Merc equipment setup questions I've got a Might merc with Bramble finally up ( scrounged left and right, and got some *questionable* donations ), and I've got a couple of questions I need to ask. (a) Thorns aura - I've got it from my Bramble. The question is that, since Thorns (from how I read it) returns melee damage, should Damage Reduction items be used? I'm using a Rockstopper now. Without the DR, would the Thorns aura be much more effective? (b) Ethereal Shako. I found an ethereal Shako. Would equipping it boost the level of the Thorns aura granted by Bramble? If it does, would it be enough to compensate for the 10% DR the Shako gives? If not, what would be the ideal head gear? (c) What lvl Might aura does at lvl 89 merc have? (d) What's the ideal weapon? My merc is currently using a Hone Sudan with Shael Shael Amn (mainly for crushing blow).. I'm looking for an ethereal one to upgrade, but is there any better polearm/spear to recommend?