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Glimmering Mail Pauldrons, Captain’s chestpiece belt gloves and boots, Triumphant Legplates, Restorative Mace, Emerald Shield, Green Linen Shirt

The first time I saw the Emerald Shield over a year ago, I knew that I just had to use it with the Captain’s armor in an RP set for a Paladin someday. Then Transmogrification came along, and I realized that because the Captain’s armor is mail, if I wanted to use that concept in PvE, I’d have to do it with a Shaman. I therefore think of this ensemble as my “Shamadin” Transmogrification Template Kit.

Kamaliya (aka “mini-Kam”) has been wearing this outfit in LFD ever since she got leveled up enough to use all of the items in it. (Her full TTK also uses the green Tracker’s Headband to Transmogrify the red Preened Tribal War Feathers.) Although no-one has ever whispered Kamaliya about it, I’ve wondered if her random party members have ever been caught off-guard by her outfit when they first zone in and found themselves momentarily confused — “Hey wait just a second, is this healer a Shaman or a Paladin?”

Although the Emerald Shield is the key piece of my original concept, the Crystal Pulse Shield looks equally impressive with the Captain’s mail — especially with Light’s Justice as the coordinating weapon.

This completely golden set creates an even more Paladin-like appearance.

Glimmering Mail Pauldrons, Dreamwalker Armor, Sparkleshell Belt, Triumphant Legplates, Radiant gloves and boots, Restorative Mace, Highlord’s Favor

The Spare Part Leggings (H)/Irongoat Legguards (A) are the exact style match for the Dreamwalker Armor. The quests they are rewarded from are rather deep into the Stonetalon Mountains quest chain, however, so Kamaliya is content to re-use her Triumphant Legplates for the time being. If The WoW Factor ever comes to Lightninghoof, I might make the effort to go pick up the Spare Part Leggings to make the outfit just a little more polished for the competition!

Silver and gold together evoke memories of the distinctive Lawbringer Armor, though the brightness of these sets is more subdued.

Glimmering Mail Pauldrons, Mail Combat Armor, Sparkleshell Belt, Electrostatic Legguards, Radiant gloves and boots, Devout Aurastone Hammer, Highlord’s Favor

Lead Surveyor’s Mantle, Pythas’ Vest, Myrmidon’s Girdle, Electrostatic Legguards, Mail Combat gloves and boots

A blue and gold look is especially appropriate for Alliance Shamadins, who may wish to use the Commander’s Crest instead of the Highlord’s Favor.

Glimmering Mail Pauldrons, Breastplate of the Lost Paladin (A)/Kingslayer’s Breastplate (H), Sparkleshell Belt, Thaelrid’s Greaves (A)/Scales of Aku’mai (H), Sundered gloves, Radiant boots, Devout Aurastone Hammer, Highlord’s Favor

Blue Dragonscale chestpiece and leggings with Doc’s Belt and shoulders gloves and boots from the Sweet-Tempered Mail set

I have re-used some items several times in Kamaliya’s versions of these outfits. This set of peripheral items coordinates well enough with all of the core chestpiece + leggings combinations, and I like gold, so I’m happy to save the inventory space.

I used the Seaspeaker Mantle with some items from the pink Bloodscale plate set as a Love is in the Air RP outfit for my Death Knight in 2011, but I had to come up with something different — something Transmogrification-friendly! — for Kregga to wear this year. Kregga will probably be DEing her Seaspeaker Mantle now that Kamaliya can wear this lovely ensemble:

Seaspeaker Mantle, Wrathfin chestpiece, Brigade Girdle, Wrathfin leggings, Brigade gloves and boots

Kamaliya doesn’t have any suitable weapons to match with this set yet, so here are some suggestions:

Left: Hammer of Judgement and Aegis of the Vindicator
Right: Seaspeaker Mantle, Demon-Forged Hauberk, Wrathfin legguards, Scarlet belt gloves and boots, Dire Maul, Shield of the Wayward Footman (Overlord’s Shield and Malistar’s Defender would also be good choices)

This outfit would look absolutely stunning with a Sawbones Shirt… oh bother, I’m going to have to go farm Scholomance again, aren’t I?

The last color of the Captain’s chestpiece style is the Dark Iron Mail. If you are so fortunate as to be able to find a Blacksmith who can craft it for you, you can make this dramatic black and white TTK.

Krom’gar Champion’s Chain Pauldrons (Horde-only) or Ornate Pauldrons, Dark Iron Mail, Bonelink belt, Bloodmail Legguards, Impenetrable gloves and boots, Formidable Cape

With a Tuxedo Shirt or Stylish Black Shirt, this ensemble would be appropriate for any elegant or formal occasion!

There is also one more color of the Dreamwalker Armor style, the Breastplate of the Terrible Price. This is the only variation of these two chestpiece styles that I think is completely unsuitable for a Shamadin; its gray-green coloration is too evocative of a Hunter stalking silently through the shadows of a forest (it would, however, be fine for an Enhancement Shaman). In the interest of providing TTKs for all of the colorations of this style, though, here are some outfits that make use of it.

Left: Bog Epaulets, Breastplate of the Terrible Price, Nerubian Belt, Green Dragonscale leggings and gloves, Windreaver Greaves, Drape of Smoldering Dreams
Right: Spaulders of the Protectorate, Breastplate of the Terrible Price, Nerubian Belt, Obsidian Scaled Leggings, Ancient gloves and boots, Drape of Smoldering Dreams

I leave the completion of the other side of the Shamadin equation as a challenge to my readers — can you design a Transmogrification Template Kit that will allow a Paladin to be temporarily confused with a Shaman?

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Last night, mini-Kam dinged 77 in LFD.

Today, I took her up to the Argent Tournament and started her on the path to becoming “Kamaliya of Thunder Bluff”.

“[Subject Name Here] of [Subject Home Town Here]” is one of my favorite titles because it signifies that a character is loyal and proud of her heritage — plus, it’s one of the easiest titles in the game to acquire. I intend to have each of my characters become a Champion for her home city at the Argent Tournament when she arrives at the appropriate level to do so. I suppose that makes becoming a Champion at the Argent Tournament something of a rite of passage for my characters.

Going through the Dark Portal for the first time is another rite of passage, because the character is very obviously entering a new phase of life. Because one can level from 60 to 70 without absolutely needing to choose Aldor or Scryer anymore, I consider doing Khadgar’s “Crash Course in Shattrath History” quest and making that faction choice a rite of passage for my characters, too — and I do think carefully about which faction is most appropriate for each individual character. (Kaelinda has been feeling very conflicted about that choice. As a Sin’Dorei Mage, it seemed most natural and appropriate for her to choose Scryer. She’s so fascinated by the Draenei, however, that she’s been seriously considering switching to Aldor.)

Other rites of passage for my characters are acquiring Lunar Festival (and other holiday) finery and getting five professions skilled up enough to do the Darkmoon Faire profession quests. Doing these things means I’ve invested a certain amount of time and care into a character, and they make her less susceptible to sudden arbitrary deletion.

What activities are “rites of passage” for your characters?

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I love this term “faffing” that the Godmother uses. It’s so perfectly evocative doing a little bit of this, a little bit of that on a bunch of different characters. I think it’s my new favorite word for how I spend my time in-game!

Lately, I’ve…

…leveled mini-Kam to 70. My goal for the rest of the month of June is to get mini-Kam to 85.

…dinged my Tauren alt guild.

…gotten my Hunter to Exalted with Therazane and done the Zandalari, Elemental Bonds, and opening the Molten Front questlines with her. Now she needs to run some Heroics and rescue her Lashtail Hatchling before Mists comes along!

…found the last Common and Rare-Rare Archaeology artifacts with Kam — now all she has left are the last few Epic-Rares — the Sword What Don’t Exist, the Extinct Turtle Shell, the Staff of Sorcerer-Thane Thaurissan, the Staff of Ammunae, the Scimitar of the Sirocco, and the Scepter of Azj’Aqir.

…leveled an F2P minion Troll Druid to 10 on Lightninghoof, used it to make a raid so Kamalia could go to Karazhan, and scored the T4 glove token off of Curator to finally complete her 4pc T4 Transmogrification set (I’m using the T2/Onyxia hat with it).

…fished to 75 skill to be able to do the Darkmoon Faire fishing quest with eight (8) characters who either had very low Fishing or didn’t have Fishing at all.

…cooked to 75 skill to be able to do the Darkmoon Faire cooking quest with one character who had low Cooking.

…taken two characters who had no second Primary Profession yet and one character whose second Primary Profession needed to be changed and leveled their new second Primary Professions to 75 to do the Darkmoon Faire profession quests.

…done two Primary Profession and the Cooking, Fishing, and First Aid Darkmoon Faire profession dailies with twenty-four (24) characters.

I’m not on Twitter myself, but I noticed on my stats page that Twitter was one of the top sources of referrals on the day that my Well-Dressed Warlock post was getting lots of hits — thanks for the RTs, guys! 😀

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I’m in a quandry about what to do about raiding come Mists.

On the one hand, I haven’t been sure that I even want to raid in Mists. On the other hand, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to raid in Cataclysm at first, either. Once I got started, though, I enjoyed it — especially after we joined ES.

The crux of the problem is that I’ve never been very enthusiastic about heroic mode raiding. I enjoy the challenge, teamwork, and sociality of normal mode raiding, and I’m willing to do the necessary preparation work for it. The extra preparation and focus needed for heroic mode raiding, however, skew the work:fun ratio of raiding too much over to the side of “work” for me.

So when the end of Dragon Soul was in sight, I notified ES that I planned to take a break from raiding after we’d completed the raid on normal. My decision contributed to ES having to downsize from 25s to 10s, and because I had clearly stated my disinterest in doing heroic modes, I wasn’t surprised that I didn’t make the cut for the 10s team. BTH wasn’t picked for the 10s team, either, and he promptly found himself another guild (that was still doing 25s) on another server. I had followed BTH in every guild change he’d made in the past, but I didn’t follow him this time. It didn’t make sense to leave a guild that I was socially happy in if I wasn’t going to be raiding anyway.

I enjoyed my break from raiding very much. I didn’t even set foot in LFR for months. It occurred to me recently, though, that if I wanted to get a Timepiece of the Bronze Flight to go with my Vagaries of Time, I’d better start doing some LFR. And doing LFR has made me miss raiding normal modes with ES very much.

So now I’m thinking that I probably will end up wanting to raid in Mists… but who will I raid with?

I’m moving my Tauren alt guild off Lightninghoof regardless — I hate being ganked and I’m tired of jumping at shadows whenever I’m out in the world — and I’m planning to move it to BTH’s current (PvE) server so that I can level Kamalia from 85 to 90 with him. But BTH isn’t completely happy with his current guild and might go looking for another one at the start of the new expansion. And I’m not sure I want to join his current guild, either — among other things, they want folks to be in Vent whenever they’re logged into the game, not just when a raid is in progress. And would they even take a player who only wants to raid normal modes?

I’m leveling mini-Kam to leave behind in ES when I move the rest of my characters, so that I can keep open the option/possibility of raiding with them again in Mists. But would it be fair to ES (or any other guild) to ask for a raid spot for the beginning of each tier, when I know that I won’t want to continue into the heroic modes?

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At the beginning of the year, I was at 1295 levels or 64.36%. Now, at the end of the first quarter, I am at 1431 levels or 71.12%.

While levels trickled in in ones and twos from most of my alts during the various early spring holidays, a few characters were the big winners:

I made that purple-skinned, auburn-haired Draenei Paladin I’ve always kind of wanted, and leveled her to 11.

I leveled two of my teenaged characters, my Blood Elf Warrior and my Gnome Warlock, from 14 to 20, then took them through SFK for their Class Quest weapons, bringing them to 22 and 21. Then my Gnome Warlock decided that she needed the Foreststrider mount from the Darkmoon Faire, and her first round of DMF profession quests brought her up to 23. I have a handful of other characters in the 10-20 range, but I am trying to save bringing them up to 20 (or farther) for when I feel like I need a bit of an easy boost later.

Kinevra (Human Mage) quested through the Alliance-specific parts of Dustwallow Marsh and some, but not all, of the neutral quest hubs. She was in Theramore immediately prior to the Shattering and had done several of those quest chains already, so I wasn’t sure if she’d be able to do them again — but she was. Even the Tethyr chain, starting with “This Old Lighthouse”, is still available, though, sadly, it no longer rewards the Crimson Tunic. I’m glad that I got that item with as many characters as I did before 4.0, and I’ll have to remember to note that it isn’t available anymore if I use it in future fashion posts. Kinevra dinged 40 in the process, becoming my first Alliance character to advance to Journeyman Riding.

Although Kinevra was my first Alliance character to reach the level 40 milestone, she was soon surpassed by Kaprikka (Draenei Mage). Kaprikka was level 34 when Lunar Festival came around, and she took the opportunity to remind me that she wants to do Outland Children’s Week this year. She worked on her Herbalism and Archaeology while waiting for her LFD queues to pop, and has gotten both of those professions Outland-ready. When she dinged 50, I locked her XP until she found Queen Azshara’s Dressing Gown, which is wearable at level 51, so that she wouldn’t outlevel it before she even found it. I suppose I needn’t have worried so much about that, as she was still gleefully sporting Queen Azshara’s Dressing Gown when she dinged 60 in the Blasted Lands. At level 55, she was bored of LFD, and she had heard that there were some Draenei at the Harborage in Swamp of Sorrows who could probably use her help. So she went there, and after that, the Blasted Lands were a logical next step. That was enough questing to get her to 60 and then some, making Kaprikka my first Alliance character to learn Flying. She could afford it, too, from the money she’d made by doing LFD for twenty levels.

I created a second Tauren Resto Shaman, “mini-Kam”, and leveled her to 42 through LFD before Kaprikka decided that she needed to be power-leveled. I’ve been doing the Thunder Bluff cooking and fishing dailies with mini-Kam ever since she started her break from LFD; with all the +XP heirlooms she’s wearing, she’s gotten eight more levels just from those dailies and the DMF profession quests and is now at level 50.

Kalaneia the Blood Elf Warlock hasn’t gained any new levels, but after reading Poneria’s history of soul shards and learning that in Mists, soul shards will become an Affliction-only resource, I decided to change her secondary spec from Demonology to Affliction. My secondary Warlock, the Gnome-Inna-Top-Hat, who is primarily a banker, can be Demonology, the better to intimidate her business associates.

You may have noticed that the total levels number I reported at the beginning of this post is smaller that the total levels number I reported for Amateur Azerothian’s most recent update in mid-March. The week after JD made that post, I decided to reroll the Time Capsule characters I had on Bloodhoof over to Thunderhorn. I deleted a level 10 Goblin Mage (Lost Isles), a level 8 Worgen Mage (Duskhaven), and a level 6 Goblin Mage (Kezan), and re-created them as a level 9 Goblin Rogue, a level 8 Worgen Druid, and a level 3 Goblin Warrior, respectively. I had initially rolled a Night Elf Rogue and leveled her to 10 to fulfill the conditions of the challenge, but I deleted her after I created the Goblin Rogue for the new version of the Time Capsule. I also deleted my two level 5 Dwarf Paladins. Between the deletions and the rerolls, I incurred a net loss of 24 levels.

(It occurs to me that after Mists comes out, I will probably want to make at least one Time Capsule of the Wandering Isle, too.)

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How can I pass up a Blog Azeroth Shared Topic about one of my favorite Professions in the whole World of Warcraft? Especially when it was suggested by the estimable Martha?

Martha asks:

Fishing is an odd sort of minigame in WoW and people I’ve talked to either love it or hate it. So what’s your take on the most grindy of sports?

If you love it: Why? Where’s your favorite spot to go drop a line and veg while waiting for a strike?

If not: Why not? What would make it more fun? Or is there a way to make fishing fun?

And lastly, for those of you with hard-won turtles and rats and lobsters ‘o doom—show ’em off! 😀 (Because I’m proud of my stupid rat and darned if I’m not going to sneak my own screenshot in.)

I don’t have any experience to speak of with fishing IRL, but I enjoy fishing in-game. I find Fishing mindlessly soothing and relaxing. I usually play with the game music and sound effects on, but when I want to fish for a long time — if I’m fishing up mats to donate to the guild bank for Feasts — I turn the game music down and fire up one of my favorite playlists on my iPod.

My favorite spot to fish in Cataclysm is off the coast of Uldum, south of the Lost City of the Tol’Vir, almost to the Fatigue line (yay for Shaman Water Walking!). There I can catch the Deepsea Sagefishes I need for my independent food supply, Fathom Eels for the Fish Feasts, and, of course, Murglesnout.

Kamalia’s Mastercraft Kalu’ak Fishing Pole is one of her most prized possessions. She is a Limnologist and an Oceanographer. She has collected all the gold, silver, and copper coins that have been tossed into the Dalaran fountain over the years. Her prize catches so far are an Enormous Barbed Gill Trout (brown), a Huge Spotted Feltail (green),

a Giant Sewer Rat,

a Strand Crawler,

a Sea Pony,

a Magical Crawdad,

and a Sea Turtle.

The Sea Pony and the Magical Crawdad are her most recent prizes, acquired near the end of the last Darkmoon Faire. She has captured three of the Crocolisks in the City, but never quite got around to catching the fourth one. She’s done the Outland, Dalaran, and Orgrimmar fishing dailies, and I suppose she really ought to do the Thunder Bluff and Undercity ones, too, for completion’s sake. Doing either the Booty Bay or Kalu’ak fishing derbies to get that last achievement for the Salty title, however, has been very low on my priority list — I usually completely forget about them.

Mini-Kam has gotten to be very good friends with Kah and Sewa Mistrunner (and also Aska and Naal Mistrunner) over the past few months.

Her daily bags of shiny fishing treasures have yielded a Strand Crawler and a Weathered Fishing Hat; I’m still hoping for a Jeweled Fishing Pole. Fishing in the pond on Lower Rise of Thunder Bluff and in Stonebull Lake, her prize catches so far are a 12-pound Mud Snapper (bronze) and a 17-pound Catfish (gray).

Several of my other characters have just enough Fishing to catch Great Sea Herrings for the Darkmoon Faire.

Although I enjoy Fishing as it currently exists, I also often find myself agreeing with those who suggest improvements, such as a personal Fishing Boat or a fishing Net that will allow one to catch many fish at once. The Lure Master Tackle Box introduced in Cataclysm was a wonderful addition. When my Engineer has gotten skilled enough to craft the Tackle Box, I’m sure I’ll make one and send it to mini-Kam, but Kamalia herself has such full bags that she can’t spare the inventory spots for a bag exclusively devoted to Fishing. I’m very much looking forward to finding out what the Anglers faction in Mists will do to make Fishing more fun and interesting.

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The Elements was the classic first Dungeon set for Shaman in vanilla WoW, obtained from creatures and bosses in Stratholme, Scholomance, and Blackrock Spire. It can now be purchased from Barum at the Darkmoon Faire.

By going through a lengthy, expensive, and difficult quest chain, The Elements set could be upgraded to The Five Thunders. It can now be purchased from Baruma at the Darkmoon Faire.

A recolored version of The Elements can be obtained from Outland dungeons.

The chestpiece for a fourth coloration of The Elements, the Stormstrike Vest (shown here with the regular blue Elements kilt), is available from a quest in Hellfire Peninsula.

A more complete version of this coloration can be seen on a couple of NPCs, but only the vest is available to players.

This fifth coloration of The Elements is only found on NPCs.

Kamalia just doesn’t have the bank space to collect all this stuff herself, and besides, she has her Tier sets to play with. Instead, I’ve decided to collect The Elements and its recolors with mini-Kam.

(Am I going to do this for the other classic Dungeon sets? Probably not. I only really noticed all the colors of The Elements because my main is a Shaman, and I haven’t paid enough attention to the sets of other Classes to notice if NPCs are wearing alternative colorations of those sets.)

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