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What was that I said about not making any more Allied Races alts unless I liked their Heritage Armor enough to level from scratch for it?

Well, I’m not all that keen on the Lightforged Draenei Heritage Armor — not for a Mage, at least — but I just haven’t been able to get the notion of having a Lightforged Draenei among the Minor Mages out of my head.

Meet Krystaliza.

I don’t know much about who she is, other than that she is a long-lost relative of Kaprikka. As far as Kaprikka was aware, all of her progenitors had perished in one Legion attack or another by the time the Draenei arrived on Draenor; her parents, too, were killed in the Orcish rampage. I’m not sure at quite what point in the 25000 years of the Draenei’s flight from Kil’jaeden that Xe’ra arrived and took those who wished to follow her off in the Xenedar, so I don’t know exactly how many generations back Krystaliza is a sister of one of Kaprikka’s ancestors — but for each of them to find that they do, in fact, have a blood relative still living was a delightful shock.

Part of my desire to have this character on my roster came from wanting to pair the Lightforged tabard with the Draenic Silk Robes, as seen above.

Part of it comes from a couple of occasions when I’ve made a white and gold outfit and wished that I had a blonde Lightforged Draenei to model it in the Dressing Room.

And part of it is that with the Orb of Deception, a Lightforged Draenei can become a Highmountain Tauren (or a Gnome can be a Mulgore Tauren), thereby allowing me to pretend — for five minutes at a time, at least — that I have Tauren Mages!


Come on, Blizzard! Some of the Crazed Mages in Blackrock Caverns are Tauren, and they’ve been in the game since Cataclysm! Because they use ice and fire magic already, I think that Tauren becoming Mages as a divergence from Shamanism could be just as valid as Tauren becoming Priests and Paladins as a divergence from Druidism.
But as much as I’d like this to happen, it’s not likely to happen. I’ll just go sit in the corner with the folks who really really want to play Gnome or Night Elf Paladins…

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

71) Ancestral Ghostwalker

Ancestral Chieftain’s Headdress Mantle & Greatbelt, Boneshredder Jerkin & Britches, Ghostwalker Gloves & Boots, Darksnare Dagger
The white furs wanted to go together.

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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 (*).

84) Ancestral Soothsayer

Ancestral Chieftain’s Headdress & Greatbelt, Mantle of Volatile Ice, Windshaper Robe, Frostwolf Wind-Talker Gloves, Ancient Measuring Rod, Beastskull Vessel
Ordinarily, I like to get an outfit posted before I change to another one. Kaohana was so excited about this outfit idea — especially after she remembered that the Artifact-centered weapon restrictions from the Broken Isles no longer applied — that I let her get away with having two outfits in the same Sunday Mog Show… this time.

83) Chromie Cosplay

Bronze-Tinted Sunglasses, Light-Mantle of the Incarnate, Runecloth Robe, Black Mageweave Gloves, Willow Boots, Keepers of Time Tabard, Key to the Planes
With the Priest T4 shoulders and the torso part of the Priest T2 robe, Chromie is something of a High Priestess of Time.

82) Miss Muriel

Hat of the Third Sister, Deadly Gladiator’s Mooncloth Mantle, Fire-Gizzard Robes, Ritual Belt, Embersilk gloves & boots, Mag’hari Chieftain’s Staff
Kaohana said, make me an outfit with this hat. So I did. It was a good opportunity to use these Wrath PVP shoulders, too!

81) Ancestral Ritualist

Ancestral Chieftain’s Armor with Polychromatic Visionwrap*, Ritual Leggings, Acolyte’s Shirt, and Staff of Fiery Fate
Although there are several red tunics that look rather nice with the Tauren Heritage armor, I chose this no-longer-available item because it is a recolor of the same style that Tauren Priests start out wearing. I couldn’t quite find a skirt that I liked with both this chestpiece and the rest of the Heritage of the Shu’halo pieces. These shorts, however, work perfectly!

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Will I ever do more with any of these characters than enter the world and maybe manage to get through the 1-5 zone and out to their racial capital city? Realistically speaking, probably not. Nevertheless, the collector in me still wanted to have a complete set of Classic Classes.

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I doubt that I’m going to spend much time on Classic, but sure, why not reserve some characters?

I’m on Myzrael, by the way.

When Classic goes live — though probably not on the 27th — I will create a few more characters: Tauren Hunter Keturikka, Tauren Warrior Keijikka, and Dwarf Paladin Kyraleikka.

Will I ever play any of them significantly? Well, probably not…

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Variations on chestpieces & leggings to go with the Ancestral Chieftain’s Armor for all of the classes available to Tauren.

Ancestral Chieftain’s Blessing

Ancestral Chieftain’s Armor

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Ancestral Totemic

Ancestral Chieftain’s Armor with Replica Vest of The Five Thunders, Sanctified Frost Witch’s Legguards, and Staff of the Earthmother
After wearing the Heritage of the Shu’halo set as-is for awhile, it was time to mix it up a bit. For a Shaman, I wanted to use a kilt. I hadn’t thought of this combo of chestpiece and kilt until I happened across it while working on this outfit — and I rather like it!

Ancestral Naturalist

Ancestral Chieftain’s Armor with Thunderheart Vest and Origin of Nightmares
The Heritage of the Shu’halo set is rather like a cross between Baine Bloodhoof’s armor and the immensely popular Black Temple Druid Tier set.

Ancestral Survivalist

Ancestral Chieftain’s Armor with Bloodmail Hauberk*, Sunfury Legguards, and Spear of Rethu
Although I really liked the mail chestpiece & pants I’d chosen for Kawneiha, I didn’t want to just repeat that combination for Ketura’s kit. I’d tried these pants as an alternate for Kawneiha’s set, so I knew I liked them with the rest of the pieces, but it took a few iterations to find a chestpiece that worked. The chestpiece I’m using dropped from Old Scholomance; if you haven’t got it, I also liked the how the Stage 1 Wayfaring Tunic looked.

Ancestral Berserker

Ancestral Chieftain’s Armor with Warlord’s Iron-Breastplate, Thorium Leggings, and Kadrak’s Axe
With the Heritage of the Shu’halo set appearing to be made of non-metallic materials, plate was the most difficult armor type to work with. This combination works well enough, I suppose.

Ancestral Protector

Ancestral Chieftain’s Armor with Plate of the Shaman King, Runic Plate Leggings, and The Hand of Antu’sul + Sternhorn’s Shield
This chestpiece was a natural choice for this kit, as it is worn by Baine’s Honor Guards and by various Sunwalker NPCs. I liked how the blue knees on these pants picked up on the blue accents on the headdress and gloves.

Ancestral Seer

Ancestral Chieftain’s Armor with Ancestral Robe, Neophyte’s Shirt, and Staff of Feral Furies
How could I not use the Ancestral Robe for this? I rather liked how certain low-level red vests looked, too, so Kaohana, at least, will get another Ancestral Chieftain’s outfit sometime in the future.

Ancestral Brawler

Ancestral Chieftain’s Armor with Feral Harness, Prospector’s Woolies, and Teroclaw Talon
The Prospector’s Woolies aren’t much more covering than the Ancestral Chieftain’s Loincloth, but it’s enough to look better to me.

Ancestral Gravewalker

Ancestral Chieftain’s Armor with Antiseptic-Soaked Dressing, Tarnished Fanatic’s Wargreaves, and Mighty Gorian Cleaver
This was the most difficult kit to get right. Eventually, I decided that the set bone chestpiece was the best for a DK, so I put in a shirt. Though these pants are Trollish in origin, they have the same bone aesthetic, plus those gnarly skulls on the knees.

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Here are a few additional variations on the theme.

Ancestral Warchief

Ancestral Chieftain’s Armor with Antiseptic-Soaked Dressing, Legplates of Feverish Dedication, and Beastkiller

Ancestral Hunt Leader

Ancestral Chieftain’s Armor with Felstalker Breastplate, Scale Leggings of the Skirmisher, and Bow of the Great Hunter

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An RP Story with dialog mostly (though not entirely) directly quoted from the Heritage of the Shu’halo questline. You might want to skip this story for now and come back later if you intend to play through this questline yourself.

Kamalia awoke on a hard, cold, damp, sandy rock floor with the taste of brine on her lips. For a moment, she struggled to recall what her purpose for returning to the Maelstrom had been. Then a pair of greenish-blue webbed feet flip-flopped past. Oh, right. Nazjatar. With a portal open to Dazar’alor, the real question was why had she chosen to sleep here instead of going somewhere more comfortable? A better question than that might be had she really helped Saurfang, Thrall, and, of all people, Jaina Proudmoore and Spymaster Shaw rescue High Chieftain Baine Bloodhoof from imprisonment by Sylvanas Windrunner in the chambers Garrosh Hellscream had built underneath Orgrimmar? Or had that just been a dream or a vision, seeing through the eyes of someone else who was actually there?

When Kamalia returned from her morning scouting & foraging run with one of the Kelfin, she noticed that Spiritwalker Ussoh was not sitting in his usual place by the bonfire. Had he been there earlier in the morning? She wasn’t sure. She asked Regent Lord Theron where Ussoh had gone.

“He said he had urgent business in Mulgore,” Lor’themar replied, “and he requested that you join him as soon as possible. He also asked that you stop by the Embassy in Orgrimmar first, however, to meet with a colleague of his. I think this is probably a genuine request, but still… Go with caution, champion.”

Kamalia took the portal to Dazar’alor, and from there to Orgrimmar. She approached the Embassy with trepidation… Why was Ussoh needed so urgently back home? Was Sylvanas already beginning her punishment of the tauren for Baine’s actions regarding Derek Proudmoore and his subsequent rescue? She relaxed a bit when she saw another Spiritwalker standing outside the Embassy. (more…)

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