It is quite obvious that they are not wrong in a challenge. The poison analogy is not flawed
at all. You improve your performance by loading your sword with poisons which you cannot pick. A
mage improves their performance by setting up before hand with a ritual from their skill set.
It is quite clear that you deem it obviously 'wrong' because you are dieing to it very easily, it
is very easy to start blaming things around you, when the fault lies within.
Armageddon is a convergable ritual, as opposed to Truealkar which is not. This suggests it was designed
with the intention of being 'fighting mages' ritual.
Regardless, it is evident that nobody is involved once a challenge starts. In your bardic analogy a
second characther must physically support the song thus involving them AT THE TIME of the challenge.
Having a sketch before a fight is the same as buying a poison from somebody.
When you can fight without poisons, herbs, elixirs and runes, perhaps you will have a right to demand
mages lose their skills in fights. Until then, grow up.
Written by my hand on the 27th of Mournsend, in the year 1071.