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

20)Resounding Doom


Doomed Crown of Lei Shen, Pauldrons & Battleplate of Resounding Rings, Crafted Malevolent Gladiator’s Girdle of Prowess, Legguards of Lost Hope, Taldaram’s Plated Fists, Impaling Treads, Uroe, Harbinger of Terror, Cryptmaker
Although Keija hadn’t been to LFR in ages, she queued up for Pinnacle of Storms just so that she could pose with Lei Shen to show off this new Transmogrification kit.

19) Shado-Pan Blademaster

Replica Shado-Pan Helmet, Expedition Mantle, The Exarch’s Protector, Darkcrest Belt, Legguards of the Shattered Hand, Inferno Tempered gloves & boots, Gilded Thorium Cloak, Red Martial Shirt, Sturdy Yaungol Spear
Keija tried really hard to talk me into letting her use Hellreaver for her Shado-Pan set, even though I think it’s just about as overused a weapon as Judgement is a gear set. Then, as soon as she’d actually tested how it would look, she capitulated and agreed to use the spear that matches the NPC weapon. I’ll just have to come up with some other set for her to use Hellreaver with.

18) Knight in Shining Armor

Steel Plate Helm, Field Plate Pauldrons, Overlord’s chestpiece leggings gloves & boots, Belt of Might, Blade of the Unyielding, Hardened Steel Shield
The Overlord’s set is one of the most practical-looking plate sets. The contrast of the brightly polished plate surfaces with the dark connecting meshes always reminds me vaguely of Imperial Stormtrooper armor.

17) Death by Chocolate II

Brutish set with Rustic Workman’s Shirt, Wyrmslayer Spaulders, Broadaxe of the Horde, and Shield of Maraudon
Although I’d already collected the Brutish set once for my DPS warrior, I love it so much that I collected it again so that my Prot Warrior could use it with this awesome shield.

16) Battleplate of the Last Mogu

Plate of the Last Mogu (LFR) with Red Riding Hood’s Cloak and Fanged Axe
This is one of my favorite Mists tier sets. I love how the coloration of this set of armor repeats the color scheme of the great mogu edifices in the Vale. It’s like this armor is the imperial livery of the personal guard of the mogu emperor/dynasty who first built Mogu’shan Palace and its satellites, the Shrines of Two Moons and Seven Stars. I’m even happier that this coloration of the T15 Warrior gear was the LFR version and thus within my reach. I just wish I’d been able to get it all before the destruction of the Vale so that my screenshots could have been prettier.

15) Bright Sunreaver Juggernaut

Voice Amplifying Greathelm, Dawnsteel Shoulders, Ursa’s Embrace, Forgemaster’s Shattered Shackle, Lavacrest Leggings, Gauntlets of the Immovable, Sabatons of the Humble, Sin’dorei Warblade, Sunreaver Onslaught Tabard, Red Workman’s Shirt
I had two very different swords that I wanted to use with the Sunreaver tabard, and they wanted two very different outfits to go with them.
At the time that I made this outfit, the (Tournament) Sunreaver and Sunreaver Onslaught tabards were identical. At some time before Patch 7.0, the Sunreaver Onslaught tabard was changed to look slightly different from the (Tournament) Sunreaver tabard.

14) Dark Sunreaver Juggernaut

Great General’s Crown, Shoulderguards of Empty Memory, Druidic Guardian Plate, Goblin Girdle, Legguards of the Shattered Hand, Embercrusher Grips, Deathseed Crushers, Greatsword of the Sin’dorei, Sunreaver Onslaught Tabard, Red Workman’s Shirt
As Keija was questing through Hyjal, it occurred to me that the set she was collecting would coordinate rather nicely with the Sunreaver tabard. So I hung onto it, and, indeed, it did, mostly. The quest reward belt didn’t work very well with the tabard, but the Goblin Girdle which did go with the tabard didn’t go with the rest of the quest reward set. So I switched out the pants, too, and I think the result looks great with the tabard and decent without it.
At the time that I made this outfit, the (Tournament) Sunreaver and Sunreaver Onslaught tabards were identical. At some time before Patch 7.0, the Sunreaver Onslaught tabard was changed to look slightly different from the (Tournament) Sunreaver tabard.

Left: (Tournament) Sunreaver tabard; Right: Sunreaver Onslaught tabard

13) Insurrection Hero

Replica Battlegear of Heroism shoulders chest & pants, Imperial Plate Belt, Judicator’s Gauntlets, Sabatons of the Humble, Blubber Carver
I threw this kit together after I picked up my third piece of Insurrection gear from the Battlefield:Barrens event in Patch 5.3. It was mostly a placeholder while I worked on gaining reputation and collecting items for other kits I had planned.

12) Hero of the Southern Sands

Great General’s Crown, Caimas’ Spaulders, Wallwatcher chest belt & pants, Brutish gloves & boots, Sunset Cloak, Ramkahen Ceremonial Hammer
Iterating from the previous set, the dull golden tones of this helm and pauldrons from Uldum pick up the warmer tones in the Wallwatcher chestpiece and pants.

11) Brutish Wallwatcher


Brutish shoulders gloves & boots, Wallwatcher chest belt & pants, Sunset Cloak, Ramkahen Ceremonial Hammer
The chocolate-colored Brutish set is a natural first choice to mix-and-match with the mocha accents of the Wallwatcher set. I picked the maces to coordinate with this lovely cloak.

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I loved the dragon-head pauldrons of the plate set that dropped from the Hour of Twilight dungeons of the last major Cataclysm content patch from the moment I first saw them. I attempted to solo those dungeons with my plate-wearing characters at the end of Mists, but couldn’t quite manage it. By the end of Warlords, though, my Paladin could handle those dungeons with ease, and so I spend a few weeks running them daily, until I’d collected all three colors.

Over the past few months, I’ve put together a set of Transmogrification kits using these pauldrons for each of the three plate-wearing classes.

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Ruby Dragonsworn

Faceplate of the Forgotten (N), Temporal Pauldrons, Truesteel Breastplate (3-670), Ogre Beater’s Belt, Elder Tortoiseshell Legplates, Gloves of Gnomebliteration, Ramkahen Front Boots, Ashkandi, Greatsword of the Brotherhood

Life Dragonsworn

Temporal Pauldrons, Breastplate of Solemn Vows, Elder Tortoiseshell Girdle, Legplates of Fractured Crystal, Gauntlets of the Heavy Hand, Jasper Clawfeet, Blade of Infamy, Garrett Family Crest

Bloody Dragonsworn

Temporal Pauldrons, Mightstone Breastplate, Sha-Trapper Waistguard, Sha’tari Keeper Legguards, Truesteel Gauntlets (2-655), Ramkahen Front Boots, Massacre Sword

Wyrmrest Protector

Temporal Pauldrons, Crimsonforge Breastplate, Girdle of Lordaeron’s Fallen, Bloodlord Legplates, Gauntlets of Cruel Intention, Boots of Zealotry, Tabard of the Wyrmrest Accord, Firethorn Mindslicer, Red Dragonscale Protector

Twilight Dragonsworn

Temporal Pauldrons, Truesteel Breastplate (2-655), Earthswell Belt, Elder Tortoiseshell Legplates, High Chief’s Gauntlets & Sabatons, Tempered Vis’kag the Bloodletter

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Emerald Dragonsworn

Demonbreaker Helm, Pauldrons of the Dragonblight, Breastplate of the Terrible Price, Girdle of the Immovable, Greaves of the Bloodwarder, Crystalplate Gauntlets, Highstrider Boots, Sword of Nefarian’s Hand

Dream Dragonsworn

Pauldrons of the Dragonblight, Wildguard Breastplate & Leggings, Earthswell Belt, Bamboo Plate Gauntlets, Crafted Dreadful Gladiator’s Warboots of Alacrity, Dragon’s Call, Emerald Shield

Unholy Dragonsworn

Pauldrons of the Dragonblight, Sunveil Breastplate, Truesteel Waistguard (1-640), Legguards of Stratholme, Refitted Bruiser Gauntlets, Raceway Boots, Manslayer of the Qiraji

Dragons of Nightmare

Pauldrons of the Dragonblight, Breastplate of Vaulted Skies, Bogslayer Belt, Direwing Legguards, Gauntlets of Steadfast Determination, Stompers of Echoing Doom, Reign of Misery

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Azure Dragonsworn

Seabone Heaume, Pauldrons of Conviction, Breastplate of the Bold, Belt of the Emerald Guardian, Legplates of the Bold, Pillager’s Gauntlets, Coldbite Warboots, Blue Workman’s Shirt, Frostbitten Greatsword

Ley Dragonsworn

Pauldrons of Conviction, Everbright Breastplate, Truesteel Waistguard (3-670), Greaves of the Outcast Knight, Gloves of the Stela, Boots of Valiance, Runescribed Blade, Bastion of Light

Frosty Dragonsworn

Pauldrons of Conviction, Chestguard of Salved Wounds, Clear-Eyed Waistguard, Truesteel Greaves (3-670), Schooner-Savior’s Grips, Insubordination Boots*, Hailstorm

Barricade of the Blues

Pauldrons of Conviction, Chestpiece of High Treason, Greatbelt of Living Waters (LFR), Legplates of the Argent Armistice, Gauntlets of Revelation, Boots of the Treacherous Path, Fang of the Leviathan, Barricade of Eternity

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I had been thinking how nice it would be to have topaz and onyx colored versions of these shoulders with which to do a set of Bronze and Black Dragonflight kits. It looks like I’ll be able to get the topaz version, at least — the plate Transmogrification set for winning the Deaths of Chromie scenario is exactly that!


armor preview image from Wowhead

Looks like I’ll be running that scenario with my Paladin, then.

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Volunteer Guard Day

Not being all that keen on being a Stormwind Guard or an Orgrimmar Grunt for a day, I was going to give this micro-holiday a pass until I read that the transformation worked for guards in all of the major cities.

It’s part of my Warrior’s RP story that she spent several years serving first as a Bluffwatcher,

then as one of Cairne’s Honor Guards.

So on this day of acknowledging the service of the city guards, it was natural that she’d want to return to Thunder Bluff and assist the Bluffwatchers.

I was surprised that the first City Attacker that appeared after I got the guard transformation was a male Troll in Dragonstalker gear.

Why would a Horde person be attacking a Horde city? I had expected the City Attackers to be enemy NPC races such as centaurs, harpies, troggs, naga, or mogu.

Soon, I saw that there was a group of transformed players standing around near the inn, and that City Attackers were rapidly spawning near them.

I joined the group and fought until I reached the commendation for 50 kills… but by then I was already getting kind of bored of the activity.

I observed that all of the City Attackers were player races wearing T2 armor. As well as the male Troll Hunter, I saw a female Undead Priest, a female Human Mage, a female Draenei Shaman, a female Tauren Druid, a male Blood Elf Paladin, a male Orc Warrior, a male Goblin Rogue, a male Tauren Death Knight, and a Gnome Warlock that I didn’t get a close enough look at to determine if it was male or female. After I’d thought on it for awhile, I concluded that this choice of appearances for the City Attackers was meant to emulate fighting off a PvP raid on the city — though it still seemed very strange to me that my Horde city should have Horde attackers. I think it would have made more sense for there to have been two groups of City Attackers — a Horde group that would only spawn in Alliance cities, and an Alliance group that would only spawn in Horde cities.

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Shaman, Restoration 31 August 2016

Demon Hunter, Havoc 9 September 2016

Shaman, Elemental 23 September 2016

Shaman, Enhancement 23 September 2016

Mage, Fire 8 October 2016

Mage, Arcane 15 October 2016

Mage, Frost 22 October 2016

Priest, Discipline 28 October 2016

Rogue, Outlaw 29 October 2016

Warlock, Destruction 12 November 2016

Monk, Brewmaster 23 November 2016

Death Knight, Frost 26 November 2016

Hunter, Survival 26 November 2016

Warrior, Arms 30 November 2016

Paladin, Protection 1 December 2016

Druid, Balance 2 December 2016

Hunter, Marksmanship 10 December 2016

It didn’t seem quite right to claim Thas’dorah as a Tauren; that bow rightfully belongs to the children of the Sunwell. So I used the Orb of the Sin’dorei before I picked it up. I guess my camera angle was bad right at the moment when I clicked on Thas’dorah, because this is the best screenshot I got of the triumphal moment.

Hunter, Beast Mastery 10 December 2016

Demon Hunter, Vengeance 10 December 2016

Monk, Windwalker 23 December 2016

Monk, Mistweaver 23 December 2016

Death Knight, Blood 29 December 2016

Death Knight, Unholy 29 December 2016

Rogue, Subtlety 30 December 2016

Rogue, Assassination 30 December 2016

Warlock, Affliction 6 January 2017

Warlock, Demonology 6 January 2017

Druid, Guardian 11 January 2017

Druid, Feral 11 January 2017

Druid, Restoration 11 January 2017

I didn’t get a very good screenshot of picking up G’Hanir because the camera swung around to be under the surface of the nearby pond… but I was feeling to lazy to do the whole scenario over again just to get a better screenshot of the triumphal moment.

Priest, Holy 14 January 2017

Priest, Shadow 14 January 2017

Warrior, Fury 15 January 2017

Warrior, Protection 15 January 2017

Paladin, Holy 16 January 2017

Paladin, Retribution 16 January 2017

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The Artifact questlines that packed the most emotional punch (for me) were the Ashbringer, the Doomhammer, and Fu Zan.

Three Artifacts are found on Niskara: Holy Priest, Marksmanship Hunter, and Blood Death Knight. I wasn’t able to determine the “canonical” order in which these events occur.

Three Artifacts are found at Tyr’s Fall in Tirisfal Glades. To the best of my understanding the canonical order of events is as follows: Arms Warrior, Shadow Priest, Holy Paladin.

Three Artifacts are found in the Tomb of Old Kings on Shield’s Rest island in Stormheim. To the best of my understanding the canonical order of events is as follows: Protection Warrior, Protection Paladin, Beastmaster Hunter.

Three Artifacts are found in the Karazhan Catacombs. Because all three questlines end with killing the same boss, I’m not sure which order they would canonically go in, but if I had to hazard a guess, I’d say Balance Druid, Unholy Death Knight, Affliction Warlock.

Two Artifacts are recovered from Felsoul Hold in Suramar. I’m not sure which event happened first, the Havoc Demon Hunter or the Demonology Warlock.

Two Artifacts are recovered from Icecrown Citadel. I’m not sure which event happened first, the Frost Death Knight or the Fire Mage.

Two Artifacts are retrieved from the Nexus. I’m not sure which event happened first, the Arcane Mage or the Discipline Priest.

Two Artifacts are retrieved from the Broken Shore. To the best of my understanding the canonical order of events is as follows: Retribution Paladin, Vengeance Demon Hunter.

Two Artifacts are found in the Helmouth Shallows of Stormheim. These two events, Survival Hunter and Fury Warrior, seem to be quite independent of each other and might have occurred in either order.

The locations for the Frost Mage (a Legion place that wasn’t Niskara), Destruction Warlock, and Beast Master Hunter were unique, but the other questlines for those classes went to shared locations.

The Druid Artifact quests go to one shared location (for Balance) and to three places that no other class goes: Grizzly Hills, the Shattered Locus, and Nordrassil.

Only Shamans go to Vashj’ir, the Temple of the White Tiger, or Deepholm.

Only Monks go to the Temple of the Jade Serpent, the Vortex Pinnacle, or the Terrace of Endless Spring.

Only Rogues go to the Temple of a Thousand Lights, Legion Citadel (it’s not on Niskara), and Stormwind.

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During the second half of December, when we were trying to be prepared for the possibility that baby might come early, I hustled to get all my alts through getting their first Artifact weapon.

Now that baby is definitely late*, I’m hustling to get all my alts through getting the rest of their Artifact weapons.

My Warrior was Fury during Mists and Warlords because of Titan’s Grip, and I was comfortable with the spec. Then, on Mr Rossi’s advice, I chose to go Arms first for Legion. Now that I’ve gotten comfortable with Arms, switching back to Fury was an adjustment and I didn’t feel like I quite managed to get the hang of it during the course of the Fury Artifact questline. I felt very squishy.

It was quite surprising when I ended up in the Helmouth Shallows for the Survival Hunter questline, but it wasn’t surprising at all that I had to go there for the Fury Warrior… where else would you go to steal weapons back from Helya?

The Protection questline took me, as expected, back to Shield’s Rest island, to the only unexplored wing of the tomb complex where the Protection Paladin and Beastmaster Hunter had also gone. The text in the Paladin quest said that a Warrior had already been there; when I got there with my Warrior, the runes on the Paladin door were active and glowing. When I got there with my Hunter, the runes on the Paladin door weren’t active. From this, I surmise that the canonical order of the plundering of the Tomb of the Old Kings was Warrior, Paladin, Hunter.

I’ve only played Prot with a Warrior at low levels before, so there was a bit of a learning curve to it, especially figuring out what my active mitigation abilities were and how to use them appropriately. Nonetheless, it was rather fun, and it felt different from the Prot Paladin fight in ways that felt appropriate for being a Warrior. I still think I’ll run Halls of Valor to get the Aegis of Aggramar as Arms DPS, though 😛

Now that Warrior is done, I just have Paladin left. I get the day off tomorrow, so I’ll be burning through those last two** Artifact questlines tomorrow morning***.

* Even if the due date we were originally given had been a week off, he’s half a week overdue by now… the pins-and-needles are intense, and I’ve been bobbing in and out of being a nervous wreck all week.

** Getting the other two Paladin weapons will formally complete the set of serious Class-based Artifacts; I will still need to get the silly Underlight Angler for Kam and a duplicate Artifact (Aluneth) for my Alliance Mage.

*** We’re hoping and praying that our birth-mother will take our facilitator’s advice and go to the doctor to get induced tomorrow, and that we’ll be on our way to pick up baby by tomorrow evening.

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Kamalia hasn’t gotten much play this week. Being so close to the first Legion alt-leveling milestone of getting each Class its first Artifact weapon and to level 101 to unlock Champion missions at the Order Hall, I wanted to get that done.

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I chose Arms first with my Warrior because Mr Rossi says it’s the best for leveling and World Questing.

Skyhold is aesthetically lovely. As much as my Warrior has been intrigued by the Vrykul ever since Northrend, though, she finds Skyhold rather lonely with only Valarjar and Val’kyr there. And despite previous encounters with Titan structures and constructs, it wasn’t until she unexpectedly found herself in Skyhold, staring at Odyn, that the works of the Titans caused her to wonder about the reality of the Earthmother. Perhaps if she’d been to Ulduar with Khadgar and Brann to see Magni, she might not be feeling so unsettled. But only my Paladin, Shaman, Druid, and Mage did that. I might have to come up with an in-character motivation for my Warrior to go talk to Archivist Elysiana to do that questline (at least the Ulduar part of it)…

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It was a thoroughly delightful surprise to discover that the Tauren Seers were involved in the first stages of the quest chain for the Protection Paladin Artifact. Some of the later quest chain text speaks of “a great warrior” who went to one of the locations before the paladins do. I’m guessing it was probably for the Protection Warrior Artifact (because I went somewhere quite different for the Arms one) but the warrior didn’t go to exactly the same specific location, just the same general area, so my headcanon can be that my Paladin did in fact go there first.

This sword and shield are so pretty that I don’t feel sad about not being able to use the Alliance movie tie-in weapons with my Tauren Paladin anymore 😛

As for the Paladin Order Hall, now that I’ve actually been to the Sanctum of Light, I totally get what I’ve read about Priests being utterly smitten with jealousy when they get to visit the Paladin place as part of their Order Hall Campaign. The Mage place is still my favorite Order Hall, but the Paladin place is a very close second!

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I’ve read that the Balance Druid and Affliction Warlock Artifact questlines are substantially similar in much the same way that the Disc Priest and Arcane Mage Artifact questlines are. After playing through the Balance Druid questline, I’d guess that the first few quests are different for Balance Druids and Affliction Warlocks, but that after you meet up with Revil Kost in Duskwood, they are essentially identical. I saw a Gnome Warlock running around in some of the same places that I was investigating.

I can’t think of The Scythe of Elune without wanting to call it “The Scythe of Elooooone“, ala Oxhorn (one of the very early movies, though I don’t remember exactly which one anymore).

In one of the other treasure chambers of the Karazhan Crypts, I found this strange statue.

I have never, ever seen this image before. What is it? Where did it come from? Something about the style of it makes me wonder if perhaps it might have been designed to be part of Yaungol lore, in a questline that got cut? Or does it portend some as-yet-unknown Tauren faction?

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With the first milestone completed, my next objectives are to level the characters who want multiple Artifacts to 102 so I can get the rest of the Artifacts I want to collect and to bring Light’s Heart to each Order Hall. In my headcanon, though, Light’s Heart will actually be at the Fel Hammer because my Demon Hunter is the primary character with whom I intend to pursue the continuation of that quest chain at level 110.

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SPROING!

Why, yes, that is the Male Tauren Warrior, at the Shrine, riding a Dread Raven, with a Dread Hatchling.

He was level 24 this morning.

At first, I thought that I would wait until Warlords was actually in beta before making my pre-purchase. Then, I thought that perhaps I ought to wait until I finished my conventional leveling project — the Warlock and the Rogue — before allowing anyone to be boosted. The Sha of Impatience got its claws into me, though, and I just wanted the Male Tauren Warrior to be fulfilling the measure of his creation —
(a) holding all my Bind-on-Account items

and (b) looking awesome while doing it

NOW.

More specifically, the character who had been holding my BoA items needed her bag space for something else. I hadn’t made any bags larger than Netherweave for the Male Tauren Warrior because I knew he’d be getting Embersilk bags when I boosted him, so he didn’t have enough room for all that Timeless Isle junk already. I decided that I didn’t care about his professions, because part of the point of using my complimentary boost on this character was that I wouldn’t have to level him. And so up he went.

Technically, this makes twelve level 90s. I did take him out to get the Grummlepack, but he’s not going to do any of the stuff I’ve done with my other level 90s. I’m sure he’ll do some Transmogrification farming, eventually — y’know, for looking awesome — but for now, he’s “done”.

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