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When I made myself a list of all the possible Tauren followers so that I could keep track of which ones I’d gotten and know when I’d recruited them all, I discovered that Horde characters can recruit Tholo Whitehoof as a follower from the Inn. Though there are a handful of Human, two Draenei, and one Gnome followers available to Horde characters, there are no Night Elves. Even worse, Anren Shadowseeker isn’t even available to Alliance characters as a possible Night Elf follower. Poor Tholo! What happened to Anren?

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Because of the association of some of the drawings with stories, this idea to clean out my backlog of unposted art is turning into cleaning out some of my backlog of unposted stories, too.

Way back when, I wrote a story about the experience of my Forsaken Mage. With Cataclysm and the Worgen and Goblins already announced at the time I wrote the story, the story ended with my Forsaken looking at the Greymane Wall and remembering that she had an older sister who lived in Gilneas. After Cataclysm launched and I’d played through the Worgen starting zone, I started writing a story about my Worgen Mage and how she was separated from her family, then unexpectedly reunited with her now-Forsaken sister. I wrote fragments of significant events in the story, but never quite managed to get them all completed, transitioned, and tied together. I also began a story intended to explore my Forsaken character’s reactions to the new storyline for Silverpine introduced in Cataclysm, culminating with her perspective of the meeting with her sister. After I’d got it started, though, it turned out that I wasn’t really all that interested in writing it, and so I never continued it.

I was working from a personal headcanon timeline that assigned to each expansion an amount of calendar time corresponding to the real-world calendar time that we actually spent playing it — roughly two years per expansion, rather than the one year per expansion in the official chronology. When the Ultimate Visual Guide came out, I realized that I had my timeline entirely wrong because I’d underestimated the amount of time between the end of the Second War and the beginning of the Third War. Now my story didn’t work at all. I suppose I could still make it work if I retcon my original story about my Forsaken and let the sisters be a decade or so older instead of relatively young women…

If I’d ever properly finished these stories, I would have posted them in multiple parts, so all the unfinished bits and pieces make a rather long post. I’ve put them behind a cut and you can read them or not as you please. (more…)

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Going from oldest to most recent, the next thing in my pile of unposted pictures is a pair of doodle-illustrated origin stories for my first two Death Knights, Kregga (Tauren) and Katelaira (Blood Elf).

I posted Katelaira’s story, illustrated with screenshots, shortly after I originally drafted it; today I went back and added to it the doodle illustrations. I deleted and re-created Katelaira two or three times at least, including the first iteration of the “Underpowered Death Knight” concept. Eventually, she got permanently pruned from my roster.

I began collecting screenshots with which to illustrate Kregga’s backstory. I wrote a summation of Grimtotem lore to try to understand what her motivations would be. That only gave me difficulties with the story that I’d written. Then Cataclysm came along and messed up a lot of areas where I’d wanted to take screenshots. I left the story to gather dust, though I did eventually post what I considered to be the most important bit of it.

That said, if you’re interested in reading my (rather bad) first draft of Kregga’s backstory and seeing the (rather clumsy) doodles that accompanied it, click past the cut to (more…)

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One of the neatest things about the Wandering Isle was following an NPC’s suggestion to go down a set of stairs to see a pair of historians teaching a group of children about the history of the Wandering Isle.

This morning, I was flying across Shadowmoon Valley with Kaylynda and decided to take a detour to Teluuna Observatory. I was curious to see what was on the top floor — if it was perhaps unoccupied enough to take mog screenshots there with Horde characters. It wasn’t.

Looking around, I soon discovered that if I clicked on the hologram pads, the named Draenei standing next to them would tell me a little bit about the history of the Draenei… (more…)

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TRANSMOGRIFICATION WARDROBE!!! This is huge. I’ll only have to farm something once. Stuff that my Alliance characters have picked up can be worn by my Horde characters, and vice versa (not sure if faction specific quest rewards will be faction restricted, though). Hopefully, stuff that various characters have picked up that is no longer available in-game (such as Alanna’s Embrace and the Bloodmail Legguards) will be available in the Wardrobe to all characters of the appropriate armor class, too.

Thoughts on the systems panel (Blizzard Watch and Wowhead transcripts):

Once the Wowhead community has figured out which quests need to be done to unlock which specific Artifact weapon appearances, I will probably do just the ones that unlock the Artifact appearances that I like best.

I’m not surprised that there will be a “Death Gate”-like teleport to the Class Hall; I would have been more astonished if there wasn’t such an ability.

The new Professions system sounds like it could be quite engaging, if the concept that they discussed gets implemented well. It sounds like an extension of the quests to get the blueprints for the Professions huts in Warlords, which I quite enjoyed.

As for the secondary professions, I’m curious to see how the Archaeology journey and the “what strange Fishing story will I have to tell after today?” concepts will play out. It’s fun to see Nomi all grown up, but I almost didn’t recognize him in the screenshot without his fancy brocade coat. As for First Aid… Kamalia is the only one of my characters who levels First Aid anymore, and she does it just to have all the professions capped. It’ll be quite the thing if they can manage to actually make it more interesting.

Oh, wait, is that a spectral moose mount in that screenshot? TELL ME HOW TO GET IT! (I hope it doesn’t involve PvP…)

Thoughts on the Q&A panel (Blizzard Watch and Wowhead transcripts):
I’m intrigued to see how meeting Alleria and Turalyon will ‘change the way we think about WoW’ (to paraphrase the paraphrases in the transcripts.

It would be lovely to be able to play as a Taunka or a Yaungol or a Highmountain Tauren, and I’m glad they’re thinking about it, but I won’t be truly excited about it until we see it on the PTR.

Ditto for things like tri-spec and updates to move the Old World story forward from Cataclysm

So Karazhan will be relevant for Legion? Hmm, that could be interesting. I hope that the mutterings aobut Kara as a 5-man wouldn’t erase the original 10-man raid version from existence, because that would be incredibly sad.

Ha! I thought that the most likely place for Wrathion to show up in Legion would be Highmountain, given that the Lair of the Earthwarder is there.

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By the time Brewfest ended, the Darkmoon Faire was in session. Once again, Thaddeus Paleo scowled at the Underpowered Death Knight, saying, “Your Archaeology skill has stagnated. Come back when you have begun to improve your skill again and are finding more interesting fragments.” Professor Paleo had been telling her that she needed to improve her skill for… could it really have been so many months? Had he been saying that ever since the Vanguard went through the reddened Dark Portal?… OH. Although she could survey digsites anywhere in Pandaria, Pandaria no longer contained the most dangerous known regions. Those places were now on the other side of the Dark Portal, on Draenor.

Ah, and in talking with other Cloud Serpent novices, she’d learned that Jenova Longeye occasionally asked them to search for artifacts that might relate to the history of that Order. It would be good to be able to improve her surveying skill while performing that task.

The Underpowered Death Knight supposed that perhaps she should pay a visit to Frostwall Garrison just to learn where to find an Archaeology trainer on Draenor, and maybe to do a little bit of digging herself in the country roundabout — there were always new tricks to be learned when surveying a completely new location.

She followed the directions that had been enclosed in Kamalia’s letter.




Frostwall, with its rocky terrain, swirling wind and snow, and steaming, volcano-heated cave, stirred in the Underpowered Death Knight’s mind a faint nostalgic longing for her youth, traveling the mountains between the Howling Fjord and the Grizzly Hills and camping by the hot springs.






Lady Sena cracks me up. I haven’t been able to find her in the level 2 or level 3 Garrison, though… I wonder where she and Mr Pleeb go?

The Underpowered Death Knight dinged 96 during Brewfest, so she could, in theory, have opened up the Mine, Fishing Shack, and Herb Garden and, after collecting enough resources, upgraded them all to level 2. I chose to leave her Garrison at Level 1. Thus, without the big book o’ blueprints rewarded from the quest to upgrade the Town Hall to level 2, her only available large building is the Barracks, and her only available small building will be the Salvage Yard — when she reaches an appropriate level to do the quest chain that rewards that blueprint. I’m not going to do much with her Followers, so she just has the Fab Five team of the ones that are the first and easiest to recruit — Olin, Vivianne, Fen Tao, Ka’la, and Ulna.

After reporting at Frostwall, the Underpowered Death Knight travelled to Warspear on the contested island of Ashran in search of an Archaeology trainer. When she inquired about training, however, the woman just shrugged at her.

“I ain’t got nothin’ to teach ya, toots. If ya wanna learn more, ya gotta just get out there and dig. And don’t let those Reliquary goons get in the way of a good find.”

So the Underpowered Death Knight went to dig at some ogre ruins near the outskirts of Shattrath (she got quite distracted for some time exploring the great city and marvelling at its extent and beauty), and to her great surprise, her very first surveying efforts uncovered a brittle cartography journal. The document was written in a language she did not recognize, but the diagrams, illustrating techniques for such things as laying out and recording a digsite and preserving and cataloging artifacts, were clear enough to understand.

But when the Underpowered Death Knight returned to the Faire, Professor Paleo still didn’t want any more fossil fragments. It seemed that he hadn’t wanted fragments from anyone except newly-trained Archaeologists since about midsummer. Why, no-one understood.

She was glad, though, that she had gone to Frostwall. Doing so had allowed her to prove her strength against some of Draenor’s creatures, and she had been strong enough… mostly… if she was careful about choosing what to fight. Nevertheless, she thought it best to finish what she had started in Pandaria before spending much more time on Draenor.

Previously: the Underpowered Death Knight and the Shado-Pan

Next: the Underpowered Death Knight in the Homestretch

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Kamalia and the others who had worked with the Shado-Pan previously must have made a good impression, because the pandaren guardians readily accepted and even welcomed the Underpowered Death Knight’s appeal to be allowed to assist them for a time.

She got to know Fei-Li and Snow Blossom quite well as she helped them thwart the objectives of the mogu still plotting on Shan’ze Dao. She went with Chao the Voice, Lao-Chin the Iron Belly, and Protector Yi when the unruly yaungol at Fire Camp Gai-Cho needed subduing. Like her Dawnstrider friends, though, she politely declined missions to deal with the mantid on Sra’Vess.

The Underpowered Death Knight never felt like she’d even begun to understand the “Shadow Dance” of which Snow Blossom so often spoke, yet, after some months, the Shado-Pan honored her with one of their signature hats.

She stayed on at the Shado-Pan Garrison in Townlong Steppes for another fortnight or so simply because she wasn’t sure where to go or what to do next. She considered again if she might be strong enough to return to Draenor. By some magic, just as she was pondering this question, she received a letter from Kamalia.

She was probably strong enough now that she could go to Frostwall Garrison, but she wasn’t sure that she’d really have anything she could do there. Archaeology, perhaps, maybe with a little fishing on the side? Or would that be fishing, with a little archaeology on the side? As she hadn’t taken any primary professions, she felt that gathering herbs and ore at Frostwall would be… cheating, somehow. And this thing she had heard about gathering followers to help staff Frostwall… was she not herself a Follower, in a sense, of Kamalia? It didn’t seem right for her to have followers collecting things for her, and it didn’t seem at all fair that actions of her followers could bring her experience…

The Underpowered Death Knight read the letter again. It did not specify a time by which she must come to Frostwall.

There was still a lot that she could do in Pandaria. She could look for the Lorewalkers’ scrolls. She could help the Golden Lotus with cleanup in the Vale of Eternal Blossoms. She could learn more about the August Celestials. She could even go into the Dread Wastes and see if the lesser members of the temporarily truce-making faction of the mantid, the Klaxxi, still wanted outside assistance in the wake of the total party kill of their Paragons during the Siege of Orgrimmar. But one pandaren group stood out from all the rest — as she had worked with Fei-Li and Snow Blossom to free the wild cloud serpents of Shan’ze Dao, she’d been intrigued by their mentions of an order of cloud serpent riders in the Jade Forest. Yes, that was where she should go next, to the Arboretum to see how those cloud serpent eggs and hatchlings she’d helped to rescue were faring.

While she was at the Arboretum, however, the checkered flags suddenly made her aware of a certain crispness in the breeze. Perhaps she should take a couple of weeks off to go ram racing as a warm-up for cloud serpent racing…

Previously: the Underpowered Death Knight and the Tillers

Next: the Underpowered Death Knight visits Frostwall

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