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Zeirah and DeezWurds and RepGrind have all tagged me for the latest iteration of the blog survey meme.

Aww, thanks, guys!

Zeirah asks:

If you couldn’t blog about WoW anymore, what would you blog about?
Before I began playing WoW, I blogged about Harry Potter on LiveJournal for several years. WoW came into my life at about the same time as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was published. By the time I started this blog, about two and a half years after I began playing WoW, I was barely posting in my LJ anymore — and by now, I haven’t logged into LJ at all for a few years.
Eventually, I will drift away from WoW, and maybe when that happens I will have drifted to something else that I will feel like blogging about — but for now, I really don’t know.

What’s the best and worst thing about blogging?
The best thing is the people I’ve gotten to know! Though I recognize that it’s not likely to happen, I would be delighted to meet you folks in person. For instance, if I ever manage to go to Australia (and to the right part of the continent), I want to do lunch with Navimie and Cymre 😀
The worst thing is when it’s been nearly two weeks since I’ve posted and I feel like I ought to make a post just to keep from having too long of a post drought, but I can’t think of anything to say.

What’s your favourite achievement in WoW?
The original “Loremaster” was my default answer to this question for years, because I worked hard to get it with Kamalia in late Wrath.
Maybe it’s really the one(s) to fish up all the coins in the Dalaran fountain, though. I wrote down in a notebook all the little tidbits of lore from the flavor text on all the coins when I did the original achievement back in Wrath. I’ve been meaning to set aside some time to do the new version of the achievement for the Legion Dalaran fountain.

How long have you been playing computer games?
We got our first computer at home when I was maybe seven or eight? It was an Atari, but I don’t know what version it was; it was the late 1980s, and the machine took two-and-a-half inch hard-cased disks, not five inch floppies. It had two external disk drives — one to put the program disk in to read, and the other to put a blank disk in to save files to. Donald Duck’s Playground was the best game! At school, in elementary school, I played Oregon Trail and various versions of Carmen Sandiego. As home computers got better, I played Jinxter and Matterhorn Screamer and Logical Island of the Zoombinis and the Animaniacs’ Variety Pack. I got really good at Smoocher and Barney’s Balloon Bop from the Animaniac’s Variety Pack while I was in college. We had Myst, too, but I never played much of it.

If you could have one day to do anything in, what would you do?
In the morning, I’d like to take a riding lesson and then go for a trail ride. I took English riding lessons for about a year and a half during graduate school. That was over a decade ago, though, so I’d have to start back at the beginning. After a picnic lunch and a siesta, it would be pleasant to go canoeing on a lake in the mid/late afternoon. Then I guess I’d want to go out to dinner at a moderately nice restaurant, maybe the sort that has a dance floor and a live swing band. To finish the day off, ice cream sundaes at a local business ice cream shop that makes their own stuff. But I don’t want to do those things by myself, or even just me and BTH. I’d want to do all that stuff with my whole immediate family. That would end up being a pretty expensive family reunion — but if I can really do anything, I have the funds for whatever I want to do, right?

What’s your favourite food?
Bread. Seriously. I mean, I thought about saying “chocolate, 60 – 70% cacao”, because I do love the stuff… but that’s so trite and boring. Give me some good bread and some butter to put on it — yum! As long as it’s quality stuff, I love all kinds of bread. There’s this faculty development lunch meeting once a week that’s catered by campus food services; one of the types of rolls they make are so good that when those rolls are on the menu, I might eat four rolls and skip dessert. I like to bake bread, too, but I don’t do that nearly often enough.

Where do you prefer to go, Mountains or Beach?
I’d rather go up in the mountains. The beach can be lovely, but I dislike how sand gets everywhere. I’m terribly out of shape and I huff and puff and my legs and feet get tired and I whinge and moan about those things when I’m hiking — but it’s worth it to see the rocks and the streams and the trees & other vegetation and to hear the birds singing and to get up to an overlook and see a magnificent view.

DeezWurds (Marathal, I think?) asks:

In the event of a Zombie Apocalypse, are you prepared?
Nope. When the Rash illness comes, hopefully I’ll be one of the ones who just dies quickly and stays properly dead…

Have you ever had someone you never would have thought would ever read you blog, mention something you wrote?
I was really tickled when Alternative Chat once metioned something that I’d written.

Of course I have to ask. Alliance or Horde, but also, One Main? or Army of Alts.
Horde; Army of Alts. Did you really have to ask that about me? 😛

Have you ever had the opportunity to attend Blizzcon, or some other large gaming convention.
No. I’ve been to a couple of American Chemical Society national meetings and to an Experimental Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Conference, though. I should probably try to get to another ACS national meeting one of these years, or maybe the next Biannual Conference on Chemical Education.

Do you think Warcraft will ever end, and how do you see them ending it.
I kind of hope that Warcraft won’t go on “forever”. I know that I start to get tired of a book series when it gets longer than about seven or eight books; I stop keeping up with it, and when, a few years later, I see the books that were the newest ones at about the time I stopped actively following the series at the library, I can’t muster up enough interest to pick them up and read them. Ideally, I’d like to have WoW have the last patch of its last expansion at about the same time that my own interest in the game completely wanes, so that later on, I don’t find myself wondering if I want to get back into the game and trying to catch up on everything that I’ve missed.
I’m honestly wondering where WoW will go from Legion, however. If we’re actually going to go to Argus and take on Sargeras in 7.3, what could top that? I guess Sargeras could run away and we’d have to chase him down for the next expansion. But after that, what? If the plot takes a sudden dramatic turn from everything we’ve done so far, then I couldn’t say what that might be or how it might ultimately end — though I am a fan of Rossi & Stickney’s predictions that killing Sargeras will result in a “good job breaking it, hero” moment, after which we’ll have to spend the next few expansions taking care of the Old Gods for reals.
It would be nice to see how various dangling plotlines resolve and clean up and settle down on Azeroth. Although those kinds of stories might not make for very exciting questing, I think it would be a nice “closing the game” touch to have the last patch ever be “clean up/resolution” type quests that actually phase the world to leave Azeroth in a more comfortable and hopeful state before the final log-off… Things like seeing a partial restoration of the Vale of Eternal Blossoms, taking all those places where the player’s actions are supposed to have saved a town and actually having the town be saved (instead of continually under attack so that the players who are still leveling have things to do), and so forth.

What in all the years you have played games, has been your favorite to play.
My favorite game ever? Oh, my, how am I supposed to choose?
My favorite outdoor game is croquet.
My favorite card game is SET; I also enjoy Dominion even though I’m really bad at it.
My favorite board game is Catan — the recent Explorers & Pirates expansion is especially fun to play; I also like Ticket to Ride a lot.
My favorite computer game is probably WoW, though the ones I mentioned above in my answer to Z are also games I really enjoyed during the periods of my life when I was playing them.

And a final one. Should Tauren be allowed to play Rogues? 😛
Well… yes and no. Not so long ago, I would have definitely said Yes. I think there’s plenty of lore precedents for Tauren Rogues of the Outlaw/Pirate variety. It would be fun to play a Tauren Outlaw Rogue. There’s not so much lore precedent for the Subtlety or Assassination varieties, though. I think I’d have the same sort of cognitive dissonance over the idea of a Tauren Subtlety or Assassination Rogue as I do with Tauren Shadow Priests. Tauren also have a rather boring Stealth pose and animations. If Tauren Rogues became a real thing, I’d feel obligated to roll and level one… but I am really happy with my current Blood Elf Rogue, and I think I’d want to keep her as my “main” Rogue.

RepGrind asks:

Do you have a favorite mount or type of mount? (horses, dragons, mechs, etc)
All of my major characters have unique mount macros for their specific mount preferences. Actually, they all have at least two mount macros — one for ground mounts and one for flying mounts. Some of them have more than that to sort different types of ground mounts or flying mounts. Kamalia has four mount macros: one for kodos, one for other ground mounts that I like that have a smaller profile than kodos, one for dragons, and one for smaller flying mounts.

Do your characters have individual personalities?
I would like them to, but I feel like the ways in which I have outlined differences in their personalities to myself are not very well developed — that I use those personality traits in a cardboard/type-casting/one-note kind of way. I don’t think I do very well at making their personalities truly individual when I write stories.

Transmog, yay or nay?
Yay Yay Yay!
Although I was into in-game fashion before Transmogrification, the feature took over my game goals — since Transmogrification debuted, I’ve only really cared about the looks of gear. I choose what content to do and what gear to try hard to obtain based on what it looks like, rather than what its stats are.

Do you have pets?
I’m so glad you asked! Here, have some pictures of my adorable cat being derpy.

What is more important to you, a good storyline or plenty of endgame activities?
A good storyline, because I’m going to be playing through it with a lot of characters. It’s a close call, though, because I also want a variety and abundance of endgame activities — preferably ones that continue to engage with the storyline — so that my lots of characters have a good range of choices of things to do at max level.

How did you get started in blogging?
I got into blogging originally because I wanted to write my thoughts about and post my drawings inspired by the Harry Potter books. I started blogging about WoW when I wanted to participate in conversations about and share my creative projects inspired by the game. Blogging provided an outlet to talk about and document my involvement with these fandoms in more detail than my parents and siblings care about knowing.

What kind of car do you drive?
My car is a 2007 Mitsubishi Lancer that I paid $4800 cash for in 2012. When I need a “new” car, I look for something 5 – 7 years old that I can get for about $5000 and is still in decent condition. And then I drive it until it is really truly dead — needs repairs that would cost more than the worth of the vehicle — before I replace it.

Most of the folks I would think about tagging have already been tagged by someone else, so I’m only going to tag three: Gnomecore, Syrco Owl, and Awaiting the Muse.

Tell me, tell me, would you please? —

* What locations in WoW have the best background music?

* Are there any ways in which WoW (or other games) has influenced or inspired things you do in your pay-the-bills career?

* Which calculator format do you prefer — TI (enter numbers and operations as you would write them on paper) or HP (reverse Polish)?

* What was the most memorable book that you read/movie that you watched last year? What made it so memorable?

* If you could take six months off from your current job and go back to college for a semester and study anything you wanted, what class(es) would you take?

* Give me a recipe for something that you like to make for dinner when you don’t have much time or energy for cooking.

* My current favorite chocolate bar is Chocolove’s “Holiday” bar, which is 55% cacao chocolate with pecans, currants, dried cherries, walnuts, hazelnuts, candied orange peel, and candied ginger — every square is a different delight! What’s your favorite sweet treat of the moment?

If I didn’t tag you but you still fancy answering any or all of these questions, please feel free to do so in the comments!

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Navimie asked me for some help with a pink leather outfit.

The problem is, there isn’t much genuine pink available in leather. There’s lots of red and purple, and some of the reds are pink-ish, but true pinks only appear as an accent color.

The prettiest shades of pink show up in the Genesis Vest Trousers & Boots and Wasphide Gauntlets from AQ40, shown here with the Wild Growth Spaulders, Archer’s Belt, and Staff of the Verdant Circle. The pinks in this armor are really truly pink, but eurgh!, the pattern!

The pants are the worst; the rest of the items might be tolerably worn with the Earthsoul Britches, Haramad’s Leggings of the Third Coin, or the Forest Leather Pants.

The Deep Earth Raiment from Heroic Dragonsoul has, um, mushrooms? I think? that are more pink than red, at least to my eye. This very simple outfit uses the Heroic Deep Earth Raiment with the Savage Gladiator’s Wyrmhide Spaulders, Master Brewer’s Gloves, a hidden belt, and Rapture.

The shoulder armor could be hidden, too, so that it doesn’t obscure the really rather pretty pattern around the shoulders of the robe. Here the pink looks more like berries than like mushrooms.

The Vest of the Glowing Crescent from Ulduar 10 is more red than pink, but it’s a pink enough red that perhaps we can work with it. Here I’ve combined it with the Otherworldly Mantle from Emerald Nightmare — I think this is the LFR version, though I’m not completely certain — Emblazoned Leggings, Runesworn Girdle, Bloodfire Talons, Bard’s Boots, Dark Silk Shirt, and Crystalheart Pulse Staff.

I hope this helps you out with whatever you’re wanting a pink outfit for, Navi! ❤

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I’ve made a collection of red and green Transmogrification kits for Winter Veil. I’ve made a collection of orange and blue Transmogrification kits for Midsummer Fire Festival. Although there is no in-game holiday that is associated with the colors yellow and purple (only factions such as the Kirin Tor and the Arakkoa Outcasts), I felt like I ought to make a collection of Transmogrification kits using those colors just to finish filling out the color wheel.

Royal Bulwark

Lightbringer Greathelm, Glorious Shoulder Pads, High Chief’s Armor & Legguards, Lightbringer Belt, Sunscale Gauntlets & Sabatons, Shadowvine Cloak of Infusion, Rich Purple Shirt, Quickening Blade of the Prince, King’s Bulwark
This kit is bold to the point of being garish, but that was kind of the point: to make a yellow & purple kit as loud as the red & green kits I’ve made for Winter Veil or the orange & blue kits I’ve made for Midsummer Fire Festival.

Royal Peacekeeper

Replica Soulforge Spaulders, Forgotten Peacekeeper chestpiece & leggings, Uktar’s Belt of Chiming Rings, Life Bearer’s Gauntlets, Windroc Greaves, Shadowvine Cloak of Infusion, Hammer of Grief
I had the idea to make a purple and gold kit to go with this purple and gold weapon. The relatively muted tones of the colors in the weapon prompted me to choose this chestpiece & leggings, which also have a relatively muted gold tone. I think that’s what saves this kit from being glaringly garish — though it’s still probably somewhat garish.

Gorian Legacy

Blast-Proof Cowl, Snake Spaulders, Moss-Woven Mailshirt, Earthgrasp Girdle, Leggings of Broken Magic, Crimsonscale Gauntlets & Greaves, Cloak of Seething Hatred, Cudgel of Furious Justice, Aldori Legacy Defender
Kamalia and Ketura’s Followers had brought back an assortment of purple and gold mail items from Highmaul and Blackrock Foundry. It was obvious that this chestpiece and leggings went together, but somehow I didn’t quite realize that this belt and hat were part of the set, nor that I’d managed to collect the entire set, until I was looking up the items to write this outfit description.

Kirin Tor Element-Bender

Glimmering Mail Pauldrons, Skettis chestpiece belt & leggings, Battlecaller Gauntlets, Sparkleshell Sabatons, Cloak of Seething Hatred, Kirin Tor Tabard, Cudgel of Furious Justice, Protective Barricade of the Light
So after I made that purple & gold kit using Warlords raid items, trying not to just make a kit using the older Skettis/Netherstorm (lilac) and/or Burnished (golden) style of mail armor, I realized that actually, I did just want to do that, after all. Khadgar’s summons to attend him at Dalaran-above-Karazhan provided a perfect excuse to make just such a kit: when she went to Dalaran, Kamalia wished to express her previous affiliation with and allegiance to the Kirin Tor.

Fanghunter

Headhunter’s Spaulders Mitts & Slippers, Armor of the Fang, Belt of the Fang, Leggings of the Fang, Golden Iron Destroyer
A simple combination of two classic purple and yellow leather sets, dressed up with an elegant mace.

Savage Dancer

Contender’s Wyrmhide Shoulders, Raging Spirit Harness, Red Belt of Unspoken Warning, Mountainscaler Leather Legguards & Gloves, Frostwolf Scout’s Boots, Blade of Savagery
Although the purple in this kit is subdued to the point of being purplish-black, overall it feels more purple-and-gold than black-and-gold to me. At any rate, I have always thought of this chestpiece as very dark purple rather than as black, and these are the items that wanted to go with it.

Queen of Sheba

Tenderheart Shoulders, Robes of the Battleguard, Sash of Mortal Desire, Darkweave Breeches, Replica Virtuous Gloves + Glowing Magical Bracelets, Rich Purple Shirt, Telmor Crystal Staff
Another variation on the bright robe against a dark background theme. With the option to hide shoulders having become available in Patch 7.0, I tried hiding the shoulders for this kit — but it just looked better to me with these shoulders than with no shoulders.

Erinys’ “Nothing Gold Can Stay”

Mystical Mantle, Greater Adept’s Robe, Soulguard Girdle, Soulcloth Gloves, Mountainsage Sandals, Darkmist Cape, Wand of Happiness, Suntouched Flowers
I cheated for this last one and borrowed this gorgeous golden & lavender kit created by Erinys in April 2014 for MoMaR’s “ROYGBIV” Transmogrification contest. The colors remind me of crocuses blooming above the snow in early spring.

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Although I had considered retiring my Draenei Mage, Kaprikka, at the Lamplighter Inn in Embaari Village, at the end of Warlords I ultimately decided to pull her back to the Exodar.

Ever since I played through the Battle for the Exodar scenario at the beginning of the Light’s Heart questline for the first time with Kamalia — knowing that Kaprikka was there when those terrible things happened there — I can’t bear to log in with Kaprikka. It would feel utterly wrong to be in an Exodar that is calm, peaceful, undisturbed, still filled with the soothing chiming of O’ros, still led by a Velen who is suppressing the ancient brokenness of his heart.

A few days ago, Mr Rossi wrote about the trauma experienced by major lore figures and how the in-game and external lore sources deal with it inconsistently. Something the Battle for the Exodar has made me stop and think about is the trauma experienced by the “little guys”, the ordinary folk of Azeroth. Every time I play through that scenario with another character, I can’t help but think, what was Kaprikka’s experience with this event — the experience of an ordinary Draenei citizen?

Some of the things the Terrified Draenei Citizens say when you rescue them — especially the things the children say —

— show that the devs put at least a little bit of thought into how this event would affect the ordinary people of the city. But that’s also another thing that makes it hard to think about logging into an unchanged, unaffected Exodar, with a Velen who is still a pillar of the Light.

When I played through the scenario again last night with my Blood Elf Mage, Kaelinda, it was even more harrowing than it has been for my other characters. I imagined Kaelinda remembering her visit there, in Human disguise, shortly before the Cataclysm, and being even more deeply horrified than my other characters by the fel destruction taking place. I imagined her searching for the face of her friend, Kaprikka, among the crowd when she first arrived at Velen’s bubble in the Vault of Light and becoming increasingly desperate as she didn’t find Kaprikka while looking for Terrified Exodar Citizens to rescue. I imagined that she caught a glimpse of Kaprikka running to safety after she had finished collapsing the Legion portals, but that she couldn’t stay because Velen took off toward the Seat of the Naaru. And even though what I actually did in-game was use Khadgar’s Beacon to teleport back to New Dalaran as soon as the scenario was over, if I were to write this event up as an RP story, Kaelinda would go back to the Vault of Light to talk to Kaprikka before she returned to New Dalaran.

For Draenei who have been around as long as Velen — or who are first- or second-generation children of the exodus — the attack of the Legion on the Exodar on Azeroth is probably just “oh no, not this again…” For Kaprikka, though, who is only 200 – 250 years old — born on Draenor, in Farahlon — this is only the second time that she has experienced this kind of thing… and if she’s honest with herself, in only a decade, she hasn’t completely recovered from the events that turned Draenor into Outland. And because she was in Farahlon, away from the worst of the rampage of the Orcs, the Legion’s attack on the Exodar on Azeroth is a more traumatic experience for her than Kael’thas’ Blood Elves’ attack on the Exodar that led to its flight to Azeroth.

“We were supposed to be safe here!”

“No, child, the Draenei are not ‘safe’ from the Eredar anywhere. The difference with this world is that here is where we stop running. Here is where make our final stand.”

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Because I tend to spend Sunday afternoon and evening doing Transmogrification photo shoots, picture processing, and posting to character outfit pages, I might as well make a general post the same day of any outfits that aren’t part of some themed Transmogrification collection that I’m working on.

Sixteen Tons

Underworld Helm, Hateful Gladiator’s Plate Shoulders, Breastplate of Vaulted Skies, Girdle of Gar’gol, Plated Magnataur Leggings, Fallen Brotherhood Gauntlets, Demonbreaker Crushers, Ebon Filigreed Doublet, Cold Iron Pick
A long-awaited mining outfit for my miner. I’ve kept putting it off to make other, newer ideas, but it has turned out better for the delay. In the beginning, I just knew that I wanted to make a kit with the mining hat and pick. I hadn’t really thought of anything else that I wanted to use in the outfit until I started to put it together. The Warlords chestpiece and boots, along with the Wrath PvP shoulders that I only acquired after they became available for gold, combine to make an appropriately gritty, grimy kit.

Argent Dawn Crusader

Lightbringer Greathelm, Pauldrons of Abyssal Fury, Jade Tiger Chestpiece, Girdle of Uther, Flintlocke’s Piloting Pants, Gauntlets of the Vanquisher, Obsidian Greaves, Ironfoe, Shield Against the Evil Presence, Tabard of the Argent Dawn*
This outfit concept started with the Thrall pants & boots, then picked up the Mother Shahraz shoulders. When I decided to add the Blackfathom Deeps shield, I also decided to put on the Argent Dawn tabard and make it a Paladin kit. I might try to made a different outfit using the pants, boots, and shoulders for my Warrior someday.

Netherlight Sun Priest

Whisperwind Spaulders, Spelltwister’s Grand Robe, Sash of Mortal Desire, Brewer’s Gloves*, Ogre Mage Staff
The Tauren Sun Priests at the Netherlight Temple conclave are wearing the Ulduar Druid tier robe & gloves. This works well from a lore perspective because the Tauren priesthood is a very recent offshoot of Tauren druidism, but it doesn’t work so well for Transmogrification. This Mists crafted robe seemed to me to be the most similar aesthetic in cloth; its colors recall the Phaelia’s Vestments of the Sprouting Seed recolor of the Valorous Nightsong robe.

Spellbinder’s Lament

Wang’s Unshakable Smile, Mantle of the Extensive Mind, Spellbinder Robe, Wine Tasting Gloves, Junglestrider Sandals, Mantle of Doubt, Staff of Solemn Secrecy
Still a Priest tier-lookalike hat, but at least a less saintly-looking one. If Patch 7.1 hadn’t added the ability to hide belts, I’d be using the Belt of Arcane Storms with this outfit.

Erinys’ “Nothing Gold Can Stay”

Mystical Mantle, Greater Adept’s Robe, Soulguard Girdle, Soulcloth Gloves, Mountainsage Sandals, Darkmist Cape, Wand of Happiness, Suntouched Flowers
Erinys created this outfit in April 2014 for MoMaR’s “ROYGBIV” Transmogrification contest. The colors remind me of crocuses blooming above the snow in early spring.
Kaylynda still hasn’t been to the Broken Isles to establish her Order Hall and get her Artifact weapon, so she is still free to make wand-wielding outfits.

If any of you, my dear readers, have kits that you’d like to share, I’d be happy to add you to the show! Just email me your picture(s), along with a list of the items in the outfit. I don’t regularly check my blog email, though, so if you’ve sent me an outfit, please make a comment on the most recent Sunday Mog Show post so that I know to check my blog email for your contribution.

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Because I tend to spend Sunday afternoon and evening doing Transmogrification photo shoots, picture processing, and posting to character outfit pages, I might as well make a general post the same day of any outfits that aren’t part of some themed Transmogrification collection that I’m working on.

Rivermane Shaman

Mountain Throne Coif (N), Burning Sky Pauldrons (N), Sanctified Frost Witch’s Tunic, Tol’Vir Hereditary Girdle, Lightning-Infused Leggings, Grips of Fierce Pronouncements, Furbolg Medicine Totem, Loa-Binder Disc, Rivermane War Harness
For some reason, I think this furry parka-like version of the folded hood helm doesn’t look quite as silly as the original Warlords version of the style. Maybe that’s because I’m rather fond of Jale Rivermane, who inspired this outfit.
Pherian gave me the idea to use the Rivermane War Harness as the perfect finishing touch for this outfit concept — thank you!

Lady Firehawke

Firehawk Hood (N), Mantle of Closed Doors (N), Fire-Gizzard Robes, Gem-Inlaid Velvet Cinch, Ritual Gloves, Landfall Satin Treads, Dungeoneering Guide
This kit happened because Felo’melorn needed to be used in combination with this hat. Although I’d like this hat better if everything below the maroon roll wasn’t there, I do love that long elegant firey plume.

Crimson Veil

Bonechewer Shoulderguards/Hidden shoulder, Primalstorm Breastplate, Burning Blade Devotee’s Cinch, Mystic Sarong, Blacksting Gloves, Sandals of the Insurgent, Eternally Folded Blade
The problem with the Mystic Sarong is that although it matches the Sandals of the Insurgent perfectly, it also mostly covers up how perfectly it matches them. Setting her to dancing seemed like the simplest way to produce an easily observable range of motions that might allow me to capture the design of the sandals and the design of the kilt in the same image.
Additionally, the matching chestpiece, the now unobtainable Polychromatic Visionwrap, is cloth.
I debated whether or not to use shoulders with this kit. It feels more properly Demon Hunter-ish to leave them off, to better display her tattoos, but I also really like the way the outfit looks with the shoulders included. So as with the previous kit, I spent some time with the shoulders on, and some with them off.
This kit also seemed like a good opportunity to use the more elaborate of the Sin’dorei-themed blindfold designs.

Frosty Dragonsworn

Pauldrons of Conviction, Chestguard of Salved Wounds, Clear-Eyed Waistguard, Truesteel Greaves (3-670), Schooner-Savior’s Grips, Insubordination Boots*, Hailstorm
Now that I’ve made sets with the three colors of these pauldrons for the Underpowered Death Knight, I need to make some for my Paladin — who actually did the work of farming them up — and my Warrior. The challenge — and the fun part — will be to make them distinctively different in class-appropriate ways.

Today was also a supremely lucky day for fishing — both of my characters who’d been trying to get fancy fishing poles got the ones they wanted today!

Now if only the devs would make fishing poles Moggable, so that I could Mog over that creepy floppy murloc skeleton when I get the Underlight Angler

If any of you, my dear readers, have kits that you’d like to share, I’d be happy to add you to the show! Just email me your picture(s), along with a list of the items in the outfit. I don’t regularly check my blog email, though, so if you’ve sent me an outfit, please make a comment on the most recent Sunday Mog Show post so that I know to check my blog email for your contribution.

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Kamalia hasn’t gotten much play this week. Being so close to the first Legion alt-leveling milestone of getting each Class its first Artifact weapon and to level 101 to unlock Champion missions at the Order Hall, I wanted to get that done.

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I chose Arms first with my Warrior because Mr Rossi says it’s the best for leveling and World Questing.

Skyhold is aesthetically lovely. As much as my Warrior has been intrigued by the Vrykul ever since Northrend, though, she finds Skyhold rather lonely with only Valarjar and Val’kyr there. And despite previous encounters with Titan structures and constructs, it wasn’t until she unexpectedly found herself in Skyhold, staring at Odyn, that the works of the Titans caused her to wonder about the reality of the Earthmother. Perhaps if she’d been to Ulduar with Khadgar and Brann to see Magni, she might not be feeling so unsettled. But only my Paladin, Shaman, Druid, and Mage did that. I might have to come up with an in-character motivation for my Warrior to go talk to Archivist Elysiana to do that questline (at least the Ulduar part of it)…

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It was a thoroughly delightful surprise to discover that the Tauren Seers were involved in the first stages of the quest chain for the Protection Paladin Artifact. Some of the later quest chain text speaks of “a great warrior” who went to one of the locations before the paladins do. I’m guessing it was probably for the Protection Warrior Artifact (because I went somewhere quite different for the Arms one) but the warrior didn’t go to exactly the same specific location, just the same general area, so my headcanon can be that my Paladin did in fact go there first.

This sword and shield are so pretty that I don’t feel sad about not being able to use the Alliance movie tie-in weapons with my Tauren Paladin anymore 😛

As for the Paladin Order Hall, now that I’ve actually been to the Sanctum of Light, I totally get what I’ve read about Priests being utterly smitten with jealousy when they get to visit the Paladin place as part of their Order Hall Campaign. The Mage place is still my favorite Order Hall, but the Paladin place is a very close second!

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I’ve read that the Balance Druid and Affliction Warlock Artifact questlines are substantially similar in much the same way that the Disc Priest and Arcane Mage Artifact questlines are. After playing through the Balance Druid questline, I’d guess that the first few quests are different for Balance Druids and Affliction Warlocks, but that after you meet up with Revil Kost in Duskwood, they are essentially identical. I saw a Gnome Warlock running around in some of the same places that I was investigating.

I can’t think of The Scythe of Elune without wanting to call it “The Scythe of Elooooone“, ala Oxhorn (one of the very early movies, though I don’t remember exactly which one anymore).

In one of the other treasure chambers of the Karazhan Crypts, I found this strange statue.

I have never, ever seen this image before. What is it? Where did it come from? Something about the style of it makes me wonder if perhaps it might have been designed to be part of Yaungol lore, in a questline that got cut? Or does it portend some as-yet-unknown Tauren faction?

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With the first milestone completed, my next objectives are to level the characters who want multiple Artifacts to 102 so I can get the rest of the Artifacts I want to collect and to bring Light’s Heart to each Order Hall. In my headcanon, though, Light’s Heart will actually be at the Fel Hammer because my Demon Hunter is the primary character with whom I intend to pursue the continuation of that quest chain at level 110.

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