First, you must be Expert to access any of the patterns or Turn-ins. Hooray orange hat: Aion Armory Item
From AionArmory you can already gather that there are three tiers of Balic weapons: Star Dragon, Black Dragon, and Black Dragon King.
Star Dragon recipes are available for 16k apiece and feature one of each weapon type, including bows, staves, etc (not weaponsmithing but under weapon patterns). They are sold by the non-specific Shugo vendor on the northern "hidden" island.
Black Dragon and Black Dragon King recipes are random and given as a trade-in reward for Balic Hearts and Hot Balic hearts, respectively. Six hearts is one recipe of random quality and type. So far I've gotten no repeats from Balic Hearts, but I've only gotten six so far, and no Hot Balic Hearts to use for the 50 Black Dragon King gear yet, unless it also comes from normal hearts and something even better from Hot Balic.
Star Dragon items start at level 30, but have a much higher base item-level than other greens. For instance:
http://www.aionarmor...px?id=100100467 versus http://www.aionarmor...px?id=100100167
Barely less than the blue proc of worthy durable at its base value, with a proc that is superior.
At 40, you can do Black Dragon, which again is superior at base, has a good proc, and the proc can then be upgraded to King. A vastly superior set of items that create profit without depending purely on chance. It should go without saying they are easily superior to world drop greens.
Skilling up past 400:
Obviously you get the expert Adamantium weapons right away, but the real skill points come from creating your crafting reagents for Balic. Just from what the legion has saved, Ymbryne and I went straight from 400 to 443 of a possible 449 turning balic body parts into the equivalent of ingots at a 1:1 mat/vendor mat ratio.
Important things to know: The title is not at 400, it's at 450. I assume that the final quest listed on AionArmory is at 449 to hit 450, called "[Craft] Tigraki Weaponsmithing" and is given by the Heart Trader for weaponsmithing.
This post has been edited by Sintour: 13 October 2009 - 12:18 PM
Reason for edit: Corrections and broken item code, gg aionsource