That’s right, #TransmogTuesday is back! From this week onward you can expect to see a new transmog set on the blog every Tuesday 🙂 I’m taking ideas, challenges and wacky suggestions again so just leave a comment. This weeks set was inspired by my fiance’s request for a green set for a male draenei priest. I hope you enjoy it! As normal you can find the set over here at wowhead.
Every Tuesday is #TransmogTuesday and I’ll be posting with a new creation. My main is a discipline priest called Kaelea, so I do tend to edge towards cloth transmogs more than anything else. The aim of this project is to push my own boundaries, to get creative and work on some themes and ideas I’d normally not consider. That means I’m open to suggestions! Themes, colours, a transmog set around a particular item? Let me know 🙂
You can see my pre-existing work over at Wowhead where I’ll also be uploaded any and all sets. ((Texture used in banner is from RavenMadd Artwork.))
I was supposed to be rounding off the week of World of Warcraft on a more serious note with ‘Why I always report harassment in Games & why you should too’ and while I do still intend to write that post, now doesn’t seem the right time. I’ve been celebrating a game I love, and dipping into the darker and more childish side of trolls and harassment just doesn’t have the same vibe. So instead I’m joining my final post with Sharing Saturday, and sharing with you my favourite World of Warcraft art. This includes a variety of sources; official art, fan art, trading card art and some art from Blizzard’s online card game Hearthstone.
I’ve done several World of Warcraft themed Sharing Saturdays before that might also interest you!
Disclaimer: The work here is displayed only out of admiration and credit is given for every image (where possible I use the ’embed’ code directly from sites such as instagram or deviantArt). If you are the artist and want your work removed please leave me a comment. If you like some of the art here please take the time to visit the artist’s gallery or deviantArt account, and/or leave a comment to let them know. This is probably obvious, but: this post is very image heavy.
Rounding off my top 10 favourites of World of Warcraft is questlines! For a game to have meaning and to keep me coming back it’s important that the content is fresh, original and catches my attention. Not to mention gives me a giggle from time to time! World of Warcraft continues to do that with each new expansion and so without further ado, join me on a trip down memory lane as I tell you my favourite questlines.
The novelty of riding around in the caravan was something new, but it was the squabbling between Tarenar and Gidwin that I loved. They are fighting over Fiona’s attention when Gidwin decides to go do something to prove he’s the better guy for her; and lands himself in a heap of trouble. In true bromance style Tarenar realises he’s been gone a while and goes and saves him. From that moment the two become best friends, still squabbling but they’re now comrades in arms.
C’mon, how could this NOT be on this list? Any quest that lets you smack Deathwing in the face – especially after he’s been flying around killing everyone at random – is a win in my book. You get told three stories from a gnome, dwarf and orc who each have a very different interpretation on what happened when Deathwing rose and started the Cataclysm. The dwarf goes first and gives you an epic tale of how he punched Deathwing on the nose. The gnome then claims to tell you the real story revealing that he grew to a massive size and grabbed him and threw him across an ocean. Finally the orc tells you what really happened and spins a tale about a motorcycle, and saving babes. The best bit though is the comments each of them give while the other is telling the story.
Everytime a gnome or a goblin gives me a quest to ‘try’ something, especially a new invention, I get that sinking feeling. This I realise started with this quest; a gnome decides to invent a turbo powered mechanostrider I can’t remember where you end up, but I’m pretty sure it’s not where you started 😛
Oh Maximillian, there really is no one quite as utterly special as you in WoW. The utter ridiculousness of this character, and how far Blizzard went with the damsel in distress/rescue by dragonslaying hero is fantastic. None of the damsels Maximillian saves are in the least bit of trouble – in fact, one he saves from their own pet /facelpalm. And of course, the “dragons”. Fabulous, silly and so pointless but one of the best quest lines in the game. ((Screenshot courtesy of Wowhead.))
I’ve never been a bog fan of gnomes. There, I said it. Since this quest in Cataclysm they have grown on me, however, at this point I really didn’t like them. They were too cute, squeaky and annoyingly perky. So when a quest turned up to turn into a giant ball of fire and roll over evil crazy gnomes and obliterate them from existence, I was right there to sign up and do my duty! I may have cackled manically while doing it, but I saved the world from evil gnomes. That’s what’s important 😉
Before Tirion beca,me Highlord of the Argent Crusade he was a lonely old man, living in solitude and battling the scourge alone in Eastern Plaguelands. This storyline is no longer available, but it tells you his history and what happened to him after he saved an orc from his fellow humans. Those were the days when orcs were seen as the worst scum of Azeroth, after invading and killing thousands of humans. Tirion was never a murderer though, and an honorable man who was saved by an orc and returned the favour by keeping his existence a secret. When found out he was stripped of his title, and lost his family. His son fell in with the Scarlet Crusade, becoming their Highlord eventually. The questline with Tirion culminates in his showdown with his son, in which he ends up killing him and vowing to fight to rid the world of evil. This is where Tirion’s life begins a new, he joins up with the Argent Dawn and the rest is history. None of that would be possible if it wasn’t for this quest line, and us helping him realise that he needed to lay the past to rest and return to the fight. You can read more about Tirion on Wowpedia ((Screenshot courtesy of Wowhead.))
So, I said the flying mechanostrider made me wary of quest giving inventors. Well, Abercrombie is the one who first made me realise, wait a moment, quest givers can be evil!!!! :O Yep, how naive we all were back in vanilla. Now it’s like ‘ok, this sounds iffy, this guy is totally evil’. However, back when we were just little humans wondering around Duskwood, we still believed that we were great big heroes saving the world. Then we did this quest line and our rose tinted glasses didn’t just come off, they were smashed to tiny weeny pieces. Thanks Blizzard! Basically you’re helping this old hermit by running errands, collecting stuff around town for him and it seems so innocent. Until the final quest when he sends you off to the Mayor of the local village and it pretty much says ‘HAHA LOL. PWNED’. Yep, you just armed a crazy ass necromancer with everything he needed to put together a terrifying elite giant undead abombination called Stitches. At this early stage of the game elites were pretty damn hard and Stitches and another one in Duskwood would royally kick your ass if you got caught by them. He was also known for wiping out the entire village of NPCs because no one was really high enough level to stop him. Oh those were the days… and now we look fondly at the pet version of Stitches and laugh, or cry. ((Screenshot courtesy of Wowhead.))
From the old, to the very new. As well as being one of my favourite mounts, the new priest class mount quest was super cool and so much fun. I’m going to stick the details under a spoiler warning so no one gets spoiled:
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You get a message that the Speaker, aka King Magni Bronzebeard, needs to talk to you urgently. You end up in a sunken vault that the world spirit of Azeroth has led you to via Magni. Along for the ride is his brother and world renowned explorer Brann, and your Master Artificer Betild Deepanvil. The sunken vault is a vault left by the Titans and it’s the dialogue between the three dwarves that make it so great. Brann has had many experiences, some not so pleasant, with Titan technology and hidden vaults. He is none to thrilled to find himself in one again, and is warning the others to watch out. Everything seems to be going fine until the titan constructs overseeing the vault detect void energies. Oh dear… Brann is none too surprised when everything goes to hell and you have to defeat the constructs to survive. The witty comments and banner between the two Bronzebeard boys and Betild is so funny, and I really hope these three pair up for more adventures in the future!
The whole idea of the Lightsworn Seekers is also epic. They’re titan created beings that have been locked away to protect them from the void, and these are the last ones that exist. The vault security is beginning to fade and someone, you, needs to take responsibility of these beautiful creatures. I like the fact that they wrote in the void being detected and thus being responsible for the purple shadow version of the mount for shadow priests.[/spoiler]
There’s only ever been one legendary that I wanted at the time, which I unfortunately didn’t get and I’m still a tad bitter about. That’s a long story, but when Tarecgosa’s staff came around I wasn’t in line to get it as I didn’t play a dps caster. I did make a light-hearted argument for how a Discipline Priest would benefit from it, however, I was happy to wait until it was soloable in a later expansion. What I loved about it was the whole quest line. Dragons! More importantly the decimated blue dragon flight who had no leader since the death of Malygos at our hands. I really enjoyed the quest line, except for the end 🙁 I suppose though that the tragic ending did make the legendary that much more special to have because it wasn’t just a weapon, it was a spirit and a legacy.
And finally, a video for you! This little quest starts with a ring that you pick up and hand in to the banshee queen, Sylvanas. She then sings the most beautiful song called the Lament of the Highborne. It’s sung in her native language, but the words translated are as emotional as the song itself. The necklace was given to her by her little sister Alleria, whom Sylvanas has not seen since her death and subsequent undeath at the hands of the Lich King. It shows a softer side to the dark warrior who is often seen as bitter and harsh, showing players the heartache that she has felt in her tragic life. They translated words under the spoiler tag if you wish to read them 🙂
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By the light, by the light of the sun
Children of the blood
Our enemies are breaking through
Children of the blood
By the light
Failing children of the blood
They are breaking through
O’ children of the blood
By the light of the sun
Failing children of the blood
They are breaking through
O’ children of the blood
By the light of the sun
The sun [/spoiler]
One thing I noticed when putting this post together was that there is a big difference for me between epic quests and epic moments. There have been a lot of epic moments, often told through amazing cinematic cut scenes, that are just moments. The quest line leading up to them is interesting, just not quite as meaningful or as epic as the ones listed here.
How about your experience in World of Warcraft and other games? Are there quests that you can remember from the start of your game play? Or do you tend to run through quests on autopilot? Let me know in the comments!
May was a total whirl and some of these got posted a bit late due to life and technical issues! But here’s the full months wrap up and June’s prompts for Screenshot Challenge!
Wooo it’s the first prompt for May for #justgeekingbysc#screenshotsunday ! As it’s free comic book time I picked favourite hero for today’s prompt.
World of Warcraft, like all games, is filled with heroes and yet one stood out to me straight away. Maybe it’s because I just watched this cinematic the other day, but Anduin was the clear winner of this title for me. We’ve watched Anduin grow up, get kidnapped, find his way and lose his father and thus, becoming King of Stormwind – and leader of the alliance? I’m not 100% sure on that one, but either way he has a heavy mantle on his young shoulders.
I won’t lie; I cried when I watched this cinematic. The whole questline dealt with Anduin’s loss, as well as the loss of his whole Kingdom in terms of the soldiers that perished that day alongside their King. As players we can just res and run back, and we don’t often really think about the amount of losses. There’s been a few examples in the past that have been horrific, but Legion is really pushing the emotional boat out and making it clear just how dire the circumstances.
Anduin is one of the few priests amongst the leaders that I feel I can actually relate to. I love Velen, but lets face it, he’s thousands of years old and a prophet. I love how we’ve been on every step of Anduin’s journey alongside him, like we have our own characters, and I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for him. He has so much power, such an amazing grasp of the light and the world around him. He’s not his father and that’s good, it’s what Azeroth needs.
Week 2 #justgeekingsc#screenshotsunday – Cherish.This prompt was inspired by Mothers Day, so all the best to mothers of all kinds today. I couldn’t really find a mother screenshot that also worked for ‘cherish’ so here is some adorable cuteness along with some Cullen hotness from Dragon Age: Inquisition! Treasure is my 2017 word of the year, so cherishing the ones and things I love is something on the forefront of my mind right now. It’s really easy to forget what we have, to get lost in the pain and darkness of every day life. Cherish the good things you have and those you love.
Week 3 of #screenshotchallenge#justgeekingbysc and the prompt is pastels. Here is a gorgeous pastel sunset/moonrise I came across in World of Warcraft tonight. The view of the mage city of Dalaran across the sky from Suramar.
The prompt was water, and as one of the primal elements if features in pretty much every game ever and in so many different ways. From pets, to creatures, to gorgeous scenery like this shot from Guild Wars 2.
I had some fun with this one! 4th June is National Cheese day and as tempting as it was to pick just ‘cheese’ I went with the more general Food for the first week. It’s the official birthday of Queen Elizabeth II and that seemed like a good excuse to ask you to share some Royalty for week two! Week three sees things hotting up as we head towards the Summer Solstice, so Sun seemed like a natural choice for the third week. Rounding off the end of the month is Rainbow to represent June as LGBT Pride month.
I hope you’ve all enjoyed reading through my wrap up, and would love to see some others joining in! It’s a fun thing for me to do on my own so while I can keep flying solo, I’d love to see what everyone else is doing too! 🙂 As always follow me on instagram to see my posts every Sunday!