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The only 15th Anniversary event activity that I did was the Trivia Quiz daily for virtually free XP.
I did it with seven characters — three Mages, three Druids, and a Paladin. I only missed one day, in the middle of Finals Week when I was frantically trying to work through my enormous pile of neglected lab report grading.

Kaylynda began at 115 and ended at 119.
Kaelinda began at 114 and ended at 117.
Kerisa began at 111 and ended at 116.
Karaelia began at 111 and ended at 115.
Kerithian began at 111 and ended at 114.
Kaelyla began at 36 and ended at 58
Kasheena began at 28 and ended at 46

The two high-level Mages also did the BfA Rank 2 Herbalism quests (except Akunda’s Bite) and Professions quests at the December Darkmoon Faire. The other two high-level Horde characters did a little bit of Zandalar gathering and Professions quests at the Darkmoon Faire, too. Kerithian didn’t do any gathering or Darkmoon Faire.

Kaylynda will still have a lot of Kul Tiras storyline questing left to do when she dings 120. Ah, well, she’ll need the reputation if she wants to get those pretty Kul Tiras horses.

I’d originally thought that I might try to play Kaelyla through all of the Night Elf zones of Kalimdor for her leveling from 20 – 60. She’s done so much alternative leveling, though, that now she should really just go on to Outland and/or Northrend. Maybe it’ll be Keriluna who eventually gets to see the Kalimdor Night Elf stories, after all.

Between Christmas and New Years, I also managed to eke out some time to run Circle of Stars LFR with Kamalia, so that I could then go do the 8.2.5 “Where’s Wrathion?” questline. I particularly enjoyed that questline for its appropriate use of older locations. The weaving in of new Dragonflight stories with the Chamber of Heart story has become one of my favorite strands of BfA lore. Kamalia is almost to Heart level 70… and I very much hope that the new Dragonflight lore in 8.3 (which I know is present, but about which I have not spoilt myself) is NOT gated behind further Heart levels, because I sure am tired of chasing Azerite champion missions and Humming Azerite Heart Emissaries.

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One thing I’ve really appreciated about the “banding” paradigm for content from previous expansions that was introduced in Patch 7.3.5 is that it extended to Transmogrification — that one can now wear anything, including “endgame” items, from the highest level band that one has reached. That has made Mogging with the Minor Mages so much more enjoyable, even though most of them are still limited to Vanilla items.

I wonder how Transmogrification will be affected by the new leveling paradigm? Will characters in the 1-50 range now be able to wear anything from Vanilla through BfA? If so, then I might not need to do any leveling with the Minor Mages at all! Or will one only be able to wear stuff from expansions that one has actually visited? That would be okay, too — though it would become tedious, by the third or fourth alt, to have to cycle through all the expansions with Chromie just to unlock all the folios of the Wardrobe.

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One of the first things I thought of in connection with the description of the new leveling paradigm for content from previous expansions in Shadowlands was “Now I can level my Pandaren just in Pandaria!”

What other race-expansion combinations might be good thematic fits?
Night Elf or Nightborne in Legion? Yes, but if I’d ever really do it is perhaps, perhaps, perhaps.
Orc or Draenei in Warlords? Well, I’ve already got a Draenei stalled out at level 92 in Draenor, and I actually think it might be better to try to finish getting her through that content before the level squish.
Dwarf in Howling Fjord, Grizzly Hills, Storm Peaks, and Twilight Highlands? Hmm, hmm…
Troll in Stranglethorn Vale, Hinterlands, Zul Drak, and Kun Lai Summit? Yeah, yeah, I rather like that idea.
Undead in Lordaeron & Northrend? Well, yes, thematically it fits, but my Undead is not a supporter of Sylvanas’ agenda.
Worgen, Gnome, Goblin? *shrug*

So maybe in the end-of-Shadowlands lull — after I’ve completed the four Covenant Campaigns — I’ll level Kaoling. And maybe I’ll level Kikimaia, too — though a current feeling of interest in leveling a Troll could just be the influence of having been surrounded by Trolls for all of BfA, or it could be the influence of Classic because I’d rather be Troll than Undead to play a Horde Mage in Classic.

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Night Elves have such an elegance to them. Does having a high-level Night Elf Balance Druid — who uses Glyph of Stars — fulfil the desire to have a caster Night Elf, so I don’t need to level a Night Elf Mage?

Nightborne have the elegance of movement of Night Elves, and they have such a pretty tabard and I rather like their Heritage Armor… but I just don’t like their resting stance. It bugs me enough that I’m not sure that I could get into playing my Nightborne alt. The stance of Zandalari Trolls has the same relationship to the stance of Darkspear Trolls as the stance of Nightborne does to that of Night Elves, but the Zandalari Troll stance doesn’t bug me quite as much as the Nightborne stance. Somehow the placement of the feet of the Nightborne seems a little too awkwardly, uncomfortably wide to me. I had the oddest thought the other day — the stance of Nightborne men doesn’t bug me the way the stance of Nightborne women does, so what if I were to reroll my Nightborne Mage as a man — likely an Occuleth clone, ha! — to level for the Heritage Armor? (There isn’t any other race I’d preferentially play as a man rather than a woman…)

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Now that we know what 9.0 will be, it’s time to think about my priorities for the remaining duration of Battle for Azeroth.

1) Kinevra needs to get to 120 and do the Alliance War Campaign while there will still be enough folks in BfA LFR for there to be reasonable queue times. This is a primary goal partly for seeing the Alliance side of the story and partly for being able to recruit the Kul Tirans and roll a gorgeous curvy ringlet-haired Kul Tiran Mage.

2) Kaelinda needs to get to 120 and get the Sin’dorei Heritage Armor.

3) Kerisa needs to get to 120 so that she can wear all of the Island Expeditions stuff I’ve collected off of the AH for her and to be in position to potentially be my first Horde character to level in 9.0 (because Balance Druids, with their self-heals, are more robust than Mages).

4) After reaching 120 and kitting themselves up in Benthic gear (they all already have full sets of tokens awaiting them), Kinevra, Kaelinda, and Kerisa need to go smack the Jadefire Masters and Opulence around until they cough up the Phoenixfire Staff and the crown, respectively. A lesser degree of LFR priority is collecting the Uldir and Eternal Palace LFR cloth sets.

5) Kamalia needs to get her Heart of Azeroth to level 70 (currently at 65) so she can see all of the dragon stories currently available, and then to whatever level is required for the additional bit(s) of dragon story that will be in 8.3.

6) Kinevra would like to collect the Darkshore Warfront set. Kerithian may not need to get to 120 if the Night Warrior customization option unlocks for her when Kinevra does the Darkshore Warfront introduction questline.

7) Void Elf, Highmountain Tauren, Kul Tiran, Vulpera, and maaaaybe Nightborne alts will eventually want to be leveled for their Heritage Armors, but this will remain a low priority, long game project. Between limited space remaining on my account and alt fatigue, I’ve decided that I will only create additional Allied Races characters if I like the Heritage Armor of that race well enough to want to level from scratch to get it.

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The story concept of Shadowlands isn’t hooking me any more than the story concepts of Warlords of Draenor or Battle for Azeroth originally appealed to me. Warlords had some great characters & character moments (I love Draka in Warlords!), though, and the Alliance-side leveling story story, being unified by the meteoric trajectory of Yrel, felt more cohesive than the Horde-side leveling story. I’ve also found myself much more engaged by the stories of Battle for Azeroth than I initially expected to be. So I am tentatively optimistic that Shadowlands will also have characters, moments, and locations that I will discover that I like very much indeed.

With four different endgame campaign stories to play in Shadowlands, I’ll want to have at least four characters at level 120 by the end of Battle for Azeroth. Three of those four characters will be Kaylynda, Kaelinda, and Kerisa; who the fourth will be, I’m not sure yet. Kerisa will of course Covenant with the Night Fae of Ardenweald. Kaylynda will probably choose the Kyrian of Bastion. Kaelinda is the most likely candidate to choose the Venthyr of Revendreth because the concept art for that faction suggests that their gear will coordinate nicely with the Sin’dorei Heritage Armor for Mogging mix-and-match and also because Kaelinda would like another chance to poke Kael’thas in the eye. That leaves the Necrolords of Maldraxxus… If I want to send a clothie there, the most logical choice from an RP-standpoint would be my Warlock, Kalaneia. The Vulpera Mage that I’ll be creating as soon as Patch 8.3 goes live could also be a good alt to team up with the Necrolords — the Vulpera have that scrappy fight-for-survival attitude and, thinking of Nisha and her maps and battle plans, could work with the “spy” angle of the Necrolords.

Kamalia will be retiring for Shadowlands. During Legion and again in Battle for Azeroth, I was more interested in doing end-game activities — specifically LFR for Transmogrification shinies — with my cloth-wearing Mages and leather-wearing Druid than with my mail-wearing Shaman. Because Kamalia had leveled first, however, she had a huge lead on story and reputation progress toward the Pathfinder achievements, so I felt like it would be better to keep going on those things with her than to play catch-up with another character. In Shadowlands, I want to have the character(s) who I’ll actually want to do end-game activities with be the first one(s) to level.


In-character, Kamalia finally met her match in one of Jale Rivermane’s sons and will be getting married and settling down to attempt to give her parents some grandcalves before she gets any older. Kerisa, meanwhile, spent the latter part of Legion and the first year of Battle for Azeroth being pregnant with her second child, then nursing the infant. She weaned her son, allowing her to return to active service with the Cenarion Circle, just in time for her to help with repelling the Void assaults on Nordrassil and the Emerald Dream.

I’m most likely going to purchase the Heroic Edition because of the special armor set — and the level 120 boost will go to Karaelia so that I can have a character of each of the four armor classes prepared to move into Shadowlands. However, I will most likely not level Kamalia and Karaelia in Shadowlands until the end-of-expansion lull.

I am relieved that there isn’t a new Class. That would be another alt that I’d definitely want to play, but considering that I haven’t even got a second character to 120 in Battle for Azeroth yet, when would I find the time and energy for it?

I’m excited for more character customization options! Kjerstin will be getting herself some Wildhammer tattoos. I wonder what new customization options Tauren and Blood Elves will get?

I’ll probably roll up a Pandaren (or maybe a Void Elf) Death Knight to check out the Bolvar Needs More Minions starting zone, but that character won’t be a permanent addition to my roster. I’ll need another temporary toon to explore the new 1-10 tutorial zone, as well.

I’ll continue to work on leveling my Allied Races characters (Highmountain Tauren Druid, Void Elf Mage, Kul Tiran Mage, Vulpera Mage) for their Heritage Armor. The level squish and ability to level from 10 – 50 in any previous expansion’s content (Wowhead, Blizzard Watch) will help a lot with that, I hope!

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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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a conversation with Kaelinda

So Kaelinda comes up to me and says, “I think I want to do Deaths of Chromie. I rather like the shoulder style from the Chronoscryer’s Finery, and I already have all the other recolors of those pauldrons — and the Chronoscryer’s Finery set as a whole has grown on me since the 7.2.5 preview, too.”

I looked at her and said, “Get in line. Karaelia already wants to do Deaths of Chromie for the bronze recolor of the dragon head pauldrons.”

She retorted, “Yeah, but life outside of Azeroth is getting more demanding, and we’re getting tired. As much as you like that Kul Tiran plate, you’ve just sent Karaelia back to her Order Hall to join the Mission-Table-and-Kirin-Tor-Emissary Suramar Paragoning crew so that you can focus on leveling your Mages and Druids in Battle for Azeroth. And don’t deny that you’ve been contemplating letting Kamalia stay at home and leveling me or Kerisa first in the next expansion.”

I sighed. “Get to level 120 and get your Sin’dorei Heritage Armor, and then we’ll talk about letting you do Deaths of Chromie.”

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The Twelve Classes were on Bloodhoof. The Mages (except for Kaelinda) were on Argent Dawn. All other Horde characters were on Duskwood (Bloodhoof’s linked realm). All other Alliance characters were on The Scryers (Argent Dawn’s linked realm). This was a good system of organization, I thought, tidy and nicely compartmentalized.

Then one evening earlier this week I logged on and did some WQs with Kamalia, flipped over to Argent Dawn to do a few quests in Kul Tiras with Kaylynda, flipped over to Duskwood to do some questing in Mulgore with my Highmountain Tauren Druid, flipped over to The Scryers to take my Night Elf Druid to Boralus — and realized that I was tired of doing that much jumping between realms. Wouldn’t it be nicer if everyone I was actively doing stuff with was on the same realm? On not-quite-an-impulse — I’ve been considering this for a few weeks — I moved Kaylynda, Kaelyla, Kerithian, and Kashina to Bloodhoof. Kashina was the only one who ended up needing a name change; she became Kasheena. My Dwarf Paladin and Dwarf Shaman can stay on The Scryers for now, until I’m ready to start actively doing stuff with them in Battle for Azeroth content.

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Gnomecore’s post on the Dwarf Heritage Armor questline reminds me that I should check up on my reputations for my favorite Base Races. Kamalia is Exalted with Thunder Bluff, of course; she’ll be able to go get the Tauren Heritage Armor when Patch 8.2 arrives. Kaelinda is Exalted with Silvermoon; she just needs to get to 120 already so she can go collect the Blood Elf Heritage Armor. Kaylynda is Exalted with Stormwind, so she’ll be ready whenever the Human Heritage Armor is released. Kerithian is only at Honored with Darnassus, so she needs put on her Darnassus tabard and start farming Darnassus rep so that she’ll be ready whenever the Night Elf Heritage Armor is released. Kyraleia and Kjerstin are both at Revered with Ironforge; they would need both leveling to 120 and some rep grinding to qualify for the Dwarf Heritage Armor.

The three main ways that I’ve farmed Classic capital city reputation in the past have been the Argent Tournament, doing the Cooking and Fishing dailies, and running dungeons while wearing the tabard. Of those three options, I’ll probably take the third one with Kerithian; I’ve found that Heroic Ahn’kahet gives good city rep (2958) if you completely clear it, and Kerithian could certainly use the money she’d get from vending everything she picked up in the process.

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