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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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With today’s Kirin Tor Emissary quest, Kamalia reached Exalted with the last of the 7.0 reputations and got enough Artifact Power to put the 35th trait into Doomhammer. She now has 35 traits in all three of her Artifact weapons. I would like to be celebrating that I’m done with her Artifact weapons… except that come patch 7.2, I won’t be.

/headdesk

This is a great system for people who have an OTP relationship with their Main. For me, though, spending all my playtime with Kam farming Artifact Power is a rabbit hole that I’ve already spent too long falling down. If I want to accomplish my goal of playing all twelve of the Order Hall Campaign stories, I need to be able to let Kam rest.

So, I won’t be doing any more AP farming to put any further ranks into the Paragon traits of Kam’s Artifacts, and I will try to resist the lure of new content when Patch 7.2 comes out to focus on completing the 7.0 and 7.1.5 content first.

At Artifact Knowledge 25, it’s really only the last 5-ish traits that really take awhile to get. Kamalia can quickly boost each alt to Artifact Knowledge 20 as soon as she reaches level 110. Reaching Artifact Knowledge 25 is necessary to get the lore stories about all the Artifacts. Getting AK ranks past 25 will certainly speed my alts along the way to getting all of their Artifacts (or at least the ones for the specs I actually play with them) to 35, though, so I’ll probably end up doing it.

When I’ve gotten my alts’ Artifacts up to 35 traits, then I can think about doing the questlines to open up the Empowered traits. I must admit that I would like to do each of the seven Empowerment questlines at least once, just to see what they’re about.

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After collecting all of the Artifact weapons, my next goals were to recover a Pillar of Creation and to do the Order Hall Campaign chapter that opens up at level 103.

I’m grateful that the devs put at least one of the Pillars of Creation outside the end-of-zone dungeon… but it still took awhile to decide to run Val’sharah a dozen times.

My Druid went through Val’sharah with the sound on and watching all the cutscenes completely, of course. Most of the rest of them, however, did it with the sound off — I got tired of listening to Malfurion and Tyrande wail at each other pretty quickly — and skipping the cutscenes. Nevertheless, most, if not all of them have screenshots of the moment where Tyrande asks “Have you ever loved as I have?” because it has given me something to think about for their RP backstories.

By about the third time, I’d figured out which areas were entirely side-quests. By the fourth or fifth time, I’d figured out which bonus objectives were easily completed in the course of doing the main quest in the area, and which ones I should just skip in the interest of getting to the end as soon as possible. By the sixth time, I’d streamlined my route through each area. By the seventh time, it occurred to me that the repeated appearances and taunting of the Shade of Xavius throughout the zone were very much like the repeated appearances and taunting of the Lich King throughout leveling in Northrend. By the eighth time, I was asking myself why the Druids, etc, in the zone hadn’t already noticed the creeping corruption of the Nightmare.

I came to the conclusion that what the player is supposed to experience — especially if they do the three Archdruids in the order Elothir, Koda, Thaon, which I think must be the intended order — is the sudden eruption of the Nightmare from out of Shaladrassil — the thoroughly corrupted areas having been overcome as swiftly as Pompeii when Mount Vesuvius erupted. The player comes to the Grove of Cenarius for the first time just as the Nightmare is beginning to spill forth from underneath Shaladrassil. As the player goes deeper and deeper into Val’sharah, the Nightmare has had longer to take over, but it still hasn’t been very long — a matter of hours or days at the most — before the player arrives on the scene. With the help of the player, the NPCs halt the Nightmare at its leading edge, preventing the places that were only relatively lightly touched by the Nightmare from becoming any more corrupted.

One of these days I’ll have to run my Druid through Emerald Nightmare LFR and find out what happens next.

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