Pop quiz, hotshot.
So, what happens when you’ve been playing a video game for a very, very long time and you’re bored?
What do you do?
What DO you do?
Experience and boredom. A dangerous combination.
What I’m doing is combining race swapping with race/class specific quest items to mess with people and pay tribute to my best friend Manny, all at the same time.
See, here’s the thing.
I like lightsabers. Back in the day, there were lightsabers in World of Warcraft, and I had a character with one (lost long ago on a server far, far away), but I don’t any longer.
I also like Warriors as alts.
I have one at level 85 (or 86, or something), a Worgen. Kinda okay, but the look of a Worgen Warrior isn’t stirring my interest, plus, no lightsabers.
When Cataclysm came around, a lot of stuff changed. One of them was the lightsaber. They’re pretty darn rare nowadays. Used to be super rare world drops, might still be, not really the point.
There IS still a 100% guaranteed way to get a lightsaber in the game.
Roll a Gnome Warrior.
But I don’t like playing Gnomes. I wanted to make a female Night Elf warrior like my bud Manny used to play.
Also, the Very Light Sabre is a two handed weapon. I wanted to wield it in one hand, like a, dare I say it? A lightsaber. I could go Arms and two hand it, but I wanted to have it in one hand. Kinda the point, bored and messing with stuff, don’t be typical.
But what if, WHAT IF we were to start a Gnome Warrior, get the Very Light Sabre, race change to a Night Elf, level up to 38 and then switch to Fury for Titan’s Grip?
And what if I had two heirloom Bloodied Arcanite Reaper two-handed axes to equip?
And what if I were to transmog them both to look like the Very Light Sabre two-handed sword? Something you can do now, you know.
Why, if I were to do that, it might look something very much like this;
That is what my Warrior looked like in Eastern Plaguelands, when I was wearing the cultist disguise for the quest to blow up the cauldron, with my main hand weapon enchanted with Crusader, and no enchant on my off hand.
Note how wispy the unenchanted Very Light Sabre looks in that pic.
Looking at the picture, it occurred to me, I hadn’t even begun to plumb the depths of this rabbit hole.
The Very Light Sabre, when unenchanted, looks ephemeral. Not very saber-y at all. The glow associated with Crusader bulked up the apparent ‘blade’ pretty nice, but applied a strong white tint.
So, what would happen if I started messing with different colored weapon enchants? The blade itself is a glow, and weapon enchants appear on your transmog so I’d be applying a glow overlaid on a glow.
Ah, what fun. What fun.
You might get something like this;
Which is what you get with Crusader in your main hand and Elemental Force on your off hand.
Elemental Force? But isn’t that a higher level enchant? Why, yes it is, enchants scale with weapon level now so you can use ANY ENCHANT YOU’D LIKE irregardless of former ilevel restrictions. Use a MoP enchant on your weapon, by all means, the effects scale down… but the enchant stays the same.
So, interesting. A little red added to the blue, doesn’t bulk up the forward half of the blade at all, but interesting effect.
How about going all in on the red?
Let’s try one of the more vibrant reds in the game, twin Greater Savagery.
That’s pretty cool, but you clearly see that the wispy end of the Very Light Sabre doesn’t get converted by the weapon enchant. In this case, I tried it in combat and it looked REALLY cool, but what would happen if we overlaid a solid blue enchant on the wispy blue Very Light Sabre?
Maybe something like this?
If you compare that shot of twin Windsongs with the earliest shot of an unenchanted Very Light Sabre, you’ll see the Windsong has bulked up the wispy blade graphic, making them look like true lightsabers.
Here’s another view, not very good I know, Hellfire Peninsula has a bad filter;
See, now this is the kind of trouble you get into when you know about weapon enchant colors, unique items from racial and class quests, tricks to transmogs, class mechanics and how easy it is to grind Justice Points to grab some heirlooms.
And there is still farther I can take this, I haven’t even farmed up the JP to upgrade all my Heirlooms to be good from 80 to 85 yet!
One of the great things to look forward to is, I get to start browsing for brown cloth items to try and make a Jedi Robe appearance, and I get to really scour the plate drop lists for transmog gear to farm that would look good on a Night Elf dual wielding lightsabers…
Way back, the first few months I played WoW with my friend Manny, he had two characters he loved, the male Dwarf Hunter (and his cat), and his female Night Elf Warrior.
Manny hasn’t played in many a year, but having made this character and bopping around with her, it takes me all the way back.
Good times. Good times.
How much better when I’m running down the streets of Stormwind, and someone stops me and asks me where the HECK I got the swords from?!?
What do YOU do with your dangerous knowledge when it’s the wee hours of the morning and you’re feeling bored?