I decided to try a challenge run, due to reaching max level before even doing Ravenna on cargo and treasure charts; I’m going to try to reach level 125 without doing the story at all (which I’m defining as everything after reaching Redwake, which I consider the tutorial. So, essentially, I fight 5 Jaw Pirates and then nothing more in terms of the story). I will also be trying not to lean on doing quests, especially ones which involve fighting. The bulk of my experience will be cargo and diving; I will essentially strive to simply be a very outgoing NPC merchant. I’m aware that this has been done (Forum user Bio’s “Saitama Challenge”) but. Um. This is different. Shh.
Wish Norman Manning good luck on his journey! It’s looking like a bright future ahead.