Hard to believe, but I’m not Exalted with any of my home cities on any of my characters.
In fact, I’m not Exalted with any city with anyone. (Shattrath aside, but that doesn’t really count for this exercise.)
How does this happen? Doing every quest you come across for the life of your character, and you reach level 80, and you’re nowhere near Exalted with your own home town even.
I’ve got a level 56 Rogue, Darkhand, who is running around Kharanos at the moment. No, he is not doing the Noblegarden stuff. He’s simply doing every noob quest he can find in order to get the Reputation. Some quests gain reputation with all the Alliance, others just one particular faction. He’s after a Gnomish Mechanostrider. Being an Engineer, how could he not? Next steps will be flying machines and then a chopper. In another four years perhaps.
But, back to the original point. How could I not be Exalted with any city on any of my 80′s? It seems I must either 1) Turn in 1,000′s of stacks of Runecloth, and/or 2) Do every quest in every 1-20 area for every faction. Any of those 3 options sounds outright stupid. Some Blizzard Design Exec is thinking to himself: “The players, they absolutely love the fruitless grind?”
But it’s not fruitless. Now that I have three Champions, each of them has to turn in commendation writs in order to become Exalted with their home cities. And then claim their titles, Greenclaw of Darnassus, Stormsoul of Thunderbluff, and Msaker of Orgrimmar.
Msaker, actually, is after a riding raptor, and if he gets Exalted with the Darkspear turning in writs, he’ll be their Champion, and maybe he’ll be Msaker of Sen’Jin (and Thrall and Orgrimmar can go pound sand because they’re a touch too tough to please). (See, with a riding raptor, he’ll have a “dinosaur” dragon for a flying mount, and a “dinosaur” raptor for his land mount, and he’s already green and rather brutish… Style points. Grind out the three factions to become “The Diplomat” and we’ve got a plate full of irony.)
Tag Teaming the Champion at the “Enemy at the Gates” daily (or the Champion version of it actually), is hardly chivalric. But then do the scourge really deserve our chivalry? We reserve that for folks like us. Honor bound. That’s the same principle behind Thrall and Jaina being friends and showing each other respect. Thrall is the honorable brute, Varian Wrynn the hot-headed human who’ll see victory without worrying about the honor behind it. (So the bad are good, and the good are bad, and you’ve got yourself a game that either side can claim a higher moral ground, allowing you to play either side in good conscience.)
Dang, jumped the tracks again! (I was actually trying to remember which philosopher talked about “Noble Brutes.” Was it Thoreau?) Tag Teaming the Champion in the Enemy at the Gates, Champion version, of the daily, makes the encounter MUCH easier. One person holds him, the other just reduces his shields and charges him. If he changes targets, you change roles. Easy peasy.