OK I stopped 1.0 in 2011 as a 50 GLD with a few melee jobs in the 20s and 30s and a few craft jobs in the 20s and 30s. During the Beta I logged on as my old main and had a quick look at my inventory (lots of 'vintage' gear that I still think is awesome), a ton of gil (100,000+) and stacks and stacks of leftover crafted ***** on my retainers. Then I noticed no-one else was running around in high-level gear so I went back and read the Beta agreement, which said I agreed to run a new char and report errors. So that's what I did in Beta 3 and 4, made a mithra (I know) and got to 15 Archer before ... well, you know).
My question now is - what do I do when I log in as my main? Do I have to do all the low-level class and storyline quests so I have basic functions, or for any other reason?
As an aside, I read somewhere that a guy ran to Mor Dhona in the Beta 4 and bought Darklight tank armor from an NPC - which appears to be sold at insanely low price see http://ffxiv.gamerescape.com/wiki/Auriana - what am I missing here? Is this gear that easy to get?