Saturday, 5 October 2013

Power of Transmog: The Lightbringer

The Lightbringer, the bearer of light. The one who leades. That is what Paladin in his essence is. And there is no better example of that than Uther the Lightbringer himself. The one, after whom this raid set is named after. It surprises me to this day, how very detailed the set really is. If we take pauldrons for example. On left, there is a hammer, symbolizing justice, power, punishment, even war. On the right, there is codex, or libram whichever you prefer. Symbolizing order, peace, healing, knowledge. This is the nature of Paladin. The Lightbringer is both, the keeper of peace and ender of war.

Uther was one of the first Paladins on Azeroth. Their foundation was based on need to have a more durable healer in the midst of ongoing battle. Orcs were ravaging the continent and normal means just could not work against an army empowered with demon blood. Thus came an idea, to train soldiers and knights in more priestly ways and in turn, priests in combat.

What came out of this, was the first generation of Paladins on Azeroth. Uther the Lightbringer, Tyrion Fordring, Turalyon, Saiden Dathrothan, and last but not least Gavinrad the Dire. Uther trained Arthas. Turalyon was second in command to Anduin Lothar, defeated Orgrim Doomhammer, and later led the first expedition through the Dark Portal. Saiden founded the Scarlet Crusade. Tyrion joined Argent Dawn and remnants of Knights of the Silver Hand into powerful Argent Crusade. The actions and inactions of these five men defined the history of Azeroth.

Unlike the Blood Knight set previous week, Lightbringer armor set is available only to Paladins. Although, the whole set containing nine pieces is spread across Black Temple, Battle for Mount Hyjal, and Sunwell, this variation consists only of pieces that can be obtained mainly from Black Temple and Mount Hyjal.

For tabard, if you wish to wear one, Alliance has an edge over the Horde on this set. Pretty much any blue tabard will look good with this set. On other hand, the closest thing Horde has to blue is Undercity Tabard which looks great with this armor, but wearing such an attire is too great of an irony. There is also Frostwolf Battle Tabard, but for my taste, it is too bright. Too much white in that tabard. On the neutral side though, we have two decent alternatives.

For weapons, anything that looks more on conservative side should do fine. As long as it incorporates gold and blue. Here are some alternatives. My personal choice is Divine Warblade.

For one-handed weapons and shields there are some decent options available. But I will always swear on Lord General's Sword and Royal Crest of Lordaeron.

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