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Kerisa leveled to 80 with BTH’s only male Tauren character, a Warrior named Watha*. I imagined them as a betrothed couple. They were wed at the end of the Northrend campaign, after the defeat of the Lich King and shortly before the beginning of the Cataclysm. Their daughter was born a little bit over a year later, in the Grove of Aessina on the slopes of Mount Hyjal .


This dress is based on a Lakota/Cherokee woman’s dress from around 1825, and the baby carrier is based on one made by the Dakota around 1840.

Perhaps because her mother spent so much time in Moonkin form while she was in utero**, Kerisa’s daughter has displayed a remarkable affinity for Moonkin form herself. She began attempting the transformation almost as soon as she could walk. Kerisa was shocked, then astonished, then delighted the first time she saw her daughter toddling around with feathered arms.


For the background, imagine the interior of a Pandaren inn, with Watha sitting on the side of one of those oval Pandaren couch-beds

The child had mastered the shapeshift by the time she was four***. When Kerisa arrived at the Dreamgrove, she was profoundly relieved to discover that other Druids’ children are similarly affected — and her daughter hooted with glee when she was introduced to the Moonkin School.


One afternoon, Kerisa’s daughter came home from Moonkin School with a parchment from Taronn Redfeather announcing that the next week, he would be taking the children on a field trip to the Moonkin Festival in Moonglade. Interested parents were also invited to attend.

Kerisa was surprised. In her years of studying moonkin, she’d learned that every four years or so, the moonkin tribes of Kalimdor gathered in Moonglade for an event that seemed somewhat similar to the Orcs of Draenor’s Kosh’harg. As a courtesy to the moonkin, the leaders of Nighthaven always closed Moonglade to all others for the two or three days of the event. Even Druids who took Moonkin form as their preferred shapeshift weren’t allowed. What had changed?

“The Legion”, said Taronn simply, when she inquired. Then he elaborated. “As this is now the third time the Legion has encroached upon this world in force, the moonkin tribes have concluded that they need to encourage friendly relations between their hatchlings and other peoples. They want the other peoples of Azeroth to see their people — not just Druids who emulate their form and powers — as helpful allies. Therefore, they are opening one day only of the gathering to the other races. From what I understood, this part of the gathering, this cultural exchange event for the hatchlings, will be held annually from now on — though the rest of the festivities will continue to be held only every fourth year.”

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With a Tillers Commendation in-hand, fully expanding Sunsong Ranch takes about a week. Thus, at the end of last week, my Hunter’s farm was complete. I’d run a few dungeons with my Druid already, bringing her up to level 89, and she was raring to finish leveling. On Friday night, therefore, I parked Kerisa at the Darkmoon Faire carousel and chain-queued for dungeons. After a few, I was definitely starting to feel like I’m getting the basics of Druid healing — setting up a PowerAura to show the time remaining on Harmony in big pink numbers helped a lot — though I’m sure there are lots of subtleties that, having only healed Normal 5s, I haven’t learned. A few hours later — just in time for Cymre’s Ulduar run — Kerisa dinged 90.

Now I have the same number of level 90s as I had level 85s at the end of Cataclysm, about a year ago.

That milestone accomplished, the Paladin and the Priest and the Blood Elf Mage are all jonesing to be next. I’m leaning toward pushing the Priest. She’s the furthest behind, level-wise, but I don’t have a clothie in Pandaria yet and I am reluctant to shell out for big bags on the AH despite being in rather desperate need of more inventory space. Nevertheless, this weekend it was the Blood Elf Mage who won.

Despite having reached level 70 well over a year ago, Kaelinda had been lingering in Outland, and she was starting to get quite upset at the number of other alts who have waltzed through Outland, passing her by. It’s her own fault, really. At first, she said it was because she wanted to do all the Scryer-associated questlines. Then she started to wibble over her Shattrath faction choice. She originally chose to be a Scryer because she is a Sin’dorei Mage and they are the paragons of Sin’dorei Mages in Outland. But she’s quite fond of the Draenei, and the Aldor have the Anchorite’s Robes and the Flameheart Vest tailoring pattern. She just couldn’t decide — and she already had enough Scryer rep that I didn’t want to do the faction-switching grind. Somehow, between holidays and the Darkmoon Faire and miscellaneous other questing that I’ve forgotten, she reached level 74. A few weeks ago, therefore, I sent her to Shadowmoon Valley to pick up the Jaina-lookalike tunic and kilt. I took her to Dalaran for a photoshoot with the new outfit…

…then made her set her hearth to the Legerdemain Lounge so that she would be less tempted to go back to Outland. Having done that, it occurred to me that part of my reluctance to take Kaelinda to Northrend has been that I don’t particularly want to quest with her in Northrend. There aren’t very many quest rewards that she wants, and there isn’t much that I particularly want her to do for story/RP purposes, either. On Saturday evening I loaded her up with all the heirlooms I have available on her server and ran a couple of dungeons. I plan to LFD with her until she reaches level 77 and can head up to the Argent Tournament, and then she can idle there while I work on the Priest and the Paladin.

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This weekend has been pretty exciting.

I went to put something in Void Storage, not having looked in my Void Storage since I transferred most of my characters from Lightninghoof to Bloodhoof nearly a month ago, and was horrified to find that it was empty! Completely empty, on all the characters who had it! I put in a ticket, and after a false start when I got a boilerplate response about loot being misassigned during a raid, GM Jeydolen chatted with me. Jeydolen assured me that all the stuff was still there, and suggested that a UI error might be why I couldn’t see it. After performing the UI reset that Jeydolen suggested, I still couldn’t see my stuff. The Void Storage dude was giving me the tutorial box, without asking for money to (re)open Void Storage, so I clicked through it and voila, my stuff appeared! Then I felt a little silly — perhaps I had just needed to click through the tutorial boxes again to begin with, and I didn’t really need to have done the UI reset. I was still very appreciative of Jeydolen’s prompt, gracious, and helpful response to my second ticket. Thank you, GM Jeydolen!

Then I went to this weekend’s Laid Back Raid with Kerisa. Karazhan and Gruul’s Lair were on the ticket, and I hoped to get the T4 shoulder token. I didn’t, but after Kara and Gruul, part of the group continued on to Magtheridon and from thence, at my suggestion, to Tempest Keep, where Kerisa scored the T5 shoulder token. Many thanks to the estimable Coolidge for heading up that part of the evening!

Kerisa earned the T9 and T10 shoulders as my raiding main in late Wrath, and she still has them in her bank. After the debut of Transmogrification, she farmed Molten Core for weeks on end until she got the T1 shoulders. In ES guild fun runs (prior to the server transfer) and previous LBRs, she has picked up the T3/7, T6, and T8 shoulders. Now she just needs to get the T4 and T11-Normal shoulders to complete her collection of Favorite Druid Shoulders! (and then I’ll have to start working on outfits to go with them all :P)

One of my greatest regrets about Cataclysm is that I didn’t manage to get the T11 Druid shoulders when they were current content. I wanted them from the moment I first saw them, but I left Kerisa untouched for months to ensure that Kamalia would be my raiding main. By the time I finally got Kerisa ready for raiding, there wasn’t enough time left in T11 for her to get a pair of those gorgeous blue feathered T11 Druid shoulders before T12 arrived. Well, actually, she did see the T11 shoulder token drop once… and she passed on it, because she felt like the Resto Druid raid leader of ES’s alt run deserved it more. (Sometimes, in my more selfish moments, I wish I’d gone ahead and rolled on it normally.)

Finally, ever since I started writing this blog, I’ve intended to eventually do a series on “Stuff my Characters Wear”. Over the last few days, I’ve begun working on it. I’ve been going through all the alts for whom I have long-term goals and attempting to put together for each one of them a coherent, attractive ensemble that I’d be happy to see her wearing for a long time. It’s a lot easier for the higher level characters! On my lower-level characters, the outfits I’ve been making are frequently only partially Transmogrified, but the idea is to make something that would also be an attractive full Transmogrification Template Kit for a high-level character. Some of my characters will need to gain a level or few of XP before I can get them into an outfit that I like. For the time being, I am focusing only on Transmogrification-friendly outfits. After the initial set of posts is done — but not immediately — I also plan to expand the series to include “wrong” or mixed gear-type pure RP outfits.

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character shipping

Effraeti has provided a very appropriate subject for this week’s Blog Azeroth Shared Topic:

With the in-game World Event “Love is in the Air” and its correlation with IRL Valentine’s Day next week, I have been thinking about character love interests (and also because I am a hopeless romantic). πŸ™‚

Who is your main character’s love interest? Are they involved with someone, do they pine for someone?

Many bloggers lately have been discussing playing with IRL couples who raid together. How would this transfer to the characters they play? Why would their characters slay dragons together?

BTH and I have leveled our mains together and raided together. At the moment, we’re not raiding together, but I anticipate that we will level to 90 together in Mists. Because Ronada and Kamalia are both female toons, however, I have always described them as being favorite cousins — although I respect the people I know who are LGBT, it is not something my own characters will ever be. Kamalia did have a secret crush on Karthip, the male Tauren Warrior who was the main tank of the guild with whom she ran Kara, Naxx2.0, and Ulduar, but by and large I’ve tended to think of her as being single, and not too fussed about it. Interacting with the orphans during Children’s Week does make her hear the ticking of her biological clock more loudly for awhile, though.

Kerisa leveled to 80 with BTH’s Warrior, Watha, who happened to be BTH’s only male Tauren character.

I imagined them as being a betrothed couple, but I never brought up the idea with BTH because I thought he’d laugh at it. By the time we reached 80, BTH had decided that he wasn’t really excited about playing a Warrior. He stopped playing the character not long after we reached 80, while Kerisa continued on to gear up for and raid Trial and ICC. Kerisa eventually leveled up to 85, but Watha is still level 80. I still imagine them as a couple, and they are probably married by now, though I’m not sure when exactly it would have happened.

Kymberlea is married with four children, and the tension between her RP story and the adventuring, questing lifestyle means that she’ll probably be lucky to make it as far as level 40. Kenosha is married, and Keshona is her grown daughter. Kimorene, Kandrista, and Keriluna are all widows. Kimorene‘s husband died in the Plague and she now lives with her son and his family in Stormwind, Kandrista‘s was killed fighting Arthas’s forces during the Battle of Silvermoon, and Keriluna‘s was one of the Druids slumbering in the Dor’Danil Barrow Den. Kelilla has hinted to me that she had a love interest whom she believes to have perished during the initial irradiation of Gnomeregan, but I’m uncertain how close the relationship actually was. Kazuliza once had an unrequited crush on Ace, and since her sham affair with Chip, she has been a little bitter and sworn off getting involved in new relationships for awhile.

Until they tell me otherwise, I assume that all of my other characters are single and happily so.

As for NPCs, well, my favorite craxy relationship idea of Cataclysm is this Orc pairing:


“Ahh, there she is. The battle-maiden of the Dragonmaw. Let me see your face.” — Garrosh Hellscream
“I don’t know how Garrosh Hellscream does it. He must possess great strength to hold together a force as diverse as the Horde… I should like to know him more.”Warlord Zaela

Zaela’s statement could certainly be taken in a pragmatic, all-business sort of way, but I can’t resist the temptation to read it in a shippy sort of way and imagine that she has a crush on Garrosh. πŸ˜›

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After Khrissalys went to all the effort of obtaining four pieces of Brewfest gear — the purple hat, the slippers, the dress, and the lederhosen — it seemed only appropriate to buy a portal to Dalaran and dance in the Silver Enclave beer garden.

I saw a handful of characters running about, but the city seemed very quiet and deserted. I wonder what those other players thought of the little level 20 Dwarven Mage running around gawking at everything. And gawk I did, because I’d never had the opportunity to explore the Alliance zone of the city before.

Meanwhile, Kamalia scored a Brewfest mount, but it wasn’t the one she really wanted…

…and then when I queued up for a Coren Direbrew run with Kerisa just for kicks and giggles while on my way out to the Shrine of Malorne to do my Firelands dailies yesterday, she got it instead.

Kerisa seems to be having all the luck with mount drops these days!

BTH’s project in Canada has come to an end, so I get to drive 2k miles back to our old place in the Midwest this weekend. Then we’ll have to get internet service at that apartment again — so it might be awhile before I’m back online.

ETA: Kamalia got the Great Brewfest Kodo today! Now her kodo collection is complete! XD

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…but now that I have this beauty, perhaps I should start, to complete the set πŸ˜‰

Last week, pre-nerfs, our Thursday night 10man alt run went into the Firelands and managed down three bosses — Shannox, Beth’tilac, and Rhyolith. This was much more than we’d ever accomplished previously; most weeks, we’d been lucky just to get Shannox down before our time ran out.

This week, post-nerfs, we easily downed those three, then proceeded to one-shot Baleroc and Alysrazor. Next week maybe we’ll even be able to take a whack at Majordomo!

Although the nerfs have felt kind of sad relative to our 25man main group progression, they’ve been a great thing for our 10man alt run progression.

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