Day 3 – Pet Battles

As part of Navi’s Ten Days of Pet Battles:

Day 3:  Who is your favourite pet?  If you could bring it out into the real world, tell me what you imagine you would be doing.

This isn’t technically a pet I have in my collection but it’s one I’ve wanted for a long time for several reasons. Ethereals were abundant in BC. In fact, I loved working on my Consortium rep for that reason and it even helped my Jewelcrafting at the time. Not to mention the salary you receive every month in the form of gems once you reach friendly reputation.

I’ll admit that Mana Tombs was a favourite hangout of mine and getting exalted with the faction was a priority for me for the designs you could buy. I loved opening the prisons in Netherstorm whenever I farmed an Ethereum Prison Key and then later Purging the Chambers of Bash’ir.

I even had the key to summon up Yor in Mana Tombs which together with everything else brings back a lot of memories. To me, I always thought ethereals moved in a cool way and liked the way they dressed. Even dying was cool… it seemed so dramatic. So when I found there was a pet in the game, I dreamed about owning it.

As a TCG card, I knew the Soul-Trader Beacon would be hard to come by. The Ethereal Plunderer card was said to be just 1/363 booster packs from the expansion “Hunt for Illidan.”

Soul-Trader Beacon

When you summon the Ethereal Soul-Trader, he emotes

The pet also absorbs souls from slain mobs via killing blow in return for Ethereal Credit. What I loved in particular was the fact that the pet acts as a vendor so you can buy an ethereal set to wear but I was sad to learn that it didn’t look exactly like the trader who sells it.

Arv-ethereal-set

In terms of bringing my pet out into the real world, I imagine it would act a bit like it does in-game, except for the soul draining part. :P The only difference is, it acts like a regular vendor so I can throw away my trash in some sort futuristic disposal unit as well as carrying my bags, groceries, etc.

Hmm, sounds a bit like I, Robot.

Author: Cymre

A disc priest and relic hunter who loves collecting achievements, silver dragon shots and pets. Other hobbies include transmog / costumes, novelty items, class sets as well as all things pets.

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  1. Back when I was still buying scads of trading cards, I was lucky enough to find this card in a box. Knowing he was rare, hubby and I decided it was better to fund some game time than to keep him. If I remember right, it was given as a gift to a wife for valentine’s day or some other romantic reason.

    Sometimes I wish I had kept him!

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    • I bought a lot of cards (once upon a time) but was never lucky enough to get a loot card. I’m sure the gift was well received so at least know it made someone happy :)

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  2. Oh me too! I still have a bunch of Ethereum Prison Keys in the bank! I didn’t know he sold ethereal clothes, very nice.

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  3. I’ve always thought this guy was super cool. He will always be on my list as one of those super cool pets I know I’ll probably never get. I have only ever seen one in game.

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    • True. It’s nice to dream about owning one though.

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  4. I didn’t know you liked that pet so much! I think it’s cool – Faith has one btw – and I thought for a sec you had one and then I realised that’s good old Arv there. LOL. Of course HE has one!

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    • Yep, I’ve talked to Faith about hers before and of course Arv about his.

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  5. The Ethereal Soul-Trader is one cool customer! (uh I mean seller)

    I think I still have my Mana-Tombs Stasis Chamber Key buried somewhere.

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    • I threw mine away (probably) a couple of years ago.

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  6. I occasionally see them when travelling from tamer to tamer. I really want one! I am slowly amassing gold on high pop servers in the hopes to one day get one off the AH.

    I believe he doesn’t actually accept your trash items. I vaguely recall trying to use one to clear out my bags once and it didn’t work. Who does he think he is?! Too good for my trash?!

    Still one of the coolest looking pets. I’ve always wanted to see Ethereals as a playable race!

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    • I’ve seen a few here and there. I’ve never seen one in the AH though, just through various trades through forums, etc.

      I was disappointed when I found out he wasn’t an actual vendor just a seller but he does offer some interesting items besides the outfit.

      Great minds… I also wanted to play one when I saw them in-game in BC.

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