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This week, I forsook trying to work on preparations for next semester during my kids’ midday naptime in favor of catching up with Azeroth.

I decided to see Talanji crowned first. That was a very well-done piece of story, though I do wonder how the word got out of Rastakhan’s bargain with Bwonsamdi. My inner thirteen year-old is totally shipping Talanji and Rokhan. My grown-up self scoffs at the idea of Talanji needing or wanting a consort or an heir anytime soon, and is pleased with how many women are in meaningful positions of power in Zandalar (and in Kul Tiras, from what I’ve seen of the Alliance story so far). It seems to me like Blizzard is trying to make up for the debacle following the initial announcement of Warlords of Draenor.

Intrigued by seeing the spirit of Vol’jin at the Golden Throne following Talanji’s ascension, I decided to do the Shadow Hunter questline next. I thought the revisiting of the events at the very beginning of Legion was nicely done. The visits with the Lich King and Eyir, and Bwonsamdi’s description of them as his rivals for the claiming of souls, and the hints that there are other rivals that we may not have yet met were great because they made the world of Azeroth feel more connected and coherent. Between those interactions and the unresolved ending of the storyline — we still don’t know what entity whispered to Vol’jin to make Sylvanas the next Warchief, or what entity sent his spirit back, or if those are the same entity or two different entities — I now understand better the speculations about 9.0 being the “death” expansion!

Then it was time to go help Baine save Derek Proudmoore from being brainwashed. I must admit, with my dislike of the Forsaken, it was very satisfying to beat up all those Forsaken mooks on Sylvanas’s big scary flagship! The cinematic was amazing, and I look foward to seeing it again from the Alliance side when I do that War Campaign with Kaylynda. But did we actually save Derek in time? I appreciated Boss Mida getting a cameo at Warsong Hold. I didn’t notice if I could talk to all the gathered leaders before the cutscene. I’ll have to try to remember to look for that when I do the War Campaign with Kaelinda/Kerisa. When I talked to them after the cutscene, only Gallywix and Geya’rah approved of Sylvanas’s actions.

Next, off to Nazjatar. Perhaps the most awesome aspect of Azshara’s power in using the Tidestone of Golganneth to open up Nazjatar is how it also instantly adapted all of those creatures to being air-breathing instead of water-breathing and to the sudden decompression of no longer being under the immense pressure of all that water… Chuckling at the Horde shipwreck being “The Hungry Riverbeast” — the name of the first ship constructed at the Warlords Garrison Shipyard. I’m glad to be working with Lor’themar again. I remember him being awesome in the Domination Offensive and Isle of Thunder storylines in Pandaria. Occuleth continues to be my favorite of the Nightfallen leadership trio. I like Neri Sharpfin, but I’d rather have Vulpera than Gilbins as an Allied Race to correspond to Goblins.

As soon as we get a portal back to Zandalar stabilized, look who should show up but Magni with some news about MOTHER and the Heart Chamber! How convenient! The Heart Chamber is looking much better now. Very crowded, though… I thought someone said they glimpsed Wrathion during this trip to Neltharion’s Lair? I must not have been looking around enough; I didn’t see the crafty young dragon. Anyhow, with the Heart of Azeroth upgraded, now we can return to Nazjatar.

I’m liking Nazjatar well enough so far, though I’m probably only going to keep pushing hard through it until I unlock the 8.2 War Campaign, which of course is followed up, for me, by the Tauren Heritage Armor questchain. After that, I’ll have to put WoW on the back burner again at least until I’ve finished getting OChem ready to go for Fall. At this point, I’m thinking that I’ll do the new zones & reputations in series, instead of trying to do them in parallel — stay in Nazjatar until I’ve reached Revered with The Unshackled before I go to Mechagon at all.

It feels good to be playing in the freshest current content again instead of lagging behind!

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With Patch 8.2 landing this week, it was time to stop making excuses, stop procrastinating, get my lazy tail off the ground and push through the 8.1 War Campaign. I did it during my kids’ naptime and after their bedtime on Monday. I wasn’t particularly enthused about the first two stages — the assault on Norwington Estate and the caper with Gallywix’s mech — though I appreciated the conversation between Rexxar and Zelling at the end of the Norwington assault. The breaking out of Lady Ashvane from Tol Dagor was more entertaining, mostly because of Arcanist Valtrois. Although I didn’t like Valtrois much at first, I like her more every time she gets involved in the story. She’s an interesting combination of conceit, snobbery, and practicality. The final stage, the battle in Nazmir — was amazing.



Then, of course, I got the quest to defeat Jaina Proudmoore, so I switched into Resto, queued up for the last wing of the Battle of Dazar’Alor, and off I went.

I got the chestpiece from the raid set, which was nice because that’s just about the only piece from that set that I like — by which I mean that I think I could play mix-and-match with it.


After I’d attended Rastakhan’s funeral, it was getting rather late, so doing the 8.1.5 part of the War Campaign, the recruitment of the Zandalari Trolls, and the continuation of the Vol’jin storyline would have to wait for later.

I’ll have to do the 8.1.5 War Campaign before I can go to Nazjatar, unlock the 8.2 War Campaign, and unlock the Tauren Heritage Armor questline, of course. I’ll probably also do the Zandalari Troll recruitment scenario before I go to Nazjatar — I’ve heard that it involves Talanji’s coronation, and I want to be in my current Mog for those screenshots. I’ll probably not do the Vol’jin questline until after I’ve gotten my Tauren Heritage Armor, though.

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Objectively, I know that Kamalia should finish up the Horde War Campaign. I’ll need that done to be able to do the Zandalari recruitment scenario (though I don’t plan to roll a Zandalari character) and to get my Tauren Heritage armor. Subjectively, as well as that story is being told, I’m just not enjoying what that story is about, so I keep finding other things to do.

Like grinding old reps with alts.

Or starting to level alts in Battle for Azeroth content.

I’ve played Kaylynda through the Ashvane’s treachery storyline of Tiragarde Sound; she still has the Norwington Estate and Anglepoint chapters to go to finish up the zone Loremaster, plus a bouquet of side quests. I’m contemplating, however, leaving those things aside for awhile and going to play through the main storyline of Stormsong Valley instead, so that she can pick up the transmog appearance from that zone (she already has the Drustvar transmog appearance from the crafted gear). Kaylynda just reached 113.

I’ve played Kaelinda through about two thirds of Zuldazar; she has one chapter left of the main storyline, and then I’m thinking about going to do the main storylines of the other two zones (Vol’dun first, because I already have the Nazmir transmog appearance from the crafted gear) rather than doing all the Zuldazar side quests. She’ll definitely do Xibala, though, because Blood Elves and Nightborne (Oh, the things the Blood Elves at Xibala say about the Nightborne! They are so self-absorbedly oblivious to how the rest of the races of the Horde think the same things about them!). Kaelinda is currently 112.

There are some RL factors at play, too. About three weeks ago, we adopted our second child, also as a newborn. He came several days earlier than expected, so I didn’t have quite as much time between the end of the semester and when the baby was born to get my classes prepared for next semester as I’d anticipated. Thus, in the mid-evening hours when I’ve just gotten our two-year-old put to bed and the baby is also sleeping, I have a choice: do I stay up until the baby wakes up again playing WoW, do I stay up until the baby wakes up again working on prepping my classes for next semester, or do I go to bed and try to get some sleep before the baby wakes up again? I gave myself the first two weeks after the baby was born to just sleep or play, but now that those two weeks are up, work and sleep are winning over playing.

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Faction dichotomy takes the stage in this week’s installment of the Sunday Mog Show.

Druid of the Talon

Dragonhawk Hat, Preened Ironfeather Shoulders, Vest of Sobbing, Narf’s Explosiveproof Strand, Oil Gush Leggings, Discarded Slaughterhouse Gloves, Scourgebane Treads, Fordragon Blades
I first saw this glaive carried by the Druids of the Talon at the Shrine of Aviana. I’d never noticed it as a player weapon before, so I assumed that it was an NPC-exclusive model. When the Wardrobe came out, I searched for it in the array of polearms that I hadn’t yet collected, but couldn’t find it, so I continued to think that it was an NPC-only model. Recently, Alunaria tipped me off that it is an Alliance-exclusive model from the Trial of the Crusader. My Horde Druid still can’t imitate the Druids of the Talon, but now my Alliance Druid can!
The NPCs are wearing a brown recolor of the Feralheart hat that isn’t available to players. The Dragonhawk Hat seemed like the best substitute.
Some of the other Druids of the Talon, most notably the female Tauren, are wearing the Phantasmal Headdress, a recolor of the shoulders that is only available to players in mail, the Vest of Restraint, and pants that match the vest but are unavailable to players.
The Druids of the Talon found at Skysea Ridge on Draenor-of-the-alternate-timeway are wearing different armor, but carry the same glaive.

Paku’ai or Raptari?

Coarse Leather Armor with Chieftain’s Headdress and Warmongering Combatant’s Battle Staff
The Horde version of the Battle for Azeroth crafted leather gear (also the Jambani quest set from Zuldazar and the Brutohide BOE set) is the outfit worn by the Paku’ai flight masters of Zandalar. These devotees of the pterrodax loa Pa’ku are led by Hexlord Raal. This armor is also worn by Wardruid Loti, the leader of the followers of the raptor loa Gonk. Given that Loti and Raal are Zandalar’s version of Beatrice and Benedick and that Raal incites his followers to an intense (and rather juvenile) rivalry with hers, the shared armor appearance leads to all manner of annoyingamusing confusions.

Tidespray Linen


Tidespray Linen set with Fangcaller’s Staff (H)/Tidespray Linen set with Lord Aldrius’ Greatstaff (A)
The crafted gear from Battle for Azeroth has faction-dichotomous appearances. For Horde characters, the tailored Tidespray Linen set has the same appearance as the Loa Speaker quest set from Nazmir. For Alliance characters, the Tidespray Linen set has the same appearance as the Wickerwoven quest set from Drustvar. If Horde characters want the Alliance appearance, they should look for the Heartsbane set on the AH. If Alliance characters want the Horde appearance, they should look for the Bloodhex set on the AH.

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This series of posts began because I set myself a goal to document new Transmogrification outfits in a more timely fashion. As soon as I create a new outfit, I write it up in a draft post. As the weekend approaches, I start working on taking fashion screenshots, processing them, and updating “Things my [Class] Wears” posts. On Sunday — though not every Sunday — I publish the collection of my recent efforts. Then I begin the next “Sunday on the Promenade” draft post.

Occasionally, I have ideas for themed Transmogrification collections that take several months to completely assemble. Thus, some of these outfits might get re-posted at a later date as part of such a themed Transmogrification collection.

If any of you, my dear readers, have kits that you’d like to share, I’d be happy to add you to the show! Just email me your picture(s), along with a list of the items in the outfit. I don’t regularly check my blog email, though, so if you’ve sent me an outfit, please make a comment on the most recent Sunday Mog Show post so that I know to check my blog email for your contribution.

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This grueling academic year has come to an end at last; this week was Finals Week. My grading being well in hand, I allowed myself to leave my work laptop in my office and play in Azeroth in the evenings this week.

First I went to Dazar’alor; then, a few quests later, to the last wing of Uldir. Having queued up as Elemental, I volunteered to run orbs on the G’huun fight. I probably didn’t do a very good job of it, but eventually the misbegotten abomination went down and I could complete Vol’jin’s errand. The quest chain wasn’t as long or elaborate as I’d been expecting, but the cinematic at the end was a nice reward. I still have Vol’jin’s urn in my inventory, and I’m wondering when the next part of the Vol’jin story will pop up — will I have to finish the 8.1 (and maybe 8.1.5?) parts of the War Campaign first?

Then I went to Elwynn to track Saurfang. It was fun to run all over those low-level Alliance zones. When the decision point came, I sided with Saurfang, of course. Even my Forsaken, if she were of an appropriate level, would side with Saurfang.

Next, I did some leveling in Kul Tiras with Kaylynda. Am I just rubbish at playing Frost Mage, or is Freehold awful for everyone? Such mob density — so difficult to pull just one — at my current level, I can barely handle two, and if I get three, I’m toast. I must have died over half a dozen times in there — including on every wave of the final arena event. I was glad of that hallway leading from the arena to the spirit healer, which I could use to pull the mobs one at a time — after I’d died and rezzed… I hope that Freehold will be easier with Night Elf Druid who can stealth — and Dwarf Paladin in tank spec will probably be okay — but I’m not at all looking forward to going through there with Dwarf Shaman. However, I am quite amused by the new drunk walk animation 😛 There should be an emote that makes you drunk walk for five or ten meters or so…

I’ve noticed something about BfA questing while starting through the Zandalar zones for the second time with alts and while going through the Kul Tiras zones for the first time with Kaylynda — when you get sent to the next town, you can’t just go there, grab the flight point, pick up the quests, and then bunk down in the inn to do the quests next time. Instead, when you get to the next town, there’s always some kind of problem, and you have to do a handful of quests (or more) before you can even get access to the flight master and settle down for the night in the inn. It’s better to log off in the town you just finished and follow the breadcrumb to the next town as the first action of your next play session.

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image from Wowhead

I like everything in this set except the chestpiece and leggings. So when I get it, I’ll wear it with some alternate chestpiece and leggings swapped in.

One of these months/years, I’ll manage to get my Highmountain Tauren Druid, Void Elf Mage, and Blood Elf Mage leveled and get their Heritage Armors, too.

As for other schtuff from the Patch 8.2 infodump today, the piece of mount equipment I am most excited about is the Barding. I can deal with falling damage, I don’t use my Waterstrider by default so I’ll still just use it when I actually want to do some serious waterwalking, but getting dazed and knocked off my mount when I’m just trying to get from here to there drives me nuts.

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I finished the 8.0 part of the War Campaign. Now I need to find out what’s up with Saurfang and go run Atal’dazar so I can continue finding out what’s up with Vol’jin. When I’ve completed The Fate of Saurfang and The Shadow Hunter, I’ll do the 8.1 part of the War Campaign.

Getting to Revered with Champions of Azeroth is now the only thing I have left to do for Battle for Azeroth Pathfinder Part 1 — in the past week or two, I’ve gotten to Revered with all the other BfA factions. So when I saw a Champions of Azeroth contract on the AH for relatively cheap, I decided to get it. I think I’ll continue to use Champions of Azeroth contracts until I’m Exalted with Magni. Then I’ll do Zandalari contracts (if I’m not already Exalted with them just from Emissaries by then) so that I can do the Zandalari recruitment scenario and see Talanji’s coronation.

For someone whose playtime is as limited as mine has been this academic year, there is a wealth of BfA story content to do!

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Wowhead’s April Fool’s stuff is the best. It’s always stuff that would be really cool if it really were something that was going to be added to the game, and it’s never snide the way the Blizzard mock patch notes generally are.

This weekend, I completed the 8.0 War Campaign through the deep sea diving quest. Apart from the silliness of deep sea diving with only a helmet, I thought the headlight mechanic was rather fun. It was also silly that all the other drowned corpses were skeletonized, but somehow the two most interesting ones were still quite intact. Then I hit a gear wall: I’ve only just barely reached the ilevel required to queue for Normals at level 120, and I have five ilevels to go before I can queue for Siege of Boralus (praise the Earthmother that it’s available on Heroic now!). I also did the first stage of the Vol’jin questline — I think it finally popped up when I reached Revered with the Zandalari? — up until the point where I have to go run Atal’Dazar. I guess I’d better get my tail in gear and go run all the dungeons on Normal in Elemental at least once, with my loot spec set to Resto in hopes of getting a decent 1H/Shield combo for running as a Healer (I have a Sharas’dal kit in mind that I’d like to make soon-ish).

As mentioned above, I’ve managed to hit Revered with the Zandalari. I’ll get Revered with Talanji’s Expedition and with the Voldunai the next time those factions pop up as the Emissary. I’m the furthest behind with Champions of Azeroth, of course, but I am at least Honored with them. All the others are in between.

I wasn’t expecting to be too fond of being Sylvanas’s minion for the main plot of the War Campaign, and I haven’t been. The Lilian Voss side story, however, has been unexpectedly moving. It provides a needed counterbalance to the callousness of the Blightcaller, and it gives some welcome in-game depth of characterization to the Forsaken, too. It’s almost making me want to roll a new Forsaken alt just to re-play the beginnings of Lilian’s story in Tirisfal Glades (and then promptly delete said alt when I was done with it). I played through the then-new version of Tirisfal Glades shortly after Cataclysm launched, so I have dim memories of Lilian’s story, and it seems to me that if a player doesn’t know that part of the story, they’d be missing out on some of the weight of her actions in her current arc.

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