So I decided to make a bank alt as I was just sitting on just too. much. stuff.
The idea was it was going to be like my bank alt on my old realm, a level 1 that was unloved and just sat in Stormwind. Collecting shit from the mailbox and begrudgingly carrying it all to the vault at the back of the bank where in all likelihood, that stuff will never see the light of day again.
That didn’t quite happen.
After ferrying some junk around in the bank, I went back to the starting zone and got to killing me some worgs.
Before I knew it, I was buying more heirlooms I didn’t need to get a bloody chauffeur…
My first mistake was probably creating a priest, as I already had one I was levelling back on Dragonmaw. If I’d have picked a melee class it possibly wouldn’t have made it out of the starting zone. Many of those have been created and deleted in a matter of minutes.
It was around the Darkshire area that I decided that I was going to carry on levelling her and also she was going to have professions. Things were getting real.
I knew I wanted alchemy for pots and shit and the other one was because it was the only one missing as a bloody achievement criteria.
I’d had blacksmithing before. It was actually one of the first professions I had on Zionxi. But after levelling it to the hundreds, I gave up on it as too much effort and picked up inscription (which I still have) and herbalism (which is now on my DH). I had a warning that this was going to get expensive, tedious or both really quick by my trusty levelling partner but nevertheless, I went back to Stormwind to visit the trainers and then grumble at why they were at opposite ends of the city…
Levelling the actual professions wasn’t as expensive as it could have been, possibly due to my point blank refusal to buy that last copper bar for 15g and instead, relogging onto Jaaila my DH and sending her off into Elwynn Forest to look for it.
Frolicking with lambs, looking for pretty flowers and collecting shinies was probably a million miles away from what she should have been doing on the broken shore (also, a million miles away).
Things did get pretty tedious when the recipes needed Iron. This was alleviated slightly by the need for Mithril to craft, which luckily I had managed to hoard a load of in the bank. but it was soul destroying to realise that I needed iron for steel later and that meant back up North I had to go. I traversed up to Western Plaguelands so many times to farm it that I felt like I should softly weep while on the flight-path in honour of the hours lost from my life.
At one point, I had to level my priest to be able to progress so instead I decided to take a look at alchemy and the herbs needed.
Which was the one thing I wasn’t looking for while mining.
Because I had ‘Find Herbs’ switched off…
Collecting the majority of them wasn’t too bad, helped in part due to the hording nature of my main. That is until I reached the need for Goldthorn. This shit is the bane of my life and the only reason I didn’t lose the will to live last time I farmed it for inscription is down to the fact that any of the same level plants could be used to make the inks I needed. Now it was specifically goldthorn that I required.
As I was flying around Arathi Highlands trying to find it, and ‘try’ is correct, I still couldn’t help myself but to waste further time mining anything I could find. Getting into scraps with the local Ogres and really, really pissing off the horde guards who were standing just that little bit too close to the node I just couldn’t resist. I had a Mortal Kombat button mashing euphoria after managing somehow to kill a guard at lvl 102 with no idea what any of my spells did. I just pressed things and hoped for the best and just chucked my glaves at them whenever I could. Was the node worth it? Of course not!
I could just craft my stuff with Legion mats and recipes to try and save some sanity but then that would mean that I wouldn’t be the type of person who was stood at a vendor constantly refreshing for an hour to try and get a limited recipe until the server shut down…
Plus, it’s kinda fun to not be in the Broken Isles for a change!