Having carefully arranged the distribution of specializations among my other twelve Mages, I determined that my Tushui Pandaren must remain un-talented, making her some species of Ironman.
Considering the trials and tribulations of Elford the (Former) Executive, and other Ironman accounts I have read, however, I think that being a true Ironman is a little more challenge than I want. So, like the Underpowered Death Knight, my Tushui Pandaren will use a ruleset inspired by, but not strictly adherent to, the Ironman concept.
As with the Underpowered Death Knight, I will be allowing my Tushui Pandaren to use any health potions that she loots or receives as a quest reward. I treat Lifeblood from Herbalism as a class spell for my Mages; I use it like a potion or Gift of the Naaru for pinch healing. So she has already picked up Herbalism. I’ve heard that there are some tough spots in the leveling curve where the quests don’t go green very quickly, and the XP from picking flowers will help her get through those levels. Likewise, I think that getting XP from Archaeology isn’t much different from getting XP by prioritizing searching for treasure chests, so she will be picking up Archaeology when she reaches level 20.
Koralyra’s “pseudo-Ironman” ruleset, then, is as follows:
*She will not choose a specialization nor spend talent points.
*She may purchase health-only food from Innkeepers, and she may use any health potions that she loots or receives as a quest reward, but she will not purchase health potions or use stat-boosting foods and potions.
*She will not use glyphs, enchants, or gems.
*If she receives any sort of buff upon completing a quest, she will click it off.
*She will not join a guild nor participate in group content with a group (at high levels, however, she may attempt to solo lower level dungeons).
*She is allowed the following three professions: First Aid, Archaeology, and Herbalism.
*She will wear only Poor (grey) or Common (white) quality gear while actively questing.