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There are Highmountain Tauren in Thunder Bluff!

I’d heard that the thing in the place was visible from as far away as Thunder Bluff, so I went there with Kamalia to see if she could see it without having done any Antorus LFR.

The answer to that question was “no”; I could not discern any such ominous object on the horizon. As I was hovering near the central totem tower making sure that I really couldn’t see anything unusual in the distance, I spotted something much more interesting nearby.

Looking around the city, I found a couple more!

Then, of course, I had to investigate further. Would there be Nightborne in Silvermoon? Void Elves in Stormwind? Lightforged Draenei in the Exodar?

I looked around Silvermoon with Kaelinda — no tall, arrogant blue elves with upturned long ears. I looked around Stormwind with Kaylynda — no short, pouty blue elves with funny glowing hair. I looked around the Exodar with Kaprikka — no strange gray Draenei with golden markings.

I didn’t see any Void Elves or Lightforged Draenei around the Stormwind Embassy when I visited it with Kaylynda, but when I visited the Orgrimmar Embassy with Kamalia, I saw several Highmountain Tauren there, as well as a few in the Valley of Wisdom. I didn’t see any Nightborne around the Orgrimmar Embassy, however.

The Underpowered Death Knight can also see the Highmountain Tauren in Thunder Bluff and in Orgrimmar. So can level 60 Mama Kawneiha. So can a level 1 character on that realm.

But my level 33 Goblin Mage, who logged on to check out how the construction of the Embassy had affected the Bilgewater Cartel NPCs in the area, didn’t see any Highmountain Tauren.

From these data, my current hypothesis is that to see Allied Race NPCs around the Embassy and in the ethnically related capital city, one must have a) completed the requirements to unlock that Allied Race and b) a level 110 character on either that realm or its connected realm.

If this hypothesis is correct, then I should start seeing Nightborne at the Orgrimmar Embassy on Kamalia’s realm when Kaelinda finishes the Suramar Insurrection storyline. I should start seeing the Horde Allied Races on my Mage realm once Kaylynda reaches level 110. And I should start seeing the Alliance Allied Races on my Mage realm after a) I go do Argus with somebody, anybody, and b) Kaylynda reaches level 110.

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Stuff I’d like to accomplish in Azeroth (and associated worlds) during the next year. Getting this stuff done before the launch of Battle for Azeroth would be nice, too.

* Level Hunter, Druid, Warrior, Death Knight, Paladin, Priest, Monk, Rogue, and Warlock to 110

* Complete 7.0 Order Hall Campaigns for Hunter, Druid, Warrior, Death Knight, Paladin, Priest, Monk, Rogue, and Warlock

* Do enough of Broken Shore with each character to obtain their 9th Champion

* Complete the Good Suramaritan and Suramar Insurrection storylines with Kaelinda

* Do the Xe’ra’s Revisionist History Of Illidan questline with Kiralaira

* Go to Argus with Kiralaira

* Do the Deaths of Chromie scenario with Karaelia to earn the bronze version of the plate dragon head shoulders

* LFR Emerald Nightmare with Kerisa

* Get the Feather of the Moonspirit (owlcat) appearance for the Fangs of Ashamane

* Do the Blacksmithing questchain with Keija at least until she can craft the Demonsteel set

* Work on other Profession questchains as time & interest allow

* Continue Paragoning Highmountain with Kamalia and Suramar with Kaelinda until moose and flying carpet mounts have been obtained

* Kerisa needs to be Exalted with Dreamweavers. Keija needs to be Exalted with Valarjar. Karaelia & Kaohana want to be Exalted with Valarjar because Valarjar tabard is pretty and has colors suitable for “I wanna be SHINY!” Mogs. All Tauren will want to be Exalted with Highmountain.

* Level Kaylynda to 110 so I can create Void Elf and Nightborne Mages on my Mage realm

* Level mini-Kam to 110 so I can create Highmountain Tauren on my Secondary Tauren realm

* Pre-order Battle for Azeroth so that if Allied Races are made available to pre-orders in 8.0 (the way Demon Hunters were made available to Legion pre-orders in 7.0), I can start leveling my Void Elf and my first Highmountain Tauren right away.

This To-Do List brought to you by Z & Cinder’s Blog Challenge #30.

Lord of Icecrown and Princess of the Mists over at WoWable are starting up a series of Transmogrification & creative writing challenges that sound like they’ll be a lot of fun. I hope they will become wildly successful!

Their first challenge is:

If your character lived/worked on the Darkmoon Faire, what would be his/her occupation?

I’ve done a set of outfits featuring the Cloak of the Darkmoon Faire before, and any of them would fit this theme quite nicely. It would be both lazy and cheating to re-use my previous work, though, so let’s see what new ideas I can think up…

Out of all my characters, the ones who have the least sense of allegiance to their native racial faction are Kivrinne and Kermione.

If Kivrinne ran away to join the Faire, she’d be an Assistant Darkmoon Mixologist.

Fel-Proof Goggles, Pads of the Venom Spider, Spellbinder Vest, Nesingwary’s Sash, Fel-Infused Leggings, Cobalt-Threaded Gloves + Green Linen Bracers, Apprentice Boots, Tuxedo Shirt, Cloak of the Darkmoon Faire, Pot Stirrer, Flask of Forest Mojo*
She wouldn’t be the alchemical genius who invented the Inky Black Potion, of course, but she might make a batch now and then to help keep up with the demand. She might be the person who actually makes the draughts and tinctures sold by Faldar Willowshade, or perhaps the person who makes the flasks used by the Fire Eaters. She’d be one of the people who Chronos gives all those Darkblossoms to after herbalist visitors to the Faire collect them for him.
The only Florentine flask off-hand still available is the Tears of Heaven.

If Kermione ran away to join the Faire, she’d be a Wanderluster Mechanic. She’d be on the crew of Faire workers who keep all the mounts, obstacles, power-ups, and toll gates for the Darkmoon Races tuned up and functioning properly.

If she were high-level and had her Engineering skill leveled up too, she’d wear this outfit:

Electromagnetic Gigaflux Reactivator, Lunarglow Shoulderpads, Mechbuilder’s Overalls, Grievous Gladiator’s Cord of Cruelty, Phoenix Gloves, Gnomish Inventor Boots, Green Holiday Shirt, Cloak of the Darkmoon Faire, Ogre Pocket Knife, Spring Gadget
The shirt brings in that Faire green-and-purple, which the outfit is otherwise lacking, as it focuses more on the “engineer” theme.
I picked this Warlords shoulder armor because it made me think of a shop towel that she keeps with her to wipe off excessively greasy fingers, tools, and parts. This shoulder model clips rather badly into the bust of female characters of most races, but Goblins wear their shoulderpads far enough out that they don’t have that problem.

Working with her actual level and my current Wardrobe inventory, this is what I came up with:

Vital Headband, Willow Vest & Belt, Treetop Leggings*/Councillor’s Pants, Phoenix Gloves, Slippers of Unturned Loyalties, Cloak of the Darkmoon Faire, Noxious Shooter, Rod of Molten Fire
This outfit is largely an effort to mimic the clothing of the Darkmoon Carnies, with the cloak in lieu of the tabard worn by the NPCs.

I feel like these kits are a little on the bland side, so I’m looking forward to seeing what others put together for this prompt!

For many years, I kept my Horde Minor Mages and my Alliance Minor Mages segregated onto two different realms. Over the past year or so since Legion raised the character limit per realm to twelve (to accommodate a One-of-each-Class roster, which I have on Kamalia’s realm), I’ve occasionally contemplated moving them all onto the same realm.
Earlier this week, I finally did it.

Amazingly, I didn’t even have to change any of my names!

The key factor in my decision to spend the real money for the character transfers was the knowledge that while the unlock for a particular Allied Race will be account-wide and apparently not faction-restricted*, creating an Allied Race alt will require a level 110 character on the desired realm. Whether or not I end up creating alts of the Lightforged Draenei, Zandalari Trolls, Dark Iron Dwarves, or any future Allied Races, I will definitely be creating new Mages of the Void Elves and Nightborne**. I looked at my Horde Minor Mages and realized that I didn’t want to have to level a third additional character*** to 110 just to be able to create my Nightborne Mage on that realm — that would be yet another distraction from getting the Twelve Classes leveled and through their Order Hall Campaigns and various other Legion end-game goals. It would be so much easier, I thought, to put all the Minor Mages on Kaylynda’s realm — leveling Kaylynda to 110 would then allow me to create both my Void Elf and my Nightborne on that realm. Of course, that would then be thirteen characters on that realm — but Battle for Azeroth will also be giving us six new character slots per realm (to accommodate all the really serious altoholics who will want to put alts of each of the Allied Races on their already full realms), so no problem.

So now I have my characters on four realms: Kamalia’s realm with the One-of-each-Class collection, Kaylynda’s realm with all the Minor Mages, the Underpowered Death Knight’s realm with my minor Tauren characters, and a non-Mage Alliance characters realm that just has my Dwarf Paladin and Shaman on it. Nice and tidy!

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* So I can go do Argus with my Blood Elf Demon Hunter and still unlock the Void Elves — yay!

** Although I’m not particularly wildly enamored of the Nightborne in and of themselves, I need to have the Elf Family Reunion 😛

*** The two “extra” characters I’m already working on leveling to 110 are Kaylynda, to be able to create a Void Elf on her realm, and mini-Kam, to be able to create Highmountain Tauren characters (and a Zandalari Troll Elemental Shaman) on her realm

Outfits to wear with the Safari Hat.

Desire to look ruggedly attractive: required.
Actually being a dedicated Pet Battling alt: recommended, but not required.

Safari Khakis

Han Ibal’s Epaulettes, Journeyman’s Vest, Arcane Sash, Durable Pants, Riding Gloves* + Marsh Bracers, Walking Boots*, Captain Sanders’ Shirt, Vile Branch
Because it vaguely reminds me of the long khaki vest with many pockets, I’ve had the idea to use this extra-long tunic in a cloth Safari Hat kit for a long time.

Bushwhacker

Shredder-Salvage Spaulders, Shattered Hand Breastplate, Salt-Scorched Girdle, Stonebound Legplates, Riveted Gauntlets*, Grom’gar Plate Stompers, Captain Sanders’ Shirt, Lobstrock Slicer, Portable Lap Desk
This kit may not have been so matchy-matchy to begin with, but after weeks of tromping through dust and mud, everything looks about the same color: dirty.

Crocolisk Hunter


Boulder Pads, Overgrowth Cutter Vest, Batskin Belt, Ranger Pants, Guardian Gloves, Marius’ Soles of Slaying, Deckhand’s Shirt, Beasthunter Dagger*
Between the chestpiece from Draenor and the boots from the Broken Isles, this isn’t a kit that a low-level Pet Battling alt could wear. It’s quite nice for a high-level alt who is finishing out their leveling using Pet Battles, though.
Fortunately, the place where Kelisanna had left off in the Sholazar Basin questline when she was leveling from 70 to 80 was right at the breadcrumb to start the chain leading to the croc-surfing quest.

Safari Expedition

Cloth: Elementalist or Archmage sets; Leather: Expedition or Dragonhawk sets; Mail: Talhide or Netherstorm sets; Rustic Workman’s Shirt
For a dedicated Pet Battling character looking for something to coordinate with the Safari Hat, this style of gear is just about “one size fits all” — it’s available in every armor type except plate. Your character will have to be at least moderately leveled to wear this kit, however, as these sets are Outland drops. Furthermore, each of these sets has an odd piece or two that doesn’t match all the rest, so a complete set will probably have to be assembled using items from both set names.

Big & Little Game Hunter

Lo’ap’s Muck Diving Pads, Veteran Armor Legguards & Gloves, Marksman’s Girdle, Marauder’s Boots, Deckhand’s Shirt, Hemet’s Elekk Gun
A more complete version of the Veteran Armor is avaliable in plate, from quest rewards that were originally mail, but were converted to plate in Patch 7.0.

The pith helmet motif is also associated with explorers (and archaeologists, and paleontologists); any of these outfits would also work quite nicely with the Tabard of the Explorer.





Happy Hunting!

It’s a new year! Time for some new gear!

Crystal Knight

Brighthelm of Justice, Pauldrons of the Argent Sentinel, Breastplate of Avenging Flame (H), Legguards of the Emerald Brood (H), Flash Freeze Gauntlets (H), Tide-Stomper’s Greaves, Decalcified Elven Spear
Thinking about a wintery white and blue look, I started with the polearm. That suggested crystallinity, and this mixture of Paladin T5, T6, and T11 lookalike items followed from there.
I’m glad that belts can be hidden now, because the waistband of these pants is so pretty that it’s a shame to cover it up with an actual belt — especially the oversized belt style that is used by that particular set!

Warbreaker

Pauldrons of Ambition, Chestguard of Illumination, Royal Qiraji Belt, Starcaller’s Plated Legguards, Ooze-Ridden Gauntlets, Shattered Hand Sabatons, Cerulean Filigreed Doublet
It was about time that I made an kit for my Warrior that used her Arms Artifact weapon, Strom’kar, un-Transmogrified. With that sword’s history and reputation, it needed to use these shoulders, of course.

Ebon Pulverizer

Titan-Forged Plate Helm of Triumph, Doomplate Shoulderguards, Palewind Chestpiece, Belt of Unwanted Aid*, Firestorm Legplates, Eastwall Gauntlets, Boots of the Decimator, Aledar’s Battlestar
I started designing this kit to go with the polearm Black Ice, but I didn’t really feel like switching to Blood or Unholy spec, so I decided to find some 1H weapons to use with the armor that I’d assembled. On a whim, I looked at maces instead of swords or axes, and discovered that this mace, which looks absolutely enormous when wielded by Humans, looks rather more reasonably scaled for a Tauren.

Nighthawk

Shoulderpads of the Forgotten Gate (H), Darkmoon Vest, Pennyroyal Belt, Warpscale Leggings, Cindersilk Gloves (H), Phoenix-Down Treads (H), Black Ice
I wanted to make an outfit with this polearm. Once I’d chosen the Pennyroyal Belt because of its purple buckle medallion, these pants that brought in more of the teal were a great way to make this outfit more colorful and interesting than it would have been if I’d just made it all dark purple.

The White Stag II

Ghostwalker set with Moonrage Girdle and Ravenbear Disguise
The Ravenbear Disguise grants the white leaf shoulders coveted by every Druid since their first meeting with Morthis Whisperwing in Zangarmarsh.
Without the Ravenbear Disguise, this kit could also be used with the Ghostwalker shoulders and Crown of the Forest Lord.
The Moonrage Girdle fits so perfectly with this fur-trimmed white leather gear that it almost seems like it was made to go with it.

Fir-cone

Darkbrand Shoulders, Grizzly Jerkin, Toenail Belt, Breeches of Natural Aggression, Oilrag Handwraps* + Efrem’s Bracers, Boots of the Flowering Earth, Brutality Blade
This outfit, an “everyday” version of Kira’s previous holiday kit, would probably be better suited to a Druid — but with a Demon Hunter, the tattoos in dark green make a nice addition to the overall look.
Hmm… I’m planning to do the tattoos/warpaint in green for my Highmountain Tauren Druid; I might have to revisit this outfit concept with that character sometime in the future…

Claw Axe

Axeclaw set with Living Mountain Shoulderguards, Green Workman’s Shirt, and Eater of the Dead
A new outfit for Mini-Kam to start her off on her journey to 110 so that I can roll my Highmountain Tauren characters on her server.
Given the name of the armor set, I thought that some claw-axes would be fitting weapons.

Huntress of the Moon

Infernal Headcage, Champion’s Pauldrons, Icemail Jerkin, Sentry’s Sash, Silvermoon Leggings, Bonelink Gauntlets, Fleet Refugee’s Boots, Night Elven Bow
If there were a toy item similar to the Orb of the Sin’dorei that allowed anyone to look like a Night Elf, I’d use it with this outfit. Leyara’s Locket and Kalytha’s Haunted Locket won’t fit the bill, alas, because they give you the appearance of a specific Night Elf character, not that of a Night Elf wearing your own gear.

Imbued Silkweave

Imbued Silkweave Epaulets, Imbued Silkweave Robe, Windcrystal Cord, Wild Gladiator’s Gloves of Prowess, Night Dreamer Slippers, Blade of Argus, Lantern of Hope
This chocolate brown with gold trim is my second-favorite color of this robe, after the minty green version dropped by Moroes in Return to Karazhan (which I haven’t acquired yet).

Scarlet Sunreaver Battlemage

Primal Combatant’s Amice Cord & Gloves of Prowess, Cindercloth Vest, Felheart Pants, Sorcerer Slippers, Scarlet Filigreed Doublet, Staff of the Forest Lord, Sunreaver Tabard
These Warlords PvP items coordinate exceptionally well with the Sunreaver tabard.
The dangly tassels on this belt use the same armor rigging as the bottom flap of a tabard, so they make it disappear.
For other cloth-wearing classes, the Phoenix Pants or the Crimson Silk Pantaloons + Saltarello Shoes would be good alternatives.

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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.

sheep-shape

Not too long ago, there was a hotfix that said something about fixing a bug that had prevented some Mages from being able to acquire the Hidden appearance for Aluneth.

I must have been one of those Mages, because on the day that the Explosive Sheep spawned inside the Hall of the Guardian for me, I looked all over the Runewood, at all the spawn points pinned by Wowhead, for the Extremely Volatile Stormheim Sheep and did not find it.

Several weeks passed.

The other day, there was a World Quest I wanted to do in the Runewood, so I thought, what the hey, I’ll look around and see if I can find that darn sheep*. I did find it, and was then annoyed that clicking on it was another of those twitchy catch-the-rabbit/chicken games that I’m so terrible at. Eventually, I managed to get it.

“How should I get to Elwynn?” I thought. “Should I hop back to Dalaran and take the portal to Karazhan?” And then I remembered, “Duh! I’m a HORDE Mage!” and teleported to Stonard**.

I knew that there would be an event at the Tower of Azora, but I didn’t know what to expect. What happened was… rather tragic.

But now I have my Woolamancer’s Charge — and the Hidden appearances for all three of the Mage artifacts.


Expect a “shepherdess” Transmogrification kit sometime in the future — but perhaps not until Brewfest, as it strikes me that the Brewfest Dress and Slippers are the most “Heidi”-like items in the WoW wardrobe… Ah, if only I could use the Dwarf/Gnome/Night Elf/Tauren braided loops hairstyle on a Blood Elf…

* I hadn’t seen the explosive sheep in my order hall again, but I hoped that maybe the one that was supposed to be in Stormheim would still be out there somewhere from the earlier occasion.

** Is portal roulette, prominently featuring Stonard (or Theramore Crater, if you’re Alliance?), still a Thing at the end of a night of organized raiding?