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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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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 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 (*).

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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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 (*).

100) Flames of Duty


Flame Healer’s Shoulderguards (N), Winterwoven Bulb, Deceitful Agent’s Vest, Gloves of the Hidden Temple, Windflame Girdle (N), Celestial Observer’s Leggings, Hive Tunneler’s Boots, Lakali’s Spire of Knowledge
I obtained the Normal-mode Siege of Orgrimmar shoulders and belt from the BMAH some time ago. I wanted to see what kind of combo I could make with Shadowlands items. This is what I ended up with, and I’m rather pleased with it.

99) Winterborn




Winterborn Regalia with Winterborn Staff/Winterborn Spear/Winterborn Shillelagh + Winterborn Harp
After many months of slowly and patiently collecting Anima tokens, Kaurinka at last accumulated 30K Anima and was able to purchase the Winterborn Arsenal.

98) Azure Foliage

Phantasmal Headdress, Hide of Chromaggus, Celestial Observer’s Starshroud, Azure Dusk Vestments, Trickster’s Handwraps, Azure Dusk Sash, Azure Dusk Leggings, Polar Boots, The Lifebinder
I saw another Tauren Druid wearing the full Stormrider set, and in an instant, I knew that I needed to put those shoulders with the Celestial Observer’s cloak and the Azure Dusk armor.

97) Staccato

Staccato set with Crown of the Forest Lord, Marshwater Mantle, and Umbranse’s Staff; variation with Traveler’s Gloves & Boots
Kaurinka had been getting somewhat bored of what she’d been wearing, but I didn’t have any exciting new ideas for her. Then Kaelinda bought her the Zereth Mortis zone-drop BOEs, so she figured she might as well see if she liked those well enough to wear them as-is. And she did, more-or-less; the Classic items in the variation coordinate beautifully!

96) Star Chylde II

Celestial Observer’s Ensemble with Conqueror’s Nightsong Cover, Lo’ap’s Tunic of Muck Diving, Pure Sight Slippers, August Celestials Tabard, and Scythe of Elune (upgraded, 1st tint)
I like the details on the sleeves and skirt of the Celestial Observer’s Robe… but not the 3D chestplate piece.
See also “Star Chylde I” (Night Elf Druid #31).

95) Spirit of the Blue Raven

Garb of Pure Spirit with Raven-Heart Headdress and Spire of Coagulated Globules (LFR)
Because Kaelyla has reached Renown 60, Kaurinka, who is only at Renown 51, can wear this ensemble.

94) Winter’s Hope



Winterborn Regalia with Crown of Everlasting Fortune, Winterwoven Bulb, Springrain Staff
Kaurinka finally collected enough Anima to buy this lovely recolor of the Night Fae armor set, which also requires Exalted reputation with the Court of Night. Though I’ve mostly preferred to stick with the “Archdruid” title, it seems appropriate to use the “Winter’s Envoy” title with this outfit.

93) Starlit Boughs



Phantasmal Headdress, Pauldrons of Malorne, Clefthoof Hidemantle, Supple Waistguard (stage 2), Bladedancer’s Pantaloons, Reaping Gloves of Aleifir, Cenarion Boots, Starshard Edge, Growthshaper Branch, Night Courtier’s Branches
This Night Fae backpiece, which can be obtained at Honored with Marasmius, is the most unique among the Night Fae backpieces because it is the only one in this style of the seven readily available from vendors. Between them, the Wild Hunt, Marasmius, Night Fae Renown, and Court of Night sell three colors of the backpack and three colors of the bulb with butterflies, leaving only the fourth color of those styles to be obtained from other activities. For this style, it is reversed: only one color is available from a vendor, and the other three must be obtained from other activities.

92) Brokers’ Business Buddy



Corpsehide set with Empyrial Deep Crown and Honortoll Spear
This handsome coloration of the leather second-tier crafted/World Quests & Dungeons set comes, somewhat surprisingly, from Maldraxxus.
The stripes on the pants and the styling of the shoulders and belt reminded me of the Brokers, though it’s not anywhere near as exact a match as the cloth set is for the Attendants.

91) Firebird




Jewel of the Firelord, Firekin Amice Robes & Gloves, Wild Gladiator’s Belt of Prowess, Spire of Coagulated Globules (H), Blazing Wings
On my Night Elf Druid, this set from Battle for Azeroth‘s Island Expeditions was “Leyara’s Legacy” (Night Elf Druid #29).
On my Tauren Druid, it is the glory of An’she at sunset.
This also seemed like a good opportunity to formally introduce Kessina, Kerisa’s daughter, who was born at the Grove of Aessina during the first year of Cataclysm. In the timeline, Kessina is still a small child, of course — but this is what she will look like when she is an adult.

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I’ve been doing quite a bit of dungeon running recently, mostly Spires of Ascension and Plaguefall because those have been the Oribos dungeons of the week and for “Defend Bastion/Maldraxxus” Callings. Having gotten to Exalted with Court of Harvesters with Kaelinda and with Wild Hunt with Kaurinka, I’m now pushing Ascended and Undying Army rep so that I can get the Gilded Prowler mount and have the Undying Army tabard in my tabard wardrobe for Kalaneia to wear with her Necrolords armor.

I’ve been seeing a lot of Shaman healers, which is making me miss healing with Kamalia. I used to be a devotee of Grid + Clique, but I haven’t installed any addons whatsoever since I began playing WoW on a new computer about a year ago. What addon(s) are considered the best for healing these days?

Seeing Tauren of other classes in other roles is making me miss my Tauren. I’ve been thinking about how my Shaman would be Night Fae and my Death Knight would be Necrolords and my Warrior and my Highmountain Tauren Druid would be Venthyr and my Hunter and Paladin and Priest and Monk would be Kyrian, so that I could get all of the Covenant armor sets that I find acceptably attractive. I’d only get the Campaign and Renown recolors of the armor sets with these characters — going after the other variations would be too much work.

Most of these characters haven’t yet leveled through Zandalar, though, and there isn’t yet a skip for the introductory Maw experience of Shadowlands. So for now, I will just have to sigh wistfully, and focus on getting my Eversong Elves through the Covenant Campaigns and into their Campaign & Renown armor sets, and hope that an intro skip gets patched in sometime down the road, and plan to bring all my Tauren through the Shadowlands during the end-of-expac lull.

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Shadowlands is worth getting just for all the wonderful new customization options!
Here’s how the appearances of my Tauren characters changed.

Most of the changes are small and subtle — just eye color, or the addition of jewelry.

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Kamalia


skin color 4; face 4; horn style 4; horn color 2; foremane 1; hair 2; eye color 2; headdress 2; earrings 5; necklace 3
My very first and best beloved character; my main until midway through Battle for Azeroth. Eldest of her siblings. Recently married to a Highmountain Tauren Shaman who is one of Jale Rivermane’s sons.

~*~*~*

Kerisa (Primary Alt; toon name on server)


skin color 8; face 4; horn style 2; horn color 2; foremane 1; hair 4; eye color 2; necklace 4

Second child in Kamalia’s family. Married her childhood sweetheart after the conclusion of the Icecrown Citadel campaign. Her first child, a daughter, was born during the first year of Cataclysm. Her second child, a son, was born during the first year of Battle for Azeroth.

Kaiuna (Alter-Ego)


skin color 12; face 1; horn style 8; horn color 1; foremane 3; hair 2; eye color 4; earrings 4

This character was originally a “melee Druid” to complement Kerisa being a “caster Druid”. I dismissed the alt when Leigon eliminated spec restrictions, but kept her appearance as an Alter-Ego for Feral, Guardian, and white-themed Transmogrifications. In her RP-description, she has an extremely rare curly coat allele and has long ringlets instead of the long braids.

Kaurinka (new Alter-Ego)

skin color 13; face 3; horn style 18; horn color 3; foremane 3; hair 10; eye color 5; body paint 2; paint color 6

This is the character who will be going to the Shadowlands, to avoid traumatizing Kerisa’s young family. Her name is derived from “aurinko”, a Finnish word meaning “sun/sunlight” — an appropriate name for a sun-coloured Balance Druid!

Kessina (new Alter-Ego)

skin color 3; face 4; horn style 7; horn color 2; foremane 3; hair 6; eye color 7; earrings 3

This is what Kerisa’s daughter will look like when she is all grown up. She is named after the Shrine of Aessina, where she was born. While spending some of the formative years of her childhood in the Broken Isles, she became quite enchanted by the Owlcats.

~*~*~

Ketura (Primary Alt; toon name on server)


skin color 9; face 4; horn style 1; horn color 2; foremane 1; hair 3; eye color 2; necklace 4
Third child in Kamalia’s family. Takes strongly after her mother. Fascinated by Trolls and their cultures. Has collected many pets, especially cats and raptors, but continues to prefer the Mulgore Mountain Lion that was her first solo tame.

Kawneiha (Alter-Ego)


skin color 9; face 4; horn style 1; horn color 2; foremane 1; hair 3; eye color 2; headdress 3; necklace 4
Mother of Kamalia, Kerisa, Ketura, Keija, Karaelia, and Kaohana; wife of Kehontah. She uses the title “Elder” and wears a Gold Wedding Band and a Flawless Diamond Solitaire.

~*~*~

Keija


skin color 6; face 4; horn style 6; horn color 2; foremane 1; hair 5; eye color 1; earrings 4; necklace 2
Fourth child in Kamalia’s family. Before going out adventuring, she served for several years as a Bluffwatcher, then an Honor Guard, in Thunder Bluff to support her parents during the childhood of the twins. First of her siblings to get married (to a fellow Bluffwatcher), but still childless by choice.

~*~*~

Kregga (Primary Alt; toon name on server)


skin color 1; face 2; horn style 9; horn color 3; foremane 1; hair 7; eye color n/a
A former member of the Grimtotem tribe, she was sent with several others to infiltrate the Cult of the Damned at Scholomance. After breaking free of the Lich King’s control at the Battle of Light’s Hope, she felt betrayed by Magatha and renounced her Grimtotem origins. Kamalia provided spiritual mentorship as she struggled to regain mental and emotional stability in the first years after regaining her free will.

Kaiopeqa (Alter-Ego)


skin color 7; face 2; horn style 13; horn color 1; foremane 2; hair 1; eye color n/a; earrings 2
Originally a Warrior of the Kalimdor tribe named “Highmountain”; a secondary Warrior alt with whom I was experimenting with tanking. I dismissed that alt when Legion did away with spec limitations. After her untimely death during an early battle on the Broken Shore, she was raised as a Death Knight by Kregga to be “the Deathlord’s Understudy”.

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Kaumaleia


skin color 15; face 1; horn style 14; horn color 3; foremane 3; hair 14; eye color n/a
Kaumaleia, otherwise known as “the Underpowered Death Knight”, primarily exists so I can have a blue and white Tauren. Occasionally, she uses the other DK-exclusive skin colors. In her RP-description, she is a Taunka of the Winterhoof tribe.

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Karaelia


skin color 11; face 4; horn style 3; horn color 2; foremane 1; hair 4; eye color 5
Elder of the twins borne late in life by Kawneiha. The difficulty of the pregnancy, birth, and infancy left a lasting psychological effect on the twins, causing them to turn toward the new teachings of the Sunwalkers and Seers when they came of age just before the Cataclysm. Being more inclined toward physical action, she chose the path of the Paladin. Did her early leveling as a tank in LFG, then switched to healing for raiding in Mists. Currently favors Protection as an open-world questing spec, but she hasn’t tanked for a group in ages.

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Kaohana (Primary Alt; toon name on server)


skin color 10; face 4; horn style 5; horn color 2; foremane 1; hair 3; eye color 7
Younger of the twins borne late in life by Kawneiha. The difficulty of the pregnancy, birth, and infancy left a lasting psychological effect on the twins, causing them to turn toward the new teachings of the Sunwalkers and Seers when they came of age just before the Cataclysm. Being more inclined toward thoughtful study, she chose the path of the Priest. Recognizing the need for balance between Light and Shadow, she considers Discipline to be her DPS spec; she occasionally switches to Holy for LFG/LFR.

Kazithra (Alter-Ego)


skin color 1; face 2; horn style 10; horn color 1; foremane 1; hair 2; eye color 3; face paint 2; earrings 2; body paint 3; paint color 2
Kazithra is Kregga’s mother; she defected from the Grimtotem tribe in the aftermath of the Grimtotem attack on Thunder Bluff following Cairne’s death in the rigged mak’gora against Garrosh Hellscream. She originally existed as a separate alt in late Mists and Warlords, which was a time when I thought that the semi-transparent Glyphed appearance of Shadowform looked really cool. Then Legion changed both the appearance of Shadowform and the lore of Shadow Priests in ways that I didn’t like. I lost interest in playing a Shadow Priest to experience the spec itself and dismissed the alt. During Legion, however, Artifact weapons restricted Transmogrification possibilities, and I discovered that sometimes I still wanted my Priest to be Shadow-specced so that I could make a dagger + off-hand Transmogrification kit.

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Katewatha (Primary Alt; toon name on server)


skin color 2; face 1; horn style 15; horn color 1; foremane 1; hair 5; eye color 6; body paint 4; paint color 3
Kate is obsessed with all things Pandaren; although I use this hair style for her in-game, in her RP-description she uses the Pandaren “Twin Loops” hair style (Pandaren hair style #14).

Kaobeka (Alter-Ego)


skin color 7; face 1; horn style 20; horn color 3; foremane 3; hair 1; eye color 4; earrings 2; nose ring 4
This character began her existence as “Koralyra the Pet-Battling Monk”; I later renamed her “Kaobeka” as an homage anagram of Akabeko of Red Cow Rise. In her RP-description, she is a Yaungol who abandoned her clan to join the Horde.

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Kasheena


skin color 3; face 3; hair 4; eye color 1; horn style 5; body paint 3; paint color 2

My Highmountain Tauren had to be a Druid to be able to use all the Highmountain versions of the Druid shapeshift forms!

~*~*~

Kehontah


skin color 6; face 5; horn style 2; horn color 2; foremane 1; hair 10; facial hair 10; eye color 5
Father of Kamalia and her sisters; husband of Kawneiha. He uses the title “Elder” and wears a Gold Wedding Band.

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