I know most of you have god-like powers and maxed everything (or at least that's the impression I have) so maybe you don't remember what the first play through felt like at low levels. I'm about to throw in the towel for a while. I'm back to level 24 and though a different flavour of elf, I'm still a mage. My stats are not dramatically different and, though I tried to be more efficient in my leveling, I don't feel much stronger or better off. I went to the cave with the coral claw and there is nothing to fight inside until the boss who is a named wraith equivalent to a Draghr Deathlord (I think) and he wiped me out. That I didn't have enough potions with me is no excuse, I was just a wuss. I feel like I did in FF X (and I quit that one too), I can't seem to get strong enough fast enough. The guide is no help either since it lists the dungeons I've tried at under level 10. I don't think destruct is that broken, I think it's me. I was going to start again and just spend the low levels raising stats fighting conjured zombies or mudcrabs but I have just lost heart. I don't want to be a warrior, my archery is leveling well, as is my destruct. I'm at apprentice difficulty. Does anyone have anything useful to say?