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I think Beast Magic would be a boon for Wood Elves. Casting some of that stuff is nasty and it backs up most of what WEs are missing. One is warmachine-like attack, another boost attacks strs ts, I mean, can you imagine a changed Treeman with 9 attacks, str 8, and tou7?! disgusting and its permanent. Plus, we are all talking about how heavy cav is WE weakness? one spell prevents them from moving!!! Its not a cure all, but it certain would be great with with a lv4 spellweaver (to bad lower mages cant have alternative lores).
I'd like to hit ur thoughts and rebuttals.
It also only affects characters. Can treemen be characters? Sorry, I'm ignorant of the Asrai rules.
The spell could be rather nasty, but a character will ofter have lots of gear that the spell negates, such as magic weapons and shields. So really, the benefits aren't as good as they first seem. If they were it would probably have a higher casting value.
You can use the spells to fill in all those niggly little holes, such as your dryads and glade guard being vulnerable to concentrated shooting, you Treemen having no ward against magic, etc. Fury of The Forest is a bit pants, but the other five spells are incredibly useful almost all the time. Casting The Hidden Path and Ariel's Blessing on a unit of Dryads, and moving them into a long line in front of the rest of your army makes for a pretty damn good mobile firewall, for example. That can charge. And do damage.
Basically, clever use of Lore of Athel Loren can make a Wood Elf Army much more effective than the sum of its constituent parts.
I think its ace, anyway.
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Lets not forget the Lore of Life, if you roll the spell that reduce ability to hit stuff, this would be a boon against the Dwarves, who are all about shooting. This would hurt them, really bad over all with that -1.
As for Bear's Anger, it doesn't dispell if another spell is casted, its permanant. If anything, it makes your opponent waste dispell dice, cause casted on a Treeman would be DANGEROUS. It would allow the treeman to treesing without fear of dispell.
I've tried both lores and like each of them. Beasts has been really great for pinning chariots in place and bear's anger, well, it's already been said. It can turn a noble or lord into a real killer. And someone's already pointed out just how ugly it would be on an ancient, but that would only happen at 3000 pts.
Life has some great options too for WEs.
I do like the lore of athel loren, but there's a point in the game where some of the spells are no longer effective.
It clearly states that the Bear's Anger is a "remains in play" spell.
Now read the rules for "Remains in play" spells. They are not permanent, there are many things which can end them. I won't type them out here (I'm lazy) , but they're there in the rulebook for all to see.