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Baby still isn’t here yet — babies sometimes come late, and due dates are approximate and sometimes miscalculated — so it was the Druid’s turn to collect Light’s Heart, level up to 102 (by doing the first third of Val’sharah, in her case), and get the rest of her Artifact weapons.

I bumbled my way through the Guardian questline as a Bear. I took Resto Affinity in my Bear talents, but the added heals that gave me also popped me out of Bear form, and I didn’t have my caster form action bar set up very effectively. Still, I only died once, in the penultimate fight of the scenario.

I was in Bear form when I picked up the Artifact, so instead of seeing the heroic pose, I just saw my Bear form change from the regular version to the Artifact version.

I’ve done some Kitty-ing before, so I was a bit more comfortable doing the Feral questline as a Cat than I had been doing the Guardian questline as a Bear. I also took Resto Affinity in my Feral talents, but when I encountered the same issue of some of the added heals popping me out of Cat form, I was better able to re-organize my action bars on the fly. Kitty is fun! I have Feral Affinity in my Boomkin spec (the better to sneak around, my dears!), though, so I think I’ll wait until I can get the adorable owlkitty Hidden appearance for the Fangs of Ashamane before I do much more actual Feral Kitty-ing in Legion.

I was kind of surprised at where the final stage of this Artifact questline took me — it was not at all what I would have expected — but a nice taste/forshadowing of future perils! Again, I chose to pick up the Artifact while I was in Cat form, so I just saw the Cat form change from the regular version to the Artifact version.

Finally, I did the Restoration questline, taking Balance Affinity in my Resto talents. I failed the first stage of the questline the first time I tried it, but then I figured out that I really just needed to continually keep a HOT running on myself, apply all my HOTs before shifting into Boomkin to beat stuff up, and then shift back out of Boomkin and hit Wild Growth as soon as I was done beating stuff up to keep the Nightmare at bay.
In the final scenario, I didn’t do very well at keeping my party of fellow Druids — Guardian Hamuul, Feral Zen’tabra, and Balance Celestine, plus the former keeper of G’Hanir — completely topped off all the time, but I didn’t let anyone die, either.

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

I wondered if what had happened at Nordrassil during the G’Hanir questline — a gut punch almost as sickening as the destruction of the Vale of Eternal Blossoms — would be visible to everyone else in the world, the way the Peak of Serenity is changed for characters at or above level 101 due to the events of the Monk Order Hall establishment. So I took Kamalia to Nordrassil; it looked pretty much the same as always. Then I took Kerisa back to Nordrassil via the portal in Orgrimmar. It looked like it did in Cataclysm. Next, I tried going into the Dreamway and coming into Nordrassil through the Dreamway portal. For a moment, I was standing on the shore of the lake… and then I got pushed back out into the Dreamway. That gateway seems to be closed… for now. Perhaps a later chapter of the Druid Order Hall Campaign will reopen it and restore the place? In the meantime, nobody but the Resto Druids knows what happened there.

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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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moonkin, moonkitty

My Druid is Balance because I wanted to be a Moonkin.
The mini-Moonkin is one of my favorite battle pets.

When I first saw the Llothien Prowlers in Azsuna, I thought, what is that? Some sort of moonkin-cat? — and I thought they were awfully cute! I was delighted to be able to get an owlkitten of my very own in Suramar.

Although I play mostly Balance, I’ve dabbled with Resto a fair amount and with Feral a little bit. So I was planning to pick up the Artifacts for those specs — as much for the lore as anything else.

Today, I saw on Wowhead that the Hidden appearance of the Fangs of Ashamane is an owlcat! So, um, yeah, I’m definitely going to be getting the Feral Artifact now… but I might not actually do any playing as Feral until my Druid reaches Artifact Knowledge 4 and can get the secret appearance for it 😛

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Last night, we picked up where we’d left off in Azsuna. My favorite part of Azsuna, so far, has been the Nar’thalas Academy. The whole place was just delightful, with all kinds of fun quests and details. When we got to the point in the questline where we’d have to go into the Eye of Azshara dungeon to obtain the Pillar of Creation, we just hopped right through the portal — just the two of us.

We didn’t look at the dungeon journal at all, just tried to figure out the boss mechanics on our own. It was challenging, but really quite fun, and the only boss that actually wiped us was Serpentrix. We had to try that one three times before we got the mechanics completely worked out. That dungeon sure has a lot of different ground effect mechanics! During the final boss fight, I commented that this was acutally easier with only two people than it would have been with five, because I didn’t have to worry so much about ranging or the ground effects quite so much. BTH said, “Wait, waht? This is a 5 man dungeon? I thought it was a 3-man scenario!” Which is entirely logical, really, considering that the big end-of-zone events in the past two expansions have been scenarios. Then he said that when we have to go to dungeons to get the Pillars at the ends of all the other zones, we can use LFD and get ourselves some DPS so it doesn’t take so long 😛

It was pretty awesome, though, to duo the place at-level. Guardian Druid + Resto Shaman FTW! This was the kind of play that I’d missed while BTH was away from the game.

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The semester being over, I took some time off last week to play.

On Monday, I finished Nagrand with my Alliance Mage.

Yrel has definitely grown on me as I’ve gone through the Alliance storyline. I thought she was a bit bubbleheaded at first, but when she pranked Thaelin back in Nagrand, I was glad to see that her growing seriousness and responsibility hadn’t completely extinguished the playful part of her personality.
That leaves Kaylynda with only one major To Do item: Silver Proving Grounds, followed by a trip to UBRS. My confidence that I’ll actually get that done, however, might be judged from the fact that I’ve reactivated Millhouse Manastorm in Kamalia’s Garrison…

During the middle of the week, I did a bunch of things with a bunch of characters, with the primary objective (which I accomplished) of getting the rest of my active alts (the ones with whom I would like to do Artifact weapon questlines in Legion) who are in Draenor at least to level 96.

Friday was Kerisa’s big day!

I had stocked up enough Relics of Rukhmar from follower missions that Kerisa could get to Exalted with the Arakkoa Outcasts as soon as she finished their questline. I had forgotten that I actually had to get the zone achievement for Spires of Arak to get Talon Guard Kurekk, though, so then I had to go finish establishing Axefall and check out Admiral Taylor’s Garrison and clean up Pinchwhistle Point before I could do this:


I still want a minor glyph — or book or codex or whatever the cosmetic minor glyphs are getting coverted into in Legion — that will make Moonkin form look like a High Arakkoa.

Back at Hallow’s End, I picked up a Seer’s Invitation and sent it to Kerisa. When she used it in her level 2 Garrison, however, nothing happened. I was pleased to see that when she upgraded her Garrison to level 3, the invited arakkoa seer finally showed up:

Kerisa’s not quite sure how she feels about the ghostly guests he brought with him, though.

Kerisa kept a Lumber Mill up just long enough to capture a Botani to study —

— then replaced it with a Trading Post to help her reputation grinding in Tanaan to pick up the third Saberon follower and fourth Arakkoa follower. She’s kind of fascinated by the races that are similar to Druid shapeshifts: bird-people, cat-people, tree-people.

Now that my Balance Druid has reached level 100, I have capped eight characters out of the sixteen I plan to carry forward into Legion. Seven of the remaining eight are already in Draenor. Lagging far behind is my Feral Druid, who is currently in Outland. I’m also considering reviewing the DEHTA storyline in Borean Tundra with her — and then she’ll get the Legion pre-purchase boost up to 100.

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Highmountain! You know that I love my Tauren, right? I’m keen to learn some new Tauren lore and the new buildings and so forth look amazing.

High resolution moonkin form! (but no thanks, high resolution seal form, I’ll keep on using Glyph of the Orca)

Flexible leveling! Being able to go through the leveling zones in any order I please will make leveling multiple alts more engaging and entertaining.

Flexible level 110 activities!… though with the way things have been going this semester, I’m concerned that I’ll miss out on some of the activities with the shortest availability windows, especially if Legion doesn’t launch until mid-September — a month after my Fall Semester begins. I sure hope it comes out in late spring or early summer!

Artifact weapons! For the most part, the appearances of the Artifact weapons won’t be affecting my choices of class/spec combinations of alts to to level. Some of them are keen and others I’ll be Mogging over pretty quickly. The rapiers for the Combat Outlaw Rogue look pretty sweet, though — I’d decided to retire my Rogue, but now I’m being tempted to reactivate her. I’m intrigued that the Elemental Shaman weapon is going to be a fist weapon… if I’d known that this was coming, I’d have tried to get Wu-Lai, Bladed Fan of the Consorts for Kamalia back in the Throne of Thunder day.

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There was something different about the world this morning.

At first, Kerisa couldn’t quite put her finger on just what it was. The sky was the same overcast grey as every other day, with snowflakes floating lazily down into the drifts against which the Garrison staff waged constant war. But the breeze felt fresher somehow, and as she looked up at the sky again, a rylak matriarch and her brood swooped over the Garrison, screaming at each other.

A group of large creatures flying

There were many small flying creatures on Draenor, birds and insects and such, but it seemed that only the strongest individuals of the larger winged creatures could actually fly. In Nagrand, the great windrocs hovered only a few feet above the grass instead of soaring above the trees. The Frostwolf Orcs celebrated those who could successfully tame and ride a flight-capable rylak. Likewise, the Laughing Skull Orcs occasionally managed to tame and ride flight-capable ravagers. Kerisa had heard that in Shadowmoon Valley, the Draenei had tamed fey dragons, which were unusual in that almost all of them could fly.

As the forces from Azeroth had settled in, their wyverns and gryphons had only been able to make short flights from outpost to outpost. Even that was exhausting for the beasts. People who kept stables of personal flying mounts had been sorely distressed by the inability of those creatures to make more than pathetic fluttering hops.

Ever since she had come to Draenor, Kerisa had been quite unable to shift into Stormcrow form. Every time she’d tried it, she’d found herself inexorably shifting into Stag form instead. She’d eventually concluded that there was some enchantment on the land that prevented most large creatures from flying — an ancient warding of the Gorian/Highmaul ogre empire, perhaps, or maybe a working of the High Arakkoa, jealously guarding the skies for themselves.

The sky… the sky did not feel so heavy today. Though she knew not how it could have been done, could the enchantment have been lifted? Or just… worn off? As soon as she had the thought, she began experimentally shifting into Stormcrow form — and instead of feeling her intentions thrust aside, her limbs involuntarily slimming toward delicate hooves and her horns stretching into a great crown of antlers, she felt her fur transforming into long, elegant feathers and her muzzle reshaping into a sharp, curved beak.

Crowing triumphantly, Kerisa spread her wings and flew.

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