I was advised as a young hunter/mage/priest/pick-a-class to pick up first aid as a secondary skill. So nearly all of my characters have picked it up and I try to make a good effort to keep the skill up with the excess cloth that I’m finding at the time. The tailors always fell a little behind, but still managed to keep the skill up.
Last night after our guild chat had a brief commercial interjection thanks to Cheerios and Band-Aid, I got to thinking about well…food and first aid. Cooking was also a skill that I leveled up on several of my characters, a few didn’t pick it up, but they were always supplied excess food from my other characters, the mage, well, he just made his own.
So anyways, I got to thinking about it, how many times I bandage myself versus how many times I just eat some salted venison or northern plumberries (or whatever they are). I sit and eat far more often than I bandage myself. Now I know the advantage of the bandage is that you can use it during combat, but when I use it during combat it always seems that I don’t get the full duration before I’m interrupted. The little bit of health helps yes, saves the healer some mana, but I usually use my escape mechanism and just eat for full health afterwards.
So then, why do I do it? Why am I so stuck on leveling up first aid? Honestly, I have no friggin clue! Between all my characters I have probably bandaged only 50 times in what like some 500 levels?!? 50/500 that’s like once every 10 levels I use a bandage. That sounds about right. I mostly use them for goofing off, bandaging people after combat for hilarity. So am I really wasting all that cloth on the change of some small comic relief?
Perhaps raiding atmosphere uses more bandages? I used one in a battleground once after killing a paladin. But since I don’t raid much, perhaps they are used more there than I know? I can’t say!
But the more I think about it, I realize that I just plain don’t use bandages that much, and the times I did, it probably wouldn’t have prevented death so much as it just made for a quicker recovery than waiting to chow down on my venison steak. To think of all that money I could have made by selling that cloth on the AH instead…the new characters are selling that crap. To hell with first aid, herbalism effect (lifeblood) is much better anyways since it doesn’t get interrupted.
Also, why is there no Nurse title? Seriously, healers would be all about getting the Nurse title I’m sure. “Hello, I’m Nurse Elgar and I’m here to heal your PUG.” Friggin awesome.