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the Puppetmasters

When I was doing Kamalia’s Order Hall Campaign, I frequently felt like I was not, really and truly, the leader of my class order. I felt like I was just a figurehead, a puppet running to and fro at the behest of my advisors, who knew what was going on in the world whereas I didn’t. It helped a little — but only a little — to try to think of it as a classic case of the RPG trope where the character can be assumed to know things that the player doesn’t.

Although every player character is told that they are the Chosen One for their Class, when Lore Events occur, of course no one individual player character can actually be the one to do the thing.

The Patch 7.2 trailer reveals who the real leaders of all the Order Halls are (clockwise from Khadgar, skipping over Velen):

High Priest Alonsus Faol

Huntmaster Emmarel Shadewarden

Netherlord Rittsyn Flamescowl

Battlelord Havi/Odyn

Grandmaster Iron-Body Ponshu

Slayer Kor’vas Bloodthorn

Highlord… umm… Tirion Fordring? I couldn’t find an NPC wearing the Pandaria Challenge Mode shoulders in the Sanctum of Light. Do we somehow rez Tirion during the 7.0 Paladin campaign? I guess I’ll have to complete it and find out.

Farseer Nobundo

Archmage Meryl Felstorm

Deathlord Darion Mograine

Archdruid Rensar Greathoof

Shadowblade Jorach Ravenholt

Of course, these are just the folks I’ve already recognized as the actual leaders of the class orders from my experiences with the class storylines so far. The only real surprise is the Paladin; I’d have thought it would be Tyrosus or Liadrin.

Well, anyhow, Patch 7.2 is coming tomorrow, and I am not “ready”. I have not completed Broken Isles Pathfinder Part 1. I haven’t finished the Suramar storyline. I haven’t run Emerald Nightmare, Trial of Valor, or the Nighthold, even on LFR. I don’t have 54 points in any Artifact weapons — I don’t even have 36 points in any of Kam’s weapons.

So I will not be jumping into the Return to the Broken Shore scenario, or starting up the Legionfall campaign. Instead, I will probably thoroughly examine the new Transmogrification sets UI and make lists of items I’d like to add to my collection. And then I’ll continue to do as I have been doing for the past few weeks, and spend my playtime running old raids and dungeons — there is still a rather shocking amount of stuff that I haven’t got out of the Burning Crusade dungeons — for Transmogrification shinies. That’s relatively easy to do with the limited hand availability caused by trying to play while holding a half-asleep baby…

Eventually, I still hope to finish all of the 7.0 Order Hall campaigns, and to explore Suramar with my Mage. And then, when it is the long doldrums before the next expansion and the rest of the playerbase is bored stiff, I will be just getting into the Legionfall campaigns. 😛

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Interesting. In this lineup of the Order Hall leaders which appeared at Krasus’ Landing in Dalaran after Patch 7.2 launched, the Paladin leader is Liadrin, after all.

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To make it easier to review my screenshots of the Order Hall Campaign stories in the future, I’ve divided the Order Hall Campaign into four chapters. Chapter 1 is the establishment of the Order Hall through the recruitment of the first pair of champions at level 101. Chapter 2 is the level 103 stage of the campaign, ending with the recruitment of the second pair of champions and getting the fourth tint for the default Artifact model. Chapter 3 is everything that happens between recruiting the second pair of champions and recruiting the third pair of champions. Chapter 4 is the last stage of the 7.0 campaign, ending with recruiting the fourth pair of champions, getting the achievement for completing the campaign, and getting the upgraded Artifact model. Patch 7.2 will bring at least three additional chapters — one for the Legionfall activities on the Broken Shore, one for the questlines to recruit the new champion(s), and one for the class mount.

As Kamalia is still my only level 110, she’s the only one who has completed all four chapters of her Order Hall campaign. With the others, I’ve been working my way through Chapter 2. I finished up the twelfth one today, and I’ve been quite pleasantly surprised and delighted at how not formulaic they have been. Unlike the Harrison Jones quests in Warlords, which all followed the same pattern, I feel like no two of the Order Hall campaigns have had the exact same pattern. Many of them do conclude Chapter 2 with getting two new champions and then begin Chapter 3 with a series of five champion missions, but how they get to that point varies, and they don’t all do that. Sometimes the two new champions aren’t recruited at the same point in the questline — one offers their fealty a few quests earlier than the other. My Priest got her two new champions in the middle of Chapter 2, and then she had to run a dungeon before she could complete the chapter — something none of the others had to do. The amount of Chapter 3 questing immediately available upon completion of Chapter 2 has varied from class to class, too. Some of them are just “do a series of five champion missions” and then you’re stuck looking at a silver exclamation point on someone’s head until you reach level 110 (or maybe 109? my highest level alt is Kaelinda, at level 108) — but others have had quite a few things to do. My Warrior only had three missions in the “do a series of champion missions” quest that began Chapter 3. My Priest has two quests for Chapter 3 in her log, and neither one of them is “do a series of five champion missions”. My Rogue has been able to recruit her fifth champion already!

My next Legion progression goal should probably be to get my Mage up to level 110 and go do Suramar with her so that I can complete Broken Isles Pathfinder, Part One reasonably soon. From what I’ve read of the Wowhead Patch 7.2 previews, it’s sounding like I’ll want to have that done before I start doing any of the Legionfall stuff.

I’ve decided that I’m going to invoke Webcomic Time for my headcanon of my characters’ experiences of the events of this expansion: although in Real Time all the leveling and questing to complete all of the Order Hall campaigns will take several months, in my characters’ personal timelines, all of them were doing their Order Hall Campaign things more or less simultaneously within the first few months after the events of the Broken Shore (just like all of them did the Battle of the Exodar together).
When I’ve completed all of the campaigns, I think I might try to outline a unified, concordant chronology of when everything happened in relationship to everything else.

Meanwhile, when I signed into WordPress this morning, I got a toast that today is my seventh blogiversary. I’d forgotten about that, distracted by other things going on my life. Seven years is pretty good, I think. We’ll see if I can keep this going for another one.

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Kamalia hasn’t progressed any farther in the Suramar storyline than completing “Nightfallen but not Forgotten“, activating all of the leyline feeds to Shal’aran, and doing a few random side-quest chapters of “Good Suramaritan“. Nonetheless, through always choosing Suramar when I turn in a Kirin Tor Emissary quest and through doing Suramar Emissary quests when they are available, Kamalia dinged Exalted with the Nightfallen when she turned in today’s Suramar Emissary quest.

The Artifact Power she received in the process was enough to get the 34th trait in the Fist of Ra-den, too. Just one more trait in the Fist of Ra-den, and then I can start filling out the Doomhammer. Seeing how fast filling up Kam’s off-spec Artifact has gone since she reached Artifact Power 25 has made the prospect of filling up Artifacts for my alts much less daunting. The most important factor in that, of course, is that, my alts won’t have the same long hard slog up to Artifact Knowledge 25 that Kam had. Kam can just spend 11000 Order Hall Resources to boost them all up to Artifact Knowledge 20 as soon as they hit level 110, after which it won’t take long for them to get to Artifact Knowledge 25 — and then they can just blast through filling out their Artifact weapons. I like that!

Getting Exalted with the Nightfallen also means that Kamalia has managed to earn her entire Order Hall set. Even though I don’t much like the set as a whole (though the pants, gloves, and boots have some mix-and-match potential), I figured I ought to wear it, just for a little bit (meaning, I might Mog it over with a black and purple kit to go with the Nightfallen tabard as soon as tomorrow :P), because I might not manage to get the entire Order Hall set with any of my other characters.

Raiment of the Farseer

Raiment of the Farseer with Blue Workman’s Shirt, Theldurin’s Fist, and Shield of the Barrens

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With only three characters remaining, I decided to push them all through the Falling Star questline — get that mini-progression goal wrapped up — before having them continue on to level 102 and acquiring the rest of their Artifact weapons.

As I’ve taken more and more characters through the Battle of the Exodar, I’ve begun to imagine that what really happened was something like this: (more…)

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As a Thing To Do Together for his Christmas vacation days off from work on Friday and today, BTH carried me through the Return to Karazhan. On Friday, he ran me through the Mythics at the beginning of the attunement quest chain, and this evening he ran me through Mythic Karazhan itself.

We wiped at least once on every boss, but it wasn’t always due to my inexperience or just-barely-good-enough gear (I’m currently at 850-something). We wiped and wiped and wiped on Shade of Medivh because we had a DPS who couldn’t stand still when Flame Wreath was cast… eventually BTH kicked him. We wiped quite a few times on the final boss, too, because I am a total klutz with fights that have crazy movement requirements.

But eventually we succeeded — hurrah!

The first half of Mythic Karazhan is familiar enough to be comforting and different enough to be interesting. The second half of Mythic Karazhan, though — wow, that place is so trippy! The upside down parts, running on the ceiling… those twisty hallways… the distorted Gamesman’s Hall… I took a lot of screenshots, but not a lot with my UI turned off, just sightseeing. I did go back in after we finished it, though, to get some pictures of this stunning new chamber in the Library:

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I noticed this a few days ago — the Mage Order Hall has Winter Veil decorations!

After I noticed that, I quickly cycled through my other characters’ Order Halls to see if any of the others also had Winter Veil decorations. But no, none of them did — not even the Rogue place, which is also in Dalaran.

Clearly, the devs love Mages best 😉

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Kamalia hasn’t gotten much play this week. Being so close to the first Legion alt-leveling milestone of getting each Class its first Artifact weapon and to level 101 to unlock Champion missions at the Order Hall, I wanted to get that done.

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I chose Arms first with my Warrior because Mr Rossi says it’s the best for leveling and World Questing.

Skyhold is aesthetically lovely. As much as my Warrior has been intrigued by the Vrykul ever since Northrend, though, she finds Skyhold rather lonely with only Valarjar and Val’kyr there. And despite previous encounters with Titan structures and constructs, it wasn’t until she unexpectedly found herself in Skyhold, staring at Odyn, that the works of the Titans caused her to wonder about the reality of the Earthmother. Perhaps if she’d been to Ulduar with Khadgar and Brann to see Magni, she might not be feeling so unsettled. But only my Paladin, Shaman, Druid, and Mage did that. I might have to come up with an in-character motivation for my Warrior to go talk to Archivist Elysiana to do that questline (at least the Ulduar part of it)…

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It was a thoroughly delightful surprise to discover that the Tauren Seers were involved in the first stages of the quest chain for the Protection Paladin Artifact. Some of the later quest chain text speaks of “a great warrior” who went to one of the locations before the paladins do. I’m guessing it was probably for the Protection Warrior Artifact (because I went somewhere quite different for the Arms one) but the warrior didn’t go to exactly the same specific location, just the same general area, so my headcanon can be that my Paladin did in fact go there first.

This sword and shield are so pretty that I don’t feel sad about not being able to use the Alliance movie tie-in weapons with my Tauren Paladin anymore 😛

As for the Paladin Order Hall, now that I’ve actually been to the Sanctum of Light, I totally get what I’ve read about Priests being utterly smitten with jealousy when they get to visit the Paladin place as part of their Order Hall Campaign. The Mage place is still my favorite Order Hall, but the Paladin place is a very close second!

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I’ve read that the Balance Druid and Affliction Warlock Artifact questlines are substantially similar in much the same way that the Disc Priest and Arcane Mage Artifact questlines are. After playing through the Balance Druid questline, I’d guess that the first few quests are different for Balance Druids and Affliction Warlocks, but that after you meet up with Revil Kost in Duskwood, they are essentially identical. I saw a Gnome Warlock running around in some of the same places that I was investigating.

I can’t think of The Scythe of Elune without wanting to call it “The Scythe of Elooooone“, ala Oxhorn (one of the very early movies, though I don’t remember exactly which one anymore).

In one of the other treasure chambers of the Karazhan Crypts, I found this strange statue.

I have never, ever seen this image before. What is it? Where did it come from? Something about the style of it makes me wonder if perhaps it might have been designed to be part of Yaungol lore, in a questline that got cut? Or does it portend some as-yet-unknown Tauren faction?

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With the first milestone completed, my next objectives are to level the characters who want multiple Artifacts to 102 so I can get the rest of the Artifacts I want to collect and to bring Light’s Heart to each Order Hall. In my headcanon, though, Light’s Heart will actually be at the Fel Hammer because my Demon Hunter is the primary character with whom I intend to pursue the continuation of that quest chain at level 110.

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My Death Knight reached level 101 through fishing dailies, trying to get the Bone Fishing Pole. For the entirely frivolous reason that if she got her Artifact weapon, I’d only have to do one click to swap between her main weapon and her fishing pole when going fishing — instead of two, to re-equip main- and off-hand weapons separately — I took her to get her Artifact Weapon and establish her Order Hall.

Turns out, with Acherus as the Death Knight Order Hall having been established way back at level 58 after the Battle of Light’s Hope Chapel, there wasn’t anything to do on the Order Hall front before going to get an Artifact, as the other classes have had. So off she went to Icecrown to pay a visit to the new Lich King.

Frost DK feels very powerful. Other characters have died during their Artifact acquisition scenarios, but Kregga barely even broke a sweat.

I confess that I didn’t recognize most of the Frostmourne-trapped souls that I encountered during the scenario. The two at the end, though — how interesting that those two should end up trapped inside Frostmourne after their defeats!

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Meanwhile, my Hunter had also reached level 101, through Pet Battling. I had been planning all along to get Talonclaw first, because it is the Tauren weapon.

The way the background for the acquisition of Talonclaw was laid out, the way the story ended for the NPCs who led me on the quest was inevitable — but still heartwrenching.

I noticed one of the Garrison inn recruit Monk followers on the Wandering Isle the other day; I saw several Garrison inn recruit Hunter followers at Trueshot Lodge! I shall have to keep an eye out for Garrison inn recruit followers at the Order Halls of the other classes.

Now I only have four characters left who still need to get through the opening scenes of their Order Hall campaigns: Paladin, Warrior, Druid, and Alliance Mage.

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