Archive for the ‘Covenants’ Category

As you might have already seen, Wowhead has previews up for the Covenant-specific armor sets: Kyrian/Bastion, Night Fae/Ardenweald, Venthyr/Revendreth, Necrolords/Maldraxxus.Update: this WoWhead post on April 28 is a hub for all the colors of all the armor types of all the Covenants — 4 armor types x 4 colors x 4 Covenants = 64 Covenant sets in all

Of the cloth sets, I think my favorite is the Night Fae. It will be beautiful on my Void Elf Mage! The Venthyr cloth set has turned out to be the least exciting of the Venthyr sets to me; it doesn’t look like it will play mix-and-match with the Sin’dorei Heritage Armor as well as the plate and leather sets will. I do like that it has both robe and tunic options, though… and I am already imagining how I could use its pieces to play mix-and-match with various items of existing gear. So my Blood Elf Mage will get it. The Kyrian set looks very Priestly, which isn’t really all that surprising. I’m finding myself wondering if might look more awesome on a Kul Tiran rather than my Eastern Kingdoms Human Mage. And my Warlock is thinking, yeah, there might could be some mix-and-match things she could do with the Necrolords set (and all my Mages are still going nope-nope-nope about it).

My Druid — whichever one of the three it ends up being — will go Night Fae, of course, so it’s a good thing that I like the set (especially the glowy acorn-shaped flasks on the belt). The Venthyr leather sets have my Rogue and Demon Hunter clamoring to be leveled to go to the Shadowlands. My Monk would be the one to choose Kyrian. As for the Necrolords set… nope, Nope, NOPE.

Only the Night Fae and Maldraxxus collections currently have mail sets available. I definitely like the Night Fae set (minus the silly shoulders), so that’s good because that’s almost certainly the Covenant that Kamalia would choose from an RP perspective. That would leave it to one of my Hunters or other Shaman to pick up the Kyrian or Venthyr sets. While T13 did do feathers for Shaman successfully, the metallic nature of the Kyrian mail set makes it seem more suited to a Hunter to me.

In plate, the Kyrian set is the choice of my Tauren Paladin, and the Venthyr set is the choice of my Blood Elf Paladin. My Warrior isn’t excited about any of them, and even my Death Knight is saying “meh, I guess, maybe?” about the Necrolords set.

Looking at the backpieces, I like all three of the Kyrian backpieces and all three of the Night Fae backpieces. I like the first two of the Venthyr backpieces; I’d probably only use the first one (with the lanterns) for a Mage and I’d use the second one (with the knives) for a Paladin, a Rogue, or a Demon Hunter. Of the Necrolords backpieces, the only one my Warlock wants is the third one, but my Death Knight admits that the second one would be kind of a neat look for her Wardrobe.

All this analysis is really just pie-in-the-sky daydreaming, though, considering that I’ve already decided to restrict my adventures in Shadowlands to four cloth-wearers + a Druid, and that even getting those five through will probably end up being a challenge, given the way Battle for Azeroth has gone for me due to RL circumstances.

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Something that’s been bothering me about the Kyrians of Bastion ever since the initial previews at Blizzcon is how they all look like humans. My characters of other races won’t want to turn into humans in the afterlife, they’ll want to stay themselves.

I’d love to see some more skilled artist than myself create a set of images depicting each of the other player character races with the stance, clothes, blue & white coloration, and angelic wings of the Kyrian, but with the proportions and features unique to each race. #KyrianButStillMe

Looking at the Oribos and Bastion quest sets, Covenant cloak replacements, miscellaneous armor bits, and weapon models — and the various NPC and creature models, though I’m not going to link those Wowhead datamining posts — I’m definitely finding myself drawn most strongly to the aesthetics of Bastion/Kyrian and Ardenweald/Night Fae.
* Kaelinda will still be pursuing Revendreth/Venthyr (because Kael’thas), and my Demon Hunter and Rogue are getting all googly-eyed over what has been shown so far of the Revendreth/Venthyr leather gear.
* All of my other Mages are going nope-nope-nope about the Maldraxxus/Netherlords gear. Yes, even my Forsaken Mage. Kivrinne says, “I’m not that kind of Forsaken! When I eventually go to the Shadowlands for real, I’m going to want to be Kyrian!”
* My Warlock, however, is looking at the Maldraxxus/Netherlords stuff and rubbing her chin saying, “hmmmm, I could maybe go for that cloak replacement with the green floaty stones…”

I haven’t yet pre-purchased Shadowlands because I decided to hold off on doing that until I’d gotten a character of each armor type to level 120 in BfA. So I’ve still got to get Kerisa to level 120 before I’ll buy Shadowlands — but when I do, Kerithian and Kalaneia are now bickering over who will get the level 120 Boost.
* Kalaneia says that she should get it so that she can go be my ambassador to Maldraxxus/Netherlords, since all the Mages are too wimpy to do it.
* Kerithian says that she should get it so that she can be the Druid who will go to Ardenweald/Night Fae, because now that I’ve written two small children into Kerisa’s RP story, how can I possibly put Kerisa’s family through the trauma of sending her to the Shadowlands? and it is uncertain if I’ll manage to get Kasheena leveled to 120 in time for Shadowlands.

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“By the way,” said Kaelyla, “It’s fine that you want to send the Druid to Covenant with the Night Fae first — but you know that eventually you’ll want a Mage to Covenant with them, too, so you can have all four cloth Covenant Mog sets. That Mage should be me, because my aesthetic and the Ardenweald aesthetic are harmonious.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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