Best dressed: My favorite transmogs

Earlier in May Z and Cinder created a new topic for their blog challenge:

Best dressed: We want to see your best transmogs, and hear the story behind them. How did you come up with them? How long did it take you to farm the pieces? And just how often do you change your outfits? Let us know!

I love to create transmogs for my characters but I hate to farm transmog gear because it might take weeks or even months for the item you want to drop and I don’t have the patience to run a dungeon or raid again and again every day or week. Sometimes when I create an outfit it’s because I find an item I just HAVE TO use and then I have to create a whole set for it. But usually I just use full sets that I like. I don’t change my transmog very often because I find something I love and then I stick with it for a while.

Wrathful and The Stars mage

I leveled my mage to 110 in April but didn’t have any nice transmogs to use, so I bought the Wrathful armor and I was lucky enough to get the hidden artifact appearance.

  • Wrathful Gladiator’s Silk Armor
  • The Stars’ Design (Felo’melorn)

Cycle druid

The Cycle armor is from Mists of Pandaria challenge mode and it’s one of my favorite druid sets in the game.

  • Hood of the Cycle
  • Branches of the Cycle
  • Robes of the Cycle
  • Gloves of the Cycle
  • Waistguard of the Cycle
  • Envoy of Goldrinn (Scythe of Elune)

Celestial Harmony shaman

Vestments of the Celestial Harmony is the tier 16 set from Siege of Orgrimmar. Here without the belt because I thought it looked better like this. The weapon is from Throne of Thunder and shield from Dragon Soul. I’ve had these items for years but didn’t make an outfit of them until very recently.

  • Cowl of Smoking Dreams
  • Fleshsmoke Chain Shoulders
  • Tunic of Celestial Harmony
  • Handwraps of Celestial Harmony
  • Legwraps of Celestial Harmony
  • Torall, Rod of the Shattered Throne
  • Timepiece of the Bronze Flight

Golden warrior

This transmog was inspired by the Cyprus set I made for Mog the World. I wanted to create a similar golden set with items I already had and this is what I came up with.

  • Helm of Burning Righteousness
  • Dawnsteel Shoulders
  • Ritssyn’s Ruminous Drape
  • Heroic Judicator’s Chestguard
  • Conqueror’s Gauntlets
  • Girdle of the Lightbearer
  • Conqueror’s Legplates
  • Conqueror’s Greaves
  • Warswords of the Valarjar

Which transmog is your favorite?

How WoW reminds me of my home

There is a new topic up on Z & Cinder’s Blog Challenge!

Which zone or area in WoW reminds you of your home?

I suggested this topic and I’ve written about it before, but I thought it would be fun to do it again because there are so many new bloggers out there who could take on the challenge. So I’m excited to see what everyone comes up with. Do you want to join or learn more about the blog challenges? You can find info about it here.

There are many beautiful zones and areas in WoW, but there have always been some that have felt special to me because they remind me of where I’m from. In my last post about this topic here I mentioned Storm Peaks, Howling Fjords, Grizzly Hills and Kun-Lai Summit. But now with the Broken Isles I have two new zones: Highmountain and Stormheim which both remind me a lot of Bergen and Norway.

Stormheim reminds me a lot of Norway because of the vrykuls, their names, houses, ships which are inspired by vikings. The nature with mountains, the sea that kind of looks like a fjord, pine trees and the forest with orange and yellow trees.

Even the name Stormheim sounds Norwegian because storm is the same in Norwegian and heim means home. Other names that are inspired by Norwegian is Haustvald which means fall violence, and Hafr Fjall, hafr is a name and fjall (fjell) is mountain. So I always think of Norway when I fly around in Stormheim.

This picture shows parts of the trail up to the mountain Rundemanen (568 m) in Bergen. 1 km of the trail goes along the side of the mountain, where the mountain goes straight down on one side. You can’t really see it in this picture. But the trail reminds me of the narrow hiking trails up the mountains in Highmountain and Stormheim. If you haven’t tried them yet, then you should get out your ground mount or just run without a mount because the trails are really narrow.

Highmountain has pine trees, waterfalls, moose and tall wind-blown snowcapped mountains which we also got here. Bergen is surrounded by mountains, but none as tall as Highmountain Summit. The tallest mountain in Bergen is Ulriken at 643 m. Here is a photo of Ulriken and the view of the city from Ulriken.

Every time I see a mountain either it be in real life or in-game I always think “I have to get up there”. If it’s in-game then I have to walk up if it’s possible, not use a flying mount. Sometimes I wish I could fly up on a mountain in real life, but I don’t have a helicopter, wings or even a mount so I have to use my legs.

I haven’t been to any very tall mountains but there are so many great hiking trails and mountains around here so I doubt I’ll ever get tired of living here.

Highmountain Summit has a beautiful and inspiring message on a weathered parchment at the top:

In honor of those who ascend to unimaginable heights. May your spirit continue through the dreams of others who follow…

So, which zone or area in WoW reminds you of your home?

Riddler’s Mind-Worm

A few days ago a friend told me about this mount, Riddler’s Mind-Worm, that was in the game but none really knew how to get it. He said there might be clues for it around in the world and that a group called the Secret Finding Discord Community was actively looking for these clues. Someone found a page called Page 9 in Dalaran that read “…of sea, spirit and self…” but none knew where to look next. This group searched all over the world for the next clue which would finally lead to the mount.

I love to explore, find secrets and solve riddles, so I would have loved to join them, but I didn’t have time to run around and look for clues. It was really exciting to follow their progress last night and read what the next clue was and then discover what it meant. It might just be me, but I don’t understand how the clues could have led them to those specific locations, because I don’t see how it’s logic. I get that the clue “…first of lords to fall…” means Ragnaros, but some of the others I don’t get at all. Maybe it helps to have read the book, World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1, which the clues are inspired by.

After I heard that the rest of the clues were solved and the mount was found, I went to collect the rest of the pages and obtain the mount for myself.

Thanks to Nightswifty’s guide on how to get the Riddler’s Mind-Worm and the Secret Finding Discord Community who solved the puzzle!

 

To top it all off: I finally hit revered with the Armies of Legionfall today and can now fly on the Broken Isles! I was so close yesterday and just needed a few more quests to get enough reputation. I understand why Blizzard kept us waiting this long and I’m fine with it, but I feel like I’ve spent enough time running around on the ground, being dazed a thousand times, getting stuck places and dying. It’s so great to finally be able to fly again!

 

Did you solve any of the clues and get your Riddler’s Mind-Worm?

Returning to the Broken Shore

I’ve been waiting for this patch for a long time because I really want to see how the story with Legion will progress and because I’m tired of running around on the ground and can’t wait to finally take to the skies again! So I’ve been trying to do daily quests every day or as soon as new ones pop up, I’m not 100% sure how they work anymore, and I kill as many rares as I see and loot chests to get more Legionfall War Supplies to turn in for reputation. I’m currently at 60% on honored but I haven’t done any quests today.

The Mage Tower was the first building we got but I didn’t even try the challenge because I knew that my gear wasn’t nearly good enough to make it so I saved myself the trouble and annoyance of failing. But I collected a bunch of Nethershards through quests on the shore, Legion Assaults on the islands and some Sentinax portal farm so I could finally buy some gear and get rid of my many 865 item level pieces. Hopefully my gear will be good enough to try out the challenge next time the Mage Tower is up.

I found a Legion Flying Disc on my first day at the Broken Shore and I didn’t really know what it was, but I jumped on it and was so excited to see that I could fly around on it for 2 minutes!

There is a tree near the beach behind the Deliverance Point on the Broken Shore. If you look closely near the trunk of the tree you can see a sign that says “Nothing Secret Here!” and a rope. So, is there really nothing secret there or? You know me, I always get so curious and have to look around but I didn’t find anything, which might be the point because there really isn’t anything secret.

A turtle named Hell Shell is located on the small islands to the east of the Broken Shore. You can see the islands on the Broken Isles map, not Broken Shore. The turtle drops Salt-Hardened Shell that can dismount players. It reminds me of a similar item we used on Alliance outside Ulduar while we were waiting for the raid to start back in Wrath of the Lich King.