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According to help scroll, a budding Alchemist needs to touch an anchor to attune themselves to the powers. Since there are only 4 Anchors, I'm not sure which Anchor people should be attuned to if they are rogue or not from one of the 4 major cities. Adding to the confusion is the current newbie trials you get Educe Iron as your attack. Great, but this is done without ever attuning to any Anchor. I know the Anchors have great IC meaning, but it seems like the actual game mechanics don't match, that is, you can be an Alchemist, but never attune to an Anchor.
Two questions about Anchors
1. Are there any actual game mechanics in touching (or not) an Anchor? That is, does it affect your abilities at all? Does touching more than 1 Anchor have any effect?
2. The other use for the Anchors is transportation. It makes sense that I could Etherchannel to the Anchor I am attuned to, but why can I travel to the other Anchors? It sort of seems like the purpose of attunement is lost. I'm not certain how much of it is chance, but it almost seems like I can only successfully travel once per day. I can't find any help files on this.