Matriarch at last. At last I made it. Gwen is now a Matriarch. She made it a week ago at Clvl **. :clap: Gwen is a ES sorc with Nova and FO as attack skills. The idea came from that lovely article by Zarhrezz (sp) about Energy Shield. I found out I would have plenty of mana and plenty of +lightning skills, and decided to go Nova for main skill. As backup , I chose Frozen orb for being the least skill point hungry skill a sorc can use efficiently. Build Str:112 (for gerkes, tried to get skillers with +str, but got no replies...) Dex. base vita: base Nrg: 339 (so far) resists: -70% (the funniest part) Life:207 Mana:1886 I believe I have 39 points left. You never know... Skills Nova 20 ES 10 TK 20 FO 20 LM 16 IIRC so far, next points would come here CM 1 Warmth 1 pre-requisites 1 The gear permited to cast ES at level 40. Being a prebuff skill, It was pretty ok. Only pain in the @22 was Manaburn, which made me go back to stash, recast the shield. Gear for buffering: +3 Lightning circlet +3 Lightning amulet 2 SOJs Aracnid Mesh ES Ormus's Robes +3 ES staff Memory (for +9) +9 skillers Skill level 40 and over 2400 seconds of duration, which didnt run off a single time... 40 minutes with no mana burns is paradise, you see... After prebuff, Change gear to: 3x% Gheed's Faceted Griffon's Eye Mal'ed Gladiator's Bane +2 sorc skill with -21 PDR amulet +3 Eschuta -2 skillers + Cube and Tomes of Identify and TP Frostburns and Lidless wall (for 105% BP and Mana) or Magefist and Gerke's Sanctuary (fos 105% BP and - MDR) vs Gloams. The lower row was fulfilled with +2 str and enough +5%FHR SC to get me 60% BP, IIRC. this allowed me to teleport really fast as well as Novaing them down with amazing speed. It was a reasonably expensive char itemwise,with that ES staff taking 2 months of dealing here at the SPF, but it was fun enough to pay it back. (I have this habit of trading/searching for the gear before I start the Character. Untwinked I play only in HC) I had problems with dual immunes when the were aura enchanted, for the merc would die very often to their lightnings. I had to mule in money a couple times for ressurections. Merc was wearing Shaft, Gaze and Eth Reaper's Toll. Maybe the lack of resistances helped his dying a lot... The game was such a cakewalk in N and NM. Hell blessed me with the coolest map seed for The pits Ever: I keep getting TC's 87. The lack of luck comes from this build relies on gear a lot, so I can load on MF all I want to in my runs. Got a Cranium Basher so far and some other stuff I cant recall right now. Act IV was the thoughest part with that Gloams near Izual making me give up and pump str for Gerke's (it was not in the original plan). It took me so long to Mat her because University is taking all my time away. I am in the last semester right now, writing my monography... For those who missed the tar, here I am again. For those who didnt, I understand. Next project: Fishmancer with skill level 45 in mastery and 43 raise, so far... Questions?