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After a few days, the Underpowered Death Knight reported that she had collected twelve different pamphlets from the Doomsayers. It had taken her that long to be sure that she’d gotten them all, as after she’d gotten a handful, she started to get duplicates, but there didn’t seem to be any more than that. She gave them to Kaelinda to analyze. Flicking through the tattered, stained, crumpled, blackened, worn, damp, scrawled, scribbled, odorous, ominous, demonic, prophetic pile, Kaelinda quickly concluded that advice from other expert opinions would be valuable. She invited her Mage friends to study the pamphlets with her.

“The things that Kael’thas’ followers said about their plan to bring Kil’jaeden through the Sunwell,” Kaelinda said, “sounded a lot like this. There wasn’t actual death in that transformation, but the rest of it is more or less the same.”

“This drivel,” Kaprikka scowled, “is distressingly similar to the propaganda that Socrethar used to seduce the Sargerei.”

“I wasn’t there during the War of the Ancients,” Keriluna mused, “I was born a few decades afterward. My parents didn’t like to talk about that time, but when they thought I was old enough, they told me about it. These words… they are just like my parents’ memories.”

“Oh, I think I know what this one’s talkin’ about!” exclaimed Khrissalys. “Did yeh hear about how King Magni got turned into diamond when he went to commune with the earth just before the Cataclysm? Well, he woke up and I saw him with my own eyes walkin’ out of Ironforge.”

(the other two prophecies reference the second and fourth Legion comics)

Kaoling shook her head sadly. “The evaporation of the mists was enough of a shock, and then Pandaria was devastated by the escape of the great Sha, and especially the destruction of the Vale of Eternal Blossoms. I think there are many Pandaren who feel like their lives were turned upside down who would be susceptible to this message. Those who were severely afflicted by the great Sha might be even more so.”

“There are many who are unhappy with the current state of our governments,” Kymberlea observed, “Those who ask, where is Lorna? Where is Tess? Where is Calia? It is bad enough that these people are… reluctant to fight in the normal conflicts of our nations. It is worse to think that those sympathies could be used to persuade them to turn traitor to our world itself.”

“Why,” Kenosha muttered disgustedly, “why are my people so stupid? After all that we have suffered because of our bloodlust in the past, why would they think that this is the most honorable way to deal with this threat?”

“Most of my family belongs to a sect of the Church of the Holy Light that has as one of its tenets being prepared for future misfortune,” Kaylynda explained, “I bet that’s where this list originally came from.”

“I’m not sure that this is actually related,” Kivrinne said, “This looks to me like a left-over Twilight’s Hammer flyer from before the Cataclysm. That, or poetry by a high level cleric of the Forgotten Shadow. I hear that priests who turn their backs on the Light are going not just into the Shadow, but all the way into the Void now.”

“Dem Darkmoon carnies are pretty clever,” said Kikimaia, “I wouldn’t trust just a suit, though. I’d feel bettah if it had a voodoo charm ta strenthen da illusion, too.”

“What a scam!” hooted Kermione. “We should put out some counter-pamphlets telling people not to trust this at all. Gallywix’ll just take your life savings and enslave you. Been there, done that!… Didn’t get a T-shirt, though… hmm, maybe I oughtta suggest the idea to Boss Mida.”

“Only two air fresheners?” said Kelilla, “They really think a demon invasion would be over that soon? But what’s more worrying is that they aren’t including any Trogg repellent.”

“Still, if there are folks trying to make gold off of this” — the Gnome waved her hands to encompass the pamphlets held by the Goblin and the Troll — “then this kind of stuff must have been going around for awhile already.”

Kaylynda shook her head in astonishment. “Just what has been going on on Azeroth while we were all away on Draenor…?” Her eyes widened and she buried her face in her hands. “Kairoz, you blithering idiot! Whatever you thought you were doing when you brought Garrosh to Draenor, you’ve gotten us into way more trouble than you were planning for!”

“You mean –” began Kaelinda, “Oh! Remember what the Black Prince said? What he showed us?”

All around the table, heads nodded.

That is what this is all about.”

“You know,” Kaylynda said after a moment, “tomorrow is Tuesday. New and strange things always seem to happen on Tuesdays. Kaelinda, you had better tell your Death Knight friend to continue keeping an eye on these Doomsayers, just in case they change their behavior somehow tomorrow…”

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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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click on the images to see the full-size versions of these pictures

I began this project last summer, as a follow-up to my rather crudely-assembled racial height and build comparison.

At the time, however, the sexism-in-WoW discussion was going around again, and I felt that it would be rather gauche to post what is undeniably an objectified image: I have reduced my models to shapes to be studied.

I’d been meaning to complete it anyway, but somehow BTH always seemed to already be using the tablet to work on his comic whenever I wanted to work on itπŸ˜›

With all the wonderful new model previews being released, I figured I’d better finish this up quick, even though some of the subtleties of the stances and the shapes will soon be out-of-date.

I had been thinking I’d do a further follow-up of close-up studies of the front and profile shapes of the faces, because I feel like I still don’t have a really good grasp on how to make some of the races different from my standard way of drawing human people. I’d like to do a companion set of “beach bums of Azeroth”, too, because I feel that I understand the male shapes even less than the female shapes. Maybe I should wait on that until all the new models come out in 6.0, though.

Speaking of the new models, I’ve liked all the ones we’ve seen glimpses of so far, and I look forward to seeing the Night Elf, the Troll, and especially the Tauren. The new female Orc makes me wish I hadn’t deleted my level 35 Orc Enhancement Shaman. I do hope the shaved head texturing makes it into the final model.

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Kamalia’s Guide to the Barbershop (bonus edition)

Okay, so, height and build aren’t exactly things that you can change at all, let alone at the barbershop. They are, however, appearance-related. I put together this scale comparison of the various World of Warcraft player-character races for my own reference. Although it’s kind of rough around the edges, I thought others might find it useful, too.
Click on the small picture to see a larger version.

The Alliance races were all compared to a normal-sized NPC human. The Horde races were all compared to a normal-sized NPC blood elf. I used a comparison between a tauren and a normal-sized, neutral night elf (a Moonglade NPC) to make sure that the two factions were correctly scaled relative to each other.

Also, I finally managed to update the rest of the Azeroth Beautician’s Manual of Feminine Style to include pandaren color and style information.

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Over about a year and a half, from September 2010 to May 2012, I drew a series of pictures depicting Azerothian sapient species dressed in the sorts of clothing that one might see in a contemporary congregation of Sunday church-goers.


Well, okay, perhaps this sort of dress might only be seen on a teenager during Prom season.


The unmodified artwork for “The Speedbarge Summer Soiree” fits into this meme, too.


This dress might only be seen during a town’s “celebrate our pioneer heritage!” week.


While I was in graduate school, one of my male friends found this outfit at a thrift store and delighted in wearing it to church periodically ever afterward.
I wonder if he still wears it sometimes?


Another dress most likely to be seen on a teenager around Prom season.
The blue shirt + yellow tie combination was very fashionable when I was in my late teens and early twenties.


I drew the lineart for this picture directly in ink and the figures turned out so badly proportioned that I needed to draw a background to rationalize them.

Then, with Humans, Dwarves, and Forsaken remaining, I ran out of steam.

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

Stillpine Interpreter

Feline Mantle, Fur Covered Robe, Wizard’s Belt, Woolgathering Gloves, Ritual Stopper’s Slippers, Squire’s Shirt
It was delightfully easy to put together a nice low-level Transmogrification kit to go with this beautiful and unique starting zone quest reward robe.

Role Model


Double-Stitched Woolen Shoulders, Seer’s Padded Armor, Nightwind Belt, Simple Kilt, Heavy Linen Gloves + Sage’s Bracers, Sandals of the Neverending Bridge
The World of Warcraft is a world of heros. Individual heros roam the world, seeking fame and fortune and sometimes even genuinely desiring to help and serve. Heros join together in groups small and large to face down the greater threats against the safety and stability of Azeroth. It’s fun to imagine being a brave warrior or paladin, a wise mage or monk, a mystical shaman or druid, a sly rogue or warlock, a haunted death knight, a clever hunter, a resolute priest. The greatest hero in my life, though, will always be my mother. My mom never ceases to amaze and inspire me with all the things she does. And so, for the fourteenth Batinna’s Dress Up theme, I made a “mom” outfit for one of my characters whose motherhood is a prominent feature of her RP story.
I like this style of bracers because they are so small and also because from certain angles they look sort of like a wristwatch.

Azure Silk

Azure Silk Hood Vest & Pants, Stonecloth Epaulets, Nightwind Belt, Breadwinner’s Gloves, Sandals of the Neverending Bridge, Cloak of the Clarion Call, House Wrynn Staff, White Swashbuckler’s Shirt
I am not, in general, much of a fan of hoods and cowls, but I do like how a cowl looks sort of like a kerchief when worn by a Worgen woman.
The “Breadwinner’s Gloves” are a great item for Kymberlea because she adventures to help keep food on the table for her family of four children.

Greensleeves

Greenweave shoulders chest pants & gloves+bracers, Wisp-Chaser Cord, Willow Boots, Green Linen Shirt
Perhaps it seems odd that a Night Elf Mage should dress like a Druid? Not really. Once a Priestess, Keriluna’s grief and anger over the death of her Druid husband at the hands of the Forsaken while he lay Dreaming in the Dor’danil Barrow Den drove her to secretly pursue her latent talent for the Arcane, which she openly embraced when the Highborne reappeared shortly before the Shattering.

Poinsettia

Greenweave shoulders, Red Linen Vest, Wisp-Chaser Cord, Greenweave pants, Narassin’s Gloves, Willow Boots, White Linen Shirt
The brown low-level quest rewards in this outfit are identical to the Archmage/Elementalist set of Outland greens.

Tushui Champion

Feline Mantle, Blue Linen Robe, Bloodeye Belt/Belt of Dark Schemes, Heavy Linen Gloves, Apprentice Boots, Staff of the Arcane Path/Staff of the Royal Wizard, Tushui Tabard
Not having actually changed Kaoling’s faction, I used my guild tabard as a stand-in for the colors of the Tushui tabard. The boots Kaoling is wearing are a Horde quest reward with no readily obtainable, low level Alliance equivalent — but the actual identity of the boots is unimportant, at least for a Pandaren, because they can’t really be seen.

Huojin Champion

Exquisite Sunderseer Mantle, Ritual Tunic, Apothecary’s Waistband, Red Silk Trousers, Rotting Handwraps + Cuffs of Black Elements, Apprentice Boots, Renzithen’s Dusty Cloak, Huojin Tabard, Heartboiler Staff
Many of the items in this set are obtained by questing in the Ghostlands. I’ve been wanting to make a set featuring the Red Silk Trousers for some time now. The gold trim on the tabard and cloak help harmonize the fancy filigree of the heirloom shoulders with the rest of the outfit.

Transmogrifiable Twill


Lord Walden’s Top Hat or Brown Brewfest Hat, Nightsky Mantle, Sentinel Hill Surcoat, Belt of Unsolvable Problems, Legwork Trousers, Evidence Collection Gloves, Harvester Boots, Staff of Earned Tranquility
This fully Transmogrification-friendly version of the grey-quality Twill set is obtained by questing in Westfall and Redridge Mountains. Sadly, the Top Hat isn’t Transmogrification-friendly, but Kymberlea is my only character rolled as a Worgen who actually stayed a Worgen. The Brown Brewfest Hat isn’t Transmogrification-friendly, either, but it does look awesome with this set. I don’t display Kymberlea’s actual questing hat.

Deep Purple Dreams

Feline Mantle, Cat Lover’s Vest, Wizard’s Belt, Darkweave Breeches, Woolgathering Gloves, Ritual Stopper’s Slippers
In my experience, these pants are much, much easier to find on the Alliance AH than on the Horde AH. For Horde characters, the Speedbarge Leggings may be easier to obtain.

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Effraeti always has such fun Transmogrification ideas! Recently, she challenged JD Kenada to create something appropriate for a high-society Worgen:

The Gilneans fled their home with little more than the clothes on their back. Everything that was high-society Gilnean fashion was lost except a few pairs of dress robes. Mr. Amateur, I challenge you to create an outfit worthy of an aristocratic Worgen.

The only stipulation is it must be moggable – no Tuxedo. πŸ˜‰

Here’s JD’s answer to the challenge, and here’s Effraeti’s response to her own challenge — and Effy said the rest of us could play, too!

I figured that making an aristocratic cloth outfit would be pretty easy, so I decided to try making High-Society Gilnean Transmogrification Template Kits for all four armor types.

My High-Society Gilnean Cloth and Gilnean Plate TTKs are inspired by the colors and patterns of the apparel worn by Gilneas Citizens and by the sadly never-implemented Embroidered Shirts.

High-Society Gilnean Cloth

Chief Architect’s Monocle, Duskhallow Mantle, Shadow Council Tunic, Black Belt of Knowledge, Legwraps of the Master Conjurer, Dryad’s Wrist Bindings + Ameth’Aran Gloves, Sorcerer Slippers, Gray Hair Cloak

High-Society Gilnean Plate

Replica Helm of Valor, Noble Plate Pauldrons, Sunblessed Breastplate, Stormforged Belt, Exalted Legplates, Gauntlets of Enforcement, Ancient Skeletal Boots, Cloak of War, Ebon Filigreed Doublet

The Gilneas City Guards are wearing the leveling mail set obtained by questing in Vashj’ir and Deepholm, minus the shoulders.

I swapped out a few of the pieces for some more interesting items to create this Gilnean Mail TTK.

High-Society Gilnean Mail

Glimmering Mail Coif, Pauldrons of the Promise, Chestguard of the Naz’jar, Belt of Deathly Dominion, Legguards of Revelation, Swamp Gas Gauntlets, Atoll Treaders, Mantle of Gilneas, Stormwind Doublet
(the remaining pieces of the 80-85 leveling set are the Vapor-Proof Headcover, Scavenged Stormwind Spaulders, Gorgonian Belt, and Starfish Gauntlets)

For the leather set, I looked for items with filigreed patterns, and tried to compile an overall appearance that I thought a young Gilnean socialite might find dashing.

High-Society Gilnean Leather

Clever Hat, Bonechewer Shoulderguards, Don Rodrigo’s Poncho, Girdle of Lenience, Retainer’s Leggings, Blacksting Gloves, Fel Leather Boots, Crimson Silk Cloak, White Swashbuckler’s Shirt

I also made versions of the cloth and leather ensembles with skirts for those who desire to be more lady-like.


Cloth: Leggings of the Icy Heart (the only black cloth skirt out there — how I wish there was a black version of the Simple Kilt!)
Leather: Mystic Sarong, Sandals of the Insurgent

Kymberlea and her husband, Bertram, were upper-middle-class craftsmen — she an Enchanter and he a Jeweler — in Gilneas City before the crisis. Although they recognized and appreciated the honor of the Night Elves’ hospitality, Darnassus was no place to raise their four Human children, so they went to Stormwind with King Greymane’s ship. Their struggle to eke out a living in that competitive (and prejudiced) market is what ultimately caused Kym to seek additional work in the form of adventuring. Bertie did not contract the Curse himself, so it is his hypothetical Worgen form that is shown.

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