That is an interesting perspective, Dunetrader, that it is possible to boss kryl or headbutt carru. It makes me realize that I play as a victim, and there are people out there that play like alphas.
If you think I play alphas.... Ohohohoho... no. I tend to play victims of "circumstance" (completely comprised of their own mistakes, no circumstance there)
I was trying to wax poetic about what kind of process infects the souls of the unwary with the dreaded "twink disease". I just like playing. Do I twink? Well, yes, mostly for utility skills, sometimes for combat if it suits my character's purposes, stealth skills? Essential for stealthy survival, it's the only reason to pick such a class, I want to be harry potter with an invisibility cloak, ok, that's humor but they can be very difficult to raise without getting called out. But like, usually I neglect it, and to my detriment, and somehow, that ONE or THREE skills I thought I'd never use, that I didn't bother with, my minds like, yeah, but if you would've been a twink-monster, you would've done this the whole time, and I'm like, shush you, help me think of a new character concept and help me get over my grief at Yet Another Locked Door Kill.
Personally, I don't usually bother with any of those things, I just know what happens and I have been the badass that saves the day sometimes. Saying Merchants have all the fun isn't an insult, I actually enjoy merchants, when people aren't trying to kill me, which they always are, or are just shy of. I like mastercrafts, I like more tame RP, I like heartfelt moments, pauses, at a location that reminds me of something, and I like to tell stories. I love merchant PCs. Most of my PCs are pathetic weaklings at the hands of fate, trying to run from, as I said, things they did to themselves. Other merchant PCs, I guess, are more, what's the word, savvy than I, to particular scenes.
I once rode out and tried to raid people with a day 1 merchant, you can guess how interesting that was. Honestly, Merchant is my favorite guild... I like typing skills combat, and getting back, you suck, and being like, ok, I'm fine with that, let's go bother someone for no good reason. I'm not downing anyone, my previous post was partially facetious due to Synthesis's obsession with MASTER and thinking everyone wants this. I don't think so. If I didn't want a real challenge to overcome, I'd just enjoy casual gaming. I just want to be semi-decent in a well-rounded manner without epic hosery to get there.
Am I alone? Anyone? I know sacrifices are made at race/guild/subguild choice... the grind gets to me though, it's like, ugh, again. I mean, how many times have we been over this over the past god knows how many years? The branching grind is the worst of it, to be anything beyond a meatpawn in a combat role requires a huge investment..
For a merchant with a non-combat subguild? OMFG? I've gotten TWO to T'zai Byn Trooper rank. Only one was actually able to fight, the other had a poor strength score so may as well have been two-handing a feather duster. But by Drov, he did it, with tenacity and cleveness, and that's what the merchant role is about, is thinking with your head and not your bonesword. It's really a great role, I'd reccomend it to anyone.