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I first heard the word “sklonklish” in a movie starring teenage Shirley Temple that my family watched when my sisters and I were teenagers. It became part of my family’s lexicon immediately because it perfectly describes that feeling of being vaguely irritated and out-of-sorts with the world. It’s sort of like ennui, only with a bit more of a disgruntled edge.

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Kaelinda and Kaurinka have each finally finished reinforcing the fourth stream for their Anima Conductor; since I don’t intend to upgrade the Anima Conductor to stage 3, I am now Done with it, which is something of a relief. With my remaining three characters, I’m thinking that I’ll just do stage 1 of the Anima Conductor and just reinforce the stream to the Treasure, since that’s the activity that I have done the most consistently with the first two.
The Travel Network is likely to be the only Sanctum feature that all five characters will fully upgrade.

Kaelinda reached Exalted with Bastion last week. She kept grinding away at Maldraxxus, trying to do one or two WQs in Maldraxxus each day. This week’s WQ rep buff, plus a string of Maldraxxus Callings, allowed me to finally finish that off, too. Phew! I intensely dislike Maldraxxus as an environment, so now I can mostly ignore Maldraxxus with everyone except Kalaneia (my designated Necrolords character)*.

I have also been actively farming Anima with Kaelinda. I don’t try to clear the map of Anima-rewarding WQs, but I’ll often do as many of the available ones as I find tolerable to do. She has gotten both of the Venthyr Renown backpieces and has been spending Anima as fast as she gets enough of it on acquiring the rest of the Renown recolor of the Venthyr Covenant armor set, after which she will be Done with Covenant collectibles (at least until Patch 9.1). She needs 11000 more Anima to accomplish this goal.

I’ve been pushing hard to finish these reputation and collection goals because I’m wanting to just be Done with Kaelinda — to be able to put her/the Venthyr on the bench for awhile** and move on to the campaigns of the other three Covenants. I intend to do Night Fae first, then Kyrian, then Necrolords.

Since the news from the Patch 9.1 PTR is that the Korthia extension of the Covenant campaigns brings them all together right from the beginning, making them all essentially the same except with variations in the window dressing, I’m thinking that I want to get all of the 9.0 Covenant campaigns completed before I jump into the new Patch 9.1 content — even if that means that Patch 9.1 will have been out for quite some time before I finally get there.

Anyhow, the result of pushing rep and Anima with Kaelinda so hard recently is that I am feeling a bit burned out and can barely bring myself to do much of anything with Kaurinka (even though there is a lot more Night Fae stuff that I want than Venthyr stuff). As I’ve mentioned before, though, part of that feeling of burnout is spillover from RL right now. It’s the penultimate week of the semester, and I am feeling greater than usual end-of-semester weariness.

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* Well, Keliora has to complete the House of Constructs storyline in Maldraxxus before she turns on Threads of Fate because saving Kyrians. But after that, Kalaneia will be the only person who has to be in Maldraxxus.

** I do want to play the Ember Court (and the Queen’s Conservatory) before Shadowlands ends, though. I’ve learned that if I don’t do an activity while the expansion it debuted in is current, I’m not going to come back to do it later (e.g., Deaths of Chromie). I can worry about gathering Anima for those upgrades, however, when I’m ready to actually do that content.

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Yesterday, Wowhead reported a hotfix that gives increased Anima income for having activated all four of the Sanctum Features, then another increase when they’re all upgraded to stage 2, and final increase when they’re all upgraded to stage 3. The first level, at least, seemed worth spending a couple thousand Anima on before I purchase any more Anima cosmetics, so Kaelinda and Kaurinka have both invested in the first stages of the Command Table and the Ember Court/Queen’s Conservatory. Having done so, I will henceforth continue to ignore the Command Table completely, and the Ember Court/Queen’s Conservatory until I’m ready to sink the time into them that they apparently demand.

This also changes my plans for my remaining three characters. I’d been planning to activate stage 1 of the Anima Conductor, then to activate and fully upgrade the Travel Network, then to upgrade the Anima Conductor to stage 2. Now, I’ll be spending their first 4000 Anima on activating all four of the Sanctum Features. After that, I’ll probably continue with the original plan.

Kaelinda and Kaurinka both already had fully upgraded Travel Networks and stage 2 Anima Conductors. The investment of 2000 Anima (4000 Anima for my remaining characters) to get the first achievement definitely felt worth it. The investment of 10000 Anima (20000 Anima for my remaining characters) to get the Command Table and Special Feature to stage 2 doesn’t seem like it will really be worth it, considering the small increment of the Anima income, but I’ll probably do it anyway. The investment of 30000 Anima (40000 Anima for my remaining characters) to get the Anima Conductor, Command Table, and Special Feature all to stage 3 definitely will not be worth the additional small increment to Anima income, particularly since I have no interest in the Command Table at all, no interest in the actual benefits of the third stage of the Anima Conductor, and my interest in the Special Feature varies by Covenant (yes for Ember Court and Queen’s Conservatory, maybe for Path of Ascension, nope for Stitchyard).

In other Shadowlands progression…

I got another couple of chapters of Ardenweald done with Kaelyla and she is now about 30% through level 58. She’s getting really bored of her current outfit, but she needs to keep wearing it until she’s all the way through the Ardenweald main storyline because Ardenweald has multiple nifty on-quest visual effects that this outfit was specifically created to coordinate with. I already have an outfit idea in mind for proceeding into the first chapter of Revendreth…

I decided to stop trying to push Bastion and Maldraxxus rep with both Kaelinda and Kaurinka and just focus it down with Kaelinda. I’m almost done with Bastion and am about halfway through Revered with Maldraxxus.

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I’ve been doing quite a bit of dungeon running recently, mostly Spires of Ascension and Plaguefall because those have been the Oribos dungeons of the week and for “Defend Bastion/Maldraxxus” Callings. Having gotten to Exalted with Court of Harvesters with Kaelinda and with Wild Hunt with Kaurinka, I’m now pushing Ascended and Undying Army rep so that I can get the Gilded Prowler mount and have the Undying Army tabard in my tabard wardrobe for Kalaneia to wear with her Necrolords armor.

I’ve been seeing a lot of Shaman healers, which is making me miss healing with Kamalia. I used to be a devotee of Grid + Clique, but I haven’t installed any addons whatsoever since I began playing WoW on a new computer about a year ago. What addon(s) are considered the best for healing these days?

Seeing Tauren of other classes in other roles is making me miss my Tauren. I’ve been thinking about how my Shaman would be Night Fae and my Death Knight would be Necrolords and my Warrior and my Highmountain Tauren Druid would be Venthyr and my Hunter and Paladin and Priest and Monk would be Kyrian, so that I could get all of the Covenant armor sets that I find acceptably attractive. I’d only get the Campaign and Renown recolors of the armor sets with these characters — going after the other variations would be too much work.

Most of these characters haven’t yet leveled through Zandalar, though, and there isn’t yet a skip for the introductory Maw experience of Shadowlands. So for now, I will just have to sigh wistfully, and focus on getting my Eversong Elves through the Covenant Campaigns and into their Campaign & Renown armor sets, and hope that an intro skip gets patched in sometime down the road, and plan to bring all my Tauren through the Shadowlands during the end-of-expac lull.

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Kinevra hit Exalted with 7th Legion and Proudmoore Admiralty this week, which prompted me to finally go finish the last two chapters of the 7.0 Alliance War Campaign. Then I could go recruit the Dark Iron Dwarves — because no matter how much I tried to talk myself out of recruiting all the Allied Races, I just couldn’t resist pairing up each of the Minor Mages with an Allied Race counterpart:


Kivrinne: Undead Mage, 46, Frost
Kymberlea: Worgen Mage, 32, Fire


Kaoling: Huojin Pandaren Mage, 31, Arcane
Koralyra: Tushui Pandaren Mage, 20, Frost


Keriluna: Night Elf Mage, 32, Arcane
Koralythria: Nightborne Mage, 20, Arcane


Kaprikka: Draenei Mage, 92, Arcane/Frost
Krystaliza: Lightforged Draenei Mage, 20, Arcane


Kelilla: Gnome Mage, 42, Frost
Katrinka: Mechagnome Mage, 20, Frost


Kermione: Goblin Mage, 33, Fire
Khariba: Vulpera Mage, 20, Fire


Kikimaia: Troll Mage, 36, Frost
Kilauea: Zandalari Troll Mage, 20, Fire


Kenosha: Orc Mage, 33, Fire
Keshona: Mag’har Orc Mage, 20, Fire


Khrissalys: Dwarf Mage, 30, Fire
Kronakka: Dark Iron Dwarf Mage, 20, Fire

I have yet to do the 7.1 Alliance War Campaign so that I can recruit the Kul Tirans, but my Kul Tiran Mage will go in with my major characters, like my Void Elf Mage did.

Now that I’ve done (almost) all of them, I think that the Highmountain Tauren, Zandalari Troll, and Dark Iron Dwarf recruitment questlines/scenarios were the most epic, and the Vulpera one was the most fun.

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As it turned out, I just wanted to be Done with Mechagon. I started picking up some of the other dailies on the island. I ended up doing “fill the bar” and passing on “kill three star mobs”, though I’d still do some of the other dailies on a “kill three star mobs” day. I finished the mechaspider mount questline, even though I don’t care for the mount and won’t use it, just for the rep that doing so would provide. A little bit of a boost from the Darkmoon Top Hat last night, and…

If I ever have the whim to do so after Kaylynda reaches 120, now I can go recruit the Mechagnomes.

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Now that she’s finished Mechagon, Kamalia is officially in retirement. I’ll be doing the Patch 8.3 stuff with Kaylynda, or maybe Kaelinda, or maybe Kerisa. I know that I want to at least get the Orthographically Obnoxious Cloak to Rank 5 for the first appearance upgrade. That might be all I do of Patch 8.3 content, though.

This won’t actually be the first time that I’ll have let Kamalia sit out an endgame zone and done it with another character. At the end of Legion, I did Argus with Kiralaira (my Demon Hunter) because it felt more thematically appropriate to do so.

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As I get other characters to 120, I plan to bring them out to Mechagon at least once. I like to have all areas of an expansion accessible for my “major” characters just in case I ever want to use some of the scenery in those areas as a backdrop for a Mog photoshoot.

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I’m teaching four different lecture classes and two different lab classes this semester, and I’m feeling like I’m just barely keeping my head above water. So, now that I’ve finished this goal with Kamalia and I haven’t yet gotten any other characters to 120, I think perhaps I’d better take a bit of a break from WoW — at least for the rest of this week, maybe next week, too — but hopefully not as long as until the end of the semester.

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back to Mechagon

With the Mechagon dungeon now available on Heroic, Kamalia picked up the quest to defeat King Mechagon (which she had been ignoring), queued up as a healer, and got a group that waltzed right through the place. Now she’s hanging out in Rustbolt again. If Prince Erazmin’s daily quest is “kill 3 star mobs”, she’ll most likely do it. If it’s “find 6 chests”, she’ll probably do it, too. If it’s “fill the bar”, she probably won’t. Although I doubt that I’ll do the Mechagnome recruitment questline anytime soon, I’d still like to have the Mechagnome unlock requirements completed just so that if I ever do get the whim to recruit them, I won’t have to come back for it.
(I’m much farther along with getting to Exalted with Nazjatar on account of going back there for Humming Azerite Heart and 2000 gold Emissary rewards — for those, I always do the Mad Mardivas puzzles.)

Maybe tomorrow I’ll go do the Vulpera recruitment questline.

Does anyone know yet how to access the cutscene/cinematic about the new Horde leadership? I still haven’t found a breadcrumb for it.

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Even with a rapidly approaching deadline and ideas burning holes in my brain for things I needed to do to finish getting my classes organized, the 50% extra reputation from WQs from WQ Bonus Week was too good to pass up. I did my Mechagon quests every day last week, and by Reset Day, I was at 9970/12000. The end was in sight!

Having gotten so close, I wanted to just get BfA Pathfinder Part 2 over and done with. So I did less work than perhaps I could or should have for another day or two, and went and did it.

But will I stick around in Mechagon to grind out Galvanic Oscillators from the daily WQ to buy the upgraded Adventurer Augments or the Targeted Purification Protocols Essence? Not likely, at least not anytime soon. Now that I have flying, Kamalia is going to rest until Patch 8.2.5 brings the next chapters of the War Campaign and the Chamber of Heart storyline, and other characters will level.

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Because I wasn’t doing the Bounty and Requisition quests, after I completed “get 3K XP for your Kelfin/Ankoan buddies”, finishing the rest of the zone storyline/raid attunement didn’t get me to Revered with the Unshackled. It took me another two or three days to accomplish that. By the time I was done, though, I’d accumulated enough Benthic tokens from quest rewards and enough manapearls that before I left Nazjatar behind, I could send full sets of Benthic tokens to Kaelinda, Kaylynda, Kerisa, and Kerithian, and a set of Benthic tokens missing only the cloak to Karaelia.

Before I head out to Mechagon, though, I think I’ll take a detour to Tanaris to do “Whatever Happened to Grizzek Fizzwrench?” Not so much for the battle pet that is a mini-me of the BfA Pathfinder Part 2 reward mount, however, as for the lore tie-in to the Before the Storm novel and the in-game introduction to the characters of Grizzek Fizzwrench and Sapphronetta “Saffy” Flivvers.

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Now that I’ve reached my primary Patch 8.2 goal of obtaining the Tauren Heritage Armor, what next?
Securing flying in Battle for Azeroth zones ought to be the next major goal, right?

I am currently about a quarter of the way from Honored to Revered with the Unshackled, and I’m about 2/3rds done with the “get 3000 XP for your Kelfin buddies” quest.

I prioritize my Kelfin buddy’s quests, because that’s the gate on the zone story questchain. I do those, plus whatever Mardivas puzzle chests are up, and whatever WQs I pass through on the way to my Kelfin buddy’s quests and the Mardivas puzzle chests. I don’t try to do all the WQs in the zone. Although I pick up the Requisition and Bounty quests, I mostly ignore them because even with the nerfs, I rarely manage to complete them “as I go along” while doing my higher priority objectives, and I don’t ever feel like running around the zone looking for those things after I’ve completed my higher priority objectives. I’ve picked up an Unshackled Contract, so I’ve been doing the Zandalar Emissaries again, too — if I feel like I have the time and energy.

I’ll figure out a Mechagon routine when I get there, which won’t be until after I’ve reached Revered in Nazjatar.

Besides various RL events and the uncomfortable realization that the beginning of Fall semester is only about 5 weeks away, so I really need to get back to work on getting my courses set up, I’m getting distracted again by other things I want to accomplish in Azeroth.

Now that I’ve got my (Kalimdor) Tauren Heritage Armor, part of me wants to abandon BfA content for awhile and just level my Highmountain Tauren Druid up to 110 so she can get her Highmountain Tauren Heritage Armor.

Thinking about that reminds me that I want to get Kaelinda up to 120 to get the Sin’dorei Heritage Armor. (There’s my Void Elf to be leveled, too, but she’s much lower priority because I am less interested in the Void Elf Heritage Armor.)

And what about Kaylynda and the whole Alliance side of the story — not to mention recruiting the Kul Tirans?

And then there’s my Tauren Druid, for whom I’ve been collecting a bunch of leather Island Expeditions stuff off of the AH, and my Night Elf Druid, who would like to give being dark-eyed a try…

…But, flying

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Some suggestions for non-Shaldorei who wish to show their friendship for First Arcanist Thalyssra and her people. The “of the Nightfall” title is the perfect finishing touch for all of these outfits.

Magic of the Night

Mantle of Closed Doors (H), Felfume Robes, Belt of False Dignity, Silkweave Gloves, Suspicious Slippers, Nightfallen Tabard

Nightstorm

Boughs of Archdruid Van-Yali, Breastplate of the Incendiary Soul (H), Shifting Sash of Midnight, Cinderweb Leggings (H), Earthguard Grips, Sandals of the Insurgent, Shocking Claws, Nightfallen Tabard

Suramar Nightingale

Conqueror’s Nightsong Cover, Boughs of Archdruid Van-Yali, Songbird Blouse, Strap of the Chosen Dead (LFR), Cinderweb Leggings (H), Twisted Wraithtalon Gloves, Rapscallion Boots, Fandral’s Flamescythe (H), Nightfallen Tabard

Night Seer

Hateful Gladiator’s Linked Spaulders, Darkmoon Breastplate, Netherfury Belt, Bloodmail Legguards*, Ebonhold Gauntlets & Boots, Purple Martial Shirt, Element-Infused Knuckles, Shadowbark’s Shin, Nightfallen Tabard

Night Seer II

Hateful Gladiator’s Linked Spaulders, Steadfast Breastplate, Stillwater Girdle, Scaled Greaves of Patience, Bloodbinder’s Gauntlets, Hydra Scale Sabatons, Streamtalker Slicers, Titansteel Shield Wall, Nightfallen Tabard

Nightwell Liberator

Doomplate Shoulderguards, Darkrune Breastplate, Bogslayer Belt, Weaponmaster’s Legplates, Lucidity Handwraps, Thunderpeak Greatboots, Edge of the Cosmos/Black Ice, Rich Purple Silk Shirt, Nightfallen Tabard

Night Knight

Booty Bay Helm, Replica Soulforge Pauldrons & Legplates, Breastplate of Many Graces, Uktar’s Belt of Chiming Rings (N), Sunstrider’s Gauntlets, Fen Strider’s Footguards, Pilfered Ethereal Blade, Revenant Deflector, Nightfallen Tabard

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