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Kamalia reached Exalted with Highmountain this evening. That completes her goals for the opening act of Legion, so now she can take a break until Patch 7.2.

Of course there are still things I’d like to do with Kam. She’s at 26/34 traits in Sharas’dal and 15/25 Artifact Knowledge, with 15 traits each in the Fist of Ra-den and the Doomhammer; she’ll keep her Artifact Research going and do WQs for Artifact Power knick-knacks when I feel like it. Although completely finishing Fishing and Archaeology will most likely wait until the end-of-expansion lull, I probably will do Archaeology whenever Highmountain is the zone of the fortnight.

I haven’t completed Broken Isles Pathfinder Part One yet, but once I decided that I really wanted to do Suramar with my Mage, I lost motivation to keep doing it with Kamalia. I’ll finish that eventually.

For now, though, I can focus on getting the rest of my alts to level 101, established in their Order Halls with their first Artifact weapon and pair of Champions. Then I can work on getting those who want multiple Artifacts up to level 102.

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One day when Suramar was the faction-of-the-day, Kamalia opened up the prize box and out fell an orange ring.

Sephuz’s Secret is not a particularly exciting Legendary for Kamalia’s preferred playstyle, but it was still a significant ilevel upgrade over the rings she had been wearing, so she put it on.

Another day, she was doing one of the murloc world quests on the northern coast of Highmountain and happened upon a Flotsam kill in-progress. So she hopped in, because the gold reward for the associated world quest was good, and lo and behold, a Hidden appearance for the Doomhammer fell out.

Although I like the default appearance of the Doomhammer just fine and hadn’t been planning to actively seek out the Hidden appearance, now that I’ve got it, I’ll have to make a Troll-themed kit around the Warmace of Shirvallah appearance one of these days. Now, did I remember to save Kam’s Throne of Thunder gear long enough to get it loaded into my Appearances tab, or am I going to have to re-collect it…?

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So, that news from Blizzcon X

I’m glad that there will be another chapter of the Order Hall Campaigns in Patch 7.2 — though it does mean that I will now have twice as much to do to achieve my grand expansion goal of completing the Order Hall Campaigns for all twelve Classes. I do hope, however, that having completed Improving on History will not be a prerequisite for being able to participate in the Patch 7.2 “Armies of the Legionfall” storyline. I can probably convince BTH to run Kamalia through the necessary Mythics for that questline, but I probably won’t be able to convince him to run all twelve of my characters through those Mythics.

Regarding those class-specific mounts from the Patch 7.2 Order Hall Campaign continuation —
The Rogue raven, Priest owl-sphinx, and Paladin armored war-steed v2.0 are awesome.
The Mage flying disc is pretty much what I guessed that the Mage mount might be before I even looked at the gallery. It’s plenty awesome, though, and I’ll definitely be using it once I get it.
The Monk glowy tiger is kinda nifty. I love the details of the kegs and teakettles hanging from the back of the saddle.
The Druid Warden-owl looks kinda goofy in that shot. Maybe it looks more awesome from other angles? As long as I’ll be able to choose whether to use Stormcrow form or Warden-owl form, I’ll be happy with it.
Is that Warrior mount essentially a red version of the blue Skyscreamer mount from Throne of Thunder? If so, yeah, that’s cool and I want it.
Meh on the Shaman, Hunter, Warlock, Demon Hunter, and Death Knight mounts, though. I doubt I’ll be using those.

I’m also intrigued by the idea of solo challenges to unlock new Artifact appearances. I just hope they’re not quite as frustrating as the Thunder Forge and Blessing of the Celestials scenarios from the Mists Legendary Cape questline were.

And Flying is coming in Patch 7.2, is it?
During the past week or two, Kamalia reached Revered with the Valarjar and the Wardens, completing Broken Isles Diplomat. Now the only piece of Broken Isles Pathfinder, Part One I have yet to complete is Good Suramaritan. But Loremaster of Legion is an account-wide achievement, so if I’ve completed the four leveling zones with Kam and then do Suramar with Kaelinda, I should still get the meta-achievement complete, ja?
And then I guess I’ll do the bits and pieces of Broken Isles Pathfinder, Part Two with whomever is able and has the most interest in doing those bits and pieces.

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Kamalia ticked over 100 different World Quests for Variety is the Spice of Life this week. Although I’ve finished Variety is the Spice of Life, I’ll continue to try to do World Quests that I haven’t done before. Kamalia also hit Revered with Court of Farondis, earning her Order Hall boots, and reached 100,000 AP (divided between three Artifacts), earning her Order Hall belt. For some reason I haven’t yet managed to get Black Rook Hold when running a random daily Heroic; I’ve been thinking about queueing deliberately for it just to finish off getting the Order Hall pants. That will only leave the shoulders from the Order Hall set… and getting to Exalted with Suramar will be a long haul.

I’ve been enjoying the World Quest system very much, even with the frequent repetition of some of the quests… will the Rivermane ever get those grubs out of their garden? That quest, like many of the World Quests, is a repeat of a quest I did while I was leveling. That’s okay — it seems to be the more whimsical and fun leveling quests that are getting repeated as World Quests — though I haven’t yet seen a return to The Chair of Bossing Around. There have been enough World Quests that aren’t quests I did while leveling to keep things interesting and novel, too.

Despite their limited variety, the Kirin Tor quests are some of my favorites; over the course of the three days when they’re up, I will do them all, not just the four I need to do to complete the Emissary quest on the first day. The Ley Race is just fun, and even when I’ve lost the path of the ley nodes, I haven’t yet managed to get far enough away that I get dismounted (I haven’t actively tried to do that, though). For me, the Enigma patterns are simple enough that I haven’t felt the need to resort to graph paper… I’ve occasionally wished that there were some harder ones that would send me running for some graph paper😛 The hardest one, for me, is the flying bubbles because of the 3D movement and the difficulty of seeing exactly where my character is relative to the center of the bubble in 3D space. The flying bubbles at the bridge in Suramar was the hardest the first time I did it because it took me quite a while to figure out that to get into the first bubble of the chain, I have to drop down out of the bubble that the mage is in. Once I figured that out, though, the path is so short that I now find it easier than the one at Nar’thalas Academy. Plus, rep-of-my-choice is awesome. I’ve been always choosing Suramar, with the result that I am now a little under halfway through Honored with Suramar despite not even having managed to talk to Oculeth in the main story questline yet.

At the moment, if I do additional World Quests beyond the four for the faction-of-the-day, I’m prioritizing Artifact Power. I’d really like to get Sharas’dal fully powered up, and I’d like to pick up a second gold trait for the Fist of Ra-den and the Doomhammer, too. After Artifact Power, I’ll look for quests that reward relics. If it’s a life or frost relic, I’m hoping that it will proc upgraded ilevel for Sharas’dal. I don’t yet have relics for all of the sockets in the Fist of Ra-den and the Doomhammer. Occasionally I try doing World Quests as Elemental or Enhancement — but I always end up feeling so squishy that I go back to Resto (that trend makes me a little nervous to think about doing World Quests with a character who doesn’t have a healing spec). I’d like to get to the point where I feel comfortable doing World Quests — or even dungeon DPS — with my DPS specs.

Meanwhile, at my Order Hall mission table, I’m currently prioritizing Champion ilevel upgrade tokens because I want to have my best Champions ready to investigate Karazhan when Patch 7.1 arrives! My second priority for Champion missions is Artifact Power. I haven’t done any Champion missions that bring back quest-starter items for dungeons or raids yet.

Despite how much Kamalia still has to do, though, I’m starting to want to play alts, too. My Mage is out of Order Resources and needs to do some more questing in Azsuna. She’s almost to level 102 and being able to get her other two Artifacts. My Demon Hunter needs to start questing in Azsuna so that she can reach level 101 and complete the establishment of her Order Hall by recruiting her first two Champions and sending them on the missions to rescue her Troop Recruiter and Order Hall Upgrade people. And then there’s all the rest who are still twiddling their thumbs in their Garrisons on Draenor…

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I know that I need to do stuff in Suramar for the flying meta achievement. Lots of stuff in Suramar — so far, I’ve barely completed the first two parts of Nightfallen But Not Forgotten and I’ve only done two or three parts of Good Suramaritan.

It’s a gorgeous zone. I especially love the Moon Guard and Tel’anor areas, and I was delighted by the Vashj’ir-like underwater scenery of Azuregale Bay when I went there for a World Quest the other day. It’s superb worldbuilding on the part of the Blizzard art team that the global map is aligned in such a way that it looks like the most elfy parts of Vashj’ir just broke right off of the most elfy parts of the Broken Isles.

And yet I’ve been choosing to do other things — usually World Quests in other zones. Last night, Archaeology was up in Highmountain, so I went to do my first digging in the Broken Isles there. Archaeology is different this expansion. Instead of four sites distributed randomly across the map that sit there until you clear them, all the sites are in the same zone for two weeks… and then it changes and all the sites are in a different zone for two weeks. When you clear a digsite, the next one pops up somewhere else in the same zone. So if you want a specific type of digsite, you wait until that zone comes up in the rotation and then dig like crazy for a couple of weeks — and if you don’t want a specific type of digsite, you just have to wait a couple of weeks for that zone to rotate away. I kind of like that! It would be great if the devs retroactively applied that tech to the other continents, too, so that you wouldn’t have to dig all those boring Night Elf sites when you’ve found all the Night Elf stuff already and what you really want to dig is Tol’vir sites😛

I’d been sitting on the the Tauren Tanning leatherworking quest for awhile, so I did that while I was in Highmountain last night, too. I’ve quite liked the quests for my Professions so far. I like getting the Rank 1 patterns as quest rewards, and the little stories along the way are fun. I’ve gotten to the point with the patterns for leather gear that the quest to go to the Underbelly to get some Rank 2 patterns has popped up (not quite there yet with the patterns for mail gear). Thanks, but no thanks; I’ll pass on subjecting myself to PvP. Because I am primarily interested in the appearance of crafted gear (for Transmogrification) rather than its stats (for combat), I’m just fine with spending the piles of mats to make the Rank 1 version of the patterns. I also don’t think I’ll be pursuing the Obliterum Forge questline, for the same reasons.

Anyhow, so, just why is it that I’ve been avoiding Suramar?

Perhaps my aversion to Suramar comes from feeling even squishier than the Underpowered Death Knight when I’m there. I did finally remember to assign Stormcaller Mylra (because she’s the Most Best) as a bodyguard, equipped with a Fruitful Bauble, and that has made doing World Quests much easier — so maybe I won’t feel quite so squishy the next time I am in Suramar. Remembering to use Stonehide Leather Barding helps, too (note to self: make a stack or two of this and bung it in the guild bank for alts to use).

Perhaps it’s because I’m dreading getting to the point in the Suramar questline where I’ll have start doing the Withered Training scenario. From what I’ve read about it and listening to BTH running through it, it sounds like I will probably find it to be rather obnoxious and un-fun.

Perhaps I’m just avoiding Suramar because I can — because there are plenty of other things to do, and I’m reveling in my agency to play however I want to play.

I can’t keep ignoring Suramar forever, though. I’ve finally advanced my two primary Professions, Skinning and Leatherworking, to the point where the trainers and the questlines are in Suramar — so I might as well work on the main Suramar questline and do the Professions stuff when the main questline brings me to the requisite areas of the zone naturally.

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I finally finished Kamalia’s Order Hall Campaign on Thursday night. I could kind of predict where it was going by the time I picked up the third set of Champions, but that wasn’t a bad thing. I enjoyed the story, and by the time I finished the campaign, I was feeling quite a bit more comfortable with the Farseer role.

Tonight (Friday), therefore, I went and collected Kamalia’s other two Artifacts. I pulled my Demon Invasions mace and Salvage Yard shield out of the bank so that I could do the Elemental quest chain as Elemental. Then I did much of the Enhancement quest chain as Elemental, too, only switching to Enhancement about halfway through. Then I had to spend several minutes selecting talents and setting up my bars, as I hadn’t tinkered with that spec at all yet — and I had to equip my Finkle’s Skinner in my off-hand so that I could have two melee weapons to make some of my abilities work😛

I enjoyed both of the stories. I had been thinking that it was wierd and backwards for Shaman to get their fist weapon from Xuen in Pandaria while Monks get theirs from the Tol’vir. The story of Highkeeper Ra as told by Xuen made the Shaman fist weapon make more sense — but I still need to level my Monk and see how their fist weapon story plays out before I will be fully satisfied on that account. The Enhancement story made me feel even more fond of Stormcaller Mylra — and I’m glad to see Thrall experiencing some consequences from the way he dealt with Garrosh. That ending cinematic from Warlords!Nagrand bothered me so much that I skipped it entirely on the two or three other occasions that I actually completed the storyline of that zone.

I’d been stockpiling small Artifact Power items to pour into my Elemental Artifact as soon as I got it. A few large AP items from doing some world quests later, I had my Elemental Artifact up to level 12. I’ll leave it there for now. Small AP items can go into my Enhancement weapon, while large AP items need to go into my Resto weapon until it is fully powered (it is currently level 15).

I’ve found that for all of the Shaman Artifacts, I like either the basic appearance or the first upgraded appearance (from finishing the Order Hall campaign), in the first color, the best. Maybe later in the expansion I will want to mog over them because I will have some shibby keen idea for a mail Transmogrification kit — but for now, I’m quite happy to use them just the way they are.

Despite my sense that the Heart of Azeroth would be perpetually damp and chilly and slippery and rimed with salt, I’ve come rather like the place, and I almost always leave Kamalia logged out there.

The Shaman experience all around gets a big Bravo, Blizzard! from me.

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Now I’d like to get started on the Order Hall journey of another character — perhaps my Demon Hunter, because she’s already gone to the Broken Isles, acquired her first Artifact, and established her Order Hall? or maybe my Blood Elf Mage or my Druid, because I love to play them? — but Kamalia still has much to do. I need to do Leatherworking and Archaeology so that I can get the white and spectral moose mounts. I need to do Fishing so that I can eventually figure out how to get the Artifact Fishing Pole (hey Blizzard, can you please make fishing poles moggable to other fishing poles?). I’ve just been doing enough world quests to keep my Emissary quests cleaned out, and I think I’ll keep managing world quests in that way until I’ve reached Revered with all the factions for Pathfinder. I need to follow up with Khadgar about Light’s Heart. I haven’t been very diligent about collecting Order Resources, and I’ve been prioritizing Artifact Knowledge over the Order Hall upgrades — and I’ve still got a long way to go on both of those tech trees.

And then there’s Suramar… the zone is breathakingly gorgeous and I’ve been delighted by all the little details in Suramar City itself and some of the quests that I’ve done so far in the zone have been tremendously fun and amusing — I just haven’t gotten very far into it. Now that I’ve finished my Order Hall campaign and gotten my other Artifact weapons, I ought to be able to focus on Suramar.

I read on WoWhead today that the final quest for the Good Suramaritan achievement requires going into the Emerald Nightmare to kill Xavius. I didn’t LFR in Warlords due to burnout and no tier in LFR and being able to get raid gear from Garrison follower missions and lack of interest in the story aspect of those raids… but I’d been thinking I might want to LFR again in Legion. Work is keeping me busy enough, though, that LFRing is going to have to be a play activity that I sacrifice, so I probably won’t visit the Emerald Nightmare until I get to the point in the Suramar questline where I have to do so.

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Oh! I dinged!

Tonight, BTH and I went to finish off the main story questline of Highmountain. We have the quest for Nesingwary’s camp, but knowing that it is completely a side-chain, we chose to ignore it (for now) in favor of pursuing the Pillar. When we got to the dungeon at the end, we managed to duo it up to the third boss, which was too much of a DPS check. So we hopped into the LFG queue, and, being a Tank+Healer combo, immediately got a group. We had to re-start the dungeon, but it was still faster than trying to duo the rest of it would have been.

I started the evening at maybe 75% from 108 to 109. When I went to turn in the Pillar at Aegwynn’s Gallery, this happened:

I hadn’t been paying attention to my XP bar very much, so I was totally surprised and a bit startled. I only managed to not be too caught off guard to get screenshots because I was already poised to screencap the little RP event that I knew would happen when I turned in the Pillar.

Then of course I got bombarded with new quests. I accepted them up, but doing them will have to wait. It’s bedtime. Khadgar can chill out (he’s good at that, right?).

We still have to do Stormheim, to get the Pillar and to get friendly with the zone faction for World Quest unlocking purposes, so that will be our top priority for the next day or two.

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Decorated with dozens of glowing carved pumpkin lanterns — imported at great expense from Azeroth — the Garrison looked very cheery.

Kamalia’s Garrison is more decorated than my IRL house this year. This is about as far as I go with Hallowe’en decorations at home —

— and I didn’t even get that much done this year. Although I thought about pulling my few decorations out from time to time during the month, I never quite managed to get around to actually doing it.

I’m not much of a Hallowe’en person; I prefer the “autumn celebration” aspects of the holiday to the “facing our fears of death and mutilation” aspects. I like the dressing up part, too — though cosplay allows one to do that all year round, if one so desires.

I’ve done the Draenor/Garrison Hallow’s End dailies three times. Once to get the “Ghostly Glow” package for Kamalia’s Garrison, once to get a Seer’s Invitation, and once to get a second Ghostly Glow package to send to my DK for her Garrison. I sent the Seer’s Invitation to my Druid (she’s fascinated by the Arakkoa), but when she used it in her Level 2 Garrison, nothing happened. So my DK will hang onto the pumpkin package until she reaches level 100 and can upgrade her Garrison to level 3.

I will be doing the Winter Veil Draenor/Garrison dailies more often, though, because I want almost all of those decoration packages and may want to send some to alts, too.

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