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Studying the journal, Kalaneia wondered at first why Jubeka was wasting her time with the elementary summons that every novice Warlock learned. Eventually, she realized that the Forsaken woman’s methodical, thorough mastery of the simplest summonings was what allowed her to dare to attempt much more dangerous bindings.

The journal discussed Jubeka’s research at four locations in greater detail than others: Felspark Ravine in Hellfire Peninsula, the Ruins of Farahlon in Netherstorm, the Vim’Gol ogre circle in Blade’s Edge Mountains, and the Altar of Damnation in Shadowmoon Valley.

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It still seemed wrong to go through a Mage portal in Orgrimmar instead of the Dark Portal in the Blasted Lands to get to Hellfire Peninsula. Almost as soon as she stepped out into the oven-like heat of that ruined land, Kalaneia became aware of a curious tingling sensation on her arms, her shoulders, and the back of her neck. It felt cold, somehow. She flew slowly along Felspark Ravine toward Thrallmar, scanning the ground below her and wondering how well Jubeka had hidden her soulstone. The tingling sensation began to feel warmer, then suddenly flared into a burning even hotter than the ambient temperature. The burning subsided as quickly as it had begun, and her arms were feeling chilly again by the time she approached the outer stockade of Thrallmar.

Seeking a hidden object… Cold — and then hot — and then cold again… It was like a game that children played… Kalaneia turned her flying mount around and went back along Felspark Ravine, even more slowly this time. When the tingling sensation flared into almost unbearable heat, she brought her mount straight down. Carefully, she searched around and underneath the rocks where she had landed. Hidden in a crevice, so deeply in shadow that she might have missed it if she didn’t know what she was looking for, she found it: a dark purple gem, glowing faintly with a swirling inner light, smooth on some of its faces and jagged on the others. As soon as she grasped it, the tingling sensation completely disappeared.

This Jubeka is very clever, Kalaneia thought.

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Although the Vim’gol ogre circle in Blade’s Edge Mountains was closer — and she would pass it on the way — Kalaneia decided to go next to the Ruins of Farahlon, in Netherstorm, because that was the next place that Jubeka had mentioned in her journal. Once again, as she approached the indicated location, her arms, shoulders and neck began to tingle: cold — colder even than the ambient temperature of that wasteland — then warmer, then suddenly burning. She found the soulstone fragment buried in a heap of shattered furniture and other rubble in one of the collapsed dwellings near the outer edge of the ruined town. When she pulled the gem from its hiding place, ghostly figures appeared in the street outside the house. Kalaneia realized that Jubeka had imbued this fragment with a memory of something that she had learned here…








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The Vim’gol ogre circle was littered with a disgusting detritus of magical implements, ingredients, and residues that contained several soulstones or fragments of soulstones. Some of them even still glowed. When Kalaneia put her hand on the correct one, though, she knew it immediately — not only because the tingling on her skin stopped, but also because another memory appeared…













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The final soulstone fragment lay at the foot of the summoning cirle that still glowed in the earth before the Altar of Damnation. Although it seemed to be lying in plain sight, Kalaneia was certain that only a Warlock who was attuned to Jubeka’s journal would see it as something other than one of the myriad dull pebbles scattered around the site. This fragment, too, held a memory…














This memory was clearly non-trivial. Quite astute, that Kanrethad, to choose someone who disliked and distrusted him, to ensure that they would banish him, and banish him well, should he fail.

With all four fragments of Jubeka’s soulstone now collected, it took Kalaneia only a few minutes to puzzle out how the jagged faces fit together. Holding the broken soulstone with the pieces correctly aligned loosely in her hand, she wondered how to make it whole again. Aha — in the rituals for summoning and for banishing, there was a repeated string of syllables that meant something more or less like “binding”. Perhaps if she incanted just those syllables… Even as her lips began to form the syllables, she saw that the pieces had fused together and the soulstone now lay whole in her hand. But it was empty.

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Kalaneia considered what Mezzthyk and Aelyla had told her about the book. A text that was perhaps about a ritual to connect two stars — worlds, most likely — written in the script the Nathrezim used on their homeworld… this tome could be more ancient than she had originally thought. It might even pre-date the assimilation of the Nathrezim into the Burning Legion. Fascinating, indeed.

Now where might she find a reader for the dead tongue of the Nathrezim?

Hmm, perhaps the Forsaken? The Banshee Queen had had Dreadlords in her service — until their sudden, yet inevitable betrayal. Though Aelyla had said that the Dreadlords rarely used their ancestral script outside of their home, perhaps there was a Forsaken warlock who had been able to learn some of it.

Assuming that Sylvanas would have brought her most powerful servants to Orgrimmar with her after she became Warchief, Kalaneia traveled to Orgrimmar. To her disappointment, only Orcish warlocks were in residence in the Cleft of Shadow.

“What…?” The apparent chief of the Orcish warlocks, Kranosh, seemed quite taken aback by Kalaneia’s request for information about the whereabouts of Sylvanas’s warlocks. “Where in the great dark did you find that?” he exclaimed when she showed him the book, by way of explanation.

Kalaneia shrugged. “I didn’t find it. It found me.”

“Well, now,” Kranosh mused, “this book may be just the leverage we have been seeking.”

Now it was Kalaneia’s turn to be taken aback. “What…? You didn’t even know this book existed until I showed it to you just a moment ago.”

“Exactly,” said Kranosh. “Tell me, acolyte,” — Kalaneia bristled momentarily at the junior form of address — “what do you know of the Council of the Black Harvest?”

“I… have not heard of any organization by that specific name,” Kalaneia admitted. There had been rumors, though; rumors filtered through the gossip mill at the Halfhill Market, rumors brought by the adventurers who trickled through the Frostwall Tavern, more potent and believable rumors discussed by the coven of warlocks that Kalaneia had been carefully cultivating at Frostwall. “I have heard, however, of a society secretive even for us, a society said to ignore the boundary between Horde and Alliance. A society thought to be responsible for the disappearance of Shinfel Blightsworn.”

Shinfel was a Sin’dorei warlock who had honed the art of using shadow and fel magic to afflict and torment her enemies to a very fine edge; she was notorious for her cruelty. Shinfel had been part of the raiding party that had finally taken down Cho’Gall in the Bastion of Twilight; her blood had become corrupted during the fight and her arms were now covered in black marks where the corruption had erupted from her skin. It was after that experience that she had taken the name “Blightsworn”; it had only served to increase her sadism. Shinfel hadn’t been seen by anyone since about the time that the Sunreaver Onslaught and Kirin Tor Offensive began their effort to control the Isle of Thunder*; there were many even in the secret chambers of Silvermoon who were glad that she was gone.

“Is this the society of which you speak? What does this have to do with my book, and with my search for someone who can translate it?”

Kranosh chuckled. “Ha ha, to know even that much, you are very well informed!” He continued, “Your instinct to seek out a Forsaken to help you was good; if there is anyone who is not themselves a demon that knows enough about demons to read your book, it is Jubeka Shadowbreaker. Unfortunately, she, too, has been missing these past few years — and your mysterious tome might be just the thing to lure her out of whatever hole she has been hiding in.”

“Why do you think she is in hiding, rather than just outright dead?” Kalaneia asked, puzzled.

“Because, like Shinfel, she was a member of the Council of the Black Harvest. After the defeat of Deathwing, six of the greatest warlocks gathered together with the intention of teaching all warlocks advanced forms of magic stolen from our defeated foes. They made a pact, and then they all disappeared. Jubeka kept a record of that meeting. She left it here when she departed on her quest. Let her tell you what happened…” Kranosh gestured toward a slim sheaf of loosely bound parchment lying on a nearby shelf.

Kalaneia skimmed through the notes. It was remarkable how well-balanced this Council was: three from the Horde, three from the Alliance, one from each faction of the three main paths that warlocks tended to follow — destruction, affliction, and demonology. They had divided up pairwise by favored school** and gone in search of the darkest, most powerful magic they could find: the Orc, Rittsyn, and the Worgen, Zinnin, to the Firelands to search for Sulfuras; the Sin’dorei, Shinfel, and the Gnome, Zelifrax, to hunt down the remainder of the Twilight’s Hammer; the Forsaken, Jubeka, and the Human, Kanrethad, to Outland to pursue greater mastery of demons. The pact had been that they should return together — or be destroyed by the others.

“And when the year was up?” she inquired, though she already thought she knew what the answer would be.

“None of them returned,” Kranosh replied. “But we already suspected that they would not. About three months after they left, we received a package from Outland. It contained this.” He turned to the shelf and rummaged through the other books and scrolls lying on it until he found a book that looked like one of the experiment logs used by the Royal Apothecary Society. He handed it to Kalaneia, flicking the note on the back cover as he did. “Jubeka’s journal of her research in Outland. It seems that a need to locate her has now arisen. Read the journal and use the information contained within to track down where she went. If you can find the soulstones she talks about in that note on the back, you should be able to use them to locate her.”

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* The Green Fire questline came out with Patch 5.2, which was also the Throne of Thunder raid patch. Dealing with the time-skip of having spent all of Warlords idling in my Garrison was a challenge for this story. The wording of Kalaneia’s information on Shinfel Blightsworn is mostly directly quoted from page 3 of Legacy of the Masters (Part 1). It seemed logical to me that if the six members of the Council of the Black Harvest were such powerful and prominent Warlocks, they ought to at least have been known by members of their own races. Thus, Kalaneia should already know about the Sin’dorei member of the Council.

** It bugs me a great deal, therefore, that as Order Hall Champions in Legion, four of the six members of the Council of the Black Harvest have their specializations all mixed up. Rittsyn is still Destruction and Shinfel is still Affliction but Jubeka the Master Demonologist is now Destruction. Kanrethad the Master Demonologist is now Affliction. Zinnin who was Destruction is now Affliction. Zelifrax was Affliction, but his replacement Lulubelle is Demonology.

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Apart from the chains and socket binding it, the book seemed quite normal. How it had gotten into her hands was something of a mystery; it had simply appeared in the mailbox of her Halfhill farmhouse one day, a parcel wrapped in ordinary brown paper tied with ordinary twine, with a note, scrawled in an unfamiliar hand (with a vestigal style of penmanship that suggested Stormwind), reading simply:
A friend of mine told me that a friend of a friend of hers (that would be you) might find one of these useful. — Cim

Feeling content in her current prowess, however, Kalaneia had laid it aside. There would be time enough to probe its mysteries later.

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Time passed, in the way that time does when one is not giving it sufficient attention.

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Kalaneia looked out upon the patches of fel-blackened earth marring the Barrens and determined that now it was time.

After about a month, the Legion assaults on Orgrimmar’s rear gate, the Crossroads, Gadgetzan, Tarren Mill, Kharanos, and Sentinel Hill had stopped as abruptly as they had begun. The commoners breathed sighs of relief and began attempting to put their lives and psyches back together, but Kalaneia knew that the Legion’s apparent retreat was not what it might seem. The attempt by the Horde and the Alliance to crush the Legion invasion at its center, the Tomb of Sargeras on the Broken Isles, had been an unmitigated disaster. More horror was yet to come… and more raw power would be needed to push it back.

Yes, now it was time to open the book, discover its secrets, and master its power.

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Truly inspecting the book for the first time, Kalaneia noticed that as she examined the mysterious socket that locked the chains together, her fingers began to feel unnaturally stiff and cold. The sensation swiftly spread up past her knuckles, twisting her hand into a crone’s claw, almost reaching her wrist before she snatched her hand away. As she massaged feeling back into her aching hand, she realized what had happened. Quickly, she conjured a Healthstone and pressed the glowing green oval into the socket. It fit perfectly. As she had anticipated, the Healthstone rapidly dulled and faded to blackish-grey as the socket absorbed the life energy contained within, and the curious clasp fell open.

Given the apparent ancient age and unfamilar, quite possibly non-Azerothian, materials and craftsmanship of the book, Kalaneia wasn’t surprised to discover that she was unable to read the ornate, sprawling script in which the book was written. The problems now were three: first, determine the language in which the mysterious text was written; second, determine if there was anyone who could translate that language; and third, determine how best to compel that person to do so, if they initially proved to be unwilling.

The elaborate symbols on the pages looked somewhat similar to the demonic runes that she knew, but not similar enough for her to be confident that she could correctly discern any of their meanings. As she studied the unfamiliar runes, it occurred to her that perhaps one of her demon servants might be able to recognize them better than she herself could.

Kalaneia snapped her fingers in the direction of her imp, Pagnar, who was on the other side of the room, toasting ants as they emerged from a crack at the base of the wall. She’d always considered imps to be rather like cats that were capable of speech, so she didn’t really think he’d be very helpful, but she figured she ought to at least ask him before summoning one of the more intelligent ones.

Pagnar hopped over, squawking unintelligibly, and asked lazily, “…yeah? ‘Sup, boss?”

Kalaneia held the tome down in front of his face. “Do these runes mean anything to you?”

“Hmm…” Pagnar pretended to ponder for a second or two, then turned a backflip. “Nope! Sorry, boss, I have no idea. Zip, zilch, nada, none.” He turned another backflip, for emphasis. “Do you have something for me to burn, or can I go now?”

“Go take a nap,” Kalaneia replied, and began summoning her voidwalker.

Mezzthyk materialized with its usual complaining sigh: “I don’t like this place.” It looked around and threw up its hands, exclaiming, “Dismiss me, mistress! I wish to return to the void.”

Ignoring its whining, Kalaneia showed it the book. “What can you tell me about this tome?”

“Words are not the way of the void,” Mezzthyk protested, but as it looked at the book, the cant of its brow shifted from irritated to intrigued, and it reached out and flipped back and forth through the pages. “This is… curious, mistress… I do not know… this part… appears to connect two… stars? together… I cannot make out any more than that,” it concluded, shrugging. “Send me back.”

“This time,” Kalaneia replied, and dismissed it.

Kalaneia despised succubi in general, and she despised the sort of warlock who preferred them even more. Nonetheless, succubi were perhaps the most intelligent of the lesser demons that novice warlocks routinely learned to control. It had been so long since Kalaneia had summoned “her” succubus, though, that it took a few moments to recall the correct form of the incantation.

“Why, hell-o, Miss-tress!” Aelyla pouted. “I was beginning to be afraid that you had forgotten all about me!” Her pout turned to a simper. “What kind of… service can I provide you today…?”

“Don’t give me that nonsense,” Kalaneia snapped. “You were glad that I’d forgotten all about you, and we both know it. Look at this book and tell me anything and everything that you might know about it.”

“What?” Aelyla made a face. “You just want me to look at some dirty old tome? Ugh,” she rolled her eyes, “how disappointing.”

Despite her flippant tone, as the succubus examined the book, her bored expression became curious and focused, and she turned the pages with greater care*.

“How fascinating,” Aelyla drawled, “this text appears to be written in the script of the Nathrezim… you know, Dreadlords? They rarely use it outside of their home.” She closed the book and lightly traced the swirling pattern on the cover with a fingernail. “I think this says something like The Codex of Xerrath. Who or what was Xerrath? Maybe a sister world to Xoroth?” She handed the book back to Kalaneia. “Well, that wasn’t so un-interesting, after all. Do you have anything else that I can help you with?”

“Not today,” Kalaneia replied, “Don’t call me; I’ll call you.” She dismissed the succubus and resummoned Pagnar.

“That was not enough of a nap!” the imp grumbled.

~*~*~

* Some of Aelyla’s reaction to the book is informed by the Legion Archaeology item that reveals that succubi like to keep journals.

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A collection of Transmogrification Kits actually worn in-game by my Blood Elf Warlock. Outfits are listed from most recent to least recent. Items that are no longer obtainable are marked with an asterisk (*).

50) Occultist of the Green Flame

Bloodstained Surgeon’s Shoulderguards, Robe of the Thousand Needles, Cord of the Patronizing Practicioner, Nemesis Gloves, Apprentice Boots, Shimmershell Cape, Scepter of Sargeras (default, original tint)
Those pathetic Cult of the Green Flame idiots have decent fashion sense, at least. I discovered the handsome combination of these ICC Priest tier lookalike items and the tunic version of this robe myself several years ago — but it’s taken seeing it in-game on these NPCs for me to finally get around to wearing it.

49) Fel Heart


Felheart Raiment with Cloak of the Untamed Predator and Scepter of Sargeras (Light’s Heart tint)
It must be the crimson with gold trim and green accents that make this set seem the most Sin’dorei of all the Warlock Tier sets to me.

48) Death by a Thousand Cuts

Black Rose Amice, Cataclysmic Gladiator’s Felweave Raiment, Catalcysmic Gladiator’s Cord of Accuracy, Junglepicker Gloves, Withered Slippers
When Kalaneia dinged 110, the next stage of her Order Hall Campaign was to rescue Shinfel Blightsworn. Because rescuing Shinfel was what Kishalla came to Dreadscar Rift to demand that The Netherlord do, Kalaneia promptly assigned her to do it.
This robe is suitably melodramatic for the “life is pain” mindset of an Affliction Warlock, though it has never particularly appealed to me. It looks terribly uncomfortable. Kishalla, however, insisted upon wearing it, perhaps to prove to Shinfel that she had not “gone soft” in her erstwhile tutor’s absence.

47) Golden Goddess


Helm of the Fire Festival, Mantle of the Fire Festival, Elegant Robes/Robes of the Battleguard, Cloudscorcher Leggings, Wild Gladiator’s Gloves of Prowess + Nightvale Wristwraps, Kurkenstoks, Nimboya’s Mystical Staff*
A silly outfit for the Midsummer Fire Festival.
Either of these robes is “the obvious choice” for this sort of outfit.
The Bling Cane is a good alternative for the staff.

46) Aspirant’s Vestment of the Chosen Dead

Hood of Rationality, Dark Coven Shoulderpads (10N), Robes of Celestial Adornment (LFR), Telubis’ Binding of Patience, Leggings of the Lower Planes (LFR), Oiled Rigger’s Handwraps (LFR), Junglestrider Sandals, Drape of the Unworthy (LFR), Distant Land
I acquired most of the major pieces of the LFR version of the Trial of Valor set while working on the quest to get the Normal version. When I was done with the quest, however, I didn’t want to keep trying for the LFR pieces I hadn’t gotten yet.

45) Leyfrost

Leywalker set with Frostscythe of Lord Ahune
This coloration of the Legion leveling cloth set is obtained in Azsuna.
With another character, I might have chosen another weapon — but for my Warlock, this scythe was the most best choice.

44) Scarlet Powah!

Nightvale Cowl, Mantle of Three Terrors, Robe of Power, Primal Combatant’s Cord of Prowess, Exiled Dabbler’s Gloves, Infernoweave Boots, Staff of the Forest Lord
Perhaps because its matching hat is Whitemane’s Chapeau, I’ve always associated this robe with the Scarlet Crusade.

43) Weeping Widow



Crown of Dark Blossoms, Silver-Thread Amice, Black Velvet Robes, Mana-Cord of Deception (N), Exiled Dabbler’s Gloves, Sorcerer Slippers, Chillwind Staff
Considering that 80 – 90 % of the Quel’dorei population is supposed to have perished in Arthas’ attack on Eversong Woods and the Sunwell, very few Sin’dorei are likely to have their families fully intact. Kalaneia’s husband was among those who gave their lives attempting to defend Silvermoon.
Kalaneia believed that her estranged daughter had been lost, too, until Kishalla showed up at Dreadscar Rift demanding that the Netherlord help her find her missing mistress, Shinfel Blightsworn. That both mother and daughter have become Warlocks has not made their relationship any less complicated…

42) Blissful Bride


Crown of Good Fortune, Aurora Mantle & Robe, Mana-Cord of Deception (LFR), Exiled Dabbler’s Gloves, Sage’s Boots, Mardenholde Staff
This outfit and the next one are adapted and updated from a pair of outfits I made a few years ago for a series of Transmogrification challenges in which one of the prompts was “married” — though I made them for one of my very minor characters at the time. When I pruned that character at the beginning of Legion, some of her RP story got transferred to Kalaneia.
The little knife on the belt may have some sort of ceremonial function or symbolic meaning — or it might be purely decorative.

41) Aethas’ Second

Circle of Flame, Soot-Covered Mantle, Elemental Raiment, Silver-Thread Sash, Leggings of the Enslaved Idol, Constructor’s Handwraps, Sandals of Rash Temperament, Sunreaver Tabard, Archmage’s Staff*
The red recolor of the Ulduar Mage tier set is missing the chestpiece — which is fine if you’re just going to cover it up with the Sunreaver Tabard anyway.

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A collection of Transmogrification Kits actually worn in-game by my Blood Elf Warlock. Outfits are listed from most recent to least recent. Items that are no longer obtainable are marked with an asterisk (*).

40) Scarlet Sunreaver Battlemage

Primal Combatant’s Amice Cord & Gloves of Prowess, Cindercloth Vest, Felheart Pants, Sorcerer Slippers, Scarlet Filigreed Doublet, Staff of the Forest Lord, Sunreaver Tabard
These Warlords PvP items coordinate exceptionally well with the Sunreaver tabard.
The dangly tassels on this belt use the same armor rigging as the bottom flap of a tabard, so they make it disappear.
For other cloth-wearing classes, the Phoenix Pants or the Crimson Silk Pantaloons + Saltarello Shoes would be good alternatives.

39) Gaudy Prowess

Shoulderpads of Twisted Fate (LFR), Gaudy Winter Veil Sweater, Primal Combatant’s Cord of Prowess, Pantaloons of Growing Strife, Fel-Infused Grips, Felheart Slippers, Staff of the Forest Lord
Other cloth-wearers can use the Furious Gladiator’s Slippers of Salvation.
The Alliance version of this PvP belt is purple and silver, so this outfit is Horde-specific.

38) Gaudy Greenkeeper

Mistyreed Shoulderpads, Gaudy Winter Veil Sweater, Sorcerer’s Belt of Final Winter (LFR), Greenkeeper’s Pantaloons, Imperial Red Gloves, Infernoweave Boots, Conifer Cone Staff
These pants have purple patches on the knees. Fortunately, these boots are tall enough to cover them.

37) Golden Sunreaver Battlemage

Crown of Endless Knowledge, Shoulderpads of Knowledge’s Pursuit, Red Mageweave Vest, Voidweave Cilice, Leggings of Eternity, Primal Combatant’s Gloves of Prowess, Ritual Sandals, Golden Filigreed Doublet, Sun-Infused Focus Staff
This kit turned out darker than I’d expected — but I’m quite pleased with it all the same. I’m especially happy with the coordination between the Hyjal pants, the Sunwell shoulders, and the Warlords PvP gloves.

36) Maleficent

Fel-Infused Helm, Hatefury Mantle, Robes of Necrotic Whispers, Enumerated Handwraps, Saltarello Shoes, Iceward Cloak
It struck me that this helm looked rather like the headdress of the villain from the Classic Disney rendition of Sleeping Beauty.

35) Watcher of the Dark Coven

Shoulders of Mercy Killing (25H), Watcher’s Tunic, Ritual Belt, Plaguebringer’s Stained Pants (25H), Mir’s Enthralling Grasp, Saltarello Shoes
Kishalla makes another appearance to wield Ulthalesh for this spooky Hallow’s End outfit.

34) Ebon Sunreaver Battlemage

Cowl of the Grand Engineer, Mantle of the Elven Kings, Cindercloth Vest, Black Belt of Knowledge, Pantaloons of Growing Strife, Gloves of Tyri’s Power, Saltarello Shoes, Ebon Filigreed Doublet, Angerstaff, Sunreaver Tabard
As I was putting together this kit, I looked for pieces that were black and red and gold and went well with the tabard. When I went to take pictures of this outfit, I realized why this combination seemed so natural for a Sunreaver…

33) Dalaran Spellscribe

Magnificent Aeroglide Shoulderpads, Robe of the Moccasin, Nesingwary’s Sash, Exiled Dabbler’s Gloves, Hu’rala’s Slippers, Warpstaff of Arcanum, Tabard of the Kirin Tor
This rare spawn NPC used to be the source of the Black Tabby pet. Now, that pet can only be found on the Black Market Auction House.
I thought about using these shoulders with the other black robe Kirin Tor outfits; they seemed the most appropriate for this one, though. The NPC belt isn’t available to players; Nesingwary’s Sash seemed to be the best replacement.

32) Dalaran Theurgist

Hallowed Pauldrons, Black Mageweave Robe, Wizard’s Belt, Exiled Dabbler’s Gloves, Hu’rala’s Slippers, Tabard of the Kirin Tor, Chelley’s Staff of Dark Mending
The NPC robe resembles the Necrology robe on the top and the Black Mageweave Robe on the bottom. Because the tabard covers much of the top of the robe, the Black Mageweave Robe is the best choice to endeavor to match these NPCs.
If I am remembering correctly, these NPCs not only carried a Priest-like staff, they also had Priest-like abilities.

31) Dalaran Conjuror

Amice of the Convoker, Necrology Robes, Wizard’s Belt, Exiled Dabbler’s Gloves, Hu’rala’s Slippers, Battle Mage’s Baton, Kirin Tor Tabard
This outfit was one of my primary reasons for wanting the Necrology Robes.
For all that the portal to Dreadscar Rift is hidden away in the tunnels leading to the Underbelly, the wizards of Dalaran aren’t all as opposed to dark magics as they might outwardly claim. Prior to the Shattering, Dalaran Conjurors accompanied by voidwalkers could be found in the area near Ambermill and Dalaran Crater.

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A collection of Transmogrification Kits actually worn in-game by my Blood Elf Warlock. Outfits are listed from most recent to least recent. Items that are no longer obtainable are marked with an asterisk (*).

30) Bloodfire

Circle of Flame, Shoulders of Mercy Killing (25H), Sanguine Robe, Belt of the Hero, Leggings of Mischief, Mir’s Enthralling Grasp, Plague Scientist’s Boots (25H), Dark Silk Shirt, Bloodfire Greatstaff
I’m glad that the Warlock green fire effect can be toggled on and off because this firey kit wanted traditional orange fire to go with it.
I like this style of shoulders with this style of robe a lot, though admittedly the green version of the shoulders coordinate better with the other colors of the robe than the orange version of the shoulders do with the red version of the robe.

29) Doomcaller Moth




L-R: Vestments of the Oracle (Priest), Enigma Robes (Mage), Doomcaller’s Robes (Warlock)

Mantle of the Malefic, Doomcaller’s Robes, Sash of Mortal Desire, Dark Storm Gauntlets, Replica Dreadmist Sandals, Golden Filigreed Doublet
I’ve loved these insect wing robes from the Temple of Ahn’Qiraj class quests for years (I originally designed this kit five years ago), but I only just recently finally got around to farming the Brood of Nozdormu rep to get them.
The different and very pretty coloring in the wings makes this my favorite coloration of this style of robe.

28) Dark Arts

Wizardweave Turban, Resplendent Epaulets, Robe of Doan*, Exiled Dabbler’s Gloves, Sorcerer Slippers, Stylish Black Shirt, Netherlord’s Staff of Summoning
This unfortunately no longer available robe is the classic look of the Warlock trainers lurking in the basement of the Slaughtered Lamb in Stormwind.

27) Black Rose

Runespeaker’s set with Cerith Spire Staff
The darkest coloration of the Legion cloth leveling set is obtained in Stormheim.

26) 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.

25) Volatile Power

Mantle of the Malefic, Robe of Volatile Power, Fire-Cord of the Magus, Silkwood Handguards, Replica Dreadmist Sandals, Spire of Scarlet Pain
This robe was famously seen on Katrana Prestor in classic WoW.
I love the leaf pattern on the skirt.

24) Spellbinder’s Lament

Wang’s Unshakable Smile, Mantle of the Extensive Mind, Spellbinder Robe, Wine Tasting Gloves, Junglestrider Sandals, Mantle of Doubt, Staff of Solemn Secrecy
Still a Priest tier-lookalike hat, but at least a less saintly-looking one. If Patch 7.1 hadn’t added the ability to hide belts, I’d be using the Belt of Arcane Storms with this outfit.

23) False Hope

Cowl of Benevolence, Contender’s Satin Amice, Buccaneer’s Vest, Ruby-Linked Girdle, Heavy Woolen Pants, Zaetar’s Gloves, Gnomish Inventor Boots, Staff of Immaculate Recovery
I love the way the soft browns of the pants and shoulders create a gradient between the white of the cowl, blouse, and weapon and the darker boots in this serenely lovely outfit originally created by Zhau@Hellfire-EU for my “These Boots Were Made For Mogging” event three years ago.
A poor injured adventurer seeing someone dressed like this ride by might think their salvation had come and cry for help… but they would be sadly disappointed, because Kalaneia hasn’t even bothered to keep up with her First Aid training.

22) Felsoul Regalia


The Felsoul set is the gear that a Warlock is shown wearing on the new character selection screen. It is obtained in-game from the Warlords Garrison Salvage Yard.

21) Shadow Reaper

Yalia’s Cowl, Earthripple Shoulderpads, Robe of the Shadow Council, Felcast Cord, Exiled Dabbler’s Gloves, Saltarello Shoes, Staff of the Left Hand Path
I would have loved to have used the Spooky Scythe — the model used for Allari the Souleater’s Scythe of Souls — for this kit, but, alas, it is a polearm.

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A collection of Transmogrification Kits actually worn in-game by my Blood Elf Warlock. Outfits are listed from most recent to least recent. Items that are no longer obtainable are marked with an asterisk (*).

20) Bonfire Watcher

Circle of Flame, Balespider’s Mantle (N), Watcher’s Tunic, Clutch of Andros*, Legwraps of the Master Conjuror, Exiled Dabbler’s Gloves, Landfall Silk Treads, Crystalfire Spellstaff (3-660)
The colors of this tunic, which has the same style as the top half of the Venomshroud Silk Robes, are just perfect for a Hallow’s End outfit!
There is no lookalike item for these Warlock tier shoulders, but this outfit would also look great with the shoulder slot hidden. The Black Belt of Knowledge is a good belt alternative. These boots are from the Horde version of the first part of the Jade Forest questline; the equivalent item from the Alliance version is purple & blue. If you’ve done the Jade Forest with both Horde and Alliance characters, though, you’ll have access to both versions of the boots in your Appearance collection! Otherwise, try the plain, dark Saltarello Shoes.

19) Commander of Demons

Horns of the Left Hand Path, Vir’naal Spaulders, Robes of Insight, Zykes’ Belt, Bramble-Proof Leggings, Auchenai Keeper Gloves, Kurkenstoks, Demon Commander’s Drape, Drakebinder Greatstaff (LFR), Trapper’s Shirt*
As summoning demons and binding them to her will is part of a Warlock’s schtick, Kalaneia decided that she needed to buy the Demon Commander’s Drape from the Legion pre-launch events. Then, of course, she needed a new kit to go with it, and this was the robe that she wanted to wear. I did try making the outfit without shoulders, or a shirt, and with skimpy trousers in the Dressing Room… and I knew that I just wouldn’t feel comfortable running around like that. So I found some shoulders I liked and cued the colors for the shirt and pants off of the shoulders. As always with one of my kits using this style of robe, feel free to consider the shirt optional and use skimpier trousers if you wish.

18) Witch Queen of Angmar or Warlock-Wannabe

Vilebreath Mask, Illidari Shoulderpads, Robes of the Umbral Brute, Hexweave Belt (1-640), Amaranthine Handwraps, Shattrath Jumpers, Malroc’s Staff of Command
For some reason, the coloration combined with the design of this robe always reminds me of the scene in Lord of the Rings: Return of the King where Frodo, Sam, and Gollum are on the concealed mountain stairway overlooking the gates of Angmar when the Witch King goes out to hunt.
The shoulders are a recolor of Warlock T5, and the robe is a recolor of Warlock T8, and the hat, though actually a Warlords Priest tier-lookalike item, recalls the Warlock T4 helm — thus, this is a kit for all those Mages and Shadow Priests who just wish they were as awesome as Warlocks.

17) Scion of Slytherin

Hexweave Mantle (3-670), Beastwalker Robe, Ivycloth Sash, Exiled Dabbler’s Gloves, Blood-Bind Sandals, Legacy of Arlokk
My Hunter had been farming Zul’Gurub for the music roll. After seeing this staff drop a few times, I decided that my Warlock really ought to have it. This was the most properly Slytherin-coloured robe to go with it.
Savage Blood required: 30

16) Rain of Fire

Circle of Flame, Hexweave Mantle & Belt (3-670), Black Velvet Robes, Diamond Clutching Gloves, Blood-Bind Sandals, Warmaster’s Firestick (3-660), Goblet of Anger
Silverblade contributed a simply magnificent cloth kit using level 3 Hexweave items and the sleeveless version of this robe to the original Savage Blood Fashion Parade. I also made a kit using level 3 Hexweave items for that event, though mine was not nearly as good. This kit combines my favorite ideas from both of those earlier concepts.
Savage Blood required: 90

15) 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.
(Oh my… looking at the commentary on the previous kit, it seems that Kalaneia was wearing it for the better part of a year… a few months ago, though, I switched everything in the outfit except the shoulders to this kit to wear while I was farming Hyjal for these shoulders)

14) Fel-Flavored Mana


Horns of the Left Hand Path, Slavehandler Amice, Andorhal Tunic, Ivycloth Sash, Darkweave Breeches, Cloudscorcher Handwraps, Boots of Duress, Cloak of Concentrated Hatred, Staff of Beasts
I first imagined the basic idea of this kit about three years ago, while I was developing ideas for a Transmogrification contest. Shortly thereafter, I refined it when I made my “very model of a Warlock, dark and terrible” post. This kit is somewhat simpler than any of those outfits, however, because the shoulders are an ordinary green-quality drop rather than any of the raid drop shoulders I originally suggested. One of these days, perhaps I’ll get around to farming up those raid drop shoulders and update this kit accordingly…

13) Frostfire Wind Sculptor

Frostwolf Wind-Talker set with Dark Phantom Cape, Frostwolf Augury Staff and Black Swashbuckler’s Shirt
A “recipe set” obtained from early questing in Draenor, dressed up a bit with a shirt and this very nicely matching low-level cloak. I’d forgotten just how much of a cleavage shirt this particular style is, but it does mitigate at least some of the side/underboob exposure from the robe.

12) Blacklight Battleguard


Katoom’s Mask, Resplendent Epaulets, Vestments of the Shifting Sands, Black Belt of Knowledge, Coven Britches, Exiled Dabbler’s Gloves, Junglestrider Sandals, Stylish Black Shirt, Staff of the Qiraji Prophets/Swarming Sting-Staff
If I had been sensible, I would have farmed for the staff at the same time as I was farming for the robe. But I was not, and didn’t begin farming for the staff until after I obtained the robe. The Swarming-Sting Staff was a good stand-in until I finally obtained the Qiraji staff, though.

11) Shado-Pan Summoner

Replica Shado-Pan Helmet, Mantle of the Corruptor, Simple Blouse, Fire-Cord of the Magus, Coven Britches, Black Mageweave Gloves + Wraps of the San’layn, Oilfoot Slippers, Shadow Prowler’s Cloak, Matsuba’s Breadmaker
More decadent Warlocks may prefer to use the Cournith Waterstrider’s Silken Finery.

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