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All of this racially-charged unrest in the past week or so… I recognize that I am privileged. I am white, well-educated, and own my modest middle-class home outright (we paid off the mortgage about a year and a half ago). Neither I nor my husband have lost jobs or loved ones in the pandemic, and the disease has not come to our small, rural city — yet. But our adopted children are not white. Although they are of Pacific Islander rather than African descent, they are still brown-skinned. When my sons are grown, someone seeing them on the street will make assumptions about who they are that will probably not include adoption, white parents, and a comfortable middle-class childhood. And racism is a war that they — and I — are likely to begin fighting on a personal level as soon as they begin school.

As I’ve been planning for Shadowlands, focusing on a minimal set of characters, I have to keep fighting back the desire to do more, more, more!

If I did have unlimited time & attention span for WoW, though, it would be fun to…

Level more of my current 110+ alts to 120 and take them to Shadowlands with the following Covenant affiliations:
Kamalia* (Tauren Shaman) — Night Fae
Karaelia* (Tauren Paladin) — Kyrian
Kaohana (Tauren Priest) — Kyrian
Katewatha (Tauren Monk) — Kyrian
Ketura (Tauren Hunter) — Kyrian
Keija (Tauren Warrior) — Night Fae
Kregga (Tauren Death Knight) — Necrolords
Kelisanna (Blood Elf Rogue) — Venthyr
Kiralaira (Blood Elf Demon Hunter) — Venthyr
Kelynaera (Blood Elf Paladin) — Venthyr
Karolissa (Blood Elf Hunter) — Venthyr
Kerithian (Night Elf Druid) — Night Fae

* Kamalia and Karaelia are already leveled to 120, but will not be in the first group of characters I take to Shadowlands

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There are certain races that when I see characters of those races out and about in the world, I think to myself, “dang, that character looks cool!” and it makes me want to level my Minor Mage of that race.

This occurs most frequently with:
Pandaren
Vulpera
Darkspear Troll
Night Elf
Goblin

And occasionally with:
Exodar Draenei
Lightforged Draenei
Nightborne
Worgen
Gnome

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But I don’t have that kind of time or attention span, so I will have to content myself with admiring other players’ characters.

Alas, it was wishful thinking that misread the notes about the Echoes of Ny’alotha update to mean that if one character on an account got a rank 1 Shroud of Resolve, all characters would then be able to resume collecting Echoes of Ny’alotha.

Kinevra, Kaelinda, Kalaneia, and Kerisa have now completed “Beginning the Descent” and obtained their rank 1 Shrouds of Resolve. Kinevra has all of her rank 3 Essences; the others can now continue to gather Echoes of Ny’alotha to get the one or two Essences they still need. At some point, I’ll need to run each of them through the rest of the 8.3 questline, so they can cleanse Corrupted items and to decide which of them will take on the task of running Horrific Visions to get the rank 5 appearance for the Shroud of Resolve.

Some other things I still want to do before the Shadowlands pre-launch events begin —
* 7.1 Alliance War Campaign
* Pride of Kul Tiras questline
* recruit Kul Tirans
* Heritage of the Sin’dorei questline
* go back to Broken Isles with Kinevra to finish Order Hall campaign & get Archmage title

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Kamalia hadn’t quite finished getting the Mechagon stuff she needed to buy the rank 3 Purification Protocol when the Echoes of Ny’alotha changes came out a couple of weeks ago. She’s now finished that, so bye-bye Mechagon — for good this time!

Kamalia and Karaelia are now retired, more-or-less. Kam will still go out to do Emissaries when the reward is 2K gold, and she’ll send her minions on money missions, but that’s all. I haven’t gotten the Shroud of Resolve with either of them, and I’m not sure if I will.

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I’ve been ticking off Mogging goals, too —
* Kinevra & Kaelinda got all that I wanted out of Eternal Palace LFR
* between them, the three cloth wearers collected the Normal Zuldazar cloth dungeon set
* Kerisa got the partial recolor of the Kul Tiras leather dungeon set that comes from reputations and Heroic Mechagon
* Kinevra farmed enough more Seafarers Doubloons to get the other two colors of the Tricorne Hat

Here’s the Mogging stuff I still want to do:
* clothies run Heroic Kul Tiras dungeons to collect that armor set
* clothies LFR Uldir to collect that set
* LFR first and second wings of Dazar’alor to get Phoenixfire Staff and crown from Opulence
* Kinevra farm Darkshore Warfront when it’s up to finish collecting Moonpriest set (just robes & gloves to go!) and get the Sentinel’s Branch staff

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And then, of course, I’ll want to level Void Elf Mage, Highmountain Tauren Druid, and Kul Tiran Mage to 120 to get their Heritage Armors. Kaelyla (Void Elf) will also need to get her rank 1 Shroud of Resolve and rank 3 Essences so that she’ll be ready to go to Shadowlands, too; the others may or may not, depending on how much of the rest of my to-do list is still unfinished when they get to level 120.

Blizzard has just announced that in Shadowlands. not only will Blood & Void Elves be able to have blue eyes, Void Elves will be able to have human-like (ie, palest pink to deepest brown range) skin tones!
I’m pretty excited about this 😀

Kaelinda will change her eyes to blue.
I will also change Kaelyla’s eyes to blue; the silver doesn’t really work for me (and is one of the reasons why I have a hard time connecting with my Draenei, Night Elf, and Nightborne alts, as well).
I’ve begun to get used to Kaelyla’s lavender skin, so I might only change her skin to pink when she is wearing outfits that represent her backstory — things she did before the Telogrus Rift Incident.

I haven’t commented yet on the recent preview of new hairstyles, ear lengths, and necklaces for female Blood Elves, so now is as good a time as any.
*The longest of the ear lengths shown appears to be the current ear length. I like the long, long ears as a distinctive marker of Blizzard’s interpretation of Elves, so I’m unlikely to change my characters’ ears.
*I’m most likely to use the necklaces and new earrings on a situational basis, when they are the perfect finishing touch for an outfit that I’m designing, rather than as a permanent change to any of my characters’ apperances.
*I love all three of the new hairstyles! The pixie cut is cuter than any of the current super-short styles, the queen style is stunningly gorgeous, and the femme Lor’themar style is about time. I’ll probably also use these on a situational basis, to complement an outfit — though the femme Lor’themar just might become my Blood Elf Paladin’s new default style.

So I got the Sanity Cloak with my Alliance Mage yesterday night — sweet Earthmother, that is a long questline! — and she got Echoes of Ny’alotha when she did today’s Emissary quest.
When I did today’s Emissary quest with my Horde characters, they didn’t get any Echoes of Ny’alotha. Seems that the account-wide unlock is bugged and is faction-specific instead… or maybe the account-wide unlock is bugged and I’ll have to get the Sanity Cloak with everyone whom I want to be getting Echoes of Ny’alotha for picking up one or two more Rank 3 Essences? Thunder and botheration!

If I’m understanding the changes to Echoes of Ny’alotha in today’s updates correctly, they won’t drop anymore unless at least one character on the account has the Sanity Cloak. Guess I’d better go get that now, so that’ll be how I spend my WoW session this evening, after the kids are in bed.

The Sanity Cloak is Wrathion’s project, which reminds me of this thing that I observed during the 15th Anniversary Event, but don’t remember seeing commentary about at the time*:


During the 15th Anniversary event, which began during Patch 8.2.5, with its “Where’s Wrathion?” questline**, I observed Wrathion, in whelpling form, accompanied by Medivh in arcane raven form, flying around in the Caverns of Time. They aren’t there now, so I wonder if they were just there during Patch 8.2.5, or even just during the Anniversary event? What is Wrathion not telling us about what Medivh and/or Khadgar are up to these days? He must know something…

* at least in the main body of posts on Blizzard Watch or Wowhead, though it may have been mentioned in the comments

** which now seems to be unavailable — I haven’t seen it pop up for any of my recently dinged 120s

This installment features the third and final outfits in the series I’ve been doing using the plate and cloth quest reward gear from Zandalar, plus my take on the Eternal Palace LFR cloth set.

Dunecrawler

Exiled Veteran’s set with Nazmani Warplate helm & shoulders, hidden belt, Pennant Cloak, and Skycaller’s Ceremonial Mace
The Zandalar quest plate sets have the shoulders and helm in a contrasting color to the rest of the items, so one has to mix-and-match sets to get a monochromatic color scheme. This combination, which is not quite so monochromatic as the other possibilities, uses the Nazmir helm & shoulders with the rest of the set from Vol’dun.

Desert Thunderstorm

Nightvale Cowl, Nightvale Mantle, Sandspinner Vestments, Imbued Silkweave Cinch, Scrollbound Arachnid Gloves, Marshfang Boots, Akunda Adherent’s Cloak, Master Builder’s Shirt, Sethrak Warden’s Staff
The skies darken suddenly over the desert. Lightning flashes and thunder rumbles. Rain pours down. Gullies and washes roar with flash floods. Just as suddenly, everything is calm again. The desert plants unfurl fresh leaves and bright flowers.
This coloration of the Zandalar cloth quest set is obtained from Vol’dun.
Although the Dustwind Cowl matches the colors of the robe perfectly —

— I’m not a fan of the blinded eyes style.

Under The Sea


Pearlescent Spaulders, Siren Mystic’s Vestments, Belt of Blind Devotion, Gloves of Unshackled Arcana, Eelskin Flippers, Tabard of the Dreamweavers, Plundered Oracle Fin Staff
These are the pieces I wanted out of the Eternal Palace LFR set, so when I’d gotten them all, I was done. I like the design of the skirt of the robe but not the blouse, so it’s a good thing that this pretty tabard has just the right coordinating color to cover it up. It’s fun that the dimensional pearl brooch still shows over the tabard.
Nazjatar has some pretty spots, but it can’t beat Vashj’ir for gorgeous undersea scenery.

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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.

As if the time travel shenanigans of the first two Hour of Twilight dungeons in Cataclysm and the entirety of Warlords of Draenor weren’t enough, a recent interview by Ion Hazzikostas (Wowhead summary here) reveals that time has a “complicated”, “chaotic” flow in the Shadowlands, with consequences to the player character that may not be fully revealed until the end of the expansion*…

Here is where being the player and not the character allows some RP meta-gaming.
A few years ago, I wrote a story about Kerisa’s family. Since then, I’ve added to it. I’d already been thinking that because I’ve now described Kerisa as a mother of two small children — and with two small children myself — I couldn’t bear to put her family through the trauma of having her disappear into the Shadowlands. And if there’s going to be time screwiness happening, too…
So: once the new character customizations go live, which I hope will be in the pre-launch events patch, we will meet a new character, an Alter Ego level 12050 Tauren Druid: Kaurinka, a palomino with red-and-blue arm warpaint who devotes herself more strongly to An’she than to Mu’sha (though not to the degree of the Sunwalkers). The name is derived from the original name of Gnomecore’s Gnome Priest, “Aurinko”, which, if I am remembering correctly, is a Finnish word meaning “sun” or “sunlight” — a fitting name for a sun-colored devotee of An’she.

One might ask, “You have a BfA-level Night Elf Druid, why not finish leveling that character to be the Druid who does Ardenweald? With there being some Tyrande story in Ardenweald, wouldn’t it be more appropriate to experience that with a Night Elf anyway? Or what about your Highmountain Tauren Druid?”
Um, well…
I’ve already got Kerisa at level 120 and working through improving her stuff.
Furthermore, I’m trying to focus my altoholism and keep the number of characters I plan to take to Shadowlands — and thus need to prep with BfA endgame activities & gearing — as minimal as I can manage. This academic year that just ended was just one thing after another, and the next one is probably not going to be any easier.

* …or, at any rate, until the next expansion is announced at Blizzcon 2021 😛

I had been feeling sad that there hadn’t been any new Tauren customizations previewed yet. The newest version of the Shadowlands alpha has them in, though — women, men — and I’ve got to say, palomino Tauren are lookin’ goooood!
I’m glad to see that it looks like face warpaint and arm/chest warpaint are separate options, rather than being a single customization like they are for Highmountain Tauren. Although I’m not that excited about any of the face designs, I do like the second and third arm/chest designs. I like the red-and-blue, turquoise, and gold colors.
Now I’m beginning to dream up an Alter Ego for Kerisa — so that Kerisa herself can stay home with her two little ones and not go to Shadowlands, and I don’t have to stress myself about getting Kasheena leveled in time, either — who is palomino with red-and-blue arm/chest warpaint…

My Warlock dinged 120 over the weekend, bringing my count of characters at level 120 up to six. At this point, I think I’m more or less done with leveling high-level characters; I might still push my Night Elf Druid, who is level 114, to level 120, but all my other level 110+ characters will stay put. The remaining leveling I’ll need to do is bringing up the low-level Allied Races characters whom I want to both earn their Heritage Armor and go to Shadowlands.

With all these recent 120s needing Essences for their Hearts of Azeroth, I’ve put Kamalia back to work in Nazjatar, completing the Achievement to earn the Rank 3 Memory of Lucid Dreams, and in Mechagon, collecting the doodads to buy the Rank 3 Purifcation Protocol, so that my other characters can then buy those Essences with Echoes of Ny’alotha. The Nazjatar one will be done sooner; when I checked the Achievement, I was pleasantly surprised to find that I was only four days of companion dailies away from completing it. The 8 Galvanic Oscillators and 20 SPARE crates will take longer, as I won’t necessarily do the Mechagon stuff every day.

But how much will it matter for the characters whom I take to Shadowlands to have a full set of four rank 3 Essences? How soon until we replace the Heart of Azeroth with a new necklace? Will the effects of Essences get deactivated somehow, or will they still be useful?

As for the Sanity Cloak, I should really just go do the questchain to get it with every character whom I intend to continue playing, if only to unlock the ability to purify Corrupted items. I’ve had WQ rewards proc Corrupted several times now, and though they’re often ilevel upgrades, I haven’t equipped them because I don’t have the Sanity Cloak yet — and also because I don’t want the Corrupted visual effects messing up my Sunday Mog Show photoshoots…