Man does that last paragraph resonate with me. Even at 346 XP, I couldn’t justify spending the extra 135 XP to bring myself from swinging 5s to 10s. I did invest in 10 CAs, though. For 30 XP, I can swing 10s for twenty minutes a day, allowing me to pretend to be a bigger fighter. It’s helped me chew down numbers in a pinch without otherwise expending a ton of per-days.I was just thinking how both school spellswords are good relative to fighter now. When I started playing in Ashbury in the 90s, the big characters were around level 20. The biggest fighter swung for 12, next biggest swung 10. I wanted to be the guy swinging 12s. Meanwhile, the big templars would swing 5 and have a 4 column.
Fast forward 20 years and 300+ build. Swinging for 12 all day is not an attractive option. I can barely hit 10s. But swing for 5 and 4 block leaves me a ton of build to play with.