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.

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.