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It was awfully nice of the devs to just give us the 200 badges we’d need to buy the Bronze-Tinted Sunglasses.

Flames of Memory

Bronze-Tinted Sunglasses, Spaulders of Manifold Eyes (H), Bloodfist Breastplate & Greaves, Abandoned Zandalari Bucklebreaker (LFR), Legplates of Absolute Control (H), Vice Grips, Darkhide Blade
The Underpowered Death Knight was the one to physically acquire the Bronze-Tinted Sunglasses; as my primary banker, she loves to collect decorative hats.
This shaded, two-toned blade is one of my favorite sword models from Mists. I picked the sword first, and the rest of the kit followed from there.

Antique Glory

Bronze-Tinted Sunglasses, Warmongering Gladiator’s Mantle of Cruelty, Cindercloth Vest, Galaxyfire Girdle, Night Dreamer Leggings, Gossamer Gloves + Illidari Bindings, Elegant Boots, Scarlet Filigreed Shirt, Lorewalkers Tabard, Rod of the Blazing Light
The bronze shades seemed like they’d be a good accessory for a Lorewalkers kit.

Chronoflexive

Bronze-Tinted Sunglasses, Gargantuan Mantle, Supple Vest & Leggings (3-670), Thatch Eave Vines, Runesworn Grips, Ballast-Laden Footpads, Honed Fang of the Mystics
Who better than Kelisanna “The Fabulous” to model a leather kit to wear with these fabulous shades?
Though she’s not opposed to wearing an entire brightly-colored outfit, when there’s a specific brightly-colored item that she wants to be the focus of the outfit, she prefers to keep the rest of the ensemble darker and more subtly embellished.

Golden Scales

Bronze-Tinted Sunglasses, Golden Scale Shoulders Cuirass & Leggings, Ornate Girdle, Triumphant Gauntlets & Sabatons, Stylish Blue Shirt, Spirit-Clad Mace, Crusader’s Shield
It somehow felt appropriate to use this combination of Classic crafted gear and greens with the 13th Anniversary bronze shades.

I was only going to do one outfit for each armor type for this post, but then the rest of “The Originals” of my team — the other three of the four Tauren sisters of the four classes available to Tauren in Classic, and my Undead Mage* — suggested that if anyone should be looking at Azeroth through bronze-tinted lenses, it should be them.

Legend-Seeker

Bronze-Tinted Sunglasses, Ordon Legend-Keeper Spaulders & Vest, Crafted Dreadful Gladiator’s Links of Accuracy, Groundshort Leggings, Rancorbite Grips, Crafted Dreadful Gladiator’s Sabatons of Alacrity, Bronze Blaster
The yellows in the Ordon-Legend Keeper items match the shades quite nicely. The coordination between the gloves and the chestpiece was a pleasant surprise as I was trying out different gloves.

Enchanted Thorium Artifacts

Bronze-Tinted Sunglasses, Paudrons of Abyssal Fury, Enchanted Thorium Breastplate, Brawlgoth’s Choker, Inkling’s Leggings, Gauntlets of the Shining Light, Grim Sabatons, Burnished Quel’ Serrar, Flamescarred Draconian Deflector
Because the 13th Anniversary event made these gloves available again, and I got them, naturally I wanted to use the set they go with. And of course it had to be a Prot set, because if one was a Warrior in Classic, one was a tank.

Chieftain’s Pride

Bronze-Tinted Sunglasses, Chieftain’s Shoulders & Gloves, Pridelord Armor, Supreme Sash, Warchief Kilt*, Shadow Wing Focus Staff
For a Druid, these Classic armor items were the obvious choice to complement the 13th Anniversary shades.

Nostalgia-Tinted

Bronze-Tinted Sunglasses, Durable Shoulders, Sacrificial Robes*, Gossamer Belt & Gloves, Watched Watcher’s Slippers, Nimboya’s Mystical Staff*
Kivrinne was originally created as a Warlock and played at least through Silverpine Forest and probably some of Hillsbrad Foothills. I later rerolled her as a Mage. Though Kaelinda was the first Mage I created, Kivrinne’s initial creation as a Warlock does pre-date the creation of Kaelinda.
These robes were originally obtained as a rare drop from the boss mob in the Tower of Ilgalar in Redridge Mountains. Since Cataclysm, Horde characters have been able to get them as the Ale-Soaked Robes from the most entertaining quest chain in Silverpine Forest.

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Now I’ve really got to get my Paladin leveled up to 110 and work my way through the Deaths of Chromie scenario to get the bronze version of the Hour of Twilight dragon shoulders to wear with the Bronze-Tinted Sunglasses. She’s already halfway through Revered with the Keepers of Time, so maybe I should push her all the way to Exalted with them, so she can wear the Keepers of Time tabard, too, and have the full set of Bronze Dragonflight accessories…

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WoW Classic won’t be going live anytime soon. Nevertheless, this Anniversary event of fighting Classic world bosses that disappeared in the Shattering to get items from their original loot tables that have been updated only in ilevel and stat distribution has me thinking about rolling an alt or few on a Classic server — as I’m sure it was intended to do.

I miss certain landscapes and questscapes of Azeroth before the Shattering. Thousand Needles, the Barrens, Stonetalon and Ashenvale, Hillsbrad Foothills, Darkshore, Azshara, Orgrimmar… There are many quests in the Cataclysm 1-60 leveling experience that only really completely make sense if you’re familiar with the quests from Classic that they updated or replaced.

Dungeons like Wailing Caverns, Sunken Temple, and Scholomance will be back to their old crazy mazes. Shortly before the beginning of Cataclysm, I’d finally solo-navigated some of those dungeons enough times while Mog-farming that I felt like I understood their layouts. I don’t think I remember the old layouts very well anymore, though.

But I won’t be able to just hop into the new-old world of a Classic server and tourist around with an overleveled, overgeared, overpowered character. I’ll have to level a new character, from scratch… and there are all those group quests and outdoor micro-dungeon areas. Who will I do those with?

At least this very very early page of notes from my WoW notebook will become relevant again…

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I was putting together some new Transmogrification kits this evening and noticed something rather odd about Dalaran.

As I logged in at the Ledgerdemain Lounge, the barkeeps were no longer making stressy comments.

Coming back from the Warpweaver, I noticed that the children were running around the streets again.

Curious now, I checked out the Infirmary. All of the people suffering from that Inexplicable Feeling were gone.

No one was standing in front of the steps to the Violet Citadel demanding answers about the mysterious happenings.

There weren’t any patrols of guards in the streets… or any of the extra Draenei.

Up on Krasus’ Landing, the Warmage investigating the fel crash area was gone, and I couldn’t see any of the patrolling Warmages on Nexus discs.

The Validated Doomsayers were all gone, too.

In short, Dalaran was back to normal — though it had definitely been all anxious and disturbed when I checked in on Tuesday.

Is this relaxation due to the Brewfest holiday, or is it due to the progression of the Argus storyline? I guess I’ll have to wait and see if Dalaran suddenly pops right back to being anxious and disturbed when Brewfest ends. If it doesn’t, though, I’ll be rather disappointed that we never got a resolution to the crisis at the Infirmary.

Update: After Brewfest ended, Dalaran stayed back-to-normal. I’m sad that we didn’t get to find out what was going on with all those people who were not feeling quite right who were piling up at the infirmary. I’d like to wish that this little episode would come back as part of the pre-launch event for the next expansion, and get a proper conclusion, but it probably won’t. *sigh*

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When Argus first appeared in the skies on the 8th, Dalaran became an anxious place. Concerned Citizens clustered around the guards, asking for answers about what was happening. I ran through many of the shops, trying to find as many different quotes from the inhabitants of Dalaran as I could. A few days later, it occurred to me that I hadn’t gone into the First Aid shop yet. This is what I saw:

A few Dalaran Citizens were sitting near the back of the shop; when I clicked on them, they each had a debuff called “Inexplicable Feeling: Not feeling quite right”.

The next week, the 15th, the Concerned Citizens pestering the guards had been joined by Scared Citizens. Some of the Scared Citizens were fearfully running around the streets.

I made rounds of the city to see if the shopkeepers were saying any new and different things; they were. When I visited the First Aid shop, this is what I saw:

The previous week, I hadn’t noticed anything out of the ordinary as I approached the shop, but this week, there were ill-looking people gathering around the entrance:

This week, on the 22nd, some of the residents of Dalaran had become Terrified Citizens — some running around and others too frightened to do anything but cower in corners. I observed more new and different quotes from the shopkeepers; several of them talk about having a rush of customers or getting low on supplies.

The First Aid shop and the street around it had become even more crowded:

I stood around by the First Aid shop for quite a long time while I was writing up this post, and I saw the afflicted citizens say a variety of things:
“I… I don’t feel well.”
“Is it normal to see stars?”
“Please. You have to help us.”
“I feel it coming on again…”
“This has to end. I can’t take much more of this.”
“They say it’s all in your head, but this… this is different. I swear!”

What is going on here?

Even more curious, why haven’t I seen much of anything about this subplot of the pre-Patch 7.3 event on Wowhead yet? There’s a screenshot of the first few afflicted citizens sitting in the First Aid shop in the “Patch 7.3 Foreshadowing” post that Wowhead made on the 8th, but don’t think I’ve seen anything about the continuing developments and buildup of the Patch 7.3 foreshadowing in Dalaran since then. Maybe they just weren’t able to datamine anything about what this developing medical crisis is leading up to?

Or is this perhaps related to the Whispers of a Frightened World? I haven’t done that scenario yet because I haven’t been able to find the breadcrumb for it with either Kamalia or Kaelinda. Perhaps I’m not getting it because I haven’t been to the Broken Shore and done any of the Legionfall stuff yet?

I wonder what will happen in Dalaran next week when Patch 7.3 launches…?

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The burned-out husk of a world appeared suddenly in the sky. Though she didn’t know exactly how it had come to be there, the Underpowered Death Knight suspected that it had something to do with the activities of the Big Damn Heroes in the Broken Isles.

So she went to Dalaran.

Anxiety filled the floating city.

So did Draenei, conversing in excited tones.






So the ruined world was the Draenei homeworld, Argus, then? But how had it gotten to be looming over Azeroth?

And the Doomsayers were back, apparently feeling very Validated by this turn of events.

The first Doomsayer she talked to handed her a pamphlet. It was not the same as the pamphlets the Doomsayers had been handing out before the Legion Invasions began, a year ago. The Underpowered Death Knight decided to wait around and see how many different pamphlets she could collect, and compare the new pamphlets to to the ones she had collected last year.

A few were obvious sequels to the previous pamphlets.





The others did not correspond so well, but she matched them up as best she could.







She hoped that Archmage Khadgar and the Order Hall leaders knew what they were doing…

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It was fun to discover this stuff for myself on Tuesday afternoon/evening, before Wowhead and Blizzard Watch made their posts about it. This is just a pre-patch event, but it feels more like a pre-expansion event!

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I’ve now updated the image links in all of the Underpowered Death Knight posts and given them their own section on the Stories page.

Previously: Scenes from the Auction House dance party

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I was looking forward to finding out what the Trial of Style cosmetic rewards would be, so that I’d know if this event would really be something I’d want to put a lot of time & effort into.

Well, the rewards have been previewed… and they’re not particularly exciting to me.


Trial of Style reward preview images from Wowhead

I don’t really like that cloth set at all; I like the bottom half of the leather set but not the top half; there are other low-level mail sets I like better anyway; I do like this plate set, though.

Furthermore, they are all appearances that are obtainable in other ways… and I’ve already collected as much of those sets as I’m interested in acquiring.

I guess I can see where the devs are going with that; I suspect that they want the Trial of Style to be a thing folks do more for the fun of doing it and the Twitter/blog bragging rights of winning it than for the tangible rewards, and they also don’t want folks to complain about feeling obligated to do it because the cosmetic rewards are too desirable.

Still, I think it would be more interesting if the rewards were at least new & unique colorations of these armor models. For the cloth set, perhaps pale pink where it is teal, pale gold instead of silver for the metallic areas, and emerald green for the jewels? There already exists a blue version of the pants for the leather set, but no other items in that coloration, so a full set of a blue version of this leather gear would be nice. I’d go for that mail gear in blue, too, whether it was blue & silver or blue & gold. For the plate set, a black & red Blood Knight version might be appropriate.

The shirt reward for actually winning the competition appears to be a darker version of the Gilnean Adventurer’s Shirt. It’s something that would be nice to have… but not “must have” to the level of strenuously trying to get it.

Still, I’ll probably try out the Trial of Style at least once or twice just to see how it goes. (Then again, I still haven’t gotten around to going Timewalking, even though in principle I think it’s a great feature…)

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A few of my characters — the Priest, the Druid, the Paladin — are already at the point where they need to run dungeons before they can progress any further in their Order Hall campaigns — and I know the others will get there eventually. This has had two stalling-out effects. One, I feel the need to complete the storylines of the appropriate zones so that I can maximize each dungeon run by also being able to grab the Pillar of Creation found therein. Two, I’m intimidated by reports I’ve seen in Blizzard Watch’s “The Queue” column of people being kicked from leveling Normal-mode dungeons for low DPS — and I have quite a bit of trepidation about healing with the Priest and the Paladin because they struggled through their Holy Artifact acquisition scenarios.

Between that and the baby, I have more or less entirely set aside any notion of making progress in Legion content (for the time being) in favor of filling out the holes in my Appearances collection.

This doesn’t mean I’m trying to collect everything I don’t have yet — I don’t like a lot of the appearances I don’t have (or even all of the ones I do). What it does mean is that I’ve gone through all the subcategories of the Appearances tab and made a list of items I don’t have yet that I do like and have been working on acquiring them; thus far, I’ve been focusing down the Plate armor list. I’ve been running old raids and dungeons rather obsessively for the past month or two, to the extent that I’m starting to feel like I might be in danger of burning myself out on it. I might go back to leveling as a break from the Mog farming!

I’m pleased that the holiday party clothes will become Moggable during the appropriate weeks. I guess I need to go through my party clothes collections and get that stuff out of my Banks and into my Appearances tab. I’ll have to check if the party clothes appearances are account-wide or armor-type limited or individual — if Kamalia has a pink Lunar Festival dress, will everyone be able to use it, or just Kam and Ketura (the mail wearers), or just Kam? Account-wide would be best, of course, but armor-type limited would be better than individual because it would mean less characters who’ll have to start doing holiday stuff again.

I am intrigued by the “Trial of Style” Mog competition scenario coming in the next patch. I applaud the developers for trying to come up with something interactive and fun involving Transmogrification. Two minutes isn’t all that long to create a new outfit, though! Unless I already have a new outfit in mind, I can spend 30 – 45 minutes sitting in front of the Warpweaver trying to assemble a new kit. Given that Wowhead has already datamined the “Trial of Style” themes, though, I can definitely see myself planning a set of outfits (one of each armor type) for each theme ahead of time.

The other thing in Patch 7.2.5 that sounds nifty to me is the Moonkin Festival! I’ve ignored the micro-holidays so far, but I’ll definitely have to make time to take my Druid to this one!

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great wings of fire!

When Ziggie Sparks first showed up at the Darkmoon Faire offering the Firebird’s Challenge, I tried it a few times and then gave up, frustrated, because I couldn’t even manage to get the 15 rings to complete the quest in one try.

How long has it been since that was a new addition to the Faire, anyway? For however long that is, I have been enviously watching folks using the Blazing Wings — and trying, in a sour-grapesian way, to convince myself that I didn’t really want them anyway.

Some weeks ago, I decided that I needed the Blazing Wings as the finishing touch for a Transmogrification kit.

So when the Faire came around again this week, I determined that I would buy a stack of Darkmoon game tokens and keep trying the Firebird’s Challenge until I got the Brood of Alysrazor achievement. On a whim, I chose to do it with my Demon Hunter. This proved to be a fortuitous choice, because when she failed to find a new ring in time and lost the flight buff, she could just unfurl her demon wings and Glide safely back down to the ground — rather than plummeting to her death, as Kamalia had done.
(A Mage or a Priest would also be good alts to use to work on this achievement, for similar reasons — Slow Fall and Levitate, respectively.)

On Kiralaira’s first time off the ground, she didn’t do any better than Kamalia had. The next time, I spent a few moments just looking around to see where the rings were before I started trying to fly through them — so I didn’t get it that time, either. That was a token well spent, though, because now I could plan my route a little bit farther in advance. On about her third try, I not only got through the 15 rings needed for the quest, I got through 25 and got the Ringmaster achievement before I couldn’t find the next one in time. This was very encouraging!

After doing other things elsewhere in Azeroth for most of the week, I returned to the Faire this afternoon, determined to get those wings. I used the map linked in the top comment on the Brood of Alysrazor achievement page on Wowhead to help plan my route. On about the fourth try, I got it!

Using Glide while the Blazing Wings are active gives double wings!

I guess I just needed the right motivation — i.e., a very specific Mog idea for which I wanted to use the Blazing Wings — though it’s not one that’s likely to appear on the Sunday Mog Show anytime soon because at least one of the other pieces for it requires level 110, and I’m not sure when I’ll get the specific character for whom I want to make this outfit leveled.

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