I don't know if I'd describe test's population as necessarily more skilled than any other server's, but it definitely does require you to be more self-sufficient, or at least adept in being the sort of person that other people want to help. We don't have a bazaar to speak of so we have a lot of people who master tradeskills out of frustration, for example, and we see a lot of rotting loot linked into general for whoever can get to it without dying... ...which can be a skill check in itself. When I was getting established on the server a couple of years ago, I died a lot running to hoover something or other. Learned a bunch about where the zones were and what saw invis, though. Our relationship with the Firiona Vie server is... weird. There are a lot of people who will trade a krono on FV for a set of raid gear, which then gets copied to test. Some people do this over and over again, buying a copy, leveling it to max, getting bored and starting over with their next character. It's weird, but it makes Sony money so nobody pays too much attention to it. Except, of course, when one of these copies starts linking their awesome gear into general and we make fun of them. Getting anywhere near The Grounds can be a very risky thing when one of these characters is in-work, as an aside. When I was working on Dreamslayer, I had to dodge a lot of swarm pulls and got cursed at a bit in ooc for being in the same zone at the same time. It's the closest thing we have to antisocial behavior.