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So here I am, with two level 110s and no flying because I haven’t completed Suramar yet on either one of them. Kamalia has 35 traits in all of her Artifacts and Kaelinda is closing in on having 35 traits in all of her Artifacts, but neither of them is working on Concordance because they haven’t gone down to the Broken Shore yet. Kamalia is getting close to Revered with Legionfall, though, simply from sending her Champions on missions that reward Legionfall tokens and choosing Legionfall when the Kirin Tor Emissary is up. Kaelinda has all of her followers — five, because she hasn’t yet completed her Order Hall campaign — to 900, one of them Titled, and the others rapidly approaching Titled. Kamalia has most of her active followers to 900, and she hasn’t gotten any of them to Titled yet. I haven’t done any LFR yet.

I’d say I’m pretty woefully behind the curve at this point. *shrug* Even not having flying yet isn’t particularly bothering me, because I know I’ll get there eventually.

Fortunately, when Patch 7.3 comes, it won’t be nearly as hard to catch up anymore — except for getting flying.

So Kaelinda will finish Suramar. And Kaelinda will do the Broken Shore/Legionfall Campaign, because she really wants her Class Mount and Kamalia doesn’t. Kaelinda might be the one who trailbreaks on Argus, or it might be Kamalia. Or it might be one of my other characters who hasn’t reached 110 yet.

As they trickle through to level 110, my other characters will all do their 7.0 Order Hall Campaigns, and they’ll all do Legionfall at least through getting their additional Champion. Completing Legionfall to get their Class Mounts, however, will most likely be something that I leave as a “go do this old rep because I need a break from current content” thing for the next expansion. The Demon Hunter will do the Xe’ra questline because it seems most appropriate for her, and the Paladin will do the Deaths of Chromie because she’s the one who most wants the cosmetic armor reward. The Mage and the Druid need to run Emerald Nightmare/Nighthold LFR, the Mage and the Warlock and the Priest should run Trial of Valor LFR, and I haven’t decided yet who wants to run Tomb of Sargeras LFR.

But school starts three weeks from yesterday, so Patch 7.3 can just take its sweet time in getting ready to launch.

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The morning sun filtering through the curtains of the suite of rooms which she’d been given in the Hall of the Guardian awakened Kaelinda from a jumbled dream of Silvermoon before Arthas, Silvermoon after Arthas, the Dawnstrider estate in Eversong Woods, and a certain someone* waiting for her to come home again. Sighing, she slid out of bed, tidying the bedclothes with an unvocalized handflick cantrip that she had been doing for so much of her life that she did it now without even consciously thinking about it. After bathing, dressing, and eating a simple breakfast of fruit, nuts, and quark** that she kept stored in her rooms, she went downstairs to the morning meeting of the Council of Tirisgarde.

Kaelinda was not entirely comfortable with her role as the First Conjurer of the renewed Order of Tirisgarde. It had only been a few short years ago that the Magisters of Silvermoon had granted her the rank of Magistrix, after all, and she hadn’t yet taken on even one apprentice. Until the Council was able to determine the cause of and cure for Meryl Felstorm’s debilitating illness, however, she would have to take his place.

First, the Council received the daily petition from an Emissary from one of the peoples of the Broken Isles. Next, Archmage Melis reviewed the notices she’d received in the past day about errands that required the skills of the other Archmages of the Council. They usually ended up assigning those errands to Kalec, Ravandwyr, Esara, or Millhouse, while Kaelinda requested that Archmage Modera accompany her. Then the Council discussed with Grand Conjurer Mimic the training progress and needs of the Apprentices and Invokers. There were potential improvements to the Hall to be considered with Chronicler Elrianne, armor and talismans to be requisitioned with Minuette, and the Focusing Crystal to be charged by Conjurer Awlyn and her staff. When all of these tasks were done, Kaelinda met with Modera to review the notices about various errands or opportunities throughout the Broken Isles. They selected which errands they would do to fulfil the petition of the Emissary, then decided if they wanted to do any of the other errands, as well. The business of the Council frequently took up most of the morning.

Sometimes, Kaelinda went back to her rooms to take lunch by herself. Sometimes, she went to the Purple Parlor with other Mages from the Hall of the Guardian. Sometimes, she went to the Ledgerdemain Lounge with her Sin’dorei relatives. Occasionally, she went to the Filthy Animal with her Tauren friends. Despite the revolting name and the outrageous rumors about Chef Lon’gomba and Gnomes, the food there was really quite decent — provided you ordered something off of the establishment’s traditional menu. There were two new sections on the menu since Dalaran had moved to the Broken Isles: Pandarian cuisine and Broken Isles delicacies. Actually, the Pandarian cuisine was also decent, but anyone who dared to order something from the Broken Isles menu frequently got a badly burned mess.

After lunch, Kaelinda usually did one of two things. Either she and Edirah delved into the the vast library in the center of the Hall of the Guardian, hunting down more information about Felo’melorn, Aluneth, Ebonchill, and the Mages who’d wielded them, or she worked on sewing projects*** in her rooms. Today, she decided to embroider another section of the elaborate decorations on the Imbued Silkweave Robe she was making.

In the late afternoon or early evening, Kaelinda and Modera set out to fulfil the Emissary’s petition. When that task was completed, Kaelinda visited Shal’Aran and distributed Ancient Mana crystals to First Arcanist Thalyssra, Arcanist Valtrois, and Chief Telemancer Occuleth. Although she now understood, as she had not realized when she first met Runas the Shamed and the exiled Leyweaver, Lyndras, that the dependence of the Nightfallen on condensed forms of mana was because it was literally food to them — not quite the same thing as the subtle addiction of the Quel’dorei to the flow of mana from the Sunwell — chasing after Ancient Mana deposits while she was in Suramar still made her feel vaguely like she had become a mana-addict again by proxy. If she had the time and physical energy, she would ask Thalyssra what else she could do that day to help the Nightfallen. If not, she would retire to the Hall of the Guardian and spend the rest of the evening studying magic and practicing her spellwork+. It wouldn’t do, after all, to be outperformed by one of the other members of the Order of Tirisgarde the next time that Mimic requested that she participate in an exhibition duel for the benefit of the Apprentices…

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* Until just recently, I wasn’t certain what Kaelinda’s romantic status was. She’s begun hinting to me that she’s got a special male friend who lives in Silvermoon City, though where that relationship falls on the scale of “outwardly platonic, but desperately wishing for more” to “married with children”, she hasn’t told me yet (I suspect that it’s more toward the UST end).

** A cultured, thickened and strained, slightly sweetened dairy product intermediate in texture between yogurt and cream cheese; a regional specialty of Eversong Woods.

*** I have more or less always imagined that the 5 – 10 seconds it takes to craft an item in-game only represents putting the final, finishing touches on it. All the real work of the crafting — the preparation of materials, the shaping and assembly of pieces, the meticulous labor of fine detail work — is something that the character occupies herself with when she’s not busy questing — that is to say, when I’m offline.

+ Although I, the player, almost never spend time with the training dummies, I imagine that my characters do practice their skills and train themselves in new techniques regularly. One can’t stay skilled enough to remain capable of being the leader second-in-command of one’s Class Order if one rests on one’s laurels, after all.

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This story was brought to you by the challenge of the fortnight from Z & Cinder:

We want to read about a day in the life of your toon. This one is an opportunity to get as creative as you like. You can simply write about what you get up to in WoW each day. Or maybe you would write it like a diary entry from the point of view of your character, telling the story of their day to day life, going in to battle, fighting the Legion… it’s up to you!

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Upon teleporting back to the Hall of the Guardian to put some new traits into Aluneth and Felo’melorn after doing some questing in Suramar, Kaelinda observed something odd…

When she went to investigate, the portal to Suramar had an unusual green glow around it. She hadn’t used the portal to Suramar yet, so she was curious to see where it would go anyway. (I forgot to take a screenshot of the green glow before I clicked it, though.)

It didn’t go to Suramar.

Apparently she was somewhere in Frostfire Ridge? On Draenor?

What a strange experience…

I’m not particulary keen on this appearance (or any of Ebonchill’s appearances, really), but now I am reminded that I should take some time to go get the Hidden appearance for Aluneth. Hopefully the Hidden appearance for Felo’melorn will just drop while I’m working my way through the Suramar storyline and I won’t have to come back and grind for it.

I’ve got a couple of other things to do in Suramar besides the zone storyline itself that I think I’ll clear up before I continue much farther in the mainline questchain. I need to go visit that tailoring guild guy in Suramar City, and I’ve got a Mage Order Hall Campaign quest to make some trouble in Felsoul Hold with Kalec.

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Blingtron 5K finally coughed up the last encoded message after I-don’t-know how many duplicates (I didn’t save them). Now my Engineer can move on to leveling her Legion engineering and learn how to make Blingtron 6K.

Meanwhile, the mog farming continues. I am managing to cross items and raids/dungeons to be run off my list. I am starting to get kind of tired of doing nothing but mog farming, though.

Thus, I have been thinking about taking Kamalia down to the Broken Shore and starting to work on gaining Legionfall reputation, so that I can have flying as soon as my Mage gets through Suramar, and also so that I can see what’s up with getting Magatha Grimtotem as a Shaman Order Hall champion. Despite — or perhaps because of — Magatha’s betrayal of Cairne and attack on Bloodhoof Village and Thunder Bluff, Kamalia would prefer to have Magatha and the Doomstone close to hand so that she can keep an eye on them — she was very unsettled by Kaohana’s report of events in Thousand Needles immediately following the Shattering and has remained uneasy not knowing where Magatha and the Doomstone are.

I have also been thinking about just going out and doing Troll Archaeology until I get that blasted Zin’rokh, Destroyer of Worlds. I have a Mog idea, maybe two, that I’d like to use it for. I guess it would be more productive to do Broken Isles/Draenor/Pandaria Archaeology and turn in crated artifacts for Troll fragments instead, though, so that I could work on my Pristines collections at the same time.

And I have been thinking that I ought to go through all my alts and work on their Professions until they reach the (first) point at which they have to go run a dungeon or two. Then I will be able to get the most efficient use out of the dungeon running I will have to do for their Order Hall campaigns.

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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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