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Kerisa was so close to completing the Druid campaign that I decided to just finish it up — including going to the Broken Shore and recruiting Thisalee Crow. I’ll probably do this — go to the Broken Shore to recruit the 9th champion as soon as I finish up the 7.0 campaign — with my remaining characters, too. Cenarius still didn’t give her the Emerald Nighthold Druid tier lookalike robe, though.

By queueing up for LFD while doing zone questing, I managed to get both the Warlock and the Rogue to level 110. Whew!

So now that everyone is finally at 110, what next?
Finishing eight more Order Hall Campaigns, of course.
I’m debating whether to try to focus them down one at a time or do a little bit with multiple characters each night. The first method would probably help me keep track of the stories better — I confess that with over a year between when I pushed everyone through Chapter 2 of their Order Hall Campaigns shortly before we got our baby and now, I don’t really remember what’s going on in any of them.

My Paladin and Monk also need to run 8 different dungeons to get their Order Hall pants. I’m keeping track of which dungeons they have to run as part of their Campaign so that then I can just run the ones they haven’t already done for the pants. I’d also like to get the Order Hall pants for my Warrior, Death Knight, Hunter, and Priest — but they can come back and solo Legion dungeons at level 120. It’s only the Paladin and Monk that I want to get done while Legion is still current content, because those are the Order Hall sets that I’m the most interested wearing as complete sets.

And I really need to go to Argus with somebody. When it’s Kirin Tor Emissary, I’ve been picking up Argussian Reach tokens with my Demon Hunter and Army of the Light tokens with my Alliance Mage. Because I’m more interested in the Void Elves than in the Lightforged Draenei, it’ll probably be the Demon Hunter who goes to Argus first.

Meanwhile, in the world beyond Azeroth…

One of my colleagues took a job at another institution in the state, so I spent a couple of weeks of June in search committee meetings finding his replacement. Our new faculty member has a lot of experience teaching general chemistry, but the person she’s replacing didn’t have any standard general chemistry in his courseload. To help her feel more comfortable in her first semester at a new institution, I decided to give her the option to take the section of general chemistry that has been “mine” for the past four years. She took it, so now I am rearranging my schedule and preparing to teach the rest of the courseload that had been assigned to the person who left: general education chemistry and physical science. These are two classes that I’ve never taught before, and I have a month and a half to prep them… So as much as I might like to daydream about tackling the Mage Tower Challenge with Kaelinda to get that beautiful Challenge apppearance for Ebonchill, or with Kelisanna to get those amazing rapiers for the Dreadblades, I really can’t afford to let myself get distracted by that…

We got our adoption legally finalized in April. We then waited until BTH’s parents returned from their mission to serve in the Bern Switzerland Temple before getting our adoption ecclesiastically finalized by having our son sealed to us in our local Temple this Saturday. Now we can finally say that our little boy is 100% ours!

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Looking at the Battle for Azeroth questing and dungeon armor set previews from Wowhead, I like the Kul Tiras sets —

— quite a bit better than the Zandalar sets.

quest set images from here; dungeon set images from here, here, here, here, and here

Okay, for cloth I like both sets of designs about the same. For leather, mail, and plate, though, I like the Kul Tiras designs much better.

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When I mentioned to BTH the other day that the new expansion was coming out on August 14th, he said he wasn’t very interested in coming back to WoW. He played WoW to raid, but he doesn’t want to commit to organized guild raiding anymore, and he didn’t like his Group Finder PUGing experience in Legion. He’s also gotten tired of the “faction war –> work together to defeat a common enemy –> back to the faction war” cycle of WoW storylines. I’m tired of that too; for me, Battle for Azeroth might, like Warlords, be a “holding pattern” expansion of waiting to see if the next one will be more interesting to me.

Between being more interested in the Kul Tiras fashion and the high probability that I’ll be playing Battle for Azeroth completely on my own — not even leveling my first character with BTH — I’ve been thinking that when I’ve finished up my Legion goals and am ready to move on into Battle for Azeroth content, I’d really rather level as Alliance in Kul Tiras first — before I level as Horde in Zandalar.

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Here is Kaylynda dinging 110 from a Pet Battle against Ashlei.

With this accomplished, I simply bought myself a level 110 Alliance character of each of the other armor classes.
I used the level 110 boost that came with buying Battle for Azeroth to boost my Dwarf Shaman. Then I spent the equivalent of two more expansions, or a week and a half of groceries, or three or four new hardback novels to boost my Dwarf Paladin and a newly created Night Elf Druid.

Blue Team is Ready to Go!

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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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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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Between baby and school, I’ll probably going to continue have very little time for Azeroth at least until the end of this semester. It’s a situation of my own making, so I’m trying not to complain too much about it.. but I nonetheless feel like making a wistful lament. Though there’s often one or two evenings a week when I have too much work to do after baby goes to bed to feel like I can afford to log on, I’ve still usually been able to log on for fifteen to thirty minutes a day, which is enough time to turn over Champion missions with Kamalia and Kaelinda (yes, I know I could do this with the mobile app), do a few WQs with Kaelinda if Suramar or Kirin Tor Emissary is up, and do August Celestials rep with the Underpowered Death Knight. I’m managing to make progress, of a sort; between the 7.3 changes to Artifact Knowledge and prioritizing Artifact Power Champion missions, Kaelinda has reached Concordance on all three of her Artifact weapons, and Kamalia has reached Concordance on both Sharas’dal and the Fist of Ra-den. But when will I finish Suramar? Or go to the Broken Shore? Or go to Argus? I don’t know. I feel like getting to Argus is so far away that I’ve long since given up on trying to avoid spoilers about the storyline there.

Anyhow, here are some outfits I’ve made in the past few weeks. As you might guess, I’m working on making outfits in all the armor types to go with some of my favorite tabards — so you can expect to see most of these outfits show up again in themed collection posts somewhere down the line.

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Child of Blood and Fire

Crown of Woe, Supple Shoulderguards & Waistguard (2-655), Primalstorm Breastplate, Illidari Leggings, Ironpelt Mitts & Boots
This Artifact tint is awarded for completing the level 103 stage of the Order Hall campaign.
For this outfit series, I had planned to use each blade color with the corresponding tattoo color. This magenta/purple-red is the red tattoo color that female Demon Hunters get. Unfortunately, it clashes somewhat with the scarlet/orange-red of the blades. The red tattoo color that male Demon Hunters get would be better for this outfit.

Dalaran Mage

Researcher’s Mantle, Darkmoon Robe, Gossamer Belt, Exiled Dabbler’s Gloves, Elementalist Boots, Whelp Keeper’s Staff
Some very simple shoulders dress this outfit up just a little bit.

Ebon Sunreaver Battlemage

Cowl of the Grand Engineer, Mantle of the Elven Kings, Cindercloth Vest, Black Belt of Knowledge, Pantaloons of Growing Strife, Gloves of Tyri’s Power, Saltarello Shoes, Ebon Filigreed Doublet, Angerstaff, Sunreaver Tabard
As I was putting together this kit, I looked for pieces that were black and red and gold and went well with the tabard. When I went to take pictures of this outfit, I realized why this combination seemed so natural for a Sunreaver…

Dusky Sunreaver Herald

Bonechewer Shoulderguards, Raging Spirit Harness, Murkblood Belt, Fel Leather Leggings, Blacksting Gloves, Goat Hide Boots, Wind-Reaver’s Dagger of Quick Strikes, Amber Slicer of Klaxxi’vess, Sunreaver Tabard
I’ve long thought that the Mantid-styled daggers from Pandaria would look great with the Sunreaver tabard. I didn’t get around to doing the Argent Tournament with my Rogue until just recently, though.

The Good Earth

Straw Hat, Reporter’s Shoulderguards, Shaladrassil Tunic, Belt of Cheapened Lives, Overgrowth Cutter Breeches, Gloves of the Afterlife, Boots of the Flowering Earth, Garden Pitchfork, Yellow Lumberjack Shirt, Tillers Tabard
This is at least the third “farmer” kit I’ve made for Kate, but I hadn’t made one that used the Tillers tabard yet.

Khan of Knowledge

Khan’s set with Battleforge Shoulderguards, Golden Saronite Dragon, Turpster’s Sonorous Shield, and Lorewalkers Tabard
I’d started building a rather different outfit to go with this tabard, but when I put on these shoulders, it suddenly seemed fitting to go for the full Khan’s set.

August Sentinel

Pauldrons of the Argent Sentinel, Light-Touched Breastplate, Jade Tiger Girdle, Legplates of the Bold, Faith Bearer’s Gauntlets, Nar’thalas Sabatons, Starshatter (LFR), August Celestials tabard
The Underpowered Death Knight had to be the model for a plate August Celestials kit because blue-and-white.
I picked these glowing white shoulders with the floating shards to echo the stars in the tabard design. When I got to choosing boots, I liked how the black of these boots contrasted with the white of the shoulders, and how both items are tied into the rest of the kit by their gold trim.

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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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Augh, writing peer-review committee and department chair letters for the interim tenure reviews of the other chemistry faculty who were also new the same year that I was is giving me all kinds of inferiority complex and existential insecurity about my own interim tenure review. I am acutely aware that I have this job because one of my high school friends didn’t get tenure, and I am terrified that I am so lackluster compared to my colleagues that I will meet the same fate.

I also have two exams to write by next Tuesday, so as much as I might like to play as much WoW this long weekend as my baby will let me, I shouldn’t. And then, of course, those exams will need to be graded, and the first piles of lab reports are incoming…

Not that I could go to Argus right now even if I wanted to. I know darn well that Kamalia did the pre-launch event Broken Shore scenario, but she didn’t get the breadcrumb quest to go to Argus on Tuesday. I hypothesize that it’s because she still has the breadcrumb quest for Armies of Legionfall in her log, never turned in from Patch 7.2 (and that she didn’t get the breadcrumb quest for the Whispers of Frightened World scenario for the same reason). Maybe I’d only have to turn in the first Armies of Legionfall quest to get the first Argus quest to open up, but I think I’d want to do at least enough of the Broken Shore to bring Magatha Grimtotem into the fold of the Earthen Ring before I went gallivanting off to Argus. That would be at least one night of gameplay, but with the amount of time I have for WoW right now, it might take two or three nights of play and two or three weeks to have enough nights where I felt like I actually could play that much.

So I might be pretty quiet for awhile until I’m not drowning in work quite so badly.

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Kamalia is TEN years old today!

In the first year of this blog, I made a post when Kamalia turned three in which I wrote:

When BTH and I were dating, he told me about this game he liked to play called World of Warcraft. He showed me the gameplay one night; it was a month or two after the release of the Burning Crusade expansion and he was leveling his Dwarf Paladin in Terrokar Forest. I remember quite vividly the strangeness of the warp stalkers and noticing that the male and female blood elves (at Firewing Point) had different death animations.

After we got married, we spent a month playing through Final Fantasy III together before he got me started on World of Warcraft. I wrote in my journal that night, or perhaps the next day, about having created my first character in this new game I was playing with my new husband — which is why I remember Kamalia’s “birthday” at all. I didn’t make note of, and therefore don’t remember, the dates upon which I created any of my subsequent characters.

BTH created an Undead Priest to level with my Tauren Shaman, but when I got stuck on some early quests, he brought in his level 16 Tauren Druid to help me out. Eventually I decided that I liked questing with the Druid better than with the Priest. By the time we got to level 70, the Dwarf Paladin had been abandoned and the Tauren Druid had become BTH’s new main. He wanted to try out tanking with his Druid, and hasn’t looked back since.

We’ve had a lot of fun playing this game together over the past three years. I’ve gotten a lot more involved and interested in it than I ever thought I would at the beginning — the world just has so much to explore, to see and to do. I don’t know if I have another three years worth of interest in the game in me, but I’ll enjoy it for as long as I can!

Well, here we are seven years later, and Kamalia (and her entourage of family and friends) is still a big part of my life. It’s been a grand ten years. I don’t know if I have another ten years worth of interest in the game in me — or even if the game itself has another ten years of longevity left in it — but I’ll keep right on enjoying it for as long as I can!

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