[.11] Oak of the Archmage

Manflesh

Artisan
After reading through the Unified Blow thread and the discussion about Arcane Archers, I wonder if there would be any balance issue to allow the High Magic ability, Oak of the Archmage, to be used with bows as well as staffs.
 

Tantarus

Squire
Well there is this:

Higher Manifestation (3 High Magic points per purchase, Passive): A character with this High Magic may Channel a specific Channeling element valid for their Channeling pool without using a Relic or Wand in that hand. This means that they may Channel while holding an object (such as a weapon or shield) in their off hand. The hand selected to use Higher Manifestation must be marked with a symbol at least 1" x 1" on the back of the hand or a glove worn on that hand. Costs 3 High Magic points; this may be purchased multiple times to allow for multiple elements. Higher Manifestation may *not* be used in conjunction with a Wand or Relic; if a Wand or Relic is used, only elements appropriate to that focus may be manifested. While it lasts, this High Magic may be invoked every time the character Channels at the character’s choice. A character need not have any Focus on their person to Channel while using this ability. Lasts 5 days or until resurrection.

Which works very similar. For earth it is actually probably just better unless you plan on using chaos :p
 

Manflesh

Artisan
Huh, then what advantage does Oak of the Archmage have over Higher Manifestation? Especially with it costing one more High Magic point.
 

Alkalin3

Administrator
Chief Technology Officer
South Michigan Staff
Marshal
Huh, then what advantage does Oak of the Archmage have over Higher Manifestation? Especially with it costing one more High Magic point.
In 2.0 you can cast Enhanced Relic on staves. So if you had an enhanced staff with all 4 flavors, it's a much cheaper way to channel all 4 flavors for 4 points vs the 12 points of high magic to do it with any other weapon in hand. It does not however make sense to pick multiple elements (if you lack the magic item) since it cost the same per purchase and it'd be smarter to just pick Higher Manifestation.

Although I agree that oak of the arch mage still feels expensive, since you need a magic item to really make it better.
 
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