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12 weeks until BfA

Not a lot of either leveling or Order Hall Campaign progression happened this week because it was World Quest bonus week. Doing 20 WQs with all my level 110s — especially the three newest ones, who are all starving for Order Resources — took priority over anything else.

Well, I did do some of that WQing while sitting in LFR queues. Although I forgot to go get bonus roll tokens with my Druid before she went to LFR, she did get the lookalike of the Monk tier chestpiece from Emerald Nighthold. I remembered that I had some high ilevel plate items that I’d purchased off the AH sitting in my guild bank. With those, plus chasing WQs with equipment rewards, my Paladin was able to get her ilevel up enough to queue for Trial of Valor. So I’ve run Trial of Valor four times this week (once with each armor class), which is quite enough!
My “things to do in LFR” list just keeps getting longer. Gnomecore’s Aurinko reminded me that the LFR coloration of the Emerald Nighthold Priest set is quite nice, and checking the availability showed that the lookalikes of the shoulders and chestpiece are possible loot drops for a Mage from the Tormented Guardians wing. So Kaelinda did that, albeit with no luck. And I remembered that a while back, I designed a “pink” outfit for Navimie that used the lookalike of the Emerald Nighthold Rogue LFR shoulders. Both my Druid and my Demon Hunter went and tried for those, unsuccessfully.

I did get some leveling done — my Warrior insisted. She didn’t want to look like a poncy blood elf while doing it, however, so she went back to her Ymirjar Battlelord outfit (#53). She managed to complete the Thorignir chapter of Stormheim. That wasn’t enough to tick her over to the next level, but any progress is progress.
My Death Knight, who was almost but not quite level 106 after the Darkmoon Faire at the beginning of this month, and was the only one of the Twelve Classes remaining at level 105, wanted to get to 106. With only 7% of the level left to go and not feeling like doing any serious zone questing, I pursued the Alchemy questchain instead. “You have to work with Deucus Valdera?” Kivrinne said. “Oh, Kregga, I’m sorry.”

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My Druid got the cloak that matches her Tier set on her first run through Emerald Nightmare. The wing she’ll need to farm is Tormented Guardians because Cenarius drops the robe and the belt. She’ll need to farm Tichondrius in Nighthold, too, because he drops the shoulders (and there isn’t a lookalike for that piece).

My level 108 Paladin had been sitting on an Order Hall Campaign quest to run Legion Violet Hold since level 104 (before she could even queue for that dungeon). I originally leveled her as a Tank, but I hadn’t tanked for a group with her since she hit level 90 back in Mists — she LFRed as a Healer. But I hadn’t put as much AP into her Holy Artifact as into her Prot Artifact, so I steeled my nerves and queued as a Tank. I figured that Violet Hold wouldn’t be too bad to noob tank because the trash is waves on a timer and there’s no special path through the landscape that needs to be learned. I warned the group when I zoned in that I hadn’t tanked for a long time, and it went okay — the Demon Hunter DPS kept stealing aggro from me, but I think that it wasn’t deliberate, it was just that I was screwing up my threat generation. After turning in the Order Hall quest and its follow-up, I got her to level 110 by doing a little bit in Highmountain and completing the main storyline in Stormheim.

Six classes leveled to 110, six left to go. At this point, I am thinking that I will push through the leveling, then work on the Order Hall Campaigns.

When the Trial of Valor sets first showed up on the PTR way back when, I looked at them and thought that the cloth set was quite nice, the plate set was okay, and the other two were kind of meh. It occurred to me now, however, that I really ought to get the leather set, too, because shoes that show on Tauren hooves.

So my Druid ran Trial of Valor and got started on collecting the whatsits to get the Normal-mode version of the set from the quest. Then it occurred to me that I might as well pick up the mail and plate sets, too, even if it’s just for the sake of being able to use isolated items for mix-and-match later on. So Kamalia went to Trial of Valor, too, and my Paladin will start doing Trial of Valor as soon as I can get her geared up enough. I should have enough time to complete those quests before BfA launches by LFRing, but if I don’t, it’s no big deal because the quest whatsits also drop from Helarjar Landing WQs.

(Oh, hey, I just noticed that the Paladin boots from Tomb of Sargeras and Antorus also have pieces that show up fitted over Tauren hooves! Are there any others…?

While several sets of boots from this expansion have 3D pieces over the knees, the Shaman boots from Tomb of Sargeras were the only others that I found that had over-hoof pieces.)

During the past few weeks, I’ve also been making good progress on my RL summer to-do list. I’ve finished overhauling the homework assignments for the first semester of organic chemistry and have started working on re-doing the homework assignments for the second semester of organic chemistry. I’d been neglecting the front flower garden and the rosebed during the last few hectic weeks of the semester and they were full of huge weeds; I finally managed to get the weeds pulled, too.

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14 weeks until BfA

This week, I mostly focused on getting my Druid up to level 110. Finishing up Highmountain (except Nesingwary) only got her to mid-108, so she did the Trial of Might and Trial of Valor chapters of Stormheim, ran all of the leveling dungeons once (which she had to do anyway for Chapter 3 of her Order Hall Campaign), and dinged 110 turning in Tyrande’s quest to rescue Malfurion from Darkheart Thicket. She finished Chapter 3 of her Order Hall Campaign, mostly because having completed the dungeon quests put the Emerald Dreamway in a phased state that she had to complete the chapter to clear. Kamalia crafted the Dreadleather set for her, and now she’s ready to start LFRing Emerald Nighthold.

My Paladin will probably be next; she’s reached 108 from spending the last two or three months doing the fishing dailies in Old Dalaran trying to get the Jeweled Fishing Pole.

For reference, my remaining alts (Rouge, Priest, Warrior, Warlock. Monk, Death Knight) are all high 105-low 106 from having completed the first two chapters of Stormheim, the main Tear of Elune storyline in Val’sharah, the level 103 stage of their Order Hall Campaign (Chapter 2), and many months of profession quests at the Darkmoon Faire. These many moons of profession quests have also put them all at 780 or 785 for their primary professions, too.

Although Lord of Icecrown kindly tipped me off that my Hunter wouldn’t need to go into Suramar City itself for her Hunter Campaign quest in Suramar, I didn’t get around to doing it until last night. The next quest was to go talk to a Warlock in Azsuna whom I seem to remember having done something with for Chapter 2 of one of my other Order Hall Campaigns (but I forget which one). I decided to save that for later and go do World Quests for Order Resources, which she badly needs, instead.

Kaylynda continued doing the Ashlei Pet Battle daily even after Sign of the Critter week was over because it’s still really good XP for her — as long as she’s leveling a pet, she gets 12K XP from the battle itself in addition to the 16K XP from the quest, and 28K easy XP a day is nothing to sneeze at. Although she’s parked in Shadowmoon Valley-Draenor, I’ve been using the Legion companion app to run character XP Order Hall missions for her. Thus, she is now level 108. Only two more levels to go, and then I can recruit the Void Elves!

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15 weeks until BfA

My Hunter has stalled out in her Order Hall Campaign because the quest she’s currently at is to meet Khadgar in Suramar, with hints that I might have to go into the City. Before doing this Hunter questchain, therefore, I think I’d probably better advance the Suramar storyline at least to the point where I’ve got the disguise for going into the City.

My Druid is working her way through the Highmountain storyline and has gone up two levels, from 105 to 107. I chose her to push to 110 next because of how I want to do Emerald Nighthold LFRing with her.

My Mage got the robes from Trial of Valor LFR, but is still looking for the pants.

Around Patch 7.2, the Garrison Hearthstone became rather unreliable — it only seems to work properly if I’m already on Draenor; otherwise, it disconnects me. For most of the Twelve Classes, this wasn’t a huge problem (merely an annoyance), because they could just hop through the portal to Ashran that’s in the Orgrimmar throne room. My Rogue and Warlock, however, couldn’t use that portal because they hadn’t completed the original Tanaan questline/scenario-thing — they were the last of the Classes to go to Draenor, and the sooper sekrit backdoor teleport from the Timeless Isle to Gorgrond was discovered right about then, so I very gratefully used it to skip Tanaan with them. So this weekend, I ran the Rogue and the Warlock through Tanaan 6.0, and now they can use the Ashran portal if ever I have a desire to do Mog photoshoots with them on Draenor.

BTH has a PS4 on loan from a friend for the summer, and watching him play Horizon Zero Dawn is terribly distracting. He also wants me to play Ratchet & Clank on it…

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I thought that killing Gul’dan was what had triggered the appearance of the Whispers of a Frightened World quest for Kaelinda, but when I queued up for the last wing of Nighthold LFR with Kamalia, completing it did not cause the quest to appear for Kamalia. Hmm… Ah, Kaelinda had already been to the Broken Shore before she did Betrayer’s Rise LFR. So I went to the Broken Shore with Kamalia, and then Khadgar had the Whispers of a Frightened World quest for her the next time she went to Dalaran.

Wow… that little bit of the Maker’s Perch installation that we get to see during the Sholazar Basin zone questing is just the tip of the iceberg, so to speak.

Next, Kamalia had to deal with a problem at the Heart of Azeroth called Magatha Grimtotem. Now that she is one of the Farseers of the Earthen Ring, Kamalia didn’t find Magatha nearly as intimidating as she once had. Instead, she found herself trying very hard to not laugh aloud at the condescending, patronizing way that Magatha treated her. In real life, I’m sure I would find someone like Magatha incredibly difficult to put up with. From the other side of the screen, however, I find her characterization to be quite excellently done. And though Kamalia shared some of Muln’s outrage at having to cooperate with one who had caused so much harm to Thunder Bluff, she agreed with Nobundo that it was better to have Magatha and the Doomstone where the Earthen Ring could keep an eye on them.

Then it was Kiralaira’s turn to go to the Broken Shore. Kiralaira agrees with Lady S’theno that the Illidan is the one true master of the Illidari — the current Illidari Council, herself included, are only standing in until Illidan can be restored. And as much as she likes Kor’vas as a friend and respects her as a fellow leader of the Illidari, she’s secretly amused by S’theno’s snide commentary about the other woman.

The next time Kiralaira went to Dalaran, she checked in with Khadgar, and I discovered that the only thing needed to unlock the Whispers of a Frightened World scenario is going to the Broken Shore.

Meanwhile, Kaelinda finally managed to complete her Nighthold LFR tier lookalike set (or the major, visible pieces of it, at any rate), thanks to the generosity of a Warlock who got the lookalike shoulders from Chronomatic Anomaly and asked if anyone would like them. I’d never have begged for them, but when they were offered freely, I spoke up and said I’d like them — giving the qualification that I only needed them for Mogging, as I had a better item stats-wise already. I should remember to show the same generosity the next time I get a duplicate of an item I already have.

Kaelinda has now moved on to Trial of Valor LFR. I hadn’t been running Nighthold LFR every week (just when I felt like it), but I’ll want to run Trial of Valor LFR every week until I’ve got all the oojimies to get the Normal mode ensemble from the quest — and hope that the chest and pants for the LFR version drop while I’m at it.

My Hunter had been sitting at 109 for quite some time — she gained quite a few levels early in the expansion from doing Battle Pet leveling during Sign of the Critter bonus event weeks — so I took her out and pushed her through to level 110. She’s now plugging away at her Order Hall Campaign.

Hmm, as it is now Sign of the Critter week again, perhaps I ought to send Kaylynda out to get an easy level or two from battling Ashlei.

There are now 16 weeks remaining until August 14th, and I have eight of the Twelve Classes remaining to get to level 110. So I guess that means I should try to get one additional character up to level 110 in each fortnight from now until then — although trying to get them through a little faster than that, maybe in a week and a half each, would give me more time to also get them through their Order Hall Campaigns before everyone else in Azeroth runs off to Zandalar and Kul Tiras.

Though really, if I don’t manage to make it into Battle for Azeroth content until Patch 8.1 because I’m still trying to finish up all the stuff I want to do from Legion content, that might not be such a bad thing — I’ll catch the first wave of catch-up adjustments 😛

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Well well well, Battle for Azeroth is coming on August 14th.

My Fall Semester will begin the next week, but that doesn’t mean that I’ll have a week to play Battle for Azeroth before classes begin, because I’ll be stuck in faculty meetings of one sort or another for quite a bit of that week.

I have three rather massive school-related projects I need to work on over the summer — I desperately need to thoroughly overhaul my online homework assignments, I desperately need to write some Staff Notes for my lab manuals so that the stockroom assistants will be able to get the labs fully set up for me and I won’t have to scramble at the last minute trying to find stuff every week, and I need to revise and update my lab manuals.

I will need to focus on those projects during kiddo’s mid-day naptime.

So, I am looking at the things I want to accomplish in the Broken Isles and sorting them into things that must be done before August 14th because they require participating in Legion group content, and things that can wait because they don’t require participating in Legion group content.

Things that DO have to be done before August 14th
* Take Kamalia to the last wing of Nighthold LFR (Gul’dan) so that she can unlock the “Whispers of a Frightened World” scenario
* Do enough of Argus with Kiralaira to get through running the Seat of the Triumvirate dungeon; finishing up Argus after that point may have to wait
* Level Hunter, Paladin, Priest, Rogue, Warlock, Death Knight, Monk, Warrior, and Druid to 110 and complete their 7.0 Order Hall Campaigns because ai-yi-yi so many dungeons that must be run
* Do Blacksmithing questchain until complete Demonsteel set can be crafted, because that process is sure to involve dungeons that must be run
* LFR Emerald Nightmare/Nighthold with Kerisa to get that Druid Tier set (I happen to think the LFR coloration is the prettiest for that set)
* Finish Broken Shore campaign with Kaelinda, because the Mage Flying Disc is the only Class Mount that I really really really want

Things that DON’T have to be done before August 14th
* Doing enough of Argus with Kamalia to unlock the other Magni Bronzebeard scenario (I forget what it is called right now) — unless that doesn’t open up until after the Seat of the Triumvirate part, in which case it will need to be done before
* Doing enough of the Broken Shore campaign to get everyone their last Order Hall Champion
* Taking Xe’ra’s Revisionist History of Illidan course with Kiralaira
* Doing Deaths of Chromie with Karaelia
* Recruiting the Highmountain Tauren and starting to level those new characters
* Recruiting the Void Elves and starting to level a Void Elf Mage

Unless BTH decides he wants to come back to WoW for the launch of Battle for Azeroth, I very well might NOT be going to Zandalar or Kul Tiras with the crowd on August 14th.

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Over the past few weekends, I set myself to completing the 7.0 half of the Suramar campaign. With both Kamalia and Kaelinda, the point I’d stopped at was just before Ly’leth Lunastre’s instructions to meet with Vanthir. When I finally went to meet with Vanthir, and did the Waning Crescent chapter of the campaign, then I began to understand why Anne Stickney has been praising the storytelling in Suramar all expansion long. I hadn’t really felt like I could relate to Thalyssra and Valtrois — or even Occuleth, though I liked him better than the other two. But when I started to meet common folk Nightborne like Vanthir and Deline, then I started to be able to think of what a Nightborne character that I might create could be like.

Meanwhile, BTH recently decided to re-sub up to WoW and has been busily plowing through the Broken Shore and Argus campaigns. After having spent a lot of time corpse-running in the Midnight Court area of Suramar yesterday evening while working on the Statecraft chapter of the Suramar campaign, this evening, I enlisted BTH to help me with the quests in the first part of the Change of Seasons chapter that required me to return to that neighborhood. That made it much easier!

Now that I’ve finally completed Broken Isles Pathfinder, Part One, I think it’s time to go to the Broken Shore and do Broken Isles Pathfinder, Part Two before I continue on to the 7.1 half of the Suramar campaign.

As for Koralythria, my future Nightborne Mage… Not all Nightborne are over 10,000 years old, like Elisande, Thalyssra, Valtrois, and Occuleth. We know this because Nightborne have children — I love that there are so many Nightborne children in Suramar City (and that there are child models for the Zandalari Trolls in the datamining from the first Battle for Azeroth build) — which means that there are Nightborne of all ages. So she is relatively young, probably about the same age as Kaelinda — who is a young adult, as Blood Elves go, at a little over 100 years old. She lived in the southwestern half of the city and recieved help from Vanthir at the Waning Crescent, then joined Thalyssra at Shal’Aran. As a commoner, she does not have any glowy tattoos. I observed that only the elitest of the elites have those — not even nobles such as Ly’leth Lunastre or her friend Lady Aurore have the glowy tattoos. She’s probably an artisan of some kind — perhaps an apprentice or assistant to one of the merchants in the Evermoon Bazaar, or maybe one of the horticulturalists who tended the Glitterpools along the Grand Promenade. She’s a Mage, so she’s done some scholarship of magic, but that won’t become her main career until after the Insurrection.

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