Trandalar's Acul: a snowy desert, recently revamped and enriched with snowy oaks. The place where I went to gather lots of steel for Player's D. plot. Yes, I was sceptic a bit...but the revamp was positive one. Of course, motherloads of dark iron are guarded...but there are lots of (and I mean lots of) normal and rich node so that I could harvest tens of thousands of ore without taking any risk.
I was lucky enough to see some empty public silos and use them to store stuff. Soon, all 200 steel constuction sheetings and 80 stell construction jointings were made and safely added to Player's D. medium vault.
I also tried to locate Cobalt, but to no result. There was one very good plot at Shelter pass, near cobalt fields...and now it's no more, just a fountain. A pity. It made cobalt harvesting very problematic one.
Player D. has finally noticed his Pawnbroker store has no entrance...and is rebuilding it.
At the end of the day I realised I did not want to grind Kenaf (plot needed some 200 units of Kenaf construction stuff), so just went to relax to New Trismus. I stood in the middle of level 3 Grulets and just killed them all with tier 1 Fire strike. At least some relax...
When I finish with (grindy) Player's D. plot - I will switch to levelling up Carpenter (last 5 levels are the hardest ones), Mason...and Enchanter.
So far life is good in istaria.