Ars has a very tough learning curve. It's one of the first mods I've seen where complexity genuinely is a balancing point. I'm not sure I like it, but one suggestion. Make the dig+touch spell. Not only is it a usefull spell, but it's a spell you can spam cast on minor mode. Your first 20 levels give you a fair sum of blue exp points. You want those. The attack brach is not terribly useful; the utility and defensive branches are borderline OP. We'll have to go hunting water elementals together soon. I can afford the mats and I know the place to do it.