Yesterday I started a mage on another shard, just to have a character on that shard. I spent a couple hours on her at ground level – actually going out and gathering reagents off the ground to cast the few offensive spells I had, killing first mongbats and then ettins for gold for more reagents (it felt pretty weird not having my imbuer just make her an LRC suit). In a couple hours I had enough gold to buy a full spellbook to start casting blade spirits (how long has it been since you bothered with that spell)? Of course I could have bought a mythic character token and started out killing creatures that dropped a lot more gold from the beginning, but I didn’t in this case. It felt incredibly strange not to have my other characters supporting her (I can't transfer anything over to her without buying tokens). I wonder how long it has been since you built a character from scratch with no support from your other characters or anyone else? I'm not sure how far I'll take this, but the experiment brought back some good memories.