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This weekend, I finally managed to get Kamalia through the last side quests in Vol’dun. Despite the seemingly endless chaining of the side quests, Vol’dun ended up being my favorite Zandalar zone. I liked how the windsculpted white dunes and black rocks, with red at the base of the black rocks, are similar to Frostfire Ridge, only with sand instead of snow. I liked how it has the half-buried Troll ruins of Tanaris, only with the upgraded graphics of Uldum. I liked the cacti and other vegetation in different parts of the zone. I liked the variety of microclimates within the zone, from the salt basins to the Whistlebloom Oasis (another similarity to Frostfire Ridge) to the red and black rock formations around the landside edges to the more lush Tortaka Refuge and Temple of Kimbul area in the north to the marshes and other coastal biomes around the beach edges. I liked the Vulpera a lot (and would love to roll one if they ever become an Allied Race), and the (friendly) Sethrak more than I expected to.

I also did the Zandalar Forever scenario… and then I felt like there should have been some kind of follow-up about what that purple blast was all about. I vaguely remembered from Nazmir zone questing that the meaning of “The Final Seal” has something to do with G’huun and Uldir. It seemed like there should have been someone (Talanji, perhaps?) being very alarmed about the loss of the Final Seal and sending me to assemble 24 of my best friends to go get the situation at Uldir under control. Maybe that only pops up after finishing the 8.0 part of the War Campaign?

Finishing the War Campaign (both parts) is my next goal, followed by doing the Fate of Saurfang questline. At that point, Kamalia will probably take a rest from doing BfA content so that I can get my Mage, my Druid, and my Paladin started on Zandalar questing.

Then there’s the whole Alliance half of the story; I’d like to get at least my Human Mage and my Night Elf Druid out to Kul Tiras sometime soon-ish.

I discovered recently that because of Kamalia doing Zandalar questing, Kjerstin has the corresponding Kul Tiras quest reward appearances available in her Wardrobe. Thus, if my Horde Paladin does Zandalar questing, my Alliance Paladin will get the appearances of the Kul Tiras gear. If a Horde character wants to wear the Kul Tiras styles (or an Alliance character wants to wear the Zandalar styles), however, they’ll have to buy the greens with those appearances off the AH. Speaking of which, I have loved that, starting in Warlords, the random drop greens have just been the same appearances as the quest set gear rather than being different styles or a separate recolor of the quest set gear. This feature means that either one can ignore the random drop greens and vendor/AH/DE them, or one can use random drop greens to fill in items that one might not have from a set due to not having completed all of the quests that give that set (as might easily happen with an alt who is picking and choosing quests rather than doing everything).

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This has been a good week.

* Kamalia dinged 120 in Vol’dun. Having gotten distracted by what turned out to be not just a node but a full-blown hub of sidequests, she still has to do the last two major storyline chapters of the zone. I plan to try to complete Vol’dun before tackling the rest of the War Campaign and all the other stuff there is to do now that she’s reached the level cap…

* The three classes whose complete Order Hall sets I most wanted — Paladin, Druid, and Monk — have all managed to reach Exalted with Suramar. Those three characters are also Exalted with Highmountain, so they’re now ready to roll out to Dazar’alor.

* My Demon Hunter, Rogue, and Warlock are also done with Legion stuff. I don’t intend to level in Zandalar with them anytime soon, though, so I’m not sure whether I want to send them to Dazar’alor anyway, leave them in New Dalaran, or take them “home” to Silvermoon.

* My Monk had reached ~175 World Quests completed since obtaining the Hidden appearance for her Brewmaster Artifact, so I took an evening to clear the map of World Quests and get the 200 World Quests tint for the Hidden appearance.

* My Demon Hunter got the last Mission Table mission that she needed to reach Exalted with the Army of the Light. Now I can go do the Lightforged Draenei recruitment scenario and find out what all the fuss about T’Paartos was about back when Patch 7.3.5 was new (Having spent my tweens and teens reading Star Trek novels, however, I can’t help but think that T’Paartos sounds like a name for a Vulcan woman, rather than a name for a Draenei man…).

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The point of making a To-Do List is to feel a sense of progression, achievement, and accomplishment by crossing things off of it when they are completed, yes?

It’s the end of the year, so now it’s time to revisit the “Bucket List” that I posted at the beginning of the year, with all the stuff that I actually managed to accomplish crossed off.

* Complete the Good Suramaritan (27 January) and Suramar Insurrection (15 March) storylines with Kaelinda

* Level Hunter (April 20), Druid (May 4), Paladin (May 12), Warrior (May 28), Priest (June 3), Death Knight (June 11), Monk (June 14), Warlock (July 1), and Rogue (July 2) to 110

* Complete 7.0 Order Hall Campaigns for Druid, Warlock, Rogue, Hunter, Monk, Warrior, Priest, Paladin, Death Knight (last Order Hall Campaign completed on 28 July)

* Do enough of Broken Shore with each character to obtain their Legionfall Champion

* Do Argus campaign with Kiralaira

* LFR Emerald Nightmare with Kerisa

* Do the Blacksmithing questchain with Keija at least until she can craft the Demonsteel set

* Level Kaylynda to 110 (May 28)

* Recruit Nightborne, do Void Elves, and Highmountain Tauren

* Kerisa needs to be Exalted with Dreamweavers. Keija needs to be Exalted with Valarjar. Karaelia wants to be Exalted with Valarjar because Valarjar tabard is pretty and has colors suitable for “I wanna be SHINY!” Mogs. Kaohana needs to be be Exalted with Valarjar to be able to obtain the Hidden appearance for the Holy Artifact. All Tauren will want to be Exalted with Highmountain (still working on this…).

* Continue Paragoning Highmountain with Kamalia and Suramar with Kaelinda until moose and flying carpet mounts have been obtained (I abandoned Paragoning for Highmountain because the moose mount for recruiting the Highmountain Tauren Allied Race is cooler looking anyway, but I am still stubbornly plugging away at Suramar with Kaelinda)

These objectives were not achieved, and I may or may not get around to doing them because I’m getting itchy to just move on to Battle for Azeroth content already

* Do enough of Broken Shore with Kaylynda to see the Anduin-retrieves-Shalamayne cinematic

* Do the Xe’ra’s Revisionist History Of Illidan questline with Kiralaira

* Do the Deaths of Chromie scenario with Karaelia to earn the bronze version of the plate dragon head shoulders

I didn’t accomplish everything on my list, but I’m pretty happy with what I did accomplish!

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Well, Battle for Azeroth is here.

I’ve still got a lot of stuff I want to do in the Broken Isles, though, and I’d rather do most of it now than leave it as loose ends that I may or may not ever come back to later. Besides, I’ll probably have a better time in Battle for Azeroth content if I wait until the first round of adjustments go out in Patch 8.1 anyway… 😛

Kiralaira needs to do the In the House of Light and Shadow questline — at least until I get to the “go get umpteen oojimies from dungeons” part — so that I will understand that scene with Xe’ra and Illidan on Argus better. She also needs to get to Exalted with the Argussian Reach because Void Elves.

Kaylynda needs to pursue the Legionfall Campaign at least until she gets to the “Anduin reclaims Shalamayne” questline and cinematic.

Karaelia and Kregga need to spend some time on the Broken Shore farming Nethershards so that they can acquire the Armaments of the Silver Hand and Armaments of the Ebon Blade, respectively.

Ketura, Karaelia, and Keija didn’t actually finish the Highmountain questline while they were leveling. They need to go back and do that as part of my larger goal to get all of my Tauren to Exalted with Highmountain so that they can use the War Harnesses as accessory pieces for Mogs.

Kaohana needs to get Exalted with the Valarjar so that if and when she ever reaches level 120, she can come back and solo Halls of Valor until Hyrja drops the piece for the Hidden appearance of Tu’ure.

Several characters still need to get to Exalted with Suramar for their Order Hall set shoulders.

Everyone needs to get to Revered with Armies of Legionfall for the “poor man’s flask” Repurposed Fel Focuser.

Karaelia needs to thwart all of the Deaths of Chromie so that she can get the bronze version of the dragonhead shoulders. She also needs to go recruit Maximillian of Northshire as a Champion for her Order Hall.

Kaelinda found the Lost Mail and returned it to Madam Goya — now I need to take some time to go do the rest of the Postmaster questline. And she refuses to leave the Broken Isles until Thalyssra has given her a Leywoven Flying Carpet.

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1 week until BfA


Kiralaira finally went to Argus. The story drew me in; I played it over three nights and it wasn’t hard to keep going until I hit the achievement that marked the end of each part. I took 2429 screenshots along the way. Though I don’t care for the fel-ravaged visuals of Krokuun and the Antoran Wastes, Mac’Aree is hauntingly beautiful. Vigilant Quoram’s tests were somehow not as difficult as I’d been expecting them to be — even the first room of the Test of Tenacity was not as frustrating as the shifting rune maze in the pre-Mage Tower part of the Karam Magespear questline. I am ridiculously amused by how even after a thousand years of living with the Lightforged, Turalyon still has a gringo accent when he says the Draenei greetings.

During this week, my Monk and Paladin will be running selected dungeons to get to 8 different dungeons completed and earn their Order Hall set pants.

My Paladin got her official Legionfall Champion while I was pushing through Order Hall Campaigns — but Paladins can also get a 10th Champion, Maximillian of Northshire. I haven’t done that questline yet, so maybe I’ll do it this week — or maybe I’ll let it wait until later.

These past few weeks of being so focused on the major goals of completing the 7.0 Order Hall Campaigns and doing the Argus Campaign have left me way behind on my prep for Fall Semester. That’s part of why I’ve decided to leave playing through the War of Thorns until the night of August 12th. Doing that, however, means that I’m having to mentally bookmark a backlog of reaction and analysis posts on blogs and Wowhead and Blizzard Watch about The War of Thorns, Warbringers: Sylvanas, Old Soldier, Elegy, and A Good War.

Oh, and the conference I went to? Amazing! I only wish it had been earlier in the summer, so that I could have had more time to figure out how to restructure my courses to implement some of the ideas that I learned about.

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After finishing up the Warrior campaign, I did Priest & Paladin in parallel, alternating between them. Despite the dire circumstances, the twins were delighted to be able to work together for their Order Hall Campaigns — and the members of their orders observed and recognized the special synergy between them. Then I pushed through the rest of Death Knight because I just wanted to be done already with Order Hall Campaigns. I got spoiled on how the DK campaign ends long ago — one reason why I was saving it for last — and it was as epic… and troubling… as advertised.

I’m feeling kind of burned out on WoW now — having a 5-day break while I attend this chemical education conference is actually rather refreshing!

My Priest also picked up the Hidden appearance for her Disc Artifact. So far, I’ve gotten the Hidden appearances for Arcane Mage, Fire Mage, Frost Mage, Brewmaster Monk, Holy Paladin, Enhancement Shaman, Beastmaster Hunter, and Guardian Druid.
Interestingly, though Kamalia hasn’t obtained the base Hidden appearances for Elemental or Resto, she has the 200 WQ tint of those appearances available for her to use.
I’ll have to come back at level 120 to farm the dungeon drops for the Hidden appearances for Balance Druid and Holy Priest.
I’d thought about getting the Feral Druid one for Kerisa, but I decided instead to get it with my Highmountain Tauren Druid.

Niskara, Niskara, Niskara… Marksmanship Hunter, Blood Death Knight, and Holy Priest all go there at the very beginning of things to get Artifacts. Warlocks go there for Chapter 2 of their campaign. Paladins and Priests have an intersecting storyline there near the end of Chapter 3 & beginning of Chapter 4 of their respective campaigns. Demon Hunters and Warriors conclude their campaigns there. From a meta perspective, I recognize that this place is a hub to answer the common complaint about art resources being created that only a small fraction of the playerbase will ever see (locations such as Kezan, the Broken Isles, Gilneas-before-the-Cataclysm, and the Wandering Isle, for example) and to reduce the load on the art team. From an in-universe lore perspective, though, why is this scrap of a world such a central location? Might that have been explained in some bit of quest text that I have long since forgotten?

I was greatly relieved to read Gnomecore’s report that the gear from the Darkshore WQs uses the new character selection screen/Boosted/Warlords Salvage Yard models — I have all of those already, so no need for me to run myself ragged trying to collect them. Between missing 5 days of play time and wanting to finally do the Argus campaign when I get back, I may end up doing all three chapters of the War of Thorns back-to-back with just one character per faction on the night of August 12th. On the Alliance side, it will be Kerithian the Night Elf Druid, of course. On the Horde side, I’m thinking it will be Kelisanna the Rogue, to observe and report on Sylvanas’ operations for Regent Lord Theron.

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And now you have seen the other project that I’ve been working on for the past few weeks.

I was sad to see that the insta-WQ item was gone. It makes sense why, though. Like the Garrison & Order Hall gold missions, it would have been a thing that some people would have felt compelled to keep coming back for, and so they removed it. I have gotten enough from it, though. I accumulated enough Marks of Honor to get all the Legion PvP sets I wanted — as well as a number of PvP sets or items from previous expansions — with a small pile left over. I also got enough Honor that when the Patch 8.0 changes went through, my collective Honor level went up to 10 and earned me the default tint of the PvP appearance for my Artifacts — something that I wasn’t even trying to accomplish.

Rogue, Monk, and Hunter completed their Order Hall Campaigns.
Knowing what will be beginning today, and knowing that the devs are working story on at least the rough outline level an expansion or two in advance, the ending of the Rogue campaign left a slightly bitter, sour taste in the mouth.
The voice of the Dwarf Monk champion Angus Ironfist reminds me of that of my paternal grandfather.
If the Hunters need specialized ammunition to take on the felhounds being bred by Hakkar the Houndmaster at the felhound place in Faronaar, how is it that everyone else can just waltz in there and take them on with only their usual toolkits?

I hoped to get Warrior done, too, but then I hit a “do some more Champion missions” and didn’t want to stay up all night waiting for them. At this very late stage of the expansion, I didn’t have any trouble with the Ulduar scenario stage of the Warrior campaign, but with so many huge AOE packs!, I can see how it would have been absolutely brutal early in the expansion.

So I’ll finish Warrior tonight, and then I’ll have Priest, Paladin, and Death Knight left. I probably won’t be able to finish all of them by next Tuesday, because the chemical education conference that I’ve been anticipating all summer is Sunday through Thursday of next week. I should be able to finish them before August 13th, though… and hopefully I can get my Demon Hunter through Argus by then, too…

Although I would dearly like Kaelinda to have the golden eyes, her face is not one of the three golden-eyed faces.
Kelisanna’s face, though, is.

Kelisanna was probably at the Sunwell the day that Quel’Delar was purified there; she would have known that Kaelinda and Karaelia were travelling there, and why, and as a member of Lor’themar’s intelligence corps, she would have considered that she ought to be there for security reasons. She would also have been at the Sunwell the day that Kaelinda brought First Arcanist Thalyssra there and Alleria Windrunner showed up coincidentally (but not, to a spy, unexpectedly), for similar reasons. Either one of those events could have given her enough of an infusion of Light to cause the change in her eye color. She claims, however, that it was merely the extended exposure to all that gold in the Vault of the Uncrowned that did it.

But… I wasn’t really feeling it. If Kaelinda couldn’t have the golden eyes, it didn’t seem quite right for another of my established Blood Elf characters to have them instead. After a few days, I changed Kelisanna’s face back to the version with green eyes.

I still wanted a golden-eyed Blood Elf, though.

Long ago, I had a Blood Elf Paladin. Then Cataclysm gave us Tauren Paladins, and having two Horde Paladins felt redundant. So I faction-swapped my Blood Elf Paladin into a Dwarf, because Dwarf Paladins are awesome. I’ve been happy with my Dwarf Paladin — but in the back of my mind, I’ve missed my Blood Elf Paladin.

So I rolled a new, golden-eyed Blood Elf Paladin. She has the same hair color as and is indirectly named after the female Blood Elf Paladin who was the guild leader and healing leader of the guild with whom BTH and I raided Karazhan through Ulduar.

Before I faction transferred her, I’d gotten my original Blood Elf Paladin up to about level 63 or 64, which was high enough to solo the pre-Cataclysm Blood Elf Paladin mount quest chain. Because by that point in Wrath the Paladin mounts were learned automatically with riding skills at level 20 & 40, I did the quest chain primarily to get the auxiliary reward of the Blood Knight Tabard — which then got transmuted into a generic guild tabard when I faction transferred her. I was relieved to see that my new Blood Elf Paladin had access to the Blood Knight Tabard in the Appearances collection.

Speaking of interesting character appearances… There’s these blue-haired Eversong Elf Mages who show up in Kirin Tor places. I’m not sure if they’re actually supposed to be High Elves that have become blue-haired because of their exposure to arcane energy, or blue dragons in humanoid form. At any rate, the only way to achieve that look as a player character is to be a Blood Elf Death Knight (Void Elves don’t have that exact shade of blue, and their hairstyles are different, so I couldn’t quite replicate that look with my Void Elf Mage — though I’m sure she’ll mimic their clothes anyway).

I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve made and deleted a blue-haired Blood Elf Death Knight.

If I can create a new character just to have a golden-eyed Blood Elf… then I can create (again — and keep this time) a blue-haired Blood Elf.

Meet Kandrista the Eccentric, a Frost Death Knight who will frequently run around in a cloth robe, pretending that she’s a Frost Mage.

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