Joined: Sun Aug 24, 2014 12:26 pm
This is a mixed class somewhere between a bard and a druid. They enjoy some buffs and enhancements and have shield block to be less pathetic than a mage in combat, but should definitely not rely on their weapon. Rather, they are more than happy to let the enemy kill themselves on them.
The main gimmick of the class are Auras. Each aura is, essentially, a chance to cast on anyone attacking them each round of combat. Given 1 round is much faster than most anyone can cast, the proc chance is low-ish, the aura duration short-ish (3 ticks or so?) and the casting is expensive. Auras include the expected maladictions with some being combined together: Blind, Curse, Slow+Weaken, Poison+Plague. Unique effects could be about anything: damaging the attackers, sapping tiny portions of mana from them, a dispel, teleporting them away, go hog wild.
Auras cannot be dispelled or cancelled. However, the class can "consume" the Aura to use it for other spells. They can consume, for example, a Blindness Aura to perform a single casting of Blind - somewhat handy if it's about to expire anyway for one last hit. They can consume an aura to heal a malediction that aura would have casted, if they'd prefer to try for a more expensive-yet-targeted heal instead of cancellation, or for a bit of direct HP healing. They can also consume them for a direct attack, flavored, again, depending on what aura they had out at the time. Don't get hit by a mana aura blast.
The main drawback to all this, aside from the mana cost of screwing around with auras, is that they don't have a lot of direct offensive techniques outside of auraplay. I'm picturing the Generic Mage Spellbook (Fireball, Colour Spray) but without the acid blast, and physically enhanced damage with only 2nd attack? They wouldn't have a 'powerspell' like Ravage or Natures or anything, is the key thing.
That might be too much of a penalty, I don't know. The point is they're indirect attackers at heart. As if PK needed to be any more of a slow boring grindfest, right?