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Cenarius finally coughed up the lookalike of the Emerald Nighthold Druid tier robe for Kerisa. Hooray!

My Warlock finished her Order Hall Campaign. Five done, seven left. Can I manage to get seven more Order Hall Campaigns completed in only four weeks — three and a half, really, because of this conference I’m going to at the end of the month?
I was surprised that compassion — albeit in the somewhat limited sense of even if you don’t give a damn about the rest of the world, you should still take care of the people who are part of your own community — emerged as one of the main themes of that story. I wasn’t expecting that from the Warlocks. Good job, devs!

I went and did the Wound quests in Silithus with Kamalia and Kaylynda, just in case they might go away in Patch 8.0.

I had been under the impression that one had to complete the Broken Shore campaign to do the Mage Tower Challenge, and I just didn’t have time energy or desire to do that. Reading posts about the imminent end of the Mage Tower Challenge, I realized that I’d been mistaken. So Kaelinda hurried to do the questchain that leads up to the Mage Tower Challenge, and do to the Wound quests in Silithus to get her Artifacts to be OP, and then I started trying the Frost Mage challenge. It is a kiting fight, and I am rubbish at kiting. After making a half-dozen-ish rather feeble attempts in which I felt like I was making little to no progress, I decided that I had other things — both in-game and out — that I’d rather spend my Monday evening doing. Specifically, my Rogue finished Chapter 3 of her Order Hall Campaign.

Many many thanks to Coffee Cakes & Crits, who tipped me off that the Tabard of the Lightbringer is BoE and can sometimes be found on the AH. I looked, and there it was. The list price of 255 K might not be much for some folks, but for me, it took a bit of pooling cash — with Kamalia and Kaelinda, who have been level 110 the longest and thus have had the most time to rake in gold from Order Hall missions, being the major donors — to be able to afford it.

Now Patch 8.0 is here, but there’s another week before the pre-launch-event quests begin. I’ll need to do those with the characters who will eventually be heading off into BfA content.
For the Blue Team, we have Kaylynda the Human Mage, Kerithian the Night Elf Druid, Kjerstin the Dwarf Shaman, and Kyraleia the Dwarf Paladin.
For the Red Team, we have Kaelinda the Blood Elf Mage, Kerisa the Tauren Druid, Kamalia the Tauren Shaman, and Keija the Tauren Warrior. Kaelinda, Kamalia, and Keija will have to go to Zandalar eventually because the only Professions I care about any more are the ones that make me things I can use for Mogging and they are my Tailor, Leatherworker, and Blacksmith, respectively. The leather-wearer position for the Red Team is theoretically flexible, but it will probably end up being Kerisa because of my four level 110 Horde leather-wearers, I am the most attached to her.

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Kerisa was so close to completing the Druid campaign that I decided to just finish it up — including going to the Broken Shore and recruiting Thisalee Crow. I’ll probably do this — go to the Broken Shore to recruit the 9th champion as soon as I finish up the 7.0 campaign — with my remaining characters, too. Cenarius still didn’t give her the Emerald Nighthold Druid tier lookalike robe, though.

By queueing up for LFD while doing zone questing, I managed to get both the Warlock and the Rogue to level 110. Whew!

So now that everyone is finally at 110, what next?
Finishing eight more Order Hall Campaigns, of course.
I’m debating whether to try to focus them down one at a time or do a little bit with multiple characters each night. The first method would probably help me keep track of the stories better — I confess that with over a year between when I pushed everyone through Chapter 2 of their Order Hall Campaigns shortly before we got our baby and now, I don’t really remember what’s going on in any of them.

My Paladin and Monk also need to run 8 different dungeons to get their Order Hall pants. I’m keeping track of which dungeons they have to run as part of their Campaign so that then I can just run the ones they haven’t already done for the pants. I’d also like to get the Order Hall pants for my Warrior, Death Knight, Hunter, and Priest — but they can come back and solo Legion dungeons at level 120. It’s only the Paladin and Monk that I want to get done while Legion is still current content, because those are the Order Hall sets that I’m the most interested wearing as complete sets.

And I really need to go to Argus with somebody. When it’s Kirin Tor Emissary, I’ve been picking up Argussian Reach tokens with my Demon Hunter and Army of the Light tokens with my Alliance Mage. Because I’m more interested in the Void Elves than in the Lightforged Draenei, it’ll probably be the Demon Hunter who goes to Argus first.

Meanwhile, in the world beyond Azeroth…

One of my colleagues took a job at another institution in the state, so I spent a couple of weeks of June in search committee meetings finding his replacement. Our new faculty member has a lot of experience teaching general chemistry, but the person she’s replacing didn’t have any standard general chemistry in his courseload. To help her feel more comfortable in her first semester at a new institution, I decided to give her the option to take the section of general chemistry that has been “mine” for the past four years. She took it, so now I am rearranging my schedule and preparing to teach the rest of the courseload that had been assigned to the person who left: general education chemistry and physical science. These are two classes that I’ve never taught before, and I have a month and a half to prep them… So as much as I might like to daydream about tackling the Mage Tower Challenge with Kaelinda to get that beautiful Challenge apppearance for Ebonchill, or with Kelisanna to get those amazing rapiers for the Dreadblades, I really can’t afford to let myself get distracted by that…

We got our adoption legally finalized in April. We then waited until BTH’s parents returned from their mission to serve in the Bern Switzerland Temple before getting our adoption ecclesiastically finalized by having our son sealed to us in our local Temple this Saturday. Now we can finally say that our little boy is 100% ours!

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Last night, Wowhead posted an exciting news tidbit from the BfA beta. Aquatic Form and Flight Form have been separated out from Travel Form. Travel Form remains an activated ability that will switch between land, air, and water forms based on environment; the other two are passives. What this means, though, is that now Aquatic Form, Flight Form, and Travel Form can be individually glyphed! Currently, it is only possible to have one aspect of Travel Form glyphed. I’m currently using the Orca for my Aquatic Form, but once BfA launches, I’ll also be able to use Cheetah for my land Travel Form!

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This week being my Spring Break, I finally managed to sit down and power through the rest of Suramar.


It was indeed some very well done storytelling, and I enjoyed it — though it helped quite a bit that I’m at ilevel 900 from the slow ratchet of WQ rewards and already have flying. Although I still think she’s a conceited snob, I grew to like Arcanist Valtrois a bit more when I got to see her in her element, as it were, working with the ley lines — and the quest where she butts heads with Stellagosa in Zharkhenar cracked me up. I still like Occuleth the best, though.

I am not entirely “done” with Suramar, however, as I still haven’t gotten the Leywoven Flying Carpet. Kaelinda has Paragoned for the Nightfallen at least twelve times by now, and it’s getting rather discouraging to keep getting nothing but gold and Wakening Essences and other random junk when I open the caches. sigh…

I’d been making myself wait to purchase Battle for Azeroth at least until I’d completed Suramar and would be able to do both of the Horde-side Allied Race recruitment scenarios. I’d read that the Highmountain scenario is the longest and most involved, and that the Nightborne scenario has a scene that dovetails with the Void Elf scenario.

I spent the extra $20 to get the Collector’s Edition because fancy raptor for my Hunter who loves raptors —

— and fancy horse for my Human Mage who loves horses.

Although I could recruit the Highmountain Tauren and roll up the Highmountain Tauren alts I want to create now, I’m going to try to save that until after I’ve gotten all the classes leveled to 110 and experienced their Order Hall campaigns (through getting the last champion from the Broken Shore).

Because I only needed my Nightborne Mage to exist, however, there wasn’t any problem with sending Kaelinda off right away to help Lady Liadrin convince Thalyssra to join the Horde.

She was rather surprised and shocked by how harshly the Regent Lord treated Alleria Windrunner, though she herself was sufficiently well-mannered not to show it.

Kaelinda now has a “prettykitty” mount macro that includes the Mystic Runesaber, Arcanists’s Manasaber, Nightborne Manasaber, Luminous Starseeker, and Winged Guardian.

Thanks to a comment on Wowhead, I learned that I could create an Allied Races character on a realm where I didn’t yet have a level 110, so I was immediately able to create a Nightborne Mage on my Minor Mages realm (I’ll still have to get Kaylynda to 110 to do the Void Elf recruitment scenario, though).

Minor Mages, please welcome Koralythria!


She has pale pink hair (the color is very subtle) and no glowy tattoos (because she’s a commoner).

Koralythria is very young, as Nightborne go — only a hundred or so years old (about the same age as Kaelinda). Before — well, before Gul’dan, really — she was a junior assistant gardener at one of the smallest gardens in Suramar City, dreaming of someday becoming skilled enough to work on the Grand Promenade.

In her free time, she associated with a group of other young (less than a millenium old) people who were curious about the world outside the shield and wondered if there were things their leaders weren’t telling them. After the Legion arrived, she joined the cause of the Dusk Lily and became part of Vanthir’s network as soon as she became aware of them. Though her horticulture work had given her some proficiency with certain types of bladed implements, during the Insurrection, she discovered that she was more talented with magic than she had thought. When she came to Shal’Aran, she was overawed by Thalyssra. She was also rather disturbed and concerned by the Withered… especially by how many of them there seemed to be (so she’s even more of a conspiracy theorist now than she was before). She very quickly began to idolize Valtrois and Occuleth, though.

So… now that I’ve finally finished Suramar, what next?

Xe’ra’s Revisionist History of Illidan, then Argus, with my Demon Hunter — because the more Void Elves I see running around, the more I want to play one.

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I passed on the first season of the Trial of Style back in August. It sounded like it would be fun, but it happened during the week right before school started, when I was busy with pre-semester meetings and scrambling to get ready for the first day of classes. If I’d been excited by any of the rewards, I would have made sure to fit it in somehow, but I wasn’t, so doing it just for the fun of it just didn’t happen.

This time around, I wanted to be sure to try it. This week has turned out to be somewhat more busy than I’d anticipated, so it was fortunate for my motivation to actually get out and do this season of the Trial of Style that at least one of the second season rewards is actually interesting to me: the Goldspine plate set. Thus, one of my plate-wearers had to do it — and if there is something frivolous that needs to be done by a plate-wearer, the Underpowered Death Knight always wants to be the one to do it (when did she get so silly?).

Her first try:

Demonbreaker Helm, Acid-Etched Pauldrons, Crystalvein Breastplate, Fel Iron Plate Belt, Purifier’s Pantaloons, Emerald Gauntlets, Truesteel Boots (1-640), Sword of Nefarian’s Hand
I grabbed the helmet first and then built the green kit around it. I didn’t think this outfit really fit the theme very well, so I wasn’t at all surprised to not place. The outfits that did place were much more awesome and appropriate to the theme (such as the Blood Elf on the left in the second picture).

Her second try:

Fel-Proof Goggles, hidden shoulder, Phantom Armor, hidden belt, Cobalt Legguards, Warsong Gauntlets, Griftah’s Authentic Troll Shoes, Blade of the Titans
As the rounds of voting were taking place, I thought for sure the strapping Orc gentleman was going to take the big prize. But when he got called up as third, and then the Blood Elf gal in her outfit that made me think of Cymre Jones was second, I knew I was going to be first place.

That got me enough prize tokens to buy the Goldspine set!

The Trial of Style was fun to do — fun to see what I could throw together under the pressure of the 2.5 minute time limit, fun to see what the other contestants came up with, fun to dance and cheer and wave while I was on the stage, fun to vote for the other contestants, fun because it was so fast.

It looks like the next season of the Trial of Style will be in the week before school begins again. I wonder what the prizes for the next season will be? Will they be exciting enough to distract me away from frantically trying to get ready for the first day of class?

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I’ve adored the Lunar Festival dresses & suits forever, and I’ve wanted the new flower circlets as a headpiece forever, so I’ve got to use them while they’re in season!

Lucky Red Envelope

Crown of Prosperity, Exquisite Sunderseer Mantle, Festival Suit, Black Mageweave Gloves, Kurkenstoks, Nub’s Wand, Kobold Candle
“Firecracker” would be another good name for this outfit.

Omen of Plunder

Crown of Dark Blossoms, Bonechewer Shoulderguards, Festival Suit, Rope-Grip Gloves, Felshroud Boots
The black tint of the upgraded appearance of the Outlaw Artifact swords or the base red tint of the Mage Tower Challenge rapiers would also be fabulous with this outfit.

Dark Side of Elune

Crown of Dark Blossoms, Festive Black Pant Suit, Bogslayer Gauntlets, Griftah’s Authentic Troll Shoes, Warsword of the Ebon Blade
The circlet of black and red flowers is perfect for gloomy folk like Death Knights and Forsaken.

The White Lady’s Blue Child

Crown of Good Fortune, Festive Blue Pant Suit, Spiritualist’s Gauntlets, Golden Cenarion Greaves, Rage-Possessed Greatsword
Do the Tauren have a myth and a special name for Azeroth’s second moon?

Icy Moon

Crown of Good Fortune, Relentless Gladiator’s Linked Spaulders, Festive Teal Pant Suit, Edgemaster’s Handguards, Sparkleshell Sabatons, Ice Spire Scepter, Spiritsage’s Shield
The pale blue of the flowers reminded me of these icy-looking Wrath PvP shoulders.

Eternal Blossoms

Crown of Prosperity, Mantle of Autumn, Festival Dress, Rope-Grip Gloves, Blood-Tempered Ranseur*
The golden leaves on these shoulders remind me of how the Vale of Eternal Blossoms used to be…
The Blood-Tempered Ranseur was awarded from a low-level Blood Elf Paladin questline that disappeared in the Cataclysm; if I didn’t have it, I would have used the Rod of the Blazing Light.

Lunar Efflorescence

Crown of Courage, Cenarion Spaulders, Festive Green Dress, Rope-Grip Gloves, Staff of the Verdant Circle
I used this combination (with the antlers that match the shoulders) as an RP-wear outfit for Lunar Festival in previous years, before the holiday clothes were Moggable.
Moonglade is THE location for the Lunar Festival, of course — but the lighting there is terrible!

Pink Peony

Crown of Courage, Festive Pink Dress, Bloodscale Belt, Maltendis’ Handguards, Tempered Vis’kag the Bloodletter, Aegis of the Vindicator
Pink is for Paladins!

Night Vision

Crown of Courage, Festive Purple Dress, Rope-Grip Gloves, Headhunter’s Slippers, Warglaive of the Fel Hammer
Purple seemed most appropriate for an Illidari.

Purple Moonlight

Crown of Good Fortune, Festive Purple Dress, Replica Magister’s Gloves, Kurkenstoks, Mok’Morokk’s Beat Stick
This staff pulls together the silvery blue of the flowers and the purple of the dress quite nicely.

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This evening I took Kaelinda down to the Broken Shore and did just enough to get this to happen:

Because the Mage Tower buff was waterwalking, I was riding my Mystic Runesaber instead of my Azure Waterstrider, and it was so cool that the moment I completed the achievement, it sprouted wings and I could take off!

I had been feeling like I didn’t really mind puttering around on the ground — between Kamalia having the Derelict Skyhorn Kite, Kaelinda having Slow Fall, and Kiralaira having Glide, I’d had plenty of fun jumping off of cliffs or high buildings to get where I was going. Of course, flying would be nice to have as a convenience for leveling all those alts I’ve still got to bring up… I’d forgotten how much fun it is to explore by flying! Right away, I went and flew all around the Tomb of Sargeras to find the entrance to the Cathedral of Eternal Night — and then I flew across the broken causeway and explored around the exterior of the Nighthold.

I enjoyed seeing all the NPCs representing all the different Class Orders during the Return to the Broken Shore scenario, and the Class Order areas around the base. I felt quite uncomfortable, however, about using what are essentially the same weapons that destroyed Cenarion Thicket and Theramore against the Legion ship…

Meanwhile, it’s been long enough since Patch 7.2 launched that through diligently running Champion missions for Legionfall tokens and using Kirin Tor Emissaries for Legionfall tokens, Kamalia could accomplish this without ever having returned to the Broken Shore:

I’ve cropped this shot a little wider than I usually crop achievement pictures to show that she’s standing at her Order Hall mission map…

Now that Kaelinda has explored the Broken Shore and unlocked flying, I’ll take Kamalia and Kiralaira down there, too, sometime fairly soon, to get their final Order Hall champions. At some point in the future, I’ll probably do the Artifact-related questlines… but I think I’ll wait on that until I’ve got the rest of my alts leveled, and Suramar and Argus completed for the Allied Race unlocks.

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