As part of Navi’s Ten Days of Pet Battles:

Day 3:  Who is your favourite pet?  If you could bring it out into the real world, tell me what you imagine you would be doing.

This isn’t technically a pet I have in my collection but it’s one I’ve wanted for a long time. Ethereals were abundant in BC. In fact, I loved working on my Consortium rep because it meant I could visit their little hub and give my Jewelcrafting a boost, thanks to my monthly salary in the form of gems at friendly reputation.

I’ll admit that Mana Tombs was a favourite hangout and getting exalted with The Consortium was a priority for the designs you could buy. I loved opening the prisons in Netherstorm whenever I farmed an Ethereum Prison Key and then later Purging the Chambers of Bash’ir.

I even had the key to summon up Yor in Mana Tombs. To me, I always thought ethereals moved in a cool way and liked the way they dressed. Even dying was cool… it seemed so dramatic. So when I found there was a pet in the game, I’d dreamt about owning it.

As a TCG card, I knew the Soul-Trader Beacon would be hard to come by. The Ethereal Plunderer card was only in 363 booster packs from the expansion “Hunt for Illidan.”

Soul-Trader summon

When you summon the pet, you earn credits by killing players or NPCs that are no less than eight-levels below you. What I loved, in particular, was the fact he acts as a vendor so you can buy an ethereal set to wear. Unfortunately, it looks nothing like the ethereal set and you can’t sell your crap to him either.

Arv-ethereal-set

In terms of bringing my pet out into the real world, I imagine it would act a bit like it does in-game, except for the soul-draining part. :P The only difference is, it acts like a regular vendor so I can throw away my trash in some sort futuristic disposal unit as well as carrying my bags, groceries, etc.

Hmm, sounds a bit like I, Robot.