No, this isn’t a story about mad canadian undead rednecks with southern accents out clubbing seals in Northrend. (Thank you PETA for making my world a more visualized one.) (And, hey, everyone loves cute white seals, me included.)
No, I’m talking about Champion’s Seals. And the grind it takes getting a reasonable amount of them and getting to spend them on the really cool stuff. Heirlooms I mean.
So, my first Crusader was Msaker. He only took the +defense axe the racial quartermasters offered. Otherwise he simply built up his stash of Champion Seal’s and Writ’s. He used Writs to become Exalted with his very first faction, that of Sen’Jin. He really wanted a Raptor mount. Like any self-respecting Orc he then worked on getting Orgrimmar to exalted, again working with Writ turn ins. Now he rides a Raptor and was called Msaker of Orgrimmar. Cool. But with the latest patch the promise of Heirloom items (chest and legs and weapons) for Champion’s Seals was too much to ignore. The dailies continued daily. It isn’t hard to get a PUG for Chillmaw+Citadel. So originally I was getting 4 Seals a day. Doing those quests I eventually got Exalted with the Sunreavers. That opened up 3 more dailies, and 3 more Seals.
Then I knocked out the Argent Crusade repuation. I did the quests leading to the Pa’Troll daily, did that a couple of times, knocked out some of the other “intro” Argent Stand quests, and bang, Exalted with the Argent Crusade. (And 10g a day to the kid didn’t hurt either.) Silvermoon was my worst rep, but my last Valiant quests were with the Undercity. So I’d turn in Writs for Silvermoon rep, and do the Valiant dailies for Undercity Rep. That last set of turnins I actually took Thunderbluff Writs. And to cinch the last of the deal, 3 Exalteds in one night, I went to Silvermoon City, Brill, and Camp Bloodhoof. Bang, bang, bang. DONE.
So first order of business for Crusader Msaker was to purchase the Heirloom Chest for my level 20 Paladin. The next day, after completing another round of dailies (netting, what, 9 Seals a day?), I purchased the Heirloom Shoulders.
I’ve got a question. The Heirloom items are 1-80. Will they become 1-90 (or whatever the next level cap is) once the next expansion hits? Are they truly “life long” heirlooms? With 3 plate wearers, 2 not yet 80, I should get decent use out of them. So it’s not a priority to continue dailies with him at the moment. And it means I feel guilty about not accruing seals against more heirlooms for my clothie and shaman.
My current excuse is that Greenclaw is getting pretty close himself. He too had to take the Writ course to get Exalted with Darnassus, his home town. Getting Stormwind City and Ironforge was easy enough too. And, for some reason, Exodar came fairly consistent as well. (It must have been my lowest so I turned in a lot of Writs against it.
He too is now doing the Pa’Troll daily in Zul’Drak, and otherwise the other 4 the Tournament offers. The Silver Covenent is pleased to offer him some work as well. Once I get Argent Crusade done, and Gnomeregan too, halfway to Exalted with both (I can’t rush the Crusade rep, so no need to raid Dun Morogh for the Gnome rep), he too will be a Crusader. And he’s already sitting on 80+ seals, so the first heirlooms will come right away.
I think one Crusader of each faction will be enough to keep me in Seals and heirlooms.
But, boy, sometimes I feel like a mindless zombie snuffling about in search of brains. Getting seals is grindy work. (Though the zen master in me appreciates the structure.)