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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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At the beginning of the campaign against the Legion in the Broken Isles, the Illidari Prime claimed from the former Illidari instructor Varedis (now known as Varedis Felsoul) the Twinblades of the Deceiver and from another former Illidari, Caria, the Aldrachi Warblades.

The Illidari claim to have “sacrificed everything“, but one thing they have not sacrificed is a potent lust for revenge. Enraged by these defeats, Varedis and Caria vowed to utterly destroy the Illidari.

The Illidari Council thwarted them at every turn, however, until Kil’jaeden himself got involved…

After threatening the Illidari that “Your insolence has come to an end. You will join the Burning Legion. You will become Felsworn,” Kil’jaeden tells the Illidari Prime, “You may grovel now, demon hunter.”

On behalf of all of the Illidari, she refused — with a very much ruder gesture than the rather juvenile animation portrayed in the game.

The Illidari promptly jumped the Fel Hammer to Niskara and the crack strike force of Kayn, Kor’vas, Jace, Allari, Asha, Belath, and Kiralaira — the same team who had been handpicked by Illidan to lead the mission to Mardum to reclaim the Sargerite Keystone all those years ago — took care of Varedis and Caria for once and for all.

Kil’jaeden wasn’t too happy about that. “Very well, Illidari,” he snarled, “Your fate is sealed. You will perish with your world.”

The Illidari laughed in Kil’jaeden’s face and celebrated their victory.

I won’t be using the “Slayer” title, though. It feels too generic. I’ll stick with “Illidari”.


Niskara is obviously a pretty important place. The Marksmanship Hunter, Blood Death Knight, and Holy Priest all went their to obtain their Artifacts. I know that the Paladin Order Hall campaign will go there eventually, and that Aponi Brightmane will be my guide when I do, because while I was getting the Blood DK and Holy Priest Artifacts, I observed Silver Hand NPCs scattered about the place (in various states of captivity, torment, and death) and I saw player Paladins running about accompanied by a female Sunwalker. The finale of the Demon Hunter campaign went there, too. Will any of the other Order Hall campaigns go there, I wonder (don’t spoil me, please)? What kind of a world was Niskara, before the Legion shredded it?


Anyhow, now that’s three Order Hall Campaigns completed — one quarter down, three quarters to go. Time to finish leveling another alt. My Hunter is the most likely candidate; she did quite a bit of Pet Battling during Sign of the Critter weeks early in the expansion, so she has a few levels on the rest of my alts — she’s now 108, whereas the others are 104-105. After she’s done, the next one up will probably be my Warrior, so that I can finish the Blacksmithing quest chain and craft the two levels of Demonsteel Armor.

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After doing the main storyline of Val’sharah twelve times to collect the Tears of Elune and unlock the “acquire a Pillar of Creation” Artifact tint with each class, I felt inspired to create a set of Nightmare-touched Transmogrification kits. As so often happens whenever I have such an idea, between collecting all the items I would need and other ideas that popped up, it’s taken me quite some time to get around to realizing it in-game.

PvP gear — especially early PvP gear — tends to have the blood red and black color scheme now associated with the Emerald Nightmare. I don’t PvP, so I’ve picked up all of the PvP items in my wardrobe by cheater methods — turning in T4 & T5 raid tokens to the Exotic Gear Purveyors on the Isle of Quel’danas, buying Champion’s Honor tokens at the Auction House during Warlords, using my Mage’s insta-WQ Order Hall perk to pick up Marks of Honor during Legion.

Malorne’s Nightmare

Gladiator’s Dragonhide Armor with Cloak of the Untamed Predator and Crimson Steel/Dagger of the Horde Vanguard/Shadow Wing Focus Staff/Funeral Pyre (H)
This Druid-specific kit was way too obvious and appropriate an idea to pass up.
If you’re capable of raiding Heroic or Mythic Emerald Nightmare — and you get very lucky — then of course you should sub in the The First Satyr’s Spaulders.
Fist weapons for Guardian; daggers for Feral; Shadow Wing Focus Staff for Balance; and Funeral Pyre for Resto. I like Funeral Pyre for Resto because it looks sort of like the twisted, cracked, glowing corrupted roots of Shaladrassil. The Talon Guard Staff would also be a good choice for the Resto version of this kit.

The Earthmother’s Nightmare

Vengeful Gladiator’s Ringmail Spaulders, Wild Gladiator’s Ringmail Armor, Stormwrap, Vengeful Gladiator’s Ringmail Gauntlets, Greatcloak of the Turned Champion, Crimson Steel + Gladiator’s Shield Wall/Firecrystal Mace + Crest of Supremacy/Bloodskull Destroyer + Swiftsteel Bludgeon
Of course I had to use these shoulders, which have been an iconic Shaman look since Burning Crusade. I tried an all-red outfit, but that didn’t fit the “Earthmother” name I wanted to give this kit very well. So I looked around a little more, and this Warlords PvP chest was just right.
Fist weapon + shield for Elemental; 1H mace + shield for Resto; and dual-wield 1H maces for Enhancement.

Nightmares of the Damned

Helm of Infinite Visions, Shoulderplates of the Eternal, Inferno Tempered Chestguard, Darkcrest belt gloves & boots, Primordial Bloodsoaked Vambraces, Runed Sketh’lon Legplates, Crimson Paragon’s Cover, Shortblade of the Uncrowned + Gladiator’s Shield Wall/Hatebringer/Warmonger
The Blood Knights and Death Knights have had the “nightmare paladin” angle covered for years; this outfit takes cues from both of them. Using the Darkcrest (or Boulderfist) items brings in some purplish undertones, though, which are another characteristic of Legion‘s Emerald Nightmare color scheme.
The bracers are red and blue, but just the red top band peeps up above the gloves, just enough to cover an otherwise distracting gap between the sleeves of the chestplate and the gloves.
Sword + shield for Prot; 2H mace for Holy; and 2H sword for Ret.

Nightmares of Eternal Darkness

Faded Spirit-Wrencher Shoulders, Fireworm Robes, Gem-Inlaid Velvet Cinch, Gloves of Piscine Attraction + Bracers of Martyrdom, Brilliant Hexweave Cloak (3-670), Blood Weeper + Prophetic Cane*/Damnation/Twisted Visage
Dagger + off-hand for Shadow; Damnation for Holy; Twisted Visage for Disc. The Netherlord’s Staff of Summoning and Abracadaver also look great with this outfit.


I made a few other new kits, too.

Blood Lust (Not Heroism)

Helm of Affinity, Vengeful Gladiator’s Ringmail Spaulders, Crimson Mail Hauberk, Scarlet Belt*, Inferno Forged Leggings, Vengeful Gladiator’s Ringmail Gauntlets, Earthbreaker’s Greaves, Rising Tide
A preliminary idea for a mail “Nightmare” kit that was entirely too much red. I really liked it, though, and I didn’t want to wait a week or two to make it with Kamalia Prime (and it’s not really very much her style anyway), so mini-Kam gets a new outfit.

Wyrmrest Protector

Temporal Pauldrons, Crimsonforge Breastplate, Girdle of Lordaeron’s Fallen, Bloodlord Legplates, Gauntlets of Cruel Intention, Boots of Zealotry, Tabard of the Wyrmrest Accord, Firethorn Mindslicer, Red Dragonscale Protector
I originally planned to make this outfit concept — red dragon shoulders & shield + Wyrmrest tabard — with my Paladin, but then I thought, my Warrior can use shields, too, so why should my Paladin get to have all the fun?
It always surprises me how dark and subdued the colors in these shoulders are. I think that the red recolor of the Warrior T1 set, with the belt from the red recolor of the Paladin T6 set, is a suitable intermediate shade of red to bridge the difference between the maroon of the shoulders and the crimson and scarlet of the tabard and shield.

Cloud Rider

Grievous Gladiator’s Ironskin Spaulders, Jinxed Hoodoo Skin, Pennyroyal Belt, Clefthoof Britches & Wanderboots, Grips of Slicing Electricity (LFR), Order of the Cloud Serpent Tabard, Staff of Trembling Will
Everyone else in the Lotus Garden collection had gotten a new outfit, so I decided to give Kate a new outfit, too. This is another of my favorite tabards from Pandaria. I love its soft, pastel colors.
Here is an alternate version of the outfit using the Belt of the Silent Path, which has very similar colors to the tabard, and the Mantle of Wicked Revenge.

Pandaren Parasol

Faded Forest Silk Cowl, Brewer’s Robe, Galaxyfire Girdle, Breezebinder Handwraps, Kurkenstoks, Skystrider Katana, Umbrella of Chi-ji
The Umbrella of Chi-ji is one of my favorite Archaeology items ever! I love the model — though I do wish that equipping or mogging to it also gave the animation of holding it over the shoulder, like Aki the Chosen does, because it’s so big.


The other day, I had a bit of an obsessive-compulsive fit and updated the image links in all of my themed Transmogrification collection posts that feature specific items. These posts are now linked at the bottom of the main Transmogrification page using icons of the featured items.


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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During the first year of this blog, I wrote a story about my Forsaken Mage, Kivrinne, defining for myself how I could play a Forsaken character that I was comfortable with when I was so generally un-comfortable with Forsaken culture as presented in the quests and zones centered on that race. Kivrinne is a bit of an eccentric, a bit of a rebel. She is an alchemist and an Apothecary, but unlike her colleagues, her main goal in (un)life is to find a true cure for the effects of the Plague.

When Cataclysm launched, I started playing through the updated Forsaken zones with Kivrinne, intending to write a story about her reactions to them as a follow-up to the previous story. By the time I finished Hillsbrad Foothills, however, I was so thorougly sickened by the New Forsaken that I couldn’t go on. I started the story, but didn’t get any farther than a few opening paragraphs that are now part of “Two Sisters, Two Curses”.

So I don’t really know much about what the Forsaken are up to in Arathi Highlands or the Hinterlands. I did play through Western and Eastern Plaguelands, however — with my Paladin, who wanted to do the Argent Crusade storylines there. Along the way, Karaelia encountered Argent Apothecary Judkins at the Plaguewood Tower. She knew right away that Kivrinne and Judkins needed to meet…

Although I only recently rediscovered these screenshots while looking through my screenshot library for other pictures in the process of updating image links, I think we may safely assume that for the past several years, Kivrinne has divided her time between her Undercity laboratory and Apothecary Judkins’ camp at Plaguewood Tower.

Even with a common life goal, there are many other aspects to a successful marriage, and so Kivrinne found her desired Relationship with Apothecary Judkins to be more challenging than she had initially naievely thought it would be.

Kivrinne’s apparent age has been a major obstacle. Although Kivrinne’s mind may now be reasonably mature, her body is stuck at the age she was when she Died to the Plague. When I originally wrote Kivrinne’s story, she was fifteen when she Died. Later, when I was trying to work out the timeline for her to be one of the youngest in a very large family whose eldest sibling had gone into Gilneas just before the closing of the Greymane Wall, I realized that she would have to be somewhat older. Starting an apprenticeship is an important part of Kivrinne’s story, however, so Kivrinne still needs to be quite young. I think that now I might retcon Kivrinne’s age at the beginning of her story to be eighteen or nineteen. Eighteen or nineteen is not quite as immature as fifteen, but it still would have given an ethical sort like Judkins — whose bodily age at time of Death is unknown, but probably well into adulthood — a pause to have this apparently very young girl pursuing him. He would have spent a certain amount of time rather strenuously trying to discourage her on the basis of the disparity in their bodily ages.

After that initial burst of infatuation wore off, Kivrinne was a bit surprised to realize that she had to figure out if she wanted to be friends with this fellow, let alone more. Fortunately, as she got to know him better, she did. Still, there have been quarrels, not infrequently about how best to approach that common life goal.

I’m not quite sure yet if Kivrinne’s relationship with Judkins would have actually progressed as far as marriage, though. Partly this is because I’m not quite sure what the general attitude of Forsaken culture is toward establishing new marriages (as opposed to maintaining old pre-Plague marriages). Partly this is because even though Judkins is a very minor NPC, I still hestitate to officially declare that my PC is RP-married to an actual in-game questgiver NPC.

Now, when am I going to find the time to level Kivrinne up into Northrend and get her to Friendly with the Argent Crusade so that I can make her an “Argent Apothecary Kivrinne” outfit…?

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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…


* 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.


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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Upon teleporting back to the Hall of the Guardian to put some new traits into Aluneth and Felo’melorn after doing some questing in Suramar, Kaelinda observed something odd…

When she went to investigate, the portal to Suramar had an unusual green glow around it. She hadn’t used the portal to Suramar yet, so she was curious to see where it would go anyway. (I forgot to take a screenshot of the green glow before I clicked it, though.)

It didn’t go to Suramar.

Apparently she was somewhere in Frostfire Ridge? On Draenor?

What a strange experience…

I’m not particulary keen on this appearance (or any of Ebonchill’s appearances, really), but now I am reminded that I should take some time to go get the Hidden appearance for Aluneth. Hopefully the Hidden appearance for Felo’melorn will just drop while I’m working my way through the Suramar storyline and I won’t have to come back and grind for it.

I’ve got a couple of other things to do in Suramar besides the zone storyline itself that I think I’ll clear up before I continue much farther in the mainline questchain. I need to go visit that tailoring guild guy in Suramar City, and I’ve got a Mage Order Hall Campaign quest to make some trouble in Felsoul Hold with Kalec.

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Kamalia’s forays into Suramar were scattered and disorganized, and I felt like I’d done a few things out of order. When Kaelinda reached level 110, I resolved to go through Suramar with her much more carefully and methodically.

I tackled the introductory questlines one or two in a sitting. First, meeting Thalyssra and discovering what Kel’danath had been up to with the Withered. Next, meeting Occuleth and Valtrois. Finally, going into the city to meet the Lunastres and bringing the arcan’dor seed to Shal’aran.

I liked Occuleth the best of the three lead Nightfallen characters when I finally got around to meeting him with Kamalia. After doing the introduction to Suramar again with Kaelinda, I still like Occuleth the best. He’s such a hoopy frood. I really enjoyed the puzzle-game feeling of his workshop — figuring out where all the teleporters go and which sites are connected — and the amazing views of the zone and the city from each of his cliffside terraces.

The next step, before going too much deeper into Suramar City, was to activate all the leyline feeds.

Now, what should I do next?
I see exclamation points on my map for Jandvik, Tel’Anor, Moon Guard, Irongrove Retreat, and Felsoul Hold, so I can probably just go do those side-quest areas without waiting/needing to get breadcrumbs for them from Thalyssra. But I also know that there are two other quests in Felsoul Hold and one quest near Crimson Thicket that aren’t showing up on the map… maybe I should wait to get breadcrumbs for those from Thalyssra?
Or should I focus on doing the main storyline in the City, and leave the side-quest areas for later?
I should at least go do Jandvik so that those vrykul will be friendly the next time I have to run through their town on my way to Occuleth’s undersea survey.

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