Ok, so while I may have opened my account Nov. 1997, been in and out over the years and show my account age is 11 years old, I have never EVER had a template that I have worked on. I just used whatever skills I wanted to, paying no attention to how it affected my ability to kill things. Why, you may ask? Because the first year I played, I was the healer of my little gang of mages. I never got on the front line. I just kept everyone healed. I was a scribe who made and sold spellbooks. Then I got into gardening. As you can imagine, gardening isn't much use when you're fighting an ice orc lord! I made a new friend about 6 months ago and he wanted to show me how affective mysticism could be and how he could kill multiple dragons and greater dragons by himself. And he did while I stayed hidden and shaking in the corner. I needed no further proof that I could be the mage I wanted to be and not take constant dirt naps, that pis... well, you know. So the template he created for me is: 120 Magery 120 Medication 120 Focus 120 Eval Int. 120 Mysticism 120 wrestling Then he recommended that I top it off with a staff of the magi. And make sure I had a full LRC suit and as much mana regen as I could get. So I've been working on getting those skills up, got a couple of 120 PS and working on the rest. I was presented with a generous gift of a staff of magi last weekend. Skills are coming along steadily. I hesitate to go out much by myself but can, in the right place in ice dungeon, kill one ice orc lord at a time and fight off the occasional other creatures that come by my little piece of the dungon. I generally rely on 2 EVs to do the dirty work while I continually hit him with Eagle Stikes and Netherbolts to raise mysticism which is currently at 50.6. My questions to other mages with a similar template: is there any where else I can go to kill creatures that I can handle with my style and skills? Once I get all my skills where they need to be, how do I use them? What sequence do I hit whatever I'm fighting? I would swear my friend kept a healing stone in his hand but I can't seem to do that. Any other advice?