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So here I am, with two level 110s and no flying because I haven’t completed Suramar yet on either one of them. Kamalia has 35 traits in all of her Artifacts and Kaelinda is closing in on having 35 traits in all of her Artifacts, but neither of them is working on Concordance because they haven’t gone down to the Broken Shore yet. Kamalia is getting close to Revered with Legionfall, though, simply from sending her Champions on missions that reward Legionfall tokens and choosing Legionfall when the Kirin Tor Emissary is up. Kaelinda has all of her followers — five, because she hasn’t yet completed her Order Hall campaign — to 900, one of them Titled, and the others rapidly approaching Titled. Kamalia has most of her active followers to 900, and she hasn’t gotten any of them to Titled yet. I haven’t done any LFR yet.

I’d say I’m pretty woefully behind the curve at this point. *shrug* Even not having flying yet isn’t particularly bothering me, because I know I’ll get there eventually.

Fortunately, when Patch 7.3 comes, it won’t be nearly as hard to catch up anymore — except for getting flying.

So Kaelinda will finish Suramar. And Kaelinda will do the Broken Shore/Legionfall Campaign, because she really wants her Class Mount and Kamalia doesn’t. Kaelinda might be the one who trailbreaks on Argus, or it might be Kamalia. Or it might be one of my other characters who hasn’t reached 110 yet.

As they trickle through to level 110, my other characters will all do their 7.0 Order Hall Campaigns, and they’ll all do Legionfall at least through getting their additional Champion. Completing Legionfall to get their Class Mounts, however, will most likely be something that I leave as a “go do this old rep because I need a break from current content” thing for the next expansion. The Demon Hunter will do the Xe’ra questline because it seems most appropriate for her, and the Paladin will do the Deaths of Chromie because she’s the one who most wants the cosmetic armor reward. The Mage and the Druid need to run Emerald Nightmare/Nighthold LFR, the Mage and the Warlock and the Priest should run Trial of Valor LFR, and I haven’t decided yet who wants to run Tomb of Sargeras LFR.

But school starts three weeks from yesterday, so Patch 7.3 can just take its sweet time in getting ready to launch.

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This fortnight’s topic from Z & Cinder’s Blog Challenge is a perennial favorite of the altoholic:

Making a new character in WoW can be one of the most fun things to do; you get to pick a new appearance and maybe a new class and there’s the anticipation of going to see all the low leveling zones again.. but first you have to name your new toon.
How do you come up with character names?
Is there a particular naming convention you follow? Do you like your toon name to reflect on their class fantasy? Does their name set their personality for you? And most of all… do you ever get stuck just staring at that pick your name box???

My primary rule of naming my characters is that I name them as if they were real people.
Occasionally, I choose names that are deliberately punny, but the puns are relatively subtle.

My naming convention — all of my characters’ names begin with “K” and the names of characters who belong to the “one of each Class” set must also end with “a” — arose somewhat spontaneously. If I’m remembering the way things happened mostly correctly (and not as a tall tale), by coincidence, the names I chose for my first three or four characters all began with “K”, and it was after I noticed that I’d done that serendipitously that I decided to continue doing it deliberately.

I wrote about how I name my characters during the first year of this blog’s existence. The origins of most of my characters’ names are explained in that previous post, so I won’t go over them again in this one. The inspirations for those names came from the gamut of sources — and sometimes I did get stuck staring at the name box and hitting the “randomize” button until it generated something I thought I could change around a bit and live with.

A few of my characters’ names have shifted since they were originally created due to server transfers — Kjersti became Kjerstin, Karelia became Karaelia, Kiraleia the Blood Elf Paladin became Kyraleia the Dwarf Paladin.

When I changed the identity of my Human Mage to be an Alliance surrogate for my Blood Elf Mage (who sometimes wishes that she were still a High Elf), I gave her a new name that is essentially identical to my Blood Elf Mage’s name, just with a couple of the vowels shifted to “y”s: Kaelinda/Kaylynda.

I’ve created several new characters since I wrote that post nearly seven years ago, so I’ll tell you about how I came up with those characters’ names.

My Orc Shaman’s name was “Keshona”; when I created my Orc Mage and decided that the Mage was the Shaman’s mother, I named the mage “Kenosha”, a rearrangement of the consonants in the other name (and also a town in Wisconsin).

My Pandaren Mage is “Kaoling” because I wanted to name her “kaolin”, the word for the specific type of clay used to make Chinese porcelain, but that name was already taken.

I don’t remember exactly how I came up with “Khrissalys” for my Dwarf Mage, other than that I began with the “Kris” syllable and iterated the rest of the name until I was happy with the result, a combination of “Kris” and “Alice”. I like the way it sounds like “chrysalis”, too.

I renamed my Goblin Mage from “Kazuliza” to “Kermione” (a name I originally used for a Goblin Shaman) because I just couldn’t resist how perfect the portmanteau of “Kermit” and “Hermione” is for a Goblin Mage.

I still wanted to use “z” in a name, so then I ended up with “Kazithra”, a slightly sinister sounding name for a Grimtotem Shadow Priest. This character was originally a separate alt, but now exists as an alter-ego of my primary Priest.

At the same time that I created a secondary Tauren Priest alt, I also created a secondary Tauren Paladin alt. I named this character “Kishalla”; the “shall” syllable is inspired by the character Shallan in Brandon Sanderson’s Stormlight Archive. I later recycled the “Kishalla” name for, ironically, an Affliction/Demonology alter-ego for my Warlock.

Kamalia’s parents’ names, “Kehontah” and “Kawneiha”, come from playing with syllables and trying to come up with something that fit the Native American pastiche tone of Tauren culture.

My secondary Shaman, commonly known as “mini-Kam”, is formally “Kamalita” — literally “little Kamalia”.

The Underpowered Death Knight’s name started out as “Kaumalea”, which is deliberately, but obscurely, punny: “kau” is like “cow”, and “mal” is the Latin for “bad/evil”, thus, “bad cow”. Later, I changed the final syllable to “leia” because I wanted a Tauren with that ending syllable. When I draw the Underpowered Death Knight, I coil the long braids hairstyle that she uses in-game up into Princess Leia’s iconic cinnamon buns.

My Monk, Katewatha, got her name because I wanted to have a Tauren whose name shortened to “Kate” and because I wanted to use the letter “w” in another Tauren name. Searching for syllables that sounded okay together, the second half of her name ended up being the same as the name of BTH’s male Tauren Warrior who was my Druid’s leveling companion through level 80 (then BTH decided he didn’t enjoy Warriors and abandoned that alt).

My secondary Monk began her life as “Koralyra” (“coral” as a rearrangement of “carol”, plus “lyra”), a name I had previously invented for a short-lived Dwarf alt and liked enough to use again. Late in Warlords, I changed her name to “Kaobeka”, an anagram of “Akabeko” of Red Cow Rise. I’d actually already been using the name “Kaobeka” for a secondary Warrior alt, but I decided to delete that alt when the news of how specs would work in Legion came out. Besides, I thought that it was more fitting to name a Monk after Akabeko the Druid than a Warrior. When I recently decided to start using that secondary Warrior’s appearance as an alter-ego for Kregga, I retconned her name to “Kaobeqa” so as not to be an exact name-duplicate of Kaobeka the Monk (also, I wanted to use “q” in a name).

My most recent new character, the Demon Hunter, was originally going to reuse the “Koralyra” name. That didn’t quite feel right for her when I put it into the name box, though, so I shifted “lyra” to the “laira” that was the ending of my long-ago Blood Elf Death Knight’s name. Then it seemed better to shift “Kora” to “Kira”, the beginning of my long-ago Blood Elf Paladin’s name. “Kiralaira” felt much better for her both because it flows in a more Sin’dorei sort of way and because it recalls my two earlier characters.

Looking over the names I’ve chosen, they tend to reflect more on the racial identity of my characters than on their class identity. If I’m naming my characters as real people that makes sense — their racial identity has been part of them since they were born and their parents named them, whereas their class identity came to them later in their life.

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Blingtron 5K finally coughed up the last encoded message after I-don’t-know how many duplicates (I didn’t save them). Now my Engineer can move on to leveling her Legion engineering and learn how to make Blingtron 6K.

Meanwhile, the mog farming continues. I am managing to cross items and raids/dungeons to be run off my list. I am starting to get kind of tired of doing nothing but mog farming, though.

Thus, I have been thinking about taking Kamalia down to the Broken Shore and starting to work on gaining Legionfall reputation, so that I can have flying as soon as my Mage gets through Suramar, and also so that I can see what’s up with getting Magatha Grimtotem as a Shaman Order Hall champion. Despite — or perhaps because of — Magatha’s betrayal of Cairne and attack on Bloodhoof Village and Thunder Bluff, Kamalia would prefer to have Magatha and the Doomstone close to hand so that she can keep an eye on them — she was very unsettled by Kaohana’s report of events in Thousand Needles immediately following the Shattering and has remained uneasy not knowing where Magatha and the Doomstone are.

I have also been thinking about just going out and doing Troll Archaeology until I get that blasted Zin’rokh, Destroyer of Worlds. I have a Mog idea, maybe two, that I’d like to use it for. I guess it would be more productive to do Broken Isles/Draenor/Pandaria Archaeology and turn in crated artifacts for Troll fragments instead, though, so that I could work on my Pristines collections at the same time.

And I have been thinking that I ought to go through all my alts and work on their Professions until they reach the (first) point at which they have to go run a dungeon or two. Then I will be able to get the most efficient use out of the dungeon running I will have to do for their Order Hall campaigns.

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I’d been sitting on my level 100 boost, not knowing quite whether I wanted to use it on an existing character or save it for a new character concept. This weekend, it occurred to me that I often wish that my Dwarf Paladin, who’d been stagnating at level 63-ish ever since I faction changed her from a Blood Elf during Cataclysm, were higher level — so why oughtn’t I just spend the boost on her?

To be sure, I just want her to be higher level so that I can use higher level stuff to make outfits for her, but it’s not like I’d be spending the boost on a character I’d actually play if I used it on any other character — any other character I boosted would be just for the purpose of being a mannequin, too. That’s how I spent my level 90 boost, after all — on the Male Tauren Warrior, so that I’d have a male model to dress up on occasion.

So I did it.

Doing the boost meant I got to see the “how to play your DPS spec” tutorial (which seemed very rudimentary indeed) and do the Alliance version of the Broken Shore scenario again. The Alliance version feels more emotionally powerful to me. I tried to take screenshots of things I might have missed the first time through, with Kaylynda. As I was taking pictures of the Weary-Eyed Mourners at Varian’s funeral and being impressed by the variety of their outfits, I remembered someone saying that the mourners are actually Alliance Garrison followers. I’m less familiar with the Alliance Garrison followers than the Horde ones, but once I thought of that, I began to recognize them — or at least their clothing, from their Horde equivalents.

Anyhow, here is the outfit I’ve been longing to make with this character that she needed to be higher level to wear. I like the Alliance versions of the Trial of the Crusader gear so much better than the Horde versions…

Turalyon’s Charge

Turalyon’s Plate with Lightbringer Greathelm, Sunsoul Girdle, Truesteel Boots (3-670), Brilliant Hexweave Cloak (2-655), Ironfoe, and Maximillian’s Shield

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To make it easier to review my screenshots of the Order Hall Campaign stories in the future, I’ve divided the Order Hall Campaign into four chapters. Chapter 1 is the establishment of the Order Hall through the recruitment of the first pair of champions at level 101. Chapter 2 is the level 103 stage of the campaign, ending with the recruitment of the second pair of champions and getting the fourth tint for the default Artifact model. Chapter 3 is everything that happens between recruiting the second pair of champions and recruiting the third pair of champions. Chapter 4 is the last stage of the 7.0 campaign, ending with recruiting the fourth pair of champions, getting the achievement for completing the campaign, and getting the upgraded Artifact model. Patch 7.2 will bring at least three additional chapters — one for the Legionfall activities on the Broken Shore, one for the questlines to recruit the new champion(s), and one for the class mount.

As Kamalia is still my only level 110, she’s the only one who has completed all four chapters of her Order Hall campaign. With the others, I’ve been working my way through Chapter 2. I finished up the twelfth one today, and I’ve been quite pleasantly surprised and delighted at how not formulaic they have been. Unlike the Harrison Jones quests in Warlords, which all followed the same pattern, I feel like no two of the Order Hall campaigns have had the exact same pattern. Many of them do conclude Chapter 2 with getting two new champions and then begin Chapter 3 with a series of five champion missions, but how they get to that point varies, and they don’t all do that. Sometimes the two new champions aren’t recruited at the same point in the questline — one offers their fealty a few quests earlier than the other. My Priest got her two new champions in the middle of Chapter 2, and then she had to run a dungeon before she could complete the chapter — something none of the others had to do. The amount of Chapter 3 questing immediately available upon completion of Chapter 2 has varied from class to class, too. Some of them are just “do a series of five champion missions” and then you’re stuck looking at a silver exclamation point on someone’s head until you reach level 110 (or maybe 109? my highest level alt is Kaelinda, at level 108) — but others have had quite a few things to do. My Warrior only had three missions in the “do a series of champion missions” quest that began Chapter 3. My Priest has two quests for Chapter 3 in her log, and neither one of them is “do a series of five champion missions”. My Rogue has been able to recruit her fifth champion already!

My next Legion progression goal should probably be to get my Mage up to level 110 and go do Suramar with her so that I can complete Broken Isles Pathfinder, Part One reasonably soon. From what I’ve read of the Wowhead Patch 7.2 previews, it’s sounding like I’ll want to have that done before I start doing any of the Legionfall stuff.

I’ve decided that I’m going to invoke Webcomic Time for my headcanon of my characters’ experiences of the events of this expansion: although in Real Time all the leveling and questing to complete all of the Order Hall campaigns will take several months, in my characters’ personal timelines, all of them were doing their Order Hall Campaign things more or less simultaneously within the first few months after the events of the Broken Shore (just like all of them did the Battle of the Exodar together).
When I’ve completed all of the campaigns, I think I might try to outline a unified, concordant chronology of when everything happened in relationship to everything else.

Meanwhile, when I signed into WordPress this morning, I got a toast that today is my seventh blogiversary. I’d forgotten about that, distracted by other things going on my life. Seven years is pretty good, I think. We’ll see if I can keep this going for another one.

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I’ve been enjoying reading Zeirah & Cinder’s Blog Challenge posts, so it’s about time I participated in one myself. This week, the theme is right up my alley:
Show off your alts — ALL your alts.

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The Big Fourteen — one of every class, plus my Alliance main and the Underpowered Death Knight — are the characters featured on my blog banner, who show up regularly in the Sunday Mog Show and whose activities I frequently talk about.


FARSEER Loremaster Kamalia of Thunder Bluff, Legend of Pandaria: Tauren Shaman, 110, Restoration/Elemental/Enhancement, Leatherworker
Assistant Professor Kaylynda the Diplomat: Human Mage, 101, Arcane/Frost/Fire, Scribe
Kaumaleia the Underpowered: Taunka Death Knight, 101, untalented


Talon Queen Kerisa, Guardian of Cenarius: Tauren Druid, 103, Balance/Restoration/Feral, Scribe
Stable Master Ketura, the Crazy Cat Lady: Tauren Hunter, 106, Beast Mastery/Survival/Marksmanship, Goblin Engineer
Blood Champion Keija, the Wakener: Tauren Warrior, 103, Arms/Fury/Protection, Blacksmith


Kregga of the Ashen Verdict: Grimtotem Tauren Death Knight, 103, Frost, Alchemist
Crusader Karaelia, the Argent Champion: Tauren Paladin, 103, Protection/Holy/Retribution, Jewelcrafter
Kaohana the Seeker: Tauren Priest, 103, Discipline/Holy, Enchanter & Tailor
Brewmaster Katewatha, Master of the Ways: Tauren Monk, 103, Mistweaver/Windwalker/Brewmaster, Alchemist


Ambassador Kaelinda of Silvermoon: Blood Elf Mage, 108, Fire/Arcane/Frost, Tailor
Firelord Kalaneia: Blood Elf Warlock, 103, Destruction, Alchemist
Kelisanna the Fabulous: Blood Elf Rogue, 103, Outlaw, Gnomish Engineer
Illidari Kiralaira: Blood Elf Demon Hunter, 104, Havoc, Leatherworker

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The next major group of characters is the Minor Mages, a collection of characters representing each of the playable races. Some of them have more developed personalities and backstories than most of the Big Fourteen, which I occasionally reference.


Kaprikka: Draenei Mage, 92, Arcane/Frost
Kivrinne: Undead Mage, 45, Frost
Kelilla: Gnome Mage, 42, Frost
Kikimaia: Troll Mage, 36, Frost
Kermione: Goblin Mage, 33, Fire
Kenosha: Orc Mage, 32, Fire
Kymberlea: Worgen Mage, 32, Fire
Keriluna: Night Elf Mage, 31, Arcane
Kaoling: Pandaren Mage, 31, Arcane
Khrissalys: Dwarf Mage, 30, Fire

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Then there are the Secondary Tauren — characters who I rolled to experiment with the third specs of my favorite classes. I discovered in Warlords that I didn’t really have the mental energy for more than one level-capped character per class, so since Legion made all specs available to everyone, I have retired these characters. I used to also have a secondary Paladin and a secondary Priest, but they were both under level 40 when Legion was announced, and I deleted them outright.


Kamalita of Thunder Bluff: Tauren Shaman, 100, Enhancement
Brewmaster Kaobeka: Yaungol Monk, 100, Brewmaster, Tailor & Leatherworker
Kaiuna the Explorer: Highmountain Tauren Druid, 63, Feral
Kamalita was originally rolled as an alt to leave behind in the guild we had been in on Lightninghoof when BTH and I decided to move our characters to Bloodhoof. I talk about her most frequently as “mini-Kam”. I eventually moved her to Duskwood, Bloodhoof’s linked server.
Kaobeka was originally named Koralyra; she is most often referred to as “the Pet-Battling Monk”, because that is how she did most of her early leveling.
Kaiuna is the Curly-Haired Tauren.

These two characters represent Kamalia’s parents.

Papa Kehontah: Tauren Warrior, 90, financial agent
Mama Kawneiha: Tauren Hunter, 60, financial agent
They both use the title “Elder” and wear Gold Wedding Bands; Mama also wears a Flawless Diamond Solitaire.

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I love Dwarves — I think they might be my favorite Alliance race — so I have a handful of Dwarf characters that I keep around even though I never play with any of them anymore.


Kyraleia: Dwarf Paladin, 64, Retribution/Holy (originally a Blood Elf)
Kjerstin: Dwarf Shaman, 30, Elemental
Kimorene: Dwarf Priest, 26, Holy (originally a Human)
Karolynne: Dwarf Rogue, 22, Outlaw
Kerithian: Dwarf Hunter, 6, Beast Mastery

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These alts are gone but not forgotten.

The Orc Shaman named Keshona (daughter of Kenosha), the Troll Shaman named Kilauea, the Blood Elf Priest named Kandrista, and the Gnome Warlock named Karrieanna persisted for several years; I finally pruned them mid-Warlords when I was trying to slim my roster down to just the characters I cared about the most.

And there have been many many more alts who had shorter lifetimes and often recycled names.

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Kamalia, of course, got her second set of Champions long ago. My Mage, Demon Hunter, Hunter, Death Knight, and Rogue got their second sets of Champions and fourth tint for the default Artifact style, and I was thinking that project was ticking along nicely.

Then my Hunter decided that she needed the T2 shoulders for a Mog. I’d been avoiding BWL because I didn’t know if I could get past Razorgore — and my first three or four tries ended in defeat — but a quick check of Wowhead turned up a strategy that solved that problem. So then my four clothies decided that they needed to start running BWL too, to get their T2 and to get a non-tier robe that drops from one of the three black drakes. And then there were things I wanted from the first two or three bosses of BWD and ICC, and weapons from deep in Ulduar, for Mog ideas I probably won’t make for months or years… In short, I’ve spent the past two or three weeks neglecting leveling in the Broken Isles in favor of running multiple alts through multiple old raids.

Probably when 7.2 comes out I’ll be distracted from doing the Legionfall stuff by the Tier tab in the Appearances UI and wanting to collect all the old tier items (not necessarily full sets, though) that I like but haven’t gotten around to acquiring yet…

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