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Now that I’ve reached my primary Patch 8.2 goal of obtaining the Tauren Heritage Armor, what next?
Securing flying in Battle for Azeroth zones ought to be the next major goal, right?

I am currently about a quarter of the way from Honored to Revered with the Unshackled, and I’m about 2/3rds done with the “get 3000 XP for your Kelfin buddies” quest.

I prioritize my Kelfin buddy’s quests, because that’s the gate on the zone story questchain. I do those, plus whatever Mardivas puzzle chests are up, and whatever WQs I pass through on the way to my Kelfin buddy’s quests and the Mardivas puzzle chests. I don’t try to do all the WQs in the zone. Although I pick up the Requisition and Bounty quests, I mostly ignore them because even with the nerfs, I rarely manage to complete them “as I go along” while doing my higher priority objectives, and I don’t ever feel like running around the zone looking for those things after I’ve completed my higher priority objectives. I’ve picked up an Unshackled Contract, so I’ve been doing the Zandalar Emissaries again, too — if I feel like I have the time and energy.

I’ll figure out a Mechagon routine when I get there, which won’t be until after I’ve reached Revered in Nazjatar.

Besides various RL events and the uncomfortable realization that the beginning of Fall semester is only about 5 weeks away, so I really need to get back to work on getting my courses set up, I’m getting distracted again by other things I want to accomplish in Azeroth.

Now that I’ve got my (Kalimdor) Tauren Heritage Armor, part of me wants to abandon BfA content for awhile and just level my Highmountain Tauren Druid up to 110 so she can get her Highmountain Tauren Heritage Armor.

Thinking about that reminds me that I want to get Kaelinda up to 120 to get the Sin’dorei Heritage Armor. (There’s my Void Elf to be leveled, too, but she’s much lower priority because I am less interested in the Void Elf Heritage Armor.)

And what about Kaylynda and the whole Alliance side of the story — not to mention recruiting the Kul Tirans?

And then there’s my Tauren Druid, for whom I’ve been collecting a bunch of leather Island Expeditions stuff off of the AH, and my Night Elf Druid, who would like to give being dark-eyed a try…

…But, flying

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Alunaria wanted to know what the various antler-styled Druid Tier headpieces would look like on my big-antlered Highmountain Tauren Druid.

Tier 1: Cenarion

Tier 2: Stormrage

Tier 4: Malorne

I think the Cenarion antlers are the best-looking in combination with the Eche’ro antlers because they don’t clip horrendously like the other styles do.

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When Legion was still in beta, I RP-designated mini-Kam as a Highmountain Tauren, similar to how I’d RP-designated Kaumaleia as a Taunka and Kaobeka as a Yaungol.

I wonder if I would have been as excited about the concept of Allied Races if the Highmountain Tauren hadn’t been among the first group of Allied Races to be introduced? Anyhow, I immediately made plans to race-change mini-Kam into a Highmountain Tauren after I’d recruited them.

When the Allied Races were introduced at Blizzcon 2017, I already had both the questing achievement and the reputation to be able to recruit the Highmountain Tauren. But mini-Kam hadn’t quested in Highmountain yet, and I felt that it would be odd to go through the quests in Highmountain, being treated as an outsider, if she was already a Highmountain Tauren. So I wanted to wait until I’d done the Highmountain storyline with mini-Kam to do the recruitment scenario. What with one thing and another, however, it wasn’t until yesterday that I was at last able to quest through Highmountain with mini-Kam. This afternoon, I took Kamalia Prime to do the Highmountain Tauren recruitment scenario.

I’d heard that the Highmountain Tauren recruitment scenario was longer and more involved than any of the others in the first group of four. It was, and it was awesome.

Here are my Highmountain Tauren gals:

Kamalita the Rivermane Shaman

(I am crossing my fingers that she’ll be able to use the Heritage Armor after one of the other two has earned it by leveling from the bottom up)

Kashina the Skyhorn Druid

(These horns seem like they would significantly obstruct the peripheral vision of their bearer, but they are the best shape match for the horns of the various Druid forms)

Kounaqiwa the Bloodtotem Warrior

(Some Bloodtotem did not succumb to the Legion and become Feltotem; these Bloodtotem Survivors can be found in the big tent on the outlying bluff where Ethel Waterwise lives)

I’ll make them proper portraits and add them to my Characters page sometime in the near future.
I don’t think I’ll make them separate “Things my Characters Wear” pages though; because they are the same faction as the core race Tauren, there won’t be faction-based differences in the outfits I can make for them, as there are for my Void Elves vs my Blood Elves. Kamalita’s outfits will continue to be intermingled with Kamalia’s; Kashina’s outfits will be intermingled with Kerisa’s, and Kounaqiwa’s outfits will be intermingled with Keija’s.

Yay, I finally have my Highmountain Tauren! Happy Dance Time!

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

100) Ancestral Chieftain’s Blessing

Ancestral Chieftain’s Armor
This isn’t really Kamalia’s 100th outfit, because she shares these pages with mini-Kam; and I’ve already made over 100 total Shaman outfits because of the ones on Kjerstin’s pages. Nevertheless, I wanted the official Outfit #100 to be something special. The Shu’halo Heritage Armor is perfect for that purpose.

99) Venerated of Zandalar


Pauldrons of Venerated Spirits (LFR), Stormstrike Vest, Crafted Dreadful Gladiator’s Links of Accuracy, Isle Watcher’s Leggings, Torcali’s Grips of the Bounty, Gral Worshipper’s Waders, Tabard of the Zandalari Empire, The Fist of Ra-den/Doomhammer (Hidden appearance, 200 WQ tint)
The Troll-themed Antorus shoulders and Hidden appearances of the Elemental and Enhancement Artifact weapons were the natural choices to complement the Zandalari Empire tabard.

98) Roiling in the Deep

Mrgglurggl Spaulders & Grips, Dragonkiller Tunic, Axeclaw Belt, Legguards of Sleeting Arrows, Moccasins of Verdurous Glooms, Cerulean Filigreed Doublet, Sharas’dal (upgraded, first tint)
I have long wanted to pair Sharas’dal with the lookalike version of the Naga/Murloc-themed Bastion of Twilight/Blackwing Descent Hunter Tier set. Alas, there was no lookalike item for the key piece of the set, the shoulders. The Mrgglurggl set from Battle for Azeroth‘s Island Expeditions solves this problem handily.

97) On the Rim of the Sky


Headguard of Vast Destruction, Dragonrider’s Harness, Industrial Lifting Belt, Charger’s Pants, Battlebound Grips & Treads, Ironsoul
I acquired this chestpiece and designed this outfit more with future use by a Dwarf or Kul Tiran Shaman in mind than for Kamalia herself.

96) Resilience of the Dunes

Resilient Outcast’s set with Fel-Chain Spaulders, Girdle of the Chosen Dead (LFR), and Sethrak Warden’s Staff
This is the Vol’dun coloration of the Zandalar leveling mail armor. Alliance characters wishing to obtain this appearance should look for the Bonepicker set on the AH.

95) Torcalin Teal

Torcalin Chainmail with Barrage Shoulders, Fel-Chain Cinch, Reliquary Explorer’s Drape, and Grave Watcher’s Longstaff
This coloration of the Zandalar leveling mail set is obtained in Zuldazar. The Horde appearance of the Shimmerscale Armor, the Battle for Azeroth crafted mail armor, matches this set. Alliance characters wishing to obtain this appearance should look for the Ravascale set on the AH.

94) Rivermane Rockbreaker


Whitewater set with Marksman’s Girdle, Highmountain Tabard, Rivermane War Harness, and Doomhammer
After Kamalia had recruited the Highmountain Tauren to join the Horde, mini-Kam got a makeover to become a Highmountain Tauren.
This is simply the Highmountain coloration of the Legion leveling mail set, with a plainer belt swapped in to allow the whole tabard to be seen.

93) Mulgore-Highmountain Liason

Willow Spaulders, Farseer’s Harness & Gauntlets, Lifecycle Waistguard (H), Infection Resistant Legguards, Tabard of the Highmountain Tribe, Battlehammer of the Sunwalker, Fel-Iron Shield, Highmountain War Harness
Kamalia chose this outfit, a variation on her earlier Highmountain Spirit-Guardian kit (#70), to wear to Baine’s grand feast for Mayla and the other Highmountain Tauren leaders.

92) Feathered Serpent

Totem Matriarch’s Headdress, Fel-Chain Spaulders, Willow Band Hauberk*, Vintage Duskwatch Cinch (N), Ulfgor’s Greaves of Bravery, Gauntlets of the Windreacher, Green Iron Boots, Axe of Rin’ji
This hat is super nifty because it’s a mail lookalike of an awesome cloth hat design. When Kamalia Prime picked it up from the corpse of a vignette creature in Nazmir, it didn’t fit with her current outfit very well — so mini-Kam gets to wear it instead.

91) Dazar’alor Daze

Death-Pledged Armor with Battleforge Shoulderguards, Fel-Chain Cinch, Zardax’s Tattered Drape, Mambo Hex Axe, and Loa-Binder Disc
I wasn’t initially a fan of the Zandalar mail leveing gear when I saw it in preview images, but now that I’ve seen it up close, I rather like it — as long as I swap out the helm, shoulders, and belt, that is. This coloration of the set comes from Nazmir.
Alliance characters wishing to obtain this appearance should look for the Zalamar set on the AH.

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The Patch 8.1 PTR is turning up some cool stuff already — upgraded Blood Elf Guard armor that may or may not be the Blood Elf Heritage Armor, a Boomkin form of their own for Highmountain Tauren Druids, new Night Elf stuff — but what has me most excited is that there will be capybaras!

I’m rather fond of capybaras. I think they’re funny and cute. Guinea pigs are my favorite small animal pet; we had a series of them when I was growing up, and by the time I was in college, the guinea pig was my special pet. I keep telling my toddler that when he gets big enough, I’ll get him some guinea pigs — but they will really be for me, and I’ll just be sharing them with him. And capybaras look kind of like gigantic guinea pigs.

I sure hope the capybaras will be tamable — both as big ones for Hunters and as little ones for Pet Battles. I haven’t tamed any new Hunter pets for quite awhile now — I’ve been meaning to tame a manasaber and to make the Mecha-Bond Imprint Matrix and then go tame the purple-gold-blue mechanostrider in Gnomeregan, but because I rarely actually use any pets other than the faithful cougar who’s been with me since level 10, adding new pets to my collection always seems to be so low down on my priority list of ways to spend my game time that I never get to it. I think I’d go out of my way to tame a capybara, though 😀

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There is among the tauren of Kalimdor a tribe named “Highmountain”, perhaps in distant memory of Huln and his kin. Along with the Bloodhoof, the Ragetotem, and the Grimtotem, the Highmountain are renowned as warriors who led out against and bore the brunt of the constant attacks from centaurs, harpies, quilboars, and gnolls. The most well-known members of this tribe are Jerrik, Melgromm, and Trag.

When, following Eitrigg, the warriors of the Horde assaulted the Broken Shore, not all of them were snatched away by Odyn’s Val’kyr. Among those left behind, fallen, was Kaiopeqa of the Highmountain tribe.

~*~*~

After raising General Nazgrim as the first of the new Four Horsemen, The Deathlord wondered if the Lich King had given her this power just to fulfil his ends… or if she could perhaps use it for her own, as well. For all of the tolerance and kindness that had been shown her by The Farseer and others, the friendships she had managed to forge — and despite having managed to locate and regroup several of the Grimtotem Ningha during her time at Frostwall Garrison* — she still felt lonely, somehow. Now, the burdens of being Deathlord weighed heavily upon her, and she desired an apprentice. Knowing of the warriors’ catastrophe from her friend The Battlelord, The Deathlord sent one of Dread Commander Thalanor’s aerial patrols to do some reconnaissance of the area and bring her back a test subject — preferably a tauren female, if they could find one. They brought her Kaiopeqa.

The Deathlord raised the Blades of the Fallen Prince over the corpse of the young tauren warrior and Kaiopeqa arose into undeath filled with horror and hatred and unholy bloodthirst.

The Deathlord promptly assigned her to collect the Maw of the Damned and Apocalypse. When her new apprentice had departed on these errands, The Deathlord heard the Lich King’s hoarse whisper in her mind: Very well, I shall let you have this one indulgence. But no more. This power is mine, to be used for my purposes and mine alone. You will use it only as I command.
The Deathlord replied: You are indulgent, my liege. I know how you allowed me to obtain these blades. I know how you permitted The Archmage to take Felo’melorn. I am satisfied.

The Deathlord watched and waited, patiently, as Kaiopeqa went through the same sequence of emotions as she herself had after being released from the Lich King’s grasp at Light’s Hope Chapel all those years ago. Horror and hatred sank into despair and depression. From those emerged, in time, a desperate need to control the sadism that had been inextricably imbued into the soul by the process of being raised as a Death Knight by channeling it into useful service to society**. When Kaiopeqa reached that stage, The Deathlord assigned Kaiopeqa and her tribesman Trag to respond to Archmage Khadgar’s request for heroes to aid the tauren of Highmountain.

The two Highmountain returned from Highmountain filled with more questions than answers concerning the origin of their tribe. More significantly, the experience had given Kaiopeqa a form of… not exactly peace… but consolation, perhaps.

“When I was in Tanaan Jungle”, Kaiopeqa told The Deathlord, “I saw the Eredar, and I saw the Draenei, and I felt sorry for what the Eredar had allowed themselves to become. It is better to be this and be able to continue to fight against the Legion, than to lie idle in the Earthmother’s Embrace and be unable to prevent all of our people from becoming like the Feltotem.”

~*~*~

* Aurochs Grimbane, Kaasa Blighthoof, Kilga Mourningsong, Tigar Frosthoof, and Tipa Rimehorn — all of them had taken new surnames that renounced their Grimtotem origins and embraced their identities as Knights of the Ebon Blade.
And then there was that taunka woman, Kaumaleia — though she hardly counted, either as a fellow Death Knight or as a friend. Kaumaleia had somehow managed to shake off almost all of the qualities of being a Death Knight except the unfortunate condition of being undead — and she managed to ignore even that most of the time, too. Kregga suspected that Kaumaleia had been one of the ice-shaman of her people before her death and raising, and that the similarity of that magic to the way in which a Death Knight wielded frost was what had allowed her to elude most of the corruption from the Lich King. Or perhaps the Lich King had never truly gotten ahold of Kaumaleia because she was so remarkably silly… Kregga could barely tolerate her.

** Death Knights love Dailies because those tasks give them ample opportunities to cause the suffering and death they require to quell their own pain.

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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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