Last night, as I waited for the queue to pop for a run through a random HoT, I gave some thought to some changes.
Right now, I've got a couple of stable alts with a nice selection of professions:
- Aetherna - level 85, Jewlcrafting and Mining
- Laenshield - level 85, Tailoring and Enchanting
- Aretae - level 85, Inscription and Herbalism
- Aeven - level 80, Mining and Skinning
Overall, a nice spread of capabilities. I've got all three gathering professions (Mining, Herbalism, Skinning) represented, plus the major gear enhancement professions (Inscription, Tailoring, Jewlcrafting and Enchanting). There's a couple of gaps, though...
Aeth is my main. She's the one that gets all the love, all the randoms, all the effort at advancement. I honestly don't think this is going to change any time soon. There's just something about playing a mage that really appeals to me. On top of that, she's my achievement hound... if I'm doing something in the world, it's almost certainly on Aeth.
In particular, it's annoyed me the number of times I've gotten a bit of random loot in the LFD that's soulbound. On Aeth, that means I can sell it to a vendor for about 10% of it's real value (should it happen to be disenchanted). Sometimes there's an enchanter along for a run, so she can get a shard or a crystal instead of a purple that sells for 15g, but that's not certain by a long shot.
So, I'm thinking of dropping Mining on Aeth and picking up Enchanting. Being able to add some ring enchants would definitely be nice. Where will she get ores to prospect for gems, though? Aeven, of course. So that's one change.
If Aeth has Enchanting, then there's not much point in keeping that profession on Laenshield. It would be nice to have an alchemist around, though. I leveled Alchemy on Talesin (my Horde shaman) to max level, and having access to a transmutation alchemist would be nice. Where will he get the herbs to turn into potions, though? Aretae, of course! So that's change number two.
Now, Aeven's skinning skill was a nice little money maker as she was leveling. I suspect that it will continue to be so for a while. Still, it would be nice to have something else available. Blacksmithing? Leatherworking? Engineering? Frankly, each of those has a minor appeal. However... Aretae's my only leather wearer, and I'm not really interested in gearing him up for PvE (though PvP might be interesting). Engineering is really tied specifically to the character who has the skill, so unless I'm planning on Aeven being more active than she is now, that leaves blacksmithing as an eventuall profession for her. Change number three.
So my tentative plans:
- Aeth drops Mining, picks up Enchanting, and levels it to max.
- Laenshield drops Enchanting, picks up Alchemy, and levels it to max.
- Aeven (eventually, possibly) drops skinning, picks up Blacksmithing, and levels it to max.
It'll probably be a bit expensive, but I've got plenty and to spare at this point, so why not?