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I used to play ages ago, but went on hiatus and I've now returned.
I won't have much time for this game as I used to, so I'm hoping to go for a lower-maintenance, cheap, creditless (yet hopefully fun) character. I'm not too fussed about combat, but I want to try aim for dragon so hunting is pretty important to me. I want to have some wide capacity/ opportunity for role play as well, becoming a scholar of a certain "area" in the realms. I'm not sure about joining a house at this point, but I'm considering joining a city and maybe even an Order later on and focus on those. I'm a little confused about the current state of Achaea, since a lot seems to have changed since I left. Shallam is now Targossas; many of the houses I once knew are now gone or changed city alliances. Many of the Divines I was familiar with seem to have departed too...
Classes I've been considering so far:
-Priest: low maintenance, Healing. I've had some experience with this class in the past, so it'll be pretty easy for me to get on track, I think. Might join Targossas and a house (Luminai sounds really interesting). Or might join Cyrene.
-Blademaster: Again, low maintenance and my past character was a blademaster so I have some experience with this class also. I loved it back in those days. Seriously considering going rogue, and just joining a an active pre-order clan. Or I might join Cyrene and maybe Outriders later on (explorer/scholar sounds perfect for my tastes).
-Bard: I don't have much experience with this class, and I don't know how the upkeep is... But I'm a musician in real life, and I absolutely love the idea of exploring that side of rp in achaea. I could go rogue, or I could join Cyrene. Aspiring to join Scarlatti's order would be a high possibility
-Druid: Again, not much experience with this class, although I have heard that the upkeep is pretty good (especially with herbalism?). Not sure how it is bashing wise. I was a bit disappointed that the Circle of Druids house has now allied itself with Eleusis... I would prefer to go cityless as a druid and just join a pre-order clan...
Anyway, these are my hand picked options. In the end, I'll do what I want to do, but I'd love to hear opinions and suggestions from other players. What kind of characters are lacking in Achaea at the moment that you'd like to see more of? Please feel free to suggest more class options, although the ones I've listed above interest me the most. Perhaps you can open my mind and give me better character ideas though.
Some other side questions I have:
-Which Divines/ Orders are most active nowadays?
-Anyone know approximately when the new Cyrene houses might be released?
-Do people still use Vadi systems? If not, what's good out there now, that is cheap? I don't have liberty to spend real money on this game, so please keep that in mind when making suggestions.
Thanks! Any advice/suggestions greatly appreciated!