It took about a week, but Iron Garrison Guard now loves me so much they gave me my own private ghost. I call him Gozer, after his uncle, the Destroyer. I know that it’s gimping me a bit right now to trait into Leader of Men to equip him, but one of my primary maxims of MMOs is “fun over optimal”. Having a scary glowy ghost plug your enemies with arrows? That’s fun to me.
And while the archer damage is pretty decent — I think it gets overlooked by a lot of captains for whatever reason — it only gets better with traits, and the upcoming patch promises to make the pet/DPS line a lot more viable. I’m down with that.
So I guess I can report that my plan worked. If you’re trying to max guard/miner rep in Moria, running at least four crafting instances a day rushes you right through it (that’s around 6K just for the instances, plus more for whatever rep items you find). I also realized — on the very LAST day — that running the solo instances awarded by infused sapphire/adamant/garnets award rep too, as well as a few nice bonuses for your LIs.
I’ve officially left Moria, although I’m sure to return to finish the epic book line. For now, I just need to get out into the sunlight and hunt some elves. Er, orcs. Orcs.