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For many years, I kept my Horde Minor Mages and my Alliance Minor Mages segregated onto two different realms. Over the past year or so since Legion raised the character limit per realm to twelve (to accommodate a One-of-each-Class roster, which I have on Kamalia’s realm), I’ve occasionally contemplated moving them all onto the same realm.
Earlier this week, I finally did it.

Amazingly, I didn’t even have to change any of my names!

The key factor in my decision to spend the real money for the character transfers was the knowledge that while the unlock for a particular Allied Race will be account-wide and apparently not faction-restricted*, creating an Allied Race alt will require a level 110 character on the desired realm. Whether or not I end up creating alts of the Lightforged Draenei, Zandalari Trolls, Dark Iron Dwarves, or any future Allied Races, I will definitely be creating new Mages of the Void Elves and Nightborne**. I looked at my Horde Minor Mages and realized that I didn’t want to have to level a third additional character*** to 110 just to be able to create my Nightborne Mage on that realm — that would be yet another distraction from getting the Twelve Classes leveled and through their Order Hall Campaigns and various other Legion end-game goals. It would be so much easier, I thought, to put all the Minor Mages on Kaylynda’s realm — leveling Kaylynda to 110 would then allow me to create both my Void Elf and my Nightborne on that realm. Of course, that would then be thirteen characters on that realm — but Battle for Azeroth will also be giving us six new character slots per realm (to accommodate all the really serious altoholics who will want to put alts of each of the Allied Races on their already full realms), so no problem.

So now I have my characters on four realms: Kamalia’s realm with the One-of-each-Class collection, Kaylynda’s realm with all the Minor Mages, the Underpowered Death Knight’s realm with my minor Tauren characters, and a non-Mage Alliance characters realm that just has my Dwarf Paladin and Shaman on it. Nice and tidy!

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* So I can go do Argus with my Blood Elf Demon Hunter and still unlock the Void Elves — yay!

** Although I’m not particularly wildly enamored of the Nightborne in and of themselves, I need to have the Elf Family Reunion 😛

*** The two “extra” characters I’m already working on leveling to 110 are Kaylynda, to be able to create a Void Elf on her realm, and mini-Kam, to be able to create Highmountain Tauren characters (and a Zandalari Troll Elemental Shaman) on her realm

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

4) Gaudy Treecutter

Finely-Tailored Green Holiday Hat, Gaudy Winter Veil Sweater, Mutineer’s Noose, Heavy Mithril Pants, Gloves of Brawn*, Crafted Malevolent Gladiator’s Warboots of Alacrity, Logsplitter*
Going for a “Country Dad” look here with this outfit.
Around last Christmas, BTH persuaded me to run a few Mythic dungeons with him, and I was fortunate enough to snag this hat in the process.
After the Winter Veil holiday ended, he went back to being a Thunder Bluff Honor Guard.

3) Thunder Bluff Honor Guard

Bark Covered Pauldrons, Plate of the Shaman King, Thorium Belt, Bloodforged Legplates, Spiritualist’s Gauntlets, Earthmender’s Plated Boots, Grinning Axe
This NPC outfit has a plate chest, leather shoulders belt and pants, and mail boots. Although I’ve previously constructed a replica of this outfit using the mixed armor types as an RP costume, I wanted to try my hand at making a Moggable version.

2) High Society Gilnean Plate

High Society Top Hat, Noble Plate Pauldrons, Heroic Judicator’s Chestguard, Earthswell Belt, Exalted Legplates, Gauntlets of Enforcement, Boots of the Ancient-Killer, Cloak of the Red Flight, Burnished Quel’Serrar, Flamescarred Draconian Deflector
I’d made new outfits for all my other plate-wearers, including the Dwarf Paladin, so I figured I ought to make a new real armor outfit for the Male Tauren Warrior, too. Because he has the Top Hat, I decided to put him into this “aristocratic Gilnean” outfit that I originally designed about five years ago.

1) Pretentious Purple

Replica Soulforge shoulders & gauntlets, Saltstone chestpiece & leggings, High Chief’s belt & boots, Hammer of Grief
Perfect for a Warrior or Death Knight pretending to be a Paladin.
Because of the gender dimorphism in the appearance of the Saltstone chestpiece & leggings, I would not make this Transmogrification kit for a female character. Hence, the creation and boosting of the Male Tauren Warrior.

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

44) Crystal Knight

Brighthelm of Justice, Pauldrons of the Argent Sentinel, Breastplate of Avenging Flame (H), Legguards of the Emerald Brood (H), Flash Freeze Gauntlets (H), Tide-Stomper’s Greaves, Decalcified Elven Spear
Thinking about a wintery white and blue look, I started with the polearm. That suggested crystallinity, and this mixture of Paladin T5, T6, and T11 lookalike items followed from there.
I’m glad that belts can be hidden now, because the waistband of these pants is so pretty that it’s a shame to cover it up with an actual belt — especially the oversized belt style that is used by that particular set!

43) Gaudy Armsman

Finely-Tailored Green Holiday Hat, Runic Plate Shoulders, Gaudy Winter Veil Sweater, Replica Lightforge Belt, Bloodforged Legplates, Emerald Gauntlets & Sabatons, The Untamed Blade
The green-tinted version of this weapon, the Talon of Azshara, is a 1H sword, so the red and green versions can’t be dual-wielded together for silly Winter Veil kits — more’s the pity.

42) Runic Plate

Runic Plate set with Girdle of Divine Blessing, Area 52 Engineering Gloves, Seethe, and Broken Promise
This just might be my favorite coloration of the Thorium Armor style. Perhaps that has something to do with its colors being very similar to those of Thunder Bluff heraldry?

41) 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.

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Part of me is all a-squee with excitement at some of the new things that will happen in the game and the beauty of the new environments shown in the various screenshots. More of me, however, is feeling not particularly excited about the Battle for Azeroth (Blizzard Watch report; Wowhead report) — even less excited than I was about Warlords of Draenor following its initial announcement, truth be told.

Although I’d been a bit spoiled on what the new expansion was probably going to be about by having read the prologue chapter from the upcoming Christie Golden book that was posted on Wowhead earlier this week, I still had a sinking feeling of “oh no, not this faction crud again” when I read the beginnings of the new expansion announcement in the Blizzard Watch liveblog of the opening ceremonies.

I guess I can kind-of get behind the Horde making an effort to fully claim Kalimdor — though I do feel rather uncomfortable about displacing the Night Elves, who have held their lands in Kalimdor since antiquity. And I guess I can kind-of get behind the Alliance making an effort to reclaim their territory in northern Eastern Kingdoms — though what will happen to the Blood Elves in Eversong Woods? But the dissolution of the Order Hall-centered, faction-ignoring class-congeniality of Legion still makes me sad. Update from the Q&A: Blood Elves will retain Silvermoon and Draenei will retain the Exodar; there will be story quests in place to explain this.

I am much more interested in Kul Tiras than in Zandalar. I’m already sad that I will never, ever be able to use any of those gorgeous locations in Kul Tiras as a backdrop for a Transmogrification photoshoot with one of my Horde characters. Kaylynda the Human Mage will definitely have to get leveled to 110 now — and go see Anduin’s development in the Divine Bell questline from Mists, which I still haven’t yet managed to do — so that she can go explore Kul Tiras and meet Jaina’s mom. Doing so will still be last priority after leveling the twelve classes to 110 and finishing their 7.0 Order Hall questlines, however.

I’m guessing that Red Kalimdor and Blue Eastern Kingdoms will be phases for level 120 characters, so as not to require another vast overhaul of the low-level questing on those continents. I do like the idea of bracketed level scaling in low-level/early expansion content — it might even encourage me to go do some more questing with the Minor Mages, some of whom have zones that they would like to do for the storyline but have already outleveled.

The Island Expeditions sound like fun. Don’t know if I’ll bother to do Warfronts, though. Might depend on how important they are for getting endgame stuff as a casual player.

So, will the choice to PvP be automatic in, manually toggle to opt-out, or automatic out, manually toggle to opt-in? Hopefully the latter. Probably someone will ask that for the Q&A tomorrow and we’ll find out then.

The Allied Races just make me feel exhausted. I don’t think I have it in me anymore to want to roll six (or more…) new characters, even just to see their starting experiences (I might just let Wowhead & Blizzard Watch coverage of the beta spoil me on that) — let alone to level six (or more…) new characters all the way from 20 to 110 just to get Heritage Armor for Transmogrification. Besides, with the renewed, heavy faction emphasis, I doubt that the Heritage Armor appearances will be available cross-faction — my Tauren Warrior will probably not be able to use the Dark Iron Dwarf armor; my Tauren Paladin will probably not be able to use the Lightforged Draenei armor; my Blood Elves will probably not be able to use the Void Elf armor; my Alliance Mages will probably not be able to use the Nightborne armor. Update from the Q&A panel (Blizzard Watch report; Wowhead report): Heritage armor will be specific to that character, not account-wide, partially because they know folks would want to level Allied Races alts just to get the armor for Mogging, and they don’t want that to be a burden on Mog aficionados (my interpretation of the news site paraphrases of the questions & answers on this subject).

I’ll certainly still roll and level a Highmountain Tauren, though. She’ll be either a Hunter or a Shaman, because I have fewer mail-wearing characters than any other armor type (there are three cloth-wearing classes of which I have a double of Mages; three plate-wearing classes, of which I have a double of Death Knights; and four leather-wearing classes; but only two mail-wearing classes). If she’s a Shaman, she will probably completely replace mini-Kam (whom I RP-designated as a Highmountain Tauren around the time that Legion launched). If she’s a Hunter, I’ll probably keep mini-Kam around and revert her (mini-Kam) back to being a regular Kalimdor Tauren.

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

25) Fir-cone

Darkbrand Shoulders, Grizzly Jerkin, Toenail Belt, Breeches of Natural Aggression, Oilrag Handwraps* + Efrem’s Bracers, Boots of the Flowering Earth, Brutality Blade
This outfit, an “everyday” version of Kira’s previous holiday kit, would probably be better suited to a Druid — but with a Demon Hunter, the tattoos in dark green make a nice addition to the overall look.
Hmm… I’m planning to do the tattoos/warpaint in green for my Highmountain Tauren Druid; I might have to revisit this outfit concept with that character sometime in the future…

24) Gaudy Conifer

Darkbrand Shoulders, Gaudy Winter Veil Sweater, Toenail Belt, Breeches of Natural Aggression, Oilrag Handwraps*, Boots of the Flowering Earth, Brutality Blade
Although I tried the kit first with the Glaive of the Fallen, and it wasn’t bad, these brown swords just seemed like a better fit for conveying the concept of a decorated, cone-laden tree.

23) Stormwraith

Warmongering Gladiator’s Helm, Felstalking Shoulders, Spell Fencer’s Jacket, Belt of Hidden Keys, Warmongering Gladiator’s Leggings, Boneshredder Gloves, Illidari Boots
When I got this chestpiece, I knew right away that I wanted to use it with these pants. Adding the helm that goes with the pants to the ensemble meant using this Artifact tint.

22) Illidari Matron

Illidari Shoulders & Boots, Prospector’s Chestpiece, Waistclasp of Unethical Power (LFR), Gloomtalon’s Spare Kilt, Fuzzy Gloves + Flame Juggler’s Armbands, Blade of Savagery
Because of this sword, I wanted to do a “Shivarra Matron” outfit for my Demon Hunter. The NPC outfit is quite unique, however — only the sword and shoulders are available as drops for players, and the shoulders are plate — so my PC outfit is a series of approximations at best.
I’ve had this outfit planned for quite awhile, but I had to wait until she was level 110 to make it because of the belt.

21) Illidari Warp-Storm

Cursed Vision of Sargeras, Bladefang Spaulders, Shroud of Nature’s Harmony, Shifting Sash of Midnight, Cinderweb Leggings (N), Fuzzy Gloves + Bracers of Shattered Stalactites, Zierhut’s Lost Treads, Green Trophy Tabard of the Illidari, Warp-Storm Warblade
Certain Legion structures bear a remarkable resemblance to this Burning Crusade dungeon-drop weapon…

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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 (*).

45) Imbued Silkweave

Imbued Silkweave Epaulets, Imbued Silkweave Robe, Windcrystal Cord, Wild Gladiator’s Gloves of Prowess, Night Dreamer Slippers, Blade of Argus, Lantern of Hope
This chocolate brown with gold trim is my second-favorite color of this robe, after the minty green version dropped by Moroes in Return to Karazhan (which I haven’t acquired yet).

44) Gaudy Rider

Gaudy Winter Veil Sweater, Astralaan Pants, Pyrotex Ignition Cloth, Saltarello Shoes
I can’t escape my association between white breeches with tall black boots and equitation.
I tried both the red and green tints of both the base and upgraded versions of Ebonchill with the Gaudy Winter Veil Sweater and this was the combination I liked best.

43) Serendipitous Seraph

Warmongering Gladiator’s Mantle of Cruelty, Robes of the Guardian Saint, Astralaan Pants, Pyrotex Ignition Cloth + Cuffs of Unrelenting Anguish, Ringo’s Blizzard Boots
I’d made outfits for Kaelinda with the other three colors of this robe style, but I hadn’t used this color yet because I wanted to use The Stars’ Design, the Hidden appearance for Felo’melorn, with it. I’d been hoping that it would just drop for me in the course of ordinary Suramar zone and World questing, without having to “go back” to farm for it after I’d completed the zone storyline (including the 7.1 Insurrection story) — and lo and behold, it dropped.

42) Fire Witch

Jewel of the Firelord, Mantle of Closed Doors (N), Watcher’s Tunic, Braided Manastring Cinch, Vileweave Leggings, Black Mageweave Gloves + Elastic Wristguards, Saltarello Shoes, Amber Filigreed Doublet, Teebu’s Blazing Longsword, Igniter Rod
I kept the Flame Orbs of Felo’melorn toggled off for most of Legion — but for this outfit, they were just what was needed to amp it up to eleven.

41) Magistrix of the Kirin Tor II

Arcanist Crown, Elder Wizard’s Mantle, Sketh’lon Survivor’s Tunic, Magister’s Belt, Soothsayer’s Kilt, Jumanza Grips, Marshfang Boots, Lavender Mageweave Shirt, Ward of the Violet Citadel, Tabard of the Kirin Tor
An upgraded version of Kaelinda’s earlier Kirin Tor kit, worn while finishing the Legion Mage Order Hall Campaign.
It was hard to get a good clear shot of the off-hand because of how badly it clips into the skirt in the idle standing pose.

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

56) Nighthawk

Shoulderpads of the Forgotten Gate (H), Darkmoon Vest, Pennyroyal Belt, Warpscale Leggings, Cindersilk Gloves (H), Phoenix-Down Treads (H), Black Ice
I wanted to make an outfit with this polearm. Once I’d chosen the Pennyroyal Belt because of its purple buckle medallion, these pants that brought in more of the teal were a great way to make this outfit more colorful and interesting than it would have been if I’d just made it all dark purple.

55) Gaudy Baubles

Finely-Tailored Green Holiday Hat, Tyrannical Gladiator’s Copperskin Spaulders, Gaudy Winter Veil Sweater, Mistdancer Cord, Leggings of the Empty Throne, Shardtooth Gloves, Tyrannical Gladiator’s Boots of Alacrity, Pillar of Fortitude
I didn’t think I liked anything about the Monk PvP set that these shoulders and boots come from until it occurred to me that they might be good accessories for this outfit.

54) The Four-Fold Way

Red Crane Mantle (LFR), Vest of the Dragon Slayer, Brown Belt of Humbling Gravity, Leggings of Loss, Smuggler’s Mitts, Moonstrider Boots, August Celestials Tabard
Although most Monks focus on achieving perfection in the philosophy and fighting style of just one of the August Celestials, all Monks respect and endeavor to follow the virtues embodied by each of Pandaria’s four deities.
I chose these boots because they have fun blue toes on races that wear shoes — so I used the the Orb of the Sin’dorei and the Orb of Deception to show them off.

53) Mojache Keeper

Indomitable Epaulets, Keeper’s Armor & Woolies, Eighty Silver Links/Supreme Sash, Wicked Leather Gauntlets/Keeper’s Gloves, Studded Green Anklewraps, Sturdy Yaungol Spear
The Camp Mojache Braves are wearing the leather Keeper’s set with the mail Ancient belt and gloves that are similar to the Ancient gloves in color and decorative pattern, though not in shape. I’ve attempted to replicate the effect with this warm grey-toned belt and gloves. They are also carrying 2H axes, which no leather-wearing class can wield. I like the look of this polearm as an alternate weapon, though.
For running around elsewhere in the world, where the Feralas inspiration will not be immediately obvious, the full Keeper’s set makes a nicer overall appearance.

52) Storm Light

Warmongering Gladiator’s Ironskin Helm & Legguards, Poison Protocol Pauldrons (N), Spell Fencer’s Jacket, Brown Belt of Humbling Gravity, Frostwolf Mitts, Warmongering Gladiator’s Boots of Victory, Sonic Spear
I got this new chestpiece and thought it would look great with these white pants. It looks rather different on my Monk than it does on my Demon Hunter, who was the one who actually acquired it, though. If I tried the same combo of chestpiece, pants, and hat with my Demon Hunter, the rest of the items in the ensemble would probably end up being entirely different.

51) The Good Earth

Straw Hat, Reporter’s Shoulderguards, Shaladrassil Tunic, Belt of Cheapened Lives, Overgrowth Cutter Breeches, Gloves of the Afterlife, Boots of the Flowering Earth, Garden Pitchfork, Yellow Lumberjack Shirt, Tillers Tabard
This is at least the third “farmer” kit I’ve made for Kate, but I hadn’t made one that used the Tillers tabard yet.

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