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On March 9, 2010, I made my first post as a WoW blogger.

Wrath of the Lich King was winding down and Cataclysm was on the horizon; that first post mentions plans I was making in anticipation of the coming changes of Cataclysm.

I had a few long-term WoW goals back then, and, over the past decade, I’ve accomplished them. I raided (in LFR) with a healer of every healing class during Mists. I got a Horde character of each of the existing classes to the level cap in Mists, Warlords, and Legion. I pushed an Alliance character to the level cap at the end of Cataclysm so that I could play the Alliance side of the pre-Mists events at Theramore; that character continues to be the only Alliance character that I actively play.

The introduction of LFR and Transmogrification in late Cataclysm revolutionized my WoW game. The upgrade of Transmogrification with the Appearances collections in late Warlords changed it further. The “Things my [Class] Wears” and “Sunday on the Promenade” series of posts have become this blog’s core content.

Once upon a time, I thought that when this big milestone occasion arrived, I’d put together something elaborate and special. Real Life has gotten in the way of that, however.

I landed my dream job; BTH and I bought a house and adopted two children. My blogiversary is now greatly overshadowed by its proximity to my older child’s birthday. The past couple of academic years have been rather rough and I’m running on the edge of burnout in my job — and that general exhaustion has propagated a feeling of being on the edge of burnout in keeping up with the “Sunday on the Promenade” series here on the blog, as well. So this small post of simple acknowledgement will have to do.

Here’s to TEN YEARS!

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Way back in 2011, Millya of Manalicious* was doing 5-minute sketch portraits (batch 1, batch 2) for her friends, and I requested a portrait of Kaelinda**, thinking that I might use it for digital coloring practice…

Eight and a half years later, I’ve finally gotten around to doing that.

drawing by Stacey Landry; colors by me

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* I miss Manalicious and still regret that I didn’t ever commission a watercolor portrait of one of my characters, even though I wouldn’t actually be going to BlizzCon…

** because I’d already gotten a Millya portrait of Kamalia, which has been my Gravatar ever since

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Over at Blizzard Watch yesterday, Matt Rossi made an argument, one more time, that the Alliance should have High Elves as an Allied Race. It’s a popular idea, and for good reasons.

If the Alliance were to get High Elves as an Allied Race, the counterpart Allied Race for the Horde should be the Taunka.

Like the High Elves already being a long-time Allied Race of the Alliance, the Taunka are already an Allied Race of the Horde and have been ever since Wrath of the Lich King. We already have four types of playable Elves (and a few more types of non-playable elves) and three types of Human (four if you include the Forsaken), so a third type of Tauren shouldn’t be a problem, either. Mr Rossi discusses a compelling story hook for why High Elves could be involved in the concluding sequence of this expansion. The Taunka don’t have a story hook into this expansion, but if 9.0 is a Death-themed excursion to the Shadowlands, the Taunka, who live around the edges of the Lich King’s domain in the physical world, would have a vested interest in the thread of the 9.0 plot involving the schemes of Bolvar-the-Lich-King. And hey, both High Elves and Taunka would be Allied Races that could be allowed to be Death Knights!

If we were ever to get High Elves and Taunka as Allied Races, though, there really ought to be a new model for Taunka women, giving them the same facial structure as Taunka men, instead of leaving them as differently-scaled regular Tauren women like they are now. Just sayin’…

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I got to Honored with Mechagon today. I got the jetpack blueprint yesterday — no more wasting half an hour camping for Rustfeather! Finding three rares to kill for today’s Mechagon WQ was much easier with the jetpack to zip about!

Mechagon wants to be fun. It is trying so hard to be fun. Sometimes I even catch myself geniuinely having fun while I’m running around there.

But it suffers from what Kaylriene calls “the Curse of the x.2 Patch”

In Coffee Cakes & Crits’ guild, they’ve “swap[ped] exalted with exhausted” when referring to maxing out reputation with a faction — especially the 8.2 factions.

In a recent edition of The Queue, Blizzard Watch columnist Liz Harper writes, “I’m tired too, though at this point I think I’d be tired if we were dealing with daily quests or with world quests. Sure, world quests have more variety and rotate more often, but they’re very much the same idea as a rotating set of daily quests. They’re a chore that you must do every day, and they feel like a chore, too…. Whether it’s daily quests or world quests, whenever I log on now I feel like I have to do dozens of quests in order to progress in the game. And then the same again tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow. It’s not a game at this point: it’s a chore.”

There are days when I log in, look at what there is to be done in Mechagon, and just feel so immediately tired that I log right back off. That happened in Nazjatar, too.

It’s not all the game’s fault, though — it is now T minus two weeks to the start of Fall Semester, so although I have made rather good progress with my course prep so far this summer, I’m starting to get into I AM NOT PREPARED! anxiety mode. Getting ready for the first day & exam unit of my classes and making progress toward flying are competing for my mental bandwidth, and there are days when I really and truly just want to work.

So for now, I’m hoping that I’ll manage to reach Revered with Mechagon before Patch 8.2.5 drops.

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Crown of Good Fortune, Deep Earth Shoulderwraps (N), Expensive Tunic, Darkwood Sentinel’s Cinch, Shado-Pan Reliquary Kilt (LFR), Twisted Wraithtalon Gloves, Hot Spring Sandals, Springrain Staff

I don’t know what you do and don’t have in your Wardrobe, Alunaria dear — I don’t have half of these items myself — but perhaps this will give you someplace to start?

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Netherstorm Eyepatch, Pozzik’s Vest, Coarse Leather Waistguard, Bluegill Breeches*, Nimble Leather Gloves, Prospector’s Boots, Thunderstrike

Alunaria is so sweet! She gave everyone who participated in her “Happy Thoughts” project over the holidays a Cap’n Crackers!
In consequence of this unexpected and generous gift, Kerithian is my first Alliance character to break level 110. She did some of the Druid Order Hall Campaign and some questing in Val’sharah to get to level 111 so that she could wear the Kul Tiras belt that I wanted to use for this outfit.

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The latest challenge from Z & Cinder is a list of questions to answer out-of-character if you’re comfortable enough to talk about your real life, or in-character if you’d rather not talk about your real life. It’s a long-ish list (26 questions), so they’ve said that you don’t have to answer them all if you don’t feel so inclined — so I’m going to cherry-pick the ones that have easy answers 😉

1. How do you drink your tea?
I’m a Latter-day Saint. I don’t drink tea.
Well, I don’t drink black tea or green tea. Herbal teas, though, I like when I’m not feeling well in the winter. I drink more hot cocoa than herbal tea, though; from about October to March, I go through great volumes of hot cocoa. I make my own hot cocoa mix using a recipe developed by my mother.
I tend to drink hot cocoa and herbal tea tepid — not much warmer than room temperature — because I set the mug on a corner of my desk where I won’t accidentally knock it over and then get absorbed in work (or blogging) and forget about it for awhile. I’ve gotten to the point where I actually prefer my cocoa tepid because I can taste the chocolate flavors better that way. When it’s hot, I mostly just taste the sugar.

3. Favorite season
Spring or autumn, especially those lovely few weeks on the cusp each way when I can regulate the temperature of my house without needing either the furnace or the air conditioner simply by opening and closing the windows. I love all kinds of spring flowers — crocuses, daffodils, tulips, lilacs, irises — but I am also rather fond of my roses and California poppies that bloom and bloom and bloom all summer long.

5. Dogs or cats?

7. How many kids do you want?
I used to say “no less than four, no more than six, in other words, five” — but now that I’ve spent the first ten years of my marriage wrestling with infertility, I’ll be happy just to get to three by adoption.

12. What is your family ancestry?
English, Scots, Swedish, and Norwegian

13. What scares you?
Student evaluations. I always put off reading them for as long as I possibly can on the excuse that I can’t ever afford to lose a day of productivity to being in a state of emotional turbulence over the negative things my students have said about me.

14. What are you most grateful for?
My family. I have awesome parents. I have good relationships with my siblings. I have a wonderful husband and a darling child.

15. Dream job?
I’ve got it! I teach at a small two-year college where teaching is my only responsibility — no expectation whatsoever that I will do research. It is exactly the kind of job that I imagined and told my mentors and peers was my career goal to get myself through the long difficult years of graduate school.

16. Do you believe in aliens?
There’s a bit in one of the Narnia books where Aslan tells Lucy that there are many people’s stories in the world, but he can only tell her about her own. There’s a bit in Latter-day Saint scripture where God tells Moses, “And worlds without number have I created; and I also created them for mine own purpose… But only an account of this earth, and the inhabitants thereof, give I unto you. For behold, there are many worlds that have passed away by the word of my power. And there are many that now stand, and innumerable are they unto man; but all things are numbered unto me, for they are mine and I know them.”

17. Favorite sport?
Quidditch? Nah… even if I were a Wizard instead of a Muggle, I’d probably not pay any more attention to Quidditch than I do to Muggle sports.

20. If you could be a teacher, what subject would you teach?
I am a teacher, and I teach CHEMISTRY!

24. What superpower would you choose?
teleportation and telekinesis

25. Favorite animal?
I am quite fond of horses, but realistically, I will never be a “horse person”.
I adore guinea pigs, and I look forward to when my son will be old enough that we can get guinea pigs “for the kid(s)” as an excuse to get them for me.

26. Biggest accomplishment?
Getting my PhD, I guess. I still marvel sometimes that I didn’t get kicked out of my program for being an underperforming student and that my thesis committee let me get away with a doctorate even though my research project only produced one paper that wasn’t published until some months after I finished my dissertation.

27. Do you dare to show a real-life picture of yourself?
I suppose I dare. This is cropped from a picture of BTH and myself taken a few years ago — that’s his shoulder in the bottom left corner — and is rather more glamorous than I usually look.

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As long as I’m answering survey questions about myself IRL, I ought to answer these questions that Alunaria gave me for the latest round of the Liebsters couple months ago…

1. Which World of Warcraft quote is your favorite?
I like to use this on my students after an especially bad exam:

2. If you could bring back one NPC in World of Warcraft, which one would it be, and why?
I can’t think of anyone in particular that I’d like to bring back from the dead. I guess I’d like to find out where Wrathion disappeared off to during Legion and what will happen when he meets Spiritwalker Ebonhorn, aka Ebyssian.

3. What is your favorite thing about the blog of the person who nominated you for the Liebster Award?
Alunaria always takes such beautifully framed screenshots with such wonderful character expressions!

4. What is the biggest challenge you have had to overcome in World of Warcraft?
I think I might be in the middle of it right now… This semester is being utterly exhausting, and while I want to finish my Legion solo-play goals, I’m also feeling more and more behind the Battle for Azeroth curve. I’m wishing now that I’d gotten all my alts to level 110 and through their Order Hall Campaigns much earlier, instead of waiting until the 11th hour to do those things, so that now they’d be further progressed on their Legion rep grinds.
In-game, the Lightning Forge and Chi-Ji’s Challenge scenarios for getting the Legendary cape during Mists.

5. If you could give someone 5 million gold in the game, who would it be, and why?
You mean, if I could ask the Devs to give someone 5M gold? Because I sure don’t have that much moolah myself. Uhm… probably BTH, because maybe I could convince him to re-sub to WoW and come run dungeons and old raids with me occasionally if he could perpetually fund it with the WoW Token instead of with our bank account.

6. Which one of your own blog posts is your favorite, and why?
Oh, gosh, I can’t possibly choose. Everything on my Stories page, and everything on my Drawings page, and everything on my Transmogrification page….

7. If you could bring one World of Warcraft creature into the real world, which creature would you pick?
Kodos! Or maybe faerie dragons.

8. If your World of Warcraft-friends had to describe you with 3 words, which words, do you think, would they choose?
Altoholic Tauren Transmogrification

9. What is the best advice someone has ever given you in World of Warcraft?
Play what pleases you.

10. What is your ideal way for World of Warcraft to end?
A lasting peace between the factions is finally achieved, removing the “War” from “Warcraft”.

11. If you could change one thing in the game, what would you choose – and why?
More hairstyle sharing between races — and more new hairstyles for everybody!
On the one hand, I get that a unique set of hairstyles is part of the appeal of playing a character of a different race.
On the other hand, there are so many hairstyles that are unique to one race, or only shared by a few races, that I would love to be able to use on characters of the races I play the most.
Right now, I really really want to use the long-braid-pulled-over-the-shoulder style that Night Elves, Dwarves, and Blood Elves have on my Human because of how Jaina is wearing her hair that way in Battle for Azeroth.

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This week has been kind of crazy and working on a new outfit here and there has been a good way to relax.

Cyclops’ Ruin

Rune-Enscribed Hood, Fire-Chanter Shoulders, Decaying Herbalist’s Robes, Riplimb’s Lost Collar (N), Skygrip Handguards, Steppebeast Boots, Wild Wood Staff
Lord of Icecrown from WoWable requested a design for a Druid kit using the Mythic version of the Spur of the Great Devourer from Hellfire Citadel. I don’t have that weapon myself, so I chose an alternate staff with similar coloration and pointyness to actually make the kit with after I’d designed the outfit in the Dressing Room.
I thought that the creepiness of this Warlords Monk tier-lookalike hood would go well with the creepiness of the intended weapon. Then I built the outfit around the teal-contrasted-with-rust color scheme of the hood.
Here’s how the kit would look with the Spur of the Great Devourer:

I like how the overall effect of the ensemble has turned out — but now I’m having some totally different ideas for a Druid kit to go with this weapon…

Nether Devoured

Crown of the Forest Lord, Dreadleather Shoulderguard, Netherfiend Chestpiece, Relic Hunter’s Cord, Netherfiend Trousers, Cannonball Loader’s Grips, Griftah’s Authentic Troll Shoes, Cerulean Filigreed Doublet, Malroc’s Staff of Command
This outfit went in a very, very different direction than I originally thought it would — nothing remains of the original idea that I started with.
Here’s how it would look with the Spur of the Great Devourer:

Grandma’s Kitchen Garden

Seer’s Padded Armor, Willow Belt, Scarecrow Trousers, Riding Gloves* + Revitalizing Wristguards, Riven Priesthood Slippers, Garden Shovel/Farmer’s Broom
When Kimorene existed as a separate alt, this was what she looked like, and this sweater was what she wore. In RP-space, Kimorene is one of the oldest of my characters by psychological age; she is Godmother to Kymberlea (and Kivrinne) and tends Kymberlea’s children while the Worgen Mage is out adventuring. Her previous appearance as “Princess of the Vir’naal” showed what she looked like when she was young.

Certain NPCs wear proper spectacles. I first noticed them on Sungshin Ironpaw at the Halfhill Market in Pandaria, but I’ve since spotted them on various others. If those spectacles ever become available for player characters to wear, not only would Kimorene always wear them but also most of my other Mage characters would probably end up wearing them as their default headgear, too.

Crimson Pilgrim


Whitemane’s Chapeau, Red Mageweave Shoulders, Scarlet Sin’dorei Robes, Girdle of Prophecy, Black Mageweave Gloves, Sorcerer Slippers, Light’s Wrath (hidden, default tint)
The Crimson Pilgrims seen in Legion Dalaran are a group of dissidents from the Scarlet Onslaught in New Hearthglen. They were scheduled to be executed for their heresy, but were rescued in the nick of time by the High Priest of the Netherlight Conclave.

Silver Hand Sunwalker Keeper

Rusted Bonespike Pauldrons (25H), Ornate Battleplate of the Master, Guardian’s Scaled Belt, Jade Tiger Legguards, Fallen Lord’s Handguards (25H), Vindicator’s Scaled Greaves, Tabard of the Lightbringer, Mace of Acrid Death, Sternhorn’s Shield
These Sanctum of Light NPCs are wearing the same NPC-only coloration of the ICC Paladin tier set that is worn by Highlord Fordring himself at Icecrown Citadel. I’m not sure what the NPC pants are, though — I couldn’t find them in my Paladin’s collection, either in her already-acquired items or in her not-yet-collected items. Maybe they’re a recolor of a Warrior or Death Knight item?

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This series of posts began because I set myself a goal to document new Transmogrification outfits in a more timely fashion. As soon as I create a new outfit, I write it up in a draft post. As the weekend approaches, I start working on taking fashion screenshots, processing them, and updating “Things my [Class] Wears” posts. On Sunday — though not every Sunday — I publish the collection of my recent efforts. Then I begin the next “Sunday on the Promenade” draft post.

Occasionally, I have ideas for themed Transmogrification collections that take several months to completely assemble. Thus, some of these outfits might get re-posted at a later date as part of such a themed Transmogrification collection.

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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I’m doing teaching Science, and I’m still alive. — GLaDOS

It is the beginning of the semester and I am drowning in work because I haven’t yet found the rhythm of the routine that will best manage my workload and workflow through the week.

Seeing everyone’s picture posts and discussions about Battle for Azeroth, I’m getting increasingly antsy to just go to Kul Tiras already with one or more of the Blue Team — but I really must get my feet underneath me at school first.

Although I don’t really have time for even that much, I’m still logging into WoW every day to do trivial, trite, little legacy content things — the Northrend fishing quest with my Paladin, who wants that “Tiffany Cartier original” Jeweled Fishing Pole not just because it is TEH SHINEY but also because she is herself a Jewelcrafter — clearing H Magister’s Terrace with Kaelinda because I’ve decided that she needs to be Exalted with the Shattered Sun for RP reasons (to be explained in a story post sometime in the future) — checking the Broken Isles Emissary and doing it with Kaelinda if it is Suramar (just give me the darn carpet already, Thalyssra!) or with Kiralaira if it is Argussian Reach or with both Kaelinda and Kiralaira if it is Kirin Tor.

Nevertheless, I’ve managed to make some time for Mogging, too…

Alunaria’s Adornments


Conquerors Nightsong Cover, Mantle of Gnarled Overgrowth, Shaladrassil Tunic, Hozen-Speed Waistband, Kilt of Immortal Nature, Shardtooth Gloves, Dreadlord’s Tattered Wingcover (LFR), Embroidered Shirt, Tabard of the Dreamweavers, Warmongering Combatant’s Battle Staff
This beautiful Dreamweavers outfit was originally designed by Alunaria. I couldn’t make it with Kerithian because she doesn’t have the rep for the tabard yet. As I thought about it, I liked how doing it with Kerisa instead (with a few substitutions for items I don’t have) would show some cross-faction we-all-weep-for-a-World-Tree-in-the-Moonglade-and-the-Dreamgrove Druid solidarity.

Eclipsion Sniper

Thelwater’s Steelwoven Eyepatch, Furious Gladiator’s Chain Spaulders, Fel-Chain Hauberk & Leggings, Bramblemail Belt Gloves & Boots, Purple Trophy Tabard of the Illidari, Starbolt Longbow
So, I had two cloth-wearing Blood Elves and two leather-wearing Blood Elves. Recently, I created two plate-wearing Blood Elves. It was somewhat inevitable that I would want to have a mail-wearing Blood Elf to complete the set.
Karolissa makes her debut wearing an Illidari Trophy Tabard kit because making a mail outfit to go with this tabard has been on my Mogging to-do list for quite a while now, so why not? It must be said, though, that I’m much happier with the kit I was able to make using these Legion-era items than I would have been with a kit made from Burning Crusade-era items.

Hand of Illidan

Cursed Vision of Sargeras, Demon-Rend Shoulderblades, Shaladrassil Tunic, Illidari belt bracers & boots, Bladefang Legguards, Fuzzy Gloves, Slayer’s Tabard, Warglaives of Azzinoth/Twinblades of the Deceiver (upgraded, first tint)
Many of Illidan’s minions in Outland wear either the Green Trophy Tabard of the Illidari or its purple variation. Almost all Legion Illdari NPCs wear an upgraded version of the Green variation. Patch 8.0 made the new Illidari tabard available to Demon Hunter PCs as well from their Order Hall armor vendor.

Deathlord of the Ebon Blade

Warchief’s Mantle, Breastplate of Retribution, Bogslayer Belt, Legguards of the Resolute Defender, Death Grips, Boots of the Unwavering Will, Master Builder’s Shirt, Tabard of the Ebon Blade, Blades of the Fallen Prince (upgraded, first tint)
This outfit is a minor variation on one of the very first Transmogrification kits I made for Kregga.

Silver Hand Sunwalker Dawnchaser

Battleplate of Immolation (N, lookalike) with Barbaric Iron Breastplate, Griftah’s Authentic Troll Shoes, Embroidered Shirt, Tabard of the Lightbringer, and Talon Guard Wingsmasher
I’m not quite sure what weapon the NPCs are wielding — though I’m fairly certain that it’s a PvP model — so I just picked something from my collection that had similar coloration and somewhat similar aesthetics.

Princess of the Vir’naal

Mountainsage Hood, Mooncloth Robe, Demonic Gladiator’s Silk Cord, Riding Gloves* + Orphic Bracers, Kurkenstoks, Tabard of Ramhaken, Torth-Slayer’s Staff
I had an idea in mind to change Kaylynda into from her previous outfit, but I didn’t do it right when I thought of it. Then this idea ambushed me and now I’ve forgotten what the other one was. Maybe it will come back to me in a week or two.
This alter-ego character is named Kimorene. She once existed as an actual alt who was a Priest. As a Priest, she’d wear this variation on the outfit —

— which uses the Nightvale Cowl, Primal Mooncloth shoulders and belt, Hammer of the Astral Plane, and Heartbound Tome.

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This series of posts began because I set myself a goal to document new Transmogrification outfits in a more timely fashion. As soon as I create a new outfit, I write it up in a draft post. As the weekend approaches, I start working on taking fashion screenshots, processing them, and updating “Things my [Class] Wears” posts. On Sunday — though not every Sunday — I publish the collection of my recent efforts. Then I begin the next “Sunday on the Promenade” draft post.

Occasionally, I have ideas for themed Transmogrification collections that take several months to completely assemble. Thus, some of these outfits might get re-posted at a later date as part of such a themed Transmogrification collection.

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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As Warlords wound down, I kept all three of my Tailors* busy making bags to ensure that all of my Horde characters who would be actively leveling and doing endgame stuff in Legion would have Hexweave bags in all of their personal and bank inventory slots. The Underpowered Death Knight got full Hexweave bags, too, because she had decided to become my primary Banker. But then I got tired of grinding out bags, so I left my secondary Shaman and secondary Monk — whom I intended to retire anyway — with Royal Satchels in their personal inventory slots and random combinations of the smaller Frostweave and Embersilk bags in their bank slots.

In a post last week-ish, Coffee Cakes & Crits mentioned continuing to churn out Hexweave bags with their Garrison Tailoring hut machinery not just to sell on the AH for teh golds but also to give to those in their guild who are leveling new Allied Races alts. This reminded me that I should get my bag-making operation going again, because someday I, too, will have new Allied Races alts who will need bags.

Thus, yesterday evening I dusted off Kaobeka and took stock of the bag-making supplies that she had on hand personally and that were stashed in my guild bank. I don’t think I’ll try to make full Hexweave bags for all of my Highmountain Tauren**, though, but will be satisfied if I can get to the point where I have enough Royal Satchels & Hexweave bags, combined, to fill all of their personal inventory and bank slots. Anyhow, by keeping Kaobeka’s primary Hearthstone at Sunsong Ranch, it should be easy for her to hop back and forth each day between Pandaria, to farm Windshear Cactus at Sunsong Ranch to make Royal Satchels, and Draenor, to trap beasts and put in work orders at her Garrison Barn and Tailoring hut to make Hexweave bags.

The problem is that her Garrison Hearthstone is broken. When I try to use it, the Garrison loading screen gets to 70 or 80% and hangs for a few minutes, and then I get disconnected. When I log back in, she’s right where she was when I tried to use the Garrison Hearthstone.

I first started experiencing this problem around, um, Patch 7.2, I think. For a week or two, no-one’s Garrison Hearthstone worked. It wasn’t access to Draenor that was broken, or access to the Garrison instance that was broken — if I got to Draenor some other way, such as by a Mage teleport, the portal to Ashran in Orgrimmar, going through the Dark Portal, or using the sooper-sekrit backdoor teleport between the Timeless Isle and Gorgrond, I could then fly into the Garrison without problems — it was just the Hearthstone teleport that failed. After a few weeks, some of my characters’ Garrison Hearthstones started working again. After a few more weeks, I figured out that the characters who’d come to Draenor the “right” way — who completed the Tanaan Jungle intro questline — could use both the Ashran portal in Orgrimmar and their Garrison Hearthstones, whereas the characters who’d come to Draenor by the backdoor — who skipped the Tanaan Jungle intro questline — could use neither the Ashran portal in Orgrimmar nor their Garrison Hearthstones. Those characters could still get to Draenor by the Timeless Isle backdoor, though.

So I guess if I want Kaobeka to jump back and forth between Sunsong Ranch and her Garrison every day without spending a lot of time getting from here to there, I’ll have to go through the Dark Portal and do the Tanaan Jungle intro questline with her…

Update: So I went and did the Assault on the Dark Portal questline with Kaobeka. At the very end, however, I couldn’t turn in the final quest because I already had a Shipyard in her Garrison, which put the landing site in a different phase. Her Garrison Hearthstone still disconnects, but she can use the portal to Ashran from Orgrimmar now. Going through the Dark Portal from the Blasted Lands puts her in Ashran, too. I can live with that. I probably really only have to visit the Garrison twice a week, anyway, because I can do the Hexweave CD anywhere and a full set of work orders for the Barn & Tailoring Hut takes about 3 days to complete.

* Kaelinda, Kaohana, and Kaobeka (my secondary Monk)

** My Void Elf, being Alliance, will have to muddle along with the bags she can obtain from quests and boss drops until she has enough money to buy better bags on the AH.

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