the second basic craft skewl of istaria is outfitter. as you might guess, outfitters make clothing and armor out of fabric and tanned hides. before we meet the trainers, let me tell you about working cloth and where i like to go to do so.
you know that resources, and the working thereof, have 6 tiers. i will follow the outline of the blacksmith resource post, for ease, in this and all further posts of this nature. fabric is the name given to cloth and cloth products in istaria. the wiki doesn't really have detailed descriptions of the plants, like those of the metals, so forgive my 'winging' it.
wiki description: flax is the most common cloth plant, as you might expect, being the very first tier. it is a weedy looking plant with blue flowers, and the fields are always widespread and quick to respawn. the wiki page lists the following locations to find flax plants:
let me just say, here at the start, that fabric isle is prolly the place most peeps go for at least the first three or four tiers. everything is unguarded, it's a large island
(but the plants are intermixed and can be widely separated), and there are 2 fabric workstations, one at each end of the island near the road. and it is easily accessed
via port 4 in bristugo, as well as via bridges. that being said, i like to do my flax work outside of kion
. there is a large yet compact field
(don't stray too far south along the road, tho, if you are low level - gruoks and grulets roam there, complete with bessie
, the boss hog) with a convenient fws.
wiki description: kenaf
is a bushy white plant. it tends to grow close together in the field, and respawns quickly. here is where the wiki page says you can find it:
well, i USED to like to do my kenaf work in the settlement of heather.
there was always a player plot or three with at least a journeyman fws on site. sadly, on blight, that is no longer the case. i suspect that on the live shards, heather is still a thriving community, however. the field is unguarded, near to the port pad, and pretty big.
wiki description: cotton - well, it looks like cotton! a low, bushy white plant. tier 3 starts the situation of heavily guarded fabric resources (as you will see, i died to bring you this info!! lol) as well as having aboundant (or motherlode) plants. wiki says you can find cotton in the following locations - altho i was unable to find the field behind the mahagra vault:
i do my cotton
in aughundell. yes, it is a wide spread field. yes, it doesn't respawn as quickly as one might like. yes, it is guarded by red backed
spiders. yes, finally but most importantly, blight anchors
have been known to pop up and ruin your day. also, you don't want to wander into the bitter pickle
area. despite all that, i like the convenience
to town and the handy fws.
the tier 4 fabric is silk.
in fact, the last 3 tiers are some form of silk, so they all look basically the same - a short, leafy plant with a flower on top. you can find silk at the following locations:
aug isn't just for metal. a lot of fabric is located near the dwarven town. i find silk north
of the main town (run next to the inside of the city wall). there is no fws, and it is guarded by shadow spiders
, but it is hard to find on fabric isle. if you can handle the running and fighting, you will be okay.
wiki description: ironsilk
is a difficult to find resource. i was unable to find any on fabric isle, altho i am assured it is there. the other locations listed each have their problems - spiritous swamp is a very unfriendly place to any level of player. here is where wiki sez you can find it:
once again, i turn to aughundell. east of the town is the suburb of rikhi
. northerly of that is a small field of ironsilk. the field
itself is relatively unguarded, altho is it very close to some very dangerous territory - the fallen outpost. not a place to be caught unaware.
rarest and most difficult to harvest of fabric plants, steelsilk
is the highest tier cloth plant. again, i couldn't find any on fabric isle, and there is only one other place to find it:
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my thoughts: realistically, the harro area is the only place to find steelsilk. there are a few high level resources in the area, and it is heavily and viciously guarded (i will relate how i died to bring you the info on fabric, essence, and timber resources when we get to the scholar trainers. something for you to look forward to!). as you can see from the map, it is near the withered aegis lands, and they are no respecters of borders, if you get my meaning. it is not advisable to venture there without an escort, no matter your level.
and now you know a little something about finding and harvesting fabric plants! next time, i will tell you how to find the trainers to get started in this adventure. see ya soon!