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The tradeskill system starts with your base materials, say Tin which you find in ore form and harvest, then you refine that ore into Tin Bars. The tin bars are going to be the basic thing that will be used the most. So you'll take those and maybe make one into a Pommel, one into a Crossguard and one into an Edge. Then you'd take all three of those items and make them into a Sword. Depending on how well you worked on those processes will also affect how high you can get in the final combine. There are rare components and ultra rare components which can be found in zones or drop off of boss type NPCs. You can then use those components in your recipes to make some of the more powerful items in the game. We have a tiered system on how the items in game work and the tradeskills work right into that. There's a common set of items for drops and a common set for tradeskills. The tradeskill versions are always slightly better except for the highest highest end items, which are a combination of drops, quests and tradeskills.
Also for tradeskills we have a social structure setup for them. You can join a workshop that's in your village or district. You'll start off as a novice or apprentice of some sort in that workshop. You'll start off doing menial tasks for that workshop such as refining 10 Tin bars. You'll earn cash as a reward and gain faction for that workshop. As you progress higher in the workshop you'll have access to more stuff such as buying refined components, so you wouldn't have to go out into the world to get them. You still won't be able to make the best items in the game, but this would allow you to still progress through the tradeskill trees on your own without adventuring.