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In the past few weeks, I’ve really been pushing questing with my Warlock to get through Maldraxxus — Threads of Fate’d into the Necrolords — to Level 60 — formally inducted into the Necrolords — through Chapter 1 and past the Chapter 2 skip of the Necrolords Campaign, ready to begin Chapter 3. I finished that up on Monday — easy XP from Hallow’s End helped a lot!

On the one hand, I’m glad to have gotten the last of my original five Shadowlands Crew characters to level 60 at last. On the other hand, it feels kind of superfluous to have done so, with Patch 9.1.5 arriving tomorrow and my plan for doing everything from here on out with only Kaelinda and Kaelyla.

Getting Kaelinda and Kaelyla both to Renown 80 was the first thing I wrote on that list. However, Kaelinda, starting last week at Renown 73, and Kaelyla, starting last week at Renown 66, both only got 1 Renown from Replenish the Reservoir — although they did Return Lost Souls and a few Callings, they didn’t get any Renown from those activities. Thus, getting to Renown 80 will still be several weeks out unless I get them to Korthia sometime soon-ish. Furthermore, although I had been fine with still being ground-bound, lately I’ve been starting to really want Flying (oh yeah, and Riding in the Maw, too). That means doing at least the first three chapters of the 9.1 Campaign. So I guess my next push goal should be to get Kaelyla through the 9.0 Night Fae Campaign because of how the very first chapter of the 9.1 Campaign takes place in Ardenweald.

After Kaelinda and Kaelyla do the first three chapters of the 9.1 Campaign and get to Renown 80, then they’ll want to Covenant hop and do the 9.0 Necrolords and Kyrian Campaigns, respectively. Then, the next steps will end up being more nuanced than the Plan I laid out a week or so ago. I recall reading during the 9.1 PTR that there’s special stuff in the 9.1 Campaign chapters focused on the progression of each Covenant’s story for the members of that specific Covenant, so instead of doing the 9.1 Campaign as the same Covenant all the way through, I’ll be wanting to doing some Covenant swapping in the middle. Kaelinda will want do the “Army of Bone and Steel” chapter as a Necrolord — and then she’ll want to switch back to Venthyr for the “Unseen Guests” chapter. Kaelyla will want to be Night Fae for the “Power of the Night” chapter — and then she’ll want to be Kyrian for the “A New Path” chapter. Then they’ll want to be in their Home Covenants for pushing to Exalted with Death’s Advance. I will have plenty to do in the Shadowlands for plenty of time!

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For all that she detested the physical environment of Maldraxxus, by the time she had completed the restoration of the Blade of the Primus and opened the door to the Seat of the Primus, Kalaneia knew that the Necrolords were the Covenant where she belonged.
Also, WTB cosmetic Blade of the Primus that can be Mogged over any and all weapon types.

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The implications of unrestricted Covenant swapping once at least one alt has reached Renown 80, combined with RL factors that are pushing me toward focusing on fewer alts, and how very far behind the content consumption curve I am, are leading me to contemplate some rather dramatic changes to my plans for which characters will do what for the remainder of Shadowlands.

Specifically, I am thinking about proceeding through the rest of the expansion with only Kaelinda and Kaelyla, and setting aside all other alts until the end-of-expansion doldrums (though I’ll still bring Kamalia through to the Heart of the Forest).

Kaelinda is at Renown 68 and could get to Renown 80 soon enough if I start doing Return Lost Souls and/or Callings again in addition to Replenish the Reservoir. Kaelyla is at Renown 62 and could also reach Renown 80 fairly soon if I put more effort into obtaining Renown.

Kaelinda is Venthyr, and from having done the Venthyr Campaign, I know that it intersects with/shares a climactic cinematic with the Necrolords Campaign. Kaelyla is Night Fae, and I’ve been spoiled enough to know that the Night Fae Campaign intersects with/shares a climactic cinematic with the Kyrian Campaign.

Kaelinda is Exalted with all of the 9.0 leveling zone factions. The Undying Army have cosmetic backpieces available for Exalted+Necrolords; the Ascended do not have any cosmetics for Exalted+Kyrian.

So, my thoughts are running thusly —
1) Get both Kaelinda and Kaelyla to Renown 80
2) Do Night Fae Campaign with Kaelyla
3a) Covenant swap Kaelinda to Necrolords and do Necrolords Campaign, perhaps as Kaelydia or as a yet-to-be-discovered new Alter Ego
3b) Covenant swap Kaelyla to Kyrian and do Kyrian Campaign as a new Alter Ego who is a never-left-the-Alliance High Elf, using one of the new natural hair color customization options for Void Elves that are coming in Patch 9.1.5
4) Covenant swap Kaelinda and Kaelyla back to their “home” Covenants
5) Do Korthia Campaign with both Kaelinda and Kaelyla
6a) Collect Venthyr and Night Fae sets from Korthia dailies
6b) Get to Exalted with Death’s Advance with both Kaelinda and Kaelyla and obtain the Venthyr and Night Fae sets from that source
7) Covenant swap Kaelinda and Kaelyla to their secondary Covenants
8a) Collect Necrolords and Kyrian sets from Korthia dailies and Death’s Advance
8b) Obtain any 9.0 Necrolords and Kyrian cosmetic items that I am interested in acquiring
9) Covenant swap Kaelinda and Kaelyla back to their home Covenants
10a) Do Ember Court and Broken Mirrors with Kaelinda until shoulders of the associated Venthyr Campaign set recolors have been obtained
10b) Do Queen’s Conservatory with Kaelyla until the associated recolor of the Night Fae Campaign set and the pink/purple version of the moths backpiece have been obtained
11) Round-robin Kaelinda and Kaelyla through the Covenants they haven’t been in yet so as to get access to all Covenant cosmetics
12) Return Kaelinda and Kaelyla to their home Covenants
13) Repeat this process as necessary to collect all Covenant cosmetics from 9.2, etc, until the end of the expansion

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This weekend, I finished leveling Kaelyla. By the time she’d seen the vision of Ysera’s death and done the next two quests, she was 98% through level 59. At that point, I took her to Oribos and activated Threads of Fate. After completing next couple of quests to talk to Lady Moonberry, she was so close to dinging that I just went and did a little gathering to push it over instead of working on the “Aiding Ardenweald” fill-the-bar quest. I got her through Chapter 1 of the Night Fae campaign; now she’s gathering Renown, Souls, and Anima and waiting for Patch 9.1 to arrive so that she can not have to go to Torghast.

One reason I chose the Night Fae for Kaelyla — or Kaelyla for the Night Fae — is because of the aesthetic similarities I saw between the Void Elves and Ardenweald. I created her “Full of Stars” outfit (#37) to highlight those aesthetic harmonies —

— and specifically to coordinate with the animacone backpack that is an on-quest visual effect for the quest “Tending to Wildseeds” at the Tranquil Pools adjacent to Tirna Vaal.

There are a number of other nifty on-quest visual effects during the Ardenweald main storyline, so I ended up taking many, many screenshots of this outfit. I’ve put the ones from “Tending to Wildseeds” in the outfit listing on the appropriate “Things My Void Elf Mage Wears” page. To keep that page from getting overcrowded, I’ve gathered the rest of my favorite pictures of this outfit in this gallery — click through the cut to see them all!
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I decided I might as well get it over with, so off Kaelinda went to Torghast. I did the first 6 floors of the Twisting Corridors three times in a row, then watched 20 minutes of cinematics and conversations between the faction leaders in Oribos, and now I’ll be ready to skip into the Patch 9.1 Campaign. With the content of these questlines being rather significant lore moments, not to mention required to unlock the next stage of the story, I was expecting their completion to be signposted by Achievements and was rather disappointed that they weren’t.
The cinematics were really very good, and I’m glad now that I’ve seen them for myself, so that I know the whole story — not just the key bits that were summarized in the beginning of the Patch 9.1 trailer cinematic.
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So now that I’ve done this, I’m thinking maybe I want to hold off on doing Covenant campaigns with Kaelyla and Keliora and Kalaneia until Patch 9.1 drops and they can all skip Chapter 2. Kaurinka has already done Chapter 2 of the Night Fae campaign and is getting kind of tired of waiting to get started on the rest of it, so I’m thinking I’ll abandon my plan of running Kaurinka and Kaelyla through it in parallel and just get going with Kaurinka. If I can get Kaurinka through the Night Fae campaign and get the other three up to level 60 before Patch 9.1 arrives, that’ll be good enough. I’ll still want to do the other three 9.0 Covenant campaigns before I get into the 9.1 campaign itself, though.

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Got Thrall out, overheard the Jailer and Sylvanas making nefarious plans for Anduin. I suppose I’ll go do that last bit of the current Torghast questline at some point before Patch 9.1 drops, because we’ll probably need to have completed the 9.0 Torghast questline to be able to do whatever questline 9.1 has that will pave the way for us to eventually free Anduin from the Jailer’s subjugation.

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Kaelyla finished Maldraxxus this weekend. She’s level 57, and the end of her Rested state is visible on her XP bar. Before I continue into Ardenweald with Kaelyla, I’m considering pushing Kalaneia and Keliora through Bastion and Maldraxxus* — and then activating Threads of Fate to get them into their Covenant Sanctums — just so that I can be “done” with Maldraxxus. Well, done with leveling there, at least. Although there are a few WQs there that I’ll do if they have rewards which I consider valuable, I really don’t like being there and generally avoid going there. Yes, of course Kalaneia is going to do the Necrolords Campaign — but I’m ready to have her be the only character who has to spend any more time in Maldraxxus.

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I’ve decided to get the final upgrade to the Travel Network, then the second upgrade to the Anima Conductor, and then activate the Special Feature. Kaurinka has about 12K Anima, but I did the maths and she’ll need to keep 5350 Anima in reserve for upgrading her Covenant Armor set**, so she still needs to save up for a few more weeks before she can get the third stage of her Travel Network. Kaelinda has around 7K Anima, so she’ll need to save up for a few more weeks, too.

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* Kalaneia will complete Maldraxxus — I want screenshots of her collecting all the runes for the Blade of the Primus! Keliora, however, will only do Maldraxxus through the first two chapters and then the House of the Chosen chapter to rescue the Kyrian survivors from the House of Constructs.

** The total cost for fully upgrading Covenant Armor is quite different between the Covenants because each Covenant gets different armor pieces, and different numbers of armor pieces, at each step of the Campaign. Night Fae, as I mentioned above, is 5350. Kyrian is 7600. Necrolords is 6950. Venthyr is 7350.

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Kaelinda still hasn’t made it into Castle Nathria LFR, or back into Torghast to liberate Thrall. Oh well. There should still be plenty of time to do that before Patch 9.1 arrives. Spring Break is in a couple of weeks; maybe I can get myself into LFR then.

After completing “Replenishing the Reservoir” with both Kaelinda and Kaurinka, which I typically manage to do by Thursday or Friday night, I’ve been leveling Kaelyla. Kaelyla has finished Bastion and is halfway through level 54. After completing the campaign storyline, before returning to Oribos, she did the Agthia’s Rest sidequests. Kaelinda had given her a hint that there was an interesting story about a Void attack there, and as a scholar of the Void, of course she wanted to find out what it was. Although she knew quite well the story of the conflict between Light and Fel that played out on Argus — and the Void’s latecoming efforts to butt in on that conflict — somehow it was shocking to learn about a conflict between two cosmic forces happening in the home domain of one of those forces, rather than on a mortal world. Furthermore, participating in the recreation of the event through the Vesper of History caused the whispers of the Void to become roars. Although Kaelyla liked the Kyrian better than Kaelinda did, Bastion is no longer a place where she feels at ease.

In the 9.0.5 PTR Patch Notes are the lines “Once players reach 40 Renown with their Covenant, the weekly quest to gather 1000 Anima will now award you with 1500 gold.” (a nice reward, but will it go away when Patch 9.1 drops with 40 more Renown levels?) and “Once players have recruited the maximum amount of Souls for their Covenant, your weekly quest to rescue Souls from the Maw will now award you with 500 Anima.”
“Maximum amount of Souls for their Covenant?” I wondered, “What does that mean? Enough souls to fully upgrade all of the Sanctum features?”
Then I picked up “Return Lost Souls” for this week and saw that the reward icon was red, indicating that it would put me over the currency limit. I’d never noticed before that there was a limit on how many idle souls could be in the Sanctum at a time — it seems that there can only be 100. Because they hadn’t been doing any feature upgrades, Kaelinda had 88/100 souls and Kaurinka had 73/100 souls. So I got the second stage of the Travel Network for both of them, but that only puts 8 souls to work. Kaelinda is now effectively out of Anima. Kaurinka has enough Anima that she could get another Sanctum upgrade, but she’s saving up for the armor upgrades when she does her Covenant campaign. Thus, after this week, the souls I rescue from the Maw for the next several weeks will just get to be free!

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I suppose I’ll go rescue Thrall, too, sooner or later. Not so much for his own sake, however, as for the sake of Aggra and their children.

I still might just go watch that Anduin and Sylvanas cinematic on Wowhead, though. Doing layer 1 in fully upgraded Covenant gear means that Torghast isn’t difficult, but I do still find it rather tedious to have to clear all the mobs and smash all the jars so that I’ll have sufficient Phantasma to buy stuff from the Brokers. Six floors of that is quite enough. I don’t know that I want to crawl through eighteen.

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The past week or two, it hasn’t felt like getting 1000 Anima was quite so hard to do. Maybe I’ve just gotten comfortable with the rate at which I acquire Anima just by doing World Quests and what I’ve come to think of as my “little Covenant dailies” — the Anima Conductor activities. It’s helped, too, that I discovered that the Amateur Night WQ at the Theater of Pain in Maldraxxus isn’t at all difficult to do because there are usually plenty of other folks around wanting to do it, too — and the mini-bosses are omni-tag, so it doesn’t even require making a formal group. So now I check to see if that’s up, and if it is and has the 250 Anima reward instead of something else, I go do it. That helps alot with getting to 1000 Anima more quickly! It’s also seemed that the Large Lunarlight Pod is rewarding Anima more frequently — maybe I just had a run of bad luck in the first couple of weeks? Kaurinka is still avoiding the Star Lake Ampitheater, but there have been a few times during the past week or two when her Anima acquisition has actually been ahead of Kaelinda’s. Since Kaelinda has been progressing in her Covenant campaign and upgrading her Covenant armor pieces as she goes along, Kaurinka now has more Anima in her Sanctum Reservoir than Kaelinda does.

Last weekend, Kaelinda did both Chapter 6 and Chapter 7 of the Venthyr campaign. Chapter 6 was a fun jaunt to Bastion which, thankfully, didn’t require any interaction with holier-than-thou blue Kyrian, just beating up purple Forsworn Kyrian, and palling around with my favorite denizen of Bastion, Forgelite Prime Mikanikos. Chapter 7 was the Kael’thas chapter, and, as a Sin’dorei character, it was really quite satisfying.

At the moment, my plan for what’s next is as follows: finish the Venthyr campaign with Kaelinda, do all four wings of Castle Nathria LFR once to fully complete the Venthyr/Revendreth storyline, rescue Jaina from Torghast with Kaelinda, level Kaelyla and get her through the Torghast chapter of the Night Fae campaign, then progress Kaurinka and Kaelyla through the rest of the Night Fae campaign in parallel.

UPDATE: This evening, I did Chapter 8 and Chapter 9 and finished up the Venthyr campaign! I guess I got a sneak peek at the conclusion of the Maldraxxus campaign, too.

Kaelinda also managed to finish the WQ set from Maldraxxus — now she’s just waiting for the robe of the Revendreth version and the robe & shoulders of the Bastion version to show up as WQ rewards.

Bloodsilk Raiment


Bloodsilk Raiment with Lakali’s Spire of Knowledge
This set is collected from World Quests and dungeon drops in Maldraxxus.

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I did Chapter 5 of the Venthyr campaign with Kaelinda this weekend — halfway done! The storytelling is well done, and it’s been generally enjoyable, but somehow other things, like Anima farming and schoolwork and sleep, keep getting in the way. I’m holding off on doing the rest of the Night Fae campaign with Kaurinka until I’ve completed the Venthyr campaign with Kaelinda.

I abandoned the Torghast questchain. I’ll come back to it, at least long enough for Kaelinda to rescue Jaina*, after I’ve finished the Venthyr campaign. With Kaurinka, I did the Torghast quest that rewards an ilevel 171 cloak**, but I didn’t pick up the next quest.

I spend most of the school nights of the week doing Callings, prioritizing Anima reward WQs, until I’ve collected my 1000 Anima. I know I could collect the 1000 Anima faster if I did the World Boss*** and the dungeon quests from the Brokers in Oribos every week… but I don’t. After I’ve Replenished the Reservoir, I’ll usually pick up the Callings, but I may or may not get around to doing them. I’ve decided to not even pick up the “Storm the Maw” Calling, though, because I know that I’m not going to do it. Tuesday night is Maw night, but I only spend as long in the Maw as I need to fill up my Soulkeeper, and then I’m outta there.

Kaelinda typically finishes the 1000 Anima quest sooner, and has more Anima in her Sanctum Reservoir overall, than Kaurinka does. The Greater Greedstone and the Bad Bat always drop Anima tokens#. The Large Lunarlight Pod only rarely contains Anima tokens — usually just money, sometimes gear — and the first few times I attempted the Star Lake Ampitheater, the bosses mopped the stage floor with my feathery Boomkin body, so I don’t even try them anymore. Although the Night Fae Travel Network dailies offset this a little bit, overall, Kaurinka’s Night Fae Anima acquisition rate is slower than Kaelinda’s Venthyr Anima acquisition rate.

Both Kaelinda and Kaurinka have both channels of their stage 1 Anima Conductor reinforced by now. I haven’t purchased any more Sanctum Upgrades, however, because I’m saving the Anima for upgrading their Covenant armor sets. I suppose I could do the arithmetic for how much Anima I’d need for that and purchase other upgrades when I’ll be able to keep that amount in reserve. I haven’t quite decided yet, however, whether I’d rather do the second stage of the Travel Network or the second stage of the Anima Conductor first. On the one hand, the second stage is as far as I intend to go with the Anima Conductor, so then I’d be done with that##. On the other hand, I already feel like I have too many things to do, and having more Travel Network locations available may be more useful. With that in mind, I’ve decided to save activating the Special Feature Game for each Covenant until after I’ve finished its campaign.

I’m starting to be quite curious what the treasure and encounter from the stage 1 Anima Conductor channels for the Kyrian and the Necrolords are, so that I can compare their Anima yields and difficulties to the Venthyr and Night Fae versions (please don’t tell me, I want to find out for myself!). I’m starting to see casual references to the endings of the 9.0 Covenant campaigns, too. These things make me want to spend time leveling Keliora and Kalaneia…

And then there’s Blizzcon hovering on the horizon, and the expectation of a Patch 9.1 announcement. With how slow my progress has been so far, I doubt that there will be enough time between now and the launch of Patch 9.1 for me to manage to complete all four 9.0 Covenant campaigns by then, but I at least ought to be able to proceed into the 9.1 extension of the Venthyr campaign.

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* I might just go ahead and spoil myself on the rest of it, including that Anduin and Sylvanas cinematic

** that was too much of an upgrade to pass up, and I will do at least that much of Torghast with my remaining alts, as well

*** maybe I’ll do the World Bosses more often when I can fly to the boss location instead of having to run through all that hostile territory to get there from the nearest flight point…

# one or the other of them frequently drops a shiny for Ta’xera, too

## after spending another 500 Anima over 20 days to reinforce the third and fourth channel locations, that is

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