Fantasy world, primals, magic, death=knockout, what is exactly your point again?
On a more technical side, in order to balance the economy certain money sinks are required, before you needed to find and talk with an NPC to get where you were going, SE just removed the middle-NPC and let you do it yourself.
____________________________"Maybe it means: you're the evil man, and I'm the righteous man, and Mr. Nine-millimeter here, he's the shepherd protecting my righteous *** in the Valley of Darkness."
- Jules. FFXIV: Mabel Rand (Gugnir)
FFXI: Kenage, retired.