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After a few days, the Underpowered Death Knight reported that she had collected twelve different pamphlets from the Doomsayers. It had taken her that long to be sure that she’d gotten them all, as after she’d gotten a handful, she started to get duplicates, but there didn’t seem to be any more than that. She gave them to Kaelinda to analyze. Flicking through the tattered, stained, crumpled, blackened, worn, damp, scrawled, scribbled, odorous, ominous, demonic, prophetic pile, Kaelinda quickly concluded that advice from other expert opinions would be valuable. She invited her Mage friends to study the pamphlets with her.

“The things that Kael’thas’ followers said about their plan to bring Kil’jaeden through the Sunwell,” Kaelinda said, “sounded a lot like this. There wasn’t actual death in that transformation, but the rest of it is more or less the same.”

“This drivel,” Kaprikka scowled, “is distressingly similar to the propaganda that Socrethar used to seduce the Sargerei.”

“I wasn’t there during the War of the Ancients,” Keriluna mused, “I was born a few decades afterward. My parents didn’t like to talk about that time, but when they thought I was old enough, they told me about it. These words… they are just like my parents’ memories.”

“Oh, I think I know what this one’s talkin’ about!” exclaimed Khrissalys. “Did yeh hear about how King Magni got turned into diamond when he went to commune with the earth just before the Cataclysm? Well, he woke up and I saw him with my own eyes walkin’ out of Ironforge.”

(the other two prophecies reference the second and fourth Legion comics)

Kaoling shook her head sadly. “The evaporation of the mists was enough of a shock, and then Pandaria was devastated by the escape of the great Sha, and especially the destruction of the Vale of Eternal Blossoms. I think there are many Pandaren who feel like their lives were turned upside down who would be susceptible to this message. Those who were severely afflicted by the great Sha might be even more so.”

“There are many who are unhappy with the current state of our governments,” Kymberlea observed, “Those who ask, where is Lorna? Where is Tess? Where is Calia? It is bad enough that these people are… reluctant to fight in the normal conflicts of our nations. It is worse to think that those sympathies could be used to persuade them to turn traitor to our world itself.”

“Why,” Kenosha muttered disgustedly, “why are my people so stupid? After all that we have suffered because of our bloodlust in the past, why would they think that this is the most honorable way to deal with this threat?”

“Most of my family belongs to a sect of the Church of the Holy Light that has as one of its tenets being prepared for future misfortune,” Kaylynda explained, “I bet that’s where this list originally came from.”

“I’m not sure that this is actually related,” Kivrinne said, “This looks to me like a left-over Twilight’s Hammer flyer from before the Cataclysm. That, or poetry by a high level cleric of the Forgotten Shadow. I hear that priests who turn their backs on the Light are going not just into the Shadow, but all the way into the Void now.”

“Dem Darkmoon carnies are pretty clever,” said Kikimaia, “I wouldn’t trust just a suit, though. I’d feel bettah if it had a voodoo charm ta strenthen da illusion, too.”

“What a scam!” hooted Kermione. “We should put out some counter-pamphlets telling people not to trust this at all. Gallywix’ll just take your life savings and enslave you. Been there, done that!… Didn’t get a T-shirt, though… hmm, maybe I oughtta suggest the idea to Boss Mida.”

“Only two air fresheners?” said Kelilla, “They really think a demon invasion would be over that soon? But what’s more worrying is that they aren’t including any Trogg repellent.”

“Still, if there are folks trying to make gold off of this” — the Gnome waved her hands to encompass the pamphlets held by the Goblin and the Troll — “then this kind of stuff must have been going around for awhile already.”

Kaylynda shook her head in astonishment. “Just what has been going on on Azeroth while we were all away on Draenor…?” Her eyes widened and she buried her face in her hands. “Kairoz, you blithering idiot! Whatever you thought you were doing when you brought Garrosh to Draenor, you’ve gotten us into way more trouble than you were planning for!”

“You mean –” began Kaelinda, “Oh! Remember what the Black Prince said? What he showed us?”

All around the table, heads nodded.

That is what this is all about.”

“You know,” Kaylynda said after a moment, “tomorrow is Tuesday. New and strange things always seem to happen on Tuesdays. Kaelinda, you had better tell your Death Knight friend to continue keeping an eye on these Doomsayers, just in case they change their behavior somehow tomorrow…”

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Because of the association of some of the drawings with stories, this idea to clean out my backlog of unposted art is turning into cleaning out some of my backlog of unposted stories, too.

Way back when, I wrote a story about the experience of my Forsaken Mage. With Cataclysm and the Worgen and Goblins already announced at the time I wrote the story, the story ended with my Forsaken looking at the Greymane Wall and remembering that she had an older sister who lived in Gilneas. After Cataclysm launched and I’d played through the Worgen starting zone, I started writing a story about my Worgen Mage and how she was separated from her family, then unexpectedly reunited with her now-Forsaken sister. I wrote fragments of significant events in the story, but never quite managed to get them all completed, transitioned, and tied together. I also began a story intended to explore my Forsaken character’s reactions to the new storyline for Silverpine introduced in Cataclysm, culminating with her perspective of the meeting with her sister. After I’d got it started, though, it turned out that I wasn’t really all that interested in writing it, and so I never continued it.

I was working from a personal headcanon timeline that assigned to each expansion an amount of calendar time corresponding to the real-world calendar time that we actually spent playing it — roughly two years per expansion, rather than the one year per expansion in the official chronology. When the Ultimate Visual Guide came out, I realized that I had my timeline entirely wrong because I’d underestimated the amount of time between the end of the Second War and the beginning of the Third War. Now my story didn’t work at all. I suppose I could still make it work if I retcon my original story about my Forsaken and let the sisters be a decade or so older instead of relatively young women…

If I’d ever properly finished these stories, I would have posted them in multiple parts, so all the unfinished bits and pieces make a rather long post. I’ve put them behind a cut and you can read them or not as you please. (more…)

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This is why I wanted — nay, needed — a level 100 Alliance Mage. I like the Horde Town Hall and Inn well enough, but for all the other structures, especially the Mage Tower, I like the Alliance architecture better.

Lunarfall Arcanist

Mistscape Wizard Hat & Robe, Feline Mantle, Serenity Belt, Tempest’s Touch, Wandering Boots*, Ley Staff*

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With the year having just changed, and Legion actually being in testing, now seems like a good time to make a list of things I’d like to finish up in Warlords during the next several months.

* Level Kaylynda the Human Mage to 100 and…
— She is currently level 98 and still has the Yrel storyline in Talador to do, so she will probably reach level 100 sometime in Spires of Arak. I’ll still do at least the Yrel storyline in Nagrand with her.
— Grind Ogre Waystones so that I can upgrade her Mage Tower to level 3
— Go to Tanaan and get to Revered with Lion’s Watch so that she can use the Karabor Councilor costume toy
— Consult Wowhead on the best way to get through Silver Proving Grounds with a Mage, and then suffer through UBRS to recruit Millhouse Manastorm

* Level Kaelinda the Blood Elf Mage and the rest of my primary Tauren characters to 100
— take Kerisa the Scribe to Tanaan to get the technique for the Ascendance glyph
— collect followers from zones and questlines, including Tanaan if necessary, according to each character’s follower selection priorities
— collect Jukebox tunes so that no-one has to listen to the default Garrison music anymore, attempting to give each charater a unique aural profile (this may not actually be possible, because there are only so many of those tunes that are both relatively easy to get and ones I really like)
— getting the Warlock and the Rogue to 100 before the Legion pre-launch event begins will happen if it happens, but I’m not going to push to make it happen, nor stress too much if it doesn’t

* Follow up on my “Savage Blood” Transmogrification post by creating those outfits (or variations upon those initial designs) in-game and making a post about the final collection.

* Complete a few other themed Transmogrification collections that I’ve been thinking about and for which I’ve been gradually acquiring items.

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musings on Mages in Legion

Blizzard showed the Fire and Frost Mage Artifact weapons in the Legion announcement presentation, but not the Arcane one. I wonder if the Arcane one has something to do with Jaina leaving Dalaran in a huff? If the Arcane one does end up being associated with Jaina, then my Human Mage will definitely have to be main-spec Arcane for Legion. My Blood Elf Mage will be main-spec Fire in Legion for the Sunstrider dynasty sword, Felo’melorn, of course. Either or both of them could pick up the Frost staff with their off-spec.

Where will the Mage Class Hall be? Dalaran seems like an obvious location… perhaps up in the Purple Parlor? Or maybe in a refurbished/newly constructed tower at the edge of Dalaran Crater? What other locations might be reasonable possibilties for the Mage Class Hall?

Regarding the rivalry between Mages and Warlocks, I come down pretty firmly on the side of Mages. The fantasy of the Mage appeals to me; the fantasy of the Warlock is repulsive to me. The tease that the Warlock Class Hall will be on some cinder of a Legion-conquered world has me contemplating retiring my Warlock completely. The only Warlock spec I can bring myself to play is Destruction, and that by thinking of it as a Corrupt Fire Mage. Admittedly, being burned to death is horrible whether it’s a Fire Mage or a Destro Lock doing it, but at least when it’s a Fire Mage, the magic is not itself being fueled by the utter extinguishing of a soul. Still, when I’m playing my Fire Mages, there are two Destro Lock spells that I often find myself wishing that they had — Rain of Fire instead of Flamestrike, and the flinging a sheet of fire effect of Incinerate as the spell effect for Inferno Blast.

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I’d decided that my Human Mage, Kinevra, was DONE. That she’d had her day, that I wasn’t going to take her to Draenor. So I didn’t do the pre-launch Blasted Lands questline with her.

Kinevra had, however, accumulated quite a few things that I dearly wished I had on my Blood Elf Mage instead — the Theramore Arcanist’s Hat from the pre-Mists Theramore scenario “event”, T13 robe & shoulders from playing with the OLRG, Burning Embers for the first step of the Tarecgosa quest chain — so I considered faction-transferring her over to be a Blood Elf. When I looked through her inventory, though, I found that she had some Alliance-specific items that I didn’t want to lose.

Then I thought about how my Blood Elf Mage has a serious case of faction envy and would Blink over to the Alliance just as fast as she could if High Elves ever became a playable race for the Alliance. Seeing the Alliance’s Mage Tower when I finally got to Ashran with my Draenei Mage last week, I knew that my Blood Elf Mage would want to have that structure, not the Horde’s Spirit Lodge, in her Garrison.

The character of Kinevra, the wide-eyed, freckle-faced teenager from Theramore with a hopeless crush on Anduin Wrynn, is DONE — but I decided that I’m not DONE with playing a Human Mage. With a change of name and face, my level 90 Human Mage is now Kaylynda, Kaelinda’s Alliance doppelganger/surrogate.
And she will be going to Draenor.

Mirror Magi


Lightning Infused Mantle, Robe of the Magi, Wizard’s Belt/High Councillor’s Sash, Cloudscorcher Handwraps, Cushy Cenarion Walkers/Slippers of Serenity, Staff of the Arcane Path/Staff of the Royal Wizard

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After having spent all that time in frigid Icecrown grinding Silver Covenant rep, I suppose it’s not all that surprising that the Silver Covenant tabard was the first thing my two Alliance Mages thought of when they set out to make “iceberg” Transmogrification kits.

Aldor Covenant

Pauldrons & Vestments of the Aldor, Nethershard Girdle, Gloves of the Fallen Wizard, Staff of the Unknown Road, Silver Covenant Tabard
Why the Silver Covenant NPCs are wearing Mage T4 raiment, I don’t know. But because they are, and because the Aldor are a Draenei faction, and because she is Draenei, Kaprikka insisted upon dressing like the Silver Covenant NPCs for her Silver Covenant set rather than coming up with something more original.
Kaprikka chose this hairstyle to go with this set in honor of her hero/role-model concerning all things Draenei and Mage-ical, Millya.

Silver Seer


Theramore Arcanist’s Hat*, Pauldrons of Sufferance, Seer’s Robe, Sage’s belt gloves & boots, Cloak of Cheerful Flowers, Greatstaff of Righteousness, Silver Covenant Tabard
The stripeyness of the tabard blends quite nicely with the stripeyness of this robe!
The hat may be considered optional or replaced with headpieces such as the Chief Architect’s Monocle, Moonsoul Crown, or Gaea’s Circlet.

The Warlock and the Rogue objected to the time I was spending down at Angler’s Wharf with Kaprikka and Kinevra — until they were reminded that they needed their beauty sleep.

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