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Kaurinka felt like she already knew Ardenweald. One winter when she was an adolescent, she had gotten pneumonia and nearly died. She remembered little of her illness, except that it had seemed that while her body lay delirious in her tribe’s longhouse, her spirit had wandered freely over the dark, snowy landscape around the camp. Out of the corners of her eyes, she’d caught glimpses of towering, sigil-scribed trees with swirling, starry canopies, and underneath them, smaller trees, or maybe bushes, laden with glowing blue globes — but when she turned to try to look at them straight on, she saw only the normal, familiar trees. What was that place?, she had wondered many times during all the years that had followed. And now, here she was. If I had managed to find that place, and walk between those trees, she realized, I would have died.

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I felt much weaker in Ardenweald than I had in Bastion or Maldraxxus. Enemies were harder to kill and took off more of my health in the process. I was using Regrowth more-or-less rotationally just to stay alive, which makes me rather worried for the survivability of my other characters.

Although I did a couple of side quests in Bastion with both Kaelinda and Kaurinka, I ignored side quests entirely in Maldraxxus. I wanted to know the whole story of Ardenweald with Kaurinka, so she did all the side quests. In the process, I discovered that for each zone, there’s one Achievement for completing the main storyline of the zone and another Achievement for doing all of the side quests* — and that both Achievements are required for each zone to complete the Loremaster meta-Achievement. Unlike Legion and Battle for Azeroth, side quests are not optional for Loremaster**! Fortunately, Loremaster is an account-wide meta-Achievement, so I can continue with my original plan of having the character who will pledge to the Covenant of each zone do its side quests — Keliora will do all the side quests of Bastion, Kalaneia will do all the side quests of Maldraxxus, and Kaelinda will do all the side quests of Revendreth — while all the others just barrel through the main questline.

Between the Rest that I accumulated last week and doing all the side quests, Kaurinka was 58% through level 59 when she finished the main zone storyline. She’ll now slumber in Ardenweald until Kaelinda has activated Threads of Fate, then use Threads of Fate to select the Night Fae as her Covenant and level the remainder of the way to 60.

Lorewise, Ardenweald delivered on the themes of heartbreaking loss and sacrifice promised by its Afterlives short. (more…)

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I’ve been taking small breaks from Shadowlands to level with Kasheena. I’d gotten her to level 60 and Old Dalaran before Patch 9.0.1 arrived. After Patch 9.0.1, shortly before the Death Rising event began, I Chromie Timed her to Draenor and established her Garrison, so she could camp out there during the zombie invasion. During the past week, I returned her from Draenor. Then I Chromie Timed to Pandaria and played through just enough of the opening sequence to get to the village, so that I’d have that portal open in the Orgrimmar Portal Room. Next, I dropped out of Chromie Time and did the Battle for Azeroth opening sequence — skipping the Stormwind Extraction scenario — so I’d have that portal open. Then I was ready to Chromie Time to Legion. I discovered, somewhat to my dismay, that I didn’t have the option to skip the Broken Shore scenario and go straight to New Dalaran. Oh well, it had been long enough since I’d done it that it wasn’t so bad to do it again. With Balance as my favorite Druid spec, of course she chose the Scythe of Elune first. I might also get her the Fangs of Ashamane at some point.

I think it’s rather silly that Highmountain Tauren PCs don’t get that campaign marked as completed and their reputation set to Exalted, the way Nightborne PCs get the Suramar campaign and reputation flagged as already done for them. At any rate, she’s questing through Highmountain and shaking her head at being treated like an ignorant outsider. When she’s finished with Highmountain, she’ll probably do Val’sharah, too. She’s currently level 33; if she’s not level 50 by the time she’s finished Val’sharah, well, I guess I’ll figure out what I want to do next when I get there.

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Outfits using items from the Sprite Darter cosmetic set, which was introduced as a 6-month subscription reward in the last months of Battle for Azeroth.

Sprite Darter’s Friend



Sprite Darter’s Wings with Sparkburnt Welder’s Cloak and G’Hanir (default, 3rd tint)

Bright Wings


Sprite Darter’s Wings with Bard’s Trousers, Deadly Glare Cape, and Sentinel’s Branch
I wanted to do a variation on this set with more red in it. I also wanted to show off how the pointed tails of the tunic are part of the chestpiece model, not part of the pants model.

Courageous Flutterer

Crown of Boundless Courage, Sprite Darter’s Flutterers, Burnished Breastplate of Might, Sprite Darter’s Sash, Burnished Legplates of Might, Gauntlets of Annihilation, Boots of Courage Unending, Draenic Ribsmasher

Another Blue Dragon Princess



Frostwind Mantle, Recruit’s Robe*/Soulcloth Vest, Sprite Darter’s Sash, Celestial Kilt, Replica Sorcerer’s Boots, Spire of Coagulated Globules (LFR)

Aura of Twilight


Mantle of Closed Doors (H), Soulcloth Vest, Sprite Darter’s Sash, Bonecaster’s Sarong, Suspicious Slippers, Chelley’s Staff of Dark Mending

Spring’s Envoy


Crown of Boundless Courage, Sprite Darter’s Flutterers, Elegant Dress, Staff of the Verdant Circle

Queen of Spring II



Crown of Boundless Courage, Sprite Darter’s Flutterers, Elegant Dress, Volatile Walkers, Roffle’s Flowing Raiment, Auchenai Staff

Fae Darter


Sprite Darter’s Shawl, High Councillor’s Pants, Tinkmaster’s Spare Shoes, Night Courtier’s Branches, Meadow Guardian’s Staff

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This gear is awarded to Horde players from the leveling zone questlines (first set name) on Zandalar, to players of both factions from World Quests (second set name) on Zandalar, and is also available as BOE greens (third set name) that drop on Zandalar.


Zanchuli/Shadra Silk/Saurifeather (Zuldazar), Loa Speaker/Fen Spirit/Bloodhex (Nazmir), Lastwind/Sandspinner/Skycaller (Vol’dun)

This collection features a mix of outfits centered on the robes and outfits centered on the headdress and/or shoulders.

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Shadra Silk

Zanchuli Dreamer

Nimar’s Tribal Headdress, Night Dreamer Mantle, Shadra Silk Robes, Shadra Silk Gloves, Wild Gladiator’s Treads of Cruelty, Sawbones Shirt*, Golden City Greatcloak, Grave Watcher’s Longstaff
The robe also looks spectacular with the stage 1 Hexweave Mantle and the Illidari Shoulderpads

— though ultimately I preferred the more subdued look of these Broken Isles shoulders.

Zul’Aman’Dazar Crimson


Saurifeather Crest & Mantle, Robes of Dissention/Faded Sprit-Wrencher Robe, Bloodhex Gloves, Stanchion of Primal Instinct

Nazmiracle

Zanchuli Crest, Saurifeather Mantle, Red Mageweave Vest, Apothecary’s Waistband, Astralaan Pants, Rotting Handwraps + Earthmender’s Bracer of Shattering, Infernoweave Boots, Dragon’s Blood Cape, Formal White Shirt, Talanji’s Expedition Tabard, Wild Combatant’s Battle Staff

Dazar’Alor Special Investigator

Zanchuli Crest, Wild Gladiator’s Mantle of Cruelty, Goldweave Tunic, Serenity Belt, Astralaan Pants, Wild Gladiator’s Gloves of Prowess + Loa Speaker’s Cuffs, Gnomish Casting Boots, Ragged Azsharan Sail Fragment, Wild Combatant’s Battle Staff, Formal White Shirt, Talanji’s Expedition Tabard

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Fen Spirit

Blood of the Chosen

Cowl of the Grand Engineer, Mantle of the Chosen Dead, Fen Spirit Wraps, Cord of Unhinged Malice (N), Fen Spirit Handwraps, Wild Gladiator’s Treads of Cruelty, Zardax’s Tattered Drape, Sawbones Shirt*, Korthek’s Staff

Zul’Aman’Dazar Azure

Bloodhex Headdress & Mantle, Forlorn Loa-Binder Robe, Bloodhex Gloves, Stanchion of Primal Instinct

Spring Sunshine


Yellow Spring Circlet/Fen Spirit Headdress, Fen Spirit Mantle, Robe of Solomon*, Girdle of Nobility, Blessed Gloves of Undead Cleansing*, Slippers of Serenity, Gorian Staff
The quest that awarded it having vanished in the Shattering, this particular robe is no longer available —

— but the very similar Bright Robe also looks good.

67) Troll Action Battle Princess


Bloodhex Hood, Warmongering Gladiator’s Mantle of Cruelty, High Councillor’s Tunic, Cord of Unhinged Malice, Soothsayer’s Kilt, Pyrotex Ignition Cloth + Loa Speaker’s Cuffs, Kurkenstoks, Cloak of Everburning Knowledge, Warmongering Combatant’s Battle Staff, Talanji’s Expedition Tabard
Here are a couple of variations:

Alanna’s Embrace (from Old Scholomance; no longer available)

Vestments of the Shifting Sands + Astralaan Pants

Vol’dandy

Fen Spirit Headdress, Fen Spirit Mantle, Royal Blouse, Girdle of Nobility, Astralaan Pants, Sage’s Gloves + Celestial Bindings, Curate’s Boots, Flowing Sapphiron Drape, Formal White Shirt, Talanji’s Expedition Tabard, Fangcaller’s Staff

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Sandspinner

Desert Thunderstorm

Nightvale Cowl, Nightvale Mantle, Sandspinner Vestments, Imbued Silkweave Cinch, Scrollbound Arachnid Gloves, Marshfang Boots, Akunda Adherent’s Cloak, Master Builder’s Shirt, Sethrak Warden’s Staff
Although the Dustwind Cowl matches the colors of the robe perfectly —

— I’m not a fan of the blinded eyes style.

Zul’Aman’Dazar Veridian

Skycaller Cowl & Mantle, Hexing Robes, Bloodhex Gloves, Stanchion of Primal Instinct

Zuldazzling

Sandspinner Headdress, Sandspinner Mantle, Greenweave Vest, Councillor’s Sash, Astralaan Pants, Shimmering Gloves + Elunarian Cuffs, Elunarian Boots, Drape of the Spellweaver, Formal White Shirt, Talanji’s Expedition Tabard, Warmongering Combatant’s Battle Staff

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This gear is awarded to Alliance players from the leveling zone questlines (first set name) on Kul Tiras, to players of both factions from World Quests (second set name) on Kul Tiras, and is also available as BOE greens (third set name) that drop on Kul Tiras.


Tidespeaker/Squallshaper/Sagehold (Stormsong Valley), Navigator’s/Sirensong/Foxhollow (Tiragarde Sound), Wickerwoven/Bloodbough/Heartsbane (Drustvar)

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Tidespeaker

Tidesage



Tidespeaker Regalia with Flamecaster Botefeux/Seabreeze

Tidespeaker

Tidespeaker set with Squirgle’s Deepstone Wand and Tortollan Traveling Lantern
It was this robe that, when datamined in a Legion patch PTR, gave the first clue that we’d be going to Kul Tiras in the next expansion.

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Navigator’s

Tiragarde Navigator

Navigator’s set with Ceremonial Crown of Karabor, Seafury Tamer, and Crow’s Nest Spotlight

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Wickerwoven

Wickerwoven


Wickerwoven set with Lord Aldrius’ Greatstaff
The Alliance appearance of the crafted Tidespray Linen set shares its appearance with this coloration of the quest set.

Port Authority

Grey Tricorne Hat, Bloodbough Mantle, Nobleman’s Coat, Standard Issue Airborne Belt, Nobleman’s Pantaloons, Archaeologist’s Quarry Boots*, Nola’s Shawl, Hacksaw Skinning Knife, Crow’s Nest Spotlight

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