t make it until I manage to capture her.

You guys… I knew that this having a full time job thing would be a lot of work, and that it would be hard, and that it would keep me very busy, but ai yi yi… I managed to be prepared enough for the first day or two of classes, but I’ve had to spend some late nights on campus this week to stay even just a little ahead in my prep of where I am in class. I’m struggling with the pacing; I am about a lecture behind my syllabus schedule of topics in both my classes and will probably have to push back the dates for my first midterm exams. I’m going to have to put in some serious prep time over the next couple of months to get enough ahead that I’ll actually be able to afford to take the night off from work to go to Draenor and meet the Warlords on November 13th. I’ve also been developing a crisis of confidence this week as I’ve overheard what my fellow new-hire professor in the next office is doing with his students. I have to keep reminding myself that just because he’s set himself the goal of being the BEST chemistry professor on campus, this isn’t really a competition. I don’t have to try to do the kinds of things he’s doing — I just need to be the best I can be with my own personal teaching philosophy and style.

Classes have been in session for a week and a half now. Before that, I had a week and a half of various sorts of faculty meetings. I drew a lot of doodles in the notebook I was given at the first of those meetings… Continue Reading »

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