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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.

tag, I’m IT

The Liebsters are going around again, and I got tagged by Zeirah.

Let’s get to it, then.

What makes you smile?
A beautiful sunny morning, in any season of the year. Spring flowers. Birdsong. Silly things that my husband says or does. My supremely cute nieces and nephews.

Where do you see yourself in 50 years?
In fifty years, I will be eighty-five. It would be nice to have a few grandchildren, but first I have to have children… I would also like to have served a mission (or two) with my husband. By eighty-five, though, I very well might be beginning to lose my mind to Alzheimers — my maternal grandmother had been suffering from Alzheimers decay for two or three years prior to her death at age 87 three years ago.

Is there one class in WoW you haven’t been able to really gel with?
After playing all the classes to 90 during Mists, there are things I enjoy about the gameplay of all of them. I was quite pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed playing my Subtlety Rogue and Destro ‘Lock while leveling through Pandaria. The Cataclysm revamp of the Warlock class definitely played a big role in that; I hadn’t really been able to “gel” with my Warlock before that. Currently, the class I seem to be struggling with the most is Mage… since the 6.0 changes, I’m not really “click”ing with any of the Mage specs.

What is your biggest problem/challenge when it comes to blogging?
I have never been good about seeking out new bloggers — I generally find new blogs to read when bloggers I already read link to them. I am also really terrible about commenting, especially lately.

What is your dream career?
I am living my dream career right now, teaching chemistry full-time at a small, two-year college where all I have to do is teach and I don’t have to try to do research unless I really really want to. Unfortunately, this small, rural town is not so great for my husband’s career, so I doubt that we will actually stay here for the remainder of my career.

What is the one thing in WoW you love doing the most?
Just one thing? Either leveling alts or Transmogrification, though I haven’t done a lot of either lately. I have this long list of not-so-new-anymore Transmogrification kits that I need to take screenshots of and then get posted…

What is your favourite book?
If I could have only one book for the entire rest of my life, I’d take a Book of Mormon.
Or, if I could get away with it, the quadruple combination of the Bible, Book of Mormon, Doctrine & Covenants, and Pearl of Great Price in a single binding.
As far as secular books go, well, there are way too many books that I adore for me to choose just one favorite. Do I choose the authors that I discovered just recently and have been devouring, or the favorites of my teens and twenties that I return to and reread every five years or so, or the books that I loved during my childhood (even though I haven’t reread them for ten years or more)? I have favorite textbooks, too…

If you could choose the next playable race, what would it be?
High Elves for the Alliance.
I suppose that if that happened, it would most likely be paired with Ogres for the Horde, though I personally am not all that interested in/excited about playing an Ogre unless Blizz manages to make the Ogre women as awesome as Four.
Tuskarr. Or Vrykul. Saberon, perhaps, so that we can have “cats ‘n’ dogs” interactions with the Worgen?
Just adding the sub-races to the existing races — Taunka and Yaungol for Tauren, and so forth — would be great.
Centaurs and/or Tol’vir would also be pretty neat, though the “where are my pa-a-ants?!” issue will probably prevent them from ever actually being playable.

What is the most delicious food you have ever eaten?
Godiva Belgian Dark Chocolate ice cream was so so good, for the brief time that it was on the market. I love dark chocolate, and I love ice cream, and a really truly good premium dark chocolate ice cream is the best of both!

Who is your favourite WoW character?
Draka. Aggra. Baine. Jaina. Lor’themar. Dezco — though his arc in Warlords has become even more heartbreaking (a post I need to get around to writing). I haven’t done enough of the Alliance storyline in Draenor yet to know how much I like Yrel — though I was impressed by what I saw of her in the Horde storyline.

What do you think the next expansion should be about?
I don’t have any great ideas about what the overall theme of the next expansion should be — but I think it’s high time that we found out what Magatha Grimtotem is going to do with the Doomstone. Figuring that out — and stymying her plans — could be the focus for a whole zone storyline plot! Or a dungeon, at least, though I think it would be more fun as a zone questline.

Has Fel Fashion been nominated yet? or Anou’s Armoire? or rhuanious? or Dwarven District? or Kallixta’s Notes? or WoW Storylines? No? Then I tag you.

Here are my eleven questions, and my eleven factoids about myself in the form of my answers to my own questions:

1) What is your least favorite color?
chartreuse

2) What music do you like to listen to when you’re in a thinking sort of mood?
wind quintets, Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings soundtracks, FFVI soundtrack

3) Who is your favorite Garrison follower?
Leorajh, because he’s adorable

4) Should Farmer Yoon date Gina Mudclaw (whom he has a crush on) or Tina Mudclaw (who has a crush on him, but can’t decide whether she likes him or Farmer Fung better)?
Gina — choose the smart girl!

5) What is/are your favorite Tier set(s)?
T4 Shaman, T4 Paladin, T15-LFR Warrior, T1 & all of the BC Druid sets

6) Chocolate & peanut butter, or chocolate & mint?
most of the time, chocolate & peanut butter; for many years, I thought that mint ruined perfectly good chocolate, but then a few years ago I found a couple of brands of chocolate (Chocolove & Lindt) that made mint chocolate bars that, somewhat to my surprise, I really liked, and now I occasionally get in a chocolate & mint mood

7) If Arakkoa were made into a playable race, would you rather be the cursed, flightless Arakkoa that we first met in Outland, or the flying “high Arakkoa” that we meet in Draenor?
I think I’d like to be a high Arakkoa and have a special racial flying ability similar to the Worgen racial running ability (although I suppose that would not be so useful in no-player-flying-allowed Draenor). I also think the high Arakkoa would be more fun to dress up!

8) What is your favorite RL holiday, and what special foods must you have to eat for that holiday?
for Christmas, I want homemade truffles and toffee and caramel popcorn balls — but Christmas is not Christmas without peanut butter smoothie, a delicious confection of white coating and rice crispies and crunchy peanut butter

9) Did you make a pie for Pi Day? If so, what kind?
I made Nutmeg Maple Cream Pie for Pi Day this year

10) What utensil do you prefer for eating rice?
I grew up using a spoon to eat rice, so I prefer a spoon. My husband prefers a fork. When I cook rice as the starch for a meal, I set a fork for him and a spoon for me.

11) What new attraction would you love to see at the Darkmoon Faire?
I think the Faire ought to have a Ferris Wheel, but the Carousel already grants a nice XP & rep buff, so what could the Ferris Wheel do that would be complementary? Maybe a luck buff that would increase your chance to get a useful loot drop from dungeons or raids for the next 12 hours? If the Faire did have a Ferris Wheel, then there should be an achievement for taking a picture of yourself right at the top!

I also tag Navimie, Prinnie, Plaid, Tome, Cymre, and Matty, because I’d rather like to see your answers to my questions! But don’t feel obliged to answer my questions if you don’t want to.

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