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Archmage at last


The change-in-progress from the default style to the upgraded style is easy to see because I had the default style set to one of the alternate tints!

I’d been sitting on the last two quests of the 7.0 Mage campaign for a couple of months because one of them required running three random heroics, and I’d not felt like I had the time to spare to sit in queue. My school has a two-day mid-semester break today and tomorrow, though, so I determined that I was going to use this holiday to finally complete those quests.

I was pleasantly surprised at how short the dungeon queues were, making that quest easy to complete while baby was napping this morning and afternoon.

Tonight, I pyroblasted through the final scenario. I’m sure it would have been much harder at the beginning of the expansion; doing it after such a long delay, I was up to item level 875 and I had about 55 ranks in Felo’melorn. The demons — even the big boss Kathra’natir — just went up in smoke.

So now Kaelinda is finally an Archmage… and just in time, too. I also recently decided to start taking Kiralaira the Demon Hunter to demon invasions whenever one is up at a time that I can play. Kira sacrificed everything that she had been to become a weapon of mass demon destruction, so I figured it would be appropriate to finish leveling her through demon invasions (and Marius & Tehd quests!) rather than zone questing. She’s now up to level 107, and it probably won’t be long until she reaches 110 and can begin working on the rest of her Order Hall Campaign (and the Xe’ra questline, too).

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Between baby and school, I’ll probably going to continue have very little time for Azeroth at least until the end of this semester. It’s a situation of my own making, so I’m trying not to complain too much about it.. but I nonetheless feel like making a wistful lament. Though there’s often one or two evenings a week when I have too much work to do after baby goes to bed to feel like I can afford to log on, I’ve still usually been able to log on for fifteen to thirty minutes a day, which is enough time to turn over Champion missions with Kamalia and Kaelinda (yes, I know I could do this with the mobile app), do a few WQs with Kaelinda if Suramar or Kirin Tor Emissary is up, and do August Celestials rep with the Underpowered Death Knight. I’m managing to make progress, of a sort; between the 7.3 changes to Artifact Knowledge and prioritizing Artifact Power Champion missions, Kaelinda has reached Concordance on all three of her Artifact weapons, and Kamalia has reached Concordance on both Sharas’dal and the Fist of Ra-den. But when will I finish Suramar? Or go to the Broken Shore? Or go to Argus? I don’t know. I feel like getting to Argus is so far away that I’ve long since given up on trying to avoid spoilers about the storyline there.

Anyhow, here are some outfits I’ve made in the past few weeks. As you might guess, I’m working on making outfits in all the armor types to go with some of my favorite tabards — so you can expect to see most of these outfits show up again in themed collection posts somewhere down the line.

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Child of Blood and Fire

Crown of Woe, Supple Shoulderguards & Waistguard (2-655), Primalstorm Breastplate, Illidari Leggings, Ironpelt Mitts & Boots
This Artifact tint is awarded for completing the level 103 stage of the Order Hall campaign.
For this outfit series, I had planned to use each blade color with the corresponding tattoo color. This magenta/purple-red is the red tattoo color that female Demon Hunters get. Unfortunately, it clashes somewhat with the scarlet/orange-red of the blades. The red tattoo color that male Demon Hunters get would be better for this outfit.

Dalaran Mage

Researcher’s Mantle, Darkmoon Robe, Gossamer Belt, Exiled Dabbler’s Gloves, Elementalist Boots, Whelp Keeper’s Staff
Some very simple shoulders dress this outfit up just a little bit.

Ebon Sunreaver Battlemage

Cowl of the Grand Engineer, Mantle of the Elven Kings, Cindercloth Vest, Black Belt of Knowledge, Pantaloons of Growing Strife, Gloves of Tyri’s Power, Saltarello Shoes, Ebon Filigreed Doublet, Angerstaff, Sunreaver Tabard
As I was putting together this kit, I looked for pieces that were black and red and gold and went well with the tabard. When I went to take pictures of this outfit, I realized why this combination seemed so natural for a Sunreaver…

Dusky Sunreaver Herald

Bonechewer Shoulderguards, Raging Spirit Harness, Murkblood Belt, Fel Leather Leggings, Blacksting Gloves, Goat Hide Boots, Wind-Reaver’s Dagger of Quick Strikes, Amber Slicer of Klaxxi’vess, Sunreaver Tabard
I’ve long thought that the Mantid-styled daggers from Pandaria would look great with the Sunreaver tabard. I didn’t get around to doing the Argent Tournament with my Rogue until just recently, though.

The Good Earth

Straw Hat, Reporter’s Shoulderguards, Shaladrassil Tunic, Belt of Cheapened Lives, Overgrowth Cutter Breeches, Gloves of the Afterlife, Boots of the Flowering Earth, Garden Pitchfork, Yellow Lumberjack Shirt, Tillers Tabard
This is at least the third “farmer” kit I’ve made for Kate, but I hadn’t made one that used the Tillers tabard yet.

Khan of Knowledge

Khan’s set with Battleforge Shoulderguards, Golden Saronite Dragon, Turpster’s Sonorous Shield, and Lorewalkers Tabard
I’d started building a rather different outfit to go with this tabard, but when I put on these shoulders, it suddenly seemed fitting to go for the full Khan’s set.

August Sentinel

Pauldrons of the Argent Sentinel, Light-Touched Breastplate, Jade Tiger Girdle, Legplates of the Bold, Faith Bearer’s Gauntlets, Nar’thalas Sabatons, Starshatter (LFR), August Celestials tabard
The Underpowered Death Knight had to be the model for a plate August Celestials kit because blue-and-white.
I picked these glowing white shoulders with the floating shards to echo the stars in the tabard design. When I got to choosing boots, I liked how the black of these boots contrasted with the white of the shoulders, and how both items are tied into the rest of the kit by their gold trim.

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This series of posts began because I set myself a goal to document new Transmogrification outfits in a more timely fashion. As soon as I create a new outfit, I write it up in a draft post. As the weekend approaches, I start working on taking fashion screenshots, processing them, and updating “Things my [Class] Wears” posts. On Sunday — though not every Sunday — I publish the collection of my recent efforts. Then I begin the next “Sunday on the Promenade” draft post.

Occasionally, I have ideas for themed Transmogrification collections that take several months to completely assemble. Thus, some of these outfits might get re-posted at a later date as part of such a themed Transmogrification collection.

If any of you, my dear readers, have kits that you’d like to share, I’d be happy to add you to the show! Just email me your picture(s), along with a list of the items in the outfit. I don’t regularly check my blog email, though, so if you’ve sent me an outfit, please make a comment on the most recent Sunday Mog Show post so that I know to check my blog email for your contribution.

A collection of Transmogrification Kits actually worn in-game by my Tauren Monks. Outfits are listed from most recent to least recent. Items that are no longer obtainable are marked with an asterisk (*).

51) The Good Earth

Straw Hat, Reporter’s Shoulderguards, Shaladrassil Tunic, Belt of Cheapened Lives, Overgrowth Cutter Breeches, Gloves of the Afterlife, Boots of the Flowering Earth, Garden Pitchfork, Yellow Lumberjack Shirt, Tillers Tabard
This is at least the third “farmer” kit I’ve made for Kate, but I hadn’t made one that used the Tillers tabard yet.

I was putting together some new Transmogrification kits this evening and noticed something rather odd about Dalaran.

As I logged in at the Ledgerdemain Lounge, the barkeeps were no longer making stressy comments.

Coming back from the Warpweaver, I noticed that the children were running around the streets again.

Curious now, I checked out the Infirmary. All of the people suffering from that Inexplicable Feeling were gone.

No one was standing in front of the steps to the Violet Citadel demanding answers about the mysterious happenings.

There weren’t any patrols of guards in the streets… or any of the extra Draenei.

Up on Krasus’ Landing, the Warmage investigating the fel crash area was gone, and I couldn’t see any of the patrolling Warmages on Nexus discs.

The Validated Doomsayers were all gone, too.

In short, Dalaran was back to normal — though it had definitely been all anxious and disturbed when I checked in on Tuesday.

Is this relaxation due to the Brewfest holiday, or is it due to the progression of the Argus storyline? I guess I’ll have to wait and see if Dalaran suddenly pops right back to being anxious and disturbed when Brewfest ends. If it doesn’t, though, I’ll be rather disappointed that we never got a resolution to the crisis at the Infirmary.

Update: After Brewfest ended, Dalaran stayed back-to-normal. I’m sad that we didn’t get to find out what was going on with all those people who were not feeling quite right who were piling up at the infirmary. I’d like to wish that this little episode would come back as part of the pre-launch event for the next expansion, and get a proper conclusion, but it probably won’t. *sigh*

Dalaran Spellscribe

Magnificent Aeroglide Shoulderpads, Robe of the Moccasin, Nesingwary’s Sash, Exiled Dabbler’s Gloves, Hu’rala’s Slippers, Warpstaff of Arcanum, Tabard of the Kirin Tor
This rare spawn NPC used to be the source of the Black Tabby pet. Now, that pet can only be found on the Black Market Auction House.
I thought about using these shoulders with the other black robe Kirin Tor outfits; they seemed the most appropriate for this one, though. The NPC belt isn’t available to players; Nesingwary’s Sash seemed to be the best replacement.

Dalaran Apprentice

Manaweave Robe*/Chromatic Robe, Circle of Ossus, Exiled Dabbler’s Gloves, Suspicious Slippers, Ley Staff*
This outfit is a bit of a cheat. The NPC outfit uses the leather Songbird Blouse with the skirt of the Chromatic Robe. The Chromatic Robe is common quality and thus non-Transmogrifiable. The nearest Transmogrifiable item is the Manaweave Robe — which was rewarded from a pre-Cataclysm Mage class quest chain and is no longer availabe (except perhaps for Blood Elves?).

Emerald City

Watcher’s Cap, Blight-Lifter’s Mantle, Windroc Shroud, Mana-Cord of Deception (H), Exiled Dabbler’s Gloves, Boots of Duress, Cloak of the Makers, Khadgar’s Knapsack
I might not have ever used the green appearances of the Mage Artifact weapons if it hadn’t occurred to me that they’d go rather well with this outfit.
When I was leveling through the Jade Forest with my Human Mage, I wondered what the Oz backdrop was doing on the wall at Dreamer’s Pavilion. It occurs to me now that it is probably representing a painting of a journey to the Temple of the Jade Serpent.

Heavenly & Venerable

Warmongering Gladiator’s Mantle of Cruelty, Anacondra’s Robe, Nethershard Girdle, Regal Gloves, Permafrost Cape, August Celestials Tabard, Clear Crystal Rod*
The Twilight Mantle is a perfect color match for this robe, but that style is uncomfortably large on Tauren. Besides, wings are so much more awesome.

Serpent Strike

Bristlebark Pauldrons, Armor of the Fang, Headhunter’s Belt, Luminary Kilt, Toughened Leather Gloves, Supple Boots (3-670)
This Artifact tint is awarded for retrieving Light’s Heart.
This outfit would also be very nice for a Druid or a Monk.

Needs More Spikes

Helm of the Illidari Shatterer, Tundra Pauldrons, Tomb-Curse Chestplate, Frostwolf Stalwart Girdle, Crafted Malevolent Gladiator’s Plate Legguards, Gauntlets of the Bold, Blood-Soaked Saronite Stompers (N), Bulwark of Azzinoth
Because you can never have too many spikes if you’re a Warrior of the Horde.

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This series of posts began because I set myself a goal to document new Transmogrification outfits in a more timely fashion. As soon as I create a new outfit, I write it up in a draft post. As the weekend approaches, I start working on taking fashion screenshots, processing them, and updating “Things my [Class] Wears” posts. On Sunday — though not every Sunday — I publish the collection of my recent efforts. Then I begin the next “Sunday on the Promenade” draft post.

Occasionally, I have ideas for themed Transmogrification collections that take several months to completely assemble. Thus, some of these outfits might get re-posted at a later date as part of such a themed Transmogrification collection.

If any of you, my dear readers, have kits that you’d like to share, I’d be happy to add you to the show! Just email me your picture(s), along with a list of the items in the outfit. I don’t regularly check my blog email, though, so if you’ve sent me an outfit, please make a comment on the most recent Sunday Mog Show post so that I know to check my blog email for your contribution.

We Fly Together









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The Order of the Cloud Serpents have another of my favorite tabards from Pandaria. I love the soft, pastel colors.

Cloud Rider

Grievous Gladiator’s Ironskin Spaulders, Jinxed Hoodoo Skin, Pennyroyal Belt, Clefthoof Britches & Wanderboots, Grips of Slicing Electricity (LFR), Order of the Cloud Serpent Tabard, Staff of Trembling Will
With a Monk, these PvP shoulders were the best choice for this kit. For the other leather-wearing classes, here is an alternate version of the outfit using the Belt of the Silent Path, which has very similar colors to the tabard, and the Mantle of Wicked Revenge.

Serpent Trainer

Wildguard Helm, Jade Epaulets, Iceguard Breastplate & Leggings, Rainbow Girdle, Gauntlets of Purification, Boots of Avoidance, Slavemaster Axe, Order of the Cloud Serpent Tabard
These lovely pastel plate items were the first things I thought of when I started to think about making Cloud Serpent outfits.

Serpents in the Mists

Champion’s Pauldrons, Formidable Chestpiece, Belt of the Iron Prison (LFR), Tristam Legguards*, Skyhorn Gloves, Boots of Elemental Torment, Misthide Drape, Order of the Cloud Serpent Tabard, Wu-Lai, Bladed Fan of the Consorts (LFR), Flamecaller’s Shield
This cloud-like mixture of pale silvers, greys, and blues allows the brighter, yet still subtle, colors of the tabard, cloak, and shield to emerge like a cloud serpent from the mists.

Cloud Spinner

Arachnidian Robes, Belt of Arcane Storms (N), Replica Virtuous Gloves + Leywalker Bracers, Slippers of Serenity, Used Bar Rag, Order of the Cloud Serpent Tabard, Staff of Athen’a
I hadn’t made an outfit with this coloration of this robe style yet, and it occurred to me that it might have the right sort of colors to coordinate nicely wtih the Cloud Serpent tabard. Well, the aquas do, anyway. I’d forgotten how green the skirt is.

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When I first started thinking about making this post, I went to look for the screenshots of the Order of the Cloud Serpents finale that I knew I’d taken when Kamalia did it — and I couldn’t find them! I looked and looked. Then I looked to see if any of my other characters who were Exalted with the Order of the Cloud Serpents had screenshots of the finale in their files, and couldn’t find anything there, either. I’d probably thought, oh, I don’t need to screencap this again because I already have screencaps from when Kamalia did it.

So I ran Kaylynda through the Order of the Cloud Serpent rep grind to get some new screenshots of that thrilling finale event. Between the Mists rep-doubling Commendations (which Kamalia got as soon as she could for all the alts to enjoy), being Human, the Darkmoon Carousel buff, and some good luck finding Onyx Eggs, it only took two days.

I loved the finale events for the Mists reputations. They made getting to Exalted a truly exciting occasion. At the same time, however, they made me feel rather bad about running off and never coming back to that faction again (except on occasion to take Mog screenshots) as soon as I got Exalted.

Augh, writing peer-review committee and department chair letters for the interim tenure reviews of the other chemistry faculty who were also new the same year that I was is giving me all kinds of inferiority complex and existential insecurity about my own interim tenure review. I am acutely aware that I have this job because one of my high school friends didn’t get tenure, and I am terrified that I am so lackluster compared to my colleagues that I will meet the same fate.

I also have two exams to write by next Tuesday, so as much as I might like to play as much WoW this long weekend as my baby will let me, I shouldn’t. And then, of course, those exams will need to be graded, and the first piles of lab reports are incoming…

Not that I could go to Argus right now even if I wanted to. I know darn well that Kamalia did the pre-launch event Broken Shore scenario, but she didn’t get the breadcrumb quest to go to Argus on Tuesday. I hypothesize that it’s because she still has the breadcrumb quest for Armies of Legionfall in her log, never turned in from Patch 7.2 (and that she didn’t get the breadcrumb quest for the Whispers of Frightened World scenario for the same reason). Maybe I’d only have to turn in the first Armies of Legionfall quest to get the first Argus quest to open up, but I think I’d want to do at least enough of the Broken Shore to bring Magatha Grimtotem into the fold of the Earthen Ring before I went gallivanting off to Argus. That would be at least one night of gameplay, but with the amount of time I have for WoW right now, it might take two or three nights of play and two or three weeks to have enough nights where I felt like I actually could play that much.

So I might be pretty quiet for awhile until I’m not drowning in work quite so badly.