This circle is a hybrid form of magic between Spiritual and Mental spheres. However, for mechanical purposes, nearly all of the spells within it are currently considered purely spiritual. Warding attack and defense spells in the circle use Spiritual CS/TD.
Spells from Empath Base have the unique quality of requiring no physical gestures, and can be prepared and cast even with missing limbs or serious head injuries. They must still be vocalized, and effects such as silence, severe vocal cord damage, and anti-magic fields can prevent spellcasting.
Enhancements by Rank
For lore enhancements, see Lore Chart.
- Healing spells
- All healing spells can heal more serious wounds after +5 ranks, and more serious scars after +4 ranks. For example, Limb Repair (1102) is obtained at rank 2 and can heal major wounds starting at rank 7, while Limb Scar Repair (1111) is obtained at level 11 and can heal major scars starting at rank 15. Additional training in the Empath Base spell circle reduces healing roundtime. These benefits are capped at level.
- Empathic Focus (1109)
- Adds +1 DS per 2 ranks above 9. Costs +1 mana per +3 DS (every 6 ranks).
- Strength of Will (1119)
- Adds +1 DS and TD per 3 ranks above 19, up to a maximum of +25 DS/TD at 58 ranks. Costs +1 mana per +3 DS and TD (every 9 ranks).
- Intensity (1130)
- Adds +1 AS and DS per 2 ranks above than 30. Costs +1 mana per +3 AS and DS (every 6 ranks).
Behind the Scenes
This circle, numbered in the 1100s, almost completely replaced the original Empath Base circle, which is numbered in the 800s and now used only for herbs and other healing objects. This transition allowed the circle to include spells other than those needed for healing, by compressing the healing spells into fewer spell slots. This became possible through the development of variable-effect spells.