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The Former Empath Base spell circle was a spiritual-based healing-related spell circle which consisted entirely of healing spells, numbered in the 800s. This circle was largely replaced by the current Empath Base spell circle, numbered in the 1100s.
There are currently no professions with direct access to this circle. The spells are still found in many herbs and alchemy potions.
Behind the Scenes
The transition of Empath spells from 800s to 1100s became possible due to the development of variable-effect and variable-cost spells, allowing the minor and major wound healing spells to share a single spell slot (and the same for scars). Originally, different spells were necessary for healing minor wounds vs. moderate/major wounds, and the same was true for scars.