From the very first moment, the humans asked me to fight. But I have put aside my weapons, and I turned my back on the abbey and walked away. This was a very hard decision, because the entire starting area for humans is locked behind that first quest. Most of the quests, if I recall correctly, involve fighting anyway. As I left, I was given the quest that pointed me to Goldshire, but everything there is too high level, so I decided to spend some time in the inn to earn exp bonus, that way what little I do manage to find will be used to the fullest.
The inn in Goldshire is a wretched hive of scum and villainy… or rather a wretched hive of people who will ERP scum and villainy with you for the right price. I was aware of ERP. I knew it existed. But on other servers you mainly find people hiding in the tram tunnels speaking sex to each other. But Goldshire is filled with naked people, or people as naked as the game allows them to get. Bare chested men and women in bikinis abound, and calls fill the air looking for people of all sorts. What the hell is a “college RP group”? Are they teaching people to RP or are they RPing that they are in college?
The following day I decided that perhaps only humans were so demanding of violence and I headed for dwarf town. Also, some of the ERP chat was creeping me out. From both the dwarves and gnomes, they expected the same violence. But like the journey to Goldshire, they provided quests to get to Karanos. The night elves would be a little more forgiving… or not. The Draenei? Ah, yes! They wanted me to collecting things (that weren’t in the hands of others) and give out medicine.
At some point along the way, I also managed to get mining and herbalism, and sometimes I even earned experience from using them (I suspect there is some powerleveling code in there because at one point I got 50 exp from a plant, then later after I leveled in the same area I got 54 exp). And once I attained level 5 and got sneak, I was able to even take on some more quests that had finally opened up.
So, it seems my early levels will be filled with travel, not exploration (because I know there is a level floor on those, I wouldn’t get any exp visiting higher level zones), but making a rotation of the starting areas, harvesting and questing. I’ve made level 7 so far, as it’s actually getting easier.
I also learned I have to be very careful of quests. Things that appear to be something I can solo sometimes result in the game giving me a “pet” who will kill things. Sadly, Kaens now has a single kill on his stat sheet because of one of these. We’ll have to see if I can keep it at one.