Continuing my Labor Day series on what my characters are up to, here's the latest on Greenraven, at level 62, the highest level Horde character I have had to date.
I've always vaguely wanted a raptor mount, but not quite badly enough to level a troll character or lose 90 PUG battlegrounds for the PVP version. With Cataclysm poised to wipe out a bunch of the old world Horde content, much of which I have never completed, I figured it was a good time to go complete low level quests. Obviously, you don't get much challenge when you run in and one-shot everything, but at least you get to see the storylines. If this activity incidentally propels me to exalted with the trolls, that's two birds with one stone.
All of which is just as well, because Greenraven kind of got screwed over by the mount changes. I purchased epic ground mount training for him last expansion, but then never finished Outland. If I was already level 70, I would be in Northrend, without Cold Weather flying, and not really missing the entry level flying mount. As is, I could be flying around Outland right now if I hadn't spent all of his savings on a purchase that I didn't really benefit very much from.
As long as I'm running around lowbie zones anyway, I decided to take Gevlon's advice on gathering skills. Greenraven was originally mining/skinning because, as a Horde alt, he needed money and I was not inclined to do a lot of work on his professions. The problem is, mining can be a pain to level in the 40-60 range, as you will either be passing a lot of minerals you cannot mine yet for lack of skill, or you will be mining a lot of minerals that no longer award points, in the hopes that they will respawn as something better. I fell behind and realized that I have zero interest in keeping up.
On top of all of that, Wrath added more self-only perks to professions. Mining and skinning do offer some modest bonuses, but I would like the character to have more interesting professions, but without having to invest in major rep grinding to unlock key recipes. After some brief consideration, I decided to try herbalism and either alchemy or inscription. (I'm unlearning the skinning now and leveling herbalism to Outland standards first, so that I can also continue to mine anything I see while I'm working on this project.)
Alchemy would probably be more useful to this particular character, but, as Gevlon notes, raiding consumables are a mature, high volume market with relatively little room for major profits. By contrast, inscription features a large number of recipes, many of which are equally relevant to high level characters. I saw several minor glyphs posted at 75G. There probably isn't anyone buying at that price, but my mount cash problems would disappear if I could turn some level 1 herbs into even 10-20 gold glyphs.
Onwards and upwards
After I deal with the profession issues. I will also be leveling the warrior through Outland and Northrend, skipping neutral faction content that I've done to death whenever possible, so I can see the unique Horde stuff. If I get to 80 in a timely fashion, I might do Wintergrasp in the hopes of earning a heirloom gun for my hypothetical Goblin Hunter. All of my other WoW alts are effectively parked until the expansion; I'm not going to miss the stuff I've already done on the Alliance side. Fortunately, two characters are probably enough to keep me occupied in Azeroth for the time being.
Hey, so the guys in /general won't tell me where to find Mankirk's wife, can you help?