Archive for the ‘happy dance’ Category

I’m a bit surprised that this hasn’t already hit the front page of Blizzard Watch with a big splash — it’s something the community has been asking for for years. Update: ah, there it is!
The hotfix is already live:

And maybe Kaumaleia should go take Salandria out for Children’s Week this year, for old times’ sake

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A new interview with Brian Holinka dropped the tidbit (recapped here by Wowhead and here by Blizzard Watch) that starting in 10.0, all races will be allowed to be Priests, Mages, and Rogues. I am so excited!
I have been arguing ever since Cataclysm that if Tauren Druids could develop into Priests and Paladins, then Tauren Shamans should be likewise allowed to develop into Mages.
My Blood Elf Mage runs Fire, my Void Elf Mage runs Frost, and my Human Mage runs Arcane… but I never got my Human Mage out to Shadowlands, in part because I could never quite decide which Covenant would be the best fit to be her “home” Covenant. Awhile ago, I started imagining that if Tauren could just be allowed to be Mages, I could have a Blood Elf Fire Mage, a Void Elf Arcane Mage, and a Tauren Frost Mage…
Now the question is, should she be Mulgore Tauren or Highmountain Tauren? Well, actually, I’ll probably create one of each, because that’s just the way I roll. And she’ll probably end up being Boosted. I’ll want to have her in the Dragon Isles alongside Kaelinda, Kaelyla, Kamalia, and Kerisa. Furthermore, given how long it’s been taking me to get my Highmountain Tauren Druid leveled the conventional way so as to earn that Heritage Armor, I am just not into the leveling lowbie alts game these days.
As for Rogues, I think I see a Race Change coming my Rogue’s way…

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With the tidbit that white and gray items may become Moggable “soon”, a quick look in my RP Clothes bank generates this list of the items I most want to see upgraded to Cosmetic:

White Woolen Dress
Simple Black Dress
White Wedding Dress
Tuxedo Jacket and Pants
Haliscan Jacket, Pantaloons, and Brimmed Hat
Black Embersilk Gown
White Traditional Hanbok
Red Traditional Hanbok
Green Wedding Hanbok
Dark Green Wedding Hanbok
Royal Dangui
Formal Dangui
Burning Robes
Shimmering Silk Robes
Chromatic Robe
Silver Dress Robes
Dalaran Nurse’s Gown

And allow ALL the Holiday clothes to be Moggable year-round, too!

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So, after three or four expansions of the leading fan favorite wish being “Dragon Isles”, at last for 10.0 the next expansion actually will be Dragon Isles.
The Dragonflight [sic. Dragonriding] system itself sounds like a minigame that I will find extremely frustrating until I finally get the hang of it, and then I’ll probably enjoy it; I probably won’t go all out to try to master it.
But of course there would be a Dragonborn-type race. The idea of a mutually-locked race/class combo is a different take on the new race, new class trope of new expansions, at least for WoW. I’ll want to try out the Evoker to see how the new class plays — I’ve had fun with Death Knight, Monk, and Demon Hunter as alts — but I’m not going to be in Dracthyr starting zone on launch day. The Evoker being mail-wearing is very nice — hopefully this means we’ll get lots of awesome-looking new mail armor for Kam to wear, too.
Feeling kinda meh about the Tier set previews, though. They have the same problem as the initial concept art preview for the Sepulcher sets — it’s a big guessing game which set is supposed to be for which class.
The glimpse of the revamped Talent system looks like it has promise. It also looks like setting up Talents just for my Four Mains (Elemental Shaman, Balance Druid, Fire Mage, Frost Mage) on systems patch day will be exhausting due to decision paralysis!
On the whole — wind in the sails to get done the stuff I want to get done in Shadowlands so that I’ll be in the clear to jump on the boat to the Dragon Isles on launch day!

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Kaelinda and Kaelyla both reached Renown 80 last week.

I ran them both through setting their Renown to 40 with each of the other three Covenants using Broker Marks of Distinction. Much to my disappointment, I discovered that the Renown 40 Covenant titles require you to be currently a member of that Covenant to use them. I also sent Broker Marks of Distinction to Kalaneia and Kamalia. Kalaneia is thrilled to now be able to style herself Baroness Kalaneia; Kamalia prefers to remain Farseer Kamalia.

Everyone who is at least level 50 — I checked with my Paladin and Priest, who are level 50 but haven’t been to the Shadowlands yet — now has access to all armor-type-appropriate Venthyr and Night Fae cosmetics that I have collected thus far. To get the rest, Kaelinda (as Kateleina) will need to get to Renown 80 with the Necrolords, and Kaelyla (as Kaelyra) will need to get to Renown 80 with the Kyrian.

In the process of getting to Renown 80, Kaelyla completed the 9.0 Night Fae Campaign. Although there were a couple of times when I kept dying, I quite enjoyed it — it was nicely very different from the Venthyr Campaign, and I liked the visits back to Azeroth locations (the visits to the Maw, not so much!). Getting that goal completed left me feeling energized to jump into the remaining two 9.0 Covenant Campaigns. So with this week’s reset, before I did anything in the Shadowlands, I took Kaelinda and Kaelyla to the Hall of Curiosities in Oribos, and Kateleina

and Kaelyra

emerged to begin gathering Anima, Souls, and Renown for the Necrolords and the Kyrian, respectively. I intend to build up those Sanctums to level 3 Travel Network, level 2 Anima Conductor with treasure box and extra world quest reinforced, and the other features activated but left at level 1.

Meanwhile, WoW’s Anniversary is on. Kasheena is once again camping out in the Caverns of Time for easy XP from Historian Ju’pa’s daily trivia quiz; for the last couple of years, Kaelyla was her companion in that endeavor, but this year it is Kamalia.

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Hmm, hmm, hmm — now that brown will be an available hair color for Void Elves in Patch 9.1.5, I’ll be able to make Kaelyla’s pre-Telogrus Incident appearance with the toon Kaelyla herself. This opens up some interesting storytelling possibilities — Kaelyla as her pre-Fall of Quel’thalas self, with brown skin and brown hair and blue eyes, in Alliance locations; Kaelinda as Kaelyla’s post-Fall of Quel’thalas-pre-Telogrus Incident self, with brown skin and brown hair and green eyes, in Horde locations; Kaelyla as her post-Telogrus Incident self, with blue skin and blue hair and blue eyes, in Alliance locations.
Hmm, hmm, hmm — but I think I’ll still end up creating a new Alter Ego of Kaelyla who will be an Alliance High Elf through and through.

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Come Patch 9.1.5, the Maw Intro will be skippable at last! Time and time again I’ve thought about bringing Kamalia and Karaelia into the Shadowlands so that I’d have a character of each armor class there, but just couldn’t stomach doing the Maw Intro again.
Once one character has completed a 9.0 Covenant campaign, alts who join the same Covenant will be able to skip to the end! I intend to have Kamalia join the Night Fae and Karaelia join the Kyrian immediately upon arriving in Oribos using Threads of Fate. When they eventually reach level 60, it’ll be great to not have to run them through the Campaign storylines before I can get to the business of Mog collecting.
Covenant swapping will be easy to do once a certain Renown threshold has been reached, and all unlocked Covenant rewards will always be accessible regardless of current Covenant affiliation! This means that once Kamalia has acquired her Night Fae set(s) and reached the required Renown level, she can hop over to the Kyrian and get their set(s), then hop back to the Night Fae, and be able to use all of those awesome appearances!
Even if I don’t do anything with Kamalia and Karaelia in the Shadowlands until much later in the lifecycle of the expansion, I’ll still be happy to have them settled in with their intended Covenants.
I’m also pretty spiffed about the new customizations for Void Elves. We’ve got warm silver, platinum blonde, honey blonde, red-gold, and cherry red as “natural” hair colors for Void Elves. I suspect that a new Alter Ego for Kaelyla will show up who will have “natural” skin tone and hair color — a proper Alliance High Elf!

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…is the Spectacles, of course!

Several years ago, I drew Kamalia wearing glasses.

None of This Nonsense, Please

Dazzling Spectacles, Black Velvet Robes, Shadow Council Boots, Tower of Theramore
Patricia C Wrede is my favorite author; The Enchanted Forest Chronicles are my favorite of her works; Morwen is my favorite character in that series. I was thirteen or fourteen when I first met Morwen, and I wanted to be like her when I grew up (spoiler alert: I’m not as much like her as I thought I wanted to be). When I was first venturing onto the internet over twenty years ago, I used “Morwen” as my screenname. So somehow it was no surprise that my primary Mage character ended up with an appearance very much like Morwen’s description. The Dazzling Spectacles are what I needed to finally complete that look!

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Back at the beginning of November, I wrote:
“I’ve fallen into a WoW lull over the past several weeks. I’ve got an unusually light course load at school this semester — but a health condition that has developed, and a medication that I’m taking to help with this condition, have made it so that I just can’t stay up late like I used to. When I’m finished with my evening slate of schoolwork, I more and more frequently just go to bed. If the Emissary reward isn’t 2K gold, or I’m not working on outfits for the next Sunday Mog Show, I don’t have much motivation to stay up late in Azeroth.”
I only had to take the medication that made me extra-sleepy for ten weeks; soon enough I was again staying up until midnight or 1 am in Azeroth after completing my evening schoolwork. The health condition, however, persisted — which was the desired and intended result of the medication — and this past Friday night it resolved with the exquisitely intense experience of the birth of my first, and perhaps only, biological child.

I am the oldest of six children. As far as I know, my mother had all of those children more or less when she wanted to have them. Thus, infertility was not a life-challenge that I expected to have. But a few years went by after BTH and I got married, and I still hadn’t gotten pregnant. About the fifth year of our marriage, I was diagnosed with anovulatory polycystic ovarian syndrome. We attempted a few less-invasive reproductive medicine therapies — this drawing was made as a response to the failure of one of those attempts — before trying in-vitro fertilization in the eighth year of our marriage. It failed; none of our embryos survived the transfer process. After that, we decided to pursue adoption. We adopted our first child shortly before our tenth anniversary; he is now four. We adopted our second child shortly before our twelfth anniversary; he is now two. I was now in my late thirties, and success rates for IVF drop off rapidly with maternal age especially after forty, so we decided to make one more attempt at IVF. Because I’d experienced some complications and needed to have the embryos frozen for later transfer during our first IVF attempt, we planned ahead to initially freeze the embryos and transfer later for the second attempt. Then COVID came along and significantly delayed the timing of the transfers; we weren’t able to start trying transfers until the middle of last summer. The very last embryo from that second IVF cycle was the one that survived the transfer process and became the perfect, beautiful baby boy who is sleeping in his bassinet while I write this post.

Naturally, I haven’t logged on to WoW for a few days now, and while I’ve certainly thought a bit about it here and there, I haven’t really missed it. I’ve been much too busy with much more important things. Although I’ve “done newborn” before with my two adopted children, this time around is a whole new experience because this time, I’m doing it with breastfeeding and postpartum body and brain — and with two other young children whose needs for affection and attention also have to be managed and fulfilled. As Baby and I adjust to each other, as the two older children get adjusted to the new state of our household, I’ll have more ability to come back to Azeroth — and, to be honest, I’ll want to come back to Azeroth as a stress relief/relaxation activity! But I also still have a mountain of prep to do to get my classes ready for Fall Semester. So I’ll have to severely limit my time in Azeroth, and I cannot do “all the things” that I’d been doing anymore. I’ll have to select one or two objectives to accomplish with one character in each play session and just be okay with letting the others not progress.

I will probably log on for a little bit tomorrow, though, even if it’s just long enough to find out if Kaelinda finally managed to get the Robes of the Cursed Commando from the Great Vault from doing LFR last Wednesday, but I probably won’t do much else — certainly not running the Maw with three level 60 characters!

Baby is still asleep! If I go straight to bed as soon as I hit “Publish”, how much sleep will I manage to get before he wakes up hungry…?

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Nothing else on the 9.1 PTR matters right now except this: THERE ARE SPECTACLES!!!
I have wanted proper spectacles for my characters ever since I first spotted Sungshin Ironpaw in Pandaria’s Halfhill Market wearing some.
You better believe that I’m going to be getting these, and all of my Mages are gonna be wearing glasses as their default headgear. Kamalia might pick up a pair, too.

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