Being a returning player, I've made a number of new characters recently, just to try out different things. Perhaps I've stumbled accross something you-all already knew... Anyway, it seems that a template with Healing/Anatomy is generally a "low mana" build. For example, let's start with a basic warrior build: * 100: <weapon skill>, Tactics * 100: Parry, Resist Spells There are 400 points already, and, except for special weapon moves, mana free. Add in: * 100: Healing, Anatomy Now you have allocated 600 skill points to non-mana skills. With the other hundred points you could add some Chivalry for travel and curse removal, and a bit of Focus or Meditate to support the little Chivalry you have and the weapon specials. Change it so that the build no longer has Healing and Anatomy. What are you going to add? There are 300 points to play with. Perhaps: * Samurai: 100: Chivalry, Focus (or Meditate), Bushido or * Necromancer: 100: Necromancy, Spirit Speak, Focus (or Meditate) or * Ninja: 100: Ninjitsu, Hiding, Stealth . (This one problematic because you'll likely have to drop Parry or Resist .. in order to add in some form of mana regen.) Note that the other non-healing warrior possibilities all seem to be mana-intensive. Of course, you could use 200 points for craft skills. Something like: * 100 Archery, Tactics, Resist Spells * 100: Bowcraft, Arms Lore then either * 100: Healing, Anatomy or * 100: Chivalry, Focus Again, the healing form is mana free. You'd be dependent on charged runebooks for travel, but if an old-style warrior doesn't want to depend on mana, he has that option. There is no particular question here. I'm just wondering what others might think of this observation.