I’m not going to lie. I love pretty things. Pretty things like scrollwork, shining silver, and light colors. As such, one of my favorite gearsets in the game is the Ornate mail set. Not because of the fabulous itemization (Ornate Breastplate of the Gorilla.. seriously?). Not because of the medium item level (54-58) making it pretty easy to farm as an 85. I love this set because of the belt.
Look at that pretty, shiny scrollwork on the belt. What’s not to love!
This particular transmog set contains the following items:
- Head – Ornate Circlet
- Shoulders – Ornate Pauldrons
- Chest – Ornate Breastplate
- Gloves – Ornate Gauntlets
- Belt – Ornate Girdle
- Legs – Ornate Legguards
- Feet – Ornate Greaves
- Weapon (1H mace) – Blesswind Hammer
- Offhand – Shield of the Lion-Hearted
I also really like the bluish color of the mail itself. It looks cool to the touch and very polished. In a way that is actually not very similar, the Ornate set reminds me a little bit of the armor that Cate Blanchett wore as Elizabeth I of England in “Elizabeth: The Golden Age.”
The delicate nature of some of the details, especially around the knees of the legguards/greaves and breastplate, is what gives this armor its je ne sais quoi. Juxtaposed against my shaman’s oftentimes melee-focused healing, while she’s slashing around doling out the watery heals… This set is pretty badass.
Since I can’t make up my mind about discussing the “platekini” debate, I will simply link this fabulous post at Mad Art Lab and say the following:
Fundamentally, the heart of the issue is objectification of women and internalized sexism — women say they like the armor because it makes their characters pretty. That’s a social construct, people. It’s nurturing at its most innocuous. The women who want to look sexy or their characters to look sexy aren’t the problem — it’s a problem with the culture that reinforces the stereotypes/objectification. Additionally, a woman’s choice to wear skimpy armor in a virtual world should never be ignored. That choice may be self-objectification (which possibly taints the whole idea of it being a “choice”, honestly). But within the constraints of a system like World of Warcraft, women have the right to choose. Some women feel empowered by showing off their bodies. Some women feel sexy dresses in skimpy clothes. No one has the right to tell them they are wrong to feel that way.
In the end, transmogrification is a very subjective, personal matter. So I ask you, fair reader, which mail set is your favorite? Why do you like it? Tell me in the comments!