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Hide in Shadows OR Move silently on magic items?
So, I picked up the Ring of shadows and it gives +15% to Hide in Shadows. Makes sense, right? But it got me to thinking on who to give it too. I have a Ranger in my group as well as a Mage/Thief. Now, rangers get a stock percentage increase on level up to both HiS and MS, thus keeping things equal. My Mage/Thief on the other hand, has a chose to spend (or not) on either or both.
Considering that the net chance to remain hidden is a combination of both scores, it seems that giving the ring to my Ranger means that I am taking the ring at half efficiency unless I find another item that gives the other piece of the equation.
I am not saying the item is of no value, merely that it is of lesser value to someone who can't tailor their scores to the items that they receive.