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Being tired of doing nothing but the mission table and World Quests with Kamalia and Kaelinda, and having heard that the demon invasions were great XP for leveling characters, I decided to start taking Kiralaira to demon invasions if one was up at a time when I could play. It seemed only right, from an RP perspective, to level a Demon Hunter through the demon invasions… She had, after all, sacrificed everything that she had previously been to become a keenly honed and focused weapon of demon destruction.

Kira had gotten to level 104 already from the “get first Artifact — push through the Stormheim opening scenario — get to 102 to get other Artifact(s) — get to 103 to do Chapter 2 of Order Hall Campaign — do Val’sharah to get Artifact tint” routine that I did with all of the One of Each Class set of characters, plus miscellaneous other questing. It took about a week of doing demon invasions whenever I could catch one to get her to 109, which is where she was sitting after the demon invasion last night. There was a demon invasion going on when I got home from work this afternoon, but it was over by the time the wee one went to bed.

Besides, I wanted to do all of the Tehd & Marius encounters as part of the leveling process. She’d already done the one at Felblaze Ingress as part of my earlier questing. I went around Azsuna to pick up the other three in that zone, then visited Val’sharah and Stormheim. The last one, in Highmountain, required level 110. By the time I’d finished the others, however, she still had about three-quarters of the level to go — she hadn’t been very far into 109 when I started.

Kira had a couple of leatherworking quests to collect stuff from the vrykul in Hrydshal. So I went to Stormheim and picked up where she’d left off at Havi’s hut near Yotnar’s vault, and played through the zone quest chain until she’d gotten the stuff she needed for her leatherworking quests. After turning in the vrykul armor pieces, I decided to keep following the leatherworking chain for awhile. Soon she was sitting right on the cusp of the big ding — so I decided to go kill some demons at the Faronaar Front so that she could ding from doing what she’s best at rather than from the profession quests.

She turned in the profession quests, then headed straight out to Highmountain to help Tehd and Marius deal with the Feltotem’s pitlord.

These guys… I’m glad the devs thought to put in a look at how a Demon Hunter and a Warlock might get along with each other.

Kiralaira is my third level 110 character. Her goals, now that she’s reached 110, are to become Exalted with the Wardens so as to thumb her nose at them for having put her on ice at the Black Temple, finish her 7.0 Order Hall Campaign, follow the Xe’ra questline up to the point where she has to collect a huge pile of oojimies from dungeons, go to the Broken Shore for long enough to get her last Champion, and then go to Argus.

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A collection of Transmogrification Kits actually worn in-game by my Blood Elf Demon Hunter. Outfits are listed from most recent to least recent. Items that are no longer obtainable are marked with an asterisk (*).

22) Illidari Matron

Illidari Shoulders & Boots, Prospector’s Chestpiece, Waistclasp of Unethical Power (LFR), Gloomtalon’s Spare Kilt, Fuzzy Gloves + Flame Juggler’s Armbands, Blade of Savagery
Because of this sword, I wanted to do a “Shivarra Matron” outfit for my Demon Hunter. The NPC outfit is quite unique, however — only the sword and shoulders are available as drops for players, and the shoulders are plate — so my PC outfit is a series of approximations at best.
I’ve had this outfit planned for quite awhile, but I had to wait until she was level 110 to make it because of the belt.

21) Illidari Warp-Storm

Cursed Vision of Sargeras, Bladefang Spaulders, Shroud of Nature’s Harmony, Shifting Sash of Midnight, Cinderweb Leggings (N), Fuzzy Gloves + Bracers of Shattered Stalactites, Zierhut’s Lost Treads, Green Trophy Tabard of the Illidari, Warp-Storm Warblade
Certain Legion structures bear a remarkable resemblance to this Burning Crusade dungeon-drop weapon…

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A collection of Transmogrification Kits actually worn in-game by my Blood Elf Demon Hunter. Outfits are listed from most recent to least recent. Items that are no longer obtainable are marked with an asterisk (*).

20) Child of Blood and Fire

Crown of Woe, Supple Shoulderguards & Waistguard (2-655), Primalstorm Breastplate, Illidari Leggings, Ironpelt Mitts & Boots
This Artifact tint is awarded for completing the level 103 stage of the Order Hall campaign.
For this outfit series, I had planned to use each blade color with the corresponding tattoo color. This magenta/purple-red is the red tattoo color that female Demon Hunters get. Unfortunately, it clashes somewhat with the scarlet/orange-red of the blades. The red tattoo color that male Demon Hunters get would be better for this outfit.

19) Serpent Strike

Bristlebark Pauldrons, Armor of the Fang, Headhunter’s Belt, Luminary Kilt, Toughened Leather Gloves, Supple Boots (3-670)
This Artifact tint is awarded for retrieving Light’s Heart.
This outfit would also be very nice for a Druid or a Monk.

18) Raven’s Sight

Tsanga’s Helm, Poison Protocol Pauldrons (N), Frostwolf Tunic, Replica Wildheart Belt, Kilt of the Night Strider, Fuzzy Gloves + Glowing Wing Bracers (N), Boots of the Forked Road
This Artifact tint was awarded for recovering a Pillar of Creation.
To build this kit, I started with the shoulders. I feel like the chestpiece doesn’t quite fit with the rest of the kit, but I do like the way it displays her tattoos. I’m not quite sure the hat fits, either, but it wanted to be there anyway.

17) Veil of Deception

The Brood Queen’s Veil, Shoulders of the Roiling Inferno (LFR), Torment Ender’s Chestguard, Illidari Belt, Bladefang Legguards, Bat Fur Mitts, Treads of the Dark Hunt
An outfit to complement the default green tint of the Twinblades of the Deceiver — and the corresponding upgraded appearance, of course.
I like the mix of brighter and darker greens in this outfit.
Although it does look pretty nifty and very appropriate for a Demon Hunter, I wasn’t sure if I’d ever use this helm again. When I was looking for a possible hat for this kit — with my usual caveat that if I couldn’t find a hat that was really good, I just wouldn’t use a hat at all — and I tried this one on, the green gem in the center of the band just pulled the whole ensemble together.

16) Fel-Etched Soul

Spaulders of the Unseen, Nightglaive’s Vest, Eighty Silver Links, Blackfathom Leggings, Inscribed Leather Gloves + Illidari Bracers, Sablehide Footwraps, Fel-Etched Glaive
Kiralaira’s previous outfit, which I made to go with the glaives that a newly-created Demon Hunter begins with, looked equally good with these glaives that have been acquired by the end of the starting zone experience. I wanted to make a new and different kit, though, and after a little fiddling around, I came up with this. I liked how the pattern of the contrast color straps on the pants echoes on her legs the pattern of the tattoos on her arms. Then the rest of it was finding other items that were the right sorts of colors to blend into a coherent overall look.

15) Fel-Stitched

Somber Shawl, Headhunter’s Armor, Thatch Eave Vines, Nature-Stitched Kilt, Runesworn Grips, Sablehide Footwraps, Illidari Warglaive
Eight out of the twelve outfits I’ve created for my Demon Hunter since she finished her starting zone have used swords or axes instead of warglaives. Partly this is because of the paucity of warglaive models — there are only four non-Artifact-appearance warglaives (five if we count the Warglaives of Azzinoth). I’d made outfits with the two (three) non-Artifact warglaives that can be obtained outside the starting zone, but I hadn’t yet made any new outfits that used the two warglaives that are obtained as part of the starting zone experience. So I decided to do that, then make a series using the four colors of the base model of the Twinblades of the Deceiver.
(Hey Blizzard, can we get Altruis’ and Leotheras’ warglaive models for player character Demon Hunters, please?)

14) Slayer of Manifestations of Negative Emotions

Cursed Vision of Sargeras, Supple Shoulderguards (1-640), Serpentskin Armor, Cord of Sha Savagery, Blazewing’s Furious Kilt, Gloves of the Blind Stalker, Treads of Illidari Supremacy, Ethereum Phase Blade
The “Sha Stalker” kit in the “Fel Camouflage” collection I posted about 13 months ago was intended to be a mock-Demon Hunter outfit. I chose the Monk T15 lookalike Raiment of Silent Stars chestpiece for that kit to evoke the effect of Demon Hunter tattoos. When I decided to put that outfit on my real Demon Hunter, she needed a chestpiece that would reveal her actual tattoos. The original outfit also used a fist weapon that I thought looked as close to a warglaive as a non-warglaive weapon could get; because Demon Hunters can’t wield fist weapons, I’ve somewhat ironically instead chosen some rather Monk-like swords of jade-colored mist for this version of the outfit.
I should note that I didn’t actually kill the Sha of Anger myself for this screenshot; I went out looking for it and discovered it already down.

13) Illidari Prime

Cursed Vision of Sargeras, Grizzly Jerkin, Infernal Firecord Sash, Cranefeather Britches, Ranger Gloves + Illidari Bracers, Griftah’s Authentic Troll Shoes, Warglaives of Azzinoth
It took Kiralaira 18 weeks to obtain the off-hand Warglaive of Azzinoth. It took her another 13 weeks (31 weeks total) to obtain the main-hand Warglaive of Azzinoth. When she had obtained both of Illidan’s Legendary glaives, I made this attempt to mimic his entire appearance.
Kiralaira only put on the changed horns and hair as a glamour for the photoshoot with Illidan, however, because that appearance made her look like someone else’s Demon Hunter — not mine.

12) BatGirl

Underdweller’s Spaulders (N), Supreme Breastplate, Dusky Belt, Scouting Trousers, Alpha Seal Handwraps + Scouting Bracers, Rapscallion Boots, Warglaive of the Fel Hammer
Surely I’m not the only person who sees this blindfold style and immediately thinks “Batman”?
This is definitely the most spectacular pose in which the Maiev-vs-Illidan plot stun has ever caught me; I couldn’t replicate it if I tried.

11) Age of Aquarius

Raptor Hide Harness, Riplimb’s Lost Collar, Windscale Sarong, Quilboar Skin Gloves + Elunite Empowered Bracers, Ogre-Hunter Boots, Sword of Honor
Kiralaira had gotten a bunch of armor upgrades from doing some questing, so she needed a new outfit. Casting about for an idea, it occurred to me that I didn’t have any saved-up or far-future plans that made use of the turquoise tattoo color.

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After her thirty-first petition, Illidan finally relented and agreed that Kiralaira, as the Prime of the Illidari, could have safekeeping of the main-hand Warglaive of Azzinoth as well as the off-hand blade if he should ever be… indisposed.

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Shaman, Restoration 31 August 2016

Demon Hunter, Havoc 9 September 2016

Shaman, Elemental 23 September 2016

Shaman, Enhancement 23 September 2016

Mage, Fire 8 October 2016

Mage, Arcane 15 October 2016

Mage, Frost 22 October 2016

Priest, Discipline 28 October 2016

Rogue, Outlaw 29 October 2016

Warlock, Destruction 12 November 2016

Monk, Brewmaster 23 November 2016

Death Knight, Frost 26 November 2016

Hunter, Survival 26 November 2016

Warrior, Arms 30 November 2016

Paladin, Protection 1 December 2016

Druid, Balance 2 December 2016

Hunter, Marksmanship 10 December 2016

It didn’t seem quite right to claim Thas’dorah as a Tauren; that bow rightfully belongs to the children of the Sunwell. So I used the Orb of the Sin’dorei before I picked it up. I guess my camera angle was bad right at the moment when I clicked on Thas’dorah, because this is the best screenshot I got of the triumphal moment.

Hunter, Beast Mastery 10 December 2016

Demon Hunter, Vengeance 10 December 2016

Monk, Windwalker 23 December 2016

Monk, Mistweaver 23 December 2016

Death Knight, Blood 29 December 2016

Death Knight, Unholy 29 December 2016

Rogue, Subtlety 30 December 2016

Rogue, Assassination 30 December 2016

Warlock, Affliction 6 January 2017

Warlock, Demonology 6 January 2017

Druid, Guardian 11 January 2017

Druid, Feral 11 January 2017

Druid, Restoration 11 January 2017

I didn’t get a very good screenshot of picking up G’Hanir because the camera swung around to be under the surface of the nearby pond… but I was feeling to lazy to do the whole scenario over again just to get a better screenshot of the triumphal moment.

Priest, Holy 14 January 2017

Priest, Shadow 14 January 2017

Warrior, Fury 15 January 2017

Warrior, Protection 15 January 2017

Paladin, Holy 16 January 2017

Paladin, Retribution 16 January 2017

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The Artifact questlines that packed the most emotional punch (for me) were the Ashbringer, the Doomhammer, and Fu Zan.

Three Artifacts are found on Niskara: Holy Priest, Marksmanship Hunter, and Blood Death Knight. I wasn’t able to determine the “canonical” order in which these events occur.

Three Artifacts are found at Tyr’s Fall in Tirisfal Glades. To the best of my understanding the canonical order of events is as follows: Arms Warrior, Shadow Priest, Holy Paladin.

Three Artifacts are found in the Tomb of Old Kings on Shield’s Rest island in Stormheim. To the best of my understanding the canonical order of events is as follows: Protection Warrior, Protection Paladin, Beastmaster Hunter.

Three Artifacts are found in the Karazhan Catacombs. Because all three questlines end with killing the same boss, I’m not sure which order they would canonically go in, but if I had to hazard a guess, I’d say Balance Druid, Unholy Death Knight, Affliction Warlock.

Two Artifacts are recovered from Felsoul Hold in Suramar. I’m not sure which event happened first, the Havoc Demon Hunter or the Demonology Warlock.

Two Artifacts are recovered from Icecrown Citadel. I’m not sure which event happened first, the Frost Death Knight or the Fire Mage.

Two Artifacts are retrieved from the Nexus. I’m not sure which event happened first, the Arcane Mage or the Discipline Priest.

Two Artifacts are retrieved from the Broken Shore. To the best of my understanding the canonical order of events is as follows: Retribution Paladin, Vengeance Demon Hunter.

Two Artifacts are found in the Helmouth Shallows of Stormheim. These two events, Survival Hunter and Fury Warrior, seem to be quite independent of each other and might have occurred in either order.

The locations for the Frost Mage (a Legion place that wasn’t Niskara), Destruction Warlock, and Beast Master Hunter were unique, but the other questlines for those classes went to shared locations.

The Druid Artifact quests go to one shared location (for Balance) and to three places that no other class goes: Grizzly Hills, the Shattered Locus, and Nordrassil.

Only Shamans go to Vashj’ir, the Temple of the White Tiger, or Deepholm.

Only Monks go to the Temple of the Jade Serpent, the Vortex Pinnacle, or the Terrace of Endless Spring.

Only Rogues go to the Temple of a Thousand Lights, Legion Citadel (it’s not on Niskara), and Stormwind.

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an orange blade

After her eighteenth petition, Illidan at last agreed that Kiralaira could have safekeeping of the off-hand Warglaive of Azzinoth while he was… indisposed.

How much longer would it take to convince him to give her charge of the main-hand weapon, as well?

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Since the last Battle Pet Bonus Week, my Hunter has been methodically leveling all the remaining level 1 pets in my favorites list. It feels kind of creepy to be camping out on Ashlei’s hill, because of how she’s just a kid and all, but her two-pet team makes her the easiest to reliably beat — and I’m too lazy to travel around and battle more than one trainer per day. Anyhow, pet-battling having gotten Ketura to level 102, it was time to go get the Artifacts for her other specs.

Knowing that the Marksmanship weapon is Alleria Windrunner’s bow, I hoped that I wouldn’t be taking it from her dead body after having failed to rescue her. Fortunately, that was not what happened. But if she is still alive, why would she have left the bow behind?

It didn’t seem quite right to claim Thas’dorah as a Tauren; that bow rightfully belongs to the children of the Sunwell. So I used the Orb of the Sin’dorei before I picked it up.

I guess my camera angle was bad right at the moment when I clicked on Thas’dorah, because this is the best screenshot I got of the triumphal moment. I didn’t feel persnickety enough about getting a really good screenshot to abandon the quest and do everything over again, though. I had really struggled to get through the scenario. I’d died several times. Partly that was because I didn’t have a very good ranged weapon equipped — it was the reward from the Broken Shore scenario, and I’d forgotten that I’d bought a better one from the Trueshot Lodge quartermaster after I picked up my first Artifact. I also hadn’t played as Marksmanship enough to have figured out the synergy of the abilities very well yet. Furthermore, I’d gotten DC’d halfway through and had to start over from the beginning once already.


I hope that my future actions do not cause Vereesa to decide that her trust in me, and her decision to allow her sister’s bow to be taken by a member of the Horde, were foolish.

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I equipped my better ranged weapon from the Trueshot Lodge quartermaster and had a much easier time with the Beast Mastery questline. It took me to the same place as the Protection Paladin questline — just a different tomb in the same complex. I think I can guess which tomb in that complex the Warrior questline will visit…

I enjoyed the subsequent visit to Mimiron’s workshop in Ulduar — and getting to ride in Mimiron’s Head.

The master of beasts part seems a bit tacked-on, though — it makes sense in the same sort of sideways way that the Fist of Ra-den being the weapon for Elemental Shaman rather than Mistweaver Monks does.

I’d farmed the Rifle of the Platinum Guard to Mog over Titanstrike, but I like its appearance better than I thought I did from just seeing the previews on Wowhead during the beta. So I guess I won’t be Mogging over it right away. For the time being, I’ll also just leave Hati as Hati, rather than getting the item that lets you change Hati’s appearance to match your regular pet.

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My Demon Hunter was very very close to 102. She had some skinning & leatherworking quests, so I went out to Azsuna and farmed bears and hippogryphs. I thought that perhaps turning in those quests would tick her over; as it happened, just the farming did the trick.

Even though I don’t plan to try to tank for groups, or even to play solo as Vengeance very much, I’d decided to get the Artifact weapon for that spec to see the story and to honor the memory of a race that had so valiantly resisted the Legion.

After having gone to Niskara for the Marksmanship Hunter weapon, I wondered if perhaps the Vengeance Demon Hunter would go there, too — if maybe Niskara was a fragment of the Aldrachi world. But I was disappointed in this; the questline did not reveal anything more about who the Aldrachi were; the Vengeance Demon Hunter goes to the Broken Shore. Along the way to the final boss fight of the scenario, I saw some dead Argent Crusade types. Hmm, I guess that location must also be where the Retribution Paladin questline goes.

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Like Mardum, Dreadscar Rift, and Netherlight Temple — and the Remains of Xandros, where we battled Mongrethod at the end of the Talador storyline in Warlords — Niskara is a fragment of a world destroyed by the Burning Legion. These Legion zones are all so tiny — about the size of the Broken Shore. The more of these miniscule shreds of worlds I visit, the more chilling the power of the Legion becomes — and the more vital that Azeroth’s people save her.

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