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This weekend, I finished leveling Kaelyla. By the time she’d seen the vision of Ysera’s death and done the next two quests, she was 98% through level 59. At that point, I took her to Oribos and activated Threads of Fate. After completing next couple of quests to talk to Lady Moonberry, she was so close to dinging that I just went and did a little gathering to push it over instead of working on the “Aiding Ardenweald” fill-the-bar quest. I got her through Chapter 1 of the Night Fae campaign; now she’s gathering Renown, Souls, and Anima and waiting for Patch 9.1 to arrive so that she can not have to go to Torghast.

One reason I chose the Night Fae for Kaelyla — or Kaelyla for the Night Fae — is because of the aesthetic similarities I saw between the Void Elves and Ardenweald. I created her “Full of Stars” outfit (#37) to highlight those aesthetic harmonies —

— and specifically to coordinate with the animacone backpack that is an on-quest visual effect for the quest “Tending to Wildseeds” at the Tranquil Pools adjacent to Tirna Vaal.

There are a number of other nifty on-quest visual effects during the Ardenweald main storyline, so I ended up taking many, many screenshots of this outfit. I’ve put the ones from “Tending to Wildseeds” in the outfit listing on the appropriate “Things My Void Elf Mage Wears” page. To keep that page from getting overcrowded, I’ve gathered the rest of my favorite pictures of this outfit in this gallery — click through the cut to see them all!
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Yesterday, Wowhead reported a hotfix that gives increased Anima income for having activated all four of the Sanctum Features, then another increase when they’re all upgraded to stage 2, and final increase when they’re all upgraded to stage 3. The first level, at least, seemed worth spending a couple thousand Anima on before I purchase any more Anima cosmetics, so Kaelinda and Kaurinka have both invested in the first stages of the Command Table and the Ember Court/Queen’s Conservatory. Having done so, I will henceforth continue to ignore the Command Table completely, and the Ember Court/Queen’s Conservatory until I’m ready to sink the time into them that they apparently demand.

This also changes my plans for my remaining three characters. I’d been planning to activate stage 1 of the Anima Conductor, then to activate and fully upgrade the Travel Network, then to upgrade the Anima Conductor to stage 2. Now, I’ll be spending their first 4000 Anima on activating all four of the Sanctum Features. After that, I’ll probably continue with the original plan.

Kaelinda and Kaurinka both already had fully upgraded Travel Networks and stage 2 Anima Conductors. The investment of 2000 Anima (4000 Anima for my remaining characters) to get the first achievement definitely felt worth it. The investment of 10000 Anima (20000 Anima for my remaining characters) to get the Command Table and Special Feature to stage 2 doesn’t seem like it will really be worth it, considering the small increment of the Anima income, but I’ll probably do it anyway. The investment of 30000 Anima (40000 Anima for my remaining characters) to get the Anima Conductor, Command Table, and Special Feature all to stage 3 definitely will not be worth the additional small increment to Anima income, particularly since I have no interest in the Command Table at all, no interest in the actual benefits of the third stage of the Anima Conductor, and my interest in the Special Feature varies by Covenant (yes for Ember Court and Queen’s Conservatory, maybe for Path of Ascension, nope for Stitchyard).

In other Shadowlands progression…

I got another couple of chapters of Ardenweald done with Kaelyla and she is now about 30% through level 58. She’s getting really bored of her current outfit, but she needs to keep wearing it until she’s all the way through the Ardenweald main storyline because Ardenweald has multiple nifty on-quest visual effects that this outfit was specifically created to coordinate with. I already have an outfit idea in mind for proceeding into the first chapter of Revendreth…

I decided to stop trying to push Bastion and Maldraxxus rep with both Kaelinda and Kaurinka and just focus it down with Kaelinda. I’m almost done with Bastion and am about halfway through Revered with Maldraxxus.

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Clockwise from lower right: Kaelinda, Ianestin, Kaelyla and Ishaleron (newlyweds, but not completely insufferable about it). Tigerlily the cat is a library resident who has adopted this group of students; she was adopted in turn by Ianestin after the fall of Silvermoon.

My Void Elf Mage, Kaelyla, has been one of Kaelinda’s friends since their Academy days. After some initial tension, their friendship survived the disruptions of the expulsion of the group who would become the Ren’dorei from Silvermoon following the near-disaster of Alleria Windrunner’s visit to the Sunwell and the subsequent migration of the Ren’dorei into the Alliance.

Only Kaelinda’s clothing is meant to evoke an in-game item; it is a less skimpy version of the Light Silk Robe.

I drew this picture as an illustration for a story that I’m writing. I’m posting it on its own, though, so I can more easily link it on my “Drawings” page.

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Got Thrall out, overheard the Jailer and Sylvanas making nefarious plans for Anduin. I suppose I’ll go do that last bit of the current Torghast questline at some point before Patch 9.1 drops, because we’ll probably need to have completed the 9.0 Torghast questline to be able to do whatever questline 9.1 has that will pave the way for us to eventually free Anduin from the Jailer’s subjugation.

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Kaelyla finished Maldraxxus this weekend. She’s level 57, and the end of her Rested state is visible on her XP bar. Before I continue into Ardenweald with Kaelyla, I’m considering pushing Kalaneia and Keliora through Bastion and Maldraxxus* — and then activating Threads of Fate to get them into their Covenant Sanctums — just so that I can be “done” with Maldraxxus. Well, done with leveling there, at least. Although there are a few WQs there that I’ll do if they have rewards which I consider valuable, I really don’t like being there and generally avoid going there. Yes, of course Kalaneia is going to do the Necrolords Campaign — but I’m ready to have her be the only character who has to spend any more time in Maldraxxus.

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I’ve decided to get the final upgrade to the Travel Network, then the second upgrade to the Anima Conductor, and then activate the Special Feature. Kaurinka has about 12K Anima, but I did the maths and she’ll need to keep 5350 Anima in reserve for upgrading her Covenant Armor set**, so she still needs to save up for a few more weeks before she can get the third stage of her Travel Network. Kaelinda has around 7K Anima, so she’ll need to save up for a few more weeks, too.

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* Kalaneia will complete Maldraxxus — I want screenshots of her collecting all the runes for the Blade of the Primus! Keliora, however, will only do Maldraxxus through the first two chapters and then the House of the Chosen chapter to rescue the Kyrian survivors from the House of Constructs.

** The total cost for fully upgrading Covenant Armor is quite different between the Covenants because each Covenant gets different armor pieces, and different numbers of armor pieces, at each step of the Campaign. Night Fae, as I mentioned above, is 5350. Kyrian is 7600. Necrolords is 6950. Venthyr is 7350.

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Kaelinda still hasn’t made it into Castle Nathria LFR, or back into Torghast to liberate Thrall. Oh well. There should still be plenty of time to do that before Patch 9.1 arrives. Spring Break is in a couple of weeks; maybe I can get myself into LFR then.

After completing “Replenishing the Reservoir” with both Kaelinda and Kaurinka, which I typically manage to do by Thursday or Friday night, I’ve been leveling Kaelyla. Kaelyla has finished Bastion and is halfway through level 54. After completing the campaign storyline, before returning to Oribos, she did the Agthia’s Rest sidequests. Kaelinda had given her a hint that there was an interesting story about a Void attack there, and as a scholar of the Void, of course she wanted to find out what it was. Although she knew quite well the story of the conflict between Light and Fel that played out on Argus — and the Void’s latecoming efforts to butt in on that conflict — somehow it was shocking to learn about a conflict between two cosmic forces happening in the home domain of one of those forces, rather than on a mortal world. Furthermore, participating in the recreation of the event through the Vesper of History caused the whispers of the Void to become roars. Although Kaelyla liked the Kyrian better than Kaelinda did, Bastion is no longer a place where she feels at ease.

In the 9.0.5 PTR Patch Notes are the lines “Once players reach 40 Renown with their Covenant, the weekly quest to gather 1000 Anima will now award you with 1500 gold.” (a nice reward, but will it go away when Patch 9.1 drops with 40 more Renown levels?) and “Once players have recruited the maximum amount of Souls for their Covenant, your weekly quest to rescue Souls from the Maw will now award you with 500 Anima.”
“Maximum amount of Souls for their Covenant?” I wondered, “What does that mean? Enough souls to fully upgrade all of the Sanctum features?”
Then I picked up “Return Lost Souls” for this week and saw that the reward icon was red, indicating that it would put me over the currency limit. I’d never noticed before that there was a limit on how many idle souls could be in the Sanctum at a time — it seems that there can only be 100. Because they hadn’t been doing any feature upgrades, Kaelinda had 88/100 souls and Kaurinka had 73/100 souls. So I got the second stage of the Travel Network for both of them, but that only puts 8 souls to work. Kaelinda is now effectively out of Anima. Kaurinka has enough Anima that she could get another Sanctum upgrade, but she’s saving up for the armor upgrades when she does her Covenant campaign. Thus, after this week, the souls I rescue from the Maw for the next several weeks will just get to be free!

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Kaelinda blasted and burned her way through Ardenweald and didn’t have as much trouble with survival as I thought she might. Well, she did have to sit down and eat frequently, but with Mage Food, she wouldn’t run out.

Kaurinka didn’t ask Korenth to sing and dance, but Kaelinda did — and she was rewarded with some different conversation text when she turned in the quest to Lady Moonberry!

With Kaelinda, I noticed some neat visual effects during some of the quests that I’d completely missed with Kaurinka, perhaps because they didn’t show up on the Boomkin shapeshift. I’d been thinking about doing Threads of Fate from the beginning with Kaelya, who will pledge to the Night Fae, but now I want to level her through Ardenweald properly so I can take screenshots with those neat quest visuals — and maybe have a Mog to go with them!

Kaelinda was 65% through level 58 when she finished the main storyline of Ardenweald.

I continued immediately on to Revendreth — a zone which I will very likely only play completely through once. I didn’t do much there before I logged off for the night, though. First impressions: it’s like a mashup of Gilneas and the Forsaken town The Sepulcher, dialed up to, like, 13.

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I didn’t play on Monday because I was busy doing other things, nor on Tuesday because the authentication issues prevented me from logging it. That still left plenty of time to bring Kaelyla, Keliora, and Kalaneia through the Maw into Oribos. That will do, for now.

I also took those three characters, as well as Kaelinda and Kaurinka, to the Darkmoon Faire. It’s been many months since I last visited the Faire, because beyond making the first set of crafted gear for each of the armor types, I ignored Professions during Battle for Azeroth. But with Professions being, by all reports, more reasonable to level and more genuinely useful in Shadowlands, I thought it was worth my time again to get those 5 free Profession skill points. My Druid is an Herbalist and Scribe; all my other Herbalists will funnel their herbs to her to craft Staves and Missives. Kaelinda is an Herbalist and Tailor; all the rest will send her their cloth so she can craft the Shrouded Cloth and Shadowlace sets. Kalaneia is an Herbalist and Alchemist; I’ll work on leveling her Alchemy after my Druid has reached her crafting goals. Keliora is a Miner and Engineer (because Goggles); leveling her Engineering will be slower because no-one else will be feeding her ore. Kaelyla is an Herbalist and Miner, but she’s Alliance, so all of her materials will go on the AH and make her rich!

I’ve been contemplating what I might do about raiding in this expansion. I sat out LFR entirely in Warlords and did very little in Legion and Battle for Azeroth. It sounds like just getting ready for raiding — even at the LFR level — is a long haul of dungeon running and shelling out gold for crafted gear, plus running Torghast to craft whatever Legendary is BIS for one’s class & spec. Of course I haven’t gotten there yet, but I’m not sure if I’ll like Torghast very much. After all, I only did as much of Horrific Visions as I needed to get the first Shroud of Resolve appearance upgrade. Even though I think the second appearance upgrade for the Shroud of Resolve is very pretty, whenever I have thought about doing more Horrific Visions — and more Black Empire Assaults to buy those attempts — I end up saying, “meh, I don’t feel like doing that.” So I think I only want to raid with one toon at most, if I can even manage that. That toon will probably be my Druid because I like the leather set from Castle Nathria ever so much more than the cloth set.

But then how to get all of the different Covenant weapons? Hmm… If I pick up a Castle Nathria weapon token and use it for one Covenant, then change Covenants, I know that I won’t be able to use that weapon appearance with that character anymore — but will I still be able to use it with other characters in that Covenant? So could I get a Castle Nathria weapon token, spend it with the Covenant I’m currently in, change Covenants, get another Castle Nathria weapon token and spend it with the new Covenant, and so on until I’ve gotten the Castle Nathria weapons for all of the Covenants? I would just try for all of the Staves, I think — though that Night Fae Harp is lovely and after I’ve gotten all the Staves and come back to the Night Fae, I’d want to get one more Castle Nathria weapon token to spend on that. From an RP standpoint, Kaurinka will want to stay devoted to the Night Fae, but Kaiuna might be up for some Covenant-hopping….

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I logged in with Kaelinda to do the pre-launch lore questchain as soon as I could. Lor’themar was mobbed. Only by mousing around and very carefully watching how my cursor changed could I even tell that an all-star group of other lore figures was there (and almost all of them women!). I talked to them all, of course. I followed the short questchain in Kalimdor, then went up to Icecrown and did as much as there was to do there. I went to Marris Stead, but I was running back as a ghost when Nathanos died, so I didn’t get any loot. When I’d done all there was to do, I looked around and said to myself, “is that all?”

After seeing the lore with the Horde leadership, I wanted to see the lore with the Alliance leadership, so I logged in with Kaylynda and did the Alliance side up to the point where I got the quest to go to Icecrown and the quest to kill Nathanos. This time, when I arrived at Marris Stead, he was almost dead already; I succeeded in not dying myself and got an ilevel 115 staff. Poor Kaelyla had not yet managed to get a 100+ level staff from Emissaries or World Quests — she kept getting swords, daggers, wands, or off-hands — so I ran her through questchain until she got the quest to kill Nathanos, too… and I got a sword, not the staff. ARGH! Why can I not get a decent staff with this character?

I’d acquired enough tokens with Kaelinda to get a first piece of the Mog set — I started with the robe, of course — and found that somehow I’d already obtained that recolor of the Arathi Warfront set, at least on the Horde side (I’m not quite sure how). After I’d waited out the time for the purchase to become non-returnable, the corresponding Alliance piece popped up in Kaylynda’s wardrobe — and I didn’t have that recolor of the Arathi Warfront set yet on the Alliance side. Guess I’ll have to grind the dailies for the tokens to get the Mog set. Hmm, if I do it with Kaelinda and Kaylynda and Kaelyla, and have each of them grab a piece as soon as they can afford one, I could get it done in a third of the days!

I did not get much Exam grading done tonight…

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Shadowlands goes live in the evening on Monday 26 October!
What’s my school schedule like that week? Ah, good, I’ll be in the middle of a unit for all my classes — no Exams to be writing or grading. Could I get away with cancelling my 9:30 – 10:30 pm Zoom student help sessions that week?

These are the characters who will be going:


Archmage Kaelinda: Blood Elf Mage, Fire, Scryer/Venthyr
Firelord Kalaneia: Blood Elf Warlock, Destruction, Scryer/Necrolords
Crusader Keliora: Blood Elf Priest, Discipline, Aldor/Kyrian
Archmage Kaelyla: Void Elf Mage, Frost, Scryer/Night Fae


Archmage Kaylynda: Human Mage, Arcane, Scryer/undecided
Archdruid Kerisa: Tauren Druid, Balance, Aldor/Night Fae
Farseer Kamalia: Tauren Shaman, Elemental, Aldor/Night Fae
Highlord Karaelia: Tauren Paladin, Protection, Aldor/Kyrian

At the moment, I am planning on having Kerisa go first. It would feel odd to not lead out with a Tauren. From what little I know about the Night Fae Covenant story (having studiously avoided spoilers), Kerisa is the character who will be most personally invested in that story, so she should go through it first. Kaelinda will probably be next, then the rest of the Eversong Elves, and then Kaylynda — after I’ve seen enough of the Covenants with other characters to figure out which one would be the best fit for her. Kamalia and Karaelia will probably not travel to the Shadowlands until the latter half of the expansion, when I’ve done most of what I want to do with the other characters and have learned how to navigate the zones, questchains, and gameplay systems — and there are starting to be catch-up mechanics for alts in place!

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When Shadowlands shifted from alpha to beta, I began to feel an increased sense of urgency to get Kaelyla leveled. By August 9th, as can be seen in that installment of the Sunday Mog Show, she’d blazed through Legion and obtained her Heart of Azeroth. This past week, with the pre-launch events arriving on the PTR, that sense of urgency got even stronger. So despite the imminent start of Fall Semester and being in crunch time to get my courses ready to go live on my college’s learning management system, I pushed through Kul Tiras* and establishing footholds in Zandalar and this happened on Sunday night:

She’s obtained her rank 1 Shroud of Resolve, and she’s got Nazjatar opened up for World Quests (including the Mardivas mini-games). Although she still has a lot of World Questing to do to upgrade her Heart of Azeroth and other gear, I’m more or less ready for Shadowlands.

* First I did the Heartsbane storyline in Drustvar through Arom’s Stand; then all of the Tidesage storyline in Stormsong Valley; and, getting to Tiragarde Sound last, turned in the quest to say hello to Cagney and then dinged in the Shrine of Storms dungeon before I got any further in Tiragarde Sound questing

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