Blizzard has released a few details of the new expansion, Warlords of Draenor. One of the newly announced features of the expansion will be the ability to create a "Garrison: your own personal fortress that you build, staff and manage."
The blog post dedicated to describing Garrisons had one section that describes Followers, who are "NPCs that you recruit to join your Garrison."
But there were a couple of lines about Garrisons that really caught my eye as they have the potential to drastically change how we may acquire resources in the new expansion:
"You can also allocate [Followers] to complete tasks - things like crafting or gathering resources, which they'll do whether you're online or offline." (emphasis added)
"Followers have a character level, an item level, and traits that affect missions and tasks. For example, if they have the Mining trait, you'll be able to assign them to a Mine in your Garrison to gather resources for you." (emphasis added)
WHOA!!! It's sounds like a Tiller's farm, but your little personal Garrison NPCs do all the work for you! Plus, with the various traits, who knows what they may be able to gather for you (Herbalism trait, Skinning trait, etc.).
So how do you get Followers? By recruiting them, upgrading the various buildings in your Garrison, or my personal favorite "coughing up the right sum of gold to hire mercenaries."
Let the speculation begin!!!