Right now, I feel like a 1989 East German who just took his first steps into a Western European supermarket. The number of choices are overwhelming and I need some help getting my head wrapped around this whole crafting thing.
I understand how to use the Altar of Invasion to turn my GS goggles into something more than a decoration.
I understand how to use the Altar of Subjugation to add to my GS goggles.
I'm a little fuzzy on what to do with the Altar of Devastation.
The biggest problem that I have, though, is that I don't know how to target my desires for a shroud item.
Do I look to see which effects I most want from each of the tiers?
Do I look for my favorite Additonal Effect from the Altar of Devastation?
I'm a Paladin 17/Rogue 2 and this is my first character, so I think that I want Smoke Screen. Permanent Blur effectively gives me 25% more HP for melee combat and that's a good thing. Also, if I reincarnate, I expect that this will be generally useful for any class that I reincarnate into.
I think that means I can use...
Invasion: Air/[something gem]/[something essence] and I get to pick anything I want for the gem and essence
Subjugation: Fire/[something gem]/[something essence]
Devastation: make two imbued shards and then smush them together somehow.
One Devastation shard is Fire/[gem]/[essence] and the other shard is Air/[gem]/[essence]
...and I can swap Fire for Air and vice versa in the Invasion and Subjugation altars, but the gem and essence must match on all four shards.
Did I get that right?
...if so, then I think I'll probably end up with
Invasion: Fire +5 Reflex Save (F/O/E)
Subjugation: Air +1 Exceptional Reflex Save (A/O/E)
Devastation1: Air +2 Exceptional Reflex Save (A/O/E)
Devatsation2: Fire +2 Exceptional Reflex Save (A/O/E)
That's a whole lot of Reflex if everything stacks. If the two Devastation Reflex save bonuses don't stack, then that's kind of lame since I think I understand that the gem and essence must match in order to successfully combine to make a dual aspect.
Did I understand this right and does anyone here have better suggestions on how to spend my hard-earned ingredients?