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Night Elf portraits


Though I haven’t ever managed to get very interested in playing a Night Elf, I do find them fun to draw. This is old enough that I hadn’t yet quite grasped just how long Night Elf ears are and was still drawing them like Troll ears. I drew these portraits to play with coloring Night Elf skin tones. From left to right, Kerithian the Hunter uses the Crayola crayon color called Orchid, Keriluna the Mage uses the Crayola crayon color called Lavender, and Kilannas the Druid uses the Crayola crayon color called Purple Mountains Majesty. Of these three characters, only Keriluna still exists.

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Because of the association of some of the drawings with stories, this idea to clean out my backlog of unposted art is turning into cleaning out some of my backlog of unposted stories, too.

Way back when, I wrote a story about the experience of my Forsaken Mage. With Cataclysm and the Worgen and Goblins already announced at the time I wrote the story, the story ended with my Forsaken looking at the Greymane Wall and remembering that she had an older sister who lived in Gilneas. After Cataclysm launched and I’d played through the Worgen starting zone, I started writing a story about my Worgen Mage and how she was separated from her family, then unexpectedly reunited with her now-Forsaken sister. I wrote fragments of significant events in the story, but never quite managed to get them all completed, transitioned, and tied together. I also began a story intended to explore my Forsaken character’s reactions to the new storyline for Silverpine introduced in Cataclysm, culminating with her perspective of the meeting with her sister. After I’d got it started, though, it turned out that I wasn’t really all that interested in writing it, and so I never continued it.

I was working from a personal headcanon timeline that assigned to each expansion an amount of calendar time corresponding to the real-world calendar time that we actually spent playing it — roughly two years per expansion, rather than the one year per expansion in the official chronology. When the Ultimate Visual Guide came out, I realized that I had my timeline entirely wrong because I’d underestimated the amount of time between the end of the Second War and the beginning of the Third War. Now my story didn’t work at all. I suppose I could still make it work if I retcon my original story about my Forsaken and let the sisters be a decade or so older instead of relatively young women…

If I’d ever properly finished these stories, I would have posted them in multiple parts, so all the unfinished bits and pieces make a rather long post. I’ve put them behind a cut and you can read them or not as you please. (more…)

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This is why I wanted — nay, needed — a level 100 Alliance Mage. I like the Horde Town Hall and Inn well enough, but for all the other structures, especially the Mage Tower, I like the Alliance architecture better.

Lunarfall Arcanist

Mistscape Wizard Hat & Robe, Feline Mantle, Serenity Belt, Tempest’s Touch, Wandering Boots*, Ley Staff*

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One of the neatest things about the Wandering Isle was following an NPC’s suggestion to go down a set of stairs to see a pair of historians teaching a group of children about the history of the Wandering Isle.

This morning, I was flying across Shadowmoon Valley with Kaylynda and decided to take a detour to Teluuna Observatory. I was curious to see what was on the top floor — if it was perhaps unoccupied enough to take mog screenshots there with Horde characters. It wasn’t.

Looking around, I soon discovered that if I clicked on the hologram pads, the named Draenei standing next to them would tell me a little bit about the history of the Draenei… (more…)

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Upon becoming my fifth character to reach level 100, Kaylynda promptly traveled back to her Garrison to upgrade her Town Hall and celebrate!

Kaylynda’s level 100 To Do list (not in any particular order of priority):
*get Jukebox, collect additional tunes
*find Archmage Vargoth’s stuff
* wait for Oralius to show up at the Inn to get the quest for the Whispering Crystal, then do Silver Proving Grounds so that she can go to UBRS for the Whispering Crystal and Millhouse Manastorm
* do Apexis dailies that are in Ogre areas to collect Waystones until she can upgrade her Mage Tower to level 3
* go back to Nagrand to finish up Yrel’s story and find out what’s up with Vindicator Nobundo
* putter around in Tanaan until Revered with Lion’s Watch
* go back to Pandaria and do Lion’s Landing and the Isle of Thunder

Next up in the leveling queue to get to 100 will most likely be either Kaelinda the Blood Elf Mage (currently level 95) or Kerisa the Druid (currently level 97).

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Happy New Year! Let’s get things started off right with some fabulous fashion to dazzle your friends and enemies.

Sometime during the first half of 2015, I found a pair of Rhinestone Sunglasses on the AH for the surprisingly reasonable price of 500 gold. I’d intended just to have my Banker wear them, but it quickly occurred to me that they’d coordinate perfectly with a few outfits I had in mind for various characters.

We all know that the Exodar is a disco (right?), but Shu’halo and Sin’dorei are not exactly welcome there, so I boogied down in the Shattrath Residential District instead.

Pink Sapphire

Rhinestone Sunglasses, Ornate Pauldrons, Icemail Jerkin, Earthfury Belt, Tranquillien Scale Leggings, Netherstalker Gloves, Netherstorm Greaves, Mutineer’s Cloak, Felstone Reaver, Silvermoon Crescent Axe
This kit is a variation on the outfit I originally designed to wear with the Netherstorm Greaves for my “These Boots Were Made For Mogging” event a couple of years ago.

Bouganvilla II

Rhinestone Sunglasses, Mantle of the Burning Scroll (LFR), Vestments of the Shifting Sands, Ruthless Gladiator’s Cord of Accuracy, Greenkeeper’s Pantaloons, Widow’s Clutches + The Lady’s Brittle Bracers (25N), Ikeyen’s Boots, Green Linen Shirt, Vengeance Staff
This is a higher-level, more elaborate version of an outfit concept that I originally designed for my Warlock in 2012 using the Embersilk Robes. I had not previously obtained the belt because it costs Honor, and I avoid PvP as much as I can. One afternoon, however, I made a wonderful discovery! I was idly browsing the AH with my Banker and looked at the “Junk” tab in the “Miscellaneous” category just to see what was there, and I found Champion’s Honor tokens. On my server, it seems that the price of Honor is 10.5 gold per Honor point. Thanks to Garrison missions, I’ve had plenty of gold on hand during Warlords, so I was perfectly happy to fork over 10.5K to get this belt without actually having to PvP.
This kit would also look fabulous with the Fel-Proof Goggles.

Dragon Dawn

Rhinestone Sunglasses/Lightbringer Greathelm, Blood-Stained Pauldrons, Conqueror’s Breastplate, Hyperion Girdle, Legplates of Blazing Light, Flameguard Gauntlets, Magma Tempered Boots, Blazefury, Reborn/Dragonstrike, Reborn, Dawnforged Defender
This outfit has been a long time in the making. I collected the pants and gloves two or three years ago while I was farming Molten Core for the Paladin T1 set, but I hadn’t quite figured out what sort of Transmogrification kit I wanted to make with them. Then when the “Reborn” weapons appeared during Mists, I knew right away that the Molten Core items were what I wanted to use with the Reborn 1H sword and mace. I made sure to have my Blacksmith craft these weapons during Mists when they were current content. They are so intensive to make in both time and raw materials that I didn’t think I’d want to go back to make them later. It wasn’t until I got the Rhinestone Sunglasses, though, that I was inspired to actually put the kit together, and then I had to visit Molten Core again for the boots and spend some time on the Isle of Quel’Danas farming the rep to buy the shield.

Touch of Ruby

Rhinestone Sunglasses, Aurora Mantle, Mankrik’s Old Wedding Garments, Silver-Thread Sash, Stoneweaver Leggings, Widow’s Clutches + Bands of Indwelling, Boots of the Incorrupt, Thousand Bandage Drape, Staff of Divine Infusion
I’m very happy with how this kit turned out. It’s definitely worth the months I spent farming Karazhan while Shade of Aran kept dropping the boots that match the T4 Warlock set instead of these boots that match the T4 Priest set…
I’m not sure how well this kit would work for races that wear normal shoes, though, as the foot part of these boots is a somewhat bluer purple than even the darkest magenta tones of the cloak.

Femme Fatale


Rhinestone Sunglasses/Swashbuckler’s Eyepatch, Shoulderpads of the Silvermoon Retainer, Scouting Tunic, Indomitable Belt, Dellot’s Leggings, Fuzzy Gloves + Scouting Bracers, Rapscallion Boots, Stylish Black Shirt, Dawnblade, Skettis Curved Blade
There’s not much in the way of pink in leather; only the maroon Bard’s set and the mauve Bonechewer set come even close. After contemplating those options, I decided that it would be better just to let the Rhinestone Sunglasses sparkle against a background of sleek black.

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So… how ’bout those Gnome Hunters, eh?

Even though I don’t play Gnomes, as a Transmogrification fanatic, this news makes me very happy for people who do play Gnomes. Ever since Cataclysm gave Humans and Undead a mail-wearing class with Hunters and Tauren a cloth-wearing class with Priests and Mists gave Draenei a leather-wearing class with Monks, Gnomes have remained the only race that doesn’t have access to all four armor types. I’ve thought that Gnomes should get Hunters for that reason alone for some time.

Thematically, I think the idea of a Marksmanship Hunter fits the Gnome mythos quite well. And wasn’t the Beastmaster Artifact weapon designed by Mimiron, the creator of the Gnomes? As technological whizzes, Gnome NPCs have been using guns of one kind or another for ages. It’s about time that player Gnomes can use them as a main weapon, too (Prot Warriors using a gun to pull doesn’t quite count).

Now the question is, if Gnomes are getting a new race/class combination in Legion, will any of the other races also get new race/class combinations? After Draenor introduced us to the Rangari, will Draenei get to be Rogues, or are “our” Draenei too lawful for that kind of nonsense? (edit: Actually, no, “our” Draenei are not too lawful. There’s been NPC precedent for Draenei Rogues since Outland, in the *ahem* outlaw Wyrmcult in Blade’s Edge Mountains.) I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again that the presence of Tauren among the various pirate groups on Azeroth gives precedent for a Tauren Outlaw Rogue, and I could easily see Tauren as Mages as an outgrowth of Shamanism in a similar fashion to how Tauren as Priests & Paladins is an outgrowth of Druidism.

What do you think about Gnome Hunters, and what race/class combinations would you really love to play?

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