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With the year having just changed, and Legion actually being in testing, now seems like a good time to make a list of things I’d like to finish up in Warlords during the next several months.

* Level Kaylynda the Human Mage to 100 and…
— She is currently level 98 and still has the Yrel storyline in Talador to do, so she will probably reach level 100 sometime in Spires of Arak. I’ll still do at least the Yrel storyline in Nagrand with her.
— Grind Ogre Waystones so that I can upgrade her Mage Tower to level 3
— Go to Tanaan and get to Revered with Lion’s Watch so that she can use the Karabor Councilor costume toy
— Consult Wowhead on the best way to get through Silver Proving Grounds with a Mage, and then suffer through UBRS to recruit Millhouse Manastorm

* Level Kaelinda the Blood Elf Mage and the rest of my primary Tauren characters to 100
— take Kerisa the Scribe to Tanaan to get the technique for the Ascendance glyph
— collect followers from zones and questlines, including Tanaan if necessary, according to each character’s follower selection priorities
— collect Jukebox tunes so that no-one has to listen to the default Garrison music anymore, attempting to give each charater a unique aural profile (this may not actually be possible, because there are only so many of those tunes that are both relatively easy to get and ones I really like)
— getting the Warlock and the Rogue to 100 before the Legion pre-launch event begins will happen if it happens, but I’m not going to push to make it happen, nor stress too much if it doesn’t

* Follow up on my “Savage Blood” Transmogrification post by creating those outfits (or variations upon those initial designs) in-game and making a post about the final collection.

* Complete a few other themed Transmogrification collections that I’ve been thinking about and for which I’ve been gradually acquiring items.

apropos of nothing

The very best thing about this Christmas was that we got moved into our new house. The second best thing was this:

My sister gave us a nine-week-old kitten. He is everything a kitten should be.

What was the best thing about your Winter Veil/Christmas/other IRL winter holidays?

Razzle-dazzle

Happy New Year! Let’s get things started off right with some fabulous fashion to dazzle your friends and enemies.

Sometime during the first half of 2015, I found a pair of Rhinestone Sunglasses on the AH for the surprisingly reasonable price of 500 gold. I’d intended just to have my Banker wear them, but it quickly occurred to me that they’d coordinate perfectly with a few outfits I had in mind for various characters.

We all know that the Exodar is a disco (right?), but Shu’halo and Sin’dorei are not exactly welcome there, so I boogied down in the Shattrath Residential District instead.

Pink Sapphire

Rhinestone Sunglasses, Ornate Pauldrons, Icemail Jerkin, Earthfury Belt, Tranquillien Scale Leggings, Netherstalker Gloves, Netherstorm Greaves, Mutineer’s Cloak, Felstone Reaver, Silvermoon Crescent Axe
This kit is a variation on the outfit I originally designed to wear with the Netherstorm Greaves for my “These Boots Were Made For Mogging” event a couple of years ago.

Bouganvilla II

Rhinestone Sunglasses, Mantle of the Burning Scroll (LFR), Vestments of the Shifting Sands, Ruthless Gladiator’s Cord of Accuracy, Greenkeeper’s Pantaloons, Widow’s Clutches + The Lady’s Brittle Bracers (25N), Ikeyen’s Boots, Green Linen Shirt, Vengeance Staff
This is a higher-level, more elaborate version of an outfit concept that I originally designed for my Warlock in 2012 using the Embersilk Robes. I had not previously obtained the belt because it costs Honor, and I avoid PvP as much as I can. One afternoon, however, I made a wonderful discovery! I was idly browsing the AH with my Banker and looked at the “Junk” tab in the “Miscellaneous” category just to see what was there, and I found Champion’s Honor tokens. On my server, it seems that the price of Honor is 10.5 gold per Honor point. Thanks to Garrison missions, I’ve had plenty of gold on hand during Warlords, so I was perfectly happy to fork over 10.5K to get this belt without actually having to PvP.
This kit would also look fabulous with the Fel-Proof Goggles.

Dragon Dawn

Rhinestone Sunglasses/Lightbringer Greathelm, Blood-Stained Pauldrons, Conqueror’s Breastplate, Hyperion Girdle, Legplates of Blazing Light, Flameguard Gauntlets, Magma Tempered Boots, Blazefury, Reborn/Dragonstrike, Reborn, Dawnforged Defender
This outfit has been a long time in the making. I collected the pants and gloves two or three years ago while I was farming Molten Core for the Paladin T1 set, but I hadn’t quite figured out what sort of Transmogrification kit I wanted to make with them. Then when the “Reborn” weapons appeared during Mists, I knew right away that the Molten Core items were what I wanted to use with the Reborn 1H sword and mace. I made sure to have my Blacksmith craft these weapons during Mists when they were current content. They are so intensive to make in both time and raw materials that I didn’t think I’d want to go back to make them later. It wasn’t until I got the Rhinestone Sunglasses, though, that I was inspired to actually put the kit together, and then I had to visit Molten Core again for the boots and spend some time on the Isle of Quel’Danas farming the rep to buy the shield.

Touch of Ruby

Rhinestone Sunglasses, Aurora Mantle, Mankrik’s Old Wedding Garments, Silver-Thread Sash, Stoneweaver Leggings, Widow’s Clutches + Bands of Indwelling, Boots of the Incorrupt, Thousand Bandage Drape, Staff of Divine Infusion
I’m very happy with how this kit turned out. It’s definitely worth the months I spent farming Karazhan while Shade of Aran kept dropping the boots that match the T4 Warlock set instead of these boots that match the T4 Priest set…
I’m not sure how well this kit would work for races that wear normal shoes, though, as the foot part of these boots is a somewhat bluer purple than even the darkest magenta tones of the cloak.

Femme Fatale


Rhinestone Sunglasses/Swashbuckler’s Eyepatch, Shoulderpads of the Silvermoon Retainer, Scouting Tunic, Indomitable Belt, Dellot’s Leggings, Fuzzy Gloves + Scouting Bracers, Rapscallion Boots, Stylish Black Shirt, Dawnblade, Skettis Curved Blade
There’s not much in the way of pink in leather; only the maroon Bard’s set and the mauve Bonechewer set come even close. After contemplating those options, I decided that it would be better just to let the Rhinestone Sunglasses sparkle against a background of sleek black.


Winter Veil is here, and once again, Kamalia’s Garrison is more decorated for the season than my IRL house is.

It was a pleasant surprise that my Garrison had a minimal level Winter Veil decor already when I logged in yesterday, even before I went to do any of the holiday dailies.

I enjoy Christmas and like to decorate it, and ordinarily, I’d have started putting up decorations on December first. This year, though, BTH and I bought a house in October. We’ve been waiting on some renovation work to move in, which has been hindered by BTH having to travel for his job for a couple of weeks recently. In the meantime, we’ve been carrying carloads of stuff over to the house, and the things that have already been moved included my boxes of Christmas decorations. So I haven’t got any Christmas decorations put up at the house we’ve been renting. We’re hoping to officially move next Monday, though that may or may not actually happen. Maybe I can get some Christmas decorations & our little artificial tree put up on the 23rd or on Christmas Eve… Next year, I hope to finally be able to get a real Christmas tree.

In addition to moving and the normal holiday season family activities, one of BTH’s sisters is getting married this Saturday. So we will be pretty busy! Because Real Life is so hectic this year, I’m not quite sure how much time I’ll have to play the holiday quests over the next week or so. Thus, yesterday I used the Merry Supplies from all three of my characters with level 3 Garrisons to decorate Kamalia’s Garrison with the Ball of Tangled Lights, Imported Trees, and Old Box of Decorations. I didn’t get the Winter Wondervolt, but I did promote my Winter’s Helpers and Tiny Snowman to Favorite status in my pet journal for the season, so that they can spawn from the Menagerie. I might be able to add decorations to my other characters’ Garrisons later; for now, I wanted to make sure that Kam would get all the decorations she wanted. I should try to send a set of decorations to Kaylynda the Human Mage… Winter Veil is one of the times of year when I like being Horde the least, because the Horde Winter Veil trees are so ugly…

Now wait just a minute here, that’s backwards of the class colors, ain’t it?

Having dinged 100 meant that Kate and Ketura could finally convert all the Munificent, Tumultuous, Grandiose, and Baleful armor tokens that had been piling up from their Garrisons and Kamalia’s Shipyard. And that meant that they needed new Transmogrification kits, either to cover up or to make use of the appearances of these new items.

Nimble Serpent

Bladefang Spaulders, Nimbletoe Chestguard, Green Belt of Hushed Wisdom, Kilt of Immortal Nature, Throat-Ripper Gauntlets, Drape of Smoldering Dreams, Gouging Staff
I’m glad that the armor designers like this hue of green well enough to have used it in multiple expansions — it sure made putting together a new Transmogrification kit out of stuff I already had in the bank easier.

Wavestrider

Wavemender’s Mantle, Dragonkiller Tunic, Axeclaw Belt, Shifting Camouflage Pants, Gauntlets of Sniping, Phalanx Boots, Cerulean Filigreed Doublet, Tribute Gun
This kit is built around the belt of the Baleful mail set, which is a recolor of the T17 LFR mail set. I’m not terribly keen on the T17 LFR mail set as a whole (especially the ridiculous shoulders), but the belt has a fun buckle.



Here are Ketura the Hunter and Katewatha the Monk dinging 100 from the past-expansion dailies that have given them much of their 90-100 XP.

After dinging 100, they went off to Pinchwhistle Point to get the plans for their Salvage Yards and the LAZ-TRON Disc Reader, then flew around picking up the other parts for the Jukebox. They’ve been very busy the past day or two spending their maxed out stockpiles of Garrison Resources and most of the gold they’ve been raking in from Follower missions to expand and upgrade their Garrisons.

Once she had her Jukebox installed, Ketura promptly went to Northrend to pick up the Grizzly Hills theme:

Katewatha is using the “Way of the Monk” theme in her Jukebox, naturally.

Neither of them has built a Shipyard or gone to Tanaan yet. Ketura will go to Tanaan eventually because she needs the Fel-Proof Goggles, precious, oh yes — but I don’t have any particular item or goal in mind that would motivate Katewatha to go to Tanaan.

Each of them got a different quest from the 6.0 Garrison Campaign. I’m glad to see this, because I know that I want to do the whole 6.0 Garrison Campaign with my Druid so that she can recruit Choluna as a Follower, and I’d been a bit worried that I’d have to get all of the zone completion achievements with her to unlock the Garrison Campaign. As great as the leveling story was to play through with Kamalia, I’m finding myself surprisingly reluctant to play through the entire story again with my alts. I’m not quite sure why. Maybe it’s because I want to replay different parts of the story with different characters (as has been my usual alt leveling pattern in the past), without having to replay the same part of the story very many times? (I am so tired of Frostfire Ridge, and I’m sure I will get equally tired of Pinchwhistle Point.) Although I’m probably not going to play through the whole story of any of the rest of the Draenor zones with Ketura or Katewatha, I do plan to go do some specific zone questlines with each of them to recruit certain Followers for their Garrison teams. Speaking of recruiting certain Followers, as soon as Ketura upgraded her Fishing Shack to level 3, she got the quest to recruit Nat Pagle. I’m so glad that the Draenor Angler achievement being account-wide allowed this to happen, so that I didn’t have to spend hours and hours fishing with her to get that quest!

Next in line are my two red-headed Mages, and after them, most likely the Druid.

It’s Thursday. Because I don’t have my 8:30 am class on Thursday, I don’t have class until 11:30 am. I consistently have trouble motivating myself to do anything productive on Thursday mornings, even though I always have a list of things that I could be working on. Furthermore, it’s the end of the semester and I am tired, so I’m having even more trouble than usual concentrating this morning.

This particular Thursday morning, reports from the Godmother and Matt Rossi on their experiences in the Legion alpha are making me wish that I could be at home leveling alts, getting them ready to go acquire their Artifact weapons and establish their Class Halls. Now that the Underpowered Death Knight has reached level 100, I can let the Hunter and the Monk fall over the finish line, and then I want to push the Mages (both of whom are currently questing in Talador) through. After that, I’m not sure which alts will go next.

After I brought the Rogue out of retirement in anticipation of playing as an Outlaw in Legion, the Warlock eventually managed to persuade me to let her return to her Garrison, too. The Warlock doesn’t want to be left behind at a lower level than the Demon Hunter will be upon completing her starting experience…. Such sibling rivalry my characters of the classes I prefer the least have!

I’m quite intrigued by the appearance of a Fishing Artifact in the Legion alpha. I think it’s pretty cool that we might get an Artifact fishing pole to make fishing in the Broken Isles more entertaining! Which reminds me, once the Hunter gets to level 100, she’ll need to put in some quality time fishing so that she can get Nat Pagle to join her Garrison team…

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