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Baby hasn’t come yet, so I figured I might as well run another alt through the acquisition of Light’s Heart and the remaining Artifacts for her class. The Warlock was next up on the list.


I haven’t observed NPC reactions to Light’s Heart in any of the other Order Halls, but this one seemed entirely necessary and appropriate! It gave me a chuckle.

When Kalaneia reached level 102, Calydus suggested that she retrieve the other two Arifacts that he had found information about — the ones that she had rejected originally as being unsuitable for her favored school of magic. She still wasn’t interested in using those Artifacts herself, but she conceded that it would be the responsible thing to do to get them out of the hands of their current owners and into the custody of the Council of the Black Harvest. She decided that obtaining the other two Artifacts would be a good test for Kishalla.

The girl had shown up shortly after the conquest of Dreadscar Rift, claiming to be an apprentice of Shinfel Blightsworn and demanding that the hunt for her mistress must be pursued without delay.

“You will serve me now,” Kalaneia had told Kishalla, though she didn’t really want or feel like she needed an apprentice, “and you will bide your time until Rittsyn’s minions have managed to become competent enough to find us a lead on Shinfel.”

The Netherlord’s Tag-Along

Faded Spirit-Wrencher Shoulders, Ariya’s Auspicious Robe, Gem-Inlaid Velvet Cinch, Amaranthine Handwraps, any dark slippers, Chillwind Staff
I didn’t have anything specific in mind for the outfit of Kalaneia’s alter-ego, but I did have a specific appearance that I wanted — the smaller hoop earrings instead of the larger ones and the burgundy hair color in the “shy” cut. I didn’t originally intend to change the face, but I flipped through the options anyway and discovered that whereas I’d thought I already had the darkest lip color for Kalaneia, there was actually a face with a darker shade of red. So I picked that one.
Then I made an outfit to complement the appearance I’d chosen.

As I had guessed would happen when I did the Unholy Death Knight Artifact, the Affliction Warlock had the same conversation with Revil Kost. This time, I chose the trying-to-be-reasonable dialog options, and the final reply that Kost gave me was appropriately different than the final reply my Death Knight had gotten after choosing the sarcastic dialog options.

During this week, I also played through Val’sharah again, and I realized that the Karazhan Catacombs and the Black Rook Hold dungeons (where we rescue Maiev and a Demon Hunter) are the same map. The Black Rook Hold dungeons aren’t full of all the random cool knick-knacks that the Kharazhan Catacombs contain, though!

The Demonology questline started with a fun little scavenger hunt in Dalaran. I tried to guess where each of the items would be before I looked for the dot on my minimap, and I was right about all of them.

I rather expected Archmage Celindra to try to interfere with the ritual to locate Thal’kiel, so I was a little disappointed when she didn’t even seem to notice it happening.

I did both of these questlines in Destro spec.

Now I’ve completed “Arsenal of Power” for 8 classes, with Warrior, Druid, Priest, and Paladin remaining.

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I hadn’t originally intended to acquire all the Artifacts because some of them are downright evil… as in, Shadow Priest, all the Death Knight, and all the Warlock. I don’t want to be carrying those things around, let alone using them. In the case of the Death Knight and Warlock, the Artifacts that I consider to be the least of three evils fortunately align with my favored specs for those classes.

As I’ve been beginning to acquire Artifact weapons for multiple specs for each class — and have completed “Arsenal of Power” for Shaman, Mage, Hunter, and Demon Hunter — however, my Collecting bug is starting to itch to get all the Artifacts.

It’s been fun to see all the little stories — though some are certainly more interesting than others. Although I know that some of the Artifact quests revisit the same places and even, in some cases, the same bosses, I’m beginning to want to see them all… even the downright evil ones.

Additionally, I’ve read that in most (if not all) of the Order Hall Campaigns, a quest to begin one of the later stages of the Order Hall Campaign is given by the same NPC who gives out the quests to go get the other Artifact weapons. If you haven’t gotten the other Artifacts and are stubbornly ignoring the quests to do so, you might miss that Campaign quest and then find yourself stuck in your Campaign. Thus, it is to your advantage to just do all the Artifact quests, even if you don’t plan to play as any of those other specs.

I can kinda-sorta make an in-character rationalization/justification for picking up even the Artifacts I don’t really want in-character from the evidence I’ve seen so far that there is often another person or group — and usually a bad one — either in possession of or trying to obtain the Artifact, so it wouldn’t be the responsible thing to do, as the leader of my Class Order, to leave those Artifacts in the hands of those other persons or groups. I should at least bring them to the relative safety and protection of my Order Hall.

I don’t want to do the [Shadow Priest, Affliction Warlock, Demonology Warlock, Blood Death Knight, Unholy Death Knight] quests “in character” as my characters, though, if that makes any sense at all. I’d want to do them as, well, someone else. Some sidekick, a lesser champion of the Order, rather than my actual character herself. For my Priest in particular, I have been thinking that if I do go get the Shadow Priest Artifact with her, I’ll temporarily change her entire appearance at the Barbershop — with a Mog to match, of course — to be my short-lived Shadow Priest alt, Kazithra (Kregga’s mom), while I do the questchain. I’d also temporarily change the appearances of my Death Knight and Warlock to go get the other Artifacts for their classes, though I have less concrete ideas about what alter-egos I want to create for them.

But then once I have those evil Artifacts that I don’t really want to be carrying around with me, what do I do with them? Can Artifacts be stashed in Void Storage?

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Scepter of Sargeras

Having read that the Warlock Order Hall Champions are members of the Council of the Black Harvest, I decided that before I did the Order Hall and first Artifact sequence of quests with my Warlock, I’d better first go do the Green Fire questline so that she’d know who these guys are and why they’re important.

The Green Fire questchain was shorter than I expected, I suppose because I was thinking it would be comparable in length and complexity to the Quel’Delar questline. I definitely appreciated that being Revered with the Ashtongue Deathsworn due to previous farming in Black Temple meant that when I got to the first stage of the Black Temple scenario, I didn’t have to try to sneak around the Ashtongue guardians — I could walk right past them because they already trusted me! Even at level 100, the two boss fights in the scenario weren’t completely push-overs; I died the first time I attempted each one — but I only had to do them twice. I could tell that I would have found those boss fights to be very difficult, challenging, and frustrating if I’d tried to do them at level 90. Which is why I didn’t try to do this questline at level 90 😛

I think I’d gotten what I’d read about the Destro and Affliction Artifacts mixed up, because for some reason I was expecting to go to Karazhan to get the Destro weapon. I rather liked the actual questline, though — and it made me glad that I’d actually done Tol Barad rep (with Kaylynda) back in the day, because that meant that I wasn’t in completely unfamiliar territory for that part of the questline. The end part of the questline had me cackling with glee — and also remembering messing up Twilight Hammer rituals during the Cataclysm pre-launch world event.

Unlike Demon Hunter and Rogue, where I thought I’d only want to get one of their Artifacts but have decided that I’d like to see the story for one of the others, I have no interest in getting a second Artifact with my Warlock to see its story. I’m not really all that keen on the Warlock Order Hall, either — though having gotten green fire does make my Warlock feel like she fits in a little better there 😛 She also isn’t really into the whole commanding armies of demons thing — she’d rather just leave that to Rittsyn. She’s more concerned the boost to personal firepower she can get from delving into less orthodox magics. I suppose, however, that Dreadscar Rift is an even more grim reminder than Outland of what we are fighting to prevent Azeroth from becoming.

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First off, a couple more kits that don’t quite fit into any of my big Projects:

Buttercup

Mantle of Autumn, Sentinel Breastplate & Girdle, Earthsoul Britches, Ranger Gloves + Vendetta Bindings, Bonechewer Shredboots, Heavenly Breeze, Quicksilver Blade, Razorcrystal Blade
When this sword fell out of a Salvage Yard box, I almost immediately wanted to pair it with this lovely Cataclysm-era cloak. I’d been wanting to use this cloak in a kit for some time, but there didn’t seem much to pair it with beyond the obvious similarly-colored Replica Vestments of the Virtuous or Lawbringer Armor. The Razorcrystal Blade is an agility sword, so I decided that my Rogue should get it because it would actually be useful to her. She also happened to have this nicely matching dagger, and these coordinating bracers. The shoulders from the BC recolor of Druid T1 were a pretty natural choice. What surprised me, though, was that I also wanted the pants from that set to bring in more of the light green from the cloak.

Misty Morning

Heroes’ Crown of Faith, Rebirth Spaulders, Fireflash Robes, Repurposed Twilight Girdle, Exiled Dabbler’s Gloves, Splintering Greatstaff
I discovered the core concept of this kit, the shoulders + robe combination, when I was designing an outfit to go with the Warlords-crafted mace & off-hand book as part of the original Savage Blood Fashion Parade. When I got around to actually making the kit though, I decided to use this staff instead of the Warlords-crafted weapons.

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BTH and I went to see the Warcraft movie about a week ago. The only screen in our area that it was playing on was the drive-in at a town about 15 miles away. It’s a great flick for that format. It was marvelous to see Azeroth expanded from abbreviated-for-gameplay set pieces into a lush, full-scale world. I was surprised by how much I liked young, awkward, not-completely-self-confident Khadgar in the movie. I haven’t liked Khadgar in Warlords; he comes off as over-confident and arrogant to me. Like Matthew Rossi and Navimie, I rather liked the changes to the story and even prefer the movie continuity version of the story to the original game version. I did wonder, though, if someone watching the movie without having played the game would have been able to make sense of everything that was going on.

After watching Gul’dan in the movie, I don’t think I want green fire for my Warlock anymore. Maybe I’ll still do the quest chain, though, because I know there’s an option at the end to not embrace the fel power and keep using regular old orange fire. I would then continue to play my Warlock as, well, pretty much just an alternate variety of Fire Mage (with a demon to tank for her).

With the arrival of Legion now only two months away, I upgraded my account yesterday. I haven’t used the Boost yet; I’m not sure when I will. I’m starting to feel like I’m in a holding pattern of sorts with my various alts and their Garrisons, just waiting for the pre-patch when everything will change…

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If we look like we’re one of them, they’ll let us get closer before they start trying to attack us, right?

To give credit where it’s due, Umlaut Paradots of Mog’s Addiction originally gave me the idea to make a collection of Burning Legion-themed kits, and a few of these kits are iterations of my first take on the concept.

Evil Sorceress

Mag’hari Ritualist’s Horns, Green Silken Shoulders, Beastwalker Robe, Ruthless Gladiator’s Cord of Accuracy, Black Mageweave Gloves, Boots of the Divine Light, Shard of Azzinoth, Book of Origination
My collection of Burning Legion-inspired outfits would not have been complete without a kit using this robe, with its black and green color scheme. Any boots that are an appropriate shade of black will do; these are just the ones that I happened to have on hand. Kaelinda has collected all the colors of this robe… I should start working on making kits to go with each of them.

Shadowfury

Shadowmoon Cowl, Hatefury Mantle, Frostweave Robe, Voodoo-Woven Belt, Wooly Goat Punchers, Boots of Duress, Shroud of the Highborne, Terokk’s Shadowstaff, Green Trophy Tabard of the Illidari
This outfit is adapted from ideas that I originally developed nearly four years ago for my “The Very Model of a Warlock, Dark and Terrible” post. I’ve got to keep playing my Warlock just so I can get around to actually creating in-game my favorite outfits from that collection.
The Shadowmoon Cowl is my favorite hood in the game. I’d love to see that model in brown and black for leather-wearers.

Black Arrow

Fel-Proof Goggles, Wayfaring Shoulderguards (1-640), Ebonhold Armor Gauntlets & Boots, Lifecycle Waistguard (N), Bloodmail Legguards*, Green Martial Shirt, Shroud of the Final Stand, Black Bow of the Betrayer
Although I’ve seen kits with these shoulders that went all-out green, I wanted to reflect the Burning Legion aesthetic of fel green as an accent color against black.
If you don’t have the Bloodmail Legguards, then you’ll probably want the Ebonhold pants, too.
Savage Blood required: 0

Fel Desecration

Pauldrons of Violent Eruption (LFR), Warrior’s Embrace, Refreshing Abalone Girdle (LFR), Direwing Legguards, Gauntlets of Steadfast Determination, Emerald Sabatons, Night Prowler’s Cloak, Lava Spine (N), Netherwing Protector’s Shield
Although this outfit uses most of the same peripheral pieces as my previous “Radiation Therapy” kit, changing the core of chestpiece & leggings and the weapons makes a big difference in the overall look!
This kit surprised me a bit by wanting the Xena Warrior Princess top — I’ve used the blue version of this chestpiece, but I didn’t think I would ever make a kit for which I would want the black version.
Any iteration of the Horseman’s Helm would be a fantastic finishing touch — but it’s my DK who has that, not my Paladin, and the account-wide Wardrobe isn’t quite here yet sigh

Sha Stalker

Cursed Vision of Sargeras, Supple Shoulderguards (1-640), Raiment of Silent Stars, Cord of Sha Savagery, Blazewing’s Furious Kilt, Gloves of the Blind Stalker, Fist of the Deity
The outward resemblance to a Demon Hunter may be a product of convergent evolution.

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musings on Mages in Legion

Blizzard showed the Fire and Frost Mage Artifact weapons in the Legion announcement presentation, but not the Arcane one. I wonder if the Arcane one has something to do with Jaina leaving Dalaran in a huff? If the Arcane one does end up being associated with Jaina, then my Human Mage will definitely have to be main-spec Arcane for Legion. My Blood Elf Mage will be main-spec Fire in Legion for the Sunstrider dynasty sword, Felo’melorn, of course. Either or both of them could pick up the Frost staff with their off-spec.

Where will the Mage Class Hall be? Dalaran seems like an obvious location… perhaps up in the Purple Parlor? Or maybe in a refurbished/newly constructed tower at the edge of Dalaran Crater? What other locations might be reasonable possibilties for the Mage Class Hall?

Regarding the rivalry between Mages and Warlocks, I come down pretty firmly on the side of Mages. The fantasy of the Mage appeals to me; the fantasy of the Warlock is repulsive to me. The tease that the Warlock Class Hall will be on some cinder of a Legion-conquered world has me contemplating retiring my Warlock completely. The only Warlock spec I can bring myself to play is Destruction, and that by thinking of it as a Corrupt Fire Mage. Admittedly, being burned to death is horrible whether it’s a Fire Mage or a Destro Lock doing it, but at least when it’s a Fire Mage, the magic is not itself being fueled by the utter extinguishing of a soul. Still, when I’m playing my Fire Mages, there are two Destro Lock spells that I often find myself wishing that they had — Rain of Fire instead of Flamestrike, and the flinging a sheet of fire effect of Incinerate as the spell effect for Inferno Blast.

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a different sort of wings

Of the three Warlock specializations, Affliction has never really appealed to me because it seems the most wholeheartedly, unabashedly evil of the three. For a time, my Warlock was Demonology; I imagined her as a wildlife biologist who was interested in studying the biology of demons and got even more thoroughly swallowed up in her chosen field than most academics do. Then the Metamorphosis mechanic was introduced, and although the Demonology-only wild imp swarm that was introduced at the same time did appeal to me a great deal, my Warlock didn’t want to transform into a demon herself, just study and control them. I changed my Warlock’s spec to Destruction and re-imagined her as a Fire Mage corrupted by her lust for power. Datamining from the Warlords alpha client has revealed a new glyph that changes the Metamorphosis effect to cause the Warlock’s normal form to sprout demon wings instead of undergoing the full transformation — suddenly, Demonology is much more attractive to my Warlock again! She promptly ran out to her trainer to pick up Demonology as her second spec, though she won’t be using it until after Warlords actually launches. As for her backstory — Sin’dorei live long enough that she could have been both a crazy fire mage and a crazy wildlife biologist at different times in her past.

(Another glyph that I am excited about is “Play Dead”, which causes a Hunter’s pet to feign death when the Hunter does — something I’ve wished my Hunter pets could do for a long time!)

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