Topic: Tradeskill Armour
The tradeskill made armour appears to have been upgraded in SoF.
Elaborate armour + Exalted Symbol is just over 300 hp per slot
Elaborate armour + Sublime Symbols is around 360+ hp per slot
This is before you add the type 12 augment made from raid acquired items - which can push it up another 250 hp.
I have the quest to make Exalted Symbols. For this I need to kill 40 Darkroot shamans in Direwind Cliffs and 20 adult mammoths in Icefall.
Then, using no special ingredients (as far as I can see) except superb (?) animal pelts and excellent (?) marrow (or possibly next highest quality pelts and marrow - see below), I can make 300+ hp leather armour for iksars. I can probably also make similar cloth armour for iksars.
I suspect that the exalted symbols will also be ok for non-iksar worshippers of Cazic-Thule.
Presumably there is also a quest for Sublime Symbols but I have not found it yet. Others have, however, because I have seen them for sale in bazaar.
This is going to be by far the quickest way for me to upgrade my gear, and, of course, once I have done the quest I can make items for others too. I can rapidly add about 700hp to my total from Exalted stuff and then maybe another 300 or 400hp if I do Sublime.
The recipes are not yet on EQ Traders, but they will either use Superb Animal Pelts and Excellent Marrow, or possibly the next grade up of both. I got an Exquisite Animal Pelt yesterday, which sounds like the next grade up, so please keep any Superb Animal Pelts, Excellent Marrow, or any equivalents than sound like better quality. (Like Exquisite Animal Pelts)
I suspect that it will be:
Exalted Symbol: Exquisite Animal Pelt + Superb Marrow
Sublime Symbol: ? Animal Pelt + Exquisite Marrow
So please save these items.