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Kregga got her first Nightfallen Paragon cache last night.
And what should be in it but the Leywoven Flying Carpet! At last!

I’ve wanted this mount partly so that my Tailors can have a complete collection of all the Flying Carpets —

— and partly so that my characters who aren’t Tailors can have a Flying Carpet, too. I’ve particularly wanted this mount for Kaelyla, who has a whole array of violet-blue mounts lined up on her right action bars 😀

I’m not going to try for any of the other Paragon rewards — getting this one was frustrating enough — so my Death Knight, Monk, and Paladin are now headed back to Thunder Bluff to hang out “at home” until I want to do Battle for Azeroth — or some other type of Legacy content — stuff with them.

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Kamalia has reached Exalted with all of the 8.0 factions at last. Now I can ignore WQs for awhile, unless the Emissary reward is something really good, like 2000 gold. No Paragoning for me.

I’ve been more or less completely ignoring Artifact Power, so Kamalia’s Heart of Azeroth is only at level 46. I suppose I could prioritize Missions and WQs that give AP for awhile, but, eh, whatever. It’ll get to 50 when it gets there, and if I can’t fully unlock all the cool new functions that the Heart will gain in Patch 8.2 immediately, I’m playing too casually for it to matter.

Time to stop procrastinating doing the War Campaign, I guess.

Meanwhile, Kerithian finished up her Darnassus rep and moved on to Outland to grind Kurenai rep. I’ve long been covetous of the Alliance-only Kurenai Kilt, but I didn’t think I could stomach doing the Kurenai grind all the way to Exalted. When I looked the Kilt up again recently, though, I saw that it only requires Revered rep, and that seemed more doable. Just as the Horde first meet the Mag’har in Hellfire Peninsula, the Alliance first encounter the Kurenai at Orebor Harborage in Zangarmarsh. Doing the quests there in addition to the ones at Telaar in Nagrand got me to halfway from Honored to Revered. That made the remaining grind to Revered not so bad at all. Getting to Exalted would still be a pain, though!

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Browsing through cloth robes in my Wardrobe, I’m reminded that I’ve collected so many items that I think are so pretty, but haven’t yet gotten around to making kits with them. I could probably make a new kit every week for each of my major cloth-wearing characters for several months before I ran out of items I have in my collection but hadn’t used yet. Problem is, Mogging when you’re not doing anything else makes you broke really fast.

Venerated of Zandalar

Pauldrons of Venerated Spirits (LFR), Stormstrike Vest, Crafted Dreadful Gladiator’s Links of Accuracy, Isle Watcher’s Leggings, Torcali’s Grips of the Bounty, Gral Worshipper’s Waders, Tabard of the Zandalari Empire, The Fist of Ra-den/Doomhammer (Hidden appearance, 200 WQ tint)
The Troll-themed Antorus shoulders and Hidden appearances of the Elemental and Enhancement Artifact weapons were the natural choices to complement the Zandalari Empire tabard.

Tiragarde Navigator

Navigator’s Garb with Ceremonial Crown of Karabor, Seafury Tamer, and Crow’s Nest Spotlight
When Kinevra had quested through enough of Tiragarde Sound to collect all of the appearances for that zone’s coloration of the Kul Tiras cloth quest set, it was time to wear it.
Horde characters who want to wear this outfit should look for “Foxhollow” items on the Auction House.

Effervescent Viridium

Wrathful Gladiator’s Mooncloth Mantle, Robe of Effervescent Light, Telubis’ Binding of Patience, Tempest’s Touch, Shimmering Geta, Viridium Staff of Alacrity
I felt like Kaohana had been in her previous outfit long enough. Not having an idea in mind for her to wear next, I cast around for some inspiration and decided to build a kit around the other coloration of this Battle for Azeroth Jewelcrafted staff model.

Flames of Fate

Firehawk Hood (N), Mantle of False Virtue, Robes of Fate, Mage-Fury Girdle, Archivist’s Gloves, Oilfoot Slippers, Felo’melorn (default appearance, original tint)
I’ve used the beige and purple versions of this set (with my Priest and my Void Elf, respectively), so now it’s time to use the red version.
The End Time dungeon version of this location would be somewhat more appropriate, but I didn’t feel like playing the lottery with whether Baine would be up when I went into the dungeon.

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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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With the current Zandalari Emissary, Kamalia has reached Exalted with the Zandalari — my first Exalted Battle for Azeroth reputation!
I’ll continue using a contract for Champions of Azeroth until I get Exalted with them, and then I should probably switch to using a contract for Honorbound, as it seems I’m going to have to get them to Exalted to progress to the 8.1.5 stage of the War Campaign. Because getting Champions of Azeroth to Exalted on one character unlocks the Heart of Azeroth upgrades account-wide, Kaylynda’s first contract (when she gets to 120) should therefore be 7th Legion.

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The Twelve Classes were on Bloodhoof. The Mages (except for Kaelinda) were on Argent Dawn. All other Horde characters were on Duskwood (Bloodhoof’s linked realm). All other Alliance characters were on The Scryers (Argent Dawn’s linked realm). This was a good system of organization, I thought, tidy and nicely compartmentalized.

Then one evening earlier this week I logged on and did some WQs with Kamalia, flipped over to Argent Dawn to do a few quests in Kul Tiras with Kaylynda, flipped over to Duskwood to do some questing in Mulgore with my Highmountain Tauren Druid, flipped over to The Scryers to take my Night Elf Druid to Boralus — and realized that I was tired of doing that much jumping between realms. Wouldn’t it be nicer if everyone I was actively doing stuff with was on the same realm? On not-quite-an-impulse — I’ve been considering this for a few weeks — I moved Kaylynda, Kaelyla, Kerithian, and Kashina to Bloodhoof. Kashina was the only one who ended up needing a name change; she became Kasheena. My Dwarf Paladin and Dwarf Shaman can stay on The Scryers for now, until I’m ready to start actively doing stuff with them in Battle for Azeroth content.

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Gnomecore’s post on the Dwarf Heritage Armor questline reminds me that I should check up on my reputations for my favorite Base Races. Kamalia is Exalted with Thunder Bluff, of course; she’ll be able to go get the Tauren Heritage Armor when Patch 8.2 arrives. Kaelinda is Exalted with Silvermoon; she just needs to get to 120 already so she can go collect the Blood Elf Heritage Armor. Kaylynda is Exalted with Stormwind, so she’ll be ready whenever the Human Heritage Armor is released. Kerithian is only at Honored with Darnassus, so she needs put on her Darnassus tabard and start farming Darnassus rep so that she’ll be ready whenever the Night Elf Heritage Armor is released. Kyraleia and Kjerstin are both at Revered with Ironforge; they would need both leveling to 120 and some rep grinding to qualify for the Dwarf Heritage Armor.

The three main ways that I’ve farmed Classic capital city reputation in the past have been the Argent Tournament, doing the Cooking and Fishing dailies, and running dungeons while wearing the tabard. Of those three options, I’ll probably take the third one with Kerithian; I’ve found that Heroic Ahn’kahet gives good city rep (2958) if you completely clear it, and Kerithian could certainly use the money she’d get from vending everything she picked up in the process.

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Kamalia reached Revered with Champions of Azeroth a week or two ago and has now completed Battle for Azeroth Pathfinder Part 1. The past couple of weekends have been rather busy, so I haven’t yet had a chance to run Atal’Dazar, so I can continue the Vol’jin questline, or to work on the Saurfang questline. I’ve been puttering along doing Emissaries; I’m about 2/3 of the way from Revered to Exalted with the Zandalari and about halfway from Revered to Exalted with everyone else. Using a contract seems to have helped my Champions of Azeroth rep catch up to the rest. Part of me wants to set a goal of getting all of the 8.0 reps to Exalted before 8.2 drops new reps on us that will have to be pushed to Revered to get Pathfinder Part 2. More realistically, however, I’ll probably get the three leveling zone reps to Exalted (for various reasons), keep doing Tortollan Emissaries until I’m Exalted with them just because I enjoy their quests, and ignore the Honorbound because I’m not all that interested in rolling a Mag’har Orc.

Although Kaelinda has long since given up on Paragoning for Suramar, I still want that Leywoven Flying Carpet. Kaelinda wants it so she can have all the Magic Carpet mounts, and Kaelyla wants it as one of her flying mounts for its dark blue and purple color scheme. Hmm… Which other characters are already Exalted with the Nightborne and could be set to Paragoning for Suramar? Druid and Paladin are in Zandalar and have gotten started with questing in Vol’dun and Nazmir, respectively. That leaves Death Knight and Monk. So Kregga and Katewatha are now back in their Order Halls, watching their Mission Tables for Suramar missions and watching the Broken Isles Emissary lineup for Kirin Tor. I must be crazy.

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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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