I have a had a secret desire to make Tazha an engineer for a very long time. When I was leveling her as part of The Fantastic Four, her job was to make money to buy mounts for everyone, so she was a miner who would also skin any animals who ventured too close. And all was good until we hit 70 and everybody was on their own for elite flying mounts, not to mention flying in Northrend.
It was then that I first got the itch to do something else with Tazha. For a long time I labored under the unhappy delusion that whatever profession I chose should be terribly useful. And by the time I’d convinced myself that engineering did, indeed, have some terribly useful bits (repair bots! fancy helmets!), we were raiding in Ulduar where repair bots are nullified by the everpresent repair ogre+goblin at the front of the instance and fancy helmets are nullified by my fancier helmet.
Well, I argued with myself, engineering would allow Tazha to make herself a Mekgineer’s Chopper – a motorbike all of her very own. Looking over the parts list, I realized that (a) you don’t need to be an engineer to own one and (b) it was going to be ridiculously expensive whether I was an engineer or not to make such a thing (especially for a girl who avoids dailies.) So I kept skinning things with a sad, forlorn tree diligence, wistfully dreaming of engineering, but deeming it too impractical, too expensive, too-
Wait a minute! This is a game! I can do or be whatever the hell I want! It doesn’t matter if there are no fancy enchant bonuses or helpful pieces of thread. It doesn’t matter if I can’t use everything I make in a productive sort of way. If I want to be an engineer, I will be an engineer!
And so it began.
I gave myself a goal last weekend – get from 0-415 in engineering by Sunday of this week so that I can “salvage” the fun bits from Ulduar in our raid. (No “enjoy the journey” business when it came to engineering – I’ll have fun with all the crazy things I can make later.) I got a guide online, printed out a list, and enlisted my pally’s help in collecting mats. Some I bought, some I mined, some I got rather unexpectedly as a bonus for helping boost some guildies’ lowbie alts (and their parents!) through the Deadmines in under 20 minutes. By Friday evening all was in readiness. So as dusk fell over Stormwind, I dumped Tazha’s bags into the bank and trotted off to the AH to purchase an outfit worthy of going from 0-415 in one evening, and gave up all of Tazha’s hard-earned knowledge about tearing the skin properly from animals:
Then it was off to learn engineering from the small, helpful guy living in a tent in the big city:
Tazha worked very, very hard.
Even with all the mats at my disposal, it took over an hour to learn everything the little man had to teach and get to 300 in engineering. During this time I completed my Engineering Outfit by making myself some goggles:
The little man had no more to offer, so I flew to the Dark Portal and headed to Honor Hold to continue Tazha’s training at the college level:
Once there, I discovered that my mats didn’t quite cover my needs. I took a few flights out to gather more Fel Iron and cursed bitterly at my list. (The list did tell me my mats might not be enough in this part – I was just too foolish to listen!) But eventually I made it to 350 and was able to hearth home to Dalaran for the grad school portion of my training:
A few more fancy-pants items later…
…and I hit 415 engineering, the level at which the internet has informed me I will be able to “salvage” parts in Ulduar!
So when Sunday arrived and my raid group formed, I was practically aglow with excitement. We killed Flame Leviathan and:
Hooray! It was all worth it! (Even if my brief experiments with Explosive Sheep in Gun’drak on Saturday ended in disappointment – the sheep hung by my knees for a while and then made a pitiful *blech* noise before flopping down eagle-spread on the ground and disappearing…) Now for repair-bots and Mekgineer’s Choppers and wonderful bits of useless fun galore!