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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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nonsense and nonesuch

As usual, Wowhead’s April Fool mockups are much more entertaining (to me) than Blizzard’s own mock patch notes. The great thing about Wowhead’s stuff is that it always looks so plausible, even the parts of it that are deliberately silly (like the Pepe battles in this year’s edition).

Kaelinda and Kaurinka have now gotten the second stage of the Anima Conductor and are plinking along at reinforcing the third and fourth Anima stream locations. Having another choice on the map for what to do to gather Anima or complete “do 3 World Quests” (when it’s in that Covenant’s zone) is nice, but I haven’t yet chosen to do the Anima Conductor World Quest over my tried-and-true favorites. The Anima Conductor dailies, well, they just seem very grindy — “go find/kill 15-30 of such-and-such creature” or “go clicky 7-12 of such-and-such environmental object” — and like they’d require running all over the zone to find enough things to reach completion. I’ll continue to plink Anima into them until both streams are reinforced, though, so that they’ll be available if I want to put more effort into actually doing them later.

A very large part of my lack of motivation to actually go do the Anima Conductor World and Daily Quests, however, is just my current RL circumstances. School has gotten very busy with various faculty responsibilities in addition to my usual teaching-related tasks. I still log on every day to pick up the Calling (whether or not I actually go out and do it), collect the Anima Conductor Treasure, and see if there are any 3-4×35 Anima token WQs up that I actually enjoy doing, but doing any more things…? Not right now. Maybe later.

Another time-consuming in-game activity that I’ve decided to put off until Later is the Ember Court and the Queen’s Conservatory. I’ll activate those and get them going after I’ve accomplished my primary expansion goal of playing through all four of the 9.0 Covenant storylines. I’ll at least activate and check out the Path of Ascension, though I’ve heard that it is kind of ridiculously challenging. I’m not at all interested in the Stitchyard, and don’t plan to activate it even just for the sake of having all of the Covenant Special Features activated.

So for now, after I’ve gotten the third and fourth locations for the Anima Conductor permanently reinforced, I think I’ll start picking up Covenant cosmetics — the 3500 Anima backpieces, to begin with, then the Renown recolor of the Covenant armor set.

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This weekend, I finally got myself into Castle Nathria LFR. I did Leeching Depths and Blood from Stone on Saturday night, then Reliquary of Opulence and Audience with Arrogance on Sunday night.

Those are some pretty hectic, crazy fights even on LFR! I can’t even imagine how much crazier Artificer Xy’mox and Sire Denathrius must be on Heroic or Mythic! Doing these fights made me miss raid healing with Kamalia a little bit. Not enough to go through the introductory Maw experience again, though, or to add one more character to my leveling, etc queue… at least not until a skip for that intro experience gets patched in… and not until I’ve completed my primary expansion objective of playing through all four of the Covenant stories.

I held onto the quest from defeating Sire Denathrius until today, so that I could turn it in after reset and get Kaelinda’s 1K Anima quest for the week done in one fell swoop.

Having done a full Castle Nathria clear also meant that I could loot the Great Vault today!
These were my choices:

I took the trinket, because it was an upgrade and I already have an ilevel 194 weapon.

Although I’ve said previously that I’d probably only do Castle Nathria LFR once, I’d like to go do the Reliquary of Opulence at least one more time. I failed the Dance Intermission because I didn’t recognize what I was supposed to be looking for to find my place — for some reason, I was looking for ordinary raid markers to pop up, or something — so I’d like to give it another try and do it right this time. I’ll also be running Blood from Stone again, likely for some weeks to come; I’ve decided that I want to have the robe version of the chestpiece, which drops from the Stone Legion Generals, for the sake of having something from every raid set (or its PVP recolor) — though maybe it will be my Warlock who wears it, not my Mage! And hey, that’ll give me more chances at Great Vault loot, too!

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The style of the Shadowlace set, which is the second tier of crafted cloth gear in Shadowlands, imitates the appearance of the Attendants in Oribos.

Shadowlace, Spiritmender’s, Bloodsilk, Faemoss, Sincollector’s
The other colorations of this set are available through the World Quests and dungeons associated with the leveling zones.
All five colorations can be seen on various Attendant characters around Oribos.

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Shadowlace/Sinful Aspirant’s Vestment


Shadowlace Vestments with Soul Keeper’s Column
The second-tier crafted and entry-level PVP sets from Shadowlands share the same appearance.

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Spiritmender’s Raiment


Spiritmender’s Raiment with Soul Keeper’s Column
This set is collected from World Quests and dungeon drops in Bastion.

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Bloodsilk Garb


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

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Faemoss Wraps


Faemoss Wraps with Soul Keeper’s Column
This set is collected from World Quests and dungeon drops in Ardenweald.

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Sincollector’s Regalia


Sincollector’s Regalia with Nathrian Ferula
This set is collected from World Quests and dungeon drops in Revendreth.

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As Gnomecore and Coffee Cakes & Crits have recently commented, this is definitely seeming like a lull time.
Both of my co-mains — Venthyr Mage and Night Fae Druid — are feeling like they are in a maintenance mode in terms of what I do with them on a daily and weekly basis. The Druid is in a wierd sort of stasis; she’s almost (but not quite) to the Renown cap, but she hasn’t done her Covenant campaign yet because she’s waiting on the Night Fae Mage to catch up so they can do it together. Both of them recently got the third stage of the Travel Network and are now saving up to get the second stage of the Anima Conductor — as Coffee Cakes & Crits said, getting the Anima streams flowing now will let the Anima and the Grateful Offerings quietly, slowly, consistently accumulate until someday we’ll be able to afford all of those fun cosmetic goodies.
Speaking of fun cosmetic goodies that I can’t afford, my Druid dinged Exalted with Court of the Night today pretty much entirely from doing the Large Lunarlight Bud every day. Of course she hasn’t got the 25K Anima to buy the recolor of the Night Fae armor set that she’s now eligible to purchase. She could buy one of the backpieces, but she’s saving up for upgrading her Campaign armor set and getting Sanctum upgrades — cosmetics can wait for later.
Once both of them have rescued their 20 souls from the Maw and collected their 1K Anima each week, I’ve been doing lull-time sorts of activities:
*I’ve been doing some dungeon farming for items I want for Mogging — Mistcaller needs to give me that fifth coloration of the flower crown!
*I’ve been slowly leveling the Night Fae Mage, the Kyrian Priest, and the Necrolords Warlock, doing a questline at a time here and there.
*I do still need to get the Venthyr Mage into Castle Nathria LFR. I’ll probably do each wing only once, tourist-style to see the story, because I’m not a fan of the Castle Nathria cloth set. Every weekend, I think, “this weekend I’m going to do Castle Nathria LFR!” and then for one reason or another, it doesn’t happen.

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These are the first-tier crafted and leveling reward sets from Shadowlands.

Shrouded Cloth, Umbrawing, Bloodskin, Shimmerbough, Avowed Tormenter’s
Because the names for the quest reward items aren’t completely consistent (especially in Bastion), here I’ve given the sets the names of the corresponding zone drop BOE greens.

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Shrouded Cloth

Shrouded Cloth set with Aluneth (hidden, first tint)
The Shrouded Cloth set is the basic Shadowlands crafted set.

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Pure Aspirant’s/Umbrawing Raiment

Waylight Shoulderpads, Waylight Vestment, Cord of Uncertain Devotion, Sparring Trainer’s Handwraps, Sandals of Soul’s Clarity, Fallen Disciple’s Cloak, Mardenholde Staff
This coloration comes from Bastion.

Champion of Purity





Crown of the Champion, Waylight Shoulderpads, Gossamer Robe, Eelskin Flippers, Drape of Twisted Loyalties, Whizblast Walking Stick

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Corpse-Stitcher’s/Bloodskin Garb

Corpse-Stitcher’s Mantle, Corpse-Stitcher’s Robe, Corpse-Stitcher’s Cord, Popular Pupil’s Mitts, Corpse-Stitcher’s Treads, Salvaged Mercenary’s Drape, Staff of Beasts
This coloration comes from Maldraxxus.

Aspiring to Ascension





Bloodskin Mantle, Aurora Armor, Cleansed Shadow Council Belt, Pure Aspirant’s Leggings, Bracers of Safe Keeping, Fungal Resistant Slippers, Tabard of the Ascended, Quarterstaff of Discordant Ethic

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Spirit Tender’s/Shimmerbough Wraps

Spirit Tender’s Mantle, Spirit Tender’s Robe, Spirit Tender’s Cord, Spirit Tender’s Handwraps, Spirit Tender’s Slippers, Glitterwing Greatcloak, Void-Warped Oshu’gun Spellstaff
This coloration comes from Ardenweald.

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Pained Absolution/Avowed Tormenter’s Regalia

Mantle of Pained Absolution, Robe of Pained Absolution, Sash of Pained Absolution, Tubbins Teapot Fire Mitts, Shoes of Pained Absolution, Ilka’s Hunting Cloak, Sinfall Legionaire’s Barbed Staff
This coloration comes from Revendreth.

Infused Rubies


Rhinestone Sunglasses, Courtier’s Mantle, Robe of Pained Absolution, Mana-Cord of Deception (LFR), Widow’s Clutches + Shadowlace Cuffs, Ruby Slippers, Ilka’s Hunting Cloak, Kamui’s Crystalline Staff of Wizardry (H)
Revendreth leveling provided some fabulous items to use with the Rhinestone Sunglasses when they became Moggable in Patch 9.0.5!

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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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When I first saw this image in the leaked Patch 9.1 press kit last Thursday, I wondered, “what is that fifth armor set — the one on the Nightborne?”

It looked a bit like the Venthyr set on the Human, but why would they show two sets for one Covenant, but not any of the others?

Looking at the slides from the What’s Next Panel about these new Covenant armor sets, I see that the Nightborne is wearing the robe version of the Venthyr set, and the Human is wearing the tunic version of the Venthyr set. The panel slides show both a robe and a tunic version for the Kyrian set, too. The Night Fae and Necrolord sets only seem to have one version each, though. These, of course, will be the primary goal I will work toward in 9.1 content.

Continuation and convergence of the Covenant stories was only to be expected. It’s good that the devs have thought of a story fill-in mechanism for people who haven’t played all four of the Covenant stories. I don’t think I’ll manage to get through all four Covenant stories myself by the time Patch 9.1 comes out, so I might have to just accept getting spoiled about the ones I haven’t finished yet rather than holding myself back from doing the 9.1 content.

Flying in 9.1, good, good — and even better that earning it only requires completing a 9.1 Covenant campaign, which is something that I’m going to do anyway. I don’t mind flying being only in the four leveling zones; that will take most of the bite out of not having the Flight Whistle. I’m not particularly excited about any of the Covenant flying mounts, though.

Tazavesh, the Broker dungeon, sounds really cool — but I’ll bide my time until the two-wing Heroic version comes out in a later patch to attempt to get that sweet Broker hoverdisc mount.

I am, at the moment, of mixed minds regarding Korthia. It’s obviously going to be the central location for the continuation of the Covenant campaigns, so I’m sure I’ll spend a certain amount of time there advancing those stories. In the past couple of expansions, however, I haven’t done much in the post-X.0 content. In Legion, I did barely enough of the Legionfall campaign to get each of my characters their final Champion, I only fully completed the Legionfall campaign with one character to get their Class mount (and I didn’t do that until late Battle for Azeroth), and I only did the Argus campaign with one character (though all of my active characters at the time did unlock the Vindicaar teleport). In Battle for Azeroth, I did the War Campaign just once on each side of the faction divide, I fully completed the Nazjatar campaign with three characters, I only completed the Mechagon campaign with one character (and only even went there at all with two), and after getting the stage 1 Shroud of Resolve with each of my active characters I ignored the rest of the Black Empire campaign. Thus, it’s likely that unless Korthia offers some really great new options for Anima income, once I’ve completed the 9.1 Covenant campaigns and done whatever was needed to obtain the new Covenant armor sets, I’ll go back to puttering around in the 9.0 content.

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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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