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Z & Cinder want to know:

What’s in your bags and why?
Are you are hoarder of every scrap of material that comes across your path? Do you have the tidiest bags in Azeroth with nothing extraneous left to clutter your space? Let us take a peek inside and see your bags in all their glory!
No cheating or pre-organising allowed!

Following the lead of others who have posted on this topic so far, I’ll just show you my main’s bags.

Only two bags are really important in my organization scheme: the main Backpack (F12) and the far left bag (F8).

In the Backpack go consumables (food, flasks & potions, augment runes, etc), Artifact weapons, and any quest items that actually need to be clicked to use.

The F8 bag is usually tagged as my “Trade Goods” bag. I also keep in that bag anything that I don’t want to accidentally sell: hearthstones, shirts & tabards, Stormheim grappling gun, derelict Skyhorn kite (which I also put on my right action bar), fishing gear, miscellaneous odds and ends with sentimental value. In the lower right hand corner of Kamalia’s F8 bag here you see The Last Relic of Argus, which I carry around just in case I get stuck somewhere and would rather not just boringly hearthstone to get out of it. There’s a Mourning Glory above the fishing hat, and a Finkle’s Skinner next to it. At the top of the bag, next to the Garrison Hearthstone, is The Innkeeper’s Daughter — I would feel bad to leave her in my bank. Characters who have done the Badlands questline carry around Rhea’s Last Egg for similar reasons. If the F8 bag gets too full of miscellaneous stuff, I make the F9 bag be a Trade Goods bag in addition to or instead of the F8 bag.

I try to keep the F11 bag clear so that while I’m out questing or running old dungeons & raids or whatever, it can fill up with all the junk I pick up. Every now and then, while I’m out and about, I’ll stop and manually sort the contents of F11 into stuff I want to vendor and stuff I want to keep either for that character or to mail to another character. If I don’t have much junk yet, I’ll sort the F11 bag top-and-bottom — stuff I want to vendor on the top, stuff I want to keep on the bottom, or vice versa. If the F11 bag is getting full, I’ll move the stuff I want to keep over to the F10 bag or the F9 bag. Here we see that I have filled up the top of Kamalia’s F11 bag with recently-acquired gear that she needs to equip to replace the gear she is currently wearing.

At the top of the F10 bag, Kam has her Thunder Bluff Doublet and her Totem of the Earthen Ring, a keepsake of the removed pre-Cataclysm Shaman class quests. In the row below that, all of the War Harnesses from Highmountain Tribes reputation. Below that, some spare jewelry for swapping out her Legendary necklace or ring if she gets a better item for a different slot and some Agility trinkets for when she uses Enhancement spec. At the bottom, the ICC Shaman tier sets that she’s been farming. I know that I don’t have to physically keep the items anymore, so I’ll probably sell them once I finish collecting the sets. My other characters also have piles of gear that I’ve been farming from legacy content in their F9 and F10 bags.

Kamalia’s bags are unusually tidy right now because I’m not doing much with her and when I do go do something with her, I try to clean her bags out before I log out. My other characters’ bags are messier, full of more random stuff — but it would get quite tedious to show you all of them.

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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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This fortnight’s topic from Z & Cinder’s Blog Challenge is a perennial favorite of the altoholic:

Making a new character in WoW can be one of the most fun things to do; you get to pick a new appearance and maybe a new class and there’s the anticipation of going to see all the low leveling zones again.. but first you have to name your new toon.
How do you come up with character names?
Is there a particular naming convention you follow? Do you like your toon name to reflect on their class fantasy? Does their name set their personality for you? And most of all… do you ever get stuck just staring at that pick your name box???

My primary rule of naming my characters is that I name them as if they were real people.
Occasionally, I choose names that are deliberately punny, but the puns are relatively subtle.

My naming convention — all of my characters’ names begin with “K” and the names of characters who belong to the “one of each Class” set must also end with “a” — arose somewhat spontaneously. If I’m remembering the way things happened mostly correctly (and not as a tall tale), by coincidence, the names I chose for my first three or four characters all began with “K”, and it was after I noticed that I’d done that serendipitously that I decided to continue doing it deliberately.

I wrote about how I name my characters during the first year of this blog’s existence. The origins of most of my characters’ names are explained in that previous post, so I won’t go over them again in this one. The inspirations for those names came from the gamut of sources — and sometimes I did get stuck staring at the name box and hitting the “randomize” button until it generated something I thought I could change around a bit and live with.

A few of my characters’ names have shifted since they were originally created due to server transfers — Kjersti became Kjerstin, Karelia became Karaelia, Kiraleia the Blood Elf Paladin became Kyraleia the Dwarf Paladin.

When I changed the identity of my Human Mage to be an Alliance surrogate for my Blood Elf Mage (who sometimes wishes that she were still a High Elf), I gave her a new name that is essentially identical to my Blood Elf Mage’s name, just with a couple of the vowels shifted to “y”s: Kaelinda/Kaylynda.

I’ve created several new characters since I wrote that post nearly seven years ago, so I’ll tell you about how I came up with those characters’ names.

My Orc Shaman’s name was “Keshona”; when I created my Orc Mage and decided that the Mage was the Shaman’s mother, I named the mage “Kenosha”, a rearrangement of the consonants in the other name (and also a town in Wisconsin).

My Pandaren Mage is “Kaoling” because I wanted to name her “kaolin”, the word for the specific type of clay used to make Chinese porcelain, but that name was already taken.

I don’t remember exactly how I came up with “Khrissalys” for my Dwarf Mage, other than that I began with the “Kris” syllable and iterated the rest of the name until I was happy with the result, a combination of “Kris” and “Alice”. I like the way it sounds like “chrysalis”, too.

I renamed my Goblin Mage from “Kazuliza” to “Kermione” (a name I originally used for a Goblin Shaman) because I just couldn’t resist how perfect the portmanteau of “Kermit” and “Hermione” is for a Goblin Mage.

I still wanted to use “z” in a name, so then I ended up with “Kazithra”, a slightly sinister sounding name for a Grimtotem Shadow Priest. This character was originally a separate alt, but now exists as an alter-ego of my primary Priest.

At the same time that I created a secondary Tauren Priest alt, I also created a secondary Tauren Paladin alt. I named this character “Kishalla”; the “shall” syllable is inspired by the character Shallan in Brandon Sanderson’s Stormlight Archive. I later recycled the “Kishalla” name for, ironically, an Affliction/Demonology alter-ego for my Warlock.

Kamalia’s parents’ names, “Kehontah” and “Kawneiha”, come from playing with syllables and trying to come up with something that fit the Native American pastiche tone of Tauren culture.

My secondary Shaman, commonly known as “mini-Kam”, is formally “Kamalita” — literally “little Kamalia”.

The Underpowered Death Knight’s name started out as “Kaumalea”, which is deliberately, but obscurely, punny: “kau” is like “cow”, and “mal” is the Latin for “bad/evil”, thus, “bad cow”. Later, I changed the final syllable to “leia” because I wanted a Tauren with that ending syllable. When I draw the Underpowered Death Knight, I coil the long braids hairstyle that she uses in-game up into Princess Leia’s iconic cinnamon buns.

My Monk, Katewatha, got her name because I wanted to have a Tauren whose name shortened to “Kate” and because I wanted to use the letter “w” in another Tauren name. Searching for syllables that sounded okay together, the second half of her name ended up being the same as the name of BTH’s male Tauren Warrior who was my Druid’s leveling companion through level 80 (then BTH decided he didn’t enjoy Warriors and abandoned that alt).

My secondary Monk began her life as “Koralyra” (“coral” as a rearrangement of “carol”, plus “lyra”), a name I had previously invented for a short-lived Dwarf alt and liked enough to use again. Late in Warlords, I changed her name to “Kaobeka”, an anagram of “Akabeko” of Red Cow Rise. I’d actually already been using the name “Kaobeka” for a secondary Warrior alt, but I decided to delete that alt when the news of how specs would work in Legion came out. Besides, I thought that it was more fitting to name a Monk after Akabeko the Druid than a Warrior. When I recently decided to start using that secondary Warrior’s appearance as an alter-ego for Kregga, I retconned her name to “Kaobeqa” so as not to be an exact name-duplicate of Kaobeka the Monk (also, I wanted to use “q” in a name).

My most recent new character, the Demon Hunter, was originally going to reuse the “Koralyra” name. That didn’t quite feel right for her when I put it into the name box, though, so I shifted “lyra” to the “laira” that was the ending of my long-ago Blood Elf Death Knight’s name. Then it seemed better to shift “Kora” to “Kira”, the beginning of my long-ago Blood Elf Paladin’s name. “Kiralaira” felt much better for her both because it flows in a more Sin’dorei sort of way and because it recalls my two earlier characters.

Looking over the names I’ve chosen, they tend to reflect more on the racial identity of my characters than on their class identity. If I’m naming my characters as real people that makes sense — their racial identity has been part of them since they were born and their parents named them, whereas their class identity came to them later in their life.

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The challenge of the fortnight from Z & Cinder is

Is there something you’ve seen in WoW, or a NPC conversation you’ve overheard or even just an odd placed bit of scenery that just makes you stop and wonder?

I was doing Archaeology in Azsuna the other day when I noticed something odd on the ground. It looked like a little piece of metal grating, folded in the middle. No identifying information came up when I moused over it, however. Then I got attacked by a patrolling owlcat. After I’d killed and skinned the beast, I looked around and saw that the funny little grating was gone.

As I continued to traverse the digsite, I observed that all the sitting and sleeping owlcats appeared to have an extra pair of wings — insect wings! — poking out from their flanks.


When a seated owlcat got up and started prowling, the insect wings stayed behind on the ground at the place where it had been sitting.

I realized that the funny grating I’d noticed earlier was one of these strange insect wings marking the spawn points of the owlcats.

I observed this phenomenon in the Farondale and Rhut’van Passage digsite areas of Azsuna. I haven’t looked yet to see if owlcats in other areas or zones are similarly affected.

I’m pretty sure I’d never seen — not just “not noticed”, but truly not seen — these extra wings before Patch 7.2. What’s going on here?

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This fortnight, Z & Cinder’s Blog Challenge has another topic that I can’t pass up:

Best Dressed: We want to see your best transmogs, and hear the story behind them. How did you come up with them? How long did it take you to farm the pieces? And just how often do you change your outfits? Let us know!

Since Transmogrification went live in Patch 4.3 (29 November 2011), my characters have worn a lot of outfits. If I don’t count things like the new character creation screen sets or the starting zone sets for Death Knights and Demon Hunters, I have posted…

12 Demon Hunter outfits
28 Warlock outfits
29 Rogue outfits
37 Druid outfits
44 Warrior outfits
45 Paladin outfits
45 Monk outfits
47 Hunter outfits
56 Priest outfits
67 Shaman outfits
69 Death Knight outfits
and about 100 Mage outfits (I didn’t go count exactly how many outfits all the Minor Mages have)

It was really hard to pick just one “favorite” or “best” outfit for each class, and if I did this again next month, I might pick different ones! I tried to choose kits that I thought expressed the class fantasy as well as being outfits I’m just really dang proud of. Well, except for the Shaman one, which I picked because I think it’s hilarious.

DEMON HUNTER: BatGirl

Most of my other Demon Hunter kits that don’t use class-specific armor items could really be done equally well with any of the other leather-wearing classes. This one, though, works best on a Demon Hunter because it partly relies on the unique blindfold to create the look (though I guess a Rogue could also make it work with the T4 helm). I was fortunate that once I decided to make this kit, I was able to get the Heroic Dragon Soul Rogue lookalike shoulders on the first try.

WARLOCK: Doomcaller Moth

I love this Warlock robe because it’s not black and skulls and ugly. Instead, it’s very pretty indeed. I was delighted when I discovered how nicely the Malefic shoulders go with it because I like this robe but not the shoulders that go with it, and I like the Malefic shoulders but not the robe that goes with them.

ROGUE: Silver Covenant Razor

This kit expresses my desire to be able to play an Alliance High Elf. I know it will probably never happen, though.

DRUID: Sun, Moon, and Stars II

This outfit combines a number of items — the helm, the shoulders, the belt, the dagger — that I coveted for a long time before I finally got them. Cymre was gracious enough to let me roll for the dagger (which I then won) even though she wanted it herself when it dropped while I was helping her out with acquiring Val’anyr. I spent real money for the shoulders — before servers began to be linked, I discovered the shoulders on the AH of my secondary Horde server for a gold price that I could afford. I hadn’t seen them on the AH of my primary server very often, let alone for a gold price I could afford. So I spent the real money to transfer my banker over to the other server, then back, to get them for my Druid. That’s how much I wanted them.

WARRIOR: Truesteel & Truesilver

When I discovered how the filigree on the Truesilver breastplate is a similar pattern to the filigree on the Truesteel armor, well, then, I just had to use them together. This is a great Parade Dress look for a warrior — though not perhaps so functional and practical for being down and dirty in the field.

PALADIN: Crusade Champion

I’ve made at least three Argent Dawn/Argent Crusade-themed outfits for my Paladin. This one was created specifically to wear while I was doing the Broken Hilt/Quel’Delar questline. After going back and forth between all three outfits for awhile, I decided that this one best expressed the Paladin “I’m SHINY!” aesthetic.

MONK: Shado-Pan Smoke Knight

I’ve made multiple Shado Pan-themed outfits for my Monk. I chose this one for this post because I like the combination of dark and light grays and also because I designed it myself, whereas my other favorite Shado Pan Monk kit is a design that I borrowed from someone else.

HUNTER: Draenor Beast Master

I just love the combination of gold, blue, and green in this kit. I designed it when Transmogrification was still brand-new. I couldn’t actually make it for my Hunter until the account-wide Appearances tab was introduced, however, because the chestpiece is a BoP Leatherworking item, and it’s Kamalia who’s the Leatherworker in the family. Ketura is an Engineer.

PRIEST: Mystical Dragons

I surprised myself a bit by pulling this outfit out of my Priest’s collection. I just really love the colors of this robe and how nicely they coordinate with this fun shoulder design. Some of my other Priest outfits are also really pretty — but they’re also rather vanilla, common, not particularly creative combinations.

SHAMAN: Ow Mon, Me Eyes!

So this funky orange and aqua fist weapon with intellect on it dropped in Throne of Thunder, and I couldn’t resist coming up with a funky orange and aqua outfit to go with it. When I decided to pull in the funky aqua and magenta shield from Mogu’shan Vaults, the idea just got better!

DEATH KNIGHT: Dark Runes

I think this chestpiece style is fabulous for a Death Knight because the sigils on it remind me of the runes on Death Knight weaponry. This particular color is crafted, and the pattern is somewhat hard to come by, so I was delighted when I found it on the AH for a very reasonable price. The shoulders are also crafted, and I think that they look like an upgraded version of the shoulders that a newly-created Death Knight wears.

MAGE: A Study in Blue; Theramore Arcanist

I love this style of robe, especially the blue version. Being able to wear it with shoulders and belt hidden is wonderful!


The white wizard hat is a very special item in my wardrobe. It was only available from the Alliance version of the limited-time level 85 version of the Theramore’s Fall scenario that was the entirety of the Mists pre-launch event. I pushed my Human Mage hard to get her to level 85 in time to do that scenario — and then I ran it until I was so, so, so tired of it. If I’m remembering correctly, it took me 85 tries to get that white hat.

Characters that I’m playing actively — or at least logging in with regularly to do things like profession cooldowns or old reputation dailies — tend to get their outfits changed every 2 – 3 weeks. If I make an outfit that I’m not really all that happy with, I might change it as soon as one week has passed. If I make an outfit that I like a lot, and I don’t have any exciting new ideas that I really want to make — or the items I need for that exciting new idea just aren’t dropping, I might leave a character wearing the same outfit for several weeks. Characters that I’m not playing actively might get left wearing the same outfit for months or years.

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I’ve been enjoying reading Zeirah & Cinder’s Blog Challenge posts, so it’s about time I participated in one myself. This week, the theme is right up my alley:
Show off your alts — ALL your alts.

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The Big Fourteen — one of every class, plus my Alliance main and the Underpowered Death Knight — are the characters featured on my blog banner, who show up regularly in the Sunday Mog Show and whose activities I frequently talk about.


FARSEER Loremaster Kamalia of Thunder Bluff, Legend of Pandaria: Tauren Shaman, 110, Restoration/Elemental/Enhancement, Leatherworker
Assistant Professor Kaylynda the Diplomat: Human Mage, 101, Arcane/Frost/Fire, Scribe
Kaumaleia the Underpowered: Taunka Death Knight, 101, untalented


Talon Queen Kerisa, Guardian of Cenarius: Tauren Druid, 103, Balance/Restoration/Feral, Scribe
Stable Master Ketura, the Crazy Cat Lady: Tauren Hunter, 106, Beast Mastery/Survival/Marksmanship, Goblin Engineer
Blood Champion Keija, the Wakener: Tauren Warrior, 103, Arms/Fury/Protection, Blacksmith


Kregga of the Ashen Verdict: Grimtotem Tauren Death Knight, 103, Frost, Alchemist
Crusader Karaelia, the Argent Champion: Tauren Paladin, 103, Protection/Holy/Retribution, Jewelcrafter
Kaohana the Seeker: Tauren Priest, 103, Discipline/Holy, Enchanter & Tailor
Brewmaster Katewatha, Master of the Ways: Tauren Monk, 103, Mistweaver/Windwalker/Brewmaster, Alchemist


Ambassador Kaelinda of Silvermoon: Blood Elf Mage, 108, Fire/Arcane/Frost, Tailor
Firelord Kalaneia: Blood Elf Warlock, 103, Destruction, Alchemist
Kelisanna the Fabulous: Blood Elf Rogue, 103, Outlaw, Gnomish Engineer
Illidari Kiralaira: Blood Elf Demon Hunter, 104, Havoc, Leatherworker

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The next major group of characters is the Minor Mages, a collection of characters representing each of the playable races. Some of them have more developed personalities and backstories than most of the Big Fourteen, which I occasionally reference.


Kaprikka: Draenei Mage, 92, Arcane/Frost
Kivrinne: Undead Mage, 45, Frost
Kelilla: Gnome Mage, 42, Frost
Kikimaia: Troll Mage, 36, Frost
Kermione: Goblin Mage, 33, Fire
Kenosha: Orc Mage, 32, Fire
Kymberlea: Worgen Mage, 32, Fire
Keriluna: Night Elf Mage, 31, Arcane
Kaoling: Pandaren Mage, 31, Arcane
Khrissalys: Dwarf Mage, 30, Fire

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Then there are the Secondary Tauren — characters who I rolled to experiment with the third specs of my favorite classes. I discovered in Warlords that I didn’t really have the mental energy for more than one level-capped character per class, so since Legion made all specs available to everyone, I have retired these characters. I used to also have a secondary Paladin and a secondary Priest, but they were both under level 40 when Legion was announced, and I deleted them outright.


Kamalita of Thunder Bluff: Tauren Shaman, 100, Enhancement
Brewmaster Kaobeka: Yaungol Monk, 100, Brewmaster, Tailor & Leatherworker
Kaiuna the Explorer: Highmountain Tauren Druid, 63, Feral
Kamalita was originally rolled as an alt to leave behind in the guild we had been in on Lightninghoof when BTH and I decided to move our characters to Bloodhoof. I talk about her most frequently as “mini-Kam”. I eventually moved her to Duskwood, Bloodhoof’s linked server.
Kaobeka was originally named Koralyra; she is most often referred to as “the Pet-Battling Monk”, because that is how she did most of her early leveling.
Kaiuna is the Curly-Haired Tauren.

These two characters represent Kamalia’s parents.

Papa Kehontah: Tauren Warrior, 90, financial agent
Mama Kawneiha: Tauren Hunter, 60, financial agent
They both use the title “Elder” and wear Gold Wedding Bands; Mama also wears a Flawless Diamond Solitaire.

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I love Dwarves — I think they might be my favorite Alliance race — so I have a handful of Dwarf characters that I keep around even though I never play with any of them anymore.


Kyraleia: Dwarf Paladin, 64, Retribution/Holy (originally a Blood Elf)
Kjerstin: Dwarf Shaman, 30, Elemental
Kimorene: Dwarf Priest, 26, Holy (originally a Human)
Karolynne: Dwarf Rogue, 22, Outlaw
Kerithian: Dwarf Hunter, 6, Beast Mastery

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These alts are gone but not forgotten.

The Orc Shaman named Keshona (daughter of Kenosha), the Troll Shaman named Kilauea, the Blood Elf Priest named Kandrista, and the Gnome Warlock named Karrieanna persisted for several years; I finally pruned them mid-Warlords when I was trying to slim my roster down to just the characters I cared about the most.

And there have been many many more alts who had shorter lifetimes and often recycled names.

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home away from home in Kalimdor

Syrco’s What in WoW reminds you of your home? prompt brought to mind the “Ode to Orgrimmar” that I wrote early in the lifetime of this blog. In that post, I wrote:

I grew up in the great American West — Utah, Arizona, California. Zones like Mulgore and the Barrens remind me of different areas of the states where I grew up, the places I call home. My [maternal] grandparents live in the Red Rock country of southern Utah, near places like Moab, the Arches, Bryce Canyon, Zion National Park. I came to love their stark, arid beauty. Zones like Durotar, the Badlands, and Thousand Needles, which are clearly inspired by that part of the real world, evoke the same feelings of awe, wonder, and, yes, love in me. These places “feel like home”, if such a thing can be said about locations that only exist within a video game. This feeling of being “at home” in Horde zones is certainly part of why I enjoy being Horde.

Stonetalon Mountains and the Thistleshrub Valley sub-region of Tanaris also remind me of the landscapes of Utah and Arizona. Thus, most of central Kalimdor is, in one way or another, like the part of the world that is “home” to me. Somewhat surprisingly, I also found a reminder of home in Pandaria’s Townlong Steppes —

— these bushes irresistably remind me of the sagebrush that covers the valleys of Utah and Arizona.

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BTH and I flew back to Canada on Wednesday, only to find that our home internet had gone out. It took us until this afternoon to get it back online.

Among the many museums I visited while in Paris, I became particularly interested in going to the musee du quai Branly when I saw signs advertising that they had a temporary exhibition about the Plains Indians. I visited the wonderful Palais de la decouverte earlier that morning (it opens an hour before the Branly) and my camera’s memory card filled up just before I went in, so I was glad, when I finally got to the Branly, that I’d remembered to bring a sketchbook and some colored pencils.

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.

When I went into the museum’s permanent collection, these masks from Vanuatu, which apparently represent ogres of the local mythology, immediately reminded me of WoW’s Trolls:

The main body of the mask is a red clay, with designs painted in black. One mask stood out because it had a round face instead of an elongated one and bright blue paint instead of black. My sketches don’t adequately convey the strong dimensionality of the noses, eyebrows, and lips.

Our travels in Germany took us to Wurtzburg. Walking over the Alte Mainbrucke immediately reminded me of the bridge into Stormwind.


click on the images to visit the sites from which I borrowed them

Our last stop was in Freiberg, where we spent the weekend visiting with BTH’s parents, who have been there for the past 18 months as missionaries specifically called to serve in the Freiberg Temple. Senior couple missionaries have fewer restrictions on their activities than the young proselyting missionaries do, so on Monday (their day off), they took us to see the Terra Mineralia museum housed in one wing of the Freiberg schloss. The many huge crystal formations showcased in the collection — especially the amethysts — reminded me of the Draenei. They are also reminiscent of the areas of Outland where netherdrakes are found.

These aren’t quite the same thing as Syrco’s wonderful “What in WoW reminds you of your home?” prompt, though, so I shall have to address it properly sometime.

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This fortnight at the Blog Azeroth Shared Topic forum, Amerence says:

Let’s talk about “Time” in Timeless Isle — How much play time do you really spend time hanging out in this Island? What are the benefits despite those elite mobs ganking at you or, if you’re on a PvP server, for any faction tries to kill you? Or just Rare hunting? Is it really fun? Do you finish all the dailies by yourself or in a group?


these floating chests are probably my favorite thing about the Timeless Isle

One of Prinnie’s free-for-all Liebster questions was

Have you ever played a game so much your eyes glazed over? What game was it?

Well, the Timeless Isle glazes me over faster than just about anything else in the whole wide wonderful World of Warcraft. Running around mindlessly killing stuff just because it’s there or because it has aggroed onto me while waiting for a “rare” spawn or an event to appear bores me.

I don’t like the Timeless Isle because it makes me feel deeply inadequate. Some of my characters can handle the cranes, the yaks, the tigers, the turtles. I can’t do the big snakes. I haven’t really tried the crabs. The frogs and the elementals on the beach and in the cave get me more often than I get them. I can sometimes take on the littlest Yaungol. I don’t even try the big ones. The Timeless Isle exposes how poorly I play my characters… and because I have so very many characters with so very many other goals, I don’t want to spend the time and effort to learn how to play any one of them well enough to do well on the Timeless Isle. (I have not bothered with the Brawler’s Guild for the same reason.)

I will take a character who’s recently dinged 90 to the Timeless Isle once to do the introductory quests and to attempt to pick up armor tokens for any slots that weren’t filled by what I already had stashed away from previous characters’ trips to the Isle. I don’t try to get all the chests — just the easy ones I happen to wander past. (Kamalia herself only got the last chest for Treasure, Treasure Everywhere when BTH convinced me to go there with him as a last hurrah before he quit WoW to go play TESO until Warlords and he escorted me up to get the Blazing Chest. Despite Tome’s terrific tips, I am too much of a coward to try to get there by myself.) After that one trip, I generally don’t go to the Timeless Isle again until I’ve got another fresh 90.

I did spend a couple of hours on the Timeless Isle with my Paladin last week; I was out of ore, so she was flying around mining and when she got out to the eastern edge of the Jade Forest, I thought, “as long as I’m farming ore, I might as well pick up some Lesser Charms while I’m at it.” I felt really glazed over by the time I decided she had enough ore and could go home! Usually, though, I don’t even go to the Timeless Isle for Lesser Charms; I’d rather do dailies. Sure, doing dailies will take more time, but I will be less bored, and I will also get gold (instead of mostly useless Timeless Coins), miscellaneous useful items, and a much smaller repair bill!

I was quite grateful when, near the end of Cataclysm, BTH’s decision to change guilds for raiding reasons also moved us from the PvP server we’d initially rolled on (because his RL friends who were playing the game at the time were there) to a PvE server. In early Mists, seeing the high mixed-faction populations at all the rep-dailies areas — especially the Golden Lotus areas — made me even more grateful that I was no longer subject to ganking. The Timeless Isle has made me more grateful still! Even without taking the Censer of Eternal Agony into consideration, I would not want to go to the Timeless Isle ever, for any reason, if I were on a PvP server!

I am somewhat concerned about the extension of the Timeless Isle model to Warlords; if the level 100 non-raid content is too much in that vein, Warlords may be the expansion where Blizzard loses me. Hopefully Garrisons will prove engaging enough to retain my interest!

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This morning, Matthew Rossi over at WoW Inisder wonders,

…would you, if you could, make a copy of one of your characters on the other faction to play with friends of said faction?

I have often, frequently, wished that I could just make an Alliance duplicate of Kamalia, exactly as she was right at the moment, to play with my blue team friends. Now that I have a choice of races, she’d be a Dwarf. How much would I be willing to pay for it? Probably $50 – $75.

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