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One of the benefits of a) being the auxilary income in my household and b) teaching on a 9-month contract at a small, rural, two-year college is that after my Spring semester grades are in, my time is more or less my own until Fall semester begins. Of course, I have a heap of work to do to get ready for Fall semester — and this year I should try to get as much of that done during May as I can, because I volunteered to teach the summer term chemistry class, which runs during June and July. I’ll also be out of town for half of June attending a couple of organic chemistry teaching workshops (very excited about those; I have a colleague covering the class for the weeks I’ll be gone).

After taking most of last week off, I intended to start digging into my summer tasks this week. By Tuesday afternoon, however, it was abundantly apparent that with the other looming deadline of Legion launching on August 30 (which will be a week after Fall semester begins), and the pre-patch likely to arrive in late July, I wasn’t going to be able to focus properly on my school work until I’d gotten my remaining characters leveled up to 100 and started on collecting followers from their Inns and the new character selection screen sets from their Salvage Yards.

So I stayed home and played for the rest of the week.

Tuesday: Warrior

Wednesday: Although I played most of the day on this day, too, I spread my activity between multiple characters and didn’t manage to ding anyone. It did set me up to get two characters dinged on the same day later in the week, though.

Thursday: Blood Elf Mage

Friday morning: Enhancement Shaman

Mini-Kam was one of my last alts to come to Draenor, and after getting to the point in the Frostfire Ridge storyline where it splits and you can choose whether to go north with Ga’nar or south with Lokra first, I just couldn’t bear to do anymore of it. I’d already been thinking about leveling an alt primarily through Bonus Objectives, so she became the one to do it. I did only the minimum amount of questing required to get to the Outpost building activation in each zone, then got the rest of her XP from Bonus Objectives and treasure and silver dragon hunting. I also used an Elixir of the Rapid Mind (though not in the optimally recommended way) to get almost a whole level (98 to 99) out of the Outpost establishment chapter in Nagrand.

Friday night: Paladin

Saturday: Priest

The Warlock and the Rogue, however, will just have to wait for another time.

Despite my post title, it wasn’t exactly an “assembly line” approach. Though most of these characters did a lot of the same things, no two of them did exactly the same combination of quests and treasure hunting. Playing through the Auchindoun storyline in Talador, the first parts of the arakkoa storyline, and various areas of Nagrand multiple times during the past fortnight has me wanting to go play through the corresponding areas in Outland again. Good thing I already have a character right there, hmm? The Feral Druid will still be getting Boosted eventually, though.

And yes, I absolutely cheated expedited my way through all of this with flying. The first time I go through new content, with Kamalia, I’m perfectly happy to do everything the slow way, the “real” way, on the ground. But with alts? Especially the later ones? I want to be able to pick and choose from the available content and get through it quickly.

Now I have only two weeks left to get as much school work done as I can before the summer term begins. After how hard I’ve played this week, though, maybe I’ll be burned out enough on WoW that I’ll actually be able to focus on updating syllabi and lab manuals and purchasing equipment and supplies..?

The semester being over, I took some time off last week to play.

On Monday, I finished Nagrand with my Alliance Mage.

Yrel has definitely grown on me as I’ve gone through the Alliance storyline. I thought she was a bit bubbleheaded at first, but when she pranked Thaelin back in Nagrand, I was glad to see that her growing seriousness and responsibility hadn’t completely extinguished the playful part of her personality.
That leaves Kaylynda with only one major To Do item: Silver Proving Grounds, followed by a trip to UBRS. My confidence that I’ll actually get that done, however, might be judged from the fact that I’ve reactivated Millhouse Manastorm in Kamalia’s Garrison…

During the middle of the week, I did a bunch of things with a bunch of characters, with the primary objective (which I accomplished) of getting the rest of my active alts (the ones with whom I would like to do Artifact weapon questlines in Legion) who are in Draenor at least to level 96.

Friday was Kerisa’s big day!

I had stocked up enough Relics of Rukhmar from follower missions that Kerisa could get to Exalted with the Arakkoa Outcasts as soon as she finished their questline. I had forgotten that I actually had to get the zone achievement for Spires of Arak to get Talon Guard Kurekk, though, so then I had to go finish establishing Axefall and check out Admiral Taylor’s Garrison and clean up Pinchwhistle Point before I could do this:


I still want a minor glyph — or book or codex or whatever the cosmetic minor glyphs are getting coverted into in Legion — that will make Moonkin form look like a High Arakkoa.

Back at Hallow’s End, I picked up a Seer’s Invitation and sent it to Kerisa. When she used it in her level 2 Garrison, however, nothing happened. I was pleased to see that when she upgraded her Garrison to level 3, the invited arakkoa seer finally showed up:

Kerisa’s not quite sure how she feels about the ghostly guests he brought with him, though.

Kerisa kept a Lumber Mill up just long enough to capture a Botani to study —

— then replaced it with a Trading Post to help her reputation grinding in Tanaan to pick up the third Saberon follower and fourth Arakkoa follower. She’s kind of fascinated by the races that are similar to Druid shapeshifts: bird-people, cat-people, tree-people.

Now that my Balance Druid has reached level 100, I have capped eight characters out of the sixteen I plan to carry forward into Legion. Seven of the remaining eight are already in Draenor. Lagging far behind is my Feral Druid, who is currently in Outland. I’m also considering reviewing the DEHTA storyline in Borean Tundra with her — and then she’ll get the Legion pre-purchase boost up to 100.

Every time I go to Draenor’s Shadowmoon Valley and see the talbuk herds galloping in what I’m sure was intended to be majestic splendor, I chuckle at the silliness of their flipping, flapping (not flowing) tails and think to myself that this should be a thing:

(Someone somewhere else on the internet — probably on DeviantArt — has almost certainly already done this with much more skill — but I haven’t gone looking for it.)

I can just imagine Dornaa or Salandria begging their Childrens’ Week patron, Oh please, please will you get one of those for me, please!

When I thought about drawing little girls playing with ponies, though, the two great pairs of sisters that Warlords introduced to us immediately came to mind.


Draka and her more reckless sister, Lokra, make a subtle foil to Durotan and his more reckless brother, Ga’nar, in the Frostfire Ridge storyline. Like Ga’nar, Lokra is headstrong and bloodthirsty, but she is also able to be reasonable and temperate. Where Durotan frowns at his brother, Draka is proud of her sister.


The way Yrel describes her older sister, Samaraa, it sounds to me like Samaraa was much older — perhaps even enough older to have been born on a previous world where the Draenei temporarily sheltered — and that their parents may have perished while Yrel was still a child.
I am a child of the ’80s, and I have fond memories of my mother teaching me to braid hair using the tails of my G1 My Little Ponies.

Being a Death Knight, Kregga must admit to being undead. Being neither Human nor High Elf in origin, however, she has no particular loyalty or affinity for Sylvanas Windrunner. Nonetheless, it amuses me to think of populating her Garrison with Forsaken, Death Knights, and Ghosts.
So I took her out to gather up all the quest & zone followers who fit into those categories — including temporarily replacing her Trading Post with a Lumber Mill so she could get Alexi Barov. I did some other questing here and there along the way, not necessarily in linear zone order…

That makes seven level 100 characters.

I don’t think I should try to predict which of the remaining nine will be next to reach the level cap. They keep surprising me this expansion. It probably won’t be the one that I currently think looks the most likely.

As of yesterday evening, I have:

Defeated all of the Draenor trainers (thanks Lio!)

Upgraded my Menagerie to level 3

And collected all of the Draenor wolf puppies.

Although I still have many pets that are not level 25 and many pets that are not rare quality, I think I’ll take a rest from Pet Battling (except when it’s Pet Battle Bonus XP Week) and work on one of my other alts’ Warlords goals.

Jungle Chronicler

After I posted new kits for (just about) everyone else, my high-level Druid declared that she didn’t want to wait until she reached level 100 for a new outfit. She’d been wearing the same one for over half a year, and it was getting tired and smelly. Plus, she’d had this outfit sitting in her bags ready-to-go for quite a few months.

Jungle Chronicler

Shoulders of the Roiling Inferno (LFR), Sunglow Vest, Dragonmaw Emergency Strap (LFR), Breeches of Natural Aggression, Shardtooth Gloves, Zangarra Scepter, Sunsworn Transcription
I love it when items from different raid tiers synergize to make a combo even better than either kit alone. Case in point, the green Sunwell leather set is beautiful as-is, but I love how it looks with these items from Siege of Orgrimmar.

I’m definitely among those who were deeply disappointed that we didn’t get to go to Farahlon in Warlords. Was the original Farahlon biome really a Gorgrond-like jungle, or is that a byproduct of the Ethereal eco-dome technology? Would this pond in the middle of Eco-Dome Midrealm have been a botani grove? What about the fabled Plains of Farahlon — would they have looked like the Draenor version of Shadowmoon Valley, only sunnier? sigh…

Bitter Blast

Over the past couple of days, I’ve updated a bunch of “Things my [Class] Wears” pages. I didn’t actually change all my characters’ outfits at once — I’ve been changing them one or two at a time over the past few months. I hadn’t taken screenshots of the new outfits right away, though, so they piled up until I looked at how many had changed and realized that I just needed to spend some time working on taking and processing screenshots and updating fashion pages.

Here’s a kit that doesn’t fit into any of the themed collections which I am currently assembling.


Frostforged Greathelm, Heaving Plates of Protection, Dojani Chestpiece & Handwraps, Bogslayer Belt, Honorary Combat Engineer’s Heavy Legplates, Treads of Savage Beatings, Shroud of the North Wind, Sonic Spear
The Crown of Eternal Winter is rather like a more elaborate version of the crown worn by the demon faces on these shoulders. If you don’t dislike its ghostly skull face overlay animation as much as I do, it’d be a great hat to use with this kit.

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