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

121) Primal Cyclonic

Cyclonic Battlegear with Stormbender Maul and Squallbreaker Shield
Mail set from the Primal Storms Dragonflight pre-launch event.

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Before logging in with any of my Four Mains, first I needed to create the new alts that Patch 10.0 made possible!


Kaiuna was originally a melee Druid alt, and she’s always had Rogue-ish tendencies (see Things My Druid Wears #2).


This Kazithra is Kregga’s niece, named after her grandmother (my sometime Shadow Priest character).


The “j” in her name is pronounced as a “y” sound.

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Officially, Shadowlands began in Year 35 from the Opening of the Dark Portal, and Dragonflight begins in Year 40; with World of Warcraft having begun in Year 25, there are 15 years between the beginning of Classic and the beginning of Dragonflight. What does this mean for my characters?

Way back in 2018, Gnomecore asked, “How Old Are Your Toons?” At the time, I began a rundown of the ages of my characters that then sat in draft for a few years until I eventually deleted it. Now seems like a good time to revisit that storybuilding prompt.

Although I have previously headcanoned the first several expansions of WoW as being two years in duration, the Official Timeline has one year for most of them. I’ll use the Official Timeline for these age calculations.

A couple more assumptions, which may or may not be Canon: Tauren become adults in their culture at age 16 and generally live to 90-110. Eversong Elves become adults in their culture at age 100 and generally live 300-500 years, though rare individuals may live for 1000 – 3000 years.

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The ages of my major Tauren characters can be determined from my Tauren Paladin and Priest, the twins Karaelia and Kaohana, who came of age at the beginning of Cataclysm. Thus, they are 16 years old in Year 28 and were born in Year 12. The twins were a surprise late pregnancy for their mother. Keija (Warrior) was 10, Ketura (Hunter) was 13, Kerisa (Druid) was 15, and Kamalia (Shaman) was 18 at the time.
In Year 25 when World of Warcraft begins, they were: Kamalia 31, Kerisa 28, Ketura 26, Keija 23, Karaelia & Kaohana 13.
Kerisa married in Year 28 at the end of Wrath of the Lich King and her daughter Kessina was born about a year later during Cataclysm; either late Year 29 or early Year 30. Her son was born during Legion, probably Year 33.
Keija didn’t begin actively adventuring herself until after the twins came of age. She married at age 25 (Year 27), but she and her husband chose to remain childless until around the end of Legion (Year 33); they had a son in late Year 34.
Kamalia finally got married in Year 33 at the age of 39*. She may or may not have succeeded in having a child by the time Dragonflight begins in Year 40, at which time she will be 46.
When Dragonflight begins, Kerisa will be 43, Ketura 41, Keija 38, and Karaelia & Kaohana 28.
My Tauren Death Knight, Kregga, came of age approximately during the events of Warcraft III, which puts her at about 18 or 19 in Year 25 and 33 or 34 at the beginning of Dragonflight.
Kaumaleia, the Underpowered Death Knight, was about 25 in Year 27 at the beginning of Wrath of the Lich King, so she is 38 at the beginning of Dragonflight.
My Tauren Monk, Katewatha, was a young adult, perhaps 21 or 22, when the Pandaren came in Year 30; she will be 31 or 32 at the beginning of Dragonflight.
Kasheena, my Highmountain Tauren Druid, was a young adult of 19 or 20 when the Highmountain Tauren joined the Horde at the end of Legion (Year 33), so she will be 26 or 27 at the beginning of Dragonflight.
Kaurinka, the identity of my Tauren Druid during Shadowlands, is in her mid-30s.
My Tauren Rogue will borrow the name Kazithra from Kregga’s mother, and she will be young, reckless, and insolent; perhaps only 17 or 18 at the end of Shadowlands and 20 or 21 at the beginning of Dragonflight.
My Tauren Mage, whose name I haven’t quite decided upon yet, wants to be middle-aged, I think, even older than Kamalia, maybe in her 50s or 60s at the beginning of Dragonflight.

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I’ve always thought of Kaelinda as a young adult, approximately equivalent in societal function to a 21 – 25 year-old Human. In a story I wrote about a decade ago, she is raised from journeyman to Magistrix shortly before she goes to Outland — but the story is about her crafting a Sparkle Pony, which the story describes as being a construct pattern found in Ulduar — which places the story in mid-to-late Wrath of the Lich King or about Year 28. In a story I currently have in Draft, she is an apprentice at an Eversong Woods academy of magic at the time of Arthas’s rampage in Warcraft III, or about Year 24. So she would have been about 105 in Year 25 at the beginning of World of Warcraft and is about 120 at the beginning of Dragonflight.

Kaelinda’s best female friend, Kaelyla, is a few years older, perhaps 110 at the beginning of World of Warcraft and 125 at the beginning of Dragonflight.
Kaelinda’s best male friend, Ianestin, is also in the 120 – 130 age range as of the beginning of Dragonflight.

Of the various Mage Alter-Ego characters, Kaelydia is around 175, and I don’t know any of the others — Khrysanthemina, Kaelyra, Kateleina — well enough yet to estimate their ages.

Kalaneia and Keliora are both significantly older than Kaelinda, having had their own young adult children at the the time of the destruction of Eversong Woods. Thus, they are somewhere in their mid-to-late 200s.

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* Coincidentally, this makes Kamalia about the same age as me — I am 42 this year.

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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 (*).

106) Primal Dust Devil

Dust Devil Armor with Stormbender Rod
Leather set from the Primal Storms Dragonflight pre-launch event.

105) Verdant Awakening II

Crown of Boundless Courage, Cenarion Spaulders, Emerald Wings of Awakening, Dervish Tunic, Maatparm’s Fungus Lined Bands + Oilrag Handwraps*, Forest-Lord’s Waistwrap, Dervish Leggings, Orca-Hide Boots, Staff of the Verdant Circle
My Tauren Druid’s take on an Emerald Wings of Awakening kit originally designed for my Night Elf Druid (#34).

104) Starlight Rosedust



Tsanga’s Helm, Azure Dusk Mantle, Tunic of the Dark Hour, Scaled Leather Bracers + Fearless Gladiator’s Dragonhide Gloves, Night Courtier’s Belt, Pure Sight Leggings, Supple Boots, Talon Guard Staff
This kit began with the chestpiece & pants combo. The shoulders, hat, and belt followed nicely, but when I got to selecting gloves and boots, an all-blue ensemble didn’t feel quite right. Browns weren’t really working, either. When it occurred to me that the accent color in the tunic was actually more maroon than brown and I started looking for maroons, the Supple Boots surprised me by being just right. Then I just needed to figure out the hands, and this combo of bracers and short gloves was perfect.
Then I realized what that color combination was reminding me of…

103) Midnight Faerie Pranks

Headdress of the Sleeper, Moonglade Shoulders, Midnight Chestguard, Master Brewer’s Gloves, Fairweather Belt, Leggings of the Empty Throne, Slippers of the Unruly Fairies, Warmongering Combatant’s Battle Staff
When these boots dropped in Battle for Azeroth, we had no idea just how unruly those faeries really could be!

102) Sleepers’ Keeper


Nordrassil Headpiece, Living Wood Spaulders (H), Faewoven Pack, Nether Shadow Tunic, Rich Purple Silk Shirt, Springrain Bracers, Replica Wildheart Belt, Replica Wildheart Kilt, Mok’Morokk’s Beat Stick
Although the bone wings were fun for a little while, soon Kaurinka wanted something more recognizably Night Fae. She hadn’t used this Night Fae backpiece style yet, so that was the starting point for this kit.

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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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 (*).

72) Primal Firestorm

Firestorm Armor with Squallbreaker Greatsword
Plate set from the Primal Storms Dragonflight pre-launch event.

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

92) Incarnation of Light

Crown of the Fire Festival, Light-Mantle of the Incarnate, Aspiring Aspirant’s Drape, Robes of the Incarnate, Warmongering Gladiator’s Satin Gloves, Cincture of Will, Light’s Wrath (PvP, default tint)
I have fond memories of Karazhan, and I have always thought that this set is very pretty.

91) Book of Prophecies



Vestments of Prophecy with Gossamer Headpiece and Light’s Wrath (Hidden, 1st tint)
Some combinations of Tier set and Legion Artifact weapon were just meant to be.
I have always been covetous of the NPC-exclusive recolor of the Prophecy Mantle worn by Kosta Dawnchaser at Thunder Cleft in Krasarang Wilds — but I didn’t know the robe details well enough to recognize the differences in the robe style until I stood them side-by-side to take the pictures.

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

120) Eonar’s Breath

Totem Matriarch’s Headdress, Firebird’s Mantle (LFR), Emerald Wings of Awakening, Firebird’s Tunic (LFR), Jade’s Lovely Shirt, Binder’s Chain of Unending Summer (LFR), Talon Branch, Nettlehusk Barrier
The wood-textured sculpts of the shoulders and the panels on the skirt of the robe, along with the bright green feathers, made this Mists tier set an easy choice to go with the green wings. In fact, after I’d created this kit with Kam, I saw a Dark Iron Dwarf Shaman in Oribos who was also wearing these wings and this robe together. I chose wooden weapons to continue the Green Dragonflight thematic motifs.

119) Unleashed Time

Helm of Unleashed Energy, Eternal Traveler’s Spaulders, Bronze Wings of Awakening, Earthen Embrace, Eternal Traveler’s Gauntlets, Eternal Traveler’s Waistwrap, Ordon Legend-Keeper Legguards, Titan-Forged Sabatons of Triumph, Vagaries of Time (N), Timepiece of the Bronze Flight (N)
With the bronze wings, of course Kamalia had to use her favorite Bronze Dragonflight-themed weapons from Dragon Soul.

118) Pulsing Tides

Drakefire Headguard, Wayfaring Shoulderguards (stage 3), Ruby Wings of Awakening, Inferno Forged Hauberk, Wrathfin Gloves, Tracker’s Belt, Oronok’s Old Leggings, Wrathfin Greaves, Rising Tide, Pulsing Spellshield
This handsome gray and red recolor of the Blue Dragonscale set seemed just right to go with the Ruby Wings of Awakening.
I carried this shield for a long time back in the day, so to use it in a kit again is unexpectedly comforting.

117) Guardian of Coldarra



Diadem of the Spell-Keeper, Relentless Gladiator’s Linked Spaulders, Azure Wings of Awakening, Blue Dragonscale Breastplate, Outrunner’s Gloves, Shokell’s Grim Cinch, Blue Dragonscale Leggings, Outrunner’s Slippers, Warmongering Gladiator’s Gavel (H), Zom’s Crackling Bulwark
Blue Dragonscales and ice and magic and stuff.

116) Lavaquake

Vindictive Gladiator’s Ringmail Armor with Crown of Flame (N), Obsidian Wings of Awakening, Wild Gladiator’s Waistguard of Prowess, Doomhammer (PvP, first tint), and Drillborer Disk
Thinking about the sorts of places where the Black Dragonflight is found, this set immediately came to mind.
“Firelord” is of course the only appropriate title to wear with this ensemble.

115) Gormhusk

Gormhusk Armor with Dazzling Spectacles, Shadowlace Cloak, Steelscale Crushfish, and Extinct Turtle Shell
Mail World Quest set from Ardenweald. I’m not quite sure why I wanted to put the silly weapons with it, other than that they had good colors.
Other colorations of this set:

Forgehand’s (Bastion), Fleshscale (Maldraxxus), Darkwing Rebel’s (Revendreth), Shadowscale (Crafted)

114) Tideshaper II


Blue Tricorne Hat, Crosswind Shoulderguards, Runewarden’s Greatcloak, Circuit-Linked Chainmail, Fletcher’s Nimble Grips, Girdle of the Scroll-Sages, Kilt of Rolling Thunders, Sharas’dal (upgraded, first tint), Coldscale Shield
Kamalia wanted a new kit, and she wanted to wear this outfit, which is a slight modification of a kit that I originally created for my Dwarf Shaman (#15) about two years ago.

113) Anthem of the Elements

Anthemic set with Dazzling Spectacles, Turncoat’s Cape, Tihan (LFR), and Felbark’s Shin
Here’s Kamalia, level 60 and all decked out in Zereth Mortis BOEs from the AH. She’s my sixth, and perhaps last, level 60 for Shadowlands. Having used a Broker Mark of Distinction to set her Renown with the Night Fae to 40 immediately after activating Threads of Fate, she reached level 60 already at Renown 65.

112) Dreamthorn

Dreamthorn Armor with Dazzling Spectacles, Runewarden’s Greatcloak, Duskwarder Gavel, and Duskwarder Shield
One evening, I spontaneously decided to level Kamalia instead of playing with my Mages. I guess I was missing her. Soon, she’d gained four levels and a mishmash of gear from WQs in all four zones. She’d chosen Threads of Fate and the Night Fae at level 50, so I unified her look by Mogging everything to the Ardenweald leveling quest set. I was so glad when I discovered that choosing Threads of Fate automatically grants the appearances of all the skipped leveling storyline quest rewards!
Other colorations of this set:

Waylight (Bastion), Flesh Architect’s (Maldraxxus), Soul Hunter’s (Revendreth), Desolate Scale (Crafted)

111) Astral Insight




Dazzling Spectacles, Celestial Observer’s Constellations Starshroud & Buckle, Pure Sight Vestments & Slippers, Formidable Legguards & Gauntlets, Lifepath Hammer, Melody Defender’s Bulwark
This ensemble is mostly a mashup of the Celestial Observer’s and Pure Sight sets. I thought it might look neat with some silver pants — and these bluish-silver Classic pants look like they were made to go with this chestpiece!

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