Very interesting thread here. While I disagree on most of your comments about civs (mainly because I'm extremely attached to FFH lore and the idea of removing / merging civs seems like heresy to me), I pretty much agree 100% with you that the tech tree needs to be redesigned and I really like your suggestions here. What I hate the most is that Future Techs is at the extreme end of the arcane line, and even if you don't need high-level magic, you're pretty much forced to go this way if you just want the extra health and happiness. Your suggestions on spells are interesting too. While I would not remove magic schools (once again, because they are tied strongly to the lore), I wish there were more to level 3 magic than just summons. However, I do not agree with you on Dance of Blades, this spell is pretty good. Very useful for an early rush with the Balseraph or Doviello.