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Because I tend to spend Sunday afternoon and evening doing Transmogrification photo shoots, picture processing, and posting to character outfit pages, I might as well make a general post the same day of any outfits that aren’t part of some themed Transmogrification collection that I’m working on.

Not many new outfits at the moment. Too busy playing in the Broken Isles.

Cackling Bones

Frozen Visage of the Laughing Skull, Heaving Plates of Protection, Netherforce Chestplate, Acherus Knight’s Girdle,Cobalt Legguards, Flash Freeze Gauntlets, Treads of Savage Beatings, Bryntroll, the Bone Arbiter
It occurred to me that this hat and this axe ought to be used in a set together. If you’ve solved the mystery of Admiral Taylor’s Garrison, you know why this is an appropriate spot to take pictures of a kit using this weapon.
It is one of the curious and sad ironies of Legion that to wield the 2H weapon for this excellently Frosty kit, Kregga has to be in Blood spec.

Shado-Pan Blade-Dancer

Replica Shado-Pan Helmet, Mantle of Darkness, Primalstorm Breastplate, Blackwhelp Belt, Tough Mushanhide Leggings, T’wansi’s Handwraps, Prospector’s Boots, Cloak of the Untamed Predator, Shado-Pan Tabard, Misery’s End
Making a Shado-Pan kit that included both the hat and the tabard has been problematic for me because I couldn’t quite figure out how to manage the hue gradient between the bright, orangey, scarlet reds of the tabard and the deep maroon of the helmet scarf. The key to this kit, for me, was the pants; they brought in enough of the brighter red-orange hue to balance out the maroons from the other pieces I wanted to use.
I chose the chestpiece primarily to leave the arms bare with the tabard on and secondarily to look good with the tabard off.
For this outfit, I also used the Barbershop to change her blindfold to the simpler of the two red & gold Sin’dorei styles and to change the color of her tattoos from their usual dark green to black.

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.

Yesterday (Thursday) evening, BTH and I went out and played through a lot more of Highmountain. We haven’t quite finished the zone yet, though; nor have we yet recovered the Pillar to be found there. I am loving this zone and its quests ridiculously much. Kamalia is now level 108.

After we got to a good stopping point in Highmountain, BTH went to turn in an Alchemy quest at Dalaran and dinged 110. He promptly found himself absolutely deluged with things to do and has since been madly scrambling about trying to figure out how to prioritize it all. He’s plunged into Suramar questing without me, which is fine by me, really. There will still be plenty of things we can do there together when I finally ding 110.

Tonight (Friday), BTH had his RL D&D group, so I was left to play by myself. I did some Shaman Order Hall quest stuff with Kamalia, including running Eye of Aszhara again. I was right — the final boss of that dungeon was more of a pain with five people to keep track of instead of only two!

Then I took my Demon Hunter out to get her Artifact weapon and establish her Order Hall. She died two or three times in the early parts of the scenario, but by the time I got to the final boss, I’d figured out how to use all of my abilities more effectively and I didn’t die to him.

The Havoc Artifact acquisition was really rather fun. I wasn’t planning to get the Vengeance Artifact weapon, but now I’m thinking maybe I will just for the lore of it.

I was surprised by how awesome it felt to go back to Marduum for the Order Hall (even though I can’t actually go outside the Order Hall into the zone itself), and by how affectionate I felt toward my long-lost Shivarra, Coilskar Naga, and especially Ashtounge Broken minions😛 Even though the faction sells nothing that my Demon Hunter wants, she just might have to run Black Temple enough to get Exalted with those Ashtongue Broken for the RP of it (though she might get there by default by the time she manages to get both of the Warglaives of Azzinoth).

You know something I’m loving about Legion? That lots of the people whose commentary on WoW I like to read are just “lollygagging along” (as Amateur Azerothian puts it), taking their time, exploring and enjoying the world that the devs have created for us, and having immense amounts of fun doing it. Even the folks on my blogroll who are already level 110 didn’t just blitz to it. Perhaps we’re finally taking the advice of the Pandaren to heart.

Kamalia is now level 107 and BTH is 108. We duoed Darkheart Thicket last night. The trash seemed harder than the bosses, but I think that was again because there were only two of us. We wiped once on the trash because we overpulled. Some more people would have helped with the loads of interrupts and generally burning things down faster. The bosses, though… even though our Tank-n-Healer DPS was really slow, the evidence of two dungeons suggests that this expansion seems to just loooove ground effects, and keeping two people out of them was a lot easier than keeping five would have been. I was starting to get down to the bottom of my mana pool by the end of the boss fights, though.

I took some time to do the quest series in my Order Hall campaign that I’d been putting off and was rewarded with the achievement for completing the first chapter. That quest chain took me back to another beautiful Cataclysm location, the Vortex Pinnacle. I’m looking forward to finding out where the next stage of the Order Hall campagin will take me, once I’ve finished up the Follower missions that were spawned by completing the last stage.

I’m not feeling any great rush to get Kamalia to level 110 — though I’m hearing wonderful things about Suramar and World Quests — because I want to especially take my time questing through and thoroughly exploring Highmountain.

I’m getting keen to start leveling some alts and seeing their Artifact and Order Hall stories, though. It feels a little silly to admit this, but part of my desire to level alts comes from seeing all the rest of my characters flagged with “Requires at least one Champion” when I log into the Legion Companion app on my phone.

The Demon Hunter should get to Exalted with the Shado-Pan tomorrow. Then she’ll be ready to head out to the Broken Isles and beat up some demons with Marius and Tehd (those dudes, by the way, are hilarious).

The Mages, meanwhile, are bogged down in legacy content.

The Alliance Mage has been camping Heroic Trial of the Champion in Icecrown for the past couple of weeks, trying to get the Peacekeeper Blade for a couple of Mog ideas. I want to do at least one of those Mog ideas with a Horde character, so unfortunately just grabbing the Gnomeregan Bonechopper with spare Champion’s Seals won’t do the trick — I did that first, and my Horde characters who use 1H swords can’t even see it in their Appearances collection. My Horde characters can see the Peacekeeper Blade when they filter for uncollected appearances, but I’m unclear on whether they’d be able to loot the item from the dungeon — if I’m remembering correctly, only Alliance characters could obtain it when the dungeon was first released. Anyhow, if the darn thing would drop for her, then the Alliance Mage could go to New Dalaran, too.

The Horde Mage decided in the last few weeks of Warlords that she needs a Jeweled Fishing Pole before she goes to the Broken Isles. I don’t know what she’ll do with it, other than look fancy when she does the Darkmoon Faire fishing quest each month, but she insisted that she was tired of saying “I’ll come back for that later”. That thing has a low, low drop rate, however, so even though she’s been doing the Old Dalaran and Thunder Bluff fishing dailies as often as I rememeber to do them, she hasn’t yet gotten it. So it might be awhile before she goes to New Dalaran.

I’d been thinking that I’d take my one-spec characters to the Broken Isles before any of my multi-spec characters, but when the Horde Mage got a Bone Fishing Pole and didn’t want it, the Death Knight suddenly decided that she wanted one. So now she’s hanging out in Thunder Bluff (not having a super spiffy personal teleport-to-any-continent-in-the-world ability, she’s not bothering with the Old Dalaran fishing dailies) and is likely to be there for quite some time before she achieves her objective.

So who will be my third character out to the Broken Isles, after Kam and the Demon Hunter? The Rogue and the Warlock are the other characters on the one-spec list, but it’ll probably end up being the Druid. Watching BTH bop around in the Druid Order Hall is making me want to go do Druid stuff myself.

— and I am in love with this zone! So much awesome!😄

not quite halfway done

BTH and I are level 105 now. We’ve recovered the Pillars from Azsuna and Val’sharah. We haven’t completed all the quests or explored the entire map in either zone, however, so we’ll have to either do that tonight before we move on to Stormheim (or Highmountain) or come back later so that we can get Pathfinder.

The stories and the artwork in this expansion continue to awe me. Questing in a group when phasing is involved, however, seems to be as almost buggy as it has been ever since phasing was first introduced in Wrath. When there is a quest to rescue someone, the first person to click on the NPC gets to see their speech bubble or hear their audio. The other person doesn’t. I missed the entire grand finale fight of Val’sharah last night because I was too many seconds behind BTH in accepting the quest and getting onto the taxi; when I reached the fight area, I kept getting a “cannot zone in while an encounter is in progress” error message. Fortunately, I did get quest complete and see the cinematic when BTH finished the fight — and I’ll get to do the fight itself again (and again and again and again) when I go through the zone with alts.

BTH has collected the Feral and Balance Artifacts and has decided to level the rest of the way to 110 as Boomkin. I haven’t gotten my other two Artifacts yet, and I’ve not gotten very far with my Order Hall campaign, either. The problem is that those are solo play things, and I would rather play together. Working from home, BTH can do those solo play things while his work computer is crunching a code compilation or a data migration or suchlike.

I’ve only been doing the Order Hall Missions that reward Artifact Power gubbins. I guess I should start doing the ones that reward Follower XP, too, given that Gnomecore is reporting being held up in his Order Hall Campaign by his Followers not being high enough level to complete a required mission. Now that the Legion Companion app is live, though, at least I can keep up with Order Hall Missions while I’m at school!

I’m beginning to have a like-dislike relationship with my Order Hall. The Maelstrom is a thematically apropriate place for Shaman, and at first I thought it was pretty cool, and I like all the little details and NPCs and so forth… and yet the more time I spend there, the more I think that open cave must be damp and chilly and slippery from the ceaseless wind and sea spray, and I feel like all those NPCs who have to live there must be miserable. Then again, I always felt sorry for all my Frostwall Garrison staff standing around freezing their fingers and tails off in open buildings, too. Maybe I will like the Order Halls of some of the other Classes better?

Furthermore, I am struggling with the cognitive dissonance Syp has mentioned on a couple of occasions — how can I be the Chosen One, the Big Damn Hero, the Hero Of Ages, when there are all these other people around who have the same gear and are doing the same things? I felt more special when I was alone in my Garrison.

And how can I be the leader of my Class Order when my Big Name Lore Figure advisors are the ones who actually know everything? They are the ones who decide where other members of my class need to go take action, and like those lesser NPCs, I just go where they tell me to go and do what they tell me to do. It’s one of those curious roleplaying situations where the character can be assumed to know more about their situation and abilities than the player does… but it’s just making me feel like a puppet figurehead.

*sigh* This all sounds so discontented and unhappy with the expansion, when I am enjoying playing it, and I’m definitely looking forward to the zones I haven’t played, the unfurling of World Quests at level 110, the evolution of my Order Hall story — and doing it all again with alts! My Demon Hunter will need to play through certain parts of Azsuna at the minimum; my Druid will need to do Val’sharah as a matter of priority.

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

5) Shado-Pan Blade-Dancer

Replica Shado-Pan Helmet, Mantle of Darkness, Primalstorm Breastplate, Blackwhelp Belt, Tough Mushanhide Leggings, T’wansi’s Handwraps, Prospector’s Boots, Cloak of the Untamed Predator, Shado-Pan Tabard, Misery’s End
Making a Shado-Pan kit that included both the hat and the tabard has been problematic for me because I couldn’t quite figure out how to manage the hue gradient between the bright, orangey, scarlet reds of the tabard and the deep maroon of the helmet scarf. The key to this kit, for me, was the pants; they brought in enough of the brighter red-orange hue to balance out the maroons from the other pieces I wanted to use.
I chose the chestpiece primarily to leave the arms bare with the tabard on and secondarily to look good with the tabard off.
For this outfit, I also used the Barbershop to change her blindfold to the simpler of the two red & gold Sin’dorei styles and to change the color of her tattoos from their usual dark green to black.

4) Fel Stalker

Green Whelp Shoulderguard, Gilt Cuirass, Haal’eshi belt gloves & boots, Stalking Pants, Demon Commander’s Drape, Glaive of the Fallen
Another attempt at making a kit to go with the Demon Commander’s Drape, trying to work with its colors this time. I’m pleased with the mostly practical, functional, down-and-dirty look of this ensemble — with a little bit of impracticality in just the right place to show off part of her tattoos.

3) Felshroud

Felshroud set with Nobleman’s Pantaloons, Demon Commander’s Drape, and Glaive of the Fallen
Naturally, my Demon Hunter needed to do something with the leather Demon Invasions set and the Demon Commander’s Drape. I fiddled around with some different ideas before eventually concluding that the set works best pretty much “as-is” — though I like these trousers a bit better than the set piece.
Is it just me, or would the Demon Commander’s Drape be easier to Mog with if it were darker colored — more greenish-brownish-black, like the Legion structures, instead of greenish-brownish-grey?

2) Render of Demons

Demon-Rend Armor with The Brood Queen’s Veil and Fel-Etched Glaive
This is the gear a Demon Hunter emerges from the Vault of the Wardens wearing. Although the helm shown on the Wowhead page is the final helm reward from the Demon Hunter starting zone, the helm I am using here is the actual helm that a Demon Hunter is shown wearing with this set on the new character selection screen.
The first picture is the best one of her armor that I managed to take during the Vault of the Wardens sequence. She hadn’t yet replaced the belt, though.

1) Illidari Strike Force

The Illidari Armor set, with the Illidari Warglaives, is the gear worn by newly-created Demon Hunters when they arrive in Marduum.

Die Laughing!

After making the effort — much of it in gold spent at the AH buying Medallions of the Legion — to get to Revered with the Laughing Skull, it was high time that Kregga make some kits using the cosmetic helms.

Most of the Laughing Skull NPCs don’t wear any type of shoulder armor, so I’ve used the Hidden shoulder option for these kits. There are lots of shoulder armor designs that I like, though, so I doubt that I’ll be hiding shoulders by default. More likely, I’ll use the hide shoulder option the same way I’ve been using the hide helm and hide cloak options all along — if there’s an item for that slot that I like and that works with the kit I’m designing, then I’ll use it. I’ll only hide the slot if I can’t find an item I like for it.

Ribcruncher

Bloody Visage of the Laughing Skull, Plate of the Shaman King, Ogre Beater’s Belt, Tarnished Fanatic’s pants gloves & boots, Hunter Blacktooth’s Ribcruncher
This outfit takes its cues from the clothing worn by Laughing Skull NPCs such as Kaz the Shrieker, Bony Xuk, and the Broken Horn Desecrators.
Broken Horn Village is a curious place. With an Inn and a collection of named elite NPCs — but not a flight point — it seems to me that it might have been intended to be a level 100 reputation quest hub early in the design process for Warlords, then gotten abandoned in favor of linking the faction to the Garrison Trading Post. I wonder if there’s a village full of Sha’tari Defense NPCs somewhere? Or is the corresponding Alliance/Draenei location the Shattrath Residential District?
To use a 2H weapon for this kit, Kregga has to be in Blood spec. I don’t indend to get the Artifact weapon for Blood, so if I want to make a 2H weapon Transmogrification kit for her during Legion, she’ll just be goofing around with a fully upgraded Fel Lord’s Warmace from the Demon Invasions equipped.

Frostcleaver

Frozen Visage of the Laughing Skull, Hydralick Armor, Acherus Knight’s Girdle, Cobalt Legguards, Bellipotent Gloves, Griftah’s Authentic Troll Shoes, Icebound Frost-Singer Axe
This outfit takes advantage of the conversion of certain low-level quest rewards that used to be mail into plate, the uniquely Death Knight invisibelt, and the return of the cosmetic invisiboots. I didn’t get Griftah’s Authentic Troll Shoes when they first appeared during the Battlefield:Barrens event during Mists, so I made sure to pick them up from Ravika when she reappeared during the Broken Shore event immediately prior to Legion!