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

82) Feathers of Fire/Feathers of Frost

Orange: Jewel of the Firelord, Firekin Amice, Flamestrider Robes, Scouting Trousers, Tabard of Summer Flames, Spire of Coagulated Globules (H)

Blue: Crown of Eternal Winter, Hide of Chromaggus, Jinxed Hoodoo Skin, Mistspray Kilt*, Tabard of Summer Skies, Spire of Coagulated Globules (LFR)
This robe style is available in both leather and cloth, and both leather and cloth have feathery, firey shoulders to wear with it. Compare Blood Elf Mage #84 for the cloth version.

81) Kul Tiran Swashbuckler

Blue Tricorne Hat, Extravagant Epaulettes, Vest of the Azerothian Champion, Fairweather Belt, Flame-Seared Leggings, Antiquity Handler’s Gloves, Ooey-Gooey Galoshes, Pinku’shon’s Impaler
This is mostly one of the variations of the leather Kul Tiras dungeon set, with a few substitutions.

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As if the time travel shenanigans of the first two Hour of Twilight dungeons in Cataclysm and the entirety of Warlords of Draenor weren’t enough, a recent interview by Ion Hazzikostas (Wowhead summary here) reveals that time has a “complicated”, “chaotic” flow in the Shadowlands, with consequences to the player character that may not be fully revealed until the end of the expansion*…

Here is where being the player and not the character allows some RP meta-gaming.
A few years ago, I wrote a story about Kerisa’s family. Since then, I’ve added to it. I’d already been thinking that because I’ve now described Kerisa as a mother of two small children — and with two small children myself — I couldn’t bear to put her family through the trauma of having her disappear into the Shadowlands. And if there’s going to be time screwiness happening, too…
So: once the new character customizations go live, which I hope will be in the pre-launch events patch, we will meet a new character, an Alter Ego level 12050 Tauren Druid: Kaurinka, a palomino with red-and-blue arm warpaint who devotes herself more strongly to An’she than to Mu’sha (though not to the degree of the Sunwalkers). The name is derived from the original name of Gnomecore’s Gnome Priest, “Aurinko”, which, if I am remembering correctly, is a Finnish word meaning “sun” or “sunlight” — a fitting name for a sun-colored devotee of An’she.

One might ask, “You have a BfA-level Night Elf Druid, why not finish leveling that character to be the Druid who does Ardenweald? With there being some Tyrande story in Ardenweald, wouldn’t it be more appropriate to experience that with a Night Elf anyway? Or what about your Highmountain Tauren Druid?”
Um, well…
I’ve already got Kerisa at level 120 and working through improving her stuff.
Furthermore, I’m trying to focus my altoholism and keep the number of characters I plan to take to Shadowlands — and thus need to prep with BfA endgame activities & gearing — as minimal as I can manage. This academic year that just ended was just one thing after another, and the next one is probably not going to be any easier.

* …or, at any rate, until the next expansion is announced at Blizzcon 2021 😛

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

25) Summer Flames

Jewel of the Firelord, Firekin Amice, Robes of Summer Flame, Supple Waistguard (stage 2), Biornskin Moccasins, Tabard of Summer Flames, Ranseur of Hatred (H)
Why hadn’t I thought of putting this tabard with this robe before?

24) Kul Tiran Swashbuckler

Blue Tricorne Hat, Extravagant Epaulettes, Vest of the Azerothian Champion, Fairweather Belt, Flame-Seared Leggings, Antiquity Handler’s Gloves, Ooey-Gooey Galoshes, Pearly-White Jackknife
This is mostly one of the variations of the leather Kul Tiras dungeon set, with a few substitutions.

23) Moonfrost


Crown of Eternal Winter/Crown of Everlasting Fortune, Shoulderpads & Leggings of the Chosen Dead, Lo’ap’s Tunic, Briarback Cinch, Trickster’s Handwraps, Boots of the Forked Road, Jaded Crystal Dagger
I designed this outfit some time ago, but decided to delay using it until I’d unlocked the Night Warrior appearance because I thought it would look even more awesome against that complexion.

22) Moon Shadow

Replica Darkmantle Armor with Crown of Eternal Memorial, Blue Martial Shirt, and Vibro Knife
Kerithian had no love for Teldrassil, but Kivrin did. Thus, Kivrin was affected by the splash from Tyrande’s transformation into the Night Warrior, but Kerithian was not.
I have had this in mind for Kivrin ever since the Night Warrior customization for Night Elves became available. She had just been patiently waiting for Kinevra to get to 120 and witness Tyrande’s ascension.

21) Everlasting Efflorescence


Crown of Boundless Courage, Cenarion Spaulders, Chestpiece of Malorne, Vine Waistband, Clefthoof Hide Leggings, Forest Leather Gloves, Forestlord Striders, Gossamer-Spun Greatcloak, Staff of the Verdant Circle
There were several different items that I wanted to be in this kit — the flower crown, the leafy shoulders, the staff, the kilt. Sometimes I have an idea for a group of items to put in an outfit and just can’t get it to work, so I was glad that I was able to find other pieces that pulled this outfit together quite nicely.

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

80) Raptari Revisions

Red (Nazmir): Spirit Hunter Headdress, Conqueror’s Nightsong Mantle, Blood Bog Wraps Grips & Footpads, Vicious Leather Belt, Fire Chanter Britches, Fen Summoner’s Cloak, Dazar’alor Polearm

Black (Vol’dun): Spirit Hunter Headdress, Dreadleather Shoulderguard, Deathsnap Jerkin Handguards & Boots, Vicious Leather Belt, Midnight Legguards, Devoted Defender’s Cloak, Dazar’alor Polearm

Green (Zuldazar): Chieftain’s Headdress, Somber Shawl, Gonk Outrunner Vest Grips & Striders, Thatch Eave Vines, Cataclysmic Gladiator’s Dragonhide Legguards, Bloodsiege Drape, Dazar’alor Polearm

Keeping my favorite pieces of the Zandalar leather quest sets, swapping in other items for the pieces I don’t like as well. I particularly like the Zuldazar gloves and boots and anticipate that they will become favored pieces for those slots in future green-themed outfits.
The green version is my favorite; I wore it both before and after doing the Mog photoshoot.

79) Valorous Dreamwalker




Valorous Dreamwalker set with Unwavering Stare and Scythe of Elune (default, 4th tint)
This seemed like an appropriate set for Kerisa to wear while doing the “A Fresh Trauma” and “In Darkness, I Dream” questlines for the Heart of Azeroth.

78) Fathomstalker/Slithershell


Fathomstalker/Slithershell set with Plundered Oracle Fin Staff
The Fathomstalker set is the leather Benthic armor set from Nazjatar. The Slithershell set is the Nazjatar zone drop recolor of the Fathomstalker set. I prefer the soft grey and muted green colors of the Slithershell set.

77) We Are All Akunda

Crown of Infinite Prosperity, Demonic Gladiator’s Dragonhide Vest/Sentinel Breastplate, Vine Waistband, Noblewoman’s Skirt, Griftah’s Authentic Troll Shoes, Stormsky Greatcloak, Sethrak Warden’s Staff
The worshippers of Akunda are all named “Akunda the [adjective]” when you first meet them, which makes them seem like rather creepy cultists. After the corrupt cult leader is overthrown, Akunda’s worshipppers remain devoted to the loa himself, but they regain their own unique names.
The male NPCs wear Meowl’s Mane instead of the flower crown. The NPCs are wearing the Mythic coloration of the Antorus Druid Tier chestpiece. I only have access to the PvP version (Yay Legion BoA Marks of Honor!), so my version of this outfit is much too dark in the chestpiece when I use the correct style. Of the other options I had available in my collection, I thought that the Sentinel Breastplate was the best approximation of both the colors and the style.

76) Blossoming Wilds

Crown of Boundless Courage, Palm Frond Shoulderpads, Jinxed Hoodoo Skin, Moss Cinch, Jinxed Hoodoo Kilt, Jangdor’s Handcrafted Gloves, Staff of the Verdant Circle
Kasheena wanted to wear the pink flowers, too. These pastel green items seemed like the nicest things to wear with them from her current Transmogrification level bracket.

75) Dreaming Glory

Crown of Boundless Courage, Mantle of Autumn, Pink Mageweave Shirt, Headhunter’s Belt, Luminary Kilt, Gloves of the Fang, Spire of Coagulated Globules (N)
Kerisa got tired of being moody and gloomy and wanted to wear pink flowers and be bright and cheerful again.

74) Blood Moon

Crown of Eternal Memorial, Gladiator’s Wyrmhide Spaulders, Vest of Flowing Water, Feral Cord, Gloomtalon’s Spare Kilt, Rapscallion Boots, Talon Guard Staff
It must be the gloomy influences of Nazmir, Drustvar, and Darkshore that made Kerisa want to go dark for her Lunar Festival outfit this year.

73) Druid of the Cycle II

Antlers of Malorne, Thunderlord Shoulderguards, Ancestral Chieftain’s Armor, Ferocious Gladiator’s Dragonhide Belt, Savage Leggings, Gloves of the Flayed, Wild Gladiator’s Boots of Victory, Antiseptic-Soaked Dressing, Twin’s Pact
The rattling bones of the Tauren Heritage Armor chestpiece suggested a variation on the Drust/Kul Tiran Druid Forms-inspired outfit that I originally created for my Night Elf Druid (Kerithian’s kit #16).

72) Preened Feathers

Preened Tribal War Feathers, Preened Ironfeather Shoulders, Preened Ironfeather Breastplate, Preened Wildfeather Leggings, Nimble Leather Gloves, Swashbuckler’s Boots, Staff of Orgrimmar*
This hardly counts as a Mog at all because half of it is just the default appearances of the Intellect leather Heirloom items — but I am rather pleased with how I’ve found some gloves and boots that complement the pants so nicely.
Why are the Heirloom pants not the same color as the Heirloom shoulders and chestpiece? I suppose we will never know — but it does make wearing them un-Mogged look a bit odd.

71) Ancestral Ghostwalker


Ancestral Chieftain’s Headdress Mantle & Greatbelt, Boneshredder Jerkin & Britches, Ghostwalker Gloves & Boots, Darksnare Dagger/Twin’s Pact
The white furs wanted to go together.

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Will I ever do more with any of these characters than enter the world and maybe manage to get through the 1-5 zone and out to their racial capital city? Realistically speaking, probably not. Nevertheless, the collector in me still wanted to have a complete set of Classic Classes.

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In honor of the launch of Classic this afternoon, I thought I’d share (repost) the very first piece of art I ever posted on this blog:


I created this “Druidmobile” of some of the Classic Druid shapeshift forms in mid-Wrath, shortly before the debut of the updated Cat and Bear forms and of the Barbershop. Here’s what I said about it at the time:

[I] was inspired by the bone and bead charms found hanging in various doorways throughout the game world.
I pulled the cat, bear, moonkin, and druid form button images off WoWwiki. I printed each image twice, once normally and once after mirror-image flipping it, onto cardstock. I cut them out and glued the mirror-images back-to-back.
The leather cords are tied onto the supporting sticks with half-hitch knots and the ends are secured with pony beads. I chose colors for the pony beads cued from the colors found in the capital city architecture of each race.
The bottom tuft contains feathers, leaves made of glass and carved shell, a string of all the druid form buttons (bear, aquatic, travel, cat, flight, moonkin, and tree — the ones all druids can learn in the order they learn them, followed by the two talent-specific forms), a plastic bear claw and a plastic eagle talon.

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I doubt that I’m going to spend much time on Classic, but sure, why not reserve some characters?

I’m on Myzrael, by the way.

When Classic goes live — though probably not on the 27th — I will create a few more characters: Tauren Hunter Keturikka, Tauren Warrior Keijikka, and Dwarf Paladin Kyraleikka.

Will I ever play any of them significantly? Well, probably not…

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

20) Spring Nights

Springrain Spaulders & Belt, Cuirass of Calamitous Fate, Kilt of the Night Strider, Duskbat Exterminator’s Treads, Springrain Staff
I wanted to see what I could do with this chestpiece and a kilt to make an outfit to wear while in Balance spec. The Springrain items have just the right shade of dulled gold on their trim to coordinate perfectly with the vest!

19) Calamity “K”


Netherstorm Eyepatch, Puncture-Binding Spaulder, Cuirass of Calamitous Fate, Briarback Cinch, Feather Lined Legguards, Karabor Skirmisher Gloves, Coarse Leather Treads (Kul Tiran), Shipwrecker Knife
I have wanted to use this Alliance-exclusive chestpiece since, well, the time that Trial of the Crusader was the current raid. Battle for Azeroth‘s Kul Tiran pieces complement it quite nicely.
Going Feral, with the Fangs of Ashamane equipped, lets my Druid play at being a Rogue.
I’m rather amused that using the darkest green hair color on my Night Elf gives her Orb of the Sin’dorei-Blood Elf-equivalent the darkest red hair color.

18) T-Shirt Enthusiast

Shirtsi’s Cloth Shirt


Threads of Tirion


Selis’ Silk Shirt


Shuurt’s Precious


Jade’s Lovely Shirt


Tia Shortsleeve’s Short Sleeve Shirt


Gild’s Crewneck
with Nice Shorts and Goat Hide Boots

I chose Kerithian to collect the new shirts from the “Free T-Shirt Day” microholiday because she has Nice Shorts, cool sneakers, cute ponytails, and access to the Emerald Dreamway (which gives her almost as much mobility around Azeroth as a Mage).

17) In the Pale Moons’ Light

Conqueror’s Nightsong Cover, Flamefly Spaulders, Broodmother Armor, Wild Gladiator’s Belt of Prowess, Kurenai Kilt, Master Brewer’s Gloves, Mud Encrusted Boots, Archon Glaive
This kilt was very popular for Alliance Monk outfits near the beginning of Mists; this hat is Druid-specific, so a Monk version of this kit would just leave the head bare.

16) Druid of the Cycle

Antlers of Malorne, Thunderlord Shoulderguards, Slavebreaker Tunic, Cruel Gladiator’s Dragonhide Belt, Kurenai Kilt, Gloves of the Flayed, Coarse Leather Treads, Skullcutter of Trials
Death and decay are essential processes of the natural cycle and balance of life…
A creepy Drustvar-inspired kit. I’ll have to make a more cheerful Kurenai Kilt kit sometime in the future.

15) Kul Tiran Coarse Leather Armor

Coarse Leather Armor with Pork-Chopper Pike
The Alliance appearance of the Battle for Azeroth crafted leather armor matches the Darkwater quest set from Stormsong Valley. Horde characters can obtain this appearance by collecting the Briarback set of BOEs from the AH.
Although I have not historically been a fan of hoods, the hoods from the leather quest sets from the Broken Isles and Kul Tiras are really quite sleek and attractive.

14) Druid of the Talon

Dragonhawk Hat, Preened Ironfeather Shoulders, Vest of Sobbing, Narf’s Explosiveproof Strand, Oil Gush Leggings, Discarded Slaughterhouse Gloves, Scourgebane Treads, Fordragon Blades
I first saw this glaive carried by the Druids of the Talon at the Shrine of Aviana. I’d never noticed it as a player weapon before, so I assumed that it was an NPC-exclusive model. When the Wardrobe came out, I searched for it in the array of polearms that I hadn’t yet collected, but couldn’t find it, so I continued to think that it was an NPC-only model. Recently, Alunaria tipped me off that it is an Alliance-exclusive model from the Trial of the Crusader. My Horde Druid still can’t imitate the Druids of the Talon, but now my Alliance Druid can!
The NPCs are wearing a brown recolor of the Feralheart hat that isn’t available to players. The Dragonhawk Hat seemed like the best substitute.
Some of the other Druids of the Talon, most notably the female Tauren, are wearing the Phantasmal Headdress, a recolor of the shoulders that is only available to players in mail, the Vest of Restraint, and pants that match the vest but are unavailable to players.
The Druids of the Talon found at Skysea Ridge on Draenor-of-the-alternate-timeway are wearing different armor, but carry the same glaive.

13) Piebald Lagomorph

Black Spring Circlet, Ghostwalker Pads, Scouting Tunic, Dusky Belt, Wild Gladiator’s Leggings, Boneshredder Gloves, Scouting Boots or Spring Circlet, Taut Dragonhide Shoulderpads, Boneshredder Jerkin, Highlander’s Leather Girdle, Scouting Trousers, Bandit Gloves, Boneshredder Boots; Jin’do’s Verdict
I keep going back and forth on which version of this outfit I like better.

12) Ashamane’s Cub

Wild Combatant’s Dragonhide set with Conqueror’s Nightsong Cover, Coarse Leather Waistguard, Master Brewer’s Gloves, Kafa Leather Boots, and Fangs of Ashamane (default appearance)
A decade ago, when I was first beginning my journey in Azeroth, after creating our Tauren Shaman & Druid and playing with them for awhile, BTH and I thought it might be fun to create a pair of Alliance characters, too. We decided to make Super Stealth Buddies: he made a male Night Elf Rogue, and I made a female Night Elf Druid. That character was named Kivrin, after the protagonist of Connie Willis’s excellent Doomsday Book. We didn’t have as much fun with our Night Elves as we did with our Tauren, however, and eventually Kivrin got pruned from my growing alt roster. I reassigned her name; given the Black Plague setting of Doomsday Book, it seemed more appropriate to give the name Kivrin(ne) to a Forsaken character.
Kivrin now returns as a Feral-specced alter-ego of Kerithian. The original Kivrin had this hairstyle and color. She also had the “shadow” tattoo style that Kerithian now wears, but to further differentiate the two characters (because I’ve kept the skin tone and face the same), I’ve changed her tattoo style to the “blades” design that matches the markings on the face of the Night Elf Cat Form.

11) Heartwood


Cataclysmic Gladiator’s Dragonhide with Cenarion Helm, Furious Gladiator’s Wyrmhide Spaulders, Thatch Eave Vines, and G’hanir (original appearance, default tint)
I picked up this set for Marks of Honor in late Legion because it’s the outfit worn by Lyessa Bloomwatcher, the original keeper of G’hanir. When I was looking for something for Kerithian to wear to the Chamber of the Heart, its leafy green colors seemed like just the thing for the occasion.

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Crown of Good Fortune, Deep Earth Shoulderwraps (N), Expensive Tunic, Darkwood Sentinel’s Cinch, Shado-Pan Reliquary Kilt (LFR), Twisted Wraithtalon Gloves, Hot Spring Sandals, Springrain Staff

I don’t know what you do and don’t have in your Wardrobe, Alunaria dear — I don’t have half of these items myself — but perhaps this will give you someplace to start?

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