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It was awfully nice of the devs to just give us the 200 badges we’d need to buy the Bronze-Tinted Sunglasses.

Flames of Memory

Bronze-Tinted Sunglasses, Spaulders of Manifold Eyes (H), Bloodfist Breastplate & Greaves, Abandoned Zandalari Bucklebreaker (LFR), Legplates of Absolute Control (H), Vice Grips, Darkhide Blade
The Underpowered Death Knight was the one to physically acquire the Bronze-Tinted Sunglasses; as my primary banker, she loves to collect decorative hats.
This shaded, two-toned blade is one of my favorite sword models from Mists. I picked the sword first, and the rest of the kit followed from there.

Antique Glory

Bronze-Tinted Sunglasses, Warmongering Gladiator’s Mantle of Cruelty, Cindercloth Vest, Galaxyfire Girdle, Night Dreamer Leggings, Gossamer Gloves + Illidari Bindings, Elegant Boots, Scarlet Filigreed Shirt, Lorewalkers Tabard, Rod of the Blazing Light
The bronze shades seemed like they’d be a good accessory for a Lorewalkers kit.

Chronoflexive

Bronze-Tinted Sunglasses, Gargantuan Mantle, Supple Vest & Leggings (3-670), Thatch Eave Vines, Runesworn Grips, Ballast-Laden Footpads, Honed Fang of the Mystics
Who better than Kelisanna “The Fabulous” to model a leather kit to wear with these fabulous shades?
Though she’s not opposed to wearing an entire brightly-colored outfit, when there’s a specific brightly-colored item that she wants to be the focus of the outfit, she prefers to keep the rest of the ensemble darker and more subtly embellished.

Golden Scales

Bronze-Tinted Sunglasses, Golden Scale Shoulders Cuirass & Leggings, Ornate Girdle, Triumphant Gauntlets & Sabatons, Stylish Blue Shirt, Spirit-Clad Mace, Crusader’s Shield
It somehow felt appropriate to use this combination of Classic crafted gear and greens with the 13th Anniversary bronze shades.

I was only going to do one outfit for each armor type for this post, but then the rest of “The Originals” of my team — the other three of the four Tauren sisters of the four classes available to Tauren in Classic, and my Undead Mage* — suggested that if anyone should be looking at Azeroth through bronze-tinted lenses, it should be them.

Legend-Seeker

Bronze-Tinted Sunglasses, Ordon Legend-Keeper Spaulders & Vest, Crafted Dreadful Gladiator’s Links of Accuracy, Groundshort Leggings, Rancorbite Grips, Crafted Dreadful Gladiator’s Sabatons of Alacrity, Bronze Blaster
The yellows in the Ordon-Legend Keeper items match the shades quite nicely. The coordination between the gloves and the chestpiece was a pleasant surprise as I was trying out different gloves.

Enchanted Thorium Artifacts

Bronze-Tinted Sunglasses, Paudrons of Abyssal Fury, Enchanted Thorium Breastplate, Brawlgoth’s Choker, Inkling’s Leggings, Gauntlets of the Shining Light, Grim Sabatons, Burnished Quel’ Serrar, Flamescarred Draconian Deflector
Because the 13th Anniversary event made these gloves available again, and I got them, naturally I wanted to use the set they go with. And of course it had to be a Prot set, because if one was a Warrior in Classic, one was a tank.

Chieftain’s Pride

Bronze-Tinted Sunglasses, Chieftain’s Shoulders & Gloves, Pridelord Armor, Supreme Sash, Warchief Kilt*, Shadow Wing Focus Staff
For a Druid, these Classic armor items were the obvious choice to complement the 13th Anniversary shades.

Nostalgia-Tinted

Bronze-Tinted Sunglasses, Durable Shoulders, Sacrificial Robes*, Gossamer Belt & Gloves, Watched Watcher’s Slippers, Nimboya’s Mystical Staff*
Kivrinne was originally created as a Warlock and played at least through Silverpine Forest and probably some of Hillsbrad Foothills. I later rerolled her as a Mage. Though Kaelinda was the first Mage I created, Kivrinne’s initial creation as a Warlock does pre-date the creation of Kaelinda.
These robes were originally obtained as a rare drop from the boss mob in the Tower of Ilgalar in Redridge Mountains. Since Cataclysm, Horde characters have been able to get them as the Ale-Soaked Robes from the most entertaining quest chain in Silverpine Forest.

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Now I’ve really got to get my Paladin leveled up to 110 and work my way through the Deaths of Chromie scenario to get the bronze version of the Hour of Twilight dragon shoulders to wear with the Bronze-Tinted Sunglasses. She’s already halfway through Revered with the Keepers of Time, so maybe I should push her all the way to Exalted with them, so she can wear the Keepers of Time tabard, too, and have the full set of Bronze Dragonflight accessories…

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WoW Classic won’t be going live anytime soon. Nevertheless, this Anniversary event of fighting Classic world bosses that disappeared in the Shattering to get items from their original loot tables that have been updated only in ilevel and stat distribution has me thinking about rolling an alt or few on a Classic server — as I’m sure it was intended to do.

I miss certain landscapes and questscapes of Azeroth before the Shattering. Thousand Needles, the Barrens, Stonetalon and Ashenvale, Hillsbrad Foothills, Darkshore, Azshara, Orgrimmar… There are many quests in the Cataclysm 1-60 leveling experience that only really completely make sense if you’re familiar with the quests from Classic that they updated or replaced.

Dungeons like Wailing Caverns, Sunken Temple, and Scholomance will be back to their old crazy mazes. Shortly before the beginning of Cataclysm, I’d finally solo-navigated some of those dungeons enough times while Mog-farming that I felt like I understood their layouts. I don’t think I remember the old layouts very well anymore, though.

But I won’t be able to just hop into the new-old world of a Classic server and tourist around with an overleveled, overgeared, overpowered character. I’ll have to level a new character, from scratch… and there are all those group quests and outdoor micro-dungeon areas. Who will I do those with?

At least this very very early page of notes from my WoW notebook will become relevant again…

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

51) Antique Glory

Bronze-Tinted Sunglasses, Warmongering Gladiator’s Mantle of Cruelty, Cindercloth Vest, Galaxyfire Girdle, Night Dreamer Leggings, Gossamer Gloves + Illidari Bindings, Elegant Boots, Scarlet Filigreed Shirt, Lorewalkers Tabard, Rod of the Blazing Light
The bronze shades seemed like they’d be a good accessory for a Lorewalkers kit.

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

41) Flames of Memory

Bronze-Tinted Sunglasses, Spaulders of Manifold Eyes (H), Bloodfist Breastplate & Greaves, Abandoned Zandalari Bucklebreaker (LFR), Legplates of Absolute Control (H), Vice Grips, Darkhide Blade
The Underpowered Death Knight was the one to physically acquire the Bronze-Tinted Sunglasses; as my primary banker, she loves to collect decorative hats.
This shaded, two-toned blade is one of my favorite sword models from Mists. I picked the sword first, and the rest of the kit followed from there.


Kerisa leveled to 80 with BTH’s only male Tauren character, a Warrior named Watha*. I imagined them as a betrothed couple. They were wed at the end of the Northrend campaign, after the defeat of the Lich King and shortly before the beginning of the Cataclysm. Their daughter was born a little bit over a year later, in the Grove of Aessina on the slopes of Mount Hyjal .


This dress is based on a Lakota/Cherokee woman’s dress from around 1825, and the baby carrier is based on one made by the Dakota around 1840.

Perhaps because her mother spent so much time in Moonkin form while she was in utero**, Kerisa’s daughter has displayed a remarkable affinity for Moonkin form herself. She began attempting the transformation almost as soon as she could walk. Kerisa was shocked, then astonished, then delighted the first time she saw her daughter toddling around with feathered arms.


For the background, imagine the interior of a Pandaren inn, with Watha sitting on the side of one of those oval Pandaren couch-beds

The child had mastered the shapeshift by the time she was four***. When Kerisa arrived at the Dreamgrove, she was profoundly relieved to discover that other Druids’ children are similarly affected — and her daughter hooted with glee when she was introduced to the Moonkin School.


One afternoon, Kerisa’s daughter came home from Moonkin School with a parchment from Taronn Redfeather announcing that the next week, he would be taking the children on a field trip to the Moonkin Festival in Moonglade. Interested parents were also invited to attend.

Kerisa was surprised. In her years of studying moonkin, she’d learned that every four years or so, the moonkin tribes of Kalimdor gathered in Moonglade for an event that seemed somewhat similar to the Orcs of Draenor’s Kosh’harg. As a courtesy to the moonkin, the leaders of Nighthaven always closed Moonglade to all others for the two or three days of the event. Even Druids who took Moonkin form as their preferred shapeshift weren’t allowed. What had changed?

“The Legion”, said Taronn simply, when she inquired. Then he elaborated. “As this is now the third time the Legion has encroached upon this world in force, the moonkin tribes have concluded that they need to encourage friendly relations between their hatchlings and other peoples. They want the other peoples of Azeroth to see their people — not just Druids who emulate their form and powers — as helpful allies. Therefore, they are opening one day only of the gathering to the other races. From what I understood, this part of the gathering, this cultural exchange event for the hatchlings, will be held annually from now on — though the rest of the festivities will continue to be held only every fourth year.”

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It’s obvious why I need a Highmountain Tauren, right?


image from Wowhead

The only question is, “What Class?” It seemed sensible to assume that they’ll have the four classes that Tauren had available in Classic WoW — Warrior, Hunter, Shaman, Druid — which they will, plus Monk. A bit odd that they don’t have Priests or Paladins, though, considering that they obviously worship An’she more strongly than the Kalimdor Tauren do — but eh, whatever. I’m initially leaning toward Hunter or Shaman, but if it comes out in the beta that the Druids have unique shapeshift forms, I might want a Druid instead.

I wasn’t sure that I really needed alts of any of the other five Allied Races.

Earlier this week, though, Wowhead linked to an article from BlizzPlanet about updates to Stormwind & Orgrimmar in the Battle for Azeroth demo at Blizzcon. It was mildly spoilery, of course, and dealt with the introduction of the recruitment of the Allied Races. From what I read in the article, it seems like the Void Elves are probably the closest Blizz will ever get to letting us play Alliance High Elves… so, I’m going to need to roll one.


image from Wowhead

Hopefully, Void Elves will have at least one skin tone option that is pinkish instead of bluish or purplish or grayish, so that I can make my Void Elf Mage look as much like a normal High Elf as possible. Even though I didn’t use those options, I certainly appreciate that there are the options to make a Demon Hunter look almost completely normal, with no horns and no tattoos.

I quickly had the thought that maybe the Void Elf could become Kaelinda’s Alliance doppelganger, Kaylynda, and my Human Mage could go back to being ash-blonde, freckled Kinevra… It’s way too early to commit to making that change, though.

Late in 2010, when we were finishing up our first stay in Dalaran and anticipating the coming Cataclysm, I assembled “The Essential Dalaran Wardrobe”, a survey of the clothing worn by Dalaran-affiliated magic-users in and around Dalaran Crater and the satellite community of Ambermill, in Silverpine.

With Dalaran once again the hub city in Legion, I thought it appropriate to revisit the Dalarani and give their robes a proper Transmogrification treatment.

The Dalarani

Dalaran Wizard: Lesser Wizard’s Robe
These NPCs became Ambermill Witchaloks post-Cataclysm


Darkmist Wizard Hat, Elder Wizard’s Mantle, Lesser Wizard’s Robe, Serenity Belt, Exiled Dabbler’s Gloves, Mountainsage Sandals, Shadowvine Cloak of Infusion, Kirin Tor Tabard, Staff of Dominance
Other than the fancy staff, this is the basic wizard-on-the-street-corner look. The NPC shoulders are not available to players; the closest matches for players are the Elder Wizard’s Mantle I am wearing here or the Elder’s Mantle. Some of the NPCs are also wearing Heavy Linen Gloves.

Dalaran Mage: Darkmoon Robe
These NPCs became Ambermill Magisters post-Cataclysm


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.

Dalaran Apprentice: Chromatic Robe/Manaweave Robe
These NPCs are absent post-Cataclysm


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?).

Dalaran Watcher: Robes of Antiquity
These NPCs became Ambermill Watchers post-Cataclysm


Robes of Antiquity, High Councillor’s Sash, Zaetar’s Gloves, Replica Magister’s Boots, Helcular’s Other Rod, Kirin Tor Tabard
I tried some shoulders with this kit — I particularly liked the look of the Stiffened Corpse Shoulderpads — but in the end decided to leave them off.

Dalaran Summoner: Robe of the Magi
These NPCs are still present as Dalaran Summoners post-Cataclysm and can also be seen as a “Dalaran Citizen” in Legion Dalaran


Cyno’s Mantle of Sin, Robe of the Magi, Telubis’ Binding of Patience, Exiled Dabbler’s Gloves, Slippers of Serenity, Ice Cream Churner, Kirin Tor Tabard
I don’t think the NPC outfit is particularly attractive, so I wanted to make a kit with this robe that I wouldn’t be embarrassed to be seen wearing.

Dalaran Theurgist: Black Mageweave Robe
These NPCs are absent from the Dalaran crater area post-Cataclysm, but can be seen as a “Dalaran Citizen” in Legion Dalaran


Hallowed Pauldrons, Black Mageweave Robe, Wizard’s Belt, Exiled Dabbler’s Gloves, Hu’rala’s Slippers, Tabard of the Kirin Tor, Chelley’s Staff of Dark Mending
The NPC robe resembles the Necrology robe on the top and the Black Mageweave Robe on the bottom. Because the tabard covers much of the top of the robe, the Black Mageweave Robe is the best choice to endeavor to match these NPCs.
If I am remembering correctly, these NPCs not only carried a Priest-like staff, they also had Priest-like abilities.

Dalaran Spellscribe: Robe of the Moccasin
NPC image from Wowpedia; This NPC is absent post-Cataclysm


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 Conjuror: Necrology Robes
These NPCs are absent post-Cataclysm


Amice of the Convoker, Necrology Robes, Wizard’s Belt, Exiled Dabbler’s Gloves, Hu’rala’s Slippers, Battle Mage’s Baton, Kirin Tor Tabard
This outfit was one of my primary reasons for wanting the Necrology Robes.
For all that the portal to Dreadscar Rift is hidden away in the tunnels leading to the Underbelly, the wizards of Dalaran aren’t all as opposed to dark magics as they might outwardly claim. Prior to the Shattering, Dalaran Conjurors accompanied by voidwalkers could be found in the area near Ambermill and Dalaran Crater.

Dalaran Nurse

Replica Devout Mantle, Noble’s Robe, Exiled Dabbler’s Gloves, Communal Stave
This robe, now a drop from the Stockades, was once a reward from a low-level Blood Elf Priest class quest. The “Dalaran Nurse’s Gown” sold by Angelique Butler looks like this robe, but it is not Transmogrifiable.

Other Kirin Tor Outfits
Although these kits don’t specifically attempt to mimic the look of any Dalaran-associated NPCs, they do make use of the Kirin Tor tabards.

Kirin Tor of Dalaran

Theramore Arcanist’s Hat*, Mantle of Nimble Thought, Buccaneer’s Vest, Oracle Belt of Timeless Mystery, Khadgar’s Kilt of Abjuration, Soulcloth Gloves, Ringo’s Blizzard Boots, Drape of the Lithe, Cold Convergence, Kirin Tor Offensive Tabard
The more exact match between Dalaran’s banners and the Kirin Tor Offensive tabard, and the idea of making a purple and white Kirin Tor outfit, was my primary motivation for doing Isle of Thunder with Kaylynda.
I borrowed the idea of wearing these crafted white and purple shoulders from the Kirin Tor Quartermaster in Wrath-Dalaran.
The tabard and the staff make this an Alliance-only kit.

Magistrix of the Kirin Tor

Arcanist Crown, Elder Wizard’s Mantle, Sketh’lon Survivor’s Tunic, Magister’s Belt, Soothsayer’s Kilt, Jumanza Grips, Marshfang Boots, Lavender Mageweave Shirt, Ward of the Violet Citadel, Tabard of the Kirin Tor
It was hard to get a good clear shot of the off-hand because of how badly it clips into the skirt in the idle standing pose.

Kirin Tor Outfits for the Other Armor Types

Dalaran Courier

Headhunter’s shoulders & belt, Darkmoon Vest, Cinderweb Leggings (H), Expedition Gloves, Bonechewer Shredboots, Rich Purple Silk Shirt, Tabard of the Kirin Tor, Rolfsen’s Ripper
Some messages should not be transmitted magically and must still be carried by hand from the sender to the recipient.

Kirin Tor Element-Bender

Glimmering Mail Pauldrons, Skettis chestpiece belt & leggings, Battlecaller Gauntlets, Sparkleshell Sabatons, Cloak of Seething Hatred, Kirin Tor Tabard, Cudgel of Furious Justice, Protective Barricade of the Light
When Kamalia answered Khadgar’s summons to attend him at Dalaran-above-Karazhan, she wished to express her previous affiliation with and allegiance to the Kirin Tor.

Guardian of the Violet Tower


Jade Tiger Shoulders/Burden of Mortality (H), Glowing Breastplate of Truth, Uktar’s Belt of Chiming Rings/Girdle of Truth, Eldritch Reinforced Legplates, Sunsoul Gauntlets, Treads of the Penitent Man (H), Drape of the Violet Tower, Tabard of the Kirin Tor, Bloodmaw Magus-Blade, Protective Barricade of the Light
I like the way this belt interacts with the tabard; the Girdle of Truth looks nice if you’d rather see the whole tabard.
With Uktar’s Belt, the Heroic Burden of Mortality was a little too much for the overall ensemble. With the Girdle of Truth, however, it looks quite nice.
The Sunsoul Gauntlets are the only Paladin-specific item in this kit. The Shattered Hand Gauntlets are a decent alternative for other plate-wearing classes.

With the next expansion announced, the clock is ticking on Legion. Time to stop frittering away my limited playtime on World Quests and rep gathering — I can come back and do that stuff later — and focus on getting alts leveled and through their Order Hall campaigns. I need to do that stuff while Legion is still current because of all the required dungeon runs… At the moment, the Demon Hunter needs to kill 15 dungeon bosses to finish what I think is probably the penultimate step of her 7.0 Order Hall campaign, and my Paladin has one dungeon quest and my Druid has four dungeon quests for Chapter 3 of their respective Order Hall campaigns. Queue times even for DPS have been about 30 – 45 minutes lately, so I think I can probably spare that much time a few nights a week to log on with an alt, hop in the LFD queue, and then go do some questing while I wait for the dungeon to pop.

Despite being significantly less excited about Battle for Azeroth than I have been about previous WoW expansions, I still can’t help thinking about what I might want to do when it launches.

BTH has been playing the heck out of Stellaris for the past few months, but lately, he’s been making noises about maybe re-subbing to WoW. I’ll believe it when it actually happens. If BTH does decide to play WoW again for awhile, then I’ll most likely play Battle for Azeroth on launch day (or the day after), and level Kamalia first.

If BTH decides not to play WoW again, then I don’t think I’ll play Battle for Azeroth on launch day unless I’ve managed to complete my level 110 Legion goals — finish Suramar with the Blood Elf Mage, do Broken Shore up through getting the additional Champion with everyone, do Argus with at least one character, do the Xe’ra questline with the Demon Hunter, do the Deaths of Chromie with the Paladin. If I haven’t completed my Legion goals by the time Battle for Azeroth launches, then I might not play the new expansion until I’ve finished the stuff I want to do in the current one.
I will also most likely play Kaylynda first, because I’m a lot more interested in finding out what’s going on with Jaina than going to schmooze with the Zandalari Trolls.
I’ll want to level Kamalia eventually, though, so that I can then roll and level a Highmountain Tauren.
I will probably dither about whether I want/need Mages of the other five Allied Races from now until I’ve unlocked them…

Will I want to level all my alts of all the other classes, though? Depends on how excited I get about the new armor & Mogging options as those details come out of the beta.