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.