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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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As I mentioned in my previous post, Kamalia recently reached the point with her Leatherworking where she needs to buy the Rank 1 Dreadleather and Gravenscale patterns. These patterns are purchased with crafting mats, and some of the patterns cost enchanting dust or ore in addition to leather or scales. I suppose that I could just trade Blood of Sargeras for those things… but I’d rather use it as an excuse to bring my Enchanting alt and one of my Mining alts to the Broken Isles.

Kaohana’s bags were getting stuffed with Broken Isles greens that Kamalia had sent her, so she was needing to come to New Dalaran for profession training very soon anyway.

I’d read that the Discipline Priest Artifact questline was substantially similar to the Arcane Mage one, and I saw a Priest or two running around in the same areas when I was doing the Aluneth questline with Kaelinda. I’d thought, oh, well, maybe they just take place in the same area, but the quest givers and directions and motivations are different. Alas, no; the Light’s Wrath questline was, indeed, almost identical, with the only differences being based on the identity of the uncontrollable staff and its powers. I must confess that with Light’s Wrath being a Scarlet Crusade-created item, I’m a little disappointed that I didn’t have to Discipline my way through any of the Scarlet Crusade strongholds — like, say, Tyr’s Hand — to get it.

I’d also read that the Priest Order Hall is… underwhelming compared to some of the other class halls. I was trying not to be pre-biased by opinions from other players, but, yeah, Netherlight Temple does seem rather… plain… and… small… compared to, say, the Hall of the Guardian. It is much more sparsely decorated than the others, which is okay, I guess, for the austere aesthetic of many priestly orders, and it seems to have fewer notable NPCs — all of which make it seem like there will be less opportunities to be delighted by suddently noticing a detail that I’d overlooked before.

Of my Miners, I decided to bring my Rogue. Partly I chose her to follow my plan of bringing my alts to their Order Halls in inverse order of my longer-term interest in playing them. Partly I chose her because Stealth is a definite plus when one is a lowbie who just wants to run around mining. And partly I chose her because even though she is nominally my Gnomish Engineer, I haven’t really put a lot of effort into that crafting profession. She is, therefore, the least likely of my Miners to begrudge having to share the ore she collects with someone else.

Now the question is — how does Kelisanna resist getting corrupted by these blades in the same way that Dread Admiral Eliza was?

I’m also thinking that although I don’t plan to spend any time playing as Assassination, I might go get the Kingslayers when Kelisanna reaches level 102 just to see the little story about Garona.

Not having spent any time or effort on farming Ravenholdt rep with my Rogue, I am not particularly attached to the idea of Rogues Belong At Ravenholdt. In fact, I rather like the Hall of Shadows. It feels akin to the Thieves and Assassins’ Guilds of Ankh-Morpork.

Kamalia went to Azsuna first because I’d read that that was where all the early Profession quests were going to send you anyway.
Kiralaira went to Azsuna first because she wanted to check up on her Illidari.
Kaelinda went to Azsuna first because of her interest in ancient elvish language and magic.

Kaohana went to Stormheim first because of her fascination with the Val’kyr.
Kelisanna went to Stormheim first because as a Farstrider, she is my character with the greatest loyalty toward Sylvanas Windrunner.

I like most of Stormheim, with the vrykul and storm dragons and the Titan vaults and the grappling gun and whatnot, quite a lot. But, ugh, I dislike the opening sequence, with that ugly battle between the Forsaken and the Worgen, and the RAS and their chemical weapons — and I dislike even more being railroaded through it. I don’t like being Sylvanas’ toady any more than I liked being Garrosh’s toady. I won’t level my lowbies in the Forsaken zones; I won’t do the Forsaken questlines in Howling Fjord and the Dragonblight. So I did an experiment. I took my Demon Hunter, who had only been to Azsuna, and rode on her land mount all the way around the continent until I got to Stormheim. As I came down into Stormheim from Highmountain, I found a group of Kirin Tor mages… and they wanted to send me right back to Dalaran to talk to Nathanos Blightcaller. Blast! I’d been hoping that there was some way to skip that part of the zone, and just start at meeting with Havi at his hut in the Valley of Swords. *sigh*

Maybe what I’ll do is always select Stormheim first and push through the scenario and follow-up quests until I get the quest to meet with Havi — get all that nasty stuff out of the way ASAP, treating it, in RP terms, as purely a game mechanic and not something that anyone except Kelisanna actually participated in — and then go to the first zone that I actually want to do extensive questing in.

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Kamalia is at Artifact Knowledge 10, with 23 traits in Sharas’dal and 15 traits each in the Fist of Ra-den and the Doomhammer. She has relics for all three slots of all of her Artifacts. I just got to the point with her Leatherworking where I need my Enchanting alt and one of my Mining alts to come out to the Broken Isles and start working on their professions to get the stuff that Kam will need to buy the rank 1 Dreadleather and Gravenscale patterns. She’s not quite to Revered with the Valarjar or the Wardens yet, and I’d like to get her to Exalted with Highmountain. There’s a dungeon loot piece of shoulder armor that I’d like to use for Transmogrification that I haven’t seen drop yet, so I should try to run a daily Heroic with her until I get it. And then I think I’ll be pretty much “done” with Kamalia — for RP personality reasons, I’ve decided to pursue the Suramar storyline with my Mage and the Xe’ra/History of Illidan questline with my Demon Hunter — and I’m starting to feel ready to be “done” with Kamalia so that I can start playing with my alts more.

After having seen all of the Shaman campaign and the opening scenes of the Mage and Demon Hunter campaigns, I’ve decided that my primary, overarching goal for Legion is to complete all of the Class Order Hall campaigns.

Before Legion launched, I had a plan for how I was going to manage my alts. I was going to bring them all out to the Broken Isles, get their first Artifact weapon, and establish their Order Halls, one by one, starting with the alts that I have the least overall interest in playing and ending with the alts that I thought I’d want to do a lot of Legion stuff with. After that, I would play with whichever character I felt the most like playing with in the moment.

Then in the early days of Legion, I read posts by folks who’d hurried to get all their alts through those initial stages and were feeling totally overwhelmed by all the lore of the Artifact storylines, too overwhelmed to process it all. I decided that maybe I’d better not try to rush all my alts to the Broken Isles, but rather space them out and let myself have time to savor each character’s unique stories.

A little later, it became apparent that just getting to the Broken Isles, getting that first Artifact weapon, and getting into the Order Hall wasn’t really going to be enough for me to feel like I could just let a character idle in her Order Hall — I would want to get each character to level 101 to get the first pair of Champions and open up the Order Hall missions. Gnomecore calls this “The Pawn Move”. I took my Demon Hunter out to the Broken Isles first of all my alts, and having her sitting in the Fel Hammer at level 100 felt… pointless. My Mage was already level 101 by the time I took her to the Broken Isles, and being able to do that Order Hall stuff immediately was more fun. I have a couple of other alts who have been doing old dailies and will probably reach 101 before I get them to the Broken Isles… but do I want to try to do that with all my alts? (Corollary question — are there any past expansion reps that I might want to work on with any of my alts?)

Now my Mage is level 103 and has the quest for the next stage of her Order Hall campaign. Steadily moving my alts through two levels at a time, to get to the next piece of their Order Hall campaign would be following Gnomecore’s Chessboard strategy.

What I’m trying to decide now is — do I want to do that? Or do I want to focus on one character at a time and try to do everything I want to do in Legion with that character before moving on to the next one?

If I’m only playing one character at a time, though, has Legion effectively broken my altoholism?

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Kaelinda dinged 102 last weekend — again from Fishing dailies — so when she returned to the Hall of the Guardian, Meryl sent her off to get the Arcane and Frost Artifacts.

I got the Arcane Artifact right away.

Going into the Nexus to get it made me wish I’d done the Dragonwrath quest chain. Maybe I will do it with Kaelinda, at some point, so that after Legion is over, Aluneth and Tarecgosa can argue with each other in her closet at night.

Then I got busy working on the Quel’Delar story and didn’t go get the Frost Artifact until today.

I find it interesting the way the surroundings of the Frost and Arcane Artifacts are reversals of each other. To get the Arcane Artifact, one goes into the frozen halls of the Nexus; to get the Frost Artifact, one needs to deal with various arcane wardings.

I like both the base and upgraded appearances of Felo’melorn and Aluneth. Ebonchill, not so much — though I like the upgraded appearance (and the red tints) a little better. My top two choices to mog over it are the Ethereum Life-Staff, which I already had, and the Apostle of Argus, which I didn’t. Luckily, it only took me two attempts at Hyjal Summit to acquire it. It’s not that Hyjal is hard, of course, just that the trash in the Horde encampment is so spread out that it’s really annoying to solo.

Meanwhile, Kamalia finally completed “Nightfallen but Not Forgotten”. Oculeth is my favorite of the Shal’dorei whom I’ve met so far. Kamalia also reached Revered with the Nightfallen and the Dreamweavers. That puts her at 4/6 for Broken Isles Diplomat. She just has the Valarjar and the Wardens left. I had been choosing the Nightfallen whenever Kirin Tor was the faction-of-the-day; now I’ll be choosing the Wardens — at least until I’m Revered with them, then I’ll probably go back to choosing the Nightfallen.

At this point, though, I’m debating whether or not to continue doing the Nightfallen storyline with Kamalia. I’m a lot more interested in following that complete storyline with Kaelinda. Kaelinda is more personally interested in the Highborne and their magic, and she actually wants her Order Hall shoulders for their appearance — unlike Kamalia, for whom her Order Hall shoulders would certainly be a stats upgrade, but she doesn’t particularly care for their appearance.

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