OMG, what a horror! They started a test on Monday for a realm split, they didn’t manage to get the servers back up until this morning sometime. But some of us were still unable to log on due to some very strange and misleading problems with the login servers.
I spent about an hour troubleshooting my system trying to figure out if there was a problem on my end. Turns out the realm list “says” you have characters on one server, but in actuality they are on the other. So only desperate and random investigation of all the beta servers turned up this little nugget of info <sigh>. Oh well, at least I’m back and I can catalog those leather recipes for you guys now =)