Lately, I’ve been leveling alts on a different server. Despite my best efforts, I have been unable to break my crafting habit, and therefore these new alts are each working their way though various tiers of crafting. One thing I noticed while getting these new characters started on their professions was the addition of new crafting quests. These new quests are part of the changes made to the crafting system with the Echoes of the Dead Update we received in March. Having tested these out for every vocation, I have to say, I greatly prefer them over the previous method of “here’s your new tools and a brief note on how to craft—good luck!” for introducing the crafting system to players.
Upon choosing a vocation, the Master or Mistress of Apprentices in the Celondim, Combe, Michel Delving or Thorin’s Hall crafting areas will grant you an introduction quest for each of your new professions. (You can also pick up these quests even if you aren’t new to the vocation.) These quests will direct you to talk to various crafting vendors in the area (or perhaps a little out of the area in the case of the Combe version of the farmer quests… you’ll need to go to the farming area outside Staddle) who will give you some basic supplies to start you on your path toward crafting mastery.
These supply starter packs will provide you with the ingredients to make an item or two in your new profession. Be careful in reading the quest text. If you don’t make the correct item (or, in the farming quest, if you do the steps out of order), you won’t be able to finish the quest until you can gather the materials on your own and start over. Once you have crafted the item and reported back to the quest giver, you will be able to keep the item that you crafted.
Completing all three introduction quests for a vocation will grant you a special title that you can now wear to show off your mad crafting skills. Also, another visit to the Master or Mistress of Apprentices will grant another quest that will reward you with 3 Apprentice Ingredient Packs to continue your crafting.
While those ingredient packs are nice and all, my main motivation for doing these quests is the titles. You won’t lose the title if you eventually decide to change vocations, so that’s quite the bonus in my opinion. Of course, if you switch vocations in order to earn these titles, keep in mind that you will lose any experience and recipes you have for professions not included in your new vocation.
So, without further ado, here are the fancy new crafting titles you can earn: