We've all been there, pressed for time, shouting, going vendor to vendor looking for an Uruga or Alberstoll Ruins scroll only to find prices in the hundreds of silver. Do you bite the bullet and shell out nearly a gold for a scroll or two or hop on your mover and get to walking?
Warp Scroll prices affect us all, and while I absolutely commend those that take advantage of the market pricing, enough is enough. Some changes were proposed by members of the community requesting all travel scrolls be sold via NPC. And while that is a nice solution to have, if the scrolls were priced right, it absolutely decimates the existing Warp Scroll market.
That's why I'm a big proponent of something a bit different. We've all seen the giant Airship in Uruga right? Some of the more attentive of us have also seen it crisscrossing the skies in Burning Rock. Wouldn't it be nice to actually have a use for this invention? While I'm not suggesting a complete working model ala FinalFantasyX, just a warpable use would be sufficient. Here's what I propose:
1. Warp Scrolls to remain as drops in game and will not be sold via NPC.
2. The Uruga Airship becomes active as a 'warp gate' of sorts with transport from Uruga to Burning Rock and Alberstoll Ruins and back.
Let's look at point 1 in conjunction with point 2. The reason I do not want a simple NPC selling warp scrolls is because it would destroy that market completely. The Warp Scroll market should remain in place, but having an option like the Airship, will bring the costs significantly down. The current sellers can continue peddling Warp Scrolls as a convenience item, saving the player time from running all the way to a waypoint to use the Airship.
Warp Scrolls will provide an alternative when out in the field, when the Airship and any landing point aren't a time-saving alternative. Say you're grinding deep in Temple of Spirit farming Black Shadows for 95 Jewelry pieces, wanna quickly restock before someone snakes your spot? You still have the option of using a Warp Scroll to Alberstoll. If that's still too much of an expense you could always scroll all the way to Elderine, hoof it to Uruga and board the Airship. You have options.
The Uruga Airship would offer 3 destinations: Uruga, Burning Rock, and Alberstoll Ruins. A Swamp of Dawn waypoint is also a possibility along with Dark Land and the next town release. Your available destinations are determined by your current level. At level 80, you are allowed transport to Burning Rock, at level 90, you are allowed transport to Alberstoll Ruins.
As far as where the waypoints would be located, I proposed the following:
In Uruga, the choice is simple. The Airship is located near storage, so the waypoint would be located there.
In Burning Rock, the "settlement" area where the NPCs are provides a great, open landing space. I don't think Kidmons spawn in the camp area anymore, but this can be fixed if they are.
In Alberstoll Ruins, the area near the Water Stone/Black Bears. This little area is a little odd as it's fairly wide open and home to only about 9 Black Bears. I soloed some of my repeat quest there, but I never see anyone else in this spot.
Use of the Airship, however, isn't free. I would suggest the Uruga to Burning Rock route cost 100 silver one-way, either way, Uruga to Alberstoll costing 150 silver one way, either way. Travel from Burning Rock to and from Alberstoll would also cost 100 silver. While it's not exactly cheap, it is a cheaper alternative to what we're faced with now. And of course you still will pay a premium for the convenience of having Warp Scrolls available anytime purchased from players.
Let me know your thoughts on this.
Oh and hey, if you're wondering about that NPC in there, he's apparently supposed to be used for something in Roumen. He's been sitting quietly in the game files for quite some time, why not get some use out of him!