Since I seem to have a copious amount of time on my hands, I've been thinking about the future. No, not Cataclysm -I'm trying to not think about that too much- but what I intend to do once my main goals of Loremaster and Seeker are achieved.
I guess I should specify that my main goal is to have Quintalan complete Loremaster and Seeker on the Horde side. Once that's done, I figured I'd slip Quint into semi-retirement, using him to accumulate Emblems for Heirloom items. (If you can't beat 'em, join 'em.) He could chill around Dalaran, or hang on a park bench in Silvermoon and harass the newbies all afternoon.
"Whining about Dar'Khan Drathir, are you? You young whippersnappers don't know how easy you have it! Why, back in my day we got ganked 10 times a day in Tarren Mill, and we liked it!"
"Aw, shut up you old Geezer!"
"Come back here or I'll whack you with my cane! I'll have you know I got this wound fighting alongside Sylvanas Windrunner herself! Call me Geezer, eh? STAY OFF MY LAWN!"
But what after that?
Originally, the plan was to transfer and faction change Quint to follow Souldat and Millalyn to Ysera, but since I can't really finish the Horde side Loremaster that way, Quint will have to stay Horde for the time being. At the current rate I was on with questing, it would have been about early summer before Quint would ding that last quest to capture both achievements. With my account in a holding pattern until my stuff gets returned, that timeline will slip into mid summer.
My backup plan was to generate a new Alliance toon on Area 52, load the toon with Heirlooms, and ship him/her over to Ysera to begin a new life. (And start running instances with similarly leveled toons that Soul and Milla would have.) I was planning on shipping a Paladin over so I could take my lumps as a Holy Spec without the backup of an overgeared tank, but it might be smarter that I ship my Blood Elf Mage over instead. She's already at L26 and has all but the Heirloom trinkets. I'd have to find a decent Alliance toon that has her snarky BE attitude, but that might make the most sense.
Once the toon gets shipped over, then what? Just run LFD?
Part of me wants to go for Loremaster on the Alliance side, just because I can say that I've covered all of my bases. (Crazy? Yes. Insane? Nah; it's just another challenge.) Another part of me thinks that it would be smart to get in early on PVP, so that you don't have to learn what the hell you're doing at 80 in the battlegrounds. Either way, my time spent online ought to fit with within my budget.
Well, I've got plenty of time to stew over my options, although I definitely wish I had less time right now. My trigger finger is getting plenty itchy.