Hello all! I was thinking about coming back to Achaea after... 12 years I think it's been. I'm not really sure what to do class-wise (and with anything else, really, but class seems like a good place to start). I'd like to start over with a new character.
Back in the day, I was a Sentaari monk in Shallam (RIP) for quite a while, then a Dawnstrider serpent. Only ever got to roughly bi-trans, +40-50% in the third, with a touch of weaponry and survival thrown in. I loved both of these classes for different reasons - monk seemed to bash really well, had decent defenses, and if I was bored, I could always start axe kicking rats. As a serpent, I loved exploring the continent, phasing if I suspected danger, and even some things that had more of a roleplay vibe to them - rattling at serpents, running through treetops, secretly putting silly items onto someone's person. And of course, all of us aspiring PVPers biting each other with Loki to teach ourselves about curing.
I also spent time on alts as a magi, druid and apostate. Did a little bit of everything with them, though not to the extent as I did with monk and serpent (serpent was easily the most fun I've had, though apostate may be a close second). ANYWAY, I say all this to help with the opinions on what I should return as. I've been lurking on these forums for a few days - seems denizens are more challenging but yield better rewards, apparently there's a multiclass system, and dragons are around every corner. I doubt I'll have the RL funds for artefacts, or the time to spend earning them in-game, which I'm completely okay with.
I was thinking of trying out a blademaster. I've read quite a bit about how they're sub-par in terms of bashing, but that doesn't overly bother me, especially since it's been over a decade since I've played, so I have no real basis for comparison. I don't plan on much PVP, but I was never one to turn down a spar (even if I knew I'd be decimated, because at the least I'd learn something about the other class), and as I said, I don't need to be the greatest basher of all time, so long as I can tune out the world and hunt a bit when I get bored. I don't know, reading about blademasters just made them sound like an interesting choice. Never tried out any classes other than the ones listed above - although I can say I've never had any interest in the knight classes, however good they may be :P
Any recommendations and/or advice would be greatly appreciated!