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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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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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Yesterday (Thursday) evening, BTH and I went out and played through a lot more of Highmountain. We haven’t quite finished the zone yet, though; nor have we yet recovered the Pillar to be found there. I am loving this zone and its quests ridiculously much. Kamalia is now level 108.

After we got to a good stopping point in Highmountain, BTH went to turn in an Alchemy quest at Dalaran and dinged 110. He promptly found himself absolutely deluged with things to do and has since been madly scrambling about trying to figure out how to prioritize it all. He’s plunged into Suramar questing without me, which is fine by me, really. There will still be plenty of things we can do there together when I finally ding 110.

Tonight (Friday), BTH had his RL D&D group, so I was left to play by myself. I did some Shaman Order Hall quest stuff with Kamalia, including running Eye of Aszhara again. I was right — the final boss of that dungeon was more of a pain with five people to keep track of instead of only two!

Then I took my Demon Hunter out to get her Artifact weapon and establish her Order Hall. She died two or three times in the early parts of the scenario, but by the time I got to the final boss, I’d figured out how to use all of my abilities more effectively and I didn’t die to him.

The Havoc Artifact acquisition was really rather fun. I wasn’t planning to get the Vengeance Artifact weapon, but now I’m thinking maybe I will just for the lore of it.

I was surprised by how awesome it felt to go back to Marduum for the Order Hall (even though I can’t actually go outside the Order Hall into the zone itself), and by how affectionate I felt toward my long-lost Shivarra, Coilskar Naga, and especially Ashtounge Broken minions 😛 Even though the faction sells nothing that my Demon Hunter wants, she just might have to run Black Temple enough to get Exalted with those Ashtongue Broken for the RP of it (though she might get there by default by the time she manages to get both of the Warglaives of Azzinoth).

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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 (*).

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.

10) Fel Spine

Demon-Rend Shoulderblades, Blessed Elunite Coverings, Illidari Belt, Jadefire Pants, Fuzzy Gloves + Jessera’s Fungus Lined Bands, Studded Green Anklewraps, Lava Spine
How a Burning Legion blade came to be in the gut of a lava worm in Blackwing Descent, I suppose we will never know.

9) Demon’s Bite

Demon-Rend Shoulderblades, Chronicler’s Chestguard, Glade Wanderer Belt, Bladefang Legguards, Fuzzy Gloves + Bracers of Shattered Stalactites, Vision-Tainted Treads, Maimgor’s Bite
I wanted the weapons to be the primary eye-catching feature of this kit, so I chose more muted, subtle greens for the armor items — except for the shoulders, where that glowy fel green coordinates nicely with the glow of the axes. I liked this chestpiece for the way her tattoos to peek above the neckline.
Although the Fel Hammer hovers above Mardum, there’s no way to get back down there. If you fall (or jump) off the edge of one of the Fel Hammer balconies, a big stupid bat will catch you and carry you right back up.

8) 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.

7) Exile from Eden

Hidden shoulder/Shoulders of the Roiling Inferno, Runesworn Chestguard, Dragonmaw Emergency Strap (LFR), Ceremonial Leather Loincloth, Ranger Gloves* + Pit Lord’s Cuffs, Griftah’s Authentic Troll Shoes, Blade of Argus
A couple of years ago, it occurred to me that the green LFR version of the Siege of Orgrimmar Druid belt looked remarkably like the proverbial fig leaf. At the time, I thought that perhaps I might one day level up my Feral Druid enough to wear that outfit idea. When I saw how different this Legion leveling zone leather chestpiece looked on my Demon Hunter versus on my Rogue, well, then, this just had to happen.
For comparison, this is what this outfit would look like on another leather-wearing class:

6) Steampunk Demon Hunter

Fel-Proof Goggles, Powderburned Spaulders, Unrendable Wolfhide Robes, Conductor’s Multi-Pocket Girdle, Mennu’s Scaled Leggings, Ranger Gloves* + Pit Lord’s Cuffs, Boots of Captain Ellis, Peacekeeper Blade
This outfit concept is one of the reasons why I farmed up the Peacekeeper Blade — once I’d had the idea, it had to be done.
As I was looking through my collection for some suitable gloves for this kit, I decided to look at hand-gloves and bracers. I hadn’t taken a close look at these bracers from the DH starting zone before, so I was delighted to discover how nicely they work with Demon Hunter tattoos.

5) Shado-Pan Blade-Dancer

Replica Shado-Pan Helmet, Mantle of Darkness, Primalstorm Breastplate, Blackwhelp Belt, Tough Mushanhide Leggings, T’wansi’s Handwraps, Prospector’s Boots, Cloak of the Untamed Predator, Shado-Pan Tabard, Misery’s End
Making a Shado-Pan kit that included both the hat and the tabard has been problematic for me because I couldn’t quite figure out how to manage the hue gradient between the bright, orangey, scarlet reds of the tabard and the deep maroon of the helmet scarf. The key to this kit, for me, was the pants; they brought in enough of the brighter red-orange hue to balance out the maroons from the other pieces I wanted to use.
I chose the chestpiece primarily to leave the arms bare with the tabard on and secondarily to look good with the tabard off.
For this outfit, I also used the Barbershop to change her blindfold to the simpler of the two red & gold Sin’dorei styles and to change the color of her tattoos from their usual dark green to black.

4) Fel Stalker

Green Whelp Shoulderguard, Gilt Cuirass, Haal’eshi belt gloves & boots, Stalking Pants, Demon Commander’s Drape, Glaive of the Fallen
Another attempt at making a kit to go with the Demon Commander’s Drape, trying to work with its colors this time. I’m pleased with the mostly practical, functional, down-and-dirty look of this ensemble — with a little bit of impracticality in just the right place to show off part of her tattoos.

3) Felshroud

Felshroud set with Nobleman’s Pantaloons, Demon Commander’s Drape, and Glaive of the Fallen
Naturally, my Demon Hunter needed to do something with the leather Demon Invasions set and the Demon Commander’s Drape. I fiddled around with some different ideas before eventually concluding that the set works best pretty much “as-is” — though I like these trousers a bit better than the set piece.
Is it just me, or would the Demon Commander’s Drape be easier to Mog with if it were darker colored — more greenish-brownish-black, like the Legion structures, instead of greenish-brownish-grey?

2) Render of Demons

Demon-Rend Armor with The Brood Queen’s Veil and Fel-Etched Glaive
This is the gear a Demon Hunter emerges from the Vault of the Wardens wearing. Although the helm shown on the Wowhead page is the final helm reward from the Demon Hunter starting zone, the helm I am using here is the actual helm that a Demon Hunter is shown wearing with this set on the new character selection screen.
The first picture is the best one of her armor that I managed to take during the Vault of the Wardens sequence. She hadn’t yet replaced the belt, though.

1) Illidari Strike Force

The Illidari Armor set, with the Illidari Warglaives, is the gear worn by newly-created Demon Hunters when they arrive in Marduum.

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So, that Demon Hunter starting experience was really quite enjoyable.
There are a few places where you are offered a choice between two options, and although the only one that really seems to matter is whether to spec Havoc or Vengeance, I think it might be interesting to roll another Demon Hunter someday and take the other choices at all of those decision points, just to see how the follow-up dialogue is different.

Upon returning to the normal world, Kiralaira had a few things she wanted to do right away.

First, she needed to go punch Kael’thas in the face —

TWICE


— for being a traitor and selling out to the Burning Legion.

Then she went to ask Illidan if, um, given that she’s, um, apparently the “alpha” Illidari, she could, um, “borrow” the Warglaives of Azzinoth for, um, “safekeeping” while he is, um, “indisposed”?

(This would feel significantly less awkward if she had chosen [this guy] instead of [that guy] at a certain decision point in the starting experience.)

Illidan replied, no, not right now, ask me again next week.

Next, she went to Tanaan to take a selfie or two with Yrel.


I do hope it wasn’t one of your relatives who gave me these horns, dearie

After not having gone through the Tanaan Invasion experience for so long, it didn’t seem all that tiresome or tedious. I found myself just zipping right along, all the way through to the end, and even having fun doing it. Imagine that!

Then she went to Pandaria.

Wait, what?

I thought I was done with the Shado-Pan, I really did. After I got the Shado-Pan Helmet with my Human Mage, I remembered that I’d never gotten one with my Draenei Mage, either. So I took Kaprikka out to Townlong Steppes, but after a day or two… nope, didn’t want to do that, after all. She went back to camping Onyxia, and I added “don’t want to do any given rep grind with any given Class more than once” to my list of reasons for Retiring my secondary Tauren alts.


(Because a) I don’t like the Felstalker and b) the Shado-Pan rep mounts don’t require the rep to use, the red Shado-Pan Riding Tiger is already her mount of choice.)

But Kiralaira insisted that because she is a new and different Class, she needs a Shado-Pan Helmet (and Transmogrification kit) — and, furthermore, she wants to make a Shado-Pan Helmet kit that also uses the Shado-Pan Tabard — something I haven’t yet managed to do.
And because she is level 100 and Fel Rush and Eye Beam are fun and powerful, she might even actually do the Sra’Vess (mantid) Shado-Pan quests, which I ignored on all my other characters…

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I Have Returned

Do not mistake me for the woman who left, all those years ago.

There are some experiences that a person cannot endure and remain unchanged.

Becoming a Demon Hunter is one of those experiences.

The woman whom I was knowingly and willingly sacrificed herself to become me.

I honor her memory and her memories, but I am not that woman anymore.

Do not expect me to respond to you as she would have done, and do not get in my way.

Of course I had to create my Demon Hunter today. I quite like that a Demon Hunter can look almost completely normal, if they wish — no tattoos, no horns, not even a blindfold — on a Blood Elf, those glowing fel green eye sockets aren’t really that much different from usual. I had been thinking about choosing the smallest, stub horns for my Demon Hunter, but then when I saw the Yrel horns, well, I had to have those instead. The demon whose heart Kiralaira consumed was an Eredar sorceress.

I haven’t actually zoned in with her yet, though. I don’t want to deal with the crowds, the lag, the bugs, the bottlenecks. I want to be able to savor and document the starting zone experience without too many other people cluttering up my screenshots.

Instead, I’ll do my usual Tuesday routine of recruiting new Followers from the Inn (gotta catch ’em all!) and farming old raids for Mog stuffs. Then I’ll check out a Demon Invasion or two. I’ll take Kiralaira through the Demon Hunter starting zone later this week, or maybe next week, after the initial rush has tapered off (and I’ve completed more of my pre-semester prep work >.<)

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