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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 Transmogrification post the same day. Some of these outfits might get re-posted at a later date as part of a themed Transmogrification collection.

Brunnhildar

Crown of Chelonian Freedom, Chilled Shoulderplates, Dojani Chestpiece, Gutbuster of Aldur’thar, Thunderforge Leggings, Sandspire Gloves*, Talonguard Greaves, Purifier’s Silken Cape, Crystal Sword
Winter Veil being over, I turned to the third readily available color of these blades for inspiration for a new kit (there are two more colors of this blade — bright blue and brown — but I haven’t got them in my collection yet). Perhaps if I’d been making a Crystal Sword kit with my Paladin or my Warrior I might have ended up with something brighter and more silvery; with the Underpowered Death Knight, I got this — which reminded me of Northrend’s frost vrykul and silver val’kyr.

Under the High Mountain

Legion Dungeon Mail (blue version) with Kodo Mallet and Extinct Turtle Shell
I finally collected all of the pieces of this drogbar-styled Legion dungeon set. It wanted some primitive-looking weapons to go with it.
The design of the chestpiece is reminiscent of the Jade Witch and Troggbane chestpieces, with elements of the Shaman T13 chestpiece.

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.

Burning Radiance

Katoom’s Mask, Robes of the Battleguard, Gossamer Gloves + Nightvale Wristwraps, Cloudscorcher Leggings, Kurkenstoks, Blade of the Burning Sun, Inscribed Red Fan
Every time I look through my 1H Swords trying to pick out a blade for a kit for one of my melee characters, I look at this sword and think, “I should make a Kismet kit with this sword for my Mage.” So I did.
Previously, I have used a shirt and pants under this style of robe because I’m uncomfortable with showing quite this much skin. This outfit wanted to be more daring… so it might not last very long.

Fel Spine

Demon-Rend Shoulderblades, Blessed Elunite Coverings, Illidari Belt, Jadefire Pants, Fuzzy Gloves + Jessera’s Fungus Lined Bands, Studded Green Anklewraps, Lava Spine
How a Burning Legion blade came to be in the gut of a lava worm in Blackwing Descent, I suppose we will never know.

Sin’dorei Duelist


Terokk’s Mask, Silvermoon Tunic, Pilgrim’s Belt, Ghostclaw Leggings, Bonechewer gloves & boots, Dazzling Mithril Rapier
A very classic look for a Blood Elf Rogue.

Blue Crane

Red Crane (LFR) Helm Mantle Vest & Legwraps with Snow Lily Belt, Heth’jatari Battlegloves, and Griftah’s Authentic Troll Shoes
I was getting tired of what Kate had been wearing — the Mistdancer set from the Garrison Salvage Yard, which she’d donned to go collect her first Artifact weapon — but didn’t have any inspiration for a new kit. That’s usually when I pull out a “recipe set” — in this case, the T14 LFR set that I’d collected, but not yet used. To complete the look, I had to go collect a Pillar of Creation to unlock the blue tint for Fu Zan — I chose the Tears of Elune because that one doesn’t require running a dungeon to get.

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.

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


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

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

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

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

The Netherlord’s Tag-Along

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

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

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

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

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

I did both of these questlines in Destro spec.

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

After several years of infertility and a series of semi-successful medical treatments, including IVF — “semi-successful” in that the medications produced the desired effects, but I still didn’t get pregnant — we finally got our act together to submit adoption paperwork in late spring/early summer of last year. Early in autumn — a very short wait, from what I’ve heard of adoption processes — we were selected for placement.

Although having a baby will reshape our lives in ways that I’m sure I cannot even imagine right now, I’d still like to try to accomplish the following things during Legion:
in approximate order of priority
* Acquire all of the Artifacts, including the Fishing Pole
* Play the 7.0 Order Hall Campaign for each class
* Play the complete Suramar storyline (7.0 & 7.1) with Kaelinda (Horde Mage)
* Complete “This Side Up” with Kamalia so that everyone can get those Artifact appearances unlocked (so very very glad that the devs decided to make the Artifact appearance unlock account-wide!). I’ve skipped a few fortnights of Archaeology here and there, so it’ll be another couple of months before I can finish this.
* Craft the Tailoring and Blacksmithing armor sets, just once, to load them into my Appearances library
* Play the Light’s Heart/Xe’ra/History of Illidan storyline with Kiralaira (Demon Hunter), stopping at “get 80 oojimies from dungeons”

After I’ve completed the 7.0 & 7.1 content, if I manage to complete it, then I can think about playing the 7.2 Order Hall Campaigns and the solo challenges to unlock new Artifact appearances.

Everything else — filling out all the traits in all those Artifacts, getting Hidden Artifact appearances, farming dungeons and raids for Transmogrification shinies (as opposed to running them once or twice when the story content requires it), leveling all the other Professions — will be much lower priority. If those things never happen… *shrug* oh well.

The baby that we will be adopting is due any day now. So if I don’t make any new posts for weeks or months, well, that’s where I went.

This little WoW blog survived the major life change of beginning a full-time faculty position. I hope that it will survive the even greater major life change of becoming a parent.

My Rogue was next.


The Subtelty questline raises a few intriguing questions, chiefly about our prime informant, Val’zuun — what’s his story? why is he helping us? what does his presence in Dalaran say about the security of the city?


I’d hope to learn a little more about Garona in the Assassination questline, so I was a bit disappointed there. Overall, though, I found the Assassination questline to be the most interesting of the three.
Being Horde in Alliance territory, even with the phasing so that there were only hostile NPCs present, no hostile players, made it feel quite tense. All the sneaking around a foreign city swarming with guards reminded me of what little I’ve personally experienced — and what I’ve read many complaints about — in Suramar City. I kept getting caught by the detail that the guards who could see through stealth didn’t have detection limit circles around them, the way I’ve gotten used to seeing in most relatively recent content. I’d get revealed, and if Vanish wasn’t up, I was toast.
Before Garona and I got to the city, there was that town in an Alliance lowbie zone that, from what I remember of playing through that zone long long ago in pre-Cataclysm days, seems to have been horribly betrayed by those who were once its protectors. The presence of Winter Veil decorations made it feel particularly creepy. What is the fallout from what happened there? It seems like more people than just the Rogues should eventually know about it — but this is another situation where even though high-level players really ought to see the town changed, the town won’t change, because of how integral it is to the lowbie leveling experience.
Also, where was that one Priest NPC who is in the same zone for other classes’ Artifact questlines when all this was going down? Shouldn’t he have been there, in the town, stopping that, rather than elsewhere in the zone, fretting about something else? Or did he not arrive in the zone until after the events in the town were over?

I did both of these questlines as Outlaw; I didn’t particularly feel like setting up action bars and choosing talents. I’ll probably eventually set up at least one of the other specs, though, for when I want to do Rogue Mogs that use daggers.

After my Monk, my Death Knight was the next-closest to level 102. I ran her through the Falling Star questline, then took her back to Stormheim and poked at the brood of Nithogg and picked fjarnskaggl until she dinged.

Upon reaching level 102, Kregga raised my deleted secondary Warrior and outfitted her in a kit reflecting both Blood and Unholy aesthetics before sending her off to collect the Artifact weapons for those specs.

The Deathlord’s Understudy

Darksoul Shoulders, Boulderfist Armor, Darkcrest Belt, Runed Sketh’lon Legplates, Gloves of Gnomebliteration, Ramkahen Front Boots, Sky Darkener’s Shroud of Blood, Torn-Heart Axe of Battle

The quests for the other two Death Knight Artifacts both took me to places I had been before; the Blood questline went to Niskara (Marks Hunter), and the Unholy questline went to the Karazhan Catacombs (Balance Druid). Though they were still very similar, these questlines felt more distinct, more altered to fit the different classes, than the Arcane Mage and Discipline Priest questlines did.

I had a hard time with Blood; I died multiple times and had to spend a lot of time eating between pulls. Although I’d equipped the 740 2H weapon from the Order Hall vendor, I’d forgotten to Runeforge it… (the existence of that weapon, however, makes me feel like I wasted my time farming for and then completely upgrading to 725 the 2H weapon from the pre-launch Demon Invasions). So when I got to the final boss fight, I chickened out of doing it in Blood and swapped back to Frost. I still died and had to run back, but I think I probably did fare better in Frost, with my 6-rank Frost Artifact, than I would have in Blood with my un-Runeforged 2H weapon.

Before I went to do the Unholy questline, I took a moment to Runeforge the Order Hall weapon. I felt like it did make a difference for my survivability in doing the Unholy questline as Unholy. I did it sans ghoul, however, and I took all the passive talents that did things other than buff the ghoul — though I did take the one that turns the gargoyle into a val’kyr. I tried the final boss fight as Unholy first just so that I could call the Dark Arbiter. It was rather close, but I beat it in one try. The ending of that fight was quite unexpected. I wonder if my Artifact Knowledge research might reveal more about that little scene?

In the Blood questline, it bugged me that Baron Sliver and Minerva Ravensorrow kept calling Margrave Dhakar just “Margrave”, as if that was really his given name. Margrave is a title! They should have been calling him “the Margrave” or “Dhakar”. Calling him just “Margrave” is like calling Duke Lankral just “Duke”.

In the initial encounter with Revil Kost, the Unholy Death Knight has three dialog choices for each stage of the conversation — a trying-to-be-reasonable option, a sarcastic option, and a flat-out attack. I took the sarcastic options. The Balance Druid just had a nice friendly conversation to begin with, but I suspect that the Affliction Warlock will also have to persuade Revil Kost to work with them, likely with the same set of (or very very similar) dialog choices to the Unholy Death Knight.

I intended to put Kregga into an entirely new & different kit after turning her back into herself. I went to the Barbershop first, however, and she looked so good in this outfit — better than Kaobeka did — that I decided to keep it for awhile longer.


the above items, plus Helm of Infinte Visions and Warsword of the Ebon Blade

One Night In Karazhan

As a Thing To Do Together for his Christmas vacation days off from work on Friday and today, BTH carried me through the Return to Karazhan. On Friday, he ran me through the Mythics at the beginning of the attunement quest chain, and this evening he ran me through Mythic Karazhan itself.

We wiped at least once on every boss, but it wasn’t always due to my inexperience or just-barely-good-enough gear (I’m currently at 850-something). We wiped and wiped and wiped on Shade of Medivh because we had a DPS who couldn’t stand still when Flame Wreath was cast… eventually BTH kicked him. We wiped quite a few times on the final boss, too, because I am a total klutz with fights that have crazy movement requirements.

But eventually we succeeded — hurrah!

The first half of Mythic Karazhan is familiar enough to be comforting and different enough to be interesting. The second half of Mythic Karazhan, though — wow, that place is so trippy! The upside down parts, running on the ceiling… those twisty hallways… the distorted Gamesman’s Hall… I took a lot of screenshots, but not a lot with my UI turned off, just sightseeing. I did go back in after we finished it, though, to get some pictures of this stunning new chamber in the Library:

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I noticed this a few days ago — the Mage Order Hall has Winter Veil decorations!

After I noticed that, I quickly cycled through my other characters’ Order Halls to see if any of the others also had Winter Veil decorations. But no, none of them did — not even the Rogue place, which is also in Dalaran.

Clearly, the devs love Mages best 😉

I went through my level 101 charaters and sorted them by how close they were to level 102 and being able to get the rest of their Artifact weapons. My Monk was the most advanced, at 88%. Doing the Falling Star questline was all she needed to ding 102.

Because I have the Pearl of Pandaria graphic novel in my collection, I loved the references to it as Li Li Stormstout accompanied me for the Windwalker Artifact quests. If I didn’t have it, those bits probably wouldn’t have made quite as much sense — but I don’t think I would have disliked them.

The Elemental Shaman questline kinda-sorta made sense of how the Fist of Ra-den came to be a Shaman Artifact instead of a Monk Artifact.. but the Windwalker Monk questline didn’t really make any sense of how the Fist of the Heavens came to be a Monk Artifact instead of a Shaman Artifact. Having done both questlines, I still think that they’re backwards — the Fists of Ra-den should be the Windwalker Monk Artifact, and the Fist of the Heavens should be the Elemental Shaman Artifact.

It was a fun questline, though, and so was the Mistweaver Artifact questline.

Though I haven’t actively healed with a Monk since I ran LFR with the Pet Battling Monk during Mists and had to completely re-set up my Mistweaver action bars and Clique-binds, I didn’t have any trouble with keeping my party of Shado Pan buddies alive. I’d told them all to go full-out DPS and not worry about their own health, so I was a bit worried that we might wipe and I’d have to tell one or two of them to fight defensively, but nah, it was a piece of cake.

For the time being, though, I’m going to keep leveling as and putting my Artifact Power points into Brewmaster.