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After I’d been taking an alt to battle Stone Cold Trixxy every day for awhile, I decided to station a couple of other alts at the two other satchel-giving Grand Master trainers I’ve unlocked so far, Lydia Accoste and Blood Knight Antari. Flying back to Shadowmoon Village one evening after having given the smackdown to Antari, I was suddenly struck by the similarity between Shadowmoon Village on Outland and Lunarfall Garrison on Draenor.

The two settlements are in corresponding locations on their respective zone maps.


With no flying and all those trees in the lush, living Shadowmoon Valley of Draenor, it’s a little harder to get a good aerial view of Lunarfall Garrison than to get an aerial view of Shadowmoon Village in Outland, but both settlements have very similar terraced terrain.


The view from Overlord Or’barokh’s command tower, looking down the hill to the main gate of the village gives me an eerie sense of deja vu to the view from Lunarfall Town Hall, looking down the hill to the main gate of the garrison.

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The Lunarfall Barracks is in the same place as the Shadowmoon Village Inn, and I have put my Lunarfall Barn in the same place as the Shadowmoon Village Stables!

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The terrain isn’t exactly the same, in the way that nothing about Draenor is exactly the same as Outland — but it’s close enough. Lunarfall Garrison and Shadowmoon Village are the same place.

Some recent and not-so-recent Transmogrification kits

Recently-mogged kits

Moonwillow Warden

Stormsteppe Pauldrons, Undying Chestguard, Wildwood Wrangler Belt, Shadow-Binder’s Kilt/Lightning-Infused Leggings, Rusted-Link Spiked Gauntlets, Brilliant Burnished Cloak/Purifier’s Silken Cape, Thunder Bluff Doublet, Icebound Frost-Singer Axe/Spell Axe of the Speaker, Frostwolf Spiritguard Shield
This Shadowmoon Valley Draenei shield design is so pretty that I collected all four colors of it. Although this particular color turned out to be the easiest to work with given Kam’s general preferred color scheme, I’d like to try to make kits to go with the other colors, too. The first version of this set is for Kam’s Elemental spec; the other is for her Resto spec. The shoulders and shield overlap between the two sets. That’s okay, though, because I hadn’t been able to decide which version of the Transmogrification kit I liked better!

Time Lord

Time Lord’s Mantle & Robes, Serenity Belt, Riding Gloves* + Dryad’s Wrist Bindings, Unassuming Slippers, Drape of the Sullen Goddess, Brown Linen Shirt, Karabor Arcanist Rod
Many thanks to the Old Ladies Raiding Guild for helping me to get the T10 Mage pieces! I adored that set immediately, and the shoulders and robe are really the key pieces. If only a Mage could use the matching mace or shield

Frostfire Wind Sculptor

Frostwolf Wind-Talker set with Dark Phantom Cape, Frostwolf Augury Staff and Black Swashbuckler’s Shirt
A “recipe set” obtained from early questing in Draenor, dressed up a bit with a shirt and this very nicely matching low-level cloak. I’d forgotten just how much of a cleavage shirt this particular style is, but it does mitigate at least some of the side/underboob exposure from the robe.

The next kit is not-so-recent, but it took awhile for me to figure out the best way to get my level 54 Druid up to Zul’Drak, a zone 20 levels too high for her health & safety, to take the screenshots. Many many many thanks to Plaid for flying me out there on her Touring Rocket, and to Matty for her offer to help, too!

Har’koa’s Kitten

Shrug of Disappointment, Vest of Restraint, Aquarius Belt*/Clefthoof Belt, Rugged Leather Pants, Ghostwalker gloves & boots, Goblin Smasher
I originally designed this kit a little over two years ago for the first round of JD Kenada’s “Transmogrification Survivor” contest, for which the prompt was “Disciples of Har’koa”.

These two kits are also not-so-recent, having been made before I took these characters to Draenor.

Crusade Champion

Thunderwood helm, chestpiece & boots, Crafted Dreadful Gladiator’s Redemption shoulders & belt, Warbringer’s Legguards, Gloves of the Stela, Holy War Sword/Quel’Delar, Lens of the Mind, Highlord’s Favor, Argent Crusader’s Tabard
This is the set that Karaelia wore between the Jade Cricket kit and the Power of Pink kit. I recalled that when I’d created Karaelia’s original Crusader kit, I’d thought that sometime in the future I ought to make a set that mixed and matched the Thunderwood set and the Crafted Dreadful Gladiator’s Redemption set, so I used that idea when I set out to make a kit for her to wear while she was doing the Battered Hilt quest chain — and with Quel’Delar when she finished it.

Dire Knight

Acherus Knight’s hood shoulders gloves boots & cloak, Drakescale Breastplate, Bogslayer Belt, Direwing Legguards, Axe of Frozen Death
Here’s a black “Grim Reaper”-type outfit that could be used with the Greataxe of Stonard, if one so desired. I preferred this more menacing axe, though. This outfit didn’t last very long, however, before Kregga went off through the reddened Dark Portal to Draenor.

So, Patch 6.2 is coming, and with it, the conclusion of this expansion’s Legendary questline.

This news prompted me to look up what it would take just to get far enough along in the Legendary questline to have Garona as a Follower in Kamalia’s Garrison. When I saw that I’d have to get all the way through the Blackrock Foundry chapter, my desire to continue pursuing the Legendary questline crumbled. I haven’t set foot in LFR even once so far this expansion, partly due to not having as much time for the game anymore and partly due to the official relegation of LFR-only raiders to second-class status (yes, I’m still smarting about no Tier in LFR). Although my faithful Followers bring me Abrogator Stones as often as they have the opportunity, and I on very rare occasions find them in my Work Order crates, I still only have 55 out of the 145 gubbins required for the Highmaul chapter. The thought of collecting 900 — NINE HUNDRED — gubbins for the Blackrock Foundry chapter is overwhelming.

After Kamalia builds her Shipyard and sees what there is to see in Tanaan, I would much rather spend my remaining playtime in this expansion with my alts, getting them leveled up and personalizing their Garrisons as much as I can by their choices of buildings, guards from the Level 3 Barracks, favored Music Rolls in the jukebox, and selection of Followers, than collecting heaps of pebbles for Khadgar for week after tedious week of LFR.

It seems that Kamalia actually managing to acquire a Legendary item when it was still more-or-less current (though not cutting-edge) content during Mists is going to be a one-time accomplishment. Circumstances in the game and (more importantly) in my real life were such as to make Mists something of a “golden age of gaming” for me. That time is gone, and you know what? I’m okay with that.

The last time Kamalia went trapping for her Barn, this happened totally involuntarily after she hearthed back Frostwall…

Kaylynda built a Barn so that she could have a reliable supply of fur for her Tailoring Emporium to make clothes for her. She hearthed back to Lunarfall after her very first trapping expedition*, and look what happened!

When does that Post-Trappulation Syndrome support group meet, again?

* I much prefer Farmer Lok’lub’s dialog to Homer and Tommy Joe Stonefield’s hick routine. If Tommy Joe really hasn’t had a bath since before the Cataclysm, and he really is as dumb as the trapping dialogs make him out to be, I feel very sorry indeed for Maybell…

alt fatigue

Looking at my Characters page here on the blog, or flicking through the loading screens of my “minor” servers, I feel overwhelmed by the amount of work it would be to take and then process portrait pictures of the new model appearances of ALL of my characters… many of whom I haven’t properly “played” for two years or more.

Perhaps it’s time to just admit that really, I’m not going to play any of those alts again. It might be time to slash and burn — to vendor all their stuff and send the gold to characters I’m actually spending time with, and then — BAHLEETED! But maybe I should at least play them all up to level 55 before I delete them, so that if I do ever happen to want one of them back, I could restore them…? No, no, no, no. No. That way lies madness.

If I am still playing when the next expansion comes around, and said next expansion features new race(s) and/or a new class, what will I be more interested in playing? Almost certainly the new class. Oh, for sure I’d play the new race(s) at least through their starting zone(s). After seeing the new content of the new starting zones, though, I’d really be pretty much done with those characters, and then they’d stall out somewhere in the mid-twenties or mid-thirties, like most of my “one character of each race” set of alts seem to have done. And if I’m not going to play them anymore, I might as well delete them. Catch and release. A character of the new class, though, might have a halfway decent chance of making it all the way to the new level cap — I did, after all, manage to level my DK to 80 before Cataclysm launched, and I got not just one but TWO Monks to level 90 during Mists.

I had enough things-wot-needed-to-be-dun that I couldn’t take Spring Break entirely off and just play WoW all day. Still, I had more evening time for the game than I’ve had for awhile — enough that I could think about doing something other than just managing my followers.

Monday: The Blood Elf trio used Kairoz’s SUPER SECRET Wormhole to get into their Garrisons. Kalaneia (Destruction Warlock) and Kelisanna (Subtlety Rogue) had a merry romp burninating and sneaky-stabbiting their way through the Garrison establishment quests, but poor Kaelinda (Arcane Mage) felt almost as fragile as the Underpowered Death Knight. Perhaps I am playing Arcane wrong and need different talents, glyphs, and rotation? Or maybe I ought to just switch to her secondary spec (which vacillates between Fire and Frost)?

Tuesday: I decided that it was time to get another pet up into the mid-level range so that Ketura (Hunter) could start taking it to her daily bout with Stone Cold Trixxy. Although it’s been some months since I did pet battles regularly, my notebook page about the pet trainers provided enough information that I could remember my favorite pets to use with each one without much difficulty. The pet that started at level 1 in a battle against Zunta at the beginning of the evening finished up at level 19 after battling Blood Knight Antari. When I spend time on pet battles, the Kalimdor and Outland pet trainer circuits make it relatively easy to get a pet up into the 15-20 level range… but getting a pet from 20 to 25 feels like a long hard slog. Part of that is because I haven’t really attempted to defeat any trainers past Blood Knight Antari. Part of that is because I don’t want to just grind wild pet battles for those last five levels. Lio sez that I can level a pet quickly in Draenor, but I’d need to have an Infinite Whelpling, Emerald Whelpling, Nether Faerie Dragon, Giant Bone Spider, Unborn Valkyr, Tranquil Mechanical Yeti, and Lil Bling already at level 25 to do it. I don’t have the Emerald Whelpling (and am not likely to just buy it off the AH), and I refuse to use spiders. I have the rest of the pets, but most of them aren’t anywhere close to level 25, so I guess I’d better start working on them…

Wednesday: More minions! cried Kalaneia I. Must. Have. MOAR MINIONZ! She burninated her way through Frostfire Ridge and rounded up all the followers found there. Did the Frostwolves and the Thunderlords have this kind of near-genocidal enmity before the Iron Horde, or before the Iron Wolf? (Speaking of the Iron Wolf, what an amazing set-piece the interior of Grom’gar is! It’s kind of sad that it only gets used for that one encounter, as epic as that encounter is. I wonder if any RP guilds use it as a meeting hall?) It seems to me that after having some of the clan captured and carried off to the Dark Portal, and the continual slaver raids by the ogres, and the war with the Thunderlords, the Frostwolf clan ought to be in tatters — barely holding themselves together physically and even more just barely holding themselves together psychologically. But then, I suppose that being more robust all around is one of the things that makes an Orc not a Human.

Thursday: I cleared out Kamalia’s lingering non-!, non-Legendary quests — two first-run Dungeon quests from the Inn that I didn’t complete before the hotfix that made it so you didn’t have to do all the Dungeon quests to get the level 3 Inn went through, taking the Mystery Notebook to Estelle Gendry in Undercity, fishing up some lunkers for Nat Pagle. Kam still has things to do — digging up the rest of the Draenor Archaeology relics, recruiting Harrison Jones, collecting more music rolls for her jukebox, the Field Photographer world tour — but it’s a relief to finally have taken care of those loose ends from her quest log.

Friday: Kaylynda (Human Fire Mage) declared that she was tired of twiddling her thumbs in her podunk Level 1 Garrison and that it was her turn for some playtime. Playstyle-wise, she had just about as little trouble and just about as much fun burninating through Shadowmoon Valley as Kalaneia’d had in Frostfire Ridge — so I guess it must indeed be the Arcane spec that’s Kaelinda’s problem. Story-wise, I’d heard that the Shadowmoon story was more powerful, more moving than the Frostfire story, and… wow, yeah, they were right. Yrel initally struck me as a bit, er, fluffheaded, but she began to mature rapidly over the course of the zone. I like her. I look forward to seeing how she continues to develop over the rest of the Alliance storyline. Alliance characters can get Dagg out of Frostfire for their Garrisons… I wish Horde characters could get Rulkan out of Shadowmoon for their Garrisons. Anyhow, now Kaylynda can twiddle her thumbs in the greater comfort of a Level 2 Garrison.

All in all, quite a successful week!

This week being Spring Break, I decided it was time to buckle down and get the remainder of my One of Each Class set of characters into their Garrisons. On Saturday, I powered through Tanaan with the Hunter and the Warrior. Although I am so, so tired of Tanaan, I determined to grit my teeth and just get it over and done with the Rogue, the Warlock, and the Blood Elf Mage. I wished that there were some way to just skip the Tanaan intro sequence.

In a post that couldn’t have been more conveniently timed, Anne Stickney just shared her discovery of a hidden backdoor access to Draenor. It’s not exactly a “shortcut”, but it definitely doesn’t require running circles around the Dark Portal!

Personally, I think this must be how Kairoz got Garrosh to Draenor.

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