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I’ve been taking small breaks from Shadowlands to level with Kasheena. I’d gotten her to level 60 and Old Dalaran before Patch 9.0.1 arrived. After Patch 9.0.1, shortly before the Death Rising event began, I Chromie Timed her to Draenor and established her Garrison, so she could camp out there during the zombie invasion. During the past week, I returned her from Draenor. Then I Chromie Timed to Pandaria and played through just enough of the opening sequence to get to the village, so that I’d have that portal open in the Orgrimmar Portal Room. Next, I dropped out of Chromie Time and did the Battle for Azeroth opening sequence — skipping the Stormwind Extraction scenario — so I’d have that portal open. Then I was ready to Chromie Time to Legion. I discovered, somewhat to my dismay, that I didn’t have the option to skip the Broken Shore scenario and go straight to New Dalaran. Oh well, it had been long enough since I’d done it that it wasn’t so bad to do it again. With Balance as my favorite Druid spec, of course she chose the Scythe of Elune first. I might also get her the Fangs of Ashamane at some point.

I think it’s rather silly that Highmountain Tauren PCs don’t get that campaign marked as completed and their reputation set to Exalted, the way Nightborne PCs get the Suramar campaign and reputation flagged as already done for them. At any rate, she’s questing through Highmountain and shaking her head at being treated like an ignorant outsider. When she’s finished with Highmountain, she’ll probably do Val’sharah, too. She’s currently level 33; if she’s not level 50 by the time she’s finished Val’sharah, well, I guess I’ll figure out what I want to do next when I get there.

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The first coloration of this style is obtained from Mogu’shan Vaults, Pandaria reputations, and by using Timeless Isle tokens as a Holy or Discipline Priest. The second coloration is obtained from Pandaria reputations. The third coloration is obtained by using Timeless Isle tokens as a Shadow Priest, Mage, or Warlock.


Eternal Dynasty Regalia, Quiet Meditation set, Cloudscorcher set

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Eternal Dynasty

Amaranthine

Amaranthine set with Inscribed Crane Staff

Shado-Pan Mystic

Replica Shado-Pan Helmet, Consortium Mantle, Amaranthine Robe, Silver-Thread Sash, Black Mageweave Gloves, Arakkoa Divining Rod, Inscribed Fan, Stylish Black Shirt

Shado-Pan Anima Scholar


Replica Shado-Pan Helmet, Shoulderpads of Knowledge’s Pursuit, Amaranthine Robe, Gem-Inlaid Velvet Cinch, Noble’s Fancy Boots, Athame of the Sanguine Ritual (LFR), Inscribed Fan

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Quiet Meditation

Quiet Meditation

Yalia’s Cowl, Tenderheart Shoulders, Robe of Quiet Meditation, Galaxyfire Girdle, Exiled Dabbler’s Gloves, Ringo’s Blizzard Boots, Dusklight Drape, Embroidered Shirt, Karabor Arcanist Rod

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Cloudscorcher

Scorched Clouds


Jewel of the Firelord, Mantle of Closed Doors, Cloudscorcher Robe, Angkhal Cord, Feralfen Mystic’s Handwraps, Ogre Slayer’s Cover, Funeral Pyre

Duel of Frost and Fire






Jewel of the Firelord/Crown of Eternal Winter, Frostwind Mantle/Mantle of Closed Doors (N), Cloudscorcher Robe, Frostwind Cord/Embereye Belt, Adept’s Gloves, Slippers of Serenity, Tabard of Summer Flames/Tabard of Summer Skies, Ebonchill (Hidden, first tint)

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The first two colorations of this robe style are obtained from quests in higher level zones in Pandaria. The third coloration is a BOE drop. I have chosen to name the style after one of the names for the blue coloration, as I think that is the most distinctive name.


Mistborne Robe, Waterfall Robe, Brewer’s/Trellised Robe

Confusingly, there is a lookalike of the Brewer’s/Trellised Robe that is also called “Waterfall Robe”. The green variation, however, can only be obtained from the Kun Lai quest.

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Mistborne

Mistborne Regalia

Mistborne set with Torch of Noon

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Waterfall

Waterfall Cricket

Greenweave Mantle, Waterfall Robe, Councillor’s Sash, Replica Virtuous Gloves, Rejuvenating Scepter, Purehearted Cricket Cage

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Trellised

Pandaren Parasol

Faded Forest Silk Cowl, Brewer’s Robe, Galaxyfire Girdle, Breezebinder Handwraps, Kurkenstoks, Skystrider Katana, Umbrella of Chi-ji

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I am not so fond of the style of the quest reward robes from lower-level Pandaria zones, so I have only made this one outfit with this one coloration of the set, and will probably not make more.

Nayeli Regalia

Nayeli set with Mok’Morokk’s Beat Stick

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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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Yeah, I ship it.
Oops, looks like I forgot to color the handle of Nomi’s knife. Maybe it’s ivory or bone or antler instead of wood 😛


A lady at church was wearing a pretty netted shawl that I wanted to draw, and it seemed like the sort of thing that a Pandaren might like.

This finishes up Spring Break Art Week and all the art I had in my backlog, so the next time I want to post art, I’ll have to have drawn something new.

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Before turning Sunsong Ranch back over to Farmer Yoon — who will have to learn how to divide his time between the Tillers Council and his own property just like Haohan Mudclaw, Farmer Fung, and Mung-Mung do — Kamalia planted a “one of everything” garden.

Kerisa planted tree saplings to help the Vale of Eternal Blossoms re-forestation effort.

Kaprikka the botanist carefully tended all the varieties of Pandarian herbs.

Kaelinda had intended to leave her garden full of windshear cacti, just in case she ever wanted to tailor a new garment from windwool or imperial silk in the future — but the idea of growing portals was entirely too amusing.

So Kaobeka, because she is also a tailor, had to take over growing cacti. She is a leatherworker, too, so she planted raptorleaf in the other half of her garden.

Keija the blacksmith planted snakeroot, of course — it was far and away the best source of trillium ores.

KinevraKaylynda left her garden filled with half with magebulbs and half with witchberries not because they might be useful to her, but because she liked the names of the plants and thought they looked pretty.

Katewatha honored all the different threads of monasticism in Pandaria by filling her garden with golden lotuses.

Kaohana left her garden filled with songbells, a quiet reflection on Pandaria’s lessons about the necessity of balance between light and shadow.

Full of rogueish mischief, Kelisanna laid out the welcoming mat for the Virmen.

Kregga’s farm has been abandoned for so long that it is full of stubborn weeds.

Everyone else just left the fields lying fallow, waiting for Farmer Yoon to reclaim.

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What would a Taunka woman look like if she had the same facial structure as a Taunka man?
What does a Yaungol woman look like?

Perhaps something like this:

The Tauren is wearing the Lunar/Twilight/Raincaller set. The Taunka’s clothing is that worn by the guards at Camps Winterhoof and Oneqwah. The Yaungol’s outfit combines the clothing of Yaungol melee combatants with the chestpiece worn by Yaungol casters.

Figuring out the relative scale of the three races turned out to be trickier than I’d thought. I initially had the notion that Taunka were about a head taller than Tauren and Yaungol about a head taller than Taunka, as I’ve shown them in this picture — my initial sketches may make that more obvious.

Based on my extensive study of Taunka and Yaungol NPCs, however, it’s probably more accurate to say that the Taunka and Yaungol shown in my picture represent the low-to-middle range of a size distribution common to both subspecies.

Taunka men are pretty consistently head-and-shoulders taller than Tauren. My player character Tauren woman’s shoulder comes to the armpit of most Taunka men, or to the elbow of the larger size used for Chieftains and the male guards at some of the Taunka villages in Northrend. A few Taunka men, generally vendors, are a bit shorter, but still about a head taller than my character. The size of Taunka women varies quite widely. In Borean Tundra, Howling Fjord, and Grizzly Hills, some of the Taunka women are the same size as the men and some of them are only half-a-head taller than my character. Female Taunka NPCs who are very old or very young women, such as Greatmother Ankha and Nokoma Snowseer at Camp Winterhoof, tend to be about the same size as my character or even a little smaller. At Camp Tunka’lo in the Storm Peaks, however, all of the Taunka women are the same size as my character — I think the developers simply forgot to add the scaling factor!

The Yaungol invaders found in various locations around Kun-Lai Summit seem to be about the same size as the average male Taunka, with my player character Tauren woman’s shoulder coming to the armpit of a typical Yaungol melee combatant. The Yaungol casters found around Binan Village are somewhat smaller, perhaps only half-a-head taller than my character. The Yaungol at Deadtalker’s Plateau and Fire Camp Gai-Cho in Townlong Steppes are a bit larger; my character’s shoulder comes to the armpit of the smaller ones, to the elbow of the larger ones, and only to the waist of the “end bosses” of Master Snowdrift’s set of Shado-Pan dailies, Uruk and Cheng Bo. On the Timeless Isle, the Ordon Candlekeepers are about the same size as a Tauren player character, and Ordon Yaungol get continually larger as they get tougher going up the mountain, until one reaches Ordos, who is, of course, a Boss. On the extreme other end of the scale, the guards of the Bataari war banner located between Binan Village and the Chow Farmstead are very small indeed — smaller than my player character Tauren woman — so small that I think they must be mere youths, approximately equivalent in maturity to a twelve year-old human.

I always feel so bad about having to kill them all! And yet, it seems more merciful to do so. If you burn the banner after having only killed the pair you passed by on your way into the camp, the others yell “Ur-Bataar, Help!” and run around, panicked, until they run into the fire on the banner and catch fire and die anyway. This sad behavior reinforces my feeling that these wee little Yaungol are just children!

I can easily imagine this duty of guarding the war banner as one of the first martial opportunities a young Yaungol receives, a first step away from the chores of tending the camp and toward being a warrior who can help defend the tribe. If having enough strong healthy warriors is so important to Yaungol society and survival that even disputes of leadership are settled by non-lethal ritual combat (see “Dominance”), I cannot imagine Yaungol women being anything but warriors right alongside the men. I would guess that a Yaungol woman only rests from active warrior duties for the few weeks immediately before and after the birth of an infant, and that those who are too young for combat are mostly cared for by those who are too old or honorably disabled for combat.

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At first, I just stared in dropped-jaw awe at Maiu’s mesmerizing background artwork for the most recent pages of Contested Territory. When I’d stared at it for long enough to think that maybe I’d figured out how to do it, well, then I had to try it myself. Having recently completed the Thunder Cleft questline in Krasarang Wilds with another alt, I borrowed Maiu’s “dreaming” theme, too.

I drew these art noveau-ish fronds a week or so ago. They don’t have anything to do with WoW, but I’m pleased with how prettily they turned out.

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I finally convinced BTH to take our Monks out to finish Townlong Steppes, start Dread Wastes, and ding 90. I got distracted by which quest reward to choose at just the wrong moment, however, and totally photobombed my own “Dynamic Duo” achievement toast screenshot. Instead, here’s a portrait of Katewatha that I drew a couple of weeks ago.


Kate is fascinated with all things Pandaren, and while she uses the four “Tufts” Tauren hairstyle in-game, I imagine that ever since she came to Pandaria, she’s actually worn the Pandaren “Twin Loops” hairstyle.
This outfit is based on the leather version of the first round of quest rewards from the Wandering Isle.

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