@Kakost Oh! You're heading to the old Forsaken Hideout soon? Cold Trail is an awesome quest. Extremely difficult, and worth it. Combustion is an extremely powerful spell. With it you become a walking nuclear bomb loll.
I have all my 3 elemental spells at 4, finally. Pretty pretty powerful. And I dont find it to be so hard on the mana - but of course, Im pretty conservative with its use, trying to save as much as possible its just sometimes unavoidable, like when Griss falls or a gang go after me.
But it's pretty manageable. Of course, having 400+ mana helps a great deal.
But here is the thing, if you're not ready to play without zaping everything that moves, you cant play Mage. You cant just expect to throw a fireball at everything that crosses your path.
By my experience with it, Im sure there would be many people that will struggle with this, which is probably why so many people complain that its hard or that is "weak in the early game".
Im even thinking about removing the points I placed on the extra mana skill. I'll do it once I reset
it's not the first rogue I've done, but this one in particular is being very fun and immersive for me, I decided to opt for a rogue more focused on stealth, walking in the shadows, without companions, I gave up the dodge to walk stealthily murdering my targets in the back without them noticing my presence, and even though there are more enemies, they don't have time to react, I'm traveling around the Varar in search of places with valuable items to steal without being seen, like the assassin's set I got by looting the deserters' chest from the Mercian legion, matches the character's stance perfectly, there's still plenty to explore, plenty of places to loot in the shadows and targets to assassinate!