I am a lvl 15 Elementalist Mesmer and I just arrived in Lion's Arch. Even though I played quite a lot already, there is a few things which aren't 100% clear:
1) Where can I find more powerful armors ? Everytime I reach a new city/outpost the armors are exacly the same than in Ascalon. Armor 30, + 5 energy and an SV vs fire, water or whatever if the set is pyro, hydro, air or earth. What is the point in that, am I missing something or are the devs stupids ? why do I see people looking for rare craft component even though I haven't seen any NPC crafter asking for those components so far?
2) About runes, I wonder about a few things, at first I thought that we could only put runes on weapons, but I just managed to put a minor heal rune on my boots, so can I put health runes on every parts of my gear and get tons of HP ? or even better can I put rune of + skill (like Rune of Fire etc) on every parts too and get something crazy like + 9 fire total ? is there some kind of maximum numbers runes you can have equiped on your char at the same time ?
3) what do people call "upgrade" ? is it something different than runes ?
Basically what are the general rules about gear in guildwars ?