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Teldrassil was never a good idea.

There, I said it.

I hadn’t completely agreed with Shan’do Stormrage’s assessment that it was necessary to sacrifice Nordrassil — and our immortality — to stop the demon Archimonde, but it had been done. Instead of trying to regain what we had lost by trying to grow a new World Tree, however, we should have been more focused on reclaiming some of the other things we had lost. The forest now known as “Felwood”, for one. The regions of Ashenvale that had become infested with orcs, for another. If we’d cleared out the orcs from Ashenvale when we had the chance, then their so-called allies the undead might not have defiled the Dor’danil Barrow Den and killed my grandfather…

And perhaps if we had not been so determined to “not interfere with the development of less advanced societies*” (utter rubbish, given our interactions with the furbolgs), we might have been the ones to save the tauren from the centaur, denying the orcs one of their most valuable allies. The tauren could have been our allies, instead — not just the ones who’d been invited into the Cenarion Circle, all of them. Hadn’t it been my own grandmother who had argued that the existence (and sophistication) of music created by the tauren tribes demonstrated that they were a more intelligent and advanced society than their centaur, harpy, quilboar, and gnoll enemies?

But I digress. Teldrassil. It was Shan’do Staghelm’s idea. When the Aspects, especially my beloved Ysera, initially refused to give it their blessing, that should have been a clue that it really wasn’t a good idea. After all, hadn’t Shan’do Staghelm already been involved in the creation of a failed World Tree, Andrassil-that-had-become-Vordrassil up in Northrend? Like Andrassil, which had created the leak into the Emerald Dream that allowed the Emerald Nightmare to begin, Teldrassil also was corrupted.

Furthermore, Teldrassil and Darnassus had only even existed for, what, fifteen years? Twenty? Maybe thirty? Even for a young kaldorei like myself, less than a millennium old, born after the War of the Shifting Sands, that was still an absolutely insignificant amount of time. I didn’t understand how any kaldorei could truly think of Teldrassil or Darnassus as “home”, except perhaps the handful of children who had been born there.

Watching Teldrassil burn, I was infuriated by yet another Horde atrocity, and I grieved for the innocent lives that I could not save. But for the tree itself? I found no sorrow in me for the loss of a false home.

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* Yes, that is a sideways reference to Star Trek‘s Prime Directive.

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Remember, this is an RP story! Kerithian’s opinions are not necessarily my opinions!

…Okay, maybe they are. Apologies to my Night Elf friends, but Darnassus and Teldrassil have never particularly captured my imagination. I don’t dislike Darnassus the way I deeply dislike Undercity — it just never “clicked” with me (I am glad to see Undercity gone — definitely no tears there at all!). When it comes to Night Elf zones, I’ve always preferred Ashenvale to Teldrassil.

I played through the War of Thorns first as Horde, then as Alliance. I’m glad I chose to do it with my Rogue on the Horde side; I don’t think any of my other characters (except perhaps the Warlock) could have stomached doing what Sylvanas commanded. My heart ached through the whole thing, as Horde as well as Alliance.

Look, I play Horde because I want to play Tauren and Blood Elves. I don’t play Horde because I like or agree with the role they are too often given in the overarching plotlines of the game. I am tired, so, so very tired, of the Horde always having to be the bad guys. And there are those who might say, oh, but the Alliance sometimes does bad guy things too — but the Horde always has to do more and worse bad guy things. For example, the things the Horde sees the Alliance doing versus the things the Alliance sees the Horde doing in the first part of the Jade Forest storyline, or the Horde killing the Astranaar guards with a swift poison versus the Alliance using sleeping powder on the Horde guards in the captured furbolg village in the War of Thorns.

The kaldorei have now suffered a population decimation on par with that suffered by the quel’dorei when Arthas and the Scourge burned the Dead Scar through Eversong Woods and what is now the Ghostlands. The Warbringers: Sylvanas short draws that parallel very clearly. I’m not sure what I want to say about that beyond pointing it out…

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Kerithian is the granddaughter of my Night Elf Mage, Keriluna, through Keriluna’s son, Ceredion. She was born, raised, and spent most of her early life at Feathermoon Stronghold in Feralas before becoming one of the caretakers of Nordrassil during its recovery after the Battle of Mount Hyjal, then one of the vanguard on the Molten Front during the Cataclysm. The events relating to her grandparents that she mentions are described in Keriluna’s Song.

Keriluna herself survived the inferno by virtue of not being in Darnassus when it happened. When she resigned her position as one of the Temple of the Moon musicians at the beginning of Cataclysm to pursue the Arcane arts, she moved herself and her belongings to Feathermoon Stronghold — a place that had long been something of a secondary home for her — so that she could study under the tutelage of Estulan.
I didn’t actually move the character to Feathermoon Stronghold and set her Hearthstone there until a week or two ago, though, shortly before playing through the War of Thorns campaign.

On the other side of the faction fence, Kivrinne had been traveling back and forth between her home lab in Undercity and Plaguewood Tower in Eastern Plaguelands, where her on-again, off-again romantic interest Argent Apothecary Judkins resides, for some time. After her friends Parqual and Vellcinda failed to return from the events chronicled in Before the Storm, she moved herself and her belongings out to Plaguewood Tower permanently.
As with Keriluna, I didn’t actually move the character there until recently, and in this case, the nearest place where she could reset her Hearthstone is Light’s Hope Chapel.

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After the ever-lovely Alunaria tipped me off to this fun WoW party portrait creator, I spent an hour or so this afternoon capturing the state of my character roster on the cusp of Battle for Azeroth.

FOR THE HORDE!








FOR THE ALLIANCE!



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

7) Cyclops’ Ruin

Rune-Enscribed Hood, Fire-Chanter Shoulders, Decaying Herbalist’s Robes, Riplimb’s Lost Collar (N), Skygrip Handguards, Steppebeast Boots, Wild Wood Staff
Lord of Icecrown from WoWable requested a design for a Druid kit using the Mythic version of the Spur of the Great Devourer from Hellfire Citadel. I don’t have that weapon myself, so I chose an alternate staff with similar coloration and pointyness to actually make the kit with after I’d designed the outfit in the Dressing Room.
I thought that the creepiness of this Warlords Monk tier-lookalike hood would go well with the creepiness of the intended weapon. Then I built the outfit around the teal-contrasted-with-rust color scheme of the hood.
Here’s how the kit would look with the Spur of the Great Devourer:

I like how the overall effect of the ensemble has turned out — but now I’m having some totally different ideas for a Druid kit to go with this weapon…

6) Drassil Defender

Conqueror’s Nightsong Cover, Furious Gladiator’s Wyrmhide Spaulders, Malfurion’s Vestments of Conquest, Girdle of Lenience, Mana-Saber Hide Gloves, Dark Leather Boots, Darnassus Tabard, Kihrawr’s Scratching Post
Kerithian was wearing this outfit (without the tabard) when she went to meet with High King Wrynn in Stormwind. Athough she is personally not particularly fond of Teldrassil and Darnassus, after she arrived in Kalimdor and began to understand the situation there, she put on the Darnassus tabard to express her support for her beleagured kin.

5) Guardian of Hyjal

Nordrassil Headpiece & Wrath-Mantle, Merciless Gladiator’s Wyrmhide Tunic & Legguards, Girdle of Nefarious Strategy (LFR), Heth’Jatari Battlegloves, Leyman’s Boots, Staff of the Verdant Circle
Kerithian was one of the druids who tended Nordrassil during its recovery following the battle with Archimonde. She left Nordrassil to assist in the areas surrounding Shaladrassil after the defeat of Xavius in the Emerald Nightmare.

4) Frost-touched Flamestrider

Shoulderpads of the Chosen Dead (LFR), Flamestrider Robes, Supple Waistguard (stage 3), Trickster’s Leggings, Supple Gloves (stage 2), Warmongering Gladiator’s Boots of Victory, Tabard of Summer Skies, Frostbitten Staff
The cloth Silksand Wraps is identical to this leather robe. The rest of the outfit would look quite different in cloth, though!

3) Druid of the Summer Flame

Jewel of the Firelord, Passive Resistor Spaulders (H), Vestment of Summer, Manimal’s Cinch, Murkblood Gloves, Dragonhawk Boots, Funeral Pyre (N)
Although I used Firelands shoulders in the outfits I made with this robe for all the other armor types, the Druid Firelands shoulders just weren’t right for it. I made up for it by using a Firelands weapon. I was going to call this outfit “Leyara’s Legacy”… until I saw on Wowhead that in BfA there will be a set that closely resembles the Druids of the Flame.
If I had it, I would use the Hidden appearance for the Scythe of Elune, Sunkeeper’s Reach, with this outfit.

image from Wowhead
Acquiring it requires Exalted rep with the Dreamweavers and getting a rare drop from the first boss of Darkheart Thicket. I’ve been feeding Kerithian Dreamweavers rep tokens, but she’s nowhere close to Exalted, and she hasn’t done any dungeon running. Kerisa has the rep, but she hasn’t run Darkheart Thicket often enough to see the item drop.

2) Vindictive Archdruid of the Alliance

Vindictive Gladiator’s Dragonhide Armor with Conqueror’s Nightsong Cover, Runesworn Grips, and Intensity
It’s so nice that when I purchase a PvP appearance with a Horde-side character, I also get the corresponding Alliance appearance. I’m so very very fond of the blue-white-gold color scheme that whenever there is gear with faction-dichotomous appearances, I almost always like the Alliance version better.

1) Spring Rain

Springrain Armor
Boosted characters recieve this set of armor. It can also be obtained from the Warlords Garrison Salvage Yard.

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

8) Purple Stormclouds

Snake Spaulders, Stormstrike Vest, Band of the Night Raven, Earthfury Legguards, Bramblemail Gloves, Treads of the Wasteland (N), Cerulean Filigreed Doublet, Streamtalker Slicers, Cobalt Buckler*
I’ve wanted to make a kit with this chestpiece, a recolor of the Classic Shaman “Elements” set, for a very long time. When I was farming for T1 and T2 about a year ago, it occurred to me that the T1 pants would go quite nicely with it.
The belt, the shirt, and the shield pull out more of that turquoise accent color from the vest, making the kit more visually interesting than it would have been if it were all purple.
The Bastion of Twilight looming over Loch Modan freaks me out more than a little.

7) Lingering Embers

Otherworldly Pauldrons, Mountain Stream Ringmail, Warmonger’s Belt, Expedition Forager Leggings, Fletcher’s Nimble Grips, Warmongering Gladiator’s Footguards of Prowess, Tabard of Summer Skies, Amun-Thoth (LFR), Zom’s Crackling Bulwark
I thought about using the orange and red Rocket-Chief Pauldrons to bring some more orange into this outfit, but the gold and silver Otherworldly Pauldrons looked better with the tabard. So only a touch of orange, then, from the belt and the orb on the fist weapon… Oh hey, when I zoom in to get a closer look, these pauldrons have an orange band on them that complements the belt quite nicely!

6) Bonfire’s Blessing

Crown of Flame, Craterflame Spaulders, Vestment of Summer, Veteran’s Ringmail Girdle, Arrowflick Gauntlets, Radiant Boots, Claw of the Black Drake, Drillborer Disk
Between being a Hunter and a Miner, Kjerstin thought, when she became a Shaman, that she would find it easiest to commune with the elements of air and earth. She was surprised to find that she had the greatest affinity for fire.

5) Vindictive Farseer of the Alliance

Vindictive Gladiator’s Ringmail Armor with Helmet of Ten Storms and Sundered Waistband
It’s so nice that when I purchase a PvP appearance with a Horde-side character, I also get the corresponding Alliance appearance. Whenever there is gear with faction-dichotomous appearances, I almost always like the Alliance version better.
I looked at some other options for weapons, but the base appearance of the Elemental Artifact complements this armor so well that nothing else was better.

4) Stream Talker

Streamtalker Set with Squire’s Shirt
Boosted characters recieve this set of gear. It can also be obtained from the Warlords Garrison Salvage Yard.

3) Darkmoon Daredevil

Sparkleshell Mantle, Darkmoon Breastplate, Belt of the Gladiator, Soldier’s Leggings, Wastewalker’s Gauntlets*, Sabatons of the Flamewalker, Cloak of the Darkmoon Faire, Tremendous Tankard O’Terror, Driftmire Shield*
Don’t be fooled by the huge tankard — it’s just for show. Whether the mount is animal or mechanical, she’s one of the sharpest stunt riders at the Faire.
One thing the Transmogrification interface doesn’t tell me is if an item I’ve chosen is something that isn’t available anymore… /headdesk.

The Ice Cream Mitts are an excellent alternative for the gloves. The Shield of the Barrens is the most comparable shield design.

2) Glittering Prize

Glimmering Mail Pauldrons & Girdle, Lambent Scale Breastplate & Legguards, Mail Combat Gauntlets & Boots, Competitor’s Tabard, Thun’grim’s Mace*, Glyphed Buckler
An outfit using the Competitor’s Tabard from the in-game Battleground participation event celebrating the 2008 Summer Olympics, in honor of the 2016 Summer Olympics. At level 30, Kjerstin was able to use the chestpiece & leggings from my original Competitor’s Tabard mail designs, but she had to choose different gloves & boots. Although the cloth and leather kits looked complete without shoulders, I felt like the heavier appearance of the mail items was more balanced with shoulders included.
This mace was one of the possible rewards from a pre-Cataclysm low-level Horde Warrior questchain.

1) Element-Speaker

Mystical Pauldrons Vest & Kilt of Elements, Stormbringer Belt, Defender Gauntlets, Mail Combat Boots, Spell Axe of the Farseer, Royal Treasury Courier’s Shield
Kjerstin spent most of her early existence wearing variations on this outfit.

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Looking at the Battle for Azeroth questing and dungeon armor set previews from Wowhead, I like the Kul Tiras sets —

— quite a bit better than the Zandalar sets.

quest set images from here; dungeon set images from here, here, here, here, and here

Okay, for cloth I like both sets of designs about the same. For leather, mail, and plate, though, I like the Kul Tiras designs much better.

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When I mentioned to BTH the other day that the new expansion was coming out on August 14th, he said he wasn’t very interested in coming back to WoW. He played WoW to raid, but he doesn’t want to commit to organized guild raiding anymore, and he didn’t like his Group Finder PUGing experience in Legion. He’s also gotten tired of the “faction war –> work together to defeat a common enemy –> back to the faction war” cycle of WoW storylines. I’m tired of that too; for me, Battle for Azeroth might, like Warlords, be a “holding pattern” expansion of waiting to see if the next one will be more interesting to me.

Between being more interested in the Kul Tiras fashion and the high probability that I’ll be playing Battle for Azeroth completely on my own — not even leveling my first character with BTH — I’ve been thinking that when I’ve finished up my Legion goals and am ready to move on into Battle for Azeroth content, I’d really rather level as Alliance in Kul Tiras first — before I level as Horde in Zandalar.

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Here is Kaylynda dinging 110 from a Pet Battle against Ashlei.

With this accomplished, I simply bought myself a level 110 Alliance character of each of the other armor classes.
I used the level 110 boost that came with buying Battle for Azeroth to boost my Dwarf Shaman. Then I spent the equivalent of two more expansions, or a week and a half of groceries, or three or four new hardback novels to boost my Dwarf Paladin and a newly created Night Elf Druid.

Blue Team is Ready to Go!

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A handful of outfits that I’ve designed for the Sunreavers’ Alliance rivals, the Silver Covenant. Because I don’t have many high-level Alliance characters, some of these outfits are modelled in-game by my Horde characters and thus don’t use the tabard.

Aldor Covenant

Pauldrons & Vestments of the Aldor, Nethershard Girdle, Gloves of the Fallen Wizard, Staff of the Unknown Road, Silver Covenant Tabard

Silver Seer


Theramore Arcanist’s Hat*, Pauldrons of Sufferance, Seer’s Robe, Sage’s belt gloves & boots, Cloak of Cheerful Flowers, Greatstaff of Righteousness, Silver Covenant Tabard

Silver Covenant Razor

Supple Shoulderguards Waistguard & Gloves (all 3-670), Lo’ap’s Tunic of Muck Diving, Leggings of the Sly, Crafty’s Gaiters, Steelforged Dagger (1-630)

Some years ago, I designed this outfit for mini-Kam.

Stormcaller of the Silver Covenant

Skyshatter (T6) Shoulderpads, Blue Dragonscale chest & leggings, Doc’s Belt, Sundered gloves & boots, Cloak of Cheerful Flowers, Devout Aurastone Hammer, Spellbreaker’s Buckler

Elves can’t be Shaman, though, so this kit wouldn’t quite work for a Quel’dorei. After Legion converted many low-level mail items into plate, thankfully the original Blue Dragonscale items were retained as mail — and plate lookalikes were created.

So I’ve created two updated versions of this outfit: one in mail for a Hunter, and the other in plate for a Quel’dorei Paladin or a Ren’dorei Warrior.

Arrowsplitter of the Silver Covenant



Shoulders of Lightning Reflexes, Blue Dragonscale Breastplate, Doc’s Belt, Blue Dragonscale Leggings, Finder’s Keepers, Star-Strider Boots, Lohn’goron/Crypt Fiend Slayer

Silver Covenant Spellbreaker

Imperial Plate Shoulders, Breastplate of the Lost Paladin, Lurker’s Girdle, Plates of Aku’mai, Warsong Gauntlets*, Icebane Treads, Silvermoon War-Mace, Spellbreaker’s Buckler

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

16) Turalyon’s Victory


Turalyon’s Plate shoulders chestplate & legplates with Demonic Gladiator’s Scaled belt gloves & boots, Wild Gladiator’s Gavel, and King’s Bulwark
After making a kit for my new Blood Elf Paladin that combined Liadrin’s Plate with the red Horde PvP recolor of the crafted Leystone set, I wondered if Turalyon’s Plate would work equally well with the blue Alliance PvP recolor of the Leystone set. It didn’t, not at all — but it does look fabulous with the Alliance PvP recolor of the Antorus raid set.

15) Radiant Glory

Battleplate of Radiant Glory (N) with Stormwind Vanguard Polearm or Archon’s Gavel + Masterwork Spiritguard Shield
The Valkyra shieldmaidens of Stormheim wear a unique recolor of the Dragon Soul Paladin set. It is most like the LFR coloration, except brighter and more golden. At present, though, I only have the Normal mode version of the set.
As NPCs, the Valkyra can wield a polearm as a 1H weapon together with a shield. Players have to choose one or the other. This particular polearm is awarded from the pre-Leigon Broken Isles scenario and is thus faction specific. The Alliance version is this one, golden with a blue gem. The Horde version is dark grey, like tarnished silver, with a red gem.

14) Summer Sky-Guardian

Circle’s Stalwart Helmet, Embossed Plate Pauldrons Gloves & Boots, Icebane Chestguard, Girdle of Unity, Legplates of the Destroyer, Tabard of Summer Skies, Coldsinger Scepter, Skyguardian’s Shield
I could very easily have made this outfit all in blue… but because it’s for the Fire Festival, it needed to have some orange in it, too. Maybe I put too much orange in it? Oh well, I like it like this. The overall effect does look rather more balanced between orange and blue when I unsheathe the weapons.

13) Vindictive Highlord of the Alliance

Vindictive Gladiator’s Scaled Armor with Lightbringer Greathelm, Gladiator’s Salvation, and Maximillian’s Shield
It’s so nice that when I purchase a PvP appearance with a Horde-side character, I also get the corresponding Alliance appearance. I’m so very very fond of the blue-white-gold color scheme that whenever there is gear with faction-dichotomous appearances, I almost always like the Alliance version better.

12) Silver Covenant Spellbreaker

Imperial Plate Shoulders, Breastplate of the Lost Paladin, Lurker’s Girdle, Plates of Aku’mai, Warsong Gauntlets*, Icebane Treads, Silvermoon War-Mace, Spellbreaker’s Buckler
This outfit is a revision of a kit I originally created in mail for mini-Kam. The shoulders, chestpiece, and leggings are plate lookalikes of the crafted mail Blue Dragonscale set. The Bellipotent Gloves are a good alternate for the gloves.
I haven’t done Silver Covenant rep with Kyraleia, so looking at the outfit with the tabard on in the Dressing Room will have to suffice.

11) Boastful Humility

Crown of Boastful Words (LFR), Turalyon’s Spaulders of Conquest, Chestguard of Illumination, Truesteel Waistguard (3-670), Legguards of the Emerald Brood (H), Replica Gauntlets of Heroism, Sabatons of the Humble, Blue Linen Shirt, Mace of the Order, Azure-Shield of Coldarra
I originally designed this kit for the “Make Me Laugh” theme at the Trial of Style; I made a mostly-coherent kit with a somewhat silly hat and one wildly out-of-place item: the Bloodscale Belt.

It placed second, and I liked it enough to swap in a better-coordinating belt and keep wearing it.

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