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So far, my Paladin is winning.

Not necessarily because she has the most sets at least partially completed already — I haven’t bothered to tally that up — but because she was the one whose sets I have felt the most motivated to get out and try to “complete” when I looked at them. I put “complete” in quotes because I consider that I have enough of a set when I have shoulders, chestpiece, belt, leggings, gloves, and boots. I don’t care about bracers because they usually aren’t seen, and I usually don’t care about hats because I like to see my characters’s faces.

Sets that my Paladin already has “complete” to my satisfaction include Molten Core, Sunwell, Trial of the Crusader, Heroic Blackwing Descent/Bastion of Twilight, LFR Siege of Orgrimmar, and Normal Highmaul/Blackrock Foundry (yay follower missions!).

During this week, my last week of full leave from work, my Paladin has run Blackwing Lair, Battle for Mount Hyjal, Black Temple, Heroic Firelands, Temple of Anh’Qiraj, and Karazhan. She also popped into Normal Dragon Soul and biffed Morchok to get the boots for that set, which (aside from the bracers and hat) were the only piece she was missing. Her Firelands run netted her the last couple of pieces for that set. When the sets from the above mentioned raids are “complete”, then she can work on finishing the Naxxramas 25 and LFR Heart of Fear/Terrace of Endless Spring sets, and she can start working on the Serpentshrine Cavern/Tempest Keep set and maybe the Normal Heart of Fear/Terrace of Endless Spring set. For all the other sets, I’m pretty much happy with just having the shoulders and using them to play mix-and-match with other items.

When my Paladin is done, I think my Druid will probably be up next.

the Puppetmasters

When I was doing Kamalia’s Order Hall Campaign, I frequently felt like I was not, really and truly, the leader of my class order. I felt like I was just a figurehead, a puppet running to and fro at the behest of my advisors, who knew what was going on in the world whereas I didn’t. It helped a little — but only a little — to try to think of it as a classic case of the RPG trope where the character can be assumed to know things that the player doesn’t.

Although every player character is told that they are the Chosen One for their Class, when Lore Events occur, of course no one individual player character can actually be the one to do the thing.

The Patch 7.2 trailer reveals who the real leaders of all the Order Halls are (clockwise from Khadgar, skipping over Velen):

High Priest Alonsus Faol

Huntmaster Emmarel Shadewarden

Netherlord Rittsyn Flamescowl

Battlelord Havi/Odyn

Grandmaster Iron-Body Ponshu

Slayer Kor’vas Bloodthorn

Highlord… umm… Tirion Fordring? I couldn’t find an NPC wearing the Pandaria Challenge Mode shoulders in the Sanctum of Light. Do we somehow rez Tirion during the 7.0 Paladin campaign? I guess I’ll have to complete it and find out.

Farseer Nobundo

Archmage Meryl Felstorm

Deathlord Darion Mograine

Archdruid Rensar Greathoof

Shadowblade Jorach Ravenholt

Of course, these are just the folks I’ve already recognized as the actual leaders of the class orders from my experiences with the class storylines so far. The only real surprise is the Paladin; I’d have thought it would be Tyrosus or Liadrin.

Well, anyhow, Patch 7.2 is coming tomorrow, and I am not “ready”. I have not completed Broken Isles Pathfinder Part 1. I haven’t finished the Suramar storyline. I haven’t run Emerald Nightmare, Trial of Valor, or the Nighthold, even on LFR. I don’t have 54 points in any Artifact weapons — I don’t even have 36 points in any of Kam’s weapons.

So I will not be jumping into the Return to the Broken Shore scenario, or starting up the Legionfall campaign. Instead, I will probably thoroughly examine the new Transmogrification sets UI and make lists of items I’d like to add to my collection. And then I’ll continue to do as I have been doing for the past few weeks, and spend my playtime running old raids and dungeons — there is still a rather shocking amount of stuff that I haven’t got out of the Burning Crusade dungeons — for Transmogrification shinies. That’s relatively easy to do with the limited hand availability caused by trying to play while holding a half-asleep baby…

Eventually, I still hope to finish all of the 7.0 Order Hall campaigns, and to explore Suramar with my Mage. And then, when it is the long doldrums before the next expansion and the rest of the playerbase is bored stiff, I will be just getting into the Legionfall campaigns. 😛

~*~*~ UPDATE ~*~*~

Interesting. In this lineup of the Order Hall leaders which appeared at Krasus’ Landing in Dalaran after Patch 7.2 launched, the Paladin leader is Liadrin, after all.

After her thirty-first petition, Illidan finally relented and agreed that Kiralaira, as the Prime of the Illidari, could have safekeeping of the main-hand Warglaive of Azzinoth as well as the off-hand blade if he should ever be… indisposed.

As you might have guessed from the observation that the flow of my posting continued un-interrupted, the adoption that was supposed to happen at the beginning of January fell through.

Fortunately, the agency was able to match us with another birth mom very quickly. We just got the news that she’s been admitted to the hospital to have the baby, and we are in a flurry of packing our suitcases and the car to drive to the city where the agency is.

Serendipitously, it is also the city where my paternal grandfather, who will be turning 100 in a few months and is still hale and hearty and active, lives — and I’m super excited about getting to visit him, too!

So if I don’t manage to post again for weeks or months, well, that’s what happened 😄

When Ziggie Sparks first showed up at the Darkmoon Faire offering the Firebird’s Challenge, I tried it a few times and then gave up, frustrated, because I couldn’t even manage to get the 15 rings to complete the quest in one try.

How long has it been since that was a new addition to the Faire, anyway? For however long that is, I have been enviously watching folks using the Blazing Wings — and trying, in a sour-grapesian way, to convince myself that I didn’t really want them anyway.

Some weeks ago, I decided that I needed the Blazing Wings as the finishing touch for a Transmogrification kit.

So when the Faire came around again this week, I determined that I would buy a stack of Darkmoon game tokens and keep trying the Firebird’s Challenge until I got the Brood of Alysrazor achievement. On a whim, I chose to do it with my Demon Hunter. This proved to be a fortuitous choice, because when she failed to find a new ring in time and lost the flight buff, she could just unfurl her demon wings and Glide safely back down to the ground — rather than plummeting to her death, as Kamalia had done.
(A Mage or a Priest would also be good alts to use to work on this achievement, for similar reasons — Slow Fall and Levitate, respectively.)

On Kiralaira’s first time off the ground, she didn’t do any better than Kamalia had. The next time, I spent a few moments just looking around to see where the rings were before I started trying to fly through them — so I didn’t get it that time, either. That was a token well spent, though, because now I could plan my route a little bit farther in advance. On about her third try, I not only got through the 15 rings needed for the quest, I got through 25 and got the Ringmaster achievement before I couldn’t find the next one in time. This was very encouraging!

After doing other things elsewhere in Azeroth for most of the week, I returned to the Faire this afternoon, determined to get those wings. I used the map linked in the top comment on the Brood of Alysrazor achievement page on Wowhead to help plan my route. On about the fourth try, I got it!

Using Glide while the Blazing Wings are active gives double wings!

I guess I just needed the right motivation — i.e., a very specific Mog idea for which I wanted to use the Blazing Wings — though it’s not one that’s likely to appear on the Sunday Mog Show anytime soon because at least one of the other pieces for it requires level 110, and I’m not sure when I’ll get the specific character for whom I want to make this outfit leveled.

To make it easier to review my screenshots of the Order Hall Campaign stories in the future, I’ve divided the Order Hall Campaign into four chapters. Chapter 1 is the establishment of the Order Hall through the recruitment of the first pair of champions at level 101. Chapter 2 is the level 103 stage of the campaign, ending with the recruitment of the second pair of champions and getting the fourth tint for the default Artifact model. Chapter 3 is everything that happens between recruiting the second pair of champions and recruiting the third pair of champions. Chapter 4 is the last stage of the 7.0 campaign, ending with recruiting the fourth pair of champions, getting the achievement for completing the campaign, and getting the upgraded Artifact model. Patch 7.2 will bring at least three additional chapters — one for the Legionfall activities on the Broken Shore, one for the questlines to recruit the new champion(s), and one for the class mount.

As Kamalia is still my only level 110, she’s the only one who has completed all four chapters of her Order Hall campaign. With the others, I’ve been working my way through Chapter 2. I finished up the twelfth one today, and I’ve been quite pleasantly surprised and delighted at how not formulaic they have been. Unlike the Harrison Jones quests in Warlords, which all followed the same pattern, I feel like no two of the Order Hall campaigns have had the exact same pattern. Many of them do conclude Chapter 2 with getting two new champions and then begin Chapter 3 with a series of five champion missions, but how they get to that point varies, and they don’t all do that. Sometimes the two new champions aren’t recruited at the same point in the questline — one offers their fealty a few quests earlier than the other. My Priest got her two new champions in the middle of Chapter 2, and then she had to run a dungeon before she could complete the chapter — something none of the others had to do. The amount of Chapter 3 questing immediately available upon completion of Chapter 2 has varied from class to class, too. Some of them are just “do a series of five champion missions” and then you’re stuck looking at a silver exclamation point on someone’s head until you reach level 110 (or maybe 109? my highest level alt is Kaelinda, at level 108) — but others have had quite a few things to do. My Warrior only had three missions in the “do a series of champion missions” quest that began Chapter 3. My Priest has two quests for Chapter 3 in her log, and neither one of them is “do a series of five champion missions”. My Rogue has been able to recruit her fifth champion already!

My next Legion progression goal should probably be to get my Mage up to level 110 and go do Suramar with her so that I can complete Broken Isles Pathfinder, Part One reasonably soon. From what I’ve read of the Wowhead Patch 7.2 previews, it’s sounding like I’ll want to have that done before I start doing any of the Legionfall stuff.

I’ve decided that I’m going to invoke Webcomic Time for my headcanon of my characters’ experiences of the events of this expansion: although in Real Time all the leveling and questing to complete all of the Order Hall campaigns will take several months, in my characters’ personal timelines, all of them were doing their Order Hall Campaign things more or less simultaneously within the first few months after the events of the Broken Shore (just like all of them did the Battle of the Exodar together).
When I’ve completed all of the campaigns, I think I might try to outline a unified, concordant chronology of when everything happened in relationship to everything else.

Meanwhile, when I signed into WordPress this morning, I got a toast that today is my seventh blogiversary. I’d forgotten about that, distracted by other things going on my life. Seven years is pretty good, I think. We’ll see if I can keep this going for another one.

This series of posts began because I set myself a goal to document new Transmogrification outfits in a more timely fashion. As soon as I create a new outfit, I write it up in a draft post. As the weekend approaches, I start working on taking fashion screenshots, processing them, and updating “Things my [Class] Wears” posts. On Sunday — though not every Sunday — I publish the collection of my recent efforts. Then I begin the next “Sunday on the Promenade” draft post.

Occasionally, I have ideas for themed Transmogrification collections that take several months to completely assemble. Thus, some of these outfits might get re-posted at a later date as part of such a themed Transmogrification collection.

Eye-Catching Gilded Garb

Flare-Eyed Hood, Slaughterhouse Spaulders, Eye-Catching Gilded Robe, Deckhand’s Rope Belt, Stonewarper Wraps, Inferno Breath Sandals, Cerulean Filigreed Doublet, Rod of the Broken Temple
Having managed to collect the entire Highmaul/Blackrock Foundry Mage Tier-lookalike set through Garrison follower missions, Kaylynda wanted to wear it.

Carnival

Dragonstalker’s Spaulders, Champion’s Deathdealer Breastplate, Blood Knight Girdle, Scourge Lieutenant Breeches, Magnificent Gauntlets, Netherstorm Greaves, Scarlet Filigreed Shirt, Terokk’s Quill
This brilliantly colored kit takes cues from the outfits submitted by Luxypie and Zhau@Hellfire-EU for “These Boots Were Made For Mogging”.

Moonbeam

Crown of the Fire Festival, Pauldrons of Sufferance, Mooncloth Robe, Replica Virtuous Gloves + Wristguards of Subterranean Moss, White Swashbuckler’s Shirt, Communal Staff
I finally got around to acquiring these beautiful bracers! They’re a lookalike of the original T3 Priest bracers — and probably the only item out of that set that I will ever acquire, because I don’t have the gold-making chops to compete for the Priest T3 items when they show up on the Black Market Auction House.
The other inspiration point for this kit was that after having used the more Shadowy-toned version of the Communal staff, I wanted to use the more Holy-toned version for awhile.
As a whole, this outfit is a very classical Priest look; races that wear shoes will probably want the Sage’s boots.

Dangerous Liason

Shadow Heart Spaulders, Tunic of the Nightwatcher, Brown Belt of Humbling Gravity, Kilt of the Night Strider, Heth’Jatari Battlegloves, Wu-Lai, Bladed Fan of the Consorts
During Mists, I made the effort to obtain this fabulous fist weapon with both mini-Kam and the Pet Battling Monk. I made a Shaman kit with it almost immediately, but I never got around to making a Monk kit with it. So Kate is going to be a Windwalker for awhile so that she can use her fist weapons.
I loved the idea of pairing these dagger-stuffed shoulders with the Bladed Fan — this woman is armed to the teeth!

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
I thought this chestpiece went really well with the shoulders. Finding other pieces that then coordinated well with both items made this outfit very light and bright and suitably Paladin-y — a nice contrast to the outfit I made with these shoulders for the Underpowered Death Night.
The lower resolution model of these Outland boots doesn’t hold up well in a close-up view, but from a distance, they are perfect.

North Wind’s Howl

Shoulderguard of Vaulted Skies, Crafted Malevolent Gladiator’s Dreadplate chest pants & gloves, Replica Soulforge Belt, Crustacean Stompers, Shroud of the North Wind
I got Hailstorm because I didn’t like the appearance of the Frost DK Artifact very much on first glance at the datamined models from the Legion PTR. After I got the Frost DK Artifact, though, I decided that, actually, it looks pretty cool. This combination of armor complements the Blades of the Fallen Prince quite nicely.

If any of you, my dear readers, have kits that you’d like to share, I’d be happy to add you to the show! Just email me your picture(s), along with a list of the items in the outfit. I don’t regularly check my blog email, though, so if you’ve sent me an outfit, please make a comment on the most recent Sunday Mog Show post so that I know to check my blog email for your contribution.