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

101) Druid of the Cycle III


Big Voodoo Mask, Thunderlord Shoulderguards, Osteowings of the Necrolords, Ancestral Chieftain’s Armor, Antiseptic-Soaked Dressing, Bat Fur Mitts, Ferocious Gladiator’s Dragonhide Belt, Warmongering Gladiator’s Leggings, Duskbat Exterminator’s Treads, Hozen Warrior Spear
I was looking at the Necrolords bone wings in another context and it suddenly occurred to me that they would look great with this combo of shoulders and chestpiece, previously seen in (Tauren) Druid #68.
I think this look works for an Ardenweald/Night Fae character because of Ol’ Bwonsamdi, hmmmmm?

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It’s almost the end of June, Dragonflight is not yet in open beta, and Blizzard is already announcing that it will launch by the end of the year?

With that announcement, the pre-orders are open, of course.
So far, I’ve gotten the second-tier version of three expansions: Warlords of Draenor for the Dread Raven (fancier Anzu) mount, Battle for Azeroth for the Gilded Ravasaur mount, and Shadowlands for the Eternal Traveler Transmogrification set. I’ve been quite happy with those purchases.
The only thing I really want out of the second-tier version for Dragonflight is the bundled level 60 Boost, to use for my Tauren Mage — though let’s be honest: I’m probably going to make that character, Boost her, and then just faff around with Mogging her while continuing to actively play my Blood Elf and Void Elf Mages as co-mains.
The Mog stuff is in the third-tier version. The Diadem of the Spellkeeper headpiece just isn’t my style. I rather like the Dragon Wings backpiece Mog, especially since it comes in all five Classic dragonflight colours by default. I’m already imagining a revisit of the “Dragon Princess” series I did with my Blood Elf Priest using those wings.
If I got the third-tier version of Dragonflight, I’d essentially be paying $20 for the level 60 Boost and $20 for the Dragon Wings… I think that’s acceptable — I’ve been satisified with the $20 I spent for the Celestial Observer’s ensemble.
I don’t plan to make that purchase, however, until after I’ve 1) gotten my Fall classes ready to go, 2) done the Korthia Campaign, and 3) done the Zereth Mortis Campaign.

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By the time I was able to log in yesterday night, I’d decided to save doing the new Blood Elf-exclusive questline until after I’ve finished the Kyrian Campaign, so that Kaelinda can be herself and so that my screenshots won’t be all cluttered up with other players. Instead, Kamalia went to see what was up with Calia Menethil and Lordaeron. It felt good to have Kamalia take the lead on a world-story-advancing questline again. The questline was consistent with current WoW storytelling, with a fairly shallow story and a rather silly big showpiece moment leading to “yay we won!”.

Lillian Voss is probably my favorite Forsaken character. I was pleased to see, when we went to find Lillian Voss in Brill, that she had Amalia Stone and Derek Proudmoore with her. I appreciated that continuity with the BfA story, even though those two characters didn’t do anything in the remainder of the questline. With Calia and Derek we see a Menethil-Proudmoore alliance… just not the one those families originally imagined. But what, then, of Calia’s secretly-wedded husband and infant daughter who were killed by the Scourge — a part of her backstory described in the Before the Storm novel, but never referenced in-game? **sigh**

The part in Maldraxxus seemed like it was made with the expectation that everyone doing it would already have flying (which I don’t). I managed not to die while kodo-charging through perilous terrain to get to the NPCs we needed to consult, but I was sure glad that as a Shaman, I’d be able to Reincarnate if I did. It also helped that I use the Comfortable Rider’s Barding as my standard mount equipment. Protection against daze-and-dismount while riding through hostile territory is much more valuable to me than water walking!

The surprise of the new “Dark Ranger” customization for Blood, Void, and Night Elves (Delaryn Summermoon is also present at Brill) is a fun little thing, good on the devs for sneaking that past the PTR. I was somewhat disappointed to find that the new skin tone and the red eyes are linked, rather than separate options — if you choose the skin tone, you also get the red eyes; if you choose the red eyes, you also get the skin tone; you can’t have purple skin and red eyes or the new skin tone and silver eyes.

As a Mage, I see the “Dark Ranger” customization as a way to finally make the perfect San’layn cosplay with the 25H ICC Mage Tier set:

(though upon checking, the Darkfallen NPCs in the Blood wing of ICC have blue DK/Domination-magic eyes, not blood red eyes)

Or, with the shortest ear length option, the perfect Venthyr cosplay:
All My Sins II


Sinful Inquisitor’s Vestments with Sinfall Venthyr Hood & Slippers, Soulbreaker’s Ebony Mantle, Silver-Thread Sash, Kael’s Dark Sinstone Chain, and Damnation
A variation on an outfit I originally made for my Warlock (#78).

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

71) Mini-Mayla


Stonecrag Pauldrons + Hidden Shoulder, Tribal Unification Cloak, Hidden Chestpiece + Brawler’s Harness*, Grash’s Fireproof Handguards, Iron Beltguard of Fuufuu, Stonecrag Legplates, Stonecrag Sabatons, Brunnhildar Harpoon
Thinking about rolling a Highmountain Tauren Mage come 10.0 reminded me of my little Highmountain Tauren Warrior (previously seen in Warrior #65), and how I could now make for her the Mayla-lookalike outfit that I hadn’t been able to back in Legion.
Mayla’s actual chestpiece is the Ceremonial Leather Harness; I’ve used the original level 1 Horde Warrior shirt to mimic that look.

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After school was over for the year, BTH took a week of vacation and we went to see some national parks that are within reasonable driving distance from home, considering our small children. We checked out a suitable number of volumes of the How to Train Your Dragon series on audiobook CDs to listen to during the drivetime; of our local public library’s selection of audiobooks for kids, these were the books I thought would be most enjoyed by both the kids — our five year-old loved them! — and the parents.
The Barrens:

Thousand Needles:



Stonetalon Mountains:


I didn’t get any pictures of the grasslands on the interior of the top of the plateau, as I would have had to take them out the window of the moving car, but they put me in mind of Mulgore.

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A story in screenshots. See also Kaprikka and Dornaa’s marvelous adventure
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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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I knew how Kaelydia had come to be golden-eyed — see the flavor text descriptions for Blood Elf Mage outfits 62 – 64 & 60 — but I didn’t know much else about her. I was wondering what her relationship status might be when she said, “Oh, I’m married. To a Draenei.”

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We were both members of the Army of the Shattered Sun, and occasionally had assignments together. We became moderately well acquainted with each other, but not enough that I would necessarily have called us “friends”. After the restoration of the Sunwell, I stayed at Quel’Danas while he went to Icecrown with the Argent Crusade. Following the defeat of the Lich King, he returned to Quel’Danas. By that time, the number of long-term members of the Army of the Shattered Sun had gotten much smaller, and so we encountered and worked with each other much more frequently than before. Over the years, we gradually became friends, then better friends, until eventually we were quite close.

When Lady Liadrin went with Archmage Khadgar to the other Draenor, we both chose to go with her. We spent most of our time with Lady Liadrin’s forces at Auchindoun in Talador. Occasionally, he took me to see places in Shadowmoon Valley that corresponded to the places he had known on “our” Draenor, to show me what they had been like before our Draenor became Outland.

On one such outing, I dared to ask a question that had been consuming me with curiosity for some time. I’d observed that Draenei wore different colors of gems in their tail rings, which sometimes changed. More to the point, I wondered what the green gems that he’d begun wearing in his tail rings some time ago signified.

“Ah,” he answered, rather shyly and awkwardly, “the colors are a signal between Draenei about our interest in romantic relationships. The green means that I am not currently seeking a relationship because I am already… seeing someone. And the pattern…” he became even more shy and awkward, “means that there is some… complexity.”

I was surprised. We had known each other well enough for long enough that we had shared a great deal of our pasts with each other. I knew about the wives and children he had lost to the Burning Legion, most recently when the Orcs went on their rampage on Outland. He knew about my two failed marriages.

My first marriage hadn’t quite been Arranged, but it had certainly been Set Up. As a young woman, I had been deeply immersed in my studies and had no marital prospects to speak of. I wasn’t bothered by this; my older brother had married well and would handle the family futures quite competently. The young man was a younger son of his family; when began courting me, I knew at once that it was because my parents and his sought a financial alliance. We got along amiably enough, so I agreed to the match. After three successive pregnancies ended in early miscarriages, however, he sued to be released from the marriage. Because it had been a political marriage, the legal jousting required to disentangle the conjoined business affairs without completely ruining either family took so long that my husband had fathered two children with another woman by the time everything was resolved. Once our divorce was final, he married her as promptly as he could.

(To their credit, my parents learned from this debacle and did not attempt to manipulate the marital prospects of my younger brother, Ianestin. Although I do not know her well, I approve of the young woman who has captured his attention — though neither he nor she seems willing yet to admit to the depth of their mutual affection and desire.)

After the destruction of the Sunwell, I followed Prince Kael’thas to Outland. During that journey, I fell madly in love with a certain man in the group.

He was as infatuated with me as I was with him, and infatuation rapidly progressed to a marriage proposal. Our wedding was a great celebration for the whole group; Prince Kael’thas himself showered it with praise as a sign of the new hope the Sin’dorei had before us in Outland. When we were together, fireworks flew.

But the whole thing was a mistake. For all the things we found fascinating about each other, there were as many or more that we disagreed upon, especially as Prince Kael’thas’s choices became more and more extreme. My second husband was staunchly loyal to Prince Kael’thas, whereas I began to be persuaded by Seer Voren’thal. When Seer Voren’thal began to talk, quietly, of defecting to Shattrath City, I divorced my second husband.

After that, I had been embittered and not at all interested in anything other than friendship for a very, very long time.

But my dear Draenei friend had said nothing of any recent romantic attachments.

“Are you willing to tell me about it?” I asked.

He twisted his fingers together. “I am not interested in a relationship with another Draenei,” he said slowly, “because I am too much in love with you.”

“Well, then,” I said, “let me uncomplicate things for you.” And I reached up and kissed him.

When we returned to the Sunsworn camp in Talador, we went straight to Lady Liadrin and asked her to marry us. She gave us a Look that said I was wondering how long it would take you two to figure that out and then asked simply, “Which rite?”

We’d discussed this thoroughly on the journey back to the camp, and we answered, “Both of them.”

That evening, when the appropriate ceremonial preparations had been made and the required number of witnesses had been gathered from among our friends, we were wed: first with Soulbinder Tuulani conducting the Draenei ceremony, then with Lady Liadrin conducting the Sin’dorei ceremony.

This time, the celebrations and feelings of hope were genuine.

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Some expansions have ’em, some expansions don’t, and I’ve only collected the ones that I like.
I acquired almost all of these items during Legion, when the PvP-focused World Quests awarded account-bound Marks of Honor that could be used to purchase past-season PvP gear — and certain Order Halls had an upgrade that allowed one WQ per day to be instantly completed.
Some of the pieces I’ve acquired, I’ve Mogged with; others, I haven’t yet.
Mage PvP gear that IS a recolor of a Raid set will be posted with the corresponding Raid set, naturally.

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Classic


Knight-Captain’s Silk Tunic, Field Marshal’s Silk Vestments
Kinevra bought these robes with Honor gained by doing Wintergrasp while she was leveling; as she does not have the requisite Classic-era PvP Title, she cannot truly Mog with these robes, but must equip them.

Knight-Captain of the 7th Legion

Mountainsage Hood, Mantle of the Champion, Knight-Captain’s Silk Tunic, 7th Legionnaire’s Cord, Warmongering Gladiator’s Gloves of Prowess, Sandswept Sandals, 7th Legionnaire’s Stave

Tirisgarde Field Marshal

Ceremonial Crown of Karabor, Vestia’s Pauldrons of Inner Grace, Field Marshal’s Silk Vestments, Light-Woven Slippers, Aluneth

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Wrath of the Lich King


Hateful Gladiator’s Silk Amice, Savage Gladiator’s Silk Amice
Deadly Gladiator’s Silk Amice, Furious Gladiator’s Silk Amice, Relentless Gladiator’s Silk Amice, Wrathful Gladiator’s Silk Amice (with matching robes obtained from the same sources)

Weald Wanderer


Shadowbrim Travel Hat, Hateful Gladiator’s Silk Amice, Blue Overalls, Willow Belt, Elder’s Gloves & Boots, Green Workman’s Shirt, Faewoven Pack, Meadow Guardian’s Staff

Zen Trial Style: Pink


Deadly Gladiator’s Silk Amice, Dusklight Drape, Silkwood Robe, Silkwood Cord, Initiate’s Necromantle Slippers, Rain Poppy Staff

Wrathful Moonpriest




Ceremonial Crown of Karabor, Wrathful Gladiator’s Silk Amice, Imbued Netherweave Tunic, Felcast Cord, Moonpriest’s Legwraps, Sunfrost Handwraps, Inferno Breath Sandals, Moonpriest’s Cloak, Steel Bladebreaker, Urn of Lost Memories

Effervescent Night


Crown of Everlasting Fortune, Wrathful Gladiator’s Silk Amice, Robe of Effervescent Light, Belt of Arcane Storms (N), Tempest’s Touch, Slippers of the Twilight Prophet, Night Courtier’s Bulb, Viridium Staff of Alacrity

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Cataclysm


Cataclysmic Gladiator’s Silk Armor

Alodi’s Heir

Cataclysmic Gladiator’s Silk Armor with Brutal Gladiator’s Silk Cowl, Black Swashbuckler’s Shirt, and Ebonchill (upgraded, first tint)
When I finally figured out that this set is what Alodi and Archmage Karlain (in the Elite recolor) are wearing, then I had to get it. It needed a less complicated hat, though.

Shadowfrost



Crown of Eternal Winter, Frostwind Mantle, Cataclysmic Gladiator’s Silk Robe, Deckhand’s Rope Belt (N), Primal Combatant’s Gloves of Prowess, Hu’rala’s Slippers, Wild Combatant’s Energy Staff

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Mists of Pandaria


Crafted Dreadful Gladiator’s Silk Amice, Crafted Malevolent Gladiator’s Silk Amice

Akolik’s Ardor

Helm of Arcane Purity, Crafted Dreadful Gladiator’s Silk Amice, Akolik’s Acid-Soaked Robes (LFR), Kurkenstoks, Fandral’s Flamescythe (H)

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Warlords of Draenor


Horde Primal Combatant, Alliance Primal Combatant


Horde Primal Gladiator’s Silk Amice, Alliance Primal Gladiator’s Silk Amice

Scarlet Sunreaver Battlemage

Primal Combatant’s Amice Cord & Gloves of Prowess, Cindercloth Vest, Felheart Pants, Sorcerer Slippers, Scarlet Filigreed Doublet, Staff of the Forest Lord, Sunreaver Tabard

Dreamscale Inlay

Demonic Gladiator’s Satin Hood, Primal Combatant’s Amice of Prowess, Dreamscale Inlaid Vestments (LFR), Girdle of Prophecy, Warmongering Gladiator’s Satin Gloves, Warm Red Woolen Socks, Rubellite Staff of Intuition

Dreamscale II

Starfire Tiara*, Primal Combatant’s Amice of Prowess, Dreamscale Inlaid Vestments, Primal Combatant’s Cord of Prowess, Exiled Dabbler’s Gloves, Infernoweave Boots, Rubellite Staff of Intuition

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

140) Hot Feet/Cold Feet



Fire: Jewel of the Firelord, Firelord’s Mantle (H), Master’s Vest, Ebon Filigreed Doublet, Tabard of Summer Flames, Demonic Combatant’s Silk Handguards + Bracers of the Bronze Flight (H), Embereye Belt, Lava-Starched Britches, Searing Stompers, Wild Combatant’s Energy Staff (H)



Frost: Crown of Eternal Winter, Firelord’s Mantle (N), Master’s Vest, Ebon Filigreed Doublet, Tabard of Summer Skies, Demonic Combatant’s Silk Handguards + Bracers of the Bronze Flight (N), Frostwind Cord, Lava-Starched Britches, Freezing Footguards, Wild Combatant’s Energy Staff (A)
I bought these shoes from Trial of Style pretty much just so I could use them for this outfit concept. Maybe I’ll think of some other uses later. The brightly colored soles showing while moving is neat.
Though none of the items in this pair of outfits are actually holiday-locked, Midsummer Fire Festival just seemed like the right time to make them.

139) Faith & Fortune II




Crown of Everlasting Fortune/Crown of the Righteous, Lightning Infused Mantle, Selfless Wings of the Ascended, Robe of Faith, Belt of Faith, Selfless Watcher’s Warboots, Soul Releaser/Greatstaff of Righteousness
On my third try of actively watching and bidding on a BMAH auction for a Belt of Faith, I finally managed to outlast and outbid the competition.
See also (Tauren) Priest #89/Blood Elf Priest #12.

138) Sin’dorei Schism





Cowl of the Grand Engineer, Mantle of the Elven Kings, Royal Cloak of the Sunstriders, Vestments of the Sea-Witch, Gauntlets of the Sun King, Veteran’s Silk Belt, Infernoweave Boots, Crystalheart Pulse-Staff
With previews from the PTR indicating that Salandria will be a featured character in a Patch 9.2.5 storyline, I felt like Kaelinda ought to go revisit Salandria’s Children’s Week story. So with a retro look to match the retro timeframe of the event, off she went. Apparently, I hadn’t actually ever done Children’s Week with Kaelinda before, because she got the “Aw, Isn’t It Cute?” Achievement when she turned in the quest to return Salandria to the orphanage. So I’m very glad that I did it now!
This set is a recolor of the Serpentshrine Cavern/Tempest Keep Mage Tier set; I think its colors look more Blood-Elfy than the actual Tier set, and the item names are certainly very Blood-Elfy — hence the name I gave the outfit.

137) Pure Moods

Cassandra’s Grace, Vicious Embersilk Shoulders, Drape of Twisted Loyalties, Aspiring Aspirant’s Robes, Gloves of Unfailing Faith, Belt of Divine Inspiration, Master’s Boots, Giorgio’s Caduceus of Pure Moods (LFR)
Between the golden feathers, the ball that is almost the same color as Bastion Anima, and the RP quality of the name, this staff was just what this outfit needed.

136) Icy Intent




Crown of Everlasting Fortune/Crown of Eternal Winter, Firewool Shoulderpads, Drape of Icy Intent, Fur Covered Robe, Cerulean Filigreed Shirt, Celestial Bindings, Willow Boots, Rod of the Broken Temple
This outfit was again built around the cloak. I am rather fond of the brown and blue color combination. The brown strap and blue feathers of these Pandaria shoulders made them a fantastic find for the kit, and I like how the beige interior of the shoulders lightens up the overall ensemble.

135) White Rabbit

Spring Circlet, Destroyer’s Mantle, White Linen Robe/Acolyte’s Robe*, Suspicious Slippers, Telmor Soupriest Staff
Hippity Hop.
The Acolyte’s Robe is the original level 1 Draenei Priest chestpiece.
See also Void Elf Mage #64.

134) Spring Violets

Court Inquisitor’s Hood, Replica Sorcerer’s Mantle, Cloak of the Makers, Disciple’s Robe, Green Holiday Shirt, Silent Slippers of Meditation, Terokk’s Shadowstaff
I think this cloak design is wonderful, but somehow I had to set out to design an outfit around the cloak itself as the signature item, rather than choosing it as the cloak for an outfit designed around some other key item, to actually use it at last.

133) Mooncloth Pennant


Mountainsage Hood/Crown of the Champion, Primal Mooncloth Shoulders, Pennant Cloak, Primal Mooncloth Robe, Rhie-Ay’s Clutching Gauntlets, Primal Mooncloth Belt/Corpse-Stitcher’s Cord, Sandswept Sandals, Apostle of Argus
Since I’d used the other coloration of this cloak, now it was time to use this one. Searching for coordinating robes, I was wowed by this one!

132) Fading Reality


Mag’hari Ritualist’s Horns/Dazzling Spectacles, Devouring Pellicle Shoulderpads (N), Shawl of the Old Maid, Coldtouch Phantom Wraps, Choral Slippers, Handmaiden’s Longstaff
I went to the AH to buy Zereth Mortis zone-drop BOEs for my Druid and Shaman. After I’d done that, I decided to browse around in Cloth to see what sort of Tier-lookalike BOEs might be coming out of Sepulcher of the First Ones. Sure enough, there was a BOE lookalike of the Normal-mode Warlock shoulders — and even better, it was for a price I could actually afford! And what have I been accumulating all this gold for but to spend it when interesting things show up on the AH? So I bought them. And then, of course, I needed to make an outfit with them.
I knew pretty much right away that this robe was what I wanted to use, and I was delighted to finally have a good opportunity to use this cloak. But I had such a hard time choosing a hat for this outfit! Although I ultimately chose the Warlock-T1-lookalike horns to go along with the shoulders being a Warlock-lookalike item, this ensemble also looks smashing with:

Duskwoven Turban, Katoom’s Mask, Collar of Cho’gall (a more Mage-like option), Azerothian Champion’s Crown, or Deeptide Cover.

131) Embroidered Runes of Knowledge

Nightvale Cowl, Nightsky Mantle, Obsidian-Flecked Cape, Runecloth Robe, Embroidered Shirt, Black Belt of Knowledge, Sorcerer Slippers, Lakali’s Spire of Knowledge
Poking around trying out a half-formed idea that was going in a different direction, I happened upon this robe and then the outfit went this way instead.

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