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When at length the Peak of Serenity dailies had gotten her to level 96, the Brewmaster-Bagmaker Monk took the Timeless Isle portal to Draenor and set about establishing her Garrison. She specifically collected the followers that she would need to support her professions — Ka’la the Leatherworker, Pleasure Bot 8000 the Tailor, Shadow Hunter Rala the Herbalist, and Dark Ranger Velonara the Skinner — and built the appropriate buildings. She’s mostly ignoring the rest of the followers and missions game. I also decided to build her a Mage Tower for convenient travel to Nagrand for trapping. Between the quests to establish outposts to get the flight points, the quests to get the followers she wanted, and a few quests dealing with Ogres to collect Waystones, she soon found herself halfway through level 98.

She wasn’t always a Brewmaster-Bagmaker, though. My secondary Monk gained most of the XP for her first 60 levels as a Pet Battler. Once she reached Outland, however, she started doing more and more questing and more and more dungeon healing and less and less Pet Battling. Eventually she decided that she wanted to try out Brewmastering (though only for solo play). After unsuccessfully lobbying the Underpowered Death Knight to take up Pet Battling, she eventually handed over the Pet Battling leashes to my Hunter.

The Sign of the Critter last week inspired my secondary Monk to use Pet Battles to get through that last level and a half of XP to get to 100. First, though, she needed to be properly dressed…

Safari Expedition

Cloth: Elementalist or Archmage sets; Leather: Expedition or Dragonhawk sets; Mail: Talhide or Netherstorm sets; Rustic Workman’s Shirt
For a dedicated Pet Battling character looking for something to coordinate with the Safari Hat, this style of gear is just about “one size fits all” — it’s available in every armor type except plate. Your character will have to be at least moderately leveled to wear this kit, however, as these sets are Outland drops. Furthermore, each of these sets has an odd piece or two that doesn’t match all the rest, so a complete set will probably have to be assembled using items from both set names.

My other two Tailors hadn’t bothered to make an Elekk Plushie, but the Pet Battling Monk needed one (well, duh!). With the Sign of the Critter up, the Kalimdor trainer circuit plus the first few trainers in Outland got the Elekk Plushie almost to level 25. It seemed appropriate, somehow, to get the last bit of XP for it by battling Ashlei and Doodle…

Although I got too late of a start last week to actually get her to level 100 while the Sign of the Critter was up, a few more Pet Battles this week got her over the wire:

Now I have 6 level 100 charaters, with 10 more active alts still in the leveling queue.

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It’s Thursday. Because I don’t have my 8:30 am class on Thursday, I don’t have class until 11:30 am. I consistently have trouble motivating myself to do anything productive on Thursday mornings, even though I always have a list of things that I could be working on. Furthermore, it’s the end of the semester and I am tired, so I’m having even more trouble than usual concentrating this morning.

This particular Thursday morning, reports from the Godmother and Matt Rossi on their experiences in the Legion alpha are making me wish that I could be at home leveling alts, getting them ready to go acquire their Artifact weapons and establish their Class Halls. Now that the Underpowered Death Knight has reached level 100, I can let the Hunter and the Monk fall over the finish line, and then I want to push the Mages (both of whom are currently questing in Talador) through. After that, I’m not sure which alts will go next.

After I brought the Rogue out of retirement in anticipation of playing as an Outlaw in Legion, the Warlock eventually managed to persuade me to let her return to her Garrison, too. The Warlock doesn’t want to be left behind at a lower level than the Demon Hunter will be upon completing her starting experience…. Such sibling rivalry my characters of the classes I prefer the least have!

I’m quite intrigued by the appearance of a Fishing Artifact in the Legion alpha. I think it’s pretty cool that we might get an Artifact fishing pole to make fishing in the Broken Isles more entertaining! Which reminds me, once the Hunter gets to level 100, she’ll need to put in some quality time fishing so that she can get Nat Pagle to join her Garrison team…

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So, there was this screencap from Blizzcon that clearly showed a spectral moose mount.

I wondered how this mount would be obtained and hoped that the method of obtaining it wouldn’t involve PvP. I thought perhaps it might be a rep reward from one of the Broken Isles factions.

Well, the datamining from the Legion information has revealed the answer, and it is — behind the cut, to avoid inadvertently spoiling folks as whom don’t want to be spoilt: (more…)

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TRANSMOGRIFICATION WARDROBE!!! This is huge. I’ll only have to farm something once. Stuff that my Alliance characters have picked up can be worn by my Horde characters, and vice versa (not sure if faction specific quest rewards will be faction restricted, though). Hopefully, stuff that various characters have picked up that is no longer available in-game (such as Alanna’s Embrace and the Bloodmail Legguards) will be available in the Wardrobe to all characters of the appropriate armor class, too.

Thoughts on the systems panel (Blizzard Watch and Wowhead transcripts):

Once the Wowhead community has figured out which quests need to be done to unlock which specific Artifact weapon appearances, I will probably do just the ones that unlock the Artifact appearances that I like best.

I’m not surprised that there will be a “Death Gate”-like teleport to the Class Hall; I would have been more astonished if there wasn’t such an ability.

The new Professions system sounds like it could be quite engaging, if the concept that they discussed gets implemented well. It sounds like an extension of the quests to get the blueprints for the Professions huts in Warlords, which I quite enjoyed.

As for the secondary professions, I’m curious to see how the Archaeology journey and the “what strange Fishing story will I have to tell after today?” concepts will play out. It’s fun to see Nomi all grown up, but I almost didn’t recognize him in the screenshot without his fancy brocade coat. As for First Aid… Kamalia is the only one of my characters who levels First Aid anymore, and she does it just to have all the professions capped. It’ll be quite the thing if they can manage to actually make it more interesting.

Oh, wait, is that a spectral moose mount in that screenshot? TELL ME HOW TO GET IT! (I hope it doesn’t involve PvP…)

Thoughts on the Q&A panel (Blizzard Watch and Wowhead transcripts):
I’m intrigued to see how meeting Alleria and Turalyon will ‘change the way we think about WoW’ (to paraphrase the paraphrases in the transcripts.

It would be lovely to be able to play as a Taunka or a Yaungol or a Highmountain Tauren, and I’m glad they’re thinking about it, but I won’t be truly excited about it until we see it on the PTR.

Ditto for things like tri-spec and updates to move the Old World story forward from Cataclysm

So Karazhan will be relevant for Legion? Hmm, that could be interesting. I hope that the mutterings aobut Kara as a 5-man wouldn’t erase the original 10-man raid version from existence, because that would be incredibly sad.

Ha! I thought that the most likely place for Wrathion to show up in Legion would be Highmountain, given that the Lair of the Earthwarder is there.

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By the time Brewfest ended, the Darkmoon Faire was in session. Once again, Thaddeus Paleo scowled at the Underpowered Death Knight, saying, “Your Archaeology skill has stagnated. Come back when you have begun to improve your skill again and are finding more interesting fragments.” Professor Paleo had been telling her that she needed to improve her skill for… could it really have been so many months? Had he been saying that ever since the Vanguard went through the reddened Dark Portal?… OH. Although she could survey digsites anywhere in Pandaria, Pandaria no longer contained the most dangerous known regions. Those places were now on the other side of the Dark Portal, on Draenor.

Ah, and in talking with other Cloud Serpent novices, she’d learned that Jenova Longeye occasionally asked them to search for artifacts that might relate to the history of that Order. It would be good to be able to improve her surveying skill while performing that task.

The Underpowered Death Knight supposed that perhaps she should pay a visit to Frostwall Garrison just to learn where to find an Archaeology trainer on Draenor, and maybe to do a little bit of digging herself in the country roundabout — there were always new tricks to be learned when surveying a completely new location.

She followed the directions that had been enclosed in Kamalia’s letter.




Frostwall, with its rocky terrain, swirling wind and snow, and steaming, volcano-heated cave, stirred in the Underpowered Death Knight’s mind a faint nostalgic longing for her youth, traveling the mountains between the Howling Fjord and the Grizzly Hills and camping by the hot springs.






Lady Sena cracks me up. I haven’t been able to find her in the level 2 or level 3 Garrison, though… I wonder where she and Mr Pleeb go?

The Underpowered Death Knight dinged 96 during Brewfest, so she could, in theory, have opened up the Mine, Fishing Shack, and Herb Garden and, after collecting enough resources, upgraded them all to level 2. I chose to leave her Garrison at Level 1. Thus, without the big book o’ blueprints rewarded from the quest to upgrade the Town Hall to level 2, her only available large building is the Barracks, and her only available small building will be the Salvage Yard — when she reaches an appropriate level to do the quest chain that rewards that blueprint. I’m not going to do much with her Followers, so she just has the Fab Five team of the ones that are the first and easiest to recruit — Olin, Vivianne, Fen Tao, Ka’la, and Ulna.

After reporting at Frostwall, the Underpowered Death Knight travelled to Warspear on the contested island of Ashran in search of an Archaeology trainer. When she inquired about training, however, the woman just shrugged at her.

“I ain’t got nothin’ to teach ya, toots. If ya wanna learn more, ya gotta just get out there and dig. And don’t let those Reliquary goons get in the way of a good find.”

So the Underpowered Death Knight went to dig at some ogre ruins near the outskirts of Shattrath (she got quite distracted for some time exploring the great city and marvelling at its extent and beauty), and to her great surprise, her very first surveying efforts uncovered a brittle cartography journal. The document was written in a language she did not recognize, but the diagrams, illustrating techniques for such things as laying out and recording a digsite and preserving and cataloging artifacts, were clear enough to understand.

But when the Underpowered Death Knight returned to the Faire, Professor Paleo still didn’t want any more fossil fragments. It seemed that he hadn’t wanted fragments from anyone except newly-trained Archaeologists since about midsummer. Why, no-one understood.

She was glad, though, that she had gone to Frostwall. Doing so had allowed her to prove her strength against some of Draenor’s creatures, and she had been strong enough… mostly… if she was careful about choosing what to fight. Nevertheless, she thought it best to finish what she had started in Pandaria before spending much more time on Draenor.

Previously: the Underpowered Death Knight and the Shado-Pan

Next: the Underpowered Death Knight in the Homestretch

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Although it seems a little premature to call this a “Warlords bucket list” given that a) it’s been hinted that there will, in fact, be at least a Patch 6.3* and b) the next expansion hasn’t been announced yet, these are some things that I’d like to accomplish before school starts again in two months.

+ Spend a few evenings treasure hunting to get to 100 treasures found. I already have the maps for Frostfire and Shadowmoon, so I should gather all the low-hanging fruit out of those zones before getting the maps for the other zones.

+ Continue doing Apexis dailies until I have completed Securing Draenor. If the dailies that are up are both either one that I’ve already done or one that doesn’t contribute to the achievement (there are a few of those), I should buy a Scouting Missive and go do one that I haven’t already done that does contribute to the achievement.

+ Replace my Inn with a level 3 Trading Post for faster reputation gain with the three Tanaan Jungle factions.

+ If the new “Dowser” oil doubler trait will be available for recruiting from the Inn — I seem to recall reading that it would be, but that might have been a PTR thing that later got changed — recruit a Dowser next Tuesday before replacing the Inn.

+ Build Shipyard, rule the savage seas, profit.

+ Do dailies for all three of the Tanaan Jungle factions. I’ll want to get to revered with all of them for Draenor Pathfinder, of course. I’ll want to get to all the way to exalted with the Order of the Awakened for the super ship blueprint.

+ Level alts! Attempt to give priority to Kaylynda (Human Mage) to experience Alliance story.

+ Craft items for Savage Blood Transmogrification kits. This will require staying on top of profession CDs, work orders, and trapping for the Barn. The reduced costs for the upgrade items and the reduced Primal Spirits-to-Savage Blood exchange rate will greatly help this, as will the increased yield from personal profession CDs.

+ Find out how the new Ascendance minor glyph technique is obtained, get it with my Scribe, acquire one Felblight (should be pretty easy to do, Kamalia will probably be skinning heaps of beasties in the process of doing her rep dailies), and make it for Kamalia. I must confess that I don’t use Ascendance as much as perhaps I ought to because I can’t stand looking like one of those awful Cataclysm humanoid/elemental monstrosities.

+ Go digging for the Draenor archeology items that I haven’t found yet. I don’t care whether I get them as common or as pristine solves, just as long as between the common list and the pristine list I’ve found each item at least once.

+ After completing the Draenor artifact list, spend some time digging in Eastern Kingdoms** and use my crated Restored Artifacts for Tol’vir fragments. This is a lower priority objective.

+ If getting the costume toy for one faction does not automatically grant the corresponding costume toy for the other faction, get to revered with Hand of the Prophet with Kaylynda. This is a relatively low priority objective; on the one hand, having the faction costume be a toy means I only have to get it once (per faction?), but on the other hand, having the faction costume be a toy instead of an actual cosmetic gear set means I can’t mix-and-match with it for Transmogrification.

* fingers crossed for Farahlon, and hoping it will be more like the Isle of Thunder than the Timeless Isle
** I still haven’t gotten the rare Dwarf staff, the rare Troll 2H sword, and three of the Tol’vir rares

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Silverblade, who just recently started Mog-blogging at World of MogCraft and has set out to make lore-appropriate kits for male characters of each race/class combination in the game, contributed four breathtaking kits, one for each armor type:

For years, my favorite shoulders to use with the Black Velvet Robe and its sleeveless counterpart, the Silver-Thread Robe, have been the Duskhallow Mantle. I think Silverblade has given me a new favorite combination! I often ignore bracers with tall gloves like these, but perhaps I should think about using them more often — in this kit, the bracers are a really nice touch to pick up the glowing color from the shoulders.

Hexweave Mantle Belt & Gloves (3-670), Silver-Thread Robe, Mindthrust Bracers, Ameth’Aran Sandals, Formidable Cape, Life-Staff of the Web Lair
Savage Blood required: 90

A sleek and dangerous-looking kit. Somehow, I am suddenly craving a 70% cacao chocolate bar…

Supple Shoulderguards & Waistguard (2-655), Grizzly Jerkin, Primal Combatant’s Legguards (Horde), Loramus’ Gloves, Ogre-Hunter Boots, Primal Combatant’s Quickblade (Horde)
Savage Blood required: 30

The little blue accents on the gloves, boots, and bow pull this kit together in a simply wonderful way!

Wayfaring Shoulderguards Belt & Gloves (3-670), Beast Lord Cuirass & Leggings, Atoll Treaders, Royal Cloak of the Sunstriders, Arathar, the Eye of Flame (H)
Savage Blood required: 90

A very regal plate kit. Of all the kits using these shoulders I’ve ever seen, I think this one is the most impressive — it’s making me contemplate actually farming these shoulders for myself!

Spaulders of Manifold Eyes (N), Truesteel Breastplate & Greaves (2-655), Elder Tortoiseshell Girdle Gauntlets & Sabatons, Crimson Silk Cloak, Cataclysmic Gladiator’s Greatsword
Savage Blood required: 30

PlaidElf, who writes about Plenty of Paladins (and Monks, and Hunters), contributed these two gorgeous blue and gold kits:

The deep colors and rich textures in this plate kit are simply stunning!

Templar Crown, Truesteel Pauldrons Waistguard & Boots (3-670), Nova Binder Breastplate, Time-Lost Greaves, Windblade Talons (N), Powerful Burnished Cloak (1-640), Steelforged Greataxe (3-660)/Steelforged Saber (3-660) + Barricade of Eternity
Savage Blood required: 120

Is it just me, or is this Monk totally channeling Nozdormu? /fan

Trickster’s Headdress, Supple Shoulderguards & Waistguard (3-670), Sentinel Breastplate, Leggings of the Sly, Gloves of the Golden Protector (N), Bonechewer Shredboots, Nimble Hexweave Cloak (2-655), Marrowstrike
Savage Blood required: 75

Navimie of The Daily Frostwolf contributed this awesome kit. I love the tunic & kilt combination! I’ve got one of these kilts stashed away in the bank, but I either hadn’t figured out or can’t remember what tunic I want to wear with it. Navimie has solved that little problem for me very neatly😉

Helm of the Blind Seer (H), Passive Resistor Spaulders (H), Supple Vest & Waistguard (2-655), Primal Gladiator’s Gloves, Blazewing’s Furious Kilt
Savage Blood required: 30

Be sure to go take a look at this amazing array of Hunter kits using all the stages of the Wayfaring Leggings by rhuanious and this glowy green Hunter kit using the 1-640 Wayfaring Shoulderguards by Euphyley!

I came up with this idea of a Transmogrification challenge event based on Warlords crafted items as much to motivate myself to design some kits using those items as anything else. I challenged myself to make an outfit to go with each of the Warlords crafted weapons and to make outfits that use at least one item from each of the upgrade stages of the Warlords crafted armor. (more…)

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