You won't get an answer form Cath as he left a long while ago, however I rebuilt an Illithid into a Genie and used something similar to this build recently although I went for illusion as well. You will miss out on a few ac as you won't be able to use the UR ward but I suspect it will be fine. One thing to bear in mind is that the Styx (and its guardians) will not be something you want to come into contact with as your saves are not exactly uber.
If you want to make an all out offence arcane caster then I'd suggest this build is not the one you want as you're burning feats on non-caster specific stuff however what this one does well is survive and cast as with a 120+ ac and 90% conceal you don't get hit much. As I already have a pure Genie old style caster I thought I'd make one of these to compare and although different it seems quite fun to play.
Most of the "Old style" casters just focus on spell feats and leave the tumble, discipline as cross class skills or dump into them at 40 by taking a monk, ranger, etc. level. Using this build you're going to miss out on a maxed dc in another school vs. a standard wizzy but if you take the right schools its not a huge problem. If you're reincarnating it might be worth holding off until the next round of changes kick in or you might find your mage sitting on the sidelines for three months but if you're building from scratch its not going to be a problem.
Cath, took div. due to the fact he loved PWK and the proposed changes to Legend lore and Prem. Until those changes arrive, going evo/necro/illousion/trans, is going to benefit your character more, (again atm.) As a wizzy you dont need 5 epics, going 4 and making sure you are standing at the end is what its about. Those 4 schools I listed, atm are the most utilized. The problem with gnome is the fact you cannot use the UR Ward, as was stated earlier...However if you get a hand on the asmo shield you are going to be set. Getting your hands on a stygian orb and an impulse of the impasse shield are going to be your bread and butter until you do get the asmo shield.
Post by Delfestra Ruinvorn on Jun 3, 2008 19:26:11 GMT
Tempus the sorc puts his oar in the water
Personally, I tend to believe in having as many epics as possible - for a maximum effectiveness out of the spell depth that a wizard enjoys.
I know I've never posted my wizzy build, and I'm not likely to...but I didn't put feats into LL-Affinity enablers, nor did I put them into armor skin or save feats. If you're so close to the front line combat that your AC and saves are a real issue, then you're in trouble anyway.
And I have Leg Spell pen (duh), 4 LSFoci and 1 epic foci (thats 5 epics), also greater ruin. Which is a ton of fun (enough to trade out that 5th LSF at least).
Yes, as a gnome, you can use fashion accessories and shields. Sussurus, Dachy Codex, and Orb of Necessity (Stygia) it is for you.
If you don't have LSA disc (and you can't fit both this and LSA tumble into a Gnome build) you will often find yourself shieldless in certain areas which although annoying for tank types will be a big pita for you as the shields you'll be using are likely to have spell slots on them, obviously once you get access to the Asmo shield this will cease to be an issue Greater ruin can be a party saver if a 'noobeater' or para 'noobeater' (some other nasties as well) shows up at the wrong time so I'd try and hold on to this if at all possible. I can live without Divination but that's personal choice.
Yep, another pain in the *** with having to use Gnome race - only 1 lvl 1 feat. Never used GR much but I guess it could be quite potent on this build. I never thought much of Divination spells so not worried about the DC but the epic is quite cool.
As for the Asmo shield, I've not been past Dis before so that could be a while But you you have got me thinking of getting shield proficiency..............
Maybe just go for the extra 2 points of INT and lose LSA:Disc and either armor skin or silent spell (got extended and HG hak so less need)
I know I'm coming into this discussion a bit after the fact but I have a few curiosities. I have a negati PM that I love to play and that got me thinking about a wizard made from the same race. If I'm right then you could take one more feat for still III and be able to cast in plate if you liked. There are a few interesting suits of full plate available to wizards to boot like Plate of Anubis which is BUR but allows for an area of effect Finger of Death spell. I tend to go the same route as Delf in her love for a wizards diversity and being capable to throw down in several schools. I think that Negati would be a good race to use to achieve a bit more AC. Tell me what you think : )
the problem is that the additional ac doesnt really benefit a wizard much. the heavy armors like plate of anubis is targeted towards palemasters, who can put it to much more effective use after stacking their bone skin bonus on top of it. a wiz (who will prolly need to splash to get all the necessary feats) is going to be at a disadvantage in both ac and concealment
the loss of starting spell school feats and the additional feat to hit autostill 3 means you lose out on an epic as well, which seems contrary to your goal of maximizing diversity