Kiiva is (as of tonight) a level 10 Night Elf druid. I didn't quite manage to get bear form before the server went down, but that can be tomorrow's project.
A lot of people will probably think I'm nuts, but I thought it might be fun to reroll. Again. This makes druid number.. 5. Well, officially. There have been others - but this will be the fifth druid that goes somewhere.
Contrary to popular belief, I DO actually have other characters, but only a couple have made it to the post-60 bracket. I have a hunter mid 70s and mage mid 60s.. but I just keep coming back to the druids. I honestly really enjoy levelling druids, plus I know them inside out, so I don't have to learn to play a new class (some people would argue this is the point of rolling a new character - some variety - but I just love druids that much). I keep the same bindings and UI, so as my lowbie druids acquire new skills, the bindings are already set and ready to go - and I don't have to teach myself new abilities.
I do, however, often forget that I don't in fact have Wild Growth at level 7.
Starting from absolute scratch
I have absolutely nothing. I started with nothing. No money, including my Alliance auction alts - they sent all of their goods to the other side, and I gave my small amount of gold away, so that my alliance characters had zero cash and no assets. I wanted to start with absolutely nothing.
Why? Probably because I'm nuts. But also because one of my favourite "mini games" in WoW, aside from actual farming, is making money - and making it from scratch is a lot of fun.
To not have the luxury of a level 80 that can farm, quest, or dump hundreds or thousands into the Auction House to turn a profit. I had to start with zero. It's surprisingly exciting (to me, the nutter..) to start with nothing, and sell a half stack of linen cloth that you scraped together for 50s. Fifty whole silver - that's a lot of Refreshing Spring Water!
To start with zero copper and earn every penny, no loans, no favours, no help.. and turn that into a couple of gold in the first few levels - it's exciting. I love it. I could easily send over 5000g from Keeva, but I'm really enjoying this. Everything from scratch - levels, achievements, money.
I'm excited again.
Loremaster, server firsts, turtle mount..
I love improving my characters, and at the moment Keeva is really just doing dailies and grinding out the last few reps that she wants. It's.. dull. And while I do appreciate a bit of a breather, I need something to work towards. Achievements and rep grinds alone will not sustain me.
So I'm starting over. For fun. Problem is, I lose a lot of big achievements that I really like having. My server firsts. My Of the Nightfall title. My turtle and rocket mounts. Things I won't likely get back. And of course the fact that on Keeva I have 34 exalted reps, and on Kiiva I have none. Particularly the ones I'll probably never get back - like Hyjal and BT. My many, many pets.. my Brewfest mounts (not to mention the rest of the meta achievement), my Headless Horseman mount. My titles. Loremaster. Mr Pinchy. The Immortal. Five shards of Val'anyr (HA!)
I've put a LOT of work into Keeva.
Masochism at its finest?
It stings to leave those things behind. I'm not tossing them away - just shelving them for a bit. I couldn't walk away from Keeva entirely.
But the loss of all the achievements, levels, reps, gear.. it means that I am starting with a clean slate, and every achievement will be one that pops up on my screen as I go, unlike when the achievement system was implemented and a lot of the achievements were already in place. This time, I'm earning them one at a time.
One painful rep at a time..
And I just did Argent Dawn, Cenarion Circle, and almost finished ZG.. *weep*
I've missed the Alliance
It's been a couple of years since I played on the Alliance side. I miss the cities - I love the music of Ironforge, I miss the quest lines. And I haven't seen the Alliance side of Northrend yet. That is the same reasoning I used when I rerolled Horde - that I had basically been missing out on a chunk of content - I'd never seen Orgrimmar, I didn't know where all the Horde towns were. I'd like to see that part of the Northrend content.
I've missed so many old-world things too. I've missed Stormwind, Elwynn, and Westfall (note: I have NOT missed the Defias).
Number 5 is alive!
I brought Kiiva over to Stormwind on the boat (I prefer Elwynn for lowbie levelling). I started with nothing, and quested and vendored greys until I had enough for herbalism training. I got my fishing nearly to 20. I put two stacks of linen on the auction house and got excited when they sold for a gold or two. When a green training sword of agility dropped I was thrilled - it actually felt like treasure, rather than something I would normally vendor out of laziness. I raced back to put it up for auction - jiggling at the prospect of my odd collection of auctions getting my purse to 5 or 10g, so I can start playing the auction house.
I'm looking forward to levelling professions. Fishing. Northrend greens. Reputations. Heroics. Badges that I can use for things instead of having them gather dust. Harold's Rejuvenating Broach. Dual specs. Healing and raiding in poor gear while I work my back back up (yes, I enjoy this - I used to take off half my gear to do heroics). Not leaning on my big bank or Ulduar gear.
I know it's nuts, but I am really enjoying this.